Mr. Lincoln was a lawyer on the
Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit, including court sessions at Postville
and Mount Pulaski, before becoming president of the United States.
The original Postville Courthouse was purchased by Henry Ford in
1929 and moved to Dearborn, Mich. The courthouse that stands on the
Fifth Street site today is a replica that was built in 1953 as part
of the city's centennial celebration. The Mount Pulaski Courthouse,
the county seat from 1848 to 1855, is an original courthouse
building where Mr. Lincoln practiced law.
Mount Pulaski's celebration on Feb.
9 will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The featured speaker will be Brian
"Fox" Ellis, a local favorite, who will portray William Herndon
during an 11 a.m. presentation. Herndon and Lincoln were law
partners. The free public program will be in the second-floor
courtroom where Lincoln, Judge David Davis, Stephen A. Douglas,
Leonard Swett, Herndon and other lawyers of the mid-1800s 8th
Judicial Circuit practiced law. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. there will be
activities in a children's area with craft supplies for making
cards, bookmarks and pictures, along with an Abraham Lincoln
scavenger hunt. Complimentary Mary Todd Lincoln cake will be
provided throughout the day.
The celebration at Postville
Courthouse will be from noon to 5 p.m. The annual celebration will
include tours, refreshments, Abraham Lincoln interpreter Gary
Simpkins and presentations by the Civil War Ladies. Dorothy Salinger
and friends will present a program on clothing of that era at 1 p.m.
and 3 p.m.
The Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau
of Logan County encourages visiting both sites as they celebrate one
of the most important people in our heritage, Abraham Lincoln. For
more information, call 217-732-8687.
1st fundraiser set for new Abraham Lincoln statue
The Abraham Lincoln Statue
Committee will have their first fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at
Culver's in Lincoln. The committee will serve Mary Todd Lincoln's delicious
cake, and Culver's will serve the special yogurt of the day: old-fashioned
The proposed Abraham Lincoln bronze
statue will commemorate the speech he made on Oct. 16, 1858, on the
courthouse lawn in Lincoln.
Informational brochures will be available at the fundraiser at
Culver's, and the committee will be dressed in period costumes.
If you are unable to visit Culver's
that evening and would like to make a donation, make your check
payable to LCGHS, mark your check for "A. Lincoln Statue," and mail
to LCGHS at 114 N. Chicago St., Lincoln, IL 62656
The Logan County Genealogical &
Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and
donations are tax-deductible.
For Life of Logan County receives American Cancer Society Relay All Star
Relay For Life of Logan
County was awarded the American Cancer Society's prestigious Relay All Star
Award at the society's Relay Leadership Summit in Itasca.
With the Relay All Star Award, the
Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society honors events that
achieve significant fundraising and participant growth. In 2012,
Relay For Life of Logan County raised approximately $77,514 with
nearly 401 participants.
supporting Relay For Life of Logan County, our volunteers are
helping us save more lives faster," said Alan D. Lev, chairman of
the board of the American Cancer Society's Illinois Division. "We
invite all Logan County residents to join us in fighting for every
birthday threatened by cancer."
This year the Logan County Relay
for Life will be from 6 p.m. June 14 to 6 a.m. on June 15 outside at
the Lincoln Center on the Lincoln College campus.
Teams are signing up members to
help the Logan County Relay reach the $1 million mark for the
lifetime of the county's events, which began in 1998. With 2013 as
the 16th year in Logan County, and being only $1,320 away from that
milestone, the organization continues to strive to help find a cure
while also supporting services that benefit survivors.
To register a team, call Carolyn
Motley, 732-8032. Questions from past teams can also be directed to
her or this year's co-chairs: Nicole Tripplett Lee, Amy Weidhuner or
The next meeting is Feb. 25 at 6:30
p.m. at Lincoln Christian Church. Anyone interested is welcome.
society seeks submissions for new 'Neighborhoods' book
A new book entitled "Neighborhoods,
Lincoln, IL" is being published by the Logan County Genealogical &
Historical Society and the Lincoln Woman's Club, with Lincoln city
and rural residents being asked to submit photos and resumes about
their homes or homes of ancestors.
Diane Cherry Osborn, a seasoned writer
from the Lincoln area, will compile the book, which is to include
maps, vignettes on people instrumental in the city's development,
and features on homes of architectural, historical and social
significance. Also included in the book will be homes no longer in
significant homes would be those that have been occupied by
well-known people, several generations of a family or by a family
for a significant number of years. Also included would be homes
considered "landmark" homes because of their location. This might
include the first houses built on a street or in a subdivision, on a
corner, or one that just captures attention.
Photos and information may be sent
to Diane Osborn, 411 College Ave., Lincoln, IL, 62656; or emailed to
By phone, she may be contacted at 217-605-0011. Items may also be
brought to the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society office
at 114 N. Chicago St.
Submitted information of interest
could include the subdivision or addition where the home is located
(this can be found on the tax bill or abstract), such as the
Original Town of Lincoln or Knapp, Bird, & Tinsley; age of home;
builder of home; previous occupants and years of occupancy, if
known; number of generations of family at this residence or
location; number of rooms; and other significant details about the
Information for the book, including
photos of homes no longer in existence, will also be accepted from
Photos should be clear and of
5-by-7 size, except for especially significant homes, for which
8-by-10 photos will be accepted. Black-and-white photos are
Osborn says: "Do not let your home
be left out of this historical work. It is anticipated to become a
cherished collector's item in future years."
Only a limited number of copies
will be printed.
Following publication of this book,
it is anticipated that "Neighborhoods" books on homes in other areas
of Logan County will be developed.
Atlanta Public Library: Exciting times, growth in services
ATLANTA -- Cruising through
Atlanta, Ill., on Old Route 66, you will come to an unusual eight-sided
building at the corner of SW Arch (Route 66) and SE Race streets. This
architectural gem is the Atlanta Public Library, a historic building that
was constructed in 1908 and is now listed on the National Register of
Historic Places. Only one other example like this exists, the public library
in El Paso, Ill.
Walk inside the building and you find
the usual shelves of books, magazines and newspapers common to
libraries. But dig a little deeper, and a person will find a growing
list of exciting programs that are available to the community --
programs designed to encompass activities for preschoolers to senior
Cathy Maciariello was recently
appointed director of community programs for the library in Atlanta
and has been ramping up the program menu from a modest beginning in
2011 to a wide variety of offerings today, some of them unique to
the library district, such as the Behind the Scenes programs.
One of the success stories is the
children's programming, which began with an outdoor summer reading
program on the library lawn. Other offerings during the year are a
homework and reading lab, kids' crafts, a summer creative writing
class, and preschool reading gatherings.
One measure of success is the
number of area children participating, from an initial 12-15 to a
count of almost 30 kids at a recent event.
The dramatic increase in
participating children has created a happy problem for the library.
Currently, one section of the octagonal building is dedicated to
children's reading material and events. The small area is now at the
maximum capacity, and more space is rapidly becoming a necessity.
Toward that end, plans are being
made to convert the basement of the library into a new area for
children's books and activities. The basement has at least double
the space of the current area. After the relocation of the
children's area to the basement, the upstairs space will be
converted into an adult fiction area and reading room.
Initial plans are being developed
to upgrade the infrastructure of the basement with a new ceiling,
lighting, heating and a dehumidifier before the children's books and
activities are relocated there.
As with all remodeling, the new
children's area will require funding to proceed with these ambitious
plans. Toward that end, the Atlanta Library will have a fundraiser
on Saturday, Feb. 16, called "Bowling for Books."
Bowling for Books will take place
at the Red Wing Bowl, just across the railroad tracks from the
library. Twenty-four teams of four bowlers each will compete for
prizes, with bowling times at 3:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m. In addition to
bowling, a Chinese auction will take place for items donated by area
The prime sponsor for Bowling for
Books is Mattingly Automotive, with additional help from Kitty Cat
Crafts. So far, response has been very positive, with many teams
already signed up.
The library hopes to raise at least
$4,000 to begin the basement renovation process.
"The momentum of community
involvement in the library is increasing," says Maciariello. "The
fundraiser is providing an exciting way for members of the Atlanta
community to participate in their library's improvement."
Sign-up forms for Bowling for Books
are available at the library and on the library website.
Maciariello sees the library as a
magnet for area residents to come together and participate in
fascinating events, as well as use the traditional library services.
In addition to the Feb. 16
fundraiser, another important date for the library is rapidly
approaching. Randy Brooks, president of the Atlanta Public Library
District, announced that a referendum will appear on the April
ballot, requesting an increase in the library district's assessment.
The assessment has not been changed
"We can't do 2013 work at the
library with 1950s money," said Brooks.
He stressed that when the
assessment was last changed, all the library had to offer was books.
Now, in the digital age, libraries are called upon to offer many
more services. In addition to checking out physical books, library
patrons are requesting access to digital reading material that they
can download to their iPads, Kindles and Nooks.
Money from an increased assessment
will go directly into updating the services and programs the library
can offer its patrons, as well as maintaining and updating the
library's physical structure, a historic building that needs lots of
Brooks said: "I can't stress enough
how important a modern library is to a thriving community like
Atlanta, especially with the increase in tourists coming to town for
the Route 66 experience. A modern library enriches the community."
Brooks and Maciariello are excited
about the future of their town and the Atlanta Public Library, and
their enthusiasm is shared by members of the Atlanta community.
For a complete list of the Atlanta
Public Library programs and special events such as Bowling for
Books, go to the library website or call the library.
[By CURT FOX]
Atlanta Public Library contact
Logan Co. Animal Rescue hosting fundraiser lunch
Logan County Animal Rescue
will host a fundraiser lunch on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Friendship Manor.
The midday meal will consist of chicken and noodles, mashed
potatoes, green beans, lettuce salad, roll, a drink, and dessert.
Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 2 p.m.
County Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that
works to preserve the life of animals in need. Animals are taken in
on a temporary basis. They may be reclaimed by their owners, or they
may have to be taken to a no-kill shelter, hopefully to be adopted.
To purchase tickets in advance for the Feb. 9 fundraiser, or to
learn more about Logan County Animal Rescue, call 217-735-2015.
For more information, visit
woman attains NLAPW membership
Nancy Rollings Saul, of Lincoln, was recently
inducted into the Central Illinois Branch of National League of American Pen
Women, in the Letters division. Working as a freelance writer and
photographer, she has produced numerous postcards of Logan County landmarks.
Saul retired in 2010 after serving more than 22 years as lifestyle
editor of The Courier newspaper in Lincoln, where she received
numerous awards from the Illinois Press Association and the
Associated Press. Prior to her Courier job, she worked as a
freelance writer and photographer for numerous central Illinois
Earlier in her career, she also wrote for the Publications
Division of the Indiana Department of Commerce, the Public
Information Office of Sangamon State University (now the University
of Illinois in Springfield), the Illinois State Journal-Register,
the Springfield Sun and the Mattoon Journal-Gazette. She served as
editor for the 50th anniversary edition of The Progressive Miner.
The Central Illinois Branch, NLAPW, meets at 1:30 p.m. on the
third Thursday of each month at the Bloomington Public Library.
Professional women writers, artists or composers who are interested
in visiting a meeting may contact Betty Story, membership chairman,
at 309-664-0319 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Saul at
The League of American Pen Women was organized in June 1897 by
Marian Longfellow O'Donoghue, niece of President William McKinley,
in protest of the way women writers were treated by their male
counterparts. O'Donoghue, who wrote for newspapers in Washington,
D.C., and Boston, invited fellow journalists Margaret Sullivan Burke
and Anna Sanborne Hamilton to join her in establishing a
"progressive press union" for Washington's female writers.
The group, including writers, a teacher and an artist, banded
together to seek mutual aid, advice and career advancement.
Professional credentials were required for membership as they are
today, and the women determined that Pen Women should always be paid
for their work.
Today, the expanded mission of the organization includes
mentoring, encouraging and promoting emerging professional women in
the arts. In a time when arts in the classroom are being curtailed
or eliminated, the national organization also provides outreach
programs that give students a chance to discover and explore their
Additional information about the league is available at
The National League of American Pen Women was founded in 1921
with 35 local branches in various states. The organization is
headquartered in the historic Pen Arts Building in the DuPont Circle
area of Washington, D.C. First ladies have always been awarded
honorary memberships, and in some cases, such as Eleanor Roosevelt,
have actively participated in league functions. More than a decade
into its second century, league membership has included more than
55,000 professional women writers, artists and musicians.
Red Cross seeking hero nominations for 8th annual Heroes Breakfast
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Capital Area
Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking hero nominations from the
public for the eighth annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast fundraiser on April
19 at the Crowne Plaza. Presented by the Bank of Springfield, this inspiring
event honors a group of everyday local heroes for performing an
extraordinary act or giving a lifetime of service to the community.
Proceeds benefit local disaster relief
by the Red Cross.
The Red Cross is seeking nominations for nine hero categories
that will be honored at this year's breakfast:
sponsored by St. John's Children's Hospital: A person under 18
who has acted in a heroic fashion during a time of crisis or
committed themselves to better their community/the people in it.
sponsored by Horace Mann: A K-12 or college teacher who has made
an extraordinary difference in the life of a child or group of
sponsored by Hanson Professional Services: A local member of the
U.S. armed forces who has shown dedication to serving our
country or made the ultimate sacrifice in defending it.
Public safety hero,
sponsored by the American Red Cross: A person in an emergency
service field, such as police, fire department or EMT, who has
gone above and beyond the call of duty to save or protect
sponsored by Concordia Village: A person over the age of 62 who
has acted in a heroic fashion during a time of crisis or
committed themselves to better their community or the people in
sponsored by Greene Dodge: Someone who has shown heroism in some
unexpected or unusual way during a time of crisis in their
community or has shown sacrificial commitment to meeting the
needs and challenges of their community.
sponsored by Express Employment Professionals: Someone who has
acted in a heroic fashion during a time of crisis in their
workplace or has shown strong commitment to helping others
within or through their place of work.
Health care hero,
sponsored by Springfield Clinic: A member of the medical or
health care profession who has displayed extraordinary and
sacrificial commitment to saving or improving lives or treating
Civic hero, sponsored by Bunn: A
person in a paid public service field, such as government,
nonprofit or social services, who has gone above and beyond to
help or protect someone or worked toward positively affecting
Nominees must either live or work in Sangamon, Christian, Logan,
Menard, Macoupin, Montgomery, Sangamon or Shelby County. Local
heroic acts must have taken place within the last 18 months to be
eligible, unless the nomination is for a lifetime of service. An
individual or group of individuals may be nominated and can be
entered into multiple hero categories.
People in the community can fill out and submit the online hero
nomination form by visiting
Nominations are due by Feb. 22.
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Abraham Lincoln's birthday in Mount Pulaski
Brian 'Fox' Ellis to portray William
Herndon, Lincoln's law partner
MOUNT PULASKI -- On Saturday, 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.
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
emergency assistance board to meet Jan. 29
The Logan County Emergency Food and Shelter Program board will
have its annual meeting Tuesday, 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:
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
board election Jan. 30
A general membership meeting of the Humane Society of Logan
County will be on Wednesday, 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.
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. 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. 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