Tickets for the event are available at
Logan County Quilt Shop, MKS Jewelers, Regions Bank and Lincoln
Christian Church for a donation of $8. Tickets will also be
available at each tour site during tour hours.
15 Fairway Lane
The home of Bill and Kay Armbruster,
15 Fairway Lane, was built in the fall of 2007 by architect Jim
Manning. The home was designed to leave in place many of the stately
oak trees framing the lot, although many of these trees have since
died and been replaced.
The Armbruster home features wood
and natural elements. The wood, color scheme and decor of the house
give it an agreeable masculine feel. Large windows offer great views
year-round. The house is nestled in the landscape, complementing
rather than competing with the surroundings. The location offers a
view of the golf course from the home's full-length windows.
The laundry room offers one feature
that is somewhat unique — a dog shower. Since the Armbrusters have
several pets, it has become a handy area in the home.
As the basement concrete was poured
in the fall of 2007, leaves from the trees surrounding the house
left impressions in the concrete. The Armbrusters chose to stain the
basement floor and leave it bare so that the delightful leaf pattern
remains visible today.
Bill and Kay invite you to visit
their home as part of the Harvest of Talents tour.
5 Fairway Lane
Close by at 5 Fairway Lane, the
home of Dr. John and Sheema Wahab will also be open to tour.
Completed five years ago, their Mediterranean-style home was
designed to be a modern and beautiful residence that would not serve
not only as a home for their active family but also as a great
setting to share their traditional hospitality.
In choosing the southern view of
the Lincoln Elks Club's 18th fairway and pond, the Wahabs enjoy the
scenery of every season from outdoor patios, balcony and expansive
Tour guests will be intrigued and
amazed by the family's collection of big-game trophies preserved
from their hunting trips to South Africa and the Sahara, including a
giraffe (affectionately called Reginald by the children), Cape
buffalo, lioness, niala, zebra, wildebeest and various antelopes.
Family is the primary foundational
inspiration for the Wahabs' home, and, as such, comfortable
accommodations for three generations are integrated into the house
on all levels.
The Wahabs are hosting "Mrs. Claus'
Workshop" near their kitchen and encourage tour guests to take
advantage of this special opportunity for Christmas shopping amid
homemade treats and handcrafted items made especially by the Harvest
of Talents ministry team for Sunday's home tour. Every purchase will
benefit this ministry for hunger relief around the world.
515 Eighth St.
Across town at 515 Eighth St., the
cozy one-story dwelling of Betty York is the third stop on the home
tour. The house was built in 1971 by Frank Hinman, who lived there
for several years. It was most recently owned by Richard and
Halcyone Eimer and purchased from the Eimer estate.
In October of 2012, Mrs. York moved
from the historic William Maxwell two-story house just up the
street, her home for over 40 years, to the smaller house, which
better suited her physical needs. Situated on a tree-shaded corner
lot, the four-room brick home with patio and two-car garage ideally
fits the needs of a couple or single occupant.
Lovely pieces of antique furniture,
Harvest of Talents quilts and clocks refurbished by Mrs. York's late
husband add to the charm of the home.
Longtime friend Jan Schacht has
used her personal collection, many years in the making, to decorate
Betty's home for Christmas. Ms. Schacht has adorned the home with a
variety of evergreen arrangements that make a perfect backdrop for
the many rustic and primitive Christmas decorations that harken back
to the early years of our nation.
204 N. McLean
Also included in the tour is the
newly remodeled sanctuary of Lincoln Christian Church. The building
of bricks and Bedford stone was dedicated on Dec. 5, 1954.
One of the special features of the
sanctuary, then and now, are the stained-glass windows of the nave,
each carrying a message for those who worship there. On the right,
the "I Ams" of Jesus are symbolized in glass. On the left, his
entire life is symbolized, including the following events:
incarnation, nativity, early life, baptism, atonement, resurrection,
victory, the church, "Rock of Ages" and "A Mighty Fortress." The
large window at the front of the church is 28 feet high, and the
glass is fully encased in stone. The three circles at the top carry
the symbols of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Just below
them are the symbols of the four evangelists — Matthew, Mark, Luke
and John – with the busts of the four evangelists below each. They
tell the story of redemption (John 20:30-31). Tours of the
stained-glass windows will be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. by Ron
Otto, pastor of the church
Quilt show — 30 years of Harvest
Sunday afternoon the church
sanctuary will also feature a display of many of the quilts that
been purchased in the 30 years of the Harvest of Talents for World
Hunger. The purchasers of these handmade treasures have loaned them
back to the Harvest ministry to be displayed, celebrating the 30th
Harvest of Talents for World Hunger and honoring the many quilters
who have shared their quilting skills. The Harvest of Talents
ministry displays these quilts with great thankfulness,
acknowledging that they have provided food for many hungry people
throughout the world and humbly recognizing the generosity of both
the quilters and the purchasers.
