Main Street Lincoln Chili Fest, Lincoln Jaycees, Draw 4 Carroll,
Palms Grill, Mount Pulaski Rotary and Logan Thompson make Close Up
By Mike Fak
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the snow disappears, activities in downtown Lincoln are starting to
come out with the sun. Please join Main Street Lincoln this
Saturday, Feb. 19, at The Owl's Roost for a Chili Fest. The
event is to help with beautification projects for the summer. There
will be a display of some of the projects that are being planned.
One of those projects includes flower baskets on the lamp posts
around the square. You may pick up tickets at The Owl's Roost on the
day of the event between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. You may call Main Street
Lincoln at 732-2929 if you have any questions.
Lincoln Jaycees are having a "Winter Garage Sale" on
Saturday, Feb. 19, at the new Lincoln Jaycees Center, 325 S. Chicago
St. Hours of the sale are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
for sale include a gas dryer, books, toys, clothes, household items and much
more. The proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund upcoming Lincoln
Jaycees community projects such as their Easter egg hunt.
The Lincoln Jaycees
are a not-for-profit organization that serves Lincoln and the surrounding
communities. The organization gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40
the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas
of business development, management skills, individual training, community
service and international connections. Membership meetings are the third
Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Jaycees Center, 325 S. Chicago
St., and are open to everyone.
Draw 4 Carroll winners for February are:
$1,000 -- Bill Gober
Seller: Carolyn Gober
$500 -- Phyllis Webster
Seller: Mary Kelley
$250 -- Amy Peyres
Seller: Amy Peyres
$100 -- Paul Hengel
Seller: Bobbie Connolley
The last Draw 4 Carroll drawing, to finish out the April 2010-March 2011
tickets, will take place at Carroll Catholic School during the students' lunch
time on March 9.
will be a dinner program at the Palms in Atlanta on Friday, Feb. 18,
6-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Atlanta Museum, the topic is "West Meets
East: Building Education Partnerships with China."
Come enjoy a delicious meal at Atlanta's Palms Grill Cafe, then listen to one
of the area's top educators, Dr. Karen Estep, director of teacher education at
Lincoln Christian University. Estep will share her three-week venture through
China last June to explore potential partnership opportunities between Lincoln
Christian University and China.
This final dinner program in a series sponsored by the Atlanta Museum will
begin with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by Estep's program starting at 7. Call
217-648-2233 to make your reservations, which are limited to the first 48 people
phoning. The Palms Grill and Cafe will offer a set of evening specials,
along with all the varied items on its menu, including its award-winning
homemade pie. It will be a fun evening and everyone is invited to attend, so we
hope to see you there.
Embalabala, professor of mathematics at Lincoln Land Community
College, was the guest speaker at Mount Pulaski Rotary
recently. (Click on picture for larger image).
He grew up in a predominantly thatched grass hut village
in Kenya as one of the youngest of 17 children born to his
father. He related how his first years of schooling took place under
the shade of trees or large bushes, scrawling answers to mathematics
problems with a stick in the dirt. He remarked that he graduated to
a slate tablet upon finishing the third grade.
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Education is a prestige in Kenya. Opportunities for higher education
are rare to many of the students. One day, his parents asked if he
would be willing to pursue higher education overseas. He went to
Nairobi to look at maps and cities in search for colleges in the
world. Peter said he choose to go to the United States since
American tourists to his region were always more friendly than those
from other countries. He decided upon the university at Spring
Arbor, Mich., since he thought it would be in a nice (spring)
climate with lots of water, which is a problem in Kenya.
His parents held a party for his departure, to which
the tribal families brought envelopes of money to help finance his
flight tickets. While at college in Michigan, he once received a
small scholarship from a Rotary club in the Spring Arbor area. His
first winter coat was secretly left for him on his doorknob when
someone saw him shivering at a late-October soccer game.
He and his wife, Julie, live on 5 acres in the
Athens area, raising and home-schooling their seven children. He
raises some cattle, chickens and is a beekeeper, too. Last year his
family reported in excitement that they got electricity in their
Thompson, an eighth-grader at Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln,
has been selected as the Zion Lutheran November Student of the
Month. At ZLS, Logan has been on the honor roll and participated in
Bible Bowl, Spelling Bee and Geography Bee.
He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln.
His church and community activities include youth group, VBS helper,
YMCA traveling soccer team, violin and Boy Scouts. Logan also enjoys
building with Legos.
His parents are the Rev. Mark and Chris Thompson of
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