The meeting is free to attend and open
to anyone 18 years of age and older who is interested in any kind of
Organizers are hopeful that local artists will be interested
in becoming a part of this association, but also encourage anyone
who is interested in learning more about art to attend as well.
Areas of interest will be drawing, painting, sculpture,
photography and art history.
This is the first meeting, so the group doesn’t have an agenda
yet. Organizers are open to ideas and suggestions that might help
determine the direction the group will take.
"Please join us," says Georgie Borchardt. "We'd love to see/meet
you and have you begin this new adventure with us!"
Contact Borchardt at 309-244-5708.
Woman's Club fall luncheon Wednesday
Lincoln Woman's Club members will host a fall
luncheon at noon Wednesday at the club building.
Socks will be collected to be
distributed to Native Americans.
Deb Schweitzer will give devotions.
Janet Haning and Carol Schwantz are greeters, and Diane Osborn,
Louann Bleess and Alexis Asher are social co-chairwomen.
John's Germanfest offers family time, German food, polka dancing and crafts
The 13th annual Germanfest will be celebrated
at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln on Oct. 20. Authentic German
food will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the
church. The Alley Kats Band will furnish music during the serving time,
including polka music for dancing or listening.
Parking for the church is on the
corner of Maple and Eighth streets.
Brats, red cabbage,
sauerkraut, German potato salad, apple strudel, German chocolate
cake or angel food cake will be served with apple cider, tea or
coffee. A hot dog meal with chips, dessert and drink is also
The St. John Youth Group will offer the same menu at a drive-thru
line, available at the alley alongside the former ALMH east parking
Free delivery in town will be offered with orders of six or more
prepaid tickets. Tickets are available from church members or by
calling Cathy Sanders, 735-5219, or the church office, 732-6957.
Tickets will also be available at Germanfest. Tickets are $7.50 for
the German meal and $350 for the hot dog meal.
Proceeds will benefit mission projects, which have been the recipients from
the beginning. Missions served have been Austin Bahn Fundraiser, Back Bay
Mission, Boy Scout Troup 106, Church World Service Disaster Relief Fund,
Community Action Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity of Logan County, Hope
From the Rubble (UCC Church World Service project after Sept. 11, 2001),
Illinois Conference Hurricane Relief Fund, CROP, Mom and Me Camp, Reinhold
Niebuhr Memorial Plaque, Salvation Army, SHARE, St. John UCC of Chicago
(sister church), St. John UCC Youth Veterans Celebration and Recognition
Dance, and Teddy Bear Project of ALMH.
Heritage Museum welcomes historian, author Guy Fraker
The Lincoln Heritage Museum is hosting a
presentation and book sale/signing by historian and author Guy Fraker on
Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the museum, located on the campus of Lincoln College.
Fraker's presentation accompanies his newly released publication,
"Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit."
Fraker is an attorney from Bloomington. His book follows from his
years of research on Abraham Lincoln's time as a circuit-riding
lawyer and has been greatly anticipated by Lincoln scholars.
Throughout his 23-year legal career, Abraham Lincoln spent nearly as
much time on the road as an attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit as
he did in his hometown of Springfield. Yet most historians gloss
over the time and instead have Lincoln emerge fully formed as a
skillful politician in 1858.
In this innovative volume, Fraker provides the first-ever study
of Lincoln's professional and personal home away from home and
demonstrates how the 8th Judicial Circuit and its people propelled
Lincoln to the presidency.
Though it fluctuated in size through the years, the 8th Judicial
Circuit, which existed from the late 1830s to the 1860s, comprised
most of the county courthouses in central Illinois. Logan County was
included, and Abraham Lincoln practiced law in courthouses in
Postville, Mount Pulaski and then in Lincoln as the location of the
county seat changed during that time.
Fraker describes the people and counties that the future
president encountered, discusses key cases Lincoln handled and
introduces the important friends he made -- friends who eventually
won him the presidential nomination in 1860.
As Fraker shows, the 8th Judicial Circuit provided the perfect
setting for the growth and ascension of Lincoln. A complete portrait
of the 16th president depends on a full understanding of his
experience on the circuit, and "Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency"
provides a deeper understanding of the roots of his political
influence and acumen.
