"Brian is a very genuine nice man who
is so good to employees and visitors in the department. He is very
dependable and you know you can count on him. He is very funny,
always happy to tell you a joke and make you laugh or smile. He
deserves to be recognized for his kind nature and hard work," said
his anonymous nominator.
Bishop was born in Memphis, Tenn., grew up in Arkansas and attended
high school in Tennessee. He enjoys spending time with his family,
including his wife, Sherri, and two daughters, Abby and Alyssa. He
loves sports and collects baseball cards.
He has worked at ALMH for four
years and likes working there because he feels blessed with a great
"Our organization cares about its
employees, their suggestions, and I get to cook for people! Itís a
job to make something good and watch people enjoy it. Most
importantly, our focus is truly patient first," said Bishop.
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive, is a 25-bed
critical-access hospital affiliated with Memorial Health System. The
hospital employs 315 in a variety of roles. For more information about ALMH,
Woman's Club celebrates Christmas with program Wednesday
A Christmas program will be
presented by the Lincoln High School Choir during a 1 p.m. tea Wednesday for
Lincoln Woman's Club members.
Club members assisting with the tea
are Deb Schweitzer, Carol Grunder, Marilyn Armbrust and Carol
Hilscher. Devotions will be given by Ruth Sloot.
Members are reminded to bring a
listing of volunteer hours and donations to the meeting. There will
be a monetary collection for the Salvation Army.
Claus just keeps coming to historic downtown Lincoln
The clock is ticking and the days are numbered
before your Christmas shopping must be complete. With that in mind, Main
Street Lincoln invites the public to continue to enjoy historic downtown
Lincoln throughout the remaining holiday season. With Christmas fast
approaching, downtown businesses are ready for shoppers.
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.
make appearances downtown one more time, on Saturday, 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 events, the Main Street Lincoln
organization can be reached at 217-732-2929 or
Also, information and business specials are available online at
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 -- The Christmas Eve service at Mount
Pulaski Christian Church will be at 6 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary.
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recognizes excellence in our community
The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce
invites the public to help spotlight excellence in Logan County by making
nominations for the chamber's Pride & Progress Awards. Nominations will be
accepted until Jan. 7 to celebrate the achievements of chamber members in
the continued development and improvement of Logan County..
The Pride & Progress Awards are
designed to recognize outstanding achievement and promote positive
awareness. The awards celebrate and acknowledge excellence,
innovation, initiative, community involvement and are a thank-you to
those who go the extra mile to make Logan County a great place to
live, work and play.
Awards will be presented during the chamber annual dinner on Jan.
26 at the American Legion. All nominations are due by Jan. 7.
Awards are being given for:
Business of the
Year, given to a business that contributes to the community,
shows innovation and actively participates in events and
projects within the community.
New Business of
the Year, given to a business that has opened in the last 12
months and brings something new to the community, complementing
and contributing to the growth of Logan County.
Volunteer of the Year, given to a person who is involved,
committed and goes the extra mile, is dedicated and selfless for
the betterment of the community.
Award, given to a business that enhances, improves and
transforms their corner of the community into a more attractive
Excellence in Service, given to a
business that demonstrates a commitment to the community, its
customers and its employees, giving 100 percent always.
To be eligible to receive one of the above awards, businesses or
individuals must be members of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce in good standing.
You can nominate yourself or another chamber business for any of
the Pride & Progress Awards. Visit
for a link to make your
and a complete chamber
membership listing. The community is invited and encouraged to
make nominations for these awards.
Pride & Progress winners from annual
dinner this year were:
Business of the
Year -- Graue Inc.
New Business of the
Year -- Anytime Fitness.
Volunteer of the Year -- Joe Fitzpatrick.
Award -- Lincoln Theater 4.
Service Award -- NAPA Auto Parts.
Ambassador of the Year, Marcia Cook.
The chamber's annual dinner and the Pride & Progress Awards are
part of the chamber's mission to advocate, support and unify local
businesses of the prosperity of Logan County.
