With participants gathered on the steps of the courthouse, or inside
if the weather is bad, the names will be read of those who have died
in 2013 within the city of Mount Pulaski and its immediate vicinity.
After each name is read, the old 1870s school bell on the south side
of the courthouse yard will be tolled. The service will last about
To review the list of names to be read, go to the town's website,
www.mtpulaskiil.com, and click on "Obituaries." All corrections
or additions should be called in to Tom Martin, 792-3267.
The New Year's Eve Remembrance Service was initiated on Dec. 31,
2010, to kick off the yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary
of the founding of Mount Pulaski.
The historic courthouse was once the Logan County seat
(1848-1855) on the traveling Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit,
where Abraham Lincoln, Judge David Davis, Steven A. Douglas,
William "Billy" Herndon, Samuel H. Treat, Lionel P. Lacey,
Samuel C. Parks, and William H. Young, among many others,
practiced their craft by bringing the court of law to the people
by horseback and horse and buggy. This structure later became a
schoolhouse for grades one to 12 during the years 1857-1877 and
again for one year in 1911-12.
[By PHIL BERTONI]
Hamilton named December ALMH Employee of the Month
Nikki Hamilton of
Springfield has been named the December Employee of the Month at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Hamilton works at ALMH as a unit secretary and
nurse tech in acute care. Her great attitude garnered her recognition and
nominations from several co-workers.
"She is one of the best team players
on the floor," said her nominator. "She always has a smile and
always a positive attitude. We were so lucky to get her on our
floor. She deserves this honor."
Another nominator mentioned that Hamilton is always willing to
jump in and help anyone out: "Nikki goes the extra mile for her
co-workers and our patients! She works hard every second she is here
and never complains about any task, small or large. Her positive
attitude is contagious!"
Hamilton began her ALMH career in dietary and has now been at the
hospital for seven years. As a unit secretary, her duties include
updating charts, verifying orders, setting up appointments,
answering phones and call lights, and much more. As a tech, Hamilton
gives direct care to patients, which can include meeting their
general needs, helping to keep their pain under control with
non-medical techniques and sometimes just comforting them.
"I love working at ALMH, where I learn something new every day
because every patient and every day is different," said Hamilton. "I
love how dedicated everyone is to their job and our family
environment. I am looking forward to being able to grow as a person
and as an employee at ALMH."
Hamilton enjoys spending time with
friends and families, watching movies, singing, and taking classes
toward her nursing degree.
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive in
Lincoln, is a 25-bed, critical-access hospital affiliated with
Memorial Health System. ALMH employs over 310 in a variety of roles.
For more information, visit