The Knights of Columbus Hall is
located at 217 Limit St. in Lincoln. The Fitzpatrick Banquet Hall is
available for rental to the general public. It is a spacious hall
for all types of events and can accommodate up to 350 people. For
smaller gatherings, the meeting room can accommodate 70 guests
comfortably. Catering by the K of C is available for events. There
is also a full-service bar and lounge open daily to the public.
Members of the Knights of Columbus invite people to celebrate
weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, showers, community
programs, graduation and private parties at the K of C facility. For
many years people have created beautiful memories there.
To inquire about renting the facility or scheduling an
appointment, call the K of C at 217-732-2548, Deb Rohrer at
217-737-5418 or email
Public Library hosts local city and township candidates
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Library invites
the public to attend two public meetings where they can ask questions of
candidates running for city and township offices. On March 18, candidates
for city council, the library board and the parks board will be available
for questions. Township candidates will attend on April 1. Both meetings
will be at the North Greens Golf Course from 7 to 8 p.m. The events are
On March 18, members of the library
board will also be in attendance to answer questions about the
library's ballot referendum. Representatives of the rescue squad
will attend on April 1 and answer questions about the Logan County
Paramedic Association referendum.
While candidates' attendance
depends on their availability, the library expects most to
participate and encourages the public to take advantage of this
important opportunity to learn about candidates' plans for Atlanta
in advance of the election on April 9.
Candidates for city offices are Fred Fincham for mayor; Billie
Cheek, Matt Clemmons and Bill Moore for city council; Ken Martin for
city clerk; and Vickie Martin for city treasurer.
Library board candidates are Randy Brooks, Anne Hieronymus, Karen
Horn and Susan Kuhlmyer.
Park board candidates are Doug Thompson and Greg Tucker.
Township candidates are Staci Hieronymus Kong and Jack Renfrow
for supervisor; Melanie Blankenship and Julie Tabor for clerk;
Daniel Osborn for highway commissioner; and Joe Daugherty, Wesley
Green, Alex Hoblit, Julie Osborn, Betty Renfrow and Greg Tucker for
The public meetings are part of the library's Civic Connections
program, which is sponsored by the A-Team.
County Community Health Fair coming March 23
The Logan County Community Health Fair
continues to promote and educate area residents on the benefits of a healthy
lifestyle through screenings, information and programs offered by health and
social service organizations at the local, state and regional level. This
year's health fair will be on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the Lincoln Park District Sports Center. All activities, programs and
collections will be on-site unless otherwise noted.
The Community Health Fair will offer
numerous health screenings, including blood pressure, oral cancer
screenings and body mass indexes, which are free to the public.
Cholesterol and hemoglobin screenings will be offered at a nominal
cost. Well water testing, child fingerprinting will also be offered.
The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive. Additionally, the
health fair will again offer residents the opportunity to recycle a
variety of different items in an environmentally friendly and
Bank of Lincoln will sponsor shredding of confidential papers and
destruction of hard drives as part of the Community Health Fair. The
shredding and hard drive destruction program offers residents the
opportunity to have items such as financial records, old tax returns
and other sensitive household records shredded and destroyed in a
secure and confidential manner. Proper disposal of these sensitive
items may prevent individuals from becoming victims of identity
theft. The paper shredding and hard drive destruction will be
available from 9 a.m. to noon in the front parking lot of Lincoln
Community High School.
There will also a glass recycling
collection in the front parking lot of LCHS from 9 a.m. to noon. The
recycling program accepts only container glass, meaning it
originally contained either a food or beverage product. Participants
will need to remove all plastic and metal caps and rings from the
container. All colors of glass are accepted and do not have to be
sorted. The glass recycling program does not accept ceramics,
dishware, light bulbs, window glass or mirrors. Glass recycling will
be canceled in event of inclement weather.
