Donations and efforts of many
individuals, organizations and businesses have allowed Land of
Lincoln Honor Flight to honor these veterans.
The public is invited to a "welcome
home" ceremony for these WWII and Korean era veterans when the plane
arrives back at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at 9:30 p.m. on
Sept. 10. Wear red, white and blue to show your appreciation.
Veterans on this flight come from
the Illinois towns of Alton, Arenzville, Ashland, Athens,
Bloomington, Bunker Hill, Bushnell, Canton, Chatham, Clinton, Cuba,
Delavan, Divernon, Eureka, Flanagan, Forsyth, Franklin, Glenwood,
Godfrey, Granite City, Greenview, Gridley, Havana, Hillsboro,
Hopedale, Hudson, Jerseyville, Kincaid, LeRoy, Lincoln, Mason City,
Mechanicsburg, Middletown, Minier, Morton, Normal, Palmyra, Peoria,
Petersburg, Rochester, San Jose, Springfield, Staunton, Stonington,
Taylorville, Tremont, Wapella, Waverly, Williamsville and Winnetka.
Applications are still being
accepted for the following, but WWII veterans will be served first:
Veterans who enlisted by Dec. 31,
1946 (WWII -- 50 currently on the list)
Veterans who served Jan. 1, 1947,
through Dec. 31, 1957 (Korean era -- 207 currently on the list)
who served Jan. 1, 1958, through May 7, 1975 (189 currently on
The last 2013 flight will be on
Oct. 22 and is full.
The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight
board welcomes the chance to speak to organizations, businesses,
churches, conventions or other groups about the Honor Flight
mission, future flights, guardian duties, fundraising and donations.
For more information about how
individuals and groups can help the mission, how to obtain
applications, how to become a member, and to learn more about Land
of Lincoln Honor Flight, go to
www.landoflincolnhonorflight.org or contact Ray Wiedle: home,
314-427-2317; cellphone, 217-622-1473; email
Fall Festival brings top-notch entertainment this weekend
DELAVAN -- An Armington
family band known as Sundown will perform at the Delavan Fall Festival on
Saturday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Lake Park pavilion. John Ingram and his
14-year-old triplets form this band, which plays a variety of music,
including country, blues, original rock and gospel. Sundown has played in
many talent shows, benefits, jamborees and festivals. John Ingram plays the
guitar and does vocals, with Johnnie on drums, Richie on lead guitar and
Casey on bass. They have recently completed a CD called "Long Way From
Rusty Barr and The Good Ole Boys
will perform Saturday in the large pavilion from 4 to 6 p.m. with
some traditional country music and Texas swing. Barr comes from
Havana and has been playing music for a number of years with various
groups. Rusty and The Good Ole Boys performed at the Delavan Fall
Festival previously and received a warm response to their style of
music. They will keep your toes tappin' and your hands clappin'.
Terry Lynn Barton
is bringing her talents and her Down Home Country Band to the
Delavan Fall Festival on Saturday night. She has performed in
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky and is considered one
of the finest female country singers in the Midwest. Members of this
group are Barton with vocals and keyboard; Laura Laughery Charron,
vocals; Leon Mercer, steel guitar; Bill Bennett, lead guitar; Ron
Demlow, lead guitar and vocals; Jim Slayback, drums; Russ Barton,
bass; and Brad Downs, sound engineer. Chris Krause will appear with
them as a special guest.
The entertainment lineup will
continue on Sunday with live music to kick off the afternoon and a
grand finale of fireworks at dusk.
The Last Band Standing will
perform Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3:30 under the big pavilion. This
band is what's left of the New Salem Country Opry. They were the
last band playing at the New Salem Country Opry before it closed in
2011, which is where their name comes from. This group plays mostly
classic country music, with a little rock 'n' roll mixed in. These
fellows have performed in the park many times and are a very
talented group, each a musician in his own right, as well as singing
their favorite songs.
The annual talent show and contest
will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Park
amphitheater. This is a perfect opportunity to show off what you can
do, and prizes will be awarded. Normally there are three age
categories. If you haven't already signed up, contact Debbie
Tomm-Woiwode at 244-8514. The organizers know there is a lot of
talent out there, as was displayed in the recent production of
"Cinderella" at the Delavan school. The Delavan Township Park Board
is sponsoring the talent contest this year.
The last group on the Sunday music
schedule is Bridges, formerly called the Dynamics. This group
consists of Chris Hawkins, guitarist and lead vocals; Betty
Giacobozzi, keyboardist and lead vocals; and Phyllis Staker, lead
guitar, bass pedals, lead vocals and harmonica. They play a mix of
old standards, country and a little rock 'n' roll, playing off the
audience to see what the listeners respond to -- a sign of real
professionalism. The group has played throughout central Illinois at
many fairs and festivals, as well as Chris and Betty doing many car
shows, so the audience is sure to be entertained with the tunes they
hear. Bridges will play under the big pavilion on Sunday from 5:30
to 8:30 p.m., just ahead of the fireworks.
in the Park' at noon Sept. 11
On Sept. 11 at noon, a group will gather at
the bandstand in Latham Park to spend a short time in prayer for the
physical and spiritual needs of Lincoln and Logan County.
The group would like to pray for
answers that we are desiring to see in our community, churches,
schools and local government. The focus will be on thanksgiving and
the plans God has for this community to bring His wisdom,
opportunities for growth and also healing of hearts, lives,
businesses and relationships.
The public is invited to join this
short time of prayer.
for Memories 5K Walk/Run in Elkhart this weekend
ELKHART -- The second annual Miles for
Memories 5K Walk/Run will take place in Elkhart on Saturday, Aug. 31. The
race starts at Hudson's Talk of The Town, 115 Gov. Oglesby St. Registration
begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8.
All proceeds will be donated to the
Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter,
This race and walk is an off-road
event with the course laid out over historic Elkhart Hill.
There will be awards for the male
and female first-, second- and third-place finishers, and the
first-place winners' names will be added to the "Braggin' Rights"
plaque that hangs in the Talk of the Town.
A sausage gravy and biscuit
breakfast will be served. It will be free of charge to participants,
and a freewill offering will be accepted from those who didn't run
or walk. A bloody mary bar will be available.
There will also be a bake sale and
games for the kids.
Registration forms are available at
Country Financial in Lincoln and at Hudson's Talk of the Town and
Hometown Realty, both in Elkhart. The forms are also available by
calling 217-750-1368 and online through
Charlie Williams, Country Financial
agent in Lincoln, is again sponsoring T-shirts for the event.
Participants are asked to bring a
photo of the person or the reason they are participating. A collage
will be compiled from the photos and will be displayed at the next
In America, 5 million people are
living with Alzheimer's. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in
this country. Join in fighting this disease by participating in the
second annual 5K Miles for Memories.
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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.
is a copy of the ceremonial procedure and photos of the Scouts
fulfilling their duty according to procedure.
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
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
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
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.
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
www.gailspumpkinpatch.com 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
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 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