These last two weeks, downtown Lincoln will continue to be alive
with the hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday cheer. Shoppers
can enjoy the convenience and pride of shopping locally. Santa will
make appearances throughout downtown on Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22.
On Dec. 15, Santa will start out the day at Owl's Roost from 10
a.m. to noon and finish up at Mary Todd's Hallmark from 3 to 5 p.m.
after walking throughout downtown in between.
His final stop downtown will be on Dec. 22. That day he will
start off at the Lincoln post office from 10 a.m. to noon, continue
at the Lincoln Fire Department from 1 to 3 p.m. and finish up at
Kroger's from 4 to 6 p.m.
Parents are encouraged to bring their youngsters and cameras
along to see Santa, with photos welcome at all locations. Those
keepsake snapshots are prized possessions for years to come.
Main Street Lincoln, a volunteer-driven organization, is pleased
to participate in the holiday shopping season, promoting eateries,
antique stores, thrift stores, one-of-a-kind shops, nightlife and
entertainment, along with plenty of services and businesses. Stroll
the festive streets, peruse the wonderful shops and find those
Christmas treasures along the way.
For more information on any of these events, the Main Street Lincoln
organization can be reached at 217-732-2929 or
Also, information and business specials are available online at
Zion Lutheran student council offers warmth to those in need
For the sixth year, the student council of Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln
will give out winter coats, sweaters and much more to those in need. This
year's event will be on Monday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LifePointe
Church, just off the square in downtown Lincoln.Anna Sielaff is the president of the student council this year, and
the vice-president is Zac Prather. The council consists of 11
students from the school. According to Jennifer Prather, Zac's mom,
this year the drive has brought in more than 500 items, including
coats, sweatshirts, sweaters, gloves, hats and scarves.
available in a wide variety of sizes from toddler to XXXL adult
Prather said the council has worked hard on the project this
year, and it really took off, with a lot of people pitching in and
making donations of gently used items.
All of the items to be given away are in gently used condition.
They have been examined, minor repairs done when needed, and they
have all been laundered courtesy of McEntire's Appliance in Lincoln.
Prather said the coat drive project began when Lexie Groves was
the president of the council. She, her mother Terry, other student
council members and their parents put together a drive and gave the
coats away at the Logan County Food Pantry.
Even though Lexie is now a freshman in high school, Prather said
Lexie's mom has been very much involved this year, helping the
council to keep the project going into this year and the future.
Anyone who is need of a good coat, sweater or sweatshirt is
invited to come to LifePointe Monday evening. The giveaway is a "no
questions" program with no qualifying factors or need to show proof
of your need. Simply come and get what you or your family need.
In addition, donations are still being accepted at McEntire's
Appliance store through Monday. Anyone who has something in good,
gently used condition that they no longer need is encouraged to
donate to the drive and help someone in our community who might not
otherwise be able to have warm clothing this winter.
Albert named ALMH Employee of the Year
Cathy Albert of Lincoln has been named the
2012 Employee of the Year at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
CEO Dolan Dalpoas presented Albert with the honor Dec. 7 at the
annual ALMH Holiday Celebration and Awards Night at the Knights of
Albert works as a linen technician in environmental
services. Her positive attitude is what caught the attention of her
nominators and the ALMH Employee Activity Committee, who awarded the
"Cathy's heart is as big as they get, and she is such a help to
us, besides taking care of linen every day ... which is no easy
task. She is always there when you need help and will do a person's
work when they are off that day and never complain," her co-workers
said in the nomination.
Cathy was born at St. Clara's Hospital in Lincoln and has lived
in Lincoln most of her life, with the exception of some time living
in Springfield. She and her husband, Tom, have three daughters,
Tina, Desirae and Kaya, and a son, Floyd. She also has three
grandsons, Kyle, Alex and Braydon, and a great-grandson, Riley.
She enjoys scrapbooking, working in the garden, walking and
attending her family's sporting events.
Albert has been an employee of ALMH for 28 years. She likes
working at the hospital because she loves seeing patients happy when
she cleans their rooms and takes pride in lending a helping hand if
she meets someone in the hallway and helps them find their way.
