The prime event on Saturday offered
handcrafted items that were available by straight-out purchase,
silent auction and open auction. It also featured signature homemade
foods to be eaten on-site or carry-home. Inside, the aroma of
cinnamon and caramel pecan rolls wafted through the halls. Outside,
the sweet wood smoke filled the fall air as giant kettles simmered
beef vegetable soup.
Inside and outside, there was
plenty of serving, eating, visiting at many different stations,
tents, rooms and in the main auditorium. Hungry shoppers could grab
a bowl of soup and a brisket sandwich, which was particularly
appealing to those coming in from the 5K run/walk that began outside
the church at 8:30 a.m. A new tea room, Hospitali-tea, served four
pre-ticketed sittings offering tasty homemade foods and a special
Harvest blend of tea.
The crowds increased all day with
throngs of people unhurriedly, but intensely browsing merchandise,
looking for just the right bird feeder, kitchen apron, hair doodad,
jewelry piece, knitted scarf, bakery, yard or household ornament,
with a thousand to choose from and numerous quick, easy checkout
counters throughout the building.
The day concluded with an auction
beginning at 2 p.m. of unique, high-quality items such as handmade
quilts, leaded glass designs, paintings, furniture, large floral
pieces and more.
On Sunday, the church celebrated the end of this year's Harvest
of Talents with a special worship service and the presentation of a
check to Rick Jett, the executive director of International Disaster
Prior to the check presentation, Carolyn Neal offered a few words.
"Over a billion people go hungry, but tomorrow, that number will
be less because of all the faithful Harvest hearts and hands who
honored I Peter 4:10 and shared a measure of their time, talents and
resources to partner with International Disaster Emergency Service
and the 30th Harvest of Talents for World Hunger, raising
$101,068.15 for hunger relief this year," Neal said. "You gathered
your thoughts to pray, your family and friends, your coins, your
talents, and your time to volunteer, and helped to make a difference
that will stretch around the world in Jesus' name. On behalf of
those who will receive Harvest food (physically and spiritually),
thank YOU, bless you!!!"
The check was presented to Jett by Patricia Snyder. Jett in return
presented "Servant's Towels" embroidered with the IDES logo and
bearing the words "Your faithful service has made a world of
difference" to Neal and Snyder.
The 2013 Harvest of Talents brought in $101,068.15, bringing the
30-year total to $1,819,213.38. This was a record year, after the
previous high total of $92,499.88 back in 2008.
Other Harvest of Talents activities,
including musical presentations and teas, are conducted during the
year as well.
Working with International Disaster
Emergency Service, all proceeds are used to aid those affected by
disaster and to relieve world hunger.
Visit IDES at
http://www.ides.org/ to see what
projects the agency has been working on this past year.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST with additional information provided by
Patricia Snyder, Lincoln Christian Church]
named ALMH October Employee of the Month
Darla Ludolph of Williamsville has
been named the October Employee of the Month at Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital. Ludolph is a radiologic technologist at ALMH. She
has worked for the hospital for over 39 years.
Ludolph has worked in all areas of
radiology and served as the department manager for nine years. Ludolph is registered in mammography and has been performing the
screenings full time since ALMH moved to its new building in March
"ALMH has always been like a family
to me. I work with great friends. And most importantly, I work with
state-of-the-art equipment, which allows me to perform excellent
exams for my mammography patients," Ludolph said.
Ludolph was nominated for the honor
by an ALMH mammography patient who said: "From the time she greets
me with a smile in the lobby until the time we say goodbye, Darla
makes the mammogram an experience I no longer dread. She is caring,
yet professional, and I appreciate her explanation of the X-rays in
a manner I can understand. To sum it up, she is a jewel."
Ludolph was born into a military
family at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Growing up, she
lived in 10 states, including Hawaii, and also in the Philippines.
1974 was a momentous year for her. After graduating from St. Francis
School of Radiologic Technology in Peoria, she took her first
position at ALMH and was also married to Rich Ludolph. Her marriage
and career are both going strong after 39 years.
ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive in
Lincoln, is a 25-bed critical access hospital affiliated with
Memorial Health System. The hospital employs over 315 in a variety
of roles. For more information about ALMH, including digital
mammography, visit www.almh.org.
of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary to host quarter auction for the Oasis on Nov. 1
The Knights of Columbus Ladies
Auxiliary will host a quarter auction on Friday, Nov. 1, to benefit
the Oasis. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the auction will begin
at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the public and will be in the
banquet room of the Knights of Columbus, on Limit Street.
The cost of a paddle is $2 and a
person may purchase up to five paddles. All proceeds from the event
will go directly to the Oasis Senior Center. The organization's
building downtown was damaged by fire in June.
Several vendors will also have tables
of cash-and-carry items, and the Knights of Columbus will have their
baskets available for purchase.
Shrimp, walleye or chicken strips,
plus fries, will be available for $6, and the bar will be open.
The organizers said in a news
release: "We are excited to be able to provide an opportunity for
local vendors to display their products; all the while lending our
support to the Oasis Senior Center. It is a vital part of the
continued positive quality of life that seniors of Lincoln and Logan
County deserve. And it's just a great time."
Red Cross invites eligible
donors to give blood in honor of military members, veterans
PEORIA -- Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and the
American Red Cross invites eligible donors to schedule an appointment to
give blood in November in honor of those who have served the country in the
U.S. armed forces.
through the Red Cross is distributed to about 2,700 hospitals and
transfusion centers across the country for patients in need,
including patients at many U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
medical centers. Blood transfusions help save lives every day, and
all blood types are currently needed, especially O-negative,
A-negative and B-negative.
Appointments to roll up a sleeve
and donate can be made today by visiting
calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Another way to support veterans,
military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and
installations around the world is by sending holiday cards through
Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Between now and early December,
the Red Cross will collect the cards and distribute them. Learn more
Upcoming blood donation
opportunities in Logan County:
Monday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at
Lincoln Christian University, Route 10, Lincoln
Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Hartsburg-Emden Jr./Sr. High School,
400 W. Front St., Hartsburg
How to donate blood
To make an appointment or for more
information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
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
J. Graue wins national recognition at dealer convention for community
service and industry accomplishments
NEW YORK -- The nomination of Chris J.
Graue, general manager of Graue Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Lincoln,
Ill., for the 2014 Time Dealer of the Year award was announced
Thursday by Time.
Graue is one of a select group of 57 dealer nominees from across the
country who will be honored at the 97th annual National Automobile
Dealers Association Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, La., on
Jan. 25, 2014. This year's nominees were announced by Jed Hartman,
group publisher for news and business for Time Inc., and Tim Russi,
president of auto finance for Ally Financial.
nominated for this award are community heroes, as well as economic
and civic leaders, who have time and again shown their dedication to
making a difference," said Russi. "Ally is pleased to once again be
supporting these dealers in their efforts to create vibrant,
In its third year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize
dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000
to each nominee's charity of choice. Nominees will also be
recognized on the recently launched website,
which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of
auto dealers across the U.S.
The Time Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile
industry's most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients
are among the nation's most successful auto dealers who also
demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
Graue, 50, was chosen to represent the Illinois Automobile
Dealers Association in the national competition and is one of only
57 auto dealers nominated for the 45th annual award from among
17,000 dealers nationwide.
He was nominated for the Time Dealer of the Year award by Peter
J. Sander, president of the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association.
The award is sponsored by Time in association with Ally Financial
and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the
Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will select
one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national
Dealer of the Year.
"We deal with each customer as an individual," Graue said. "We
want the customers to feel comfortable with their purchase decision,
and just as important, we provide outstanding personal service after
And that technique has led to a successful business for Graue,
who graduated from Lincoln Community High School in Lincoln in 1981
and went on to earn an associate degree in electronics and computer
science from Parkland College in Champaign in 1986.
"I had an interest in the family business, and my father
encouraged me to continue and take over when he retired," Graue
He complemented his training by attending the NADA Dealer
Candidate Academy in 1988 and is now a majority owner of the
"I've been in the retail car business my entire life," he added.
A member of the Lincoln Rotary Club, Graue's lifelong association
with the city has inspired him to give back to the community. He has
served as event organizer for Up in Smoke on the Square, a popular
barbecue competition at the city's annual Art & Balloon Festival. He
was named the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the
Year in 2013 for his efforts in bringing the barbecue contest to
Graue has also organized fundraising for the local Boy Scouts
that has raised more than $40,000 in five years.
"Our efforts helped well over 125 Scouts to go to summer camp,
reducing the burden on their families," he said.
A recipient of several citizenship awards, Graue is humbled by
being selected to represent Illinois for the Time Dealer of the Year
award as his father did in 1978.
"He was named to the national top 10," Graue said. "Just to be
named to the same list is a lifetime achievement for me."
Robert E. Graue and his son Chris J. Graue are the first father
and son to be named Time Quality Dealers of the Year in Illinois.
Graue and his wife, Phyllis Ann, have three children.
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of Lincoln fall cleanup schedules: landfill hours and leaf pickup days
For the convenience of
Lincoln residents, the city landfill will be open six days a week beginning
Tuesday, Oct. 29. Landfill hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to
3:50 p.m., and closed on Mondays.
The landfill is specifically for
landscape waste. Trash dumping will not be permitted there.
With the new city agreement for
commercial mulching, products brought to the landfill by residents
should be separated into two categories: wood products and lawn
waste, such as plant material and leaves.
