For the Wombacher couple, donating their home was a matter of giving
back to their community.
"We knew that our kids would not want the
house, nor did they need the proceeds from the sale," the Wombachers
said. "When we were asked to contribute to the hospital campaign,
this just seemed like the right thing to do. And, it certainly
worked well for us."
The home at 4 Forest Hills Drive was actually gifted to ALHF in
December 2010 as part of the $5.5 million Preserve the Mission
capital campaign. Through a life-estate arrangement, the Wombachers
benefited from an immediate tax deduction of the home's market value
and retained the right to live in the house as long as they wished.
The couple decided this summer that they would permanently move
to Englewood, Fla., where they have kept a winter home for many
years. On Sept. 19 they handed over the keys the keys to their
Lincoln home to Dolan Dalpoas, ALMH
president and CEO, and Marty Ahrends, ALHF executive director. The
Wombachers left Lincoln knowing they did not have the worry and work
of preparing their house for sale.
The four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath ranch-style home sits on a 1-acre
lot overlooking the 16th fairway at the Lincoln Elks Country Club.
It is listed for sale by Seth Goodman of ME Realty. Proceeds from
the sale will help pay for construction costs of the new hospital.
ALMH named the community conference room in honor of the John
Wombacher family and their generous gift. The Wombacher Room is
located just off the hospital lobby and is a prime meeting location
for ALMH committees, weekly blood pressure checks, health education
seminars and other not-for-profit community groups.
IRS-qualified charities like the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare
Foundation can accept many kinds of property gifts and provide
donors with a sizable tax deduction based upon a current appraised
"Life-estate gifts of property are a creative way to support your
favorite charity," Ahrends said. "A great deal of individual net
worth is tied up in occupied property or income-producing farmland.
A donor may not have the cash or stock to achieve their charitable
goals, but they can leverage their property to make a much larger
gift than they ever dreamed possible.
"Property gifts are particularly attractive to donors who have no
close heirs," Ahrends continued. "Often it is more rewarding for
these donors to gift an asset to a favorite cause, rather than to
will it to a distant relative who may not want to, or have the time
to manage the property.
"ALHF is deeply grateful to the Wombachers for their generous
gift," said Ahrends. "Long after their beautiful home has been sold,
their legacy will live on every time a patient seeks care at ALMH."
For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare
Foundation, contact Ahrends at 605-5006 or visit
Nativity scene display at St. John United Church of Christ
The St. John United Church of Christ Charity Guild is sponsoring
a Nativity scene display on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall of the church, 204 Seventh St. in Lincoln. The
community is invited to share in this program as the season of
The display will include placards describing the origin of each
Nativity scene or how it was acquired and who is the owner of each.
Some very small displays, hand-painted sets, the very old handed
down through generations and one made from cornhusks are just a few
that will be featured. The huge, lighted outdoor scene and the
stable scene for the sanctuary will also be on display.
punch, coffee and tea will be served by the Charity Guild.
Questions about the event can be directed to any of the officers:
Karen Birnbaum, president, 732-2592; Marlene Wilmert, 732-2659;
Selma Wilham, 732-3326; or Tonita Reifsteck, 732-9796.
Management Agency presents volunteer and professional recognitions
Thursday evening's Logan County Board meeting
in the Logan County Courthouse, there were about two dozen extra guests.
They were there for a Logan County Emergency Management Agency presentation
of special awards.
Dan Fulscher, EMA director, made the presentations. He called forth
four people for commendation. These people were recognized for their
dedication to serving the community.
"This is the time of year
that we really enjoy," said Fulscher.
The first award given was a Special Merit for Outstanding
"We had two people that were volunteers that our committee, as we
were looking at this, it seemed like every time we turned around in
the community, they were involved," said Fulscher.
The Special Merit was awarded to Roy Logan and Marcia
Greenslate. These two volunteers are frequently seen at the
balloon festival, at any celebration for the city of Lincoln and at
the park district's gathering for the Fourth of July.
"They always do it with such a smile on their face," said
Fulscher. "People look at you (Logan and Greenslate) and they smile,
and they have a good time; and there is no doubt in our minds that
we are very proud to give Marcia and Roy this Special Merit Award."
Greenslate commented: "I can honestly say that I wasn't prepared.
When we were first invited by Dan to come, we looked at each other,
and we were like, 'What's that about?'" She also said that being
active in the community is big part of who they are.
Logan wasn't expecting it either. He said: "My first question
was, 'We're not in trouble are we?'"
The second award presented was the Larry Shroyer Award.
"This is for people in emergency management and emergency
services and the community who have dedicated their life to
emergency services," said Fulscher.
This year the award was given to two people.
The first of the recipients was John Bunner.
Bunner began his 35-year service in law enforcement in 1977, when
he joined the Lincoln Police Department. He was promoted to corporal
in 1982 and again to sergeant and detective in 1989. He retired from
the city police in 2006 and became a truant officer for the regional
superintendent of schools for the following year. Bunner was hired
by the Logan County Sheriff's Department as a lead detective in 2007
and is still employed there.
