Rachel's Challenge at LCHS, the Mount Pulaski Fall Festival, the
Atlanta Fall Festival, caregiver program at Vonderlieth, blood
drive, a cruise-in and St. John's Hartsburg make Close Up
By Mike Fak
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Challenge comes to LCHS.
Lincoln Community High School in Lincoln would like to invite the
public to attend this wonderful community event on Wednesday, Sept.
9. It will be in the high school auditorium, starting at 7 p.m.
Rachel's Challenge is a presentation on a bullying and violence
abatement program designed to motivate students to start a chain
reaction of kindness.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on
April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion, coupled with
the contents of her diaries, have become the foundation for this
program. Students of LCHS, LJHS, Illini Central and Carroll Catholic
will be viewing the presentation during an all-school assembly, and
the public is encouraged to attend the evening presentation.
you would like more information about Rachel's Challenge, visit
for more details.
Pulaski Fall Festival kicks off Thursday and everyone is
invited. Sponsored by Mount Pulaski area businesses, some of this
year's activities are a
three-on-three basketball tournament,
5K run Saturday morning,
car show, tractor show, petting zoo, kiddie tractor pull, pie
cook-off and egg roulette. There is a carnival all three days. There
will be a game show on the main stage for kids and adults on Friday
and Saturday. A parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday and a comedian on the
main stage Saturday night. Other features are Brooks Dance Studio
performances, Cutest Lil Farmer, Little Miss Mount Pulaski,
community band concert, kids' lantern parade and Jaycees' beer tent
with live entertainment: The Veggies, Bluesmattic, Upfront and
Poprocks. And many more activities.
The days and hours are Thursday and Friday 4 p.m.-midnight,
Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
For details, see
Atlanta Fall Festival is also this weekend, so make plans to
travel the county and enjoy everything the busiest community in
central Illinois has to offer. For your enjoyment, the festival will
include carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, a car show, art and
craft vendors, and great food, as well as a pie and cake baking
contest and auction. For additional information, call 217-648-2351.
Living Center, 1120 N.
Topper Drive, Mount Pulaski, is having a support program, being
offered on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Kay Menenghetti
from St. John's Hospital will be the speaker.
The center's goal is to reach out to those valuable caregivers who
invest so much of themselves into loved ones who have various forms
of disability or weakness. Even when a person is admitted to the
nursing home, the worries of a caregiver do not end. We hope to
reach out to anyone providing care, whether their loved one is at
home or in a skilled nursing facility. Kay also has access to many
programs that are available to caregivers and is able to help them
make connections they may not have been aware of previously.
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will be a CICBC blood drive Friday, Sept. 11, at
Lincoln Community High School, 1000 Primm Road, from 7:30 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. The public is invited to donate blood. For an appointment,
call 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 56, or visit
cruise-in by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club will be Friday
night at Culver's, 2530 Woodlawn Road, from 5 to 9. For more
information, call 732-3519 or 732-3245.
Day is scheduled at
St. John's Lutheran
Church, Hartsburg, for
Sunday, Sept. 13. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m., with the annual
balloon launch scheduled for 10 a.m. Following the worship service a
light lunch will be served: sub sandwiches, chips, cookies and a
drink. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the church's
redecorating fund. The public is invited to attend the festivities.
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