Each year, citizens respond generously
to this program as a way of thanking men and women who have served
in the armed forces of the nation. Logan County residents are urged
to once again respond to this program and show these men and women
that we do care.
Contributions to support this cause
can be mailed to:
Yanks Who Gave
c/o Town and Country Bank
PO Box 159
Lincoln, IL 62656
Donations are appreciated and will
be used for Christmas gifts for hospitalized veterans from Logan
at the Palms schedules encore performance of 'It's a Mystery to Me:
Atlanta & the KKK'
ATLANTA Due to popular demand, a second date has been scheduled
for presentation of the "It's a Mystery to Me: Atlanta & the KKK"
program at the Palms Grill Café in Atlanta. The originally scheduled
KKK program will still be presented on Friday, Dec. 13, but because
that evening is now fully booked and so many folks have called
trying to get a reservation, the program will be repeated on Friday,
To make a reservation for the Jan. 3 KKK program or any of the
other programs remaining in the series, phone 217-648-5077 between 8
a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or leave a voice message with your
phone number at other times.
The Atlanta Public Library and Museum is presenting "Dinner
Programs at the Palms Grill Café," a free series of events at the
Palms Grill, 110 SW Arch St., on Old Route 66 in downtown Atlanta.
The programs run through February and feature local speakers who
present 45- to 60-minute presentations or activities following
dinner at the Palms Grill. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the
evening's program or activity starts at 7 p.m. Reservations are
required and limited to 50 people.
Programs on the schedule for the remainder of this year and in
Friday, Dec. 13, and
repeated on Friday, Jan. 3
"It's a Mystery to Me: Atlanta & the KKK"
In this program, the Atlanta Historic Commission and the Atlanta
Museum ask you to consider Atlanta's involvement with the Ku Klux
Klan in the mid-1920s. Artifacts, documentation, photos and period
newspaper accounts will be presented and examined, with the goal of
having those attending decide what the "history" of Atlanta and the
Friday, Jan. 17
"Movie Magic in Atlanta"
Christopher Myers and Cory Berstein, of Bloomington-Normal, will
share how they became the winners of the 2011 Normal Theater Short
Film Festival. People attending will view their 2011 winning entry,
plus learn about and watch their newest movie project, including a
number of scenes filmed in downtown Atlanta.
Friday, Jan. 24
"Foundations of Atlanta: The John Dowdy Story"
The Atlanta Historic Commission and the Atlanta Museum will tell
the story of John Dowdy, a man whose lifelong work can be found
underfoot throughout most of the community, in the form of the
sidewalks everyone treads upon, as well beneath many of Atlanta's
older homes, in the form of their concrete block foundations. In
addition, the people attending will learn about a library program in
which a group of Atlantans have teamed up with students from Olympia
South Elementary School in a project to re-create the purple martin
houses Mr. Dowdy used to build and maintain in downtown Atlanta.
Friday, Feb. 7
"Illinois Office of Tourism Update"
Ms. Jen Hoelzle, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism,
leads the state's tourism industry marketing and development
efforts. Before joining the Office of Tourism in October 2012, she
served as the director of external engagement for the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and in several capacities for the
state of Illinois. Ms. Hoelzle has brought fresh ideas for statewide
tourism strategies and pushed for heavy social media engagement
designed to drive new visitors to Illinois. She'll update the group
attending on the current state of tourism in Illinois.
Friday, Feb. 21
"Wheels of Change: The History of Bicycles in Atlanta"
The Atlanta Historic Commission and Atlanta Museum will team up
again to present a concise history of the bicycle in Atlanta. The
program will examine the social implications of the invention that
hit the streets -- and railroads -- of early Atlanta through the
present day. Of course, one cannot study the bicycle without coming
across the name of the infamous George "Sonny" McIntyre, one of
Atlanta's most eccentric citizens and the builder of many of the
town's bicycles for close to 50 years. Come to this program to learn
about McIntyre, share your stories and speculate about the future of
bicycles in Atlanta.
Friday, Feb. 28
"It's a Mystery to Me: The Bucket of Blood"
Sometime in the early afternoon on Tuesday, April 2, 1935, a
murder-suicide happened involving Joseph and Verna Rehrman, owners
of the Popular Inn, a roadhouse on Route 66 just north of Atlanta.
The mystery of exactly what transpired that fateful day will be
recounted in a new narrative written by Terri Ryburn, based upon
research conducted by the Atlanta Museum and the Atlanta Historic
Commission. Learn about this tragedy, as well as share stories you
may have heard growing up, as this program examines the mystery of
"The Bucket of Blood."
Monthly electronics collection notice
Habitat for Humanity of Logan County will have
its monthly electronics recycling collection on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9
a.m. to noon at the Habitat warehouse, 915 Woodlawn Road. The collection is
offered free of charge to the public.