Fraker has garnered advance praise for his book. John Hoffman,
curator of the Lincoln collections at the University of Illinois,
remarked about the book: "Drawing together both contemporary and
reminiscent sources, and bringing a sense of place to each locale on
the circuit, Fraker provides a comprehensive view of Lincoln's life
in law and politics on the Illinois prairie."
Fraker served as consultant on the award-winning PBS documentary
"Lincoln, Prelude to the Presidency." A graduate of the University
of Illinois College of Law, he is a past president of the McLean
County Bar Association. He is widely considered the foremost expert
on Lincoln's time on the circuit.
The presentation is free, and books will be available for sale
afterward for $34.95 plus tax.
For more information, contact Ron Keller at the Lincoln Heritage
Museum at 217-732-3155 or
to host blood drive Thursday
To help ensure an adequate
blood supply for the region, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut
Drive, is hosting a blood drive Thursday, Oct. 18, on the blood donor bus.
The hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For your convenience, call Alexis to
sign up toll-free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 5158, or
schedule an appointment online at
www.bloodcenterimpact.org using sponsor code 60177. Walk-ins are
also welcome and truly appreciated.
Central Illinois Community Blood
Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of lifesaving
blood for 14 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Springfield's Memorial Medical
Center and St. John's Hospital. CICBC is a division of the
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which collects more than
180,000 units of blood annually and serves 85 hospitals in Illinois,
Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Time to sign up for the Atlanta Library's annual book group
ATLANTA -- Worldviews, the Atlanta Public Library's book group, is about to
get under way, with the first meeting scheduled for Oct. 29. This is a great
opportunity to read some fantastic books, share your ideas about them with
friends, socialize and learn about a subject of global significance. This
year's focus is the Holocaust.
Worldviews is free and meets on Mondays
from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library.
On Oct. 29, the group will discuss John Boyne's "The Boy in the
Striped Pyjamas," the New York Times best-seller about the
concentration camp friendship between a German boy and a Jewish boy.
Subsequent sessions will feature discussions of "The Diary of a
Young Girl," by Anne Frank, on Nov. 26; "In the Garden of Beasts,"
by Erik Larsen, on Jan. 28; and "Sophie's Choice," by William Styron,
April 29. On Feb. 25, the group will have a potluck supper and watch
and discuss the award-winning movie "Schindler's List." March 25,
Michael Rothberg from the University of Illinois' Holocaust,
Genocide and Memory Initiative will speak to the group about
genocide in the world today, and in May, the group will take a field
trip to the Holocaust Museum in Chicago, where members will have an
opportunity to speak directly with a Holocaust survivor.
To sign up for Worldviews, call the library, 217-648-2112, or email
sure to ask about the multiple ways in which you can obtain books through
of Logan County, make your reservations for Nov. 4 celebration & dance
Over 1,100 invitations have been sent to the
veterans in Logan County for the 11th annual Veteran's Celebration and
Recognition Dance, sponsored by the St. John United Church of Christ Youth
Group. The event is planned for Nov. 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion in Lincoln.
Although invitations and a reply card
have been sent to the veterans the group has addresses for, it is
not too late for any veteran who did not receive an invitation to
call in a reservation request to Tonita Reifsteck, 732-9796; the
youth sponsors, Jonathan and Tami Pagel, 732-4500; or the church,
732-6957. Seating can then be arranged.
The evening will begin
with a light meal served from 5 to 6 p.m. and a tribute to the
various branches of service by the Don Smith Band, which will
provide dance music from 5 to 7:30.
The youth along with their sponsors, the Pagels, plan and host
fundraisers all year for this celebration to honor the veterans of
Logan County or any veteran who was deployed from Logan County.
The St. John Youth Group will also honor the veterans of their
church on Nov. 4 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service with a
"Litany Remembering All Those Who Serve" and will present each
veteran with a special gift.
Those veterans are Loren Birnbaum, Josh Bismark, Adam Bock, Bob
Borowiak, Charles Brainard, Erik Brickman, Kenneth Brickman, John
Cassens, Rod Christensen, Phillip Gehlbach, Gerald Gehrke, Dan Gosda,
Gerald Gosda, David Hansen, Homer Harris Jr., Jack Leich, Robert T.
