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Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit
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throughout central Illinois, including Memorial Medical Center and
St. John's Hospital in Springfield. CICBC is a division of the
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which collects over
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Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Local artists' expressions of a future world
The art exhibit "Predictions" opened on a
snowy and blustery evening to a steady stream of gallery visitors.
"Predictions" is the premiere event for the Logan County Art Association.
The show began Dec. 20 and runs until Jan. 12 at the Lincoln Art Institute.
"Predictions" was selected as the
theme for the show to coincide with the end-of-world predictions
mainly represented by the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar on
the winter solstice. Nine artists from Logan County contributed to
the exhibit, crafting their art to address their personal views on
the future, whether the world ends or, if not, how we as a species
move into and create the future.
Christopher Tice, professor of art at
Lincoln College, created a multi-layered piece he calls "Utility,"
essentially his view of what the world would resemble after a fire
consumed the planet. The piece is an amalgam of ordinary objects he
placed on a container and finished off in his backyard forge. While
the melted objects retain their shapes and seem random, Tice has
created symmetry on the surface. He then mounted a video projector
above the piece that shows a subtle movement, a cycle to time, in
his words. "I am trying to create a visual effect on a physical
surface," Tice explained.
For the exhibit, Lincoln High
School teacher Jason Hoffman submitted three pieces that explore his
current focus on the link between a museum exhibit and one for an
art gallery. "My pieces explore a survival aspect, whether it is the
end of the world or a new beginning, and how we as individuals
respond to mortality," he said. To Hoffman, art is something he
thinks about every day -- how what he sees can be translated into
something that speaks about the issues we face in everyday life.
Moses Pinkerton, the host for the exhibit, also contributed
several pieces. "If a piece of my art turns out right, people should
be able to look at one of my works and tell what it is saying," he
said. He is not a big fan of the abstract movement. His piece
"Ripe," a hand holding an Earth burgeoning with possibilities, is a
personal view about the potential available to all of the occupants
of our planet.
Bonnie Mayo's two paintings strongly express her optimism, with
themes showing the sun rising on a landscape still occupied and
changed by people. For her, art is "a process of thinking about a
subject for several weeks and then getting to a point where it is
time to put paint on canvas," she said. "I wake up one day and know
the time is right to create the actual painting." She is also
careful to use a frame that accentuates the focus and colors of her
While the photos accompanying this article give a sense of what
the artists want to convey, the exhibit definitely needs to be seen
in person to appreciate the creativity.
The show "Predictions" is open at the Lincoln Art Institute, 112
S. McLean, until Jan.12. Pinkerton may be reached there at
217-651-8355 for more information.
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Christmas tree pickup program starts Jan. 7
The street department in Lincoln will pick up
Christmas trees starting Jan. 7 for Ward 1, Jan. 8 for Ward 2, Jan. 9 for
Ward 3, Jan. 10 for Ward 4 and Jan. 11 for Ward 5. Trees must be by the curb
by 7 a.m. on the day of the scheduled pickup.
Trees must be free of all decorations and not
in a bag. Wreathes will be picked up if they are free of wiring.
Retirement open house planned for Rev. Rich
The community is invited to
a retirement open house for the Rev. Rich and Barb Reinwald on Sunday, Dec.
30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln.
Writer's Club will meet Jan. 8
Lincoln Writer's Club will
meet Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Lincoln College
Suggested topics: an era when you wish
to have been born; a memorable Christmas gift; a person you have
always admired; home remedies.
For more info, call 732-2723. All are
Pulaski to hold New Year's Eve memorial service on the courthouse lawn
MOUNT PULASKI -- The community is invited to
join the village of Mount Pulaski in a service of remembrance on New Year's
The gonging of the bell in honor of
those who died in 2012 will be on Monday night at 9. This is the
third annual memorial event.
The group is invited to meet on the west side of the courthouse,
where the 1857 school bell will be used to ring out a remembrance of
those who are gone but not forgotten.
board election Jan. 30
A general membership meeting of the Humane Society of Logan
County will be on Jan. 30 in the Steinfort Room at Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive.
The annual election for three seats on the board of directors of
the Humane Society of Logan County will be at this meeting.
Anyone who is current with their dues and has been a member for
at least three months prior to the election may declare their intent
to seek election to the board of directors. If you are interested in
serving on the board, you may send a letter of intent to the board
secretary, Wanda Stevens, at
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.
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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