To qualify during the priority period
of Sept. 4-28, individuals must have incomes of no more than 150
percent of the federal poverty level. Seniors or disabled residents
Beginning Oct. 1-31, accepted applications will be
expanded to include households that have families with children
under 5 and disconnected households.
All other households that meet the 150 percent federal poverty
guidelines will be eligible for the program beginning Nov. 1 and
will continue to May 31, 2013, or until all funds are depleted.
The amount of utility payment is determined by the household
income, size, fuel type and geographic location in the state. Source
of gas does not have to be natural gas or electricity in order to
receive assistance. Payments are made directly to vendors on behalf
of the households.
Interested participants can contact
their local Community Action Agency Partnership of Central Illinois
office to schedule an appointment:
217-732-2159, ext. 226
Piatt County: 217-762-2421
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois Agency serves
low-income, disabled and elderly households in six central Illinois
counties. For more information, visit
Jaycees Haunted House looking for volunteers
Construction is already under way
and the Lincoln Jaycees are still looking for volunteers to help
build and run this year's haunted house attraction. Volunteers must
be at least 16 years of age and have a parent's permission if under
18. Anyone interested can call Shelley at 217-871-3009 or stop by
the haunted house location at 325 S. Chicago St.
This year's haunted house will open
Oct. 5 at the Lincoln Jaycees Center, 325 S. Chicago St. It will be
open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7 to 11 p.m. as well
as Oct. 29, 30 and 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. Kids' matinees are every
Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m.
About the Lincoln Jaycees
The Lincoln Jaycees are a
not-for-profit organization that serves Lincoln and the surrounding
communities. The organization gives 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 at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of
each month at the Lincoln Jaycees Center, 325 S. Chicago St., and
are open to everyone.
Christian Church to host Ladies Day Saturday
The Lincoln Christian Church will host its first-ever Ladies Day on Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The theme will be "Back to Being Barefoot With God," and the
event will be hosted by Velma Morris.
Morris' daughter Heather
will serve as the worship leader for the day. She is based in
Minneapolis, Minn., and travels around the world leading worship
The guest speaker for the day will be Lisa Womble of the St.
Womble is currently involved in the most exciting adventure of
her life -- church planting. She and her husband, Scott, started a
church called The Merge in 2009 and plan for it to ultimately be a
24/7 coffeehouse church with a music venue.
Until recently, Womble was also serving full time on the faculty
at Saint Louis Christian College as the coordinator for the Ministry
Advancement Program, focusing on students' field education
experiences and spiritual formation. She also taught courses such as
Small Group Dynamics, Expository Speaking and the Ministry
Womble's husband, Scott, also works at SLCC. Prior to their move
to St. Louis in 2002, they served together in local church ministry
in the Illinois communities of Witt and Chambersburg. Scott and Lisa
have been married 26 years and have two children, Mandi and Michael.
Lisa earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education from the
University of Missouri in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from
Lincoln Christian Seminary.
She has taught in private school, public school and in the
church. She has also served as principal-administrator at a
Christian elementary school.
Womble is a certified coach for the Grip-Birkman gift and
personality assessment and uses this tool to help individuals and
churches mobilize people according to their spiritual gifts and
develop teams that effectively minister together.
She enjoys ministering to and serving the body of Christ and has
done so in a variety of ways, always approaching these ministries in
a manner that reflects her passion to equip others to serve.
She has directed
and designed curriculum for VBS, led youth ministry and directed
choirs and dramas.
She has served as
Christian education chair.
newsletter, The Encouragers Devotional Series, has been used by
individuals and churches to develop ministries of encouragement.
She has been
involved in worship leading for over 25 years and has served as
song evangelist at revivals and other special events.
She has spoken and led workshops at
many church events, conferences and at the Missouri Christian
Womble is passionate about the study and sharing of Scripture.
Motivated by Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17, her desire is that
the living, powerful and inspired Word of God would help each of us
to "be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work" in
The Saturday event will begin at 10 a.m. with a bread buffet,
followed by morning worship and words from Womble.
The group will break at midday for lunch, then resume their
worship with more from Womble.
