Kathleen Buse from Logan County is
included in the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Buse is
leader of the Wide-A-Wake 4-H club, kitchen manager for the
spaghetti meal sponsored by the 4-H Foundation, organizer of the
summer International Cooking Camp program and a longtime Logan
County 4-H volunteer who has put in countless hours of support
toward the local 4-H program.
The Hall of Fame is designed to
recognize exceptional 4-H alumni, 4-H volunteers and former 4-H
staff who have a track record of extraordinary career achievement or
exemplary service to 4-H.
"This is our ninth class of inductees since recognition began in
2004," said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
"Itís also our largest class, and we commend them for their
commitment to the Illinois 4-H Youth Development Program.
"These longtime volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to
instill in youth," Barnard continued. "They are caring, dedicated,
generous leaders. The Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to
be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them, and we
thank them for their service to this wonderful organization."
Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion and
will be added to the virtual 4-H Hall of Fame listing at
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of
Fame in 2004, and nominations are made by University of Illinois
The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are
invested in Illinois 4-H programs that provide meaningful, positive
development experiences for Illinois youth to develop leadership,
citizenship and life skills. To learn more, visit
Safe Ride available for balloon fest weekend
There's a safer alternative
to driving for anyone who has too much to drink during the Lincoln Art &
Balloon Festival this weekend. Safe Ride will be available in Lincoln on
Friday and Saturday to those who need it. Safe Ride is a free ride home,
sponsored by the Healthy Communities Partnership.
"Safe Ride keeps the streets safer on
nights when children and families are more likely to be celebrating
away from home. Our hope is that the community will remember the
service is available and that bartenders will suggest it when
necessary," said Angela Stoltzenburg, manager of the Healthy
Ride will also be available on Labor Day weekend, the night before
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
To receive a free ride home within
the city limits on any of these nights, call the cab company, A
Green Cab of Lincoln, at 732-8294.
Healthy Communities Partnership is
a collaborative organization comprised of dozens of community
agencies. It is supported by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare
Foundation. For more information, visit Healthy Communities
Partnership on Facebook.
Woman's Club to host art fair luncheon
The Lincoln Woman's Club
will host its annual art fair luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more than 30 years, the Woman's
Club has hosted the fundraising luncheon in the club's historic
building at 230 N. McLean St. during the Lincoln Art Fair.
This year the club will again serve
pork barbecue, coleslaw, baked beans, chips and homemade pie. A new
addition to the menu is Avanti sub sandwiches. Items may be
purchased individually, but this year the club is also offering a
full meal of a sandwich, two sides, homemade pie and a drink for $8.
Lincoln Woman's Club uses the funds to
support its volunteer mission. The club has been an active part of
the community since 1896.
Mount Pulaski to honor 2 outstanding citizens
MOUNT PULASKI -- The Mount Pulaski Township
Park District is recognizing two individuals who have given their time,
experience, selflessness and dedication in working with countless youth and
for the betterment of the community of Mount Pulaski. The two honorees are
Robert L. Gasaway and the late Edward Butkovich.
The baseball field at Veterans Park
will be named Robert L. Gasaway Field, and the drive from Elkhart
Road into the park will be named Ed Butkovich Drive. There will be a
dedication ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. at the park.
Family, friends, players and city council members are encouraged to
attend. Anyone who desires to speak on behalf of the two gentlemen
being honored is encouraged to attend and provide comments.
A news release from the park district said of Gasaway and
Butkovich: "As role models, their efforts have led to the shaping of
lives and contributed to the success of their students who followed
after them. Their accomplishments as teachers and coaches are
admirable and have set a standard for emulation for all."
named ALMH August Employee of the Month
Judy Hamrick of
Williamsville has been named the August Employee of the Month at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Hamrick works as a medical records scanning
clerk. She has worked for Memorial Health System since 2000.
Hamrick takes pride in her work and
the role that she plays at ALMH in providing great patient care.
"Transferring patient charts into
the electronic system for our physicians and medical staff to view
is vital to providing great patient care," said Hamrick. "It's a
great feeling at the end of each day to know that you are part of
caring for patients and meeting the needs of our community."
Hamrick was nominated by co-worker
Tracy Curry, who works in radiology.
"Judy frequently takes the time to
write notes to co-workers to show appreciation for the little things
that ALMH staff do every day," Curry said. "That means a lot. It's
people like Judy that play such an important role in making ALMH a
great place to work."
