Friendship Manor, Vinegar Hill, Lincoln College, Mission Mart, Zion
Lutheran School and Heartland Community College in Close Up
By Mike Fak
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[November 21, 2008]
The Friendship Manor at
925 Primm Road is having their annual festival of trees from
November 28-December 6 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. On December 6, there
will be a silent auction of the trees with all monies going to Logan
20th Annual Christmas on Vinegar Hill
will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 22. Some
of the shopping locations will also be open on Sunday, Nov 23 from
12:00 to 4 p.m.
The day kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Church, 311 S. LaFayette St., where the congregation will
serve a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy.
Serving will continue until 11 a.m.
Christmas on Vinegar Hill will include 23 locations in private
homes, churches and businesses around town. More than 125 vendors
will offer crafts, antiques, baked goods and more.
Additional locations will serve homemade food.
Maps with locations and their specialties will be available at
all locations and on Saturday at the historic Mount Pulaski
For more information, people can visit
click on "Christmas on Vinegar Hill."
College students continue to help
For the second year, assistant professor Michelle Baldwin is
sponsoring donation programs to help Logan County residents in need.
Her volunteers: LC students.
"I think donation programs are an easy way for the community and
college to work together for those who need help," Baldwin said.
"Also, volunteering is a good way for students to get involved in
the community beyond the campus."
Beginning Monday, Nov. 24, LC students will monitor new toy
donations for Toys for Tots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lincoln
College's Student Center. Donation drop-offs end on Wednesday, Dec.
10, after which time the Marine Corps Reserve will distribute the
toys in Logan County.
LC's Christmas kindness doesn't end there. On Sunday, Nov. 23,
Baldwin and students will collect food and supplies from noon to 3
p.m. at Wal-Mart for the Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry and CIEDC.
The wish list for donated items includes: peanut butter, canned
fruits and vegetables, cereal, soup, macaroni and cheese, soda
crackers, fruit juices, toilet paper, diapers, soap, shampoo,
toothbrushes and feminine hygiene products.
Last year, Baldwin and her volunteers collected over 30 new toys
and four shopping carts full of food and other daily supplies. This
year's goal? One word: more.
"My goal is to increase donations and the number of students
willing to help," said Baldwin. "This year, the students have really
risen to the occasion, and I expect that to continue for years to
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Mart has special sale
The Mission Mart thrift stores in Clinton, Lincoln
and Bloomington are announcing plans for their second annual
The extravaganza will take place at all three stores
the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event will include
special sales, refreshments and a host of other activities. Each
store will be overflowing with trees, lights, ornaments, wreaths,
candles, figurines, yard décor, Christmas CDs, every Christmas item
The Lincoln Mission Mart will also have a sale
featuring 20% off the entire store. Mrs. Claus will visit the store
from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on both days. Small toys will be passed
out to the children; there will be cookies and drawings for coupons
good for $5 off an entire purchase. The Lincoln Mission Mart staff
is also planning to walk in the Lincoln Christmas Parade on December
4. The Mission Mart staff will be passing out special treats and
coupons to parade goers.
Lutheran School Honor Roll
Another group of youngsters have made their school's
honor roll and as always Close Up is happy to give them the public
recognition they deserve. For the complete list of Zion Lutheran
honor roll students, click
Community College helping food pantry
The students, faculty, and staff at the Lincoln
Center of Heartland Community College are participating in a food
drive for Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry. During this holiday season we
wish to express our gratitude by helping those in need. Together, we
are collecting cans and nonperishable food items. The food drive
will run through December 18, 2008. At the Lincoln Center of
Heartland Community College, we believe you "can" make a difference.
"If you can't feed a hundred, then just feed one." -- Mother Teresa
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