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[August 27, 2013]  Boy Scout Troop 102 holds flag retiring ceremony

Scout Troop 102 recently held a flag retiring ceremony at the Scout camp area in Kickapoo Creek Park. The ceremony is a very solemn event meant to dispose of worn and tattered flags in a respectful manner.

In all, the boys disposed of 13 flags during the ceremony.

Below is a copy of the ceremonial procedure and photos of the Scouts fulfilling their duty according to procedure.


Flag Retirement Ceremony

The flag of the United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation's unity, it's hopes, it's achievements, it's glory and it's high resolve. When the flag is in such condition, through wear or damage, that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it shall be destroyed in a dignified manner befitting such a symbol. The traditional way is to cut the flag into pieces and burn it in a modest but blazing fire. As we perform this respected duty, let us reflect on the design and meaning of our flag.

The Blue field or union is the point of honor, the upper comer of the Flag's own right. The symbolism of the right hand goes far back in antiquity when it was the weapon hand. Raising the right arm free of any weapon meant peace. It became a salute, a way of giving praise and honor. The union is blue, representing the night sky with stars forming a new and glorious constellation. There is one star for each state in our union. It is said the point of honor of our flag was made from the blue clock belonging to a captain in the Continental Army.

The stripes are symbolic of beams of morning light, rays emanating from the sun-- thirteen red and white stripes, one for each of the original thirteen colonies. The stripes in our flag were inspired by the rattlesnake flag flown on the ships of the Continental Fleet and the striped banner of the Sons of Liberty. Though the pattern has changed, the bars of shining red and gleaming white have remained. The stripes are alternating, seven red and six white. The red stands for courage and the blood of those brave men and women who fought and died to establish and preserve our republic; the white representing the purity and high moral resolve on which our country was founded.

The blue of a captain's cloak, the white of a soldier's shirt, the red from a flannel petticoat of a patriot's wife-- this was our flag. This is the flag that stands for honor -yours and mine.

We will now distribute the flag stripes to each person present.

At this time, we ask that each person holding a white stripe please come place it on the fire, laying it across the flames.

At this time, we ask that each person holding a red stripe please come place it on the fire, also laying it across the flames.

Scouts, you may now place the blue field of stars across the flames one at a time so that each field is consumed before the next one is retired.

As the fire consumes the worn and tattered material in its refining flame, let us remember the words of George Washington when the Star-spangled Banner was first flown by the Continental Army: "We take the stars from heaven and the red from our mother country. We separate the red by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty." Thus the Stars and Stripes became what it is; born amid the strife of battle, it has become the standard around which a free people have fought to preserve the greatest nation in the world.

[Ceremonial procedure copied from file received from Jennifer Craig]

Gail's Pumpkin Patch opens for the fall season

BEASON -- Gail's Pumpkin Patch, rural Beason, will open Sunday, Sept. 1, for their eighth season. The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The final day of the season is Oct. 31.

The pumpkin patch has over 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate's honey and doughnuts, straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, baked goods and lots of crafts. It is loaded with fall decorations and fun for the whole family. New this year is Grandpa's Antique Tractor Porch and Toddler Corner. Admission is free, and you-pick or we-pick pumpkins are available.

Fall Farm Day will be Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The afternoon will include pumpkin and face painting, old-fashioned barn games, crafts, an observation beehive, and farm tours.

Gail's Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned pumpkin patch in Logan County. You will be able to find the "perfect pumpkin."

For more information, call 217-447-3409, visit on the Web at or email

Holy Family Catholic Church to sponsor blood drive

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, Holy Family Catholic Church, 316 S. Logan St. in Lincoln, is hosting a blood drive on Friday, Sept. 6, from noon to 6 p.m.

For your convenience, call 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253) toll-free to sign up, or schedule an appointment online using sponsor code 60505 at 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 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.

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Logan County Herb Guild meeting

The Logan County Herb Guild will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Carol Mills, 13 Grand Oak Drive.

The group will make steppingstones with herbal impressions.

Members should bring a lawn chair, bug repellent, a garden trowel and a small bunch of their favorite herbs if possible.

Illinois 4-H Foundation honors Legacy of Leadership Scholars ... Cameron Jodlowski among recipients

Six college-bound Illinois 4-H members were recognized as 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholars during the annual 4-H Family Event on Aug. 10 at the Illinois State Fair. The winners each received a $1,000 college scholarship.

Among those selected was Cameron Jodlowski, a 10-year member of the Atlanta Town & Country 4-H in Logan County. He will attend Iowa State University. The scholarship sponsor was Farm Credit Services of Illinois, represented at the 4-H Family Event by Rod Stoll.

Since its inception in 2003, 61 4-H members have been named a Legacy of Leadership Scholar. The scholarship is merit-based and available to 4-H members who are high school seniors or in their last year of 4-H membership. The statewide scholarship program is coordinated by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the University of Illinois Extension state 4-H office.

The Illinois 4-H Foundation welcomes individuals, corporations and organizations as partners in providing additional funds for further scholarship recipients. The executive director of the foundation is Angie Barnard.

Illinois 4-H is part of the University of Illinois Extension program that is offered through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Federal Extension Service and the United States Department of Agriculture.

4-H Foundation inducts largest-ever Hall of Fame class ... Kathleen Buse among inductees

The Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame recognized 65 new inductees during the 4-H Family Event on Aug. 10 at the Illinois State Fair.

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 Extension staff.

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


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