Lenhardt, Eric Leslie, Don McCann, Scott Mara, Robert Meinershagen,
Anthony Morey, Richard Morgan, Wilbur Paulus, Arthur Rohrer, Ron
Sprague, Ray Turner, Donald Werkman, Eddie White, Lawrence Wilham
Jr., James Wilmert, Wilbur Wilmert and Mark Wilson.
Park District nominating petition forms now available
BEASON -- Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013,
election in Chestnut-Beason Park District are now available. Forms
may be picked up in the office of the board secretary at 1707 2150th
Ave., Beason, on any business day between 5 and 7:30 p.m.
A park district candidate's petition must be filed in the same
office no earlier than 8 a.m. on Dec. 17 and no later than 5 p.m.
Candidates' names will appear on the election ballot in the order
in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary's
Two seats on the seven-member park board will be filled at the
April 9 election. Candidates elected will serve six-year terms
expiring in April 2019.
Fare feature of 29th Harvest of Talents
When the doors open to the 29th annual Harvest
of Talents for World Hunger, on Oct. 27 at 7 a.m., the event will include
Harvest Fare, an area of the Harvest which in the past bore no official
In recent years the area has existed
between the canopy entrance to the Lincoln Christian Church
Fellowship Center and the parking lot. The name was officially
chosen on recommendation of Tim Becke, Harvest Ministry Team member
who oversees the outside area.
The 2012 version of Harvest Fare will
include the ever-popular deep-fried potato chips, from both white
and sweet potatoes; walking tacos, prepared and served by the staff
of International Disaster Emergency Service, which receives the
proceeds from the Harvest of Talents; Lincolnberry Prairie Café,
featuring flavored coffees, scones and a variety of snacks, along
with brisket and maple ham sandwiches; and the Potting Shed, a new
booth offering a variety of plants and bulbs.
Becke commented, "We are
anticipating new booths to be added to Harvest Fare in celebration
of next year's 30th annual Harvest."
Craft areas in the Fellowship
Center will feature hundreds of handmade items, many one-of-a-kind.
Special areas include Yesteryear's Kitchen, with hundreds of jars of
jams and jellies and a wide variety of baked goods; the Christmas
Nook; Cottage Collectibles, with repurposed and shabby chic items;
and Critters in the Garden. Other areas featuring goods and services
are Ye Olde Sweet Shop, Blings 'n Things, Origami Creations, and
henna designs and face painting. Gifts From Around the World will
offer a wide variety of items from countries around the world, some
of which have been the recipient of Harvest funds in past years.
Breakfast of homemade cinnamon and
caramel pecan rolls will be served from 7 until 10 a.m. The luncheon
menu includes homemade vegetable soup, barbecue sandwiches and
homemade pies. Snacks will be available in Harvest Fare for Harvest
shoppers or for those who just drop by Harvest Fare for tasty foods.
A 5K Harvest Run and one-mile fun
run-walk will be hosted by the local YMCA and sponsored by several
local business. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of
Pekin and Hamilton streets. Early registrations are being accepted
at the local YMCA office. For more information, contact the YMCA at
217-735-1915 or 800-282-3520, or visit
In keeping with the Harvest's
desire to be family-oriented, there will be special activities for
children from 9 to 11 .a.m.
Auctions are a highlight of the
Harvest of Talents for World Hunger, and this year there will be
four. In the morning hours there will be two silent auctions in the
Fellowship Center and one in Harvest Fare. The official Harvest
Auction will begin at 2 p.m. Mike Maske Auction will be in charge of
the sale, which will offer unique handmade quilts, fine needlework,
woodworking, photography, repurposed pieces, small furniture and
many one-of-a-kind items.
The items offered for sale on
Harvest Day include a wide variety of quality handmade items
suitable for gift-giving for birthdays, new arrivals and Christmas.
Every penny raised at the Harvest
is used to meet hunger needs worldwide. No administrative costs are
deducted. All proceeds from the Harvest of Talents will be channeled
by International Disaster Emergency Service, a Kempton, Ind.-based
Christian organization, to hunger victims worldwide.
The Harvest of Talents originated
at Lincoln Christian Church in 1984. In the first 28 years,
Lincoln's Harvest of Talents for World Hunger raised $1,636,092.89
to provide food for the hungry in 21 countries, including the U.S.
