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New ALMH hire and Atlanta Fall Festival headline the Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[September 02, 2008]  Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Lynne Metz in her new role as Manager of Volunteer Services. Metz coordinates all the ALMH Auxiliary activities and events taking place in the hospital and around the community. She also serves as the main point of contact between the Auxiliary and volunteers with the hospital. Her responsibilities extend to management of the Pink Shutter Thrift Shop, the "In the Pink" Gift Shoppe, and the Lifeline program. Metz describes her job as wearing a lot of different hats. She builds positive relationships between the volunteers and paid staff and helps in the areas of public relations and community benefits.

Civic"My favorite part of the position is the variety of people I get to work with. I would really like to see the Volunteer Services program grow, and I'm looking forward to expanding it along with the hospital," said Metz.

"We are excited to have Lynne as a part of our team," says ALMH President and CEO, Dolan Dalpoas. "She brings a wealth of experience with her. She is truly an asset."

Metz spent the past 13 years as the volunteer specialist at Memorial Medical Center where she managed the gift shop and ladies' programs. She lives in Sherman with her husband and two daughters.

ALMH is a critical access hospital providing healthcare services for the residents of Logan and eastern Mason County. The hospital is one of six affiliates of Memorial Health System and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.


Excitement is Building for the Atlanta Fall Festival

The excitement is building as plans are finalized and will soon unfold at the 2008 Atlanta Fall Festival to be held September 4, 5, & 6. The 3-day event promises many fun-filled family activities.

Thursday evening begins with a pork chop meal, sponsored by the Atlanta Rotary, 5 7 p.m. The Atlanta Band takes the stage at 6 p.m. followed by Vinegar Hill Band from 7 9 p.m.

Friday offers a fish dinner, served by the Atlanta Fire Department, from 5 7 p.m. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the Prince and Princess Contest. Following the crowning of the Prince and Princess, the Leftover Biscutz Band takes the stage until 10 p.m.

Saturday morning breakfast of biscuits and gravy is sponsored by the New Church. Tom and Sarah Speciale are the Grand Marshals for Saturday's parade. The theme for the 2 p.m. parade is "Get Ready for the Game." Parade Prizes will be awarded from the park stage following the parade. Afternoon entertainment begins following the awards. The Atlanta United Methodist Men will serve a BBQ chicken dinner from 5 7 p.m.

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Enjoy the entertainment at the Talent Show from 5 6 p.m., followed by the Rock 'n Relics from 6 8 p.m. The pie and cake auction then begins, with the goodies being sold from the pie and cake contest held earlier in the day.

The attendance prize drawings will be held each evening at 9 p.m. A 50 -50 drawing will be held Saturday evening at 10 p.m. Need not be present for the 50 50 drawing.

Fun Unlimited Shows, from Homefass, Florida will provide amusements each evening from 6 10 p.m. plus 3:30 5:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Bingo will be played nightly.

Plan now to come and enjoy good food, free entertainment, visit with friends and neighbors and have a great time at our 2008 Atlanta Fall Festival.

Cosmic Bowl September 6th

The Cosmic Bowl-Youth Forum is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4 till 6 p.m. at Logan Lanes. All youth between the ages of 11 through 18 are encouraged to attend as well as participate in the forum. The main objective is to have fun with two hours of free cosmic bowl. If there are any questions, you may contact Shawn Taylor at 732-2443 or Pat O'Neill at 732-9337.

The Y Biking Blast is coming next weekend!

On Sept. 6 the YMCA will host its first Biking Blast for novices, families and the experienced cyclist. The Y will provide a well-marked five-mile course for families and novices and a 30-mile course for the cycling enthusiast. Drinks and snacks will be provided for all participants. Come for a day of family fun and fitness. Visit or contact the YMCA for more details.

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