Hamrick was born in Springfield and
raised in Williamsville. She lives in Williamsville with her
husband, Keith. She enjoys spending time with her husband
photographing hummingbirds, landscape and treasures they find along
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive, is a 25-bed
critical-access hospital affiliated with Memorial Health System. The hospital
employs over 315 in a variety of roles. For more information, visit
to host blood drive
To help ensure an adequate
blood supply for the region, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut
Drive in Lincoln, is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 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 using sponsor code 60177 at
www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and truly
Central Illinois Community Blood
Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of lifesaving
blood for 14 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including ALMH
in Lincoln and Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital in
Springfield. CICBC is a division of the Mississippi Valley Regional
Blood Center, which collects over 180,000 units of blood annually
and serves 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Fall Festival offers something for everyone
DELAVAN -- Something new has been added to the
2013 Delavan Fall Festival. There will be an adult men's softball tournament
on Saturday, Aug. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. Actually, this was added to the
2012 schedule but was rained out, so the organizers are going to try it this
Four teams have already signed up and
Bret Bahn, who chairs the tournament, is working to possibly make
this an annual event. Games will be played at Lake Park Field. If
you have an interest in participating in this new event, you may
contact Bahn at 309-613-3005.
In conjunction with the fall
festival, there will be an annual car show on Monday, Sept. 2, at
Lake Park in Delavan. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon, and
the show will run from noon to 3:30 p.m.
At approximately 3 p.m. various
prizes and recognition awards will be presented. All awards are
presented based on participant voting. Jeff McGee of JD's DJ
Services will provide music for the day.
Roland Rich Ford, Moore's
Appliances, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Runyon are sponsors of the car show
For further information, contact
Jeff McGee at 309-244-7178 or visit
Two dinners planned
A chicken dinner will be served at
the festival on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. The chicken
dinner is being served and sponsored by the United Methodist Women.
A walleye dinner will be served on
Sunday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. The walleye dinner is being served
and sponsored by the Common Ground.
Each of these meals will be served
with two sides.
For those not wanting the full
meal, the regular
stand line will be open with the usual menu available.
If you are interested in helping
serve one or both of these dinners, contact Janet Zimmer at
An elaborate display of fireworks
will once again be presented at the Delavan Fall Festival. The
festival has contracted with Central States Fireworks, and the
fireworks will be in Lake Park at dusk on Sunday, Sept. 1.
At the request of festival-goers,
the festival board decided to make the change of day to Sunday for
2011 festival. It was so well received that the 2013 fireworks
display will remain on Sunday night.
After missing 2012, the fireworks
will return this year. So grab your blanket or lawn chair and join
the excitement of the colorful display.
10K race and fun run
The 38th annual 10K road race will
take place on Monday, Sept. 2. Same-day registration begins at 6:30
a.m. and will close at 7:30 a.m. Race time is 8 a.m.
The course is a 6.2-mile rolling,
out-and-back route guaranteed to provide a challenge to all. Split
times will be available at the turnaround, and a water station will
be at miles 2 and 4. Lake Running Club will provide the race clock
and award tallies. This race is part of the Grand Prix Race Series.
Awards will go to the overall male
and female winners, and medallions will be awarded to the top three
finishers in each group and the top three Delavan finishers. The
runner categories are male and female ages 0-33, male and female
ages 34-39, male and female ages 40-45, male and female ages 46-56,
and male and female ages 57 and over.
The registration fee includes a
shirt if the registration form is received or postmarked by Aug. 25.
After that date, the fee remains the same, but entrants will not
receive a shirt. Registration forms are available on the fall
www.delavanfallfestival.com, or can be picked up at the city
clerk's office or Ayer Public Library.
The 1-mile fun run is free with no
need to preregister.
For additional race information,
contact Walt Dare at 309-840-2073 or email
No medallion hunt
The Delavan Fall Festival board
regrets to inform the community that the annual medallion hunt will
not be a part of the festivities this year. This is directly due to
the lack of volunteers and available resources.
Putting on a festival does not have
to require a great commitment from a few, but rather a small
commitment from a large group. However, in recent years the group of
volunteers has been dwindling and increasing the impact on those who
Volunteers for the festival can do
as little as helping with an hour of kids' games to as much as
organizing the large groups of folks who run the food stand. Perhaps
someone just wants to take on a job prepping sandwiches or marking
the lines for the vendor booths. The organizers are not asking for
folks to take on a second job, but rather dedicate a couple of hours
each year to help put on a festival that brings kids, friends,
family and more to the town they call home.