This year the Lincoln church is joined in its mission by churches in
Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas and Illinois. The public is
cordially invited to attend. Lots of parking space is available, the
facilities are handicapped-accessible, and carryouts are available.
The next day all funds raised will
be presented to International Disaster Emergency Service at a 10
a.m. Sunday celebration service open to the public in the chapel of
Lincoln Christian University.
For more information, call
email@example.com or visit
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Jefferson School rummage sale Tuesday
Jefferson School, 710 Fifth St., is having a
rummage sale on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Some of the items
included in the sale are TVs, VCRs, bikes and educational items too numerous
The sale will be in the garden behind the
school, at Sixth and Adams. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be
moved into the school gym.
Ladies Aid hosts harvest soup supper
Zion Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, in
conjunction with Thrivent Financial, is hosting a harvest soup supper
Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the church's Christian
Education Building, 205 Pulaski St. in Lincoln.
All-you-can-eat chili or vegetable
soup will be served with dessert and a beverage.
For more information, phone
Auxiliary to host book sale and Gold Refinery event
The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Auxiliary will host the Gold Refinery and a book sale Monday and Tuesday,
Oct 15 and 16.
Funds raised by the ALMH Auxiliary are
used to benefit programs of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
The public is invited to bring
their unwanted necklaces, bracelets, earrings, platinum, silver,
coins, rings, watches and more to the gold event. Those who attend
will have an opportunity to be paid cash for their unwanted items.
The book sale will offer unique
children's books, cookbooks, inspirational books, gift items and
The events will run from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday and from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Both will be at
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The Gold Refinery event will be
outside the Woods Café, and the book sale will be in the Steinfort
Organized in 1951, the purpose of
the ALMH Auxiliary is to promote public relations, provide volunteer
services and conduct fundraising for the hospital.
To learn more about the ALMH
Auxiliary and volunteer opportunities, contact Lynne Metz at
217-605-5701 or visit www.almh.org.
and Harbor Light Hospice invite community to chat over coffee Oct. 22
MOUNT PULASKI -- Vonderlieth Living Center and
Harbor Light Hospice invite the community to a "meet and greet" coffee chat
Oct. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Buff’s Family Restaurant, 102 S. Washington in
Coffee, juice and cinnamon
rolls will be provided.
For more information, call Harbor Light
Hospice at 217-875-4395.
Public Library announces new program for seniors
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Library invites the community to a
series of monthly events for seniors. The series is called "This
Golden Age" and is about making life matter no matter how old you
are. This Golden Age tackles topics of particular interest to people
over 50. The monthly events begin Oct. 16 and are scheduled for nine
The series kicks off at the Atlanta Community House with Bruce
Boeck, a practicing counselor for over 30 years, who will speak on
"Renewed Hope: When Getting Old Gets You Down." Boeck has worked
extensively with children, adolescents, adults and seniors, as well
as couples and families. A longtime resident of Normal, he is
currently the program director of a counseling program for seniors,
"Renewed Hope," based at the Hopedale Medical Complex. Boeck will
discuss the natural mood changes that occur with aging, how
depression is different for seniors than for younger people and how
to differentiate depression from dementia. The event will begin with
a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the presentation from 9
On Nov. 13, the series continues with "That Naughty Nutrition,"
with dietitian Karen Watt, who will cook up some delicious and
healthy snacks that meet the changing dietary needs of seniors.
This Golden Age is sponsored by the Hopedale Medical Complex, the
Atlanta Doctor's Office and Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home.
Reservations are encouraged but not required. For more
information, contact the Atlanta Public Library at 217-648-2112 or
Elkhart Historical Society presents 'Christmas According to
ELKHART -- In early
November, the Elkhart Historical Society will present "Christmas According
to Hollywood." The presentation will explore favorite Christmas movies and
some little-known facts about them in an evening of relaxation, laughter and
a meal at the Wild Hare Café before the holiday rush begins.
The event will be on Nov. 9 at 5:30
Each Christmas we
immerse ourselves in sentimentality brought to us courtesy of
Hollywood. The modern history of Christmas has included many
sentimental, poignant and funny movies, from Jimmy Stewart in "It's
a Wonderful Life" to Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in "White
Christmas." We enjoy watching Scrooge from "A Christmas Carol" and
the eternally optimistic, yet cursed Clark Griswold from "National
Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Who can forget "A Christmas Story"
with Darren McGavin and the reminiscing about that first BB gun and
sometimes a "confession" to admiring or even owning the leg lamp
that gave McGavin's character so much delight.