The day will wrap up around 3 with coffee, cookies and
Registration is required, and the fee for the day is $10, which
includes refreshments and lunch.
For more information, contact the church at 732-7618 or Velma
Morris at 732-9585.
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Atlanta Public Library: Saturdays on the Lawn presents MusicFest
ATLANTA -- The talented and creative indie
band Something With Trees comes to the Atlanta Public Library on Saturday.
The band will join the Central Illinois Jazz Collective, the Route 66
Barbershop Quartet, and Julie Kasa and Natalie Stephens in a morning of
music on the library lawn.
Bring your own lawn chairs, sit back, relax and enjoy a variety of
musical styles and genres. This is a great way to get ready for the
parade at 2 p.m. and all the other Atlanta Fall Festival activities
MusicFest 2012 will begin with the Central Illinois
Jazz Collective, led by trombonist Tim Pitchford, from 10 to 10:45
a.m. The Route 66 Barbershop Quartet and the Kasa-Stephens duo with
Broadway favorites will follow from 10:50 to 11:40 a.m. Something
With Trees will perform from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The unique sound of Something With Trees is driven by vocalist
Brian Davis, whose musical storytelling captivates audiences of
every age. Davis, who also plays guitar and harmonica, is joined by
Collin Krause on violin, mandolin and vocals; Shaina Mattson on
vocals; and Austin Thompson on drums. Rock? Bluegrass? Sixties folk?
Come on out and be your own judge.
The Saturdays on the Lawn program is sponsored in part by the
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation -- Jerome Mirza Arts and
Culture Fund and the Jerome Mirza Foundation.
glass recycling notice
The Logan County Joint
Solid Waste Agency, in collaboration with the Lincoln Woman's Club and Verallia Saint-Gobain Containers, will have its monthly glass collection
next Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon.
Participants should use the Main Gate entrance.
Glass is not to be left at the site prior to the hours of the
The collection will be canceled in event of inclement
weather. On Facebook, like Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency to
access current information, updates and cancellation notices.
Participants in the recycling are reminded that only container
glass will be accepted during the collection. Container glass is any
glass that originally held either a food or beverage product. All
colors of glass will be accepted.
The glass recycling program does not accept broken glass due to
Participants are asked to thoroughly rinse all containers and
remove all plastic or metal lids, sleeves and rings. Labels, either
foil or paper, may be left on the containers. Due to the large
volume of glass being collected, the glass recycling program
reserves the right to refuse any glass that does not meet the
The glass recycling program does not accept light bulbs or
fluorescent lights, window glass, mirrors, ceramics, dishware or
CorningWare items. Participants are asked to comply with the glass
collection guidelines, as a single piece of ceramic material or a
light bulb can contaminate an entire load of glass.
Information on the county's recycling programs is available through
the Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency by contacting the office
at 217-732-9636 or visiting the agency website at
-- select "Joint Solid Waste Agency."
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
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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 recipientís 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
of 1957 news
The Lincoln Community High
School Class of 1957 invites the Classes of 1956 and 1958 to a reunion mixer
on Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus.
Writer's Club next meeting Sept. 11
Lincoln Writer's Club will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 in the Alumni
Room of the Lincoln College dining hall.
Suggested topics: a story using your
favorite food as the main character; a winter mishap; or a proud
All are welcome.
For information, call 732-2723.
Grandparent Breakfast Sept. 9
The annual Grandparent Breakfast
sponsored by the Oasis Senior Center will be at the American Legion
in Lincoln on Sunday, Sept. 9. The hours for the breakfast are 8 to
Everyone is invited to come out and
enjoy a great meal and bid on a special pie at the silent auction.
Tickets will be available at the
Pregnancy Resource Center's Rock 4 Life event
A five-hour charity "rock-a-thon" is planned for Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. at the Lincoln Christian University Restoration Hall, The Dowling
Auditorium. The Rock 4 Life
event will benefit the Lincoln Pregnancy Resource Center.
Entertainment and refreshments will be provided throughout the day,
and there will be a prize for the top rocker.
Planners are looking
for captains to organize teams, with each team made up of five
rockers -- family, friends, co-workers, neighbors -- one for each
hour in the Rock 4 Life. Every rocker in the team collects donations
for the hour they rock.
