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[September 03, 2013]  Monthly electronics recycling collection Sept. 14

Habitat for Humanity of Logan County will host its monthly electronics recycling collection on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Habitat warehouse, 915 Woodlawn Road. The collection is offered free of charge to the public.

Habitat for Humanity Logan County continues to collect televisions for recycling. For a complete list of acceptable items, see below.

The following items will be accepted:

  • Computer equipment, including laptop and desktop personal computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, cords and cables, hard drives, CD-ROM, DVD, Zip and tape drives

  • Entertainment equipment, including TVs, radios, stereo and game systems, game controls, VCR and DVD players, and cameras

  • Small business equipment, including phones, copiers, typewriters, fax machines and calculators

  • Small household and countertop appliances will also be accepted, as well as aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel items.

Electronic equipment is not to be left at the site and is not collected outside of the hours of the collection.

Information on the electronics recycling program is available through Habitat for Humanity of Logan County by contacting the office at 217-732-6412 or visiting the agency website at

Monthly glass recycling collection Sept. 14

The Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency, in collaboration with the Lincoln Woman's Club and Verallia Saint-Gobain Containers, will host the monthly glass collection on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should use the Main Gate entrance.

The collection will be canceled in event of inclement weather or extreme heat. Glass is not to be left at the site prior to the hours of the collection.

Participants are reminded that only container glass will be accepted during the collection. Container glass is any glass that originally held either a food or beverage product. All colors of glass will be accepted. The glass recycling program does not accept broken glass due to safety issues.

Participants are asked to thoroughly rinse all containers and to remove all plastic or metal lids, sleeves and rings. Labels, either foil or paper, may be left on the containers. Due to the large volume of glass being collected, the glass recycling program reserves the right to refuse any glass that does not meet the preparation guidelines.

The glass recycling program does not accept light bulbs or fluorescent lights, window glass, mirrors, ceramics, dishware or CorningWare items. Participants are asked to comply with the glass collection guidelines, as a single piece of ceramic material or a light bulb can contaminate an entire load of glass.

Recyclers are encouraged to "like" Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency on Facebook to access the most current information, updates and cancellation notices. As always, information on the county's recycling programs is available by contacting the office at 217-732-9636 or visiting the agency website at and selecting  Joint Solid Waste Agency.

Firefighter prints to benefit Oasis to debut Sept. 8

Sponsors of the prints that will be sold in conjunction with the Sept. 15 Firefighters' Picnic on the square and the Oasis Fire Fund drive met at Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder's office Friday morning. Available to look at and to review were 17 glossy prints, 13 by 19 inches, of photos taken of the Oasis fire on June 21.

The prints, which will sell for $10 each, will be available as long as there is interest. The cost of the initial release of 500 is being paid for by community leaders and businesses; thus, all sales proceeds from the initial offering will go into the Oasis Fire Fund.

Committee member Mike Fak said a preliminary showing of the prints at several recent events showed a strong interest in several of the prints, with all receiving at least some attention.

"We have an idea which ones we will sell more copies of, but you can never be sure," Fak said. The print run is flexible, with increases in production of whichever prints receive the most interest being no problem for Lincoln Printers, a sponsor and the company that is doing the prints.

The prints will make their debut at the Sept. 8 Legion Post 263 breakfast buffet, and a respectable quantity will be available for purchase that morning.

The prints will also be on display at the Lincoln Art Institute on the square, along with several dozen other photos of the fire. Patrons will be able to buy the prints at the institute throughout September. Other locations where the prints can be purchased will be announced later.

The committee hopes that the demand for these prints will exceed the initial printing and that several more runs of the prints will be needed.

Lincoln Honor Flight scheduled for Sept. 10

SPRINGFIELD -- On Sept. 10, Land of Lincoln Honor Flight will honor 28 more World War II veterans and 57 more Korean veterans with a one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, National Air and Space Museum, and other memorials. Seventy-five guardians who are responsible for the veterans' comfort and safety will also be on this trip, which is the 23rd Land of Lincoln Honor Flight and the fifth flight this year.

Donations and efforts of many individuals, organizations and businesses have allowed Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to honor these veterans.

The public is invited to a "welcome home" ceremony for these WWII and Korean era veterans when the plane arrives back at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Wear red, white and blue to show your appreciation.

Veterans on this flight come from the Illinois towns of Alton, Arenzville, Ashland, Athens, Bloomington, Bunker Hill, Bushnell, Canton, Chatham, Clinton, Cuba, Delavan, Divernon, Eureka, Flanagan, Forsyth, Franklin, Glenwood, Godfrey, Granite City, Greenview, Gridley, Havana, Hillsboro, Hopedale, Hudson, Jerseyville, Kincaid, LeRoy, Lincoln, Mason City, Mechanicsburg, Middletown, Minier, Morton, Normal, Palmyra, Peoria, Petersburg, Rochester, San Jose, Springfield, Staunton, Stonington, Taylorville, Tremont, Wapella, Waverly, Williamsville and Winnetka.

