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Kick-a-Thon, LJHS band kudos, Humane Society, Mount Pulaski American Legion and First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[March 03, 2009]  Kick-a-Thon fundraiser for Lincoln-Logan Food Pantry

Graue Chevrolet and the Personal Development Institute invite the public to help stock our local food pantry this Saturday, March 7.

PDI's martial arts students will each do as many kicks as they can to help raise funds for the Lincoln-Logan Food Pantry. The students are accepting donations as a flat fee or per kick. To make a cash donation, see a PDI student or stop by during the Kick-a-Thon. In addition to the fundraiser, nonperishable food items will be accepted. Graue Chevrolet is providing a pickup truck during the Kick-a-Thon, with a goal of filling the back with food items. The public is invited to attend the Kick-a-Thon and help PDI and Graue in providing much-needed assistance to the food pantry. For more information, contact Jerry Purlee Jr. at 217-735-9284.

The event will be at 390 Limit St. from 10 am-noon.

On Saturday, February 21, 2009, thirty-six 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band members from Lincoln Junior High School participated in the Illinois Grade School Music Association annual Solo and Ensemble Contest. The contest was hosted by Parkside Junior High School in Normal. 

Twelve events from our school earned second place ratings, which are considered "excellent." Each participant and event is listed below...

Adam Conrady - Snare drum solo

Ian Herzog - Alto sax solo

Ayla Michael - Flute solo

Sullivan Peterson-Quinn and Kenyon Jodlowski - Trombone duet

William Armbruster and Kenyon Jodlowski - Trumpet/Trombone duet

Wyatt Phillis and Allison Mayernick - Trumpet/Baritone duet

Daryl Bess - Multiple Percussion solo

Michael Jones - Multiple Percussion solo

Sullivan Peterson-Quinn and Austin Huerd - Trumpet/Trombone duet

Molly Buttell and Anna Berry - Clarinet duet

Cameron Simpson - Snare drum solo

Amanda McCary - Flute solo 

Twenty-three events from our school earned first place ratings, which are considered "superior." Each participant and event is listed below...

Julien Kaestner - Snare drum solo

Kieran Foster - Clarinet solo

Steven Schleich - Trumpet solo

Callie Harbour - Trombone solo

Maiya Glenn - Baritone solo

Samantha Shreve - Flute solo

Amanda Jones - Alto sax solo

Kylee Dea - Clarinet solo

Julien Kaestner and Adam Conrady - Snare drum duet

Jade Mileham and Emily Robbins - Flute duet

Austin Schaub - Multiple Percussion solo

Chelsey George - Flute solo

Wyatt Phillis - Trumpet solo

Phillip Jones - Trumpet solo

Destiny Duncan and Mallory White - Alto sax duet

Austin Huerd and Phillip Jones - Trumpet duet

Amanda McCray and Molly Crawley - Flute duet

Jackie Martincic - Trombone solo

Allison Mayernick and Chelsey George - Flute duet

Anna Berry and Marissa Kiper - Clarinet duet

Jordyn Kunkel - Flute solo

Mallory Bacon, Mallory White, and Destiny Duncan - Alto sax trio

Austin Schaub, Daryl Bess, Michael Jones, Cameron Simpson, and Daniel Hemenway - Percussion quintet 

In addition to earning a first place rating, Phillip Jones received a perfect score! 

Congratulations to all of the fine 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band members at LJHS. We are so proud of you!! 

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Humane Society News

A Forever home:  Sylvia, our 10 year old blind foster cat, has found a loving forever home. Sylvia was adopted on February 23, 2009 by a couple who live in Lincoln. The caring couple also has a 9 year old cat with physical problems. What a perfect match!!!

Home again:  Rocky, a black and white basset hound from Elkhart, was ejected from a car accident near New Holland and ran away. An alert was put out on February 24, 2009. Rocky was found on February 25, 2009 by a farmer in a barn near San Jose. He took Rocky to a nearby animal clinic. Because Rocky was microchipped he was quickly reunited with a grateful owner. Thanks to all who circulated the alert.

Mount Pulaski American Legion Hall will be celebrating the 90th birthday of the Ryman-Fuiten Post #447 on March 4, at 7:00 pm. All legion, auxiliary and SAL's are invited to attend.

Chicken Noodle Luncheon will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 110 Broadway, Lincoln. Handicap Accessible. Donation - $6.00, Children 8 & under - $2.00. Carry outs available by calling 732-7568.

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