The sheriff often attends board meetings as part of security
A surprised Bunner said: "Sheriff Nichols told me to be here
tonight, and he didn't tell me anything about this. I do appreciate
this award and thank you very much."
The second recipient was Terry Storer.
Storer came to Lincoln in December of 1977. He was a paramedic
with Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital from that point until
December 1999. He is also former adjunct faculty member at the
University of Illinois-Urbana. From 1995 through 2005, he worked as
a firefighter and paramedic with the Lincoln Rural Fire Protection
District. Storer joined the Logan County Emergency Management Agency
in December 2000 as deputy director and continues in that position.
"Terry's probably the only person I know of who takes a pay cut
from paramedic to come work as assistant director," said Fulscher.
In 2004 and 2012, Storer led in the development of a state-level
homeland security plan. In 2004, Logan County was the first county
selected to run such a plan. Storer is the only individual in the
state of Illinois who has led such a development process twice.
"That is the benchmark that is being taught to the rest of the
people in Illinois," said Fulscher.
Storer is also in charge of the communications plan and the
hazard mitigations plan.
Fuslcher said he was surprised when he realized Storer's name was
not on the list of award recipients before this year.
"Talk about EMA 911's 'wind beneath the wings,'" said Fulscher.
In accepting his award, Storer said: "It's an honor. I've worked
with some great people. Logan County is fortunate because we've got
a group of volunteers throughout the county that give so much."
This award was first given in 2000 and is named for Larry Shroyer.
Shroyer was one of the men present when the Logan County Safety
Complex was opened and paid for, and he wrote one of the first
emergency management operation plans for the county.
Past recipients of the Larry Shroyer
2000 -- Carl Faith,
2001 -- Gene Bathe,
2002 -- Doug Dutz,
2003 -- Ernest
Jeckel, Warren Wendlandt
2004 -- Stan
Anderson, Mark Mann
2005 -- Jim Hubrich,
Robert "Bucky" Washam Jr.
2006 -- Dianne
Ruff, Norma Bathe
2007 -- Mike
Patridge, Steve Siltman
2008 -- Stuart
Erlenbush, Dick Logan
2009 -- Steve
2010 -- Rick Bacon,
2011 -- Barb Kline, Randy Conklen
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]
Knox named November Employee of the Month at ALMH
Amy Knox has been named the November Employee of the Month at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Knox works as a physical therapist in the
rehabilitation services department.
After working at ALMH only seven months, Knox has already made an
impact by creating great patient experiences. A patient nominated
her for the award.
"Amy was pleasant and professional during my therapy treatments.
She explained my causes of pain and the exercises to help relieve
the pain very well. Amy was a great motivator, encouraging me every
step of the way even when we found more pockets of pain to deal with
as my sessions continued. I have been recommending ALMH therapy to
others. It is great," said the patient in the nomination.
Knox was born and raised in Rushville and currently lives in
Athens. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Illinois
College and completed a doctorate program in physical therapy at
Washington University in St. Louis. As a physical therapist, Knox
evaluates patients to diagnose their movement impairments and works
with the physical therapy assistants to develop a course of
"Physical therapy is a challenging but rewarding career. Working
with patients who have a variety of diagnoses means no two days are
ever the same. You never get bored," said Knox.
Knox said she enjoys working at ALMH because of her great
"I learn something new from them every week," she said.
ALMH is a 25-bed critical-access hospital located at 200 Stahlhut
Drive in Lincoln and affiliated with Memorial Health System. ALMH
employs 310 in a variety of roles. Each month someone is honored as
Employee of the Month. For more information about ALMH, visit
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American Legion Auxiliary meeting canceled
The Nov. 21 meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 263 has
The December meeting and Christmas party will be on Dec. 19 in
the Mary Pat Room at the American Legion, with a potluck at 6 p.m.
Members should note the time change. Members are to bring a dish to
pass. Meat and table service will be provided. There will be a $10
Ride available for Thanksgiving Eve
There's a safer alternative to driving for anyone who has too much to drink
while celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.
Safe Ride will be available in
Lincoln on Wednesday to those who need it. Safe Ride is a free ride
home, sponsored by the Healthy Communities Partnership.
"The night before Thanksgiving is traditionally a time in Lincoln
when people get together with old friends who are home for the
holidays. Safe Rides will help to keep the streets safer for
everyone who is celebrating. Our hope is that the community will
remember the service is available and that bartenders will suggest
it when necessary," said Angela Stoltzenburg, community partnerships
Safe Ride will also be available on Christmas Eve and New Year's
To receive a free ride home within the city limits on any of
these nights, call the cab company, American Cab of Lincoln, at
Healthy Communities Partnership is a collaborative organization
comprised of community agencies and private individuals striving to
create the healthiest community in America. It is supported by the
Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation. For more information or for
updates, like Healthy Communities Partnership on Facebook or call
Jaycees Angel Tree project under way now
The annual Lincoln Jaycees Angel Tree is under
way. The Angel Tree is a project to help the less fortunate children of
Logan County. Tags with these children's names are placed on "Angel Trees"
around the county. Employees or customers then pick a child from the names
on the tree and buy them gifts. The Lincoln Jaycees distribute these gifts
to the families in time for Christmas.
