The activity, hosted by Abraham
Lincoln Healthcare Foundation and Memorial SportsCare at ALMH, took
place in beautiful Edward Madigan State Park a few miles south of
Lincoln and drew a little over 170 participants.
Before the primary event, there was
a dash for kids 10 and under.
All finishers of the chip-timed 5K
were given medals, and prizes were awarded in male and female
groups: overall, 60 and over, 11 and under, and stroller.
Marty Ahrends, executive director
of the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, and Todd Mourning,
D.P.T., physical therapist and manager of rehab services, welcomed
participants, saying: "Our mission is to improve the health of the
people and communities we serve, and what better way than through
Ahrends extended a big thank-you to
all the sponsors. The run/walk is a fundraiser. Proceeds would be
used to support local wellness programs.
Logan County Arts presents 'Autumn
Fall has officially arrived, and the
members of Logan County Arts are using the season as the muse for
their next show, "Autumn Impressions."
The exhibit's free public opening and
artists' reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in
the Lincoln Art Institute gallery. The gallery is on the downtown
square, south of the post office and across from the Logan County
The exhibit will feature paintings, sculpture,
drawings and photography by artists who are members of Logan County
Arts. Many pieces will be available for purchase and can be
collected when the show closes on Nov. 3.
Artists have come to the area art organization with a diversity
of styles, media choices and experience, so the show will provide a
varied selection of pieces for visitors to enjoy. Some new members
will be showing at the gallery for the first time.
After opening night, "Autumn Impressions" can be viewed on
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by chance or appointment.
The mission of Logan County Arts is to enhance the practice,
presence and appreciation of the arts in Logan County and the
surrounding region. Membership is open to all adult community
members with an interest in the arts. For additional information,
Wayne Ackerman to retire from ALMH
Wayne Ackerman of Lincoln will retire from Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital this month after a long career in plant
operations.Ackerman has worked at ALMH for over 36 years and served as foreman
Former and current employees along with the public are invited to
join Ackerman as his contributions to ALMH are celebrated with a
cake and punch reception from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the
Steinfort Rooms at ALMH, 200 Stahlhut Drive. A presentation will be
made at 2:30 p.m.
For more information about ALMH, visit
Youth to honor veterans from St. John United Church of Christ during
Nov. 3 service
The St. John United Church Youth Group will
honor the veterans from the church on Sunday, Nov. 3, during the 10:30 a.m.
worship service with a "Litany Remembering All Those Who Serve" and will
present each member veteran with a special gift.
Veterans from St. John United
Church of Christ are Loren Birnbaum, Josh Bismark, Adam Bock, Bob
Borowiak, Charles Brainard, Erik Brickman, Kenneth Brickman, John
Cassens, Rod Christensen, Cecil Gable, Phillip Gehlbach, Gerald
Gehrke, Dan Gosda, Gerald Gosda, David Hansen, Homer Harris Jr.,
Jack Leich, Eric Leslie, Don McCann, Scott Mara, Robert Meinershagen,
Anthony Morey, Richard Morgan, Chip Piatt, Arthur Rohrer, Ray
Turner, Angie Werth, Eddie White, Lawrence Wilham Jr., James Wilmert,
Wilbur Wilmert and Mark Wilson.
The tribute was announced by
Savannah Conrady, a representative for the church youth.
In addition, all veterans of Logan
County will be treated to a meal and dance sponsored by the St. John
UCC Youth Group. The 12th annual dance and celebration will be at
the Lincoln American Legion from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.
Invitations for the evening event have been
sent to all veterans who deployed from Logan County or are now residing in
the county and whose addresses are known. Veterans of any U.S. conflict or
war are welcome, including the recent Iraq and Afghanistan deployments. Any
Logan County veteran who did not receive an invitation is welcome but is
asked to call 217-732-9796 or 217-855-1645 so the youth can plan for those
in attendance. The group would appreciate return of response cards sent with
the invitations, or a phone call. With questions regarding this tribute,
call one of the numbers above.
2013-14 dinner program schedule
at Palms Grill
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Library and
Museum are once again presenting a free series of dinner programs at the
Palms Grill Café in downtown Atlanta. The programs run from November 2013
through February 2014 and feature area speakers who present 45- to 60-minute
programs or activities following dinner at the Palms Grill.
Topics in this series are bees,
area photography, the Lincoln Home, Ku Klux Klan, Atlanta-related
film, John Dowdy, Illinois tourism, bicycles and a 1930s murder
The Friday dinners begin at 5:30
p.m., and the evening's program or activity starts at 7. The Palms
Grill is at 110 SW Arch St., on Old Route 66.
Reservations are required and
limited to 50 people. To make a reservation, phone 217-648-5077
between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at other times leave a
voice message with your phone number.
This year's dinner programs at the
Friday, Nov. 8
"About Bees: The Story of an Apiarist"
Joe Sibley, owner of Sibley
Apiaries, will discusses how he became an apiarist, the importance
of honeybees, the challenges beekeepers face, and the time and cost
to get started. Sibley lives in Normal, where he tends his 12 bee
colonies, and he provides a 24/7 removal service of honeybee swarms
and established colonies in McLean and surrounding counties.
Friday, Nov. 15
"Through the Lens: The Photography of Mike Johnson"
Join a visual journey of Atlanta
and its surrounding environs as local photographer Mike Johnson
shares his photos of area barns, old farm equipment, flowers and
downtown Atlanta. Johnson promises an evening of fun, including a
door prize drawing for a free framed photo.
