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Justin Tierney, Elizabeth Carter, Original Farmers' Market, art and balloon fest schedules in Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[August 27, 2010]  We are sure all you sports fans out there have noticed, but for those of you who haven't, we are delighted to have added another local sports writer to LDN.

Justin Tierney will be writing Railer football pregame analyses as well as reports on the games themselves.

Justin works at Lincoln College and has extensive experience writing sports. We hope you look forward to reading Justin in the coming months as much as we do presenting his stories.

Justin is a local young man with strong ties to the local sports community, and he has a love for sports that comes through in everything he writes.

So for all you Railer football fans out there, keep online with the Lincoln Daily News for coverage of your favorite football team: the Lincoln Railers.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Carter. The 21-year-old took first place in the Fleischmann's Bake for the Cure Contest at the Illinois State Fair. Her recipe, as well as many other Cake Classic recipes from the Logan County Fair, are on our recipe page at Grab Your Fork.

Last Saturday the final drawing of the season for the fresh market basket was held at the Original Farmers' Market in Latham Park. The winner of the basket was Jean Gala of Lincoln.

The vendors who participated in at least one of the weekly giveaways were Floyd and Sandy Davis, the cookie lady; market managers Doug Fink and Vickie Hum, with canned preserves and fresh produce; Kyle Haning, with locally grown produce; Steve Koller, with locally grown produce; Natalie Morris, the bread lady; Richard Smith, the tomato man; and Anna Stanfield, with plants and herbs.

The produce market in Latham Park will have extended hours at the art fair on Saturday. The market will open at 7 a.m. and run through 2 in the afternoon.

The market will be located on the west side of the park and can be accessed by taking the southwest corner sidewalk to the grass walkway about halfway between the corner and the gazebo.

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There is so much going on this weekend it would be easy to miss something. But don't worry, LDN has all the events of the 2010 Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival in our front page festival special section or our community calendar in our Community section.

So if you aren't sure of a time or a place, remember that Lincoln Daily News will keep you abreast of everything going on in Lincoln this weekend.

Got a good piece of news, information or something that we can all brag about? If you do, e-mail Mike and let us tell everyone about it. Plus you can win cash. Every submission, 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 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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