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'Grey's Anatomy,' band boosters, CROP, 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' plus a fishy story

By Mike Fak

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[October 03, 2008]  Grey's Anatomy to have local actress

CivicThey say the local Nielsen Ratings went off the chart in Chicago when the Bears played in the Super Bowl way back in 1985. Well, we might be too small a community to pull really big national numbers, but we will wager next Thursday, Oct. 9, most television sets in the area will be tuned to the highly popular "Grey's Anatomy" show. The reason is that is the night Lincoln's own Jennifer Sydney will be a part of the show. The daughter of Dana and Anne Sydney, Jennifer has a role in the show that could lead to further appearances. Make sure you all watch and don't forget to send those e-mails to the producers asking who that fine actress you just saw was and will she be on further episodes. Yeah, maybe you should leave your address off those communications. We at LDN believe someday, many of us will be able to say of Jennifer, "I knew her when."


Band Boosters Chicken Dinner

The Lincoln Railer Band Boosters will be having a drive-up chicken dinner on Thursday, October 9, from 4-6 pm in the Lincoln Community High School parking lot. Cost for the dinner is $8.00, and includes a half chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, bread, and butter. Tickets are available from band members or Mr. Swaar (band teacher) 732-4131, extension 232. There will be some tickets available at the dinner, while supplies last. This is a perfect chance to bring home chicken dinners so you don't have to cook and we can all watch Jennifer plus help these great hard working kids who give it their all for their school and the community.

"Arsenic and Old Lace'

Lincoln Christian College presents the time-honored play "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring on Oct. 9, 10 & 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm at the Earl C Hargrove Chapel.

Tickets are Adults: $9.00, Students: $7.00

For more information you can call Mr. Books Book Store at 217-732-7788 EXT 224.

This month CROP WALK will be a no-walk CROP Walk

CROP WALKS have provided thousands of dollars around the world to feed the hungry so this year all gifts will be directed to that cause. Since 1947 Logan County has helped feed the world. CROP now stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.  

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Kathy Shepherd of our Logan County Community Action says the demand for food is at least 50% more than it was a year ago and that changes weekly. Therefore this year the CROP WALK will be a No WALK CROP WALK. This means instead of covering kick-off costs, shirts, prizes, and soliciting requests from businesses for donated items we want to concentrate what the world needs– only money or cans of food and staples.

Those families on Food Stamp programs still have to buy their personal articles such as toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, laundry soap and, if applicable, diapers. Any food item is appreciated but especially requested are meal dishes, peanut butter, macaroni/cheese, tuna, cereals and soups. CROP WALK donations are welcome through November 1. Make checks payable to CWS/CROP and mail to CROP WALK c/o Rosemary Apel, 1486 1800th Avenue, Lincoln, IL 62656. Rosemary Apel is the CROP Treasurer. Nancy Gehlbach contacts corporate & annual gift givers. For more information call: 732-9796

This could be pretty fishy

We all know that a good fish tale can turn into a whopper but the Illinois Fishing Department is offering $50 awards for those who send in a fish pic with a fish caption. Illinois fishermen have until October 31 to submit a fish photo and become eligible to win one of the cash prizes. The random drawing is open to Illinois residents at least 15 years of age. Now the fish in the picture must also be a native Illinoisan caught in Illinois waters although how you can document that is hard to understand. Missouri catfish look remarkably like Illinois catfish except Missouri catfish have a little bit of a southern drawl which won't show up in a picture. Perhaps in Illinois fish have picture ID cards. We will wager for the most part this is on the honor system so we recommend you don't send in a picture of a Blue Marlin and say you caught it in Salt Creek. Complete rules are posted on the Prizes Page at   

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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