"ALMH is a great place to work. I have a great boss, great
co-workers, and we do great things for the patients we serve," said
Cathy Albert was one of the 12 Employees of the Month selected in
2012 by co-workers or patients. The other Employees of the Month and
their areas of work were Nathan Buss, acute care; Sara Ayer,
radiology; Jennifer Wilham, rehabilitation; Cindy Jette, special
procedures; Sherri Carlin, laboratory; Julie Cross, rehabilitation;
Leslee Moore, environmental services; April Matherly, special
procedures; Connie Haseley, radiology; Denise Allen, accounting; and
Amy Knox, rehabilitation.
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, is a 25-bed
critical-access hospital affiliated with Memorial Health System.
ALMH employs 310 in a variety of roles. For more information, visit
Grainger offer winter storm preparedness sweepstakes
Participants can enter to win vehicle preparedness kits
SPRINGFIELD -- Despite an unseasonably warm start to December, winter's
cold, snow and ice are just around the corner. To help people get ready for
winter weather, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Grainger are
teaming up to offer an online winter storm preparedness sweepstakes. Five
winners will receive vehicle preparedness kits donated by Grainger.
Grainger is North America's leading broad-line supplier of
maintenance, repair and operating products.
The sweepstakes is available on the Ready Illinois website,
Participants must read information about winter weather preparedness
and successfully complete a five-question quiz before registering
for the prize drawing. The sweepstakes runs through Dec. 31. Winners
will be announced in January.
"Now's the perfect time to get ready for winter weather,
particularly for traveling in snow, ice and bitterly cold
temperatures," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "This sweepstakes
is a fun way for people to learn about winter preparedness, and five
lucky people will win a preparedness kit for their car."
The vehicle preparedness kits donated by Grainger for the
sweepstakes provide water, nonperishable food, flashlight, light
stick, AM radio, batteries, rescue blanket, first-aid items and
"Cold weather can take its toll on individuals," said Jeff
Metherd, emergency preparedness brand manager for Grainger.
"Personal preparedness is important during inclement weather and
year-round, and we are excited to work with the state to help
promote its importance."
A winter storm preparedness
guide developed by IEMA and the National Weather Service is also
available on the Ready Illinois website or by calling 217-785-9925.
Lincoln Healthcare Foundation offers bricks in lieu of coal this Christmas
Just in time for the holidays, the Abraham
Lincoln Healthcare Foundation has announced that it is selling its last
commemorative bricks from the old Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
The bricks cost $20 each, and proceeds benefit ALHF. Each numbered
brick has a plaque and comes with a certificate. Five hundred bricks
to be offered for sale were set aside during the demolition of the
old hospital, and only a few remain.
A limited number of bricks
are available in the administration offices at ALMH, 200 Stahlhut
Drive, as well as in the ALMH Gift Shop in the hospital lobby and at
the Pink Shutter, 114 N. McLean. The hospital hours are 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Pink Shutter is open Monday
through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a community-based
critical-access hospital serving the people of Logan and eastern
Mason County. The Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation was formed
in 1986 to support the mission of ALMH. Contributions are welcome at
any time. To learn more about foundation programs, visit
www.almh.org or contact Marty
Ahrends at 217-605-5006.
events at Mount Pulaski Christian Church
MOUNT PULASKI -- Mount
Pulaski Christian Church Christmas events:
Tuesday, Dec. 18
- All-church caroling, 6:30 p.m.
(meet at the church)
Monday, Dec. 24
- Christmas Eve service, 6 p.m.,
in the sanctuary.
Bosom Buddies host fundraiser at Russell Stover's
Bob Hashman, captain of the
Relay for Life team Bosom Buddies, has announced that his team will host a
fundraiser at the Russell Stover candy shop on Lincoln's west side on
During that day the team will receive
a percentage of the price of all products sold at the store. The
event will run for the full day, but one day only.
The Bosom Buddies encourage everyone
to come out on Dec. 15 and pick up a box of holiday candy or other
treats to help raise money for Relay for Life.
Relay for Life is an annual event,
held nationwide. The funds raised are given to the American Cancer
Society to help meet the needs of those suffering from cancer and to
support research for cures.