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coming to library for humorous presentation
what you eat: America on the run’
A free program called "You
are what you eat: America on the run" will be presented at the
Lincoln Public Library on Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Ryburn-LaMonte’s humorous
presentation traces America’s move from the kitchen to the
drive-through, with frequent stops for "junk" food along the way.
will be in the Pegram Room of the Carnegie building. For more
information, please call the library at (217) 732-5732.
[Photo provided by Lincoln Public Library]
4th ‘Owl Prowl’
Illinois Raptor Center
invites visitors for an evening educational tour of the center’s
property with owls displayed in their appropriate habitat. The tour
will end in the Sangamon River floodplain, where participants may
hear wild barred and great horned owls.
annual Owl Prowl fund-raiser
Date: Friday, Oct. 25, and
Saturday, Oct. 26
Time and place: 6:30 p.m. at the
Illinois Raptor Center, 5695 W. Hill Road, Decatur
Cost: $15 per adult; children
half price (includes prowl and refreshments)
Prowl rain or shine. Bring a flashlight
and dress appropriately.
Call (217) 963-6909 to make a
reservation or send an e-mail to
This year the Illinois Raptor Center is
also offering private owl prowls for organizations and businesses
Oct. 21-24. To book a private prowl, call (217) 963-6909 by phone or
TTY or e-mail
on to Max’
9, 2002] "Hanging
on to Max" by Margaret Bechard. Roaring Brook Press, 2002, 142
Seventeen-year-old Sam Pettigrew used
to go to a regular high school, but now he is a senior and attends
an alternative high school. Last year his girlfriend, Brittany, got
pregnant and decided to give up the baby for adoption. Sam didn’t
want that to happen, so he took the baby. Brittany and her family
moved away. Sam hates the name that Brittany gave the baby, so when
he became the custodial parent he changed the baby’s name to Max.
Sam lives with his widowed father, who
has agreed to help him out with Max until Sam graduates and takes a
construction job. It is obvious that Sam and his father love each
other, but they have a hard time showing it and communicating with
each other. They are both still grieving over the death of Sam’s
The story opens with Sam falling asleep
in math class. He is struggling with being a parent and a student,
and he feels like he will never get caught up with his homework. He
is also having trouble adjusting to his new school and he misses his
When Sam was in the eighth grade he had a crush on a
girl named Claire, and one day she shows up at school with a baby of
her own. He is very excited to see her and a friendship develops.
Claire is more comfortable with her parenthood than Sam is, and she
organizes trips to the park and mall for the two of them with the
babies. Being with Claire makes Sam realize that he has really
missed the company of a girl.
His father is very uncomfortable with
the idea of Sam having a relationship. They have a conversation in
which Sam asks his father if he is going to punish him forever by
watching everything that he does.
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Sam always dreamed of going to college,
and when he took the PSATs he got very high scores. Claire convinces
him to take the SATs with her, but he has to do it behind his
father’s back. When the letter comes to the house with the SAT
scores in it, Sam’s father opens the letter. He confronts Sam with
the reality of his situation, and Sam is more confused and stressed
Sam and Claire and the babies are
invited for a night out at a friend’s house with other couples. An
innocent mistake happens, and it ends up with an emergency room
visit for Max. It is at this point that the story begins to change
directions. Sam faces some things that he has been thinking about
for a long time and the result is a heart-wrenching, surprise
The author uses flashbacks to fill in
the missing pieces of the story, like the evolution of Sam’s
relationship with Brittany, his mother’s last days and the first
time he sees his baby son. Ms. Bechard does a good job of
describing the dilemma young parents face in trying to be good
parents without completely giving up their dreams for the future.
book contains some rough language, so it is recommended for eighth
grade and up. The author has done a very good job with a hard
information, please visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217)
732-8878 or 732-5732.
[Linda Harmon, Lincoln Public
play ‘The Curious
Savage’ opens Friday
The LCHS fall play, "The
Curious Savage" by John Patrick, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the auditorium at
Lincoln Community High School.
The cast includes Betsy Buttell as Mrs.
Ethel Savage, a "mature" widow whose stepchildren — Sen. Titus
Savage, played by Stanton Schumacher; Lily Belle Savage, Amanda Perry; and
Judge Samuel Savage, Tim Fak — decide to have their mother committed
because she is spending what they consider to be their multimillion-dollar inheritance. Not only has she decided to finance her own
play, but she also tries to "send a ship full of orphans on a cruise
around the world... while there’s still a world to go around." Her
goal is to provide people with enough money to indulge their own
When she arrives at "The Cloisters,"
the home where she will be evaluated by Dr. Emmet, Brian Welter, and
looked after by Miss Willie, Amanda Shelley, Mrs. Savage encounters
a "perfectly normal" group of "residents." Led by the "statistically
inclined" Hannibal, Ty Sank, the group waits with concern to meet
the new resident. Fairy May, Lindsey Boerma, worries that Mrs.
Savage will be a beauty, challenging her position as the prettiest.
The elegant and. lovely Florence, Allison Kessinger, takes the
change in stride as she focuses on her son, John Thomas. Jeffrey,
Doug Rohrer, tries to hide his "hideously scarred face" from Mrs.
Savage, and Mr. Paddy, Brandon Davis, who "hates everything in the
world," throws in his own touch of escapism by turning off the
lights at every opportunity.
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As the plot unfolds, the Savage
stepchildren prove they will stop at nothing to regain control of
their estate. More importantly, the "Savages" prove that residency
in a "home" should not be taken as the only proof that one is
unbalanced. Even though Mrs. Savage must accept the fact that the
gentle residents of The Cloisters have indeed lost touch with some
of the harsh realities of the world, she realizes that their company
is infinitely more desirable than that found in the jungle of her
The play is
directed by Carolyn Schreiber with the assistance of student
directors Tom Swanson and Bo Wright.
[LCHS press release]
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Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre’s box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: email@example.com.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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