FFA plant sale, Draw 4 Carroll Catholic, LaDonna Gass and the
Whistle Stop Library, Brett Montgomery, San Jose United Methodist
Women, and Atlanta MS fundraiser in Close Up
By Mike Fak
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Lincoln FFA chapter will have a plant sale, a first for the
group, on Thursday, April 22, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the high
school agriculture shop, by the greenhouse. They have a huge
selection of annuals and perennials. They also have vegetables and
hanging baskets. In addition, they have wave petunias, vinca and
verbena in numerous colors. The prices are low and bulk discounts
are available. Come out and see all the flowers that the agriculture
students have worked hard to raise.
monthly drawing winners for the Draw 4 Carroll Catholic that
took place April 18 at Carroll Catholic School were as follows:
$1,000 winner, Judy
seller, Brian Lee
$500 winner, Tom
seller, Holy Family
$250 winner, Amy
seller, Jack Kuznik
$100 winner, Brian Call;
seller, Ray and Lisa Treuthart
Gass had a dream for years of opening a public library in Emden.
In 2006 she approached Mayor Ivan Rademaker about using the old
freight depot to house books for the community. The mayor and city
officials agreed, and as they say, you can "book" the rest of the
story. The Whistle Stop Library opened in May of 2007 and relies
strictly on donations of both funds and books. The biggest problem
facing the library was that its foundation was crumbling and had to
be completely replaced before any other repairs could be done. Gass
had been gathering donations, but in hard times money is tight. She
is elated to report that the Danner Trust out of the Mount Pulaski
Public Library has given a sizable donation to the Whistle Stop
Library, which now means the foundation can be replaced.
The mission of the Danner Trust is to aid and encourage
financially the development, restoration, preservation, maintenance
and exhibition of historical facts, data, documents, relics and
buildings of historical significance or interest for Logan County.
The 1st State Bank of Mason City and Illini Central High School
are pleased to present Brett Montgomery with the March
Student of the Month Award. For demonstrating outstanding character,
Brett receives a $50 savings bond from 1st State Bank and a
reference work appropriate to his course of study from the Illini
Central High School faculty.
Brett is the son of David and Kathy Montgomery. His classes this
year are Human Physiology, Spanish IV, Accounting, Physical
Education, Writing for College and Careers, Agricultural Mechanics,
and Resource Management.
In addition, Brett participates in several extracurricular
activities. He is a member of Spanish Club and the Family Career and
Community Leaders of America. He also plays on the golf, basketball
and baseball teams.
Outside of school, he is involved with his church youth group.
Brett plans to attend Southern Illinois University in
Left to right:
Ed Jodlowski, principal; Brett Montgomery; Bob Werner, executive
vice president of 1st State Bank of Mason City
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San Jose United Methodist Women will host their annual May
breakfast on Wednesday, May 5, at 9 a.m. in the church Fellowship
Hall. The event is open to the public.
Following the breakfast, a program will be presented
by "Two 4 Him and Charlie," a Christian vocal group. Members are
Mary Caldwell, Carol Himmel and Charles Nelson.
Carol Himmel, wife of Robert Himmel, lives in rural
Havana. She is a dental hygienist for Dr Conour in Springfield and
is very active in her church in music ministry.
Charles Nelson, husband of Deb Nelson, lives in
Mason City and is a retired music teacher. He is organist at St.
Barnabas Episcopal Church in Havana.
Mary Caldwell, wife of Jerry Caldwell, lives in
Mason City. She is also a retired music teacher and is very active
in church choral and bell choirs and community choral groups.
Carol, Charlie and Mary all share a love of music.
More importantly, they share a love of music through a Christian
There is no charge for the breakfast. Reservations
may be made by calling Lucille Albers at 309-247-3450 or the church
at 309-247-3232 by Monday, May 3. An offering will be taken to
support Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana.
The San Jose United Methodist Church is located at
600 S. First St., at the corner of First and Linden, in San Jose.
fundraiser to be held at Mirm's Bar & Grill in Atlanta on
Saturday, April 24. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch
will be a barbecue pork chop sandwich and two sides at $5 per plate.
There will be a 50/50 drawing and the winner need
not be present to win.
For prize raffles, the prizes include items from
Atlanta Golf Course, NAPA, Qik-n-EZ, limited edition Cardinals
baseball and more. Winner need not be present to win.
The band 4 1/2 Men will donate their time from 7 to
10 p.m. but will stay later if the crowd wants. This is a
multi-timed party. Come out and help wipe out the most disabling
disease of young adults there is. If you have questions about the
day, call 737-1012.
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