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Local youth group serves on breadline

[APRIL 25, 2003]  Nineteen volunteers from St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln recently helped serve low-income individuals and families at the St. Johnís Breadline in Springfield.

The four-hour work shift was a community service activity of the local churchís youth group. Twelve members, six parents and one sponsor performed tasks ranging from making deviled eggs and cutting up lettuce for the salad line to washing tables and mopping up afterward. In between they served dishes to be eaten on-site and dispensed bread, pastries and containers of soup to be taken home.

 


On the serving line, listening to instructions, are (right to left) Heather Goetsch, Katelyn Atteberry, Kristan Aue, Michelle Johnson.  The breadline manager is at back. 

One aspect of the job the teens at first balked at was wearing blue paper caps to keep hair out of the food. Sponsor Valerie Coombs solved the problem by letting the young people know they would be more conspicuous without the caps, since servers on the breadline always wear them. Aprons and plastic gloves are also part of the uniform.

The group from St. John Church worked the 2-6 p.m. shift on Feb. 8. The breadline, operated by Catholic Charities of Springfield, is open Monday through Saturday 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 2:45-4:45 p.m., but volunteer shifts also include preparation and cleanup time. The Sunday serving hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 


Katelyn Atteberry mops up after serving on the breadline.  Watching are (left to right) Megan Johnson, Heather Goetsch and Kristan Aue.

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[photos by Lynn Spellman]
St. John Youth Group members who worked on the breadline.  Back row, left to right:  Nathan Aue, Matthew Goetsch, Orry Ingram, Sarah Schneider, Katelyn Atteberry, Michelle Johnson, Kristan Aue, Megan Johnson and Heather Goetsch.  Front, left to right:  Andrew Goetsch and Michael Schneider.

The mission of the breadline is to serve guests good, nutritious meals in a clean, hospitable and positive environment. Volunteer groups must provide at least six workers who are at least 12 years old.

Members of the St. John United Church of Christ Youth Group who participated are Katelyn Atteberry, Kristan Aue, Nathan Aue, Andrew Goetsch, Heather Goetsch, Matthew Goetsch, Orry Ingram, Megan Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Michael Schneider, Sarah Schneider and Erin Semple. Parents who took part are Judy Atteberry, Elaine Aue, Warren and Peggy Goetsch, Debbie Johnson and Jennifer Schneider.

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Itís the Aís against the Bís; itís for everyone

[APRIL 11, 2003]  Student government at Lincoln Community High School has been approached by Alan Feinstein, a leading philanthropist, who is offering 50 awards of $1,000 to the schools that collect the most canned goods. LCHS students would like to earn the award money for the school, and they are having a competition between A and B clubs to collect canned goods, which will go to the Community Food Pantry.

This opportunity is open to anyone from LCHS and the community. Student government would like to have your support in reaching the goal of 1,500 canned goods and would really appreciate any you can donate. Please drop off your canned goods by the front office.

As of Wednesday, the Math Club was leading with the most canned foods collected. Approximately 500 cans have been collected so far. The canned goods drive will continue until April 30.

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[APRIL 4, 2003]  Is there anything in the community you would like to change?

Jamie Eckert, senior

"Maybe add something so the town wouldnít be so boring for teenagers. Perhaps a shopping mall or something like that."

 

Blake Brown, senior

"A type of automobile assembly plant could bring many new jobs to Lincoln. Along with these jobs would come more businesses to support all of its new employees. This would be one thing that could bring a lot to the town of Lincoln."

 

Jennifer Whalen, senior

"I think the city of Lincoln is in need of a new teen hangout. I have been to Playdiums in other cities, and many teens enjoy hanging out there. A Playdium is basically a building filled with virtual reality games. I think it would be a great place for high school and college kids to have a safe yet fun place to relax."

Jared Marten, senior

"I would add a Weinerschnitzel to Lincoln because I like food. Food is good. I would also add Larryís arcade again, because it was a cool place and had pool tables, video games, and was in a bad part of town to traverse by foot."

Thomas Gramley, senior

"We should have a mall, some more public parks and another prison.

 

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The "Drug Prevention Lady" is Kristi Lessen, substance abuse prevention specialist from Logan-Mason Mental Health (a division of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois). She can be contacted at lessen.kristin@mhsil.com.

This feature is for educational purposes and not intended to be an alternative to emergency services. In case of emergency, dial 911.

[APRIL 25, 2003] 

Dear Drug Prevention Lady --

How long does it take for the effects of Ecstasy to be noticed?

Dear Student --

The chemical structure of Ecstasy allows it to reach the brain quickly after ingestion. First, the pill is ingested and it disintegrates quickly in the stomach contents. Once dissolved, some Ecstasy molecules are absorbed from the stomach into the bloodstream, but most of the Ecstasy molecules move from the stomach into the small intestine. There, they are absorbed into the bloodstream very easily. It takes about 15 minutes for Ecstasy to reach the brain if taken on an empty stomach.

Research shows Ecstasy use leads to long-term damage to those parts of the brain critical to thought and memory. One study showed that exposure to Ecstasy for four days caused brain damage that was evident six to seven years later.

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Dear Drug Prevention Lady --

Do you think they will enforce the law of ephedra?

Dear Student --

The community has taken steps to implement safety measures where ephedra is concerned. On March 17, 2003, an ordinance was unanimously approved by the (Lincoln) City Council to prohibit the sale of ephedra or ephedrine-containing alkaloids to people under the age of 18. It also states that any ephedra or ephedrine-containing alkaloid must be placed behind the counter, and a person must request the product before purchasing it.

 

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If speed is used in caffeine pills, why are they on the market?

Dear Student --

"Speed" is a slang term for amphetamines. An amphetamine is a drug that is a stimulant to the central nervous system. Caffeine is a stimulant, therefore caffeine pills are oftentimes referred to as speed. At this time caffeine pills are legal, but that does not mean that they are not harmless. Many of these products can and have been abused. Short-term effects of caffeine pills include:

--increased talkativeness

--increased aggressiveness

--increased breathing rate

--increased heart rate

--increased blood pressure

--reduced appetite

--visual hallucinations

--auditory hallucinations

--compulsive, repetitive action

Other effects of large does can include fever and sweating, dry mouth, headache, paleness, blurred vision, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, collapse.

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