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Habitat auction, Lincoln Youth Wrestling, Middletown Presbyterian, Lincoln Xtreme, Chestnut Volunteer FD, Aimee Howe and YMCA make Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[March 02, 2010]  This Sunday, March 7, at 1:05 p.m., Habitat for Humanity of Logan County will have a public auction at the Logan County Fairgrounds. The auction, which will be called by auctioneer Mike Maske, is one of several Habitat fundraisers that benefit the Logan County Habitat program exclusively. A partial sale bill is currently posted in LDN's classified section under "Auctions."

The Lincoln Youth Wrestling team competed in the Illinois Kids Wrestling Foundation regional tournament Saturday, and the results were as follows.

Bantam Division -- Austin O'Donoghue placed first; Cade Tanner, Roux Starr and Tyler Werth all placed second; and Tony Gandolfi was third.

Intermediate Division -- Jarrett Poole placed second and Austin Dennison also competed in the tournament.

The Middletown Presbyterian Church will host its annual soup lunch on Sunday, March 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults $6, Children 4-12 $3, 3 and under FREE. On the menu are vegetable soup, chili, homemade chicken noodle soup, cream of broccoli soup, homemade rolls, relish tray, pie or cake, drinks. Take home a quart of soup for $6. This is an all-you-can-eat fundraiser.

Lincoln Xtreme Volleyball Club information: Registration is on the first day of practice, Sunday, March 7, at Lincoln Community High School from 1 to 3 p.m. Girls from first through eighth grade can participate. They will participate in four tournaments at Lincoln Christian University against area club teams such as Clinton, Hartsburg, Mount Pulaski, Rochester, Springfield and Athens. For further details, click here (PDF).

Chestnut Volunteer Fire Department and EMS will host a walleye dinner on Sunday, March 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Chestnut Fire Station, 108 E. Olive St. in Chestnut. This dinner will have walleye, choice of scalloped potatoes or potato salad, drinks, and many varieties of desserts. The dinner is one of the fundraisers to help purchase equipment to help the citizens of the Chestnut area and anyone who visits the area.

Aimee Howe turned 12, and instead of asking for presents, she asked her friends to buy stuff for the cats and dogs that belong to the Humane Society. Aimee lives in Mount Pulaski with her mom and dad. They hauled in four or five bags of "stuff" for the critters. There was enough food, treats and toys to keep several animals happy for quite a while. Aimee has a big heart, and the Humane Society thanks her for her unselfish generosity! She sets a good example for all of us!

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With spring on our minds, we should be thinking about YMCA Spring Soccer. Registrations will be accepted through March 18. This exciting program is designed to introduce soccer fundamentals and techniques to kids age 3 1/2 to 12 years. Participants will practice once weekly and games will be on Saturday mornings. Fees increase after March 18.

YMCA Spring Travel Soccer is for kids 12-14 years who are looking to play in a more competitive manner. This league will compete against other YMCAs on Saturday mornings at the Springfield YMCA's soccer fields, located on the U of I at Springfield campus. Registrations will be accepted through March 18. For more details, call 735-3915 or visit

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