Christian Child Care, park district writing course, Humane Society
Tree of Hope, Jaycees, Austyn Wayne Huskins first baby of the year
in Close Up
By Mike Fak
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Child Care has been blessed by so many supporters in our mission
of serving children in Logan County. This week we had a very
exciting donation. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln brought by
almost 100 boxes of tissues for the Center. This brings tears of joy
and now we have the tissues to use to dry them. We are always so
thankful for all the donations we get. Every bit helps us on our
mission. We are very proud to say that the Christian Child Care has
made it through a really tough year. We are excited about what 2009
will bring. We know that this is the year we will need to step it up
and work on the steps toward Accreditation and Illinois Quality
Ratings Stars. These are the highest standards daycares can achieve.
CCC Christmas Concert has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 15,
6:30 at Jefferson Street Christian Church. It had been canceled due
to bad weather. We would like to invite the public to share this
joyous evening of song! If you have any questions, please contact
Coleen Moore, Director, at 217-732-5750.
district offers writing course. Are you looking for something to
do this winter? Join Mike Fak, local writer and managing editor for
the Lincoln Daily News.com, to learn the skills necessary to become
a creative writer. The focus will be on learning the methods for
writing short stories and memoirs. Participate with Mike in a
fun-filled class to find that inner author that is inside all of us.
Mike has personally authored four books and has helped thirteen
other individuals get their books to market. In the last year, over
500,000 readers have read Mike's short stories and columns on the
World Wide Web besides his contributions for LDN.
Learn tips on writing for pay, for personal enjoyment or for
leaving a legacy of your words for following generations. The class
is open to anyone between the ages of 16 to 100. Classes will begin
Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Craft Room. There is a
slight fee associated with this program. Although a home computer
helps, it is not absolutely essential for this class. All members
will also receive a free copy of Mike's last book, "Portions of a
Life," and will help him rewrite several of his stories in the
learning process. There will be small assignments each week, but it
must be stressed that this will be a fun course all the while
helping you to become a better writer. Be forewarned that all
members of the class will often be subjected to Mike's stand-up
comedy routines. For more information, you can call the park
district at 732-8770.
of Hope to be auctioned. The live, balled white pine tree that
was donated by Jeff Cooper of Angel Valley Tree Farm to the Humane
Society of Logan County for the 2008 Tree of Hope is available for
purchase. The white pine tree will be sold to the highest bidder by
silent auction. Moving and planting of the tree will be provided by
Kevin Rath of RMK Landscaping and Lawn Grooming. Minimum bid
accepted for the live tree is $150. Bids should be in $25
increments. To make a bid on the 2008 Tree of Hope white pine, call
737-4042, 947-2326 or place a bid in writing at Ace Hardware,
sponsor site for the Tree of Hope. For more information, please call
947-2326. Bidding ends January 31, 2009.
Jaycees announce 2009 Officer Installation. The Lincoln Jaycees
announce the installation of their 2009 Board of Directors. The
following officers were installed at the most recent board meeting:
Perry Payne – 56th Lincoln Jaycees President, Ronnie Clemence -
Internal Vice President, Angie Petro - External Vice President, Mike
Rutledge - State Director, Kathy Payne – Secretary/Treasurer, &
Chris Harbour – Chairman of the Board.
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The Lincoln Jaycees are a not-for-profit organization that services
Lincoln and the surrounding communities. The Lincoln Jaycees give
young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to
build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business
development, management skills, individual training, community
service, and international connections.
The Lincoln Jaycees host various community
activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Breakfast with Santa, &
Angel Tree. We have a variety of management and fundraising projects
such as Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival Vendor, Haunted House, and
Lincoln Speedway 50/50.
Membership meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every
month, 7pm at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Meetings are open
to the public.
Lincoln Memorial Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2009 on
Tuesday, January 6 at 7:37 a.m.
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Austyn Wayne Huskins is the son of Heidi and Mathew
Huskins of Lincoln. Austyn is the firstborn child for the couple,
and his middle name is a family name of both his dad and paternal
He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces at birth and is 19 1/2
inches long. While he doesn't have siblings, Austyn will be welcomed
by many cousins.
ALMH presented Austyn and his family with a basket
of baby care items and clothes.
ALMH's Family Maternity Suites is a state-of-the-art
obstetrical center that features private labor-delivery-recovery
rooms with private restrooms and showers, as well as a dedicated
operating suite for cesareans. Each mom and baby receives
individualized care. To see photos of the Family Maternity Suites or
to learn more about the other healthcare services offered at ALMH,
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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.
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