Applications are still being accepted for the following, but WWII veterans will be served first:

  • Veterans who enlisted by Dec. 31, 1946 (WWII -- 50 currently on the list)

  • Veterans who served Jan. 1, 1947, through Dec. 31, 1957 (Korean era -- 207 currently on the list)

  • Veterans who served Jan. 1, 1958, through May 7, 1975 (189 currently on the list)

The last 2013 flight will be on Oct. 22 and is full.

The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight board welcomes the chance to speak to organizations, businesses, churches, conventions or other groups about the Honor Flight mission, future flights, guardian duties, fundraising and donations.

For more information about how individuals and groups can help the mission, how to obtain applications, how to become a member, and to learn more about Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, go to or contact Ray Wiedle: home, 314-427-2317; cellphone, 217-622-1473; email

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'Prayer in the Park' at noon Sept. 11

On Sept. 11 at noon, a group will gather at the bandstand in Latham Park to spend a short time in prayer for the physical and spiritual needs of Lincoln and Logan County.

The group would like to pray for answers that we are desiring to see in our community, churches, schools and local government. The focus will be on thanksgiving and the plans God has for this community to bring His wisdom, opportunities for growth and also healing of hearts, lives, businesses and relationships.

The public is invited to join this short time of prayer.

Boy Scout Troop 102 holds flag retiring ceremony

Scout Troop 102 recently held a flag retiring ceremony at the Scout camp area in Kickapoo Creek Park. The ceremony is a very solemn event meant to dispose of worn and tattered flags in a respectful manner.

In all, the boys disposed of 13 flags during the ceremony.

Below is a copy of the ceremonial procedure and photos of the Scouts fulfilling their duty according to procedure.


Flag Retirement Ceremony

The flag of the United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation's unity, it's hopes, it's achievements, it's glory and it's high resolve. When the flag is in such condition, through wear or damage, that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it shall be destroyed in a dignified manner befitting such a symbol. The traditional way is to cut the flag into pieces and burn it in a modest but blazing fire. As we perform this respected duty, let us reflect on the design and meaning of our flag.

The Blue field or union is the point of honor, the upper comer of the Flag's own right. The symbolism of the right hand goes far back in antiquity when it was the weapon hand. Raising the right arm free of any weapon meant peace. It became a salute, a way of giving praise and honor. The union is blue, representing the night sky with stars forming a new and glorious constellation. There is one star for each state in our union. It is said the point of honor of our flag was made from the blue clock belonging to a captain in the Continental Army.

The stripes are symbolic of beams of morning light, rays emanating from the sun-- thirteen red and white stripes, one for each of the original thirteen colonies. The stripes in our flag were inspired by the rattlesnake flag flown on the ships of the Continental Fleet and the striped banner of the Sons of Liberty. Though the pattern has changed, the bars of shining red and gleaming white have remained. The stripes are alternating, seven red and six white. The red stands for courage and the blood of those brave men and women who fought and died to establish and preserve our republic; the white representing the purity and high moral resolve on which our country was founded.

The blue of a captain's cloak, the white of a soldier's shirt, the red from a flannel petticoat of a patriot's wife-- this was our flag. This is the flag that stands for honor -yours and mine.

We will now distribute the flag stripes to each person present.

At this time, we ask that each person holding a white stripe please come place it on the fire, laying it across the flames.

At this time, we ask that each person holding a red stripe please come place it on the fire, also laying it across the flames.

Scouts, you may now place the blue field of stars across the flames one at a time so that each field is consumed before the next one is retired.

As the fire consumes the worn and tattered material in its refining flame, let us remember the words of George Washington when the Star-spangled Banner was first flown by the Continental Army: "We take the stars from heaven and the red from our mother country. We separate the red by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty." Thus the Stars and Stripes became what it is; born amid the strife of battle, it has become the standard around which a free people have fought to preserve the greatest nation in the world.

[Ceremonial procedure copied from file received from Jennifer Craig]

Gail's Pumpkin Patch opens for the fall season

BEASON -- Gail's Pumpkin Patch, rural Beason, will open Sunday, Sept. 1, for their eighth season. The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The final day of the season is Oct. 31.

The pumpkin patch has over 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate's honey and doughnuts, straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, baked goods and lots of crafts. It is loaded with fall decorations and fun for the whole family. New this year is Grandpa's Antique Tractor Porch and Toddler Corner. Admission is free, and you-pick or we-pick pumpkins are available.

Fall Farm Day will be Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The afternoon will include pumpkin and face painting, old-fashioned barn games, crafts, an observation beehive, and farm tours.

Gail's Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned pumpkin patch in Logan County. You will be able to find the "perfect pumpkin."

For more information, call 217-447-3409, visit on the Web at or email

Holy Family Catholic Church to sponsor blood drive

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, Holy Family Catholic Church, 316 S. Logan St. in Lincoln, is hosting a blood drive on Friday, Sept. 6, from noon to 6 p.m.

For your convenience, call 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253) toll-free to sign up, or schedule an appointment online using sponsor code 60505 at Walk-ins are also welcome and truly appreciated.

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.

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