The community has relied on
volunteers for many years across many organizations, but with many
disappearing, even the festival itself may be on the brink. Remember
those who have volunteered for you and help give back to your
community by contacting any of the following fall festival board
members: Bev Larson, 840-3439; Janet Zimmer, 244-8892; Nancy
Behrends, 244-7529; Doris Higdon, 244-8894; or Aaron and Erica
For more information on the
activities planned for the weekend of the festival, visit
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Communities partners say goodbye to bus
While all the big excitement was going on at
the Logan County Fair, a quiet little retirement party took place Aug. 1
across the road at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
The guest of honor was quite large, big as a bus. OK, actually it
was a bus. It was the HOPE Mobile.
The name stands for "healthcare, oral health, prevention and
Dolan Dalpoas, president and CEO of Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital, welcomed all those who packed the reception room. It was a
diverse group, and as he looked around he identified health care
professionals, vehicle maintenance and mechanical workers,
housekeepers, administrators, volunteer coordinators, and others.
They were all people who made contact with one another in one way or
another through the mobile health service.
It was a bittersweet moment for those who had worked together
with the unit for many years. Many lives crossed paths in the bus
operations, and some had forged strong relationships, including with
those they served in the outlying communities.
Dalpoas said the use of the bus began because there were people
who wanted to do good work. Health care needs were identified for
which there would be benefits in going into the rural parts of the
county, and a grant of $400,000 got things started.
A later health needs assessment identified that youth weren't
getting dental care. Dalpoas said that in 2006, "we retooled and the
Healthcare, Oral Prevention Education Mobile began."
"So, while it's done a lot of really great work, it's really the
people that made it what it was."
Then, looking around the room, he recognized some of those who
kept the bus on the road, from the vehicle maintenance crew to nurse
practitioners to dental hygienists and volunteer support staff.
Special guest Kristi Lessen was present and offered a few words.
Lessen is the former executive director of the Healthy Communities
Partnership, having left just a year ago.
Lessen oversaw the bus transition in 2006 from the "Corn Bus,"
offering general health care services, to the HOPE Mobile with
Last year, Lessen left the Healthy Communities Partnership to
take a position as outreach coordinator with Simmons Cancer
Institute at Southern Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield.
Lessen says she loves her current job, and as she spoke about her
time here with the bus and the rural partnership, it was with
fondness that she credited a number of the people and her
experiences here for preparing her for the position she has now.
Angela Stoltzenburg currently serves as the executive director of
the Healthy Communities Partnership.
A little history on the bus
The mobile unit got its start under a subcommittee of the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce. Responsibility for the
operation shifted to the Healthy Communities Partnership when it
organized in 1998. Over time it has been supported primarily by
grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health, SIU School of
Medicine, Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, Logan County Board,
Eaton Corp. and others, along with generous donations from our
When the mobile service began, it had been identified that basic
health care services, such as wound care and blood pressure checks
for people who otherwise might not see a doctor, especially seniors
who might not drive, could prevent more serious health problems.
Later, an assessment conducted by the Logan County Department of
Public Health identified dental care as the top need in the
population. It was determined to begin by offering basic oral health
screenings and procedures for youth by way of the mobile unit.
Mark Hilliard, health department administrator, also set to work
on a plan to open a dental clinic in the health department. Through
diligent effort and repeated applications for grant funds, that
dream came true just over two years ago.
Today, the dental clinic with three operatories, its own dentist
and hygienist is meeting the dental needs of Logan County's
previously underserved population.
A new public transportation program was initiated a year ago,
which expanded transportation opportunities for seniors.
Various administrators agreed, while measuring the high costs of
the bus operation and the limited number of patients who could be
seen in a set time against the new opportunities, that it was now
time to retire the bus.
The mobile health unit served the population well, meeting
important health issues during its 15 years on the back roads of
It was with good memories and the satisfaction of a job well done
that past affiliates said "goodbye" to the HOPE Mobile.
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Oasis and St.
John's team up for October Germanfest event
Lincoln's Oasis Senior Center and
St. John United Church of Christ are working together on the 14th
annual Germanfest. Authentic German food will be served on Saturday,
Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of St. John
United Church of Christ in Lincoln.
The Alley Kats Band will furnish
music during the serving time, including polka music for dancing or
listening -- outside, weather permitting.
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 will also be available. The
church youth will offer the same menu in a drive-thru line,
available alongside the former ALMH east parking lot at the alley.
Parking for the church is on the
corner of Maple and Eighth streets.
Games for children of all ages will
be sponsored on the lawn alongside the parking lot. There will also
be a 50-50 raffle and bake sale during the 11-3 hours.