Are you ready to rock? Call Linda Nelson or Amanda Stidham at
217-735-4838 or email them at
of Preschoolers starting up in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- If you are the mother of a child
from birth through kindergarten, Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, is the
group for you. It's a place for moms to connect with other moms of
preschool-aged children. It's a place to experience mothering support,
personal growth and spiritual hope while meeting new friends.
The group will have its first
meeting on Sept. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Atlanta Christian
Church. Meetings will be on the first and third Wednesday of each
month from September through May.
MOPS encourages moms to value
mothering, whether they are working or stay-at-home moms. The group
helps to equip each participant as a mother, woman and leader to be
the best mom possible.
A typical meeting will involve
mothers dropping off their children in the nursery, where they will
be cared for by volunteers. Then the mothers will be free to enjoy
time with the other moms. The meeting will start with refreshments
and conversation. Then there will be a speaker, presentation or
demonstration on a variety of topics. There will also be a craft
project, just for fun, while the moms get to know each other. The
meeting will conclude with small group time, when the moms are
divided into smaller groups for discussion time to get to know one
Simply put, MOPS is a safe place
where moms can go and know that they are not alone in their
mothering journey. MOPS provides resources and even mentor moms
(moms who have "been there and done that") to help along the way.
For registration information,
contact Melissa Smith at 217-520-9516 or the Atlanta Christian
safety course to be offered at Mount Pulaski
MOUNT PULASKI -- The Mount
Pulaski American Legion will be the location for a two-day hunter safety
training course. The classes will be on Sept. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. and on
Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A noontime meal will be served on
For anyone under
the age of 16 wishing to attend, they must be accompanied by a
second party who is at least 16 or older.
Reservations for the class can be
made by calling 217-792-5658.
There is no charge for this class.
Historical Society presents 'An Enchanted Evening at the Cro'Hurst
ELKHART -- The Elkhart Historical Society concludes its summer
events program with an evening on Elkhart Hill. "An Enchanted
Evening at the Cro'hurst Mansion" is planned for Sept. 9 from 5 to 8
The event will include finger foods, drink and music as attendees
immerse themselves in the late-summer beauty of Elkhart Hill.
Those who attended last year enjoyed a memorable evening as they
visited with friends and neighbors. This is a perfect way to say
goodbye to the long, hot summer.
The cost is $30 per person.
Call 217-947-2238 for reservations; then download a
reservation form from the Elkhart Historical Society website,
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org, or pick one up at
Horsefeathers in Elkhart.
For further information, contact Gillette Ransom at 217-947-2238
or email Gini Bertoni
Register now for 2nd annual Moving Forward 5K
Registration is open for
the second annual Moving Forward 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for Oct. 13 at
Edward R. Madigan State Park. At 9 a.m., rain or shine, walkers and runners
of all fitness levels will take off on a route that meanders through
grassland and woodland. All are encouraged to join friends and family and
enjoy the fall scenery while being active.The event is brought to the community
by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation and Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital's Sportscare.
Runners and walkers can register
For those who register before Sept.
15, there is a discounted registration of $20, which includes a
men's or women's dry-fit race shirt. After Sept. 15, the
registration fee will increase to $25. Shirts are not guaranteed for
"Our mission is to improve the
health of the people and communities we serve, and what better way
than through exercise," said Todd Mourning, physical therapist and
manager of rehab services at ALMH. "I hope that this event
encourages people of all fitness levels to get moving forward
towards good health."
The event's lead sponsor is
Gehlbach Law, PC. Other sponsors are Blue Dog Inn, Clinical
Radiologists, Eaton Corp., Nikles Chevrolet, Nobbe Eye Care, Linda
Barrick at Brady Realtors and Tracy Olson Insurance Agency.
The Abraham Lincoln Healthcare
Foundation will use proceeds from the Moving Forward 5K Run/Walk to
support community wellness programs.
Sportscare at ALMH is a full-service
athletic training program for young athletes and active adults.
Services include performance enhancement, injury prevention,
concussion management, training zone programs, high-tech knee and
shoulder treatment, and more.
For more information about the
Moving Forward 5K event, call the rehabilitation department at ALMH