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[September 07, 2013]  Community Action utility assistance program begins

The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is accepting applications this month for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. Community Action administers the assistance in DