Anyone who wants to enhance their
historical site's presentations has an opportunity Monday evening
when the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society hosts
"History Comes Alive in Logan County!"
Anne Moseley, assistant director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum
at Lincoln College, will present information based on a nationally
recognized certification program for historic interpretation.
Moseley will explain the benefits of incorporating interpreters into
tourism and educational events. She will also describe training that
is under development at the Lincoln Heritage Museum and that will be
available to community members.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the society's center, 114 N.
Chicago St., across from the Lincoln Amtrak station.
Abraham Lincoln's birthday in Mount Pulaski
Brian 'Fox' Ellis to portray William
Herndon, Lincoln's law partner
MOUNT PULASKI -- On Feb. 9
at 11 a.m., William Herndon, Abraham Lincoln's law partner, will be
portrayed in Mount Pulaski by acclaimed storyteller, author and educator
Brian "Fox" Ellis, from Peoria. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a unique
look at Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of his law partner.
Everyone is invited to attend this
remarkable portrayal in the Mount Pulaski Courthouse courtroom,
where Abraham Lincoln, Judge David Davis, Stephen A. Douglas,
Leonard Swett, William Herndon and other lawyers who traveled by
horse and buggy in the mid-1800s Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit heard
cases in the Logan County seat of Mount Pulaski (1848-1855), an
Illinois Historic Site since 1936.
Complimentary servings of Mary Todd
Lincoln's cake will be provided throughout the day, 10 a.m. to 4
In the afternoon from 1 to 3:30,
there will be multiple activities for children. Craft supplies will
be available for making cards, bookmarks and pictures for Lincoln's
Birthday or Valentine's Day. There will also be an Abraham Lincoln
The previous day, Feb. 8, two other
historic individuals associated with Abraham Lincoln will be
portrayed by Ellis at the Mount Pulaski schools. For students of the
Mount Pulaski Grade School and Zion Lutheran School, Mr. Ellis will
portray Austin Gulihur, one of Lincoln's boyhood friends.
Fourth-graders will begin the morning program with a presentation of
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In the afternoon, for the Mount
Pulaski High School, Ellis will portray American poet Walt Whitman,
who was a contemporary of Lincoln and wrote poems in praise of him
soon after the president's assassination.
The funding for these events has come
from the Tomlinson Trust, the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of
Logan County and the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation. Mary Todd
Lincoln's cake will be donated by Hilltop Catering of Mount Pulaski.
County Relay For Life kickoff potluck Monday
Kickoff for this year's Logan County Relay For
Life will be at Lincoln Christian Church with a potluck at 6 p.m. Monday.
New team leaders and past leaders are encouraged to come and join in the
American Cancer Society campaign to stamp out this dreadful disease that has
touched every person in Logan County one way or another.
The theme of the 2013 Relay For Life
of Logan County is "Logan's Hero's -- Past, Present, Future."
2012 Logan County had 42 teams with 380 participants who raised over
$81,235, which also included 1,081 luminarias that lined the Lincoln
Center walkway in remembrance of those who had fought cancer and
also for those who walked as survivors.
This year, the 16th Relay For Life in Logan County, organizers
hope to surpass those totals and set new records too. As we
celebrate another birthday, especially in the lives of our
survivors, we strive to eliminate this dreaded disease for all
Co-leaders Nicole Tripplett Lee, Amy Weidhuner and Tabitha
Weidhuner invite new leaders, new teams and especially those who
have led in the past to join the campaign. Special recognition will
be given to the teams that have already signed up for 2013.
To sign up before Monday, call Carol Motley, 732-8032.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a
century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer, with
nearly 100,000 volunteers in Illinois and millions elsewhere in this fight.
and early voting for Lincoln Republican primary
Lincoln Daily News received the following notice from Sally J.
Litterly, Logan County clerk:
ABSENTEE AND EARLY VOTING
FOR THE LINCOLN CITY CONSOLIDATED REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTION
FEBRUARY 26, 2013
Do you want to
avoid lines on Election Day? Registered voters who desire to cast a
ballot at the Office of the County Clerk rather than their polling
place, may now vote in person in the Office of the County Clerk. The
office is located on the 2nd floor of the Logan County
Courthouse, 601 Broadway St., Lincoln, Illinois. In person absentee
voting continues through February 25, 2013.
may also make application by mail to vote absentee. Students and out
of county workers can conveniently obtain an Application to Vote
Absentee by contacting the Office of the County Clerk, or access the
form on the Clerk's website at
Mail applications will be received by the County Clerk until
February 21, 2013. No ballots may be sent by mail after that date as
provided by law. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee by mail or
(similar to Absentee) will also be conducted in the Office of the
County Clerk February 11 through February 23, 2013. Early voting
allows registered voters to cast their ballot prior to Election Day
by voting at the pre-designated site of the Office of the Logan
County Clerk. Early voters must be registered and present a valid
picture ID showing their current voter registration address.
Office hours are
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
concerning voting may be directed to the Office of the County Clerk
Elections Department at (217)732-4148.
Plungers across Illinois will be freezin' for a reason Feb. 22-March 17
NORMAL -- It's not every day that people are
willing to "go jump in a lake" -- particularly in the winter -- let alone do
so with thousands of other people, including members of the law enforcement
community. But that's exactly what will happen on various weekends in
February and March as part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar
Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois presented by GEICO.
Any adventurous soul is invited to
join law enforcement officers, as well as media and business and
civic leaders from their community, by donning bathing suits,
costumes or any clothing of choice (just no wetsuits!) to jump in a
lake. Each plunger must collect a minimum of $75 in donations that
will be used to support Special Olympics programs in Illinois.
The event has grown from one location in 1999 to 20 locations
across the state this year. The Polar Plunge series will kick off
with a Super Plunge -- where participants raise a minimum of $2,500
and plunge into Lake Michigan once every hour for 24 hours -- on
Feb. 22-23 at Northwestern University's North Beach in Evanston.
The Logan County plunge will take place on Sunday, March 17, at 2
p.m. at Lincoln Lakes. Please note this is a change in both day of the
week and time. Anyone wishing to know more about the local plunge
can click on the "Polar
Plunge" button on the Top Stories page of LDN or contact Joanie
Keyes of Special Olympics Illinois at 217-428-9255.
Individuals and teams can register for the plunge on the Special
Olympics Illinois website at
http://www.plungeillinois.com/ or by contacting Keyes at the
Plungers are encouraged to form teams to spread the fun. Each
team member must raise the minimum of $75 in donations, and all team
members' individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a
combined team total. Teams are placed into divisions based on size
and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.
All plungers will receive gifts, compete for prizes, and enjoy
food and camaraderie with other chilly participants. The more money
a plunger raises, the more chances he or she will have to win a
four-night trip for two adults to Cancun, Mexico, with
accommodations at Riu Peninsula, courtesy of Apple Vacations. For
every $500 a plunger raises, he or she will get an entry into the
drawing for this grand prize.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest
year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects
have two goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the
athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Each year, more than 3,000
officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the "Flame
of Hope" through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to
the State Summer Games in Normal in June.
Christian Church family event Jan. 26
Lincoln Christian Church will host a free
family event on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. featuring an illusionist,
Andrew Anderson, from Charleston. Anderson captivates the audience and
invites them to participate, all the while teaching the gospel.
The program is for children, their
family and friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
event is free to the public and sponsored by the church's family
will host 10th anniversary Spring for Tea
Plans are well under
way for Spring for Tea -- the "premiere event" of the Harvest of Talents for
World Hunger at Lincoln Christian Church. So reports Marcia Bidwell, who
chairs the event and comments that this marks the 10th anniversary of the
much-anticipated spring event of the Harvest Ministry.
Ticket sales will begin on Feb. 1 and
the anniversary tea will be on Saturday, April 20, in the Fellowship
Center of Lincoln Christian Church. Doors to the event open at 10:45
a.m., and tea will be served at 11:30 a.m.
The tea features a number of elegantly
appointed tea tables complete with china, silver, crystal and
offering a variety of themes and décor. Women of all ages will serve
as hostesses for the tables, attending graciously to the needs of
The tea menu will feature favorite
food selections from previous teas as well as some that are new this
year. Background music ambience will be provided by a string
quartet. Food and conversation will prevail as guests are served
traditional tea fare accompanied by cups of a special hot tea served
from a variety of delicate teapots.
As tea guests arrive, they will be
greeted and escorted to their tables by the Harvest men in black.
Before partaking of tea, the guests will enjoy a promenade of all of
the tables as they await the appointed time of serving.
A special 10th anniversary program
will be presented following the serving of tea. A number of door
prizes, provided by local businesses and individuals, will be
Tickets are sold in advance in the
church office. Bidwell reports that there is limited seating and
that the tickets sell out quickly. Tickets may be purchased
beginning Feb. 1 by visiting the church office or calling Vera
Thomas at 732-7618.
The April tea will be the first 2013
event of the Harvest of Talents Ministry, which this year will be
celebrating its 30th anniversary. The Harvest of Talents for World
Hunger is a unique ministry of the Lincoln church. Partnering with
International Disaster Emergency Service, the annual Lincoln event
has raised $1,718,145.23 through the 29th Harvest, every penny of
which has gone to feeding programs, orphanages and missions
throughout the world, providing physical and spiritual food to those
The 30th annual Harvest of Talents
for World Hunger will be on the fourth Saturday in October in the
Fellowship Center of Lincoln Christian Church. Anyone seeking
information about the event may call the church office at
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emergency assistance board to meet Jan. 29
The Logan County Emergency Food and Shelter Program board will
have its annual meeting Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Community Action
Partnership of Central Illinois, 1800 Fifth St. in Lincoln. The
program is also known as EFSP.The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in
1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations
within the United States, both private and governmental, to help
people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort
between the private and public sectors has provided over $3.6
billion in federal funds during its 28-year history.
Representatives of agencies in Logan County that are interested in
learning more about the program are encouraged to contact Cyndi
Campbell, resource specialist at Community Action Partnership,
217-732-2159, ext. 225.
meeting Jan. 29 to discuss downtown revitalization and redevelopment
There will be a public informational meeting
on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Pegram Room of the Lincoln
Public Library. The meeting will be an open house format, with a short
presentation to be given at 5:30 p.m.
The purpose of the public meeting is
to present the preliminary Downtown Redevelopment Plan to residents,
local business owners and community leaders. The plan focuses on the
downtown business environment, including a land-use plan, and an
economic development and business plan.
All residents are
encouraged to attend this public informational meeting.
The planning team is also in the process of developing a Downtown
Revitalization Plan which makes recommendations on specific physical
improvements to downtown Lincoln, including streetscape
improvements, a conceptual plan for the public parks and courthouse
square, parking and traffic plans, historical façade improvements,
and a historical preservation plan.
Information about the Downtown Revitalization Plan will presented
at a second public informational meeting at a later date. An
announcement regarding the second informational meeting will be
provided in the local news media and on the project website:
Public Library's writing group continues in January
ATLANTA -- Following its
popular memoir workshop with Terri Ryburn in November, the Atlanta Public
Library continues its adult creative writing program in January with "Yes,
You Can Write!" With the goal of keeping its writers group together and
adding new people, the library will offer five Thursday evening sessions at
the library on a variety of topics that will appeal to fiction and
nonfiction interests alike.
The workshop is designed for people
who enjoy writing already, those who have always wanted to try their
hand at it or even people who think they can't write at all! Come
and be surprised by what you can do. Participants will explore a
wide range of writing techniques, share their stories with others
and enjoy the support of their fellow writers.
"Yes, You Can Write!" is recommended
for age 18 and older. Sessions take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the
library. Scheduled topics are "Finding Your Inspiration," Jan. 17;
"Setting the Landscape," Feb. 21; "All About Character," March 21;
"The Tricks of Dialogue," April 25; and "The Basics of Plot," May 9.
While people may come to as many
sessions as they like, the library recommends signing up for all
five sessions in order to help create a nurturing and safe
environment in which people feel free to experiment and share their
There is a small fee for the workshop.
For more information, contact the library at 217-648-2112 or visit
rehearsals for spring concert begin Feb. 5
The chorale of the Lincoln
Area Music Society will soon begin rehearsals for the spring concert with
the orchestra. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at
St. John Church of Christ.
The group will be under the direction
of Tim Searby and will be accompanied by Kay Dobson.
The combined concert will be at the
Lincoln Community High School auditorium on Saturday, April 13, at 7
p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
The chorale will do arrangements of
show tunes, classical, sacred, patriotic music and a hilarious
arrangement about Beethoven.
Everyone from high school on up is
welcome to join the chorale.
For more information, contact Tim
County Genealogical & Historical Society program schedule, Jan.-March
The Logan County Genealogical & Historical
Society has scheduled the following programs for the first quarter of the
Jan. 21 --
"History Comes Alive in Logan County!" presented by Anne
Moseley, assistant director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum at
Lincoln College. Ms. Moseley will explain a nationally
recognized certification program for historic interpretation,
the benefits of incorporating interpreters into tourism and
educational events, and describe training that is under
development at the museum and will be available to community
Feb. 18 -- Black
History Month will be recognized with a program involving
historic Allen Chapel, which has experienced restoration and
upgrades over the last year. The program will feature the
portrayal of at least one individual from the African-American
history of Logan County or central Illinois.
March 18 --
Historians from Mount Pulaski and Elkhart will come together to
present a biography and stories of Elkhart resident Adam Henry
Bogardus, a Civil War officer, local legend, inventor and
world-renowned sharpshooter. Phil Bertoni and Gillette Ransom
will discuss the Logan County man, his family and his life's
weight limits on Logan County highways begin Jan. 20
During the winter months, soils will freeze
and thaw repeatedly. This can cause problems for local roadways that are not
designed to support heavy traffic. Heavy loads during these freeze-thaw
cycles can cause significant damage.
Beginning Jan. 20, the seasonal weight limits will be in effect on
all Logan County highways. These roads are marked with five-sided
blue signs and are posted with weight limit signs. Any vehicle in
excess of the weight limits needs to have a permit issued by the
Logan County Highway Department.
Permits are available by visiting
www.co.logan.il.us/highwaydept, by calling the highway
department office at 217-732-3059 or by visiting the office at 529
S. McLean St. in Lincoln. There is no charge for the permits.
Permits will be valid only on certain days when conditions are
Hauling on township roads in Logan County during this time period
will need to be coordinated with the respective township road
Again this year, the highway department is asking for cooperation
to help keep our roads in good condition.
For your convenience, call Lucille to
sign up at 947-2702 or schedule an appointment online using sponsor
code 60017 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 and Wisconsin.
board election Jan. 30
A general membership meeting of the Humane Society of Logan
County will be on Jan. 30 in the Steinfort Room at Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive.
The annual election for three seats on the board of directors of
the Humane Society of Logan County will be at this meeting.
Anyone who is current with their dues and has been a member for
at least three months prior to the election may declare their intent
to seek election to the board of directors. If you are interested in
serving on the board, you may send a letter of intent to the board
secretary, Wanda Stevens, at
Betterment Fund board introduces 'Rt. 66 Reinterpreted' Art Project
ATLANTA -- In celebration of Route 66 and all it stands for,
Atlanta -- located on the Mother Road, midway between Chicago and
St. Louis -- announces its first "Rt. 66 Reinterpreted" Art Project.
Modeled on Chicago's "Cows on Parade" exhibit, the Rt. 66
Reinterpreted project presents artists the opportunity to create
their own take on one of the 20th century's most iconic and
recognizable symbols: the U.S. Route 66 highway shield.
Participating artists will be provided a blank, 2-foot-by-2-foot
wooden cutout of the Route 66 sign, painted white, which will then
become their personal canvas. The only requirement in creating a
reinterpreted shield is to incorporate the text "Illinois U.S. 66"
somewhere on the face of the shield, in whatever size, shape or
color the artist desires. Everything else about the design, style,
background and color of the reinterpreted shield is left to each
artist's imagination and creativity.
The project is open to anyone 16 years old and above. Up to 50
entries will be accepted in this year's project, as determined by
the date applications are received. All 50 entries will be displayed
outside along Route 66 in downtown Atlanta from May 1 to Aug. 31,
The board of directors of the Atlanta Betterment Fund will select
10 shields out of the 50 entries as finalists. Shields selected as
finalists will be judged on originality of design, overall concept
and quality of execution.
Voting will then take place May 1-Aug. 31 to select the top five
shield designs as winners of the 2012 project. Anyone, anywhere may
vote, either in person at selected Route 66 attractions in Atlanta
or online via Atlanta's website at
The top five vote-getters will be the winners of the year's Rt. 66
At the conclusion of the project, the five winning shields, along
with the names of the artists who created them, will be displayed on
a permanent basis in the Atlanta Route 66 Park. Entries selected as
one of the top five winning designs will also be showcased at the
International Mother Road Festival in Springfield Sept. 27-29, 2013.
Artists wishing to enter the Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project
must submit a completed application form, along with a $25 entry
fee. Completed applications are due on or before Feb. 1.
Applications received after Feb. 1 will not be accepted.
Completed Rt. 66 Reinterpreted shields should be carefully
packaged and returned to: The Atlanta Betterment Fund, 114 SW Arch
St., Atlanta, IL 61723. Shields should be submitted between March 1
and April 5, 2013. Shields received after April 5 will not be
The Atlanta Betterment Fund sponsors the Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art
All decisions regarding judging are final. Entries selected as
finalists will be notified by April 30, 2013. Entries selected as
one of the top five winning designs will be notified by Sept. 1,
Click on the "Route 66 Art Project"
www.atlantaillinois.org for more information, including project
guidelines and an application form to enter the Rt. 66 Reinterpreted
Art Project. Or contact:
Atlanta Betterment Fund
114 SW Arch St.
Atlanta, IL 61723