Friday, Dec. 6
"Here I Have Lived: The History of the Lincoln Home and
Tim Townsend, a National Park
Service historian, presents the story of the Lincoln Home, family
and neighborhood. Townsend will focus on the history of the Lincoln
Home from the time of its construction in 1839, through Robert Todd
Lincoln's donation of the home to the state of Illinois in 1887, to
today. Townsend will also discuss the history of the Lincoln
neighborhood from the time the Lincolns left for Washington, through
its evolution to a modern urban residential and commercial area, to
the ongoing restoration efforts by the National Park Service.
Friday, Dec. 13
"It's a Mystery to Me: Atlanta & the KKK"
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 in attendance decide what the "history" of
Atlanta and the KKK was.
Friday, Jan. 17
"Movie Magic in Atlanta"
Christopher Myers and Cory Bernstein,
of Bloomington-Normal, will share how they became the winners of the
2011 Normal Theatre Short Film Festival. The audience will view
their 2011 winning entry, plus learn about and watch their newest
movie project, including a number of scenes filmed in downtown
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 as beneath many of Atlanta's older homes, in the form of their
concrete block foundations. In addition, the audience 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. 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 give an update 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 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
learn about Mr. McIntyre, share your stories and speculate about the
future of bicycles in the town.
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. Come learn about this tragedy,
as well as share stories you may have heard growing up, as those
attending examine the mystery of "The Bucket of Blood."
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County trailway effort continues; public invited to planning meeting
The wheels are turning for a Logan
County trail plan. The public is invited to the Steinfort Conference
Center at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at
6 p.m. to hear about a Logan County bicycle and trailway plan and
get involved to help move the project forward.
The plan provides a framework for
transportation enhancements for bicyclists, pedestrians, in-line
skaters and non-motorized vehicles throughout Logan County.
The master plan was developed under
the guidance of the Logan County Regional Planning Commission. The
design was completed by Farnsworth Group using a grant from the
Illinois Department of Transportation. The plan was approved by the
Logan County Regional Planning Commission in February and by the
Logan County Board in May.
The Healthy Communities Partnership
is collaborating with the planning commission to host this public
opportunity to discuss the approved plan, hear feedback and help set
goals to implement the plan. The Healthy Communities Partnership is
a collaborative organization comprised of dozens of community
agencies and supported by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation.
A comprehensive trailway system
enhances the overall quality of life. Trails play an important role
in health and wellness of the populations they serve. Research has
shown that walking and biking may help reduce cases of asthma,
decrease rates of obesity, lower health care costs and even improve
To review the Logan County Bicycle
& Trailway Master Plan, visit
For more information, contact
Angela Stoltzenburg at 217-605-5008.
Cross blood drive Oct. 16 at park district
recommends increased iron intake prior to blood donation
PEORIA -- Many people can
donate blood, but even healthy donors are sometimes temporarily deferred due
to low hemoglobin levels. The American Red Cross recommends that eligible
blood donors eat a well-balanced diet with extra iron-rich foods prior to
their donation this fall.
During the fall, iron-rich produce
such as broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots and chard
is in season and therefore more abundant.
Food can have two types of iron, heme
and nonheme. The body can absorb up to 30 percent of heme iron,
primarily found in meat, but only 2 to 10 percent of nonheme iron.
Foods high in vitamin C, such as leafy greens, peppers and citrus
fruits, help with iron absorption.
For a link to
a list of more iron-rich foods, visit
The Red Cross also recommends iron
supplements for regular blood donors after consulting with their
personal health care provider or pharmacist. Visit
Healthy blood donors help patients
in need every day. Make an appointment to roll up a sleeve by
calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting
Upcoming blood donation opportunity in Logan County:
- Oct. 16, noon-5 p.m.
Lincoln Sports Complex
1400 Primm Road
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS
(1-800-733-2767) or visit
www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more
information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply
for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other
forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who
are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh
at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible
to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of
age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight
The American Red Cross shelters,
feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;
supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that
save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the
generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more
www.redcross.org or on Twitter:
features added to St. John Germanfest
Children's games, 50-50 drawing and bake
The 14th annual Germanfest is set for
Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. John United Church
of Christ, 204 Seventh. St. John is being joined by the Oasis Senior
Center in providing the meal and program, which this year includes a
50-50 drawing and bake sale through the Oasis.
In the parking lot, an area facing
Maple Street will be set aside for handicap parking only. Children's
games and activities will be on a section of the lot. The Alley Kats
Band will furnish music during the serving time, including polka
music for dancing or listening -- outside, weather permitting.
Tables for those who want to sit outside to eat or listen to the
band will also be on the lot. .
Authentic German food -- brats, red
cabbage, sauerkraut, German potato salad, apple strudel, German
chocolate cake or angel food cake -- will be served with apple
cider, tea or coffee. A hot dog meal with chips, dessert and drink
will also be available. The meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. in the St. John Church Fellowship Hall.
The church youth group will offer
the same menu at a drive-thru line at the alley alongside the former
ALMH east parking lot entrance, off Eighth Street.
Free delivery in town will be
available with orders of six or more prepaid tickets. Tickets are
available from church and Oasis members, church or Oasis offices, or
by calling Marilyn Armbrust at 732-4261. Tickets for the German meal
are $8.50 and $4 for the hot dog meal. Profits will be evenly split
between the Oasis for their programs and St. John UCC for their
Co-chairs for this year's Germanfest are Wayne
Mara, 737-6639, and Tonita Reifsteck, 732-9796, for St. John UCC; and
Georgina Binzen, 732-6132, and Dennis Schrader, 871-4155, for the Oasis.