The Habitat affiliate continues to collect televisions for
Additionally, the following items
will be accepted:
equipment, including laptop and desktop personal computers, hard
drives, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, CD-ROM, DVD,
Zip and tap drives, cords and cables.
equipment, including TVs, radios, stereo and game systems, game
controls, VCR and DVD players, and cameras.
Small business equipment, including
phones, copiers, typewriters, fax machines and calculators.
Small household and countertop appliances will also be accepted,
as well as aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel items.
Electronic equipment is not to be left at the site and is not
accepted outside the hours of the collection.
Information on the electronics recycling program is available by
contacting the Habitat office at 217-732-6412 or visiting
Lincoln Christmas ornament made available; Abraham Lincoln Statue Committee
continues fundraising efforts
Friday afternoon, JoAnne
Marlin, Mary Ellen Martin and Wanda Lee Rohlfs were busy numbering their new
arrival of Christmas ornaments and adding the certificates of authenticity
to each one.
The ornaments arrived last week and are already on sale at several
The ladies explained that the new ornament
design is a depiction of the Abraham Lincoln speech on the steps of
the Logan County Courthouse on Oct. 16, 1858. The likeness of
Abraham Lincoln on this ornament is the same as the Logan County
Historical & Genealogical Society hopes to create in a lifesize
statue to be erected on the lawn of the Logan County Courthouse next
Rohlfs said the ornaments have been made by Desmark, the same
company that produced the series of city of Lincoln ornaments. The
new ornaments are sized and designed to complement the city
ornaments on a tree.
Martin said that was one of the nice things about the ornaments,
and so far she's had a few people who have asked for them because
they have the full collection and want to keep it going. She also
noted that some have asked if the society will continue doing annual
ornaments in the future. Right now no specific plans are outlined
for that, but the ladies agreed that it might be nice to pick that
up as an annual event for the society.
Each of the new ornaments is numbered, comes in a hunter green
box and is accompanied by the certificate of authenticity.
The first 30 ornaments have been set aside for those who are
buying the miniature bronzes of the statue. Those purchasers will be
offered the opportunity to buy an ornament with the same issue
number as their statue. Rohlfs said that if the statue owner decides
not to purchase an ornament, the number will be put back in the
stack to be sold to the general public.
The Christmas ornaments now being offered for sale are just one
of several fundraising activities the society is conducting for the
Currently, the committee has sold 12 of the 22-inch bronze
miniatures of the statue. Bill Donath was on hand Friday
afternoon and said a new shipment of the statues will be in next
week. When all of the statues have sold, the net proceeds going
toward the project will total about $30,000. It is estimated
that the funding needed to erect the statue on the courthouse
lawn is $48,000.
Rohlfs said that Ms. Marla Williams' history classes at Northwest
School have taken a keen interest in helping raise funds. Their
penny drive this fall brought in over $300 for the statue. The
classes will also sponsor a "Hiking for History" walking marathon in
the early part of next year.
Another fundraiser coming soon will be the sale of postcards
depicting the statue. Marlin said the cards will be coming in the
near future, and the society has hopes of selling the majority of
them at local businesses.
For those who are interested in purchasing the new Lincoln
ornament, they are currently available at Beans & Such, MKS
Jewelers, Serendipity Stitches, the Logan County treasurer's office,
or from the Genealogical Society.
The Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society is located on
Chicago Street, across from the train depot. The hours are Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The society also has on display the 22-inch bronze, which is
currently being offered. Anyone who is interested in seeing and
perhaps purchasing a bronze can stop in at 114 N. Chicago St. during
the center's normal business hours.
[By NILA SMITH]
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authors Kathy Kesner and Irene Kueh release 4th book
Signing available Saturday at Lincoln Public Library
Lincoln residents Kathy Kesner and Irene Kueh have recently completed the
fourth book in their "Land and Sea" series of children's books. This new
title, "Learning the Opposites at the Library with Lane and Shelby,"
features the two dogs who captured the colors in "Finding the Rainbow" (book
three in the series).
In the new book, children are introduced to the concept of
opposites as they spend a day at the library with the two happy
canine friends. Each opposite is presented in the form of a
whimsical rhyme and accompanied by a full-color illustration. There
is also a catchy refrain that repeats throughout the book.
A copy of the book, which is dedicated to the Lincoln Public
Library District, was presented to library director Richard Sumrall
On Saturday, Dec. 14, there will be a book signing in the
Carnegie building of the Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St., from
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. At that time, all four children's books in the
series will be available and can be personalized by the authors.
In addition, books that Kueh has published may be purchased at
the signing, and there will be an opportunity to enter a drawing for
one of her titles.
