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By Mike Fak

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[July 18, 2008]  Lincoln Daily News Managing Editor Mike Fak (right) hands the first Close Up check to Norm Newhouse representing the Together for Lincoln organization. The check was awarded after Together for Lincoln's name was pulled from the June Close Up grab bag for a story in one of last month's columns. We hope to see you and your organization in a picture soon. More details on how you can receive a check are at the bottom of this column. 

CivicOne good turn deserves another and then another.

Boy Scout Troop 1102 of Lincoln built and donated four picnic tables to the Lincoln YMCA. The tables will be used at the YMCA Activity Center grounds at 721 Wyatt Ave. Now that is one of those good things that scouts do but this was also a gesture of thanks to the YMCA. The Lincoln YMCA recently donated its bus to the scout troop to be used for field trips, camp outs and whatever travels the troop will have in the future. The reason the YMCA believed donating the bus to another worthy cause was more appropriate than trading it in was because the bus had originally been purchased for the Y by Lincoln Elks Lodge 914.

The Lincoln Scout Chapter, chartered through First United Methodist Church is 90 years old and currently has 30 boys and 15 adults. And now they can all go somewhere together.

Don't let your kids park their feet.
Park District offers dance lessons

Your child can get a taste of different styles of dance this summer. Jazz, Ballet and Clogging are included. Returning this year will be a section on Choreography. Learn to apply some new moves to your favorite song. Special shoes are not needed but please wear something other than socks. Previous experience is not necessary.

Instructor Audra Turley, owner of Audra's Studio of Dance, is a Master Graduate of Dance Educators of America. She is also the director of the award winning Flying Feet Cloggers and Competition Teams. Parents and family will be invited to a demonstration on the last day of class. This activity will be in the Ballroom Thursday and Friday, July 24 & 25 from 9:00 to Noon. Anyone with a child age 6 and up is invited to participate. For more information call the Lincoln Park District at 7328770.

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Health Department offers free exercise class

On Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. the Logan County Health department offers a free exercise class at their location at 109 3rd St. in Lincoln. The class is led by instructor Jan Dickerson who has a B.S. in Physiology and is the owner of Fitness Balance in Lincoln. Teresa Schrader with the Health Department advises that the program is sponsored by the department's Diabetes Program in an effort to promote better health through exercise.

The class is open to everyone and they are encouraged to work at their own pace. For more information you can contact the Logan County Health Department at 735-2317.

Make sure you don't get your blood pressure up

The ALMH Auxiliary is sponsoring a free blood pressure screening. The day is Tuesday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. The free screening is at the ALMH Lincoln Conference Room, first floor. You don't need an appointment so make it a date to get yourself checked out.

Take a hike. Learn about our ancestors

The Emden Historical Society is sponsoring a cemetery walk through the Hartsburg Union Cemetery on July 25th and 26th at 6:30 p.m.

The cemetery is located just west of Hartsburg on the blacktop. Tickets are only $5.00 per person and you can pay at the cemetery before the walk.

Got a good piece of news, information or something that we can all brag about? If you do, e-mail Mike and let us tell everyone about it. Plus you can win cash. Every submission, whether we use it or not, will get your name in the "Close Up" grab bag. At the end of the month we will draw a name and someone will get $25.00 just for dropping us an e-mail. If you wish, we will be happy to donate your winnings to the organization of your choice. You can contact Mike at



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