The cost for the evening is $25 per
For reservations, call
217-947-2238. Reservation forms may be downloaded from
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org, or pick up a reservation form
at Horsefeathers in Elkhart.
United Methodist Women host winter-wear giveaway Oct. 20
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta United Methodist Women
are organizing a winter-wear giveaway to help families in need get ready for
cold weather. There will be a selection of gently worn or new coats, hats,
gloves and some boots. This will be available in the basement of the Atlanta
United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 20.
The church is at the corner of Second
and Race streets and is handicapped-accessible.
College to present 'Our Town'
Lincoln College will present the play "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder. The
play is directed by Martin Holden, assistant professor of theater, with a
cast of 25 Lincoln College students. The show will be presented Oct. 24-27
at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Johnston Center for Performing
Arts on the college campus.
Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students,
and $1 for Lincoln College students with ID. To reserve tickets,
call the box office at 1-800-569-0556, ext. 280.
Jaycees present 'Terror by the Tracks' Haunted House
The annual Lincoln Jaycees Haunted House is back again to present
"Terror by the Tracks." The decades-old tradition has more rooms and
bigger scares than ever before. The award-winning maze is also back.
It is known for being the longest and darkest maze around.
The haunted house is again located at 325 S. Chicago St. It is open
every Friday and Saturday in October, starting this weekend. It will
also be open Oct. 29, 30 and 31. Hours of operation are 7-11 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 29-31. The admission price
Kids’ matinees are every Saturday in October from 6 to 7 p.m.
Lights are on and ghosts will be friendly. Special admission is $3.
For more information about the haunted house, visit
student could win $5,000 in college money
Commanders of Veterans of
Foreign Wars posts across Illinois have announced the kickoff of this year's
VFW and Ladies Auxiliary "Patriot's Pen" essay competition.
Middle school students in grades six
to eight in this area have the opportunity to compete in the annual competition and win thousands of dollars.
Students are invited to write a 300-
to 400-word essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for 2012-2013,
which is the 18th year of the contest, is: "What I Would Tell
America's Founding Fathers."
Students begin by competing at the
local post level. Post winners advance to district, and district
winners participate in the state competition. The state winners
compete for $46,000 in awards, and first place wins $5,000.
Each year, around 126,000 students
Deadline for student entries is
Nov. 1. Interested students and teachers should contact their local
VFW post for more information.
For details, visit
high school student could win trip to Washington, DC, and $30,000
Commanders of Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across Illinois have
announced the kickoff of the 66th year of the VFW and Ladies
Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high
school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of
dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
The Voice of Democracy Scholarship contest is an annual
nationwide audio essay competition designed to give ninth- to
12th-grade high school students, ages 15-19, an opportunity to voice
their opinion on their responsibility to our country. Home-schooled
students are also invited to participate.
Students must write and record a three- to five-minute essay on
this theme for 2012-2013: "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" The
recording is to be on an audio cassette tape or audio CD. Students
competing enter their recording, typed essay and entry form at their
local VFW post. The deadline is Nov. 1.
Post winners advance to district judging, and then the
first-place district winners advance to the state competition in
Springfield. All state winners receive a four-day trip to
A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists. First place
is a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American
university, college or vocational-technical school.
Annually the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships.
Around 50,000 students participate in the competition each year.
The Voice of Democracy contest was started by the National
Association of Broadcasters in the late 1940s, and the VFW became
involved in the late 1950s. The VFW took over primary sponsorship in
1961, when the broadcasters could no longer sponsor the program
nationally. Then in 1964, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary joined in
sponsorship of the program.
Because of the active program promotion and participation, the
national scholarship funds have steadily increased from four
national winners in 1962, with total scholarships of $3,750, to the
current level of 63 national scholarships totaling $152,000.
For more information about the Voice of Democracy competition,
contact the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in your area. If you are
unsure of the post in your area, contact Illinois VFW headquarters
in Springfield at 217-529-6688.
For more information, visit