Expired or unwanted medications,
both prescription and over-the-counter, will be collected through an
unwanted medication collection, co-sponsored by the Healthy
Communities Partnership and the Kroger pharmacy. Medications must be
in the original container with label and with the name blacked out
to ensure privacy. The Lincoln Police Department will be on-site to
oversee the collection process. Residents are reminded that it is no
longer acceptable to dispose of any medication by flushing it down
the toilet, as chemical compounds are now being detected in
Eyeglasses and hearing aids will be
collected by the Lions Club for distribution to visually and hearing
impaired individuals in the U.S. and around the world. New, used,
damaged or broken eyeglasses and hearing aids will be accepted.
Cellphones, both working and
non-working, will be collected for donation to Sojourn Woman's
Center. The cellphones will be reprogrammed and provided to victims
of domestic violence for their use in emergency situations.
Laser and ink-jet printer
cartridges will be collected by Community Action Partnership of
Central Illinois. Proceeds from recycling the printer cartridges
will be used to supplement ongoing programs for low-income
individuals, household, children and seniors.
Tabs from aluminum cans will be
collected for donation to the area's Ronald McDonald House.
Containers will be provided at the
health fair for the collection of plastic grocery bags.
As always, this year's Logan County
Community Health Fair offers something for everyone, whether your
goal is maintain or improve your health or to complete some spring
cleaning and dispose of items in an environmentally friendly way.
For additional information on
health screenings, contact Mallory Ramos of the Logan County
Department of Public Health at 735-2317. With recycling questions,
contact Mitzi Rohlfs, Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency
coordinator, at 732-9636.
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seeks 'Neighborhoods' contributions
Although profiles and photos of homes in
Lincoln and rural Lincoln continue to be accepted for the book
"Neighborhoods, Lincoln, Illinois," the project has entered a new phase.
Information is currently being sought
from local building contractors and real estate agents.
Contractors are being asked to
submit information on major houses they have built or subdivisions
they have developed.
Real estate agents are being asked
about homes that they believe should be included in the book. This
might include any historical information about a particular home or
information about a home currently on the market.
Writer Diane Cherry Osborn may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 217-605-0011. Information may also be mailed to 411 College
Ave. in Lincoln or brought to the Logan County Genealogical &
Historical Society office at 114 N. Chicago St.
'Fish Fry for Missions' March 22
SAN JOSE -- The San Jose United Methodist
Women and the men of the church are presenting their annual Fish Fry for
Missions on Friday, March 22. Serving will be from 4 until 7 p.m. in the
Whole catfish are
fried on the premises during the fish fry. Other items on the menu
are hash brown casserole, coleslaw, baked beans, homemade desserts
and drinks. Chicken strips are also on the menu for children or
adults who do not eat fish.
Proceeds benefit children and youth
ministries such as camping scholarships, the Bible Zone after-school
ministry and meal, and Vacation Bible School.
Tickets will be sold in advance by
church members or at the door. Guests may dine in or carry out for
the same price. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 and
free for children under 4 years with paid adult. For tickets or more
information, you may call the church at 309-247-3232 or Jim Eeten at
San Jose is on U.S. 136 about 10 miles west of
Interstate 155. The San Jose United Methodist Church is at 601 S. First St.,
at the corner of Linden and First, about six blocks south of U.S. 136.
prepares for new online system
The Lincoln Public Library District will
convert to a new online computer database this spring. The library will join
426 other member libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System and
become a member of the new Polaris online database.
The current library database will no
longer be available after March 29, and the new database is expected
to become operational on April 9.
Patrons who maintain holds or
reading lists in the old database are asked to contact the library
by March 15 to have that information transferred to the new
For more information, contact April Jensen, circulation manager,
at 732-8878 or visit the library at 725 Pekin St.
Writer's Club will meet March 12
Lincoln Writer's Club will
meet Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Lincoln
College student center.
Suggested writing topics: story about
Easter; nicknames; to be 13 again; or springtime.
All are welcome. For more information, call 732-2723.
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.