Tickets for the German meal are
$8.50 and the hot dog meal is $4. Free delivery in town will be
available with orders of six or more prepaid tickets. Tickets are
available from the church and Oasis members or by calling Marilyn
Armbrust at 732-4261. Tickets will also be available at the Oasis
booth at the balloon festival and at the door the day of Germanfest.
Profits will be evenly split
between the Oasis for their programs and St. John UCC for their
Missions served have been Austin
Bahn fundraiser, Back Bay Mission, Boy Scout Troop 106, Church World
Service Disaster Relief Fund, Community Action Food Pantry, Habitat
for Humanity of Logan County, the Hope from the Rubble UCC Church
World Service project after Sept. 11, 2001, Conference Hurricane
Relief Fund, CROP, Mom and Me Camp, Reinhold Niebuhr Memorial
Plaque, Salvation Army, SHARE, sister church St. John UCC of
Chicago, St. John UCC Youth Veterans Celebration and Recognition
Dance, and the teddy bear project of ALMH.
Germanfest co-chairs this year are
Wayne Mara, 737-6639, and Tonita Reifsteck, 732-9796, for St. John
UCC, and Georgina Binzen, 732-6132, and Dennis Schrader, 871-4155,
for the Oasis.
Friendship Manor residents are friends in deed
Every baby born at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital leaves with a handmade baby blanket,
thanks to the residents of Friendship Manor. Friendship Manor
residents have been donating their time and talents to the hospital
for this project for close to two years. The volunteers have made
approximately 450 blankets.
The blankets are made with fabrics donated by local individuals.
Some quilts are sold and the revenue is used to purchase more
"We at Friendship Manor always look forward to quilting the baby
blankets for all the newborns," said Ruth Miller, a Friendship Manor
Creating blankets for ALMH babies has become a popular hobby for
many Friendship Manor residents. In fact, a special room has been
set aside that allows residents to work on the blankets anytime, day
or night. The room is organized in assembly-line fashion, ready and
waiting with batting, fabric and sewing supplies. While baby designs
are the most popular, the volunteers also make holiday-themed
blankets and some adult "throws."
Any interested individuals who may want to donate clean fabric or
baby-themed fabric or batting to the project should contact Jerry
Berglin at Friendship Manor. Berglin can be reached at 217-732-9647.
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, is a 25-bed critical-access
hospital affiliated with Memorial Health System. The hospital
employs 315 in a variety of roles. For more information, visit
Action board meeting notice
The next regularly
scheduled corporate board meeting of the Community Action Partnership is
scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at Community
Action's corporate offices, 1800 Fifth St. in Lincoln.
transportation to the meeting, contact the resource specialist at
your county office:
Anita Russell, 217-935-2455
Cyndi Campbell, 217-732-2159
Anna Richardson, 309-543-6988
Wendy Dotson, 217-762-2421
Chamber launches mobile app for
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival
The Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Integrity Data, has created a new
mobile app for the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival to help festival-goers
have all the event information in the palm of their hands anytime, night or
day. This free mobile app is designed to help festival guests maximize their
experience and time at the event.
"We are hoping that the mobile app
will help enhance the experience for guests to the festival," said
Andi Hake, executive director of the chamber of commerce. "Finding a
way to better communicate with our guests has been an ongoing
challenge for years. It is our hope that many people will download
the new app and find answers to all of their questions and help
prepare them for the weekend's festivities.
"We couldn't have accomplished this
project without the help from Integrity Data. Patrick Doolin made
the process of getting all the data in this app and all the many
decisions that go along with creating something like this seem less
daunting than I had originally expected," said Hake.
When the app is downloaded, the
viewer can look at the festival's schedule of events at both the
Logan County Airport and downtown Lincoln. Viewers can see which
artists, crafters, wineries, breweries and barbecue competitors will
be present. The app also has a section dedicated to the hot air
balloon pilots, even featuring pictures of the hot air balloons and
a biography of each pilot. In addition, the new app gives
information on the live entertainment that will perform downtown and
at the airport.
Guests can set their own schedules
in the mobile app to help them plan for the weekend's events, get
notifications about balloon flight and glow times, and receive any
other pertinent information that may be released during the weekend.
Out-of-town guests at the event can
find information about the community, directions, hotels and
restaurants to help them navigate through Lincoln. And if that is
not enough information, the complete festival program can be viewed
under the documents section.
The mobile app is now available for
download and is available for both iPhone and Android. All other
phones can view a
website that will give them the same information.
For more details on the mobile app
or any other questions regarding the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival,
contact the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce at 217-735-2385
To download the Lincoln Art &
Balloon Festival mobile app,