Wood waste for mulching is defined
as logs, limbs or brush. All wood materials for recycling must be
free of all metal or foreign debris, excluding nails and bolts
three-eighths inch or smaller. Logs and limbs should be cut to a
maximum length of 4 feet.
The landfill will maintain a
six-day-a-week schedule through Tuesday, Nov. 26. Afterward the
schedule will go back to open hours Saturday and Wednesday from 8
a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
The city of Lincoln will also do
free leaf pickup inside the city limits. Pickup dates will be
scheduled by ward and are as follows:
Monday, Oct. 28
Thursday, Nov. 7
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Friday, Nov. 1
Thursday, Nov. 14
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Monday, Nov. 18
Leaves are to be placed in
biodegradable bags at the curb by 7 a.m. the day of the scheduled pickup for
art exhibit of the year, 'Autumn Impressions,' makes colorful splash
Logan County Arts has
completed a signature event with the opening of the current exhibition at
the Lincoln Art Institute. "Autumn Impressions" is the last show of the
organization's inaugural year.
It was one year ago when eight Logan
County artists gathered at the Lincoln Art Institute with the intent
of staging a few shows featuring the works of local artists, to
bring an art scene to Lincoln. One year later, Logan County Arts has
staged 10 shows and more than doubled the membership to 18.
The current exhibit, "Autumn
Impressions," showcases works that run the gamut from a carved
Halloween pumpkin with an iPod inside running a video, by artist
Christopher Tice, to a three-dimensional multimedia piece by Beason
artist Bert Hill.
Artist Pam Moriearty chose to
create a sculpture to highlight the encroaching effects of acid rain
on marble sculptures. Moriearty sees art as a surprise, an
unexpected pleasure that comes about even though she sees our
culture today as being overwhelmed with televisions, computers and
other forms of visual stimulation.
Moses Pinkerton said, "Art is at
its best when it can bring a feeling of beauty and serenity from
between the borders of a frame."
Christopher Tice, who chairs Logan
County Arts, describes it as a community-oriented and activity-based
group. The organization hopes to expand its programs to include art
lectures and demonstrations. Tice welcomes the public to stop by and
join in the enjoyment of a vibrant local arts scene.
The group meets on the second and
fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Art Institute.
"Autumn Impressions" runs through
Nov. 2 at 112 S. McLean and is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For other special hours or to make an appointment, call
Lincoln College to honor inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class at
Central Illinois radio personality Sam
Madonia will be back in Lincoln on Friday, Nov. 8, to serve as
master of ceremonies for Lincoln College's inaugural Athletic Hall
of Fame banquet. The banquet will be in the Davidson-Sheffer
Gymnasium and includes a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.,
followed by dinner and the awards program.
The event is open to the public,
and the deadline for reservations is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. The cost
is $25 for adults and $15 for children age 18 and younger. Seating
is limited, so early reservations are recommended. To make
reservations or for more information, contact Mary Jo Werth in the
college advancement office at 217-732-3155, ext. 217, or call
877-522-5867 toll-free, or email
The Athletic Hall of Fame
recognizes and celebrates the long and exemplary history of
athletics at Lincoln College. In naming the inaugural class, the
committee selected individuals whose accomplishments and involvement
represent as much of Lincoln College's athletic history as possible.
The inductees are:
female athlete from the class of 1981
As a Lincoln College student
athlete, Bowers played volleyball, basketball and softball. She
played on the 1981 softball team that took third place in the NJCAA
national tournament. She was named to the all-regional tournament
team and received the Sportsmanship Award. She received several LC
awards, including Most Dedicated Athlete, Captain's Award,
Volleyball MVP and Rotary Club Female Athlete Academic Award, and
she was the 1981 class valedictorian.
After graduating from Lincoln
College, Bowers attended Illinois State University, where she was a
two-year varsity basketball letter winner. She played on the 1983
GCAC Conference Champions team and in the NCAA national tournament.
After college, Bowers coached high
school and college basketball and golf in Lincoln and Springfield,
and was selected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall
of Fame for Outstanding Achievement in Illinois Basketball in 2009.
Bowers has been a member of the Lincoln College faculty since 1984.
She received LC's Jack D. Nutt Educator of the Year Award in 2010
and a Lincoln College Alumni Achievement Award in 2002.
male athlete from the class of 1995
Hughes was a wrestling all-American
for Lincoln College, placing third at the NJCAA national tournament
After graduation from LC, he
continued to wrestle at Eastern Illinois University, where he was an
all-American as a junior and senior.
Hughes went on to a successful
Ultimate Fighting Championship career, fighting competitively from
1998 until retiring in 2013. He holds the record for most wins in
the UFC, with 18, and was the UFC welterweight champion twice,
successfully defending the title seven times.
Hughes has received many honors and
awards, including being inducted into the EIU Hall of Fame in 2008,
the UFC Hall of Fame in 2010, the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2012 and the
George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.
Hughes received Lincoln College's first Young Alumni Achievement
Award in 2009.
male athlete from the class of 1962
Known as the "Winchester rifle" for
his ability to accurately fire off shots with the basketball, Flynn
was a member LC's 1962 team that won the Illinois state basketball
championship, played at the national junior college tournament and
was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall
of Fame in 2004.
Flynn still holds Lynx basketball
records for best individual game average, most individual points
scored in one season, most individual points scored in two seasons
and most points scored in a national tournament -- records set years
before American basketball organizations adopted the 3-point field
goal. He also holds Lynx records for most rebounds (sophomore), most
rebounds (career) and most rebounds in a single game. He is a member
of the Super Lynx 1,000 Point Club.
Flynn is being inducted
Joni B. Comstock,
female coach from 1979 to 1983
During her tenure at LC, Comstock
coached Lynx softball, volleyball, women's basketball and men's
tennis, and also served as the assistant director of athletics.
She earned a master's degree from
Illinois State University in 1981 and went on to pursue a doctorate
and a career in collegiate athletics administration.
Since 2006 she has been the senior
vice president for championships for the NCAA, where she oversees 84
championships played each year by teams from over 1,000 member
Comstock was named a Lincoln
College Honorary Alumna in 2002. She has been recognized as a
Distinguished Alumnus of Eastern Illinois University in 2007, an EIU
Top 10 honoree in 40 years of Title IX, WACDA Regional Director of
Athletics of the Year and Ohio Valley Conference Title IX honoree in
Charles "Chuck" Lindstrom,
male coach from 1961 to 1983
After a brief career in Major
League Baseball, Lindstrom came to Lincoln College in 1961 to teach
geography and coach baseball. In 1963 he took on the additional role
of director of athletics. During his tenure, competitive athletics
at Lincoln College grew from just men's basketball, swimming, tennis
and baseball to include soccer, golf, wrestling, women's basketball,
softball and volleyball.
Lindstrom's philosophy of coaching
laid a foundation for the athletics program at Lincoln College that
continues today. Under his guidance, LC athletics received both
state and national recognition, and LC athletes have been successful
in both collegiate and professional athletics and in their
Lindstrom was named the American
Legion Baseball Player of the Year in 1953 and was made an Honorary
Alumnus of Lincoln College in 2009.
Jack D. Nutt,
Lincoln College president from 1982 to 2002
Nutt was a visionary leader and
administrator and has been widely credited with reviving and
preserving Lincoln College as one the country's few private junior
colleges. During his two decades as president, Nutt oversaw the
development of the Lincoln College-Normal campus, the establishment
of Midwest College of Cosmetology and the addition of several new
buildings on the Lincoln campus, including the Meyer-Evans Student
Center, Dooley Hall, Gehlbach Hall, the Behrends Admissions
Building, and the Heritage residence halls and student services
In 2001, he started the Lincoln
Center campaign to raise funds for a larger athletic facility and
larger space for the Lincoln museum on the Lincoln campus. The
Lincoln Center, with its Jack D. Nutt Arena, opened in 2010. The
Lincoln Heritage Museum is scheduled to open in the Lincoln Center
Nutt was inducted into the Highland
Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and received an
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lincoln College in
Nutt is being inducted
Dominic "Doc" and John Guzzardo,
longtime friends and supporters of Lincoln College athletics
From the time Guzzardo's Italian
Villa opened in Lincoln in 1957, the Guzzardo family has been a
friend to Lincoln College athletics and a pillar of the local
community. Family patriarch Dominic, or "Doc," was active in local
government, the chamber of commerce and several prominent
He was also an avid sports fan who
regularly attended Lynx games in Lincoln and on the road --
including traveling to Hutchinson, Kan., in 1962 when the Lynx
basketball team competed in LC's very first national tournament --
and would often provide meals at the restaurant for teams when they
returned late from away games.
Doc Guzzardo was recognized by LC
as an Honorary Letterman in 1981.
He is being inducted posthumously.
John has continued in his father's
footsteps: managing the restaurant; serving the community of
Lincoln, including eight years as mayor; and supporting Lincoln
College athletics, including helping kick off the Lynx basketball
Hall of Fame Club in 2010.
John Guzzardo was made an Honorary
Alumnus of Lincoln College in 2006.
The Lincoln College Athletic Hall
of Fame recognizes student athletes, teams, coaches, managers,
administrators, faculty, staff and friends who have distinguished
themselves in the field of athletics at Lincoln College, either by
their performance on an athletic team or by meritorious efforts in
supporting the athletic program at the college.
The Hall of Fame banquet is part of
the 2013 Homecoming and Family Weekend activities taking place Nov.
4-10 on the Lincoln campus.