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Humane Society, Polar Plunge, Zion Lutheran students, Chester-East School, and Beason Fire and Rescue in the Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[March 16, 2010]  The Humane Society of Logan County will have an ADOPT-A-THON on Saturday, March 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Ace Hardware, 521 N. Kickapoo in Lincoln. These wonderful animals are currently living in foster homes, have been spayed or neutered, have received necessary inoculations, and are socialized to be able to move right into your loving home. Visit the Web site at or call 217-737-4042 for details.

You can still sign up for the Polar Plunge by collecting a minimum of $75 in pledges and bringing your money to the Knight of Columbus Hall at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20. All plungers are encouraged to sign up online at All participants must sign a waiver.

Participants will be bused from the KC Hall to the Lincoln Lakes private beach area. Heated changing tents and towels will be available to the plungers to use as they exit the water. The emergency scuba team will be on hand to monitor the waters.

Be sure to wear a costume, as prizes will be given for Best Costume, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team, Most Plungers Recruited and the Spirit Award. There will be lots of door prizes, and Kevin Curry will be the DJ for the post-plunge party.

Lincoln is looking great! There are about 170 online registrations so far!! The goal is 200 plungers and $30,000 to be raised for Special Olympics Area 10 athletes. Volunteers are still needed, or if you are interested in making a donation, please contact the Special Olympics Area 10 office at 428-9255 or Patti Storer at the EMA office, 732-9491.

Fifteen Zion Lutheran School students in grades 4-8 participated in the Lincoln schoolís annual spelling bee last week during National Lutheran Schools Week. Josh Mangano is the school champion and Kathryn Arneaud is the runner-up. Other participants were Emma Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Emma Nobbe, Justin Broom, Rachel Lockenour, Alan Baker, Nathan Ford, Mya Roberts, Emma Ritterbush, Ashley Baker, Teran Madigan, Braydon Simpson and Kalyn Roberts.

Josh Mangano and Kathryn Arneaud

Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln had its annual geography bee last week during National Lutheran Schools Week. Students in grades 4-8 took a preliminary round quiz. The top 10 finishers participated in the ZLS Geography Bee. The ZLS school champion is Brad Miller, and Logan Thompson is the runner-up. The other participants were Lexie Groves, Justin Broom, Aaron Butler, Rachel Lockenour, Elizabeth Ford, Grace Walters, Joe Ahrends and Lance Stanfield.

ZLS Geography Bee participants

Back row, from left: Lexie Groves, Justin Broom, Brad Miller, Aaron Butler and Logan Thompson
Front row: Rachel Lockenour, Elizabeth Ford, Grace Walters, Joe Ahrends and Lance Stanfield

Brad Miller (left), ZLS Geography Bee champion, and Logan Thompson, runner-up.

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Chester-East School will have a fundraiser for the Beason Memorial Playground in memory of the children in the Gee-Constant family. The event will be a $5 pork chop dinner from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. There also will be a silent auction and bake sale. If you canít attend, you can send donations to Beason Playground Fund, P.O. Box 161, Beason, IL 62512; or go to

The Beason Fire and Rescue team will host an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, March 21, at the Beason Firehouse. There also will be biscuits and gravy and bulk sausage for sale. The times are 7 a.m. till noon. It is donation only.

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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