Betterment Fund board introduces 'Rt. 66 Reinterpreted' Art Project
ATLANTA -- In celebration of Route 66 and all it stands for,
Atlanta -- located on the Mother Road, midway between Chicago and
St. Louis -- announces its first "Rt. 66 Reinterpreted" Art Project.
Modeled on Chicago's "Cows on Parade" exhibit, the Rt. 66
Reinterpreted project presents artists the opportunity to create
their own take on one of the 20th century's most iconic and
recognizable symbols: the U.S. Route 66 highway shield.
Participating artists will be provided a blank, 2-foot-by-2-foot
wooden cutout of the Route 66 sign, painted white, which will then
become their personal canvas. The only requirement in creating a
reinterpreted shield is to incorporate the text "Illinois U.S. 66"
somewhere on the face of the shield, in whatever size, shape or
color the artist desires. Everything else about the design, style,
background and color of the reinterpreted shield is left to each
artist's imagination and creativity.
The project is open to anyone 16 years old and above. Up to 50
entries will be accepted in this year's project, as determined by
the date applications are received. All 50 entries will be displayed
outside along Route 66 in downtown Atlanta from May 1 to Aug. 31,
The board of directors of the Atlanta Betterment Fund will select
10 shields out of the 50 entries as finalists. Shields selected as
finalists will be judged on originality of design, overall concept
and quality of execution.
Voting will then take place May 1-Aug. 31 to select the top five
shield designs as winners of the 2012 project. Anyone, anywhere may
vote, either in person at selected Route 66 attractions in Atlanta
or online via Atlanta's website at
The top five vote-getters will be the winners of the year's Rt. 66
At the conclusion of the project, the five winning shields, along
with the names of the artists who created them, will be displayed on
a permanent basis in the Atlanta Route 66 Park. Entries selected as
one of the top five winning designs will also be showcased at the
International Mother Road Festival in Springfield Sept. 27-29, 2013.
Artists wishing to enter the Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project
must submit a completed application form, along with a $25 entry
fee. Completed applications are due on or before Feb. 1.
Applications received after Feb. 1 will not be accepted.
Completed Rt. 66 Reinterpreted shields should be carefully
packaged and returned to: The Atlanta Betterment Fund, 114 SW Arch
St., Atlanta, IL 61723. Shields should be submitted between March 1
and April 5, 2013. Shields received after April 5 will not be
The Atlanta Betterment Fund sponsors the Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art
All decisions regarding judging are final. Entries selected as
finalists will be notified by April 30, 2013. Entries selected as
one of the top five winning designs will be notified by Sept. 1,
Click on the "Route 66 Art Project"
www.atlantaillinois.org for more information, including project
guidelines and an application form to enter the Rt. 66 Reinterpreted
Art Project. Or contact:
Atlanta Betterment Fund
114 SW Arch St.
Atlanta, IL 61723
John UCC December schedule of events
St. John United Church of
Christ, 204 Seventh St.., has scheduled special Christmas music for the
10:30 p.m. --
Pre-service music by Handbell Choir, directed by David Helm
11 p.m. -- Worship
with Christmas Carols, Communion and candlelight service
Anthem: "Were You
There on That Christmas Night." Soloist Michael Schneider with
Adult Chime Choir.
Solo: "Ave Maria,"
by Franz Schubert. Soloist Michael Schneider.
County Art Association presents "Predictions"
The newly formed Logan
County Art Association is presenting its first show, "Predictions," at the
Lincoln Art Institute, 112 S. McLean St., from Dec. 20 through Jan. 12.
There will be an opening reception
from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Light refreshments will be served,
everyone's welcome, and there is no admission charge
The show is based on the predictions
by the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce as well as other
sources that suggest a catastrophic event will take place on Dec.
For additional information, contact
Georgie Borchardt by phone at 309-244-5708 or by email at
Logan County Art Association
Lincoln Art Institute website: