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CHRIS COYNE, agent - State Farm Insurance
Stephani Otte, Chestnut EMS, Humane Society, Maple Ridge Care
Centre, Hudson's Talk of the Town and YMCA archery in Close Up
By Mike Fak
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Otte, formerly of Lincoln,
was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience Feb. 10 issue.
Otte is finishing her Ph.D. in neuroscience research at the Salk
Institute for Biological Studies, University of California at San
Diego, in La Jolla, Calif. Her work was supported by a National
Institutes of Health grant, the Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical
and Computational Biology, and the Kavli Institute for Brain and
Mind. Her publication is on "Cell type-specific control of neuronal
responsiveness." She was chosen to present her data at neuroscience
conferences in Utah and New York in February and March. She also
presented data at a neuroscience conference in Chicago last year.
Steph graduated from LCHS in 1997 and the U of I in 2001. Her
parents are Don and Joni Otte of rural Lincoln.
Chestnut EMS is having a fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 28, from
4 to 7 p.m. Location: Chestnut Firehouse. Cost: Adults $5, children
$3. Serving: Chili and beef vegetable soup, dessert, coffee, tea or
lemonade. All proceeds are going toward the purchase of a new MRx
The Humane Society of Logan County encourages pet owners
to spay and neuter their animals. Every year they celebrate "Spay
Day" on the last Tuesday of February. In support of their endeavors,
Maple Ridge Care Centre has invited the Humane Society to
visit the facility on Spay Day. Homeless pets will be brought in to
visit with the residents at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Community members are invited to come and see a few of the animals
that are available for adoption. Maple Ridge Care Centre is located
at 2202 N. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln.
Hudson's Talk of the Town, 115 Gov. Oglesby in Elkhart, will
have a food drive every Sunday throughout Lent to benefit the
Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry. Just bring a nonperishable food
item and enjoy food and drink specials during NASCAR races and
college basketball. They will also have a 50-50 drawing -– guess the
total pounds of food collected. The winner will be announced on
Sunday, March 29, with the balance of the proceeds going to the food
On Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4-6 p.m. they will feature free hot
wings with a nonperishable food donation. Check their calendar at
or call 947-2770 for opening times.
Their goal is to collect 200 pounds of food for the food pantry,
which is always in need of donations. There is a special need at
this time for canned soups, canned vegetables and canned fruit.
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Hunting season may soon be over, but now is a great time to
introduce your kids to YMCA Archery. This program is
designed to help participants with their individual skills,
techniques and abilities. Kids third grade and older will meet on
Saturday mornings as they learn proper use of a compound bow by
shooting targets and various decoys. Registrations are being
accepted through Feb. 25. Call 735-3915 or visit
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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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