The books are also carried by Prairie Years, 121 N. Kickapoo Street in
Lincoln; Horsefeathers, 104 Gov. Oglesby St. in Elkhart; and are available
of Trees huge success for Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation
MOUNT PULASKI Christmas carols were playing while the sidewalks and steps
were decked with candles on Saturday night for the Festival of Trees and
open house at the historic Mount Pulaski Courthouse. A portrayer of Abraham
Lincoln was present to greet everyone, and all shared in beautiful Christmas
treats.The courtroom was full when Renee Martin, a member of the board of
the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation, welcomed everyone. She
remembered growing up with the courthouse as an important part of
life in Mount Pulaski. She said she wanted her own children to grow
up with it "in good shape, not tattered."
Auctioneer Mike Maske volunteered his time to auction the 25
decorated trees and the accent cabinet donated by Salt Creek Attic.
Ms. Martin and Mr. Lincoln introduced each tree.
Most of the trees were decorated and donated by local businesses,
but the Logan County Tourism Bureau decorated and donated one, too.
Also, some local families decorated and donated trees. Some
interesting ones: Farmers Bank tree with bows of $1 bills; Mount
Pulaski Pharmacy tree with ornaments of gauze, pill bottles, etc.;
and the tree provided by Hayes Garage and family, with colorful
cancer ribbons in memory of Dick's wife, Shirley, who died recently.
Maske was full of humor and always urged everyone to cheer people
to raise their offers. The trees raised $4,445 and the accent
cabinet went for $350, for a grand total of $4,795 for the
Before the trees were auctioned, Tom Martin, chairman of the
foundation, thanked the committee, everyone who prepared a tree and
all those who have supported the foundation since its founding in
2011. He reviewed the improvements to the building that have been
accomplished. He said the foundation had been moving slowly because
they need to work closely with the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency to be "careful to do the work the right way so it does not
need to be done over." He emphasized that a lot of what the
organization has been doing is to "get the community on board" with
taking care of and enjoying the historic courthouse. He pointed to
the past two summer workweeks and street fests.
At the end of the evening, Martin thanked Maske and invited
everyone to volunteer some time to care for the courthouse. "Come
swing a hammer or a paintbrush. Just come in and we will find
something for you to do," he said.
Martin ended his remarks with a surprise announcement. He
reported that the Waldo and Rosalie Bertoni estate had willed a
bequest of $250,000 to the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation.
Waldo died two years ago, and Rosalie died at the end of October.
Both had been regular members of the Mount Pulaski 175th Anniversary
Planning Committee during the 2010-2011 years. Waldo was born and
raised in Mount Pulaski, and his wife, the former Rosalie Smith, was
born and raised in Chestnut. They were both graduates of Mount
Pulaski High School. They had returned from their initial retirement
home in Falls Church, Va., to their final retirement home in Mount
Pulaski in the summer of 2005.
The State Bank of Lincoln has informed the Mount Pulaski
Courthouse Foundation that it should expect to receive the funds in
about six months. Martin expressed his gratitude for the trust the
Bertonis and the community had placed in this new foundation. This
gift from the Bertoni estate "will change our perception of what we
do and how we do it," he said.
Below is a list of all those who donated a tree, and second,
those who purchased it. The foundation is very appreciative of
all who helped make this a very successful fundraiser.
Center $50, by Jeanie Beccue
Bank $150, by Dean and Doris Cates
Insurance, Deron Powell $70, by Barbara Stroud-Borth
Drs. Mason and
Mason Dentistry $110, by Phyllis Beccue
Insurance $60, by Doug and Kimberly Johnson
Johnson True Value
Hardware $50, by Jeanie Beccue
$100, by DPCM Insurance
Grooming $70, by Kella Allspach
Library $110, by Tom and Cheryl Martin
City of Mount
Pulaski $150, by Laura Lee
Farmers Bank $100,
by Joe Butler
Hayes Auto Supply
$150, by Barb Freer, Hayes Auto Supply
Implement $300, by Joe Butler
Botanica $90, by
Pharmacy $350, by Dennis Graue
Pizza Man $50, by
Illinois National Bank, Dee Jason (The bank donated tree back to
be re-auctioned, and it was purchased the second time by Mike Maske.)
Pizza Man $100, by
Saddie's $100, by
The Barn $60, by
Martin Grain $150,
by Mary Pope
$350, by Shelby Daigh
A. Lincoln Tourism
board of Logan County $230, by Allspach Farms
$500, by Tom and Cheryl Martin
Tena Stoudt Family
$175, by Shelby Daigh
Salt Creek Attic
$210, by Kim and Shaun Tyson
Mount Pulaski Grade
School third-grade classes $610, by Allspach Farms
Courthouse accent cabinet $350, by
Grand total raised: $4,795
Club to host New Year's Eve party
The Maple Club, at 1458 Route 121, Lincoln,
will celebrate New Year's Eve with an elegant meal and entertainment from
the Debbie Ross Band. Debbie Ross is a Lincoln native and will be returning
to Lincoln to play at the Maple Club.
Reservations are required and tickets
are limited. Tickets are available at the Maple Club's business
office, 120 S. McLean St.
For more information, call 217-735-1275.