The public can find the Angel Trees at
the following locations: Cracker Barrel, ALMH cafeteria, CEFCU,
Blades Hair Salon, Illini Bank, Daisy's Hair and Nail Salon, and
State Bank of Lincoln. Trees are also located at Eaton, Family
Medical Center, Verallia, Sysco and International Paper for their
Gifts need returned to businesses by Dec. 10.
The Lincoln Jaycees purchase gifts to go with any names not
picked from the trees. If you would like to make a monetary
donation, send it to: Lincoln Jaycees, P.O. Box 254, Lincoln, IL
Gift pickup will be at the Lincoln Jaycees Center, 325 S. Chicago
St., on Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
The Lincoln Jaycees are a not-for-profit organization serving
Lincoln and the surrounding communities. The Lincoln Jaycees give
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 on
the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Jaycees
Center, 325 S. Chicago St., and are open to everyone.
Street Lincoln presents Christmas parade and holiday fun in historic
Main Street Lincoln invites the public to
enjoy historic downtown Lincoln throughout the holiday season. With the
height of the holiday season fast approaching, downtown businesses are
readying for shoppers.
Nov. 24 is nationally recognized as
Small Business Saturday. This event falls between Black Friday and
Cyber Monday and is dedicated to supporting small business in our
communities. Shoppers are encouraged to continue their power
shopping of Black Friday in downtown Lincoln, finding specials and
On Nov 29, Main Street Lincoln and the city of Lincoln co-sponsor
the annual Christmas parade. This year's theme is "Sending Holiday
Greetings to Your Loved Ones" to honor the 100th anniversary of the
Lincoln post office. Entries are being accepted through Nov. 23. The
parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and take the same route as
previous years. Prizes in many categories will be given. Following
the parade, the Oasis Senior Center will host a chili and soup
supper, along with craft items available, and Mr. Claus will be on
hand for the children.
Throughout December, historic downtown Lincoln will be alive with
the hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday cheer. Santa will make
appearances throughout downtown Dec. 8, 15 and 22, with exact
locations to be announced soon. Shoppers can enjoy the convenience
and pride of shopping locally.
Main Street Lincoln, a volunteer-driven organization, is pleased
to participate in the holiday shopping season, promoting our
eateries, antique stores, thrift stores, one-of-a-kind shops, night
life and entertainment, along with plenty of services and
For more information on any of these events, the Main Street
Lincoln organization can be reached at 217-732-2929 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, information and business
specials are available online at
Historical Society announces December events
ELKHART -- Elkhart
Historical Society's annual Candlelight Chapel Service at St. John the
Baptist Chapel will be on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and
Dining options are available before or after the services:
Make your service reservations by
calling 217-947-2238; then go to the Elkhart Historical Society
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org, and download a
reservation form, or stop by Horsefeathers in Elkhart to pick up
a form. Reservations are limited.
Dinner reservation forms are also
On Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., the
Elkhart Historical Society will present a book signing for
"Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit" at
Horsefeathers in Elkhart. Refreshments will be served.
Lincoln experts have called this new book superb,
richly detailed and an effective lesson in the importance of political
networking. This is the perfect time to obtain a signed copy of Guy Fraker's new
book just in time for Christmas giving. Further information regarding the author
and his book is available at
Society of Logan County offers holiday cookie trays
Planning holiday parties or
looking for gifts to give special friends or relatives? Let the Humane
Society of Logan County do your holiday baking. HSLC is once again taking
orders for holiday cookie trays. Each tray will contain three dozen fancy
holiday cookies with a variety of at least 12 different kinds of cookies.The cost is still only $15 per tray.
Larger trays are also available.
To place your orders, call Adrienne at
217-732-1979. The deadline for placing orders is Dec. 1.
Orders can be picked up on Dec. 8
at Graue Inc., 1905 N. Kickapoo St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Humane
Society of Logan County.
of Lincoln leaf pickup dates announced
The city of Lincoln will
provide leaf pickup services for residents again this year. Pickup days will
be by ward and will run beginning next week through Dec. 3.
Only biodegradable bags of leaves will
be picked up. Bags must be at the curb by 7 a.m. each day.
Leaf pickup dates:
Ward 1 -- Oct. 29, Nov. 9, Nov.
Ward 2 -- Oct. 31, Nov. 13,
Ward 3 -- Nov. 2, Nov. 14, Nov.
Ward 4 -- Nov. 5, Nov. 16, Nov.
-- Nov. 7, Nov. 19, Dec. 3
For those who wish to bring their
leaves directly to the landscape waste facility, it is currently
open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. for all
landscape waste. This will continue until Nov. 21.
On Nov. 24 the facility will return
to regular hours: Wednesday and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3:50 p.m.