All proceeds from the Holiday Homes
on Tour will become a part of the 31st annual Harvest of Talents for
World Hunger, scheduled for the fourth Saturday in October 2014.
LARC sponsors 5K for Kaylee
The Lincoln Area Running
Club will host a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Kickapoo Creek Park.
The event begins at 2 p.m. and will include a 1.5-mile route and 5K
run/walk. Virtual Runner will also be available.
All proceeds from
the event will go to benefit the family of Kaylee Helton. Kaylee is
a 14-year-old from Middletown and a student at Lincoln Community
High School. She recently suffered a massive pulmonary embolism and
was hospitalized in St. Louis with serious complications.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and lend their support to
Kaylee and her family.
runsignup.com, or do a Web search for "Kaylee Helton Benefit
Run." Runners may also register at the park on the day of the race.
Community Action board meeting notice
The next regularly
scheduled corporate board meeting of the Community Action Partnership is
scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at Community
Action's corporate offices, 1800 Fifth St. in Lincoln.
Red Cross encourages eligible donors to
give the gift of life
PEORIA — The holiday season
is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts among family and friends.
For many hospital patients, one gift on their wish list can't be found at
stores: a blood donation.
Blood donations could be the gift of life to people like Lauren
McCrary, who was immediately hospitalized after being diagnosed with
acute myeloid leukemia. She received more than 140 blood and
platelet transfusions. Now in remission, she serves as the blood
drive coordinator at the high school where she works.
"I can never
repay the donors who helped save my life, but I can remind others
that giving blood is truly the gift that means something," McCrary
said. "The blood I received has helped me celebrate more holiday
seasons with my family."
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give what
could be the most meaningful gift of the season to someone.
Upcoming blood donation opportunity in Logan County:
- Wednesday, Dec. 18, noon to 5 p.m., at the Lincoln Sports Complex, 1400
Primm Road in Lincoln
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more
information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply
for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other
forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who
are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh
at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible
to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of
age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight
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and Goff receive distinguished Larry Shroyer Award
The Logan County Emergency Management Agency
has recognized two men for their commitment to protect the lives of Logan
During the Logan County Board's
meeting as a board of whole in November, Lynn Haseley and Reynold
Goff were honored for lifetime service to emergency services and
presented with the distinguished Larry Shroyer Award.
The annual awards are named for former
civil defense director Larry Shroyer.
By way of introduction, current EMA
director Dan Fulscher explained that Shroyer's ability to think
ahead of his time made him like the Walt Disney of emergency
services. Shroyer came out of the World War II era and was Logan
County's director of what is now the Emergency Management Agency. It
was he who put the phone booth with a working phone on Lincoln City
Hall as a lookout point for storms.
Fulscher said: "He was the one that
received the grants for the public safety complex as you know it. He
wrote a comprehensive operations plan back in the '50s that without
a doubt would today still reach accreditation. I just marvel at his
abilitiness." Fulscher added that the lower level of the complex was
dedicated to Shroyer.
Calling forward Lynn Haseley,
Fulscher said that Haseley has served as a trustee of the Lincoln
Rural Fire Protection District for 25 years and is its current
president. To his credit, Haseley aided in numerous changes to the
department, with one of the most significant being just a few years
ago: the new building that allows the consolidation of all the fire
equipment in one location.
Among other advances, Haseley was
also part of developing the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, Division 1.
MABAS coordinates with emergency management needs for water and
other types of rescues.
Haseley, in response, confirmed: "A
lot of these things have happened, and I'm very pleased to have been
a part of it, but it was not just me alone. It took a lot of work
and a lot of good people; especially (those) on board when we went
to pass a referendum to build a firehouse."
He was most pleased with the
relationship that has developed with the city of Lincoln Fire
Department. "That was one of my goals when I came on as a trustee,"
Haseley said. "It's a win-win for everybody."
As part of his learning experience,
it became personal. He went on to recall that the department had
wanted an aerial truck, "and I said, we don't need an aerial in our
"Well, our house burned down, and
it was a big, old two-story. They had a heck of a time putting out
the roof. They said, boy, if we'd had an aerial, this would have
been a piece of cake. "
He chuckled, and others joined him
as he continued: "Needless to say, about three months later an
aerial came up for sale in our price range; there's an aerial parked
in our garage now."
Haseley concluded by saying that he
had really enjoyed his service and learned a lot over the years.
"There's some interesting times
coming for fire service, especially in Logan County as smaller
departments find it harder and harder to find people to man the
stations," he said. "They're relying on Lincoln Rural to help out
because they know we are full time."
"Thanks again. I certainly
appreciate it. Thank you!" Haseley said.
Fulscher called forward Reynold
Goff as the other Larry Shroyer Award recipient. Goff has over two
decades of service with the Chestnut Fire Protection District,
having served as assistant chief and chief.
Fulscher recalled calling on Goff
during a blizzard, and with assistance, Goff conducted over 35
rescues, cruising from Beason to Latham by snowmobile. Then, after
the roads closed, he came to Lincoln, Fulscher said, and did a
rescue of a man who had changed his mind three times before deciding
he wanted help. That was up at Route 136.
Goff most recently represented the
east side of the county in putting numerous projects into the Logan
County Hazards Mitigation Plan.
Many of the projects for that area
are water-related, ranging from water districts that serve for
drinking water and firefighting, to flood control, particularly
related to Salt Creek often coming out of its banks during heavy
rains. Having the projects in the plan enables application for grant
funding as it would become available.
Fulscher concluded: "With your due
diligence, decades of health and fire and EMS services to the area,
we present Reynold Goff with the Larry Shroyer Award of
distinguished service and lifetime dedication to safety of citizens
of Logan County."
While Larry Shroyer died a number
of years ago, he is remembered well today. Special guest for the
presentations to honor his memory included Darwin Shroyer, Shroyer's
nephew, from Decatur.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]
Past related article
Hundreds benefit from Open Arms
The annual Thanksgiving meal served at Open
Arms Christian Fellowship brought in hundreds of guests and benefited many
others in different ways.
There were 350 meals served, including
meals to the Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Fire Department,
Lincoln Rural Fire Department and Logan County Paramedic
addition, the following won gift cards in a drawing at the dinner:
John Hoyt – $25 Wal-Mart gift card
Ernest Petro – $25 IGA gift card
Geneva Skelton – $25 IGA gift card
Windlan – $25 Wal-Mart gift card
addition to gift cards, there were drawings for turkeys. Those
Including the drawing winners, Open Arms Christian Fellowship
gave out a total of 60 turkeys, with many given to families in need
through their local churches. The churches that participated were
LifePointe Church of God, Faith Assembly of God, Abundant Life House
of Praise and Open Arms Christian Fellowship.
Open Arms Christian Fellowship extends a very special "thank you"
to Home Sweet Home Ministries and Mission Mart of Lincoln for their
assistance in raising funds for this year's event.
St. John's celebrates another
The Germanfest co-sponsors, St. John United Church
of Christ and the Oasis Senior Center, have announced the total for the 2013
event. There were 244 meals served by the youth with the drive-thru orders and
over 500 eating inside, giving the event a total profit of $4,242.23.
From the proceeds, $500 was
given to the St. John Youth Group for their annual program and dance
for veterans. The balance was divided between the two sponsors. The
Oasis received $1,871.12, and St. John United Church split their
$1,871.11 among three recipients. A total of $1,500 was designated
to go to disaster relief, to be given to help with the recent needs
in Washington and the other communities in central Illinois that
were affected by the tornado and to a Philippine relief fund. The
balance of $371.11 will be sent to a sister church, St. John UCC in
Chicago, for their inner-city mission work.
Also, the remaining brats not sold
were shared with a family in Lincoln who had lost everything in a
Chairing this year's Germanfest were Wayne Mara
and Tonita Reifsteck for St. John UCC and Georgina Binzen and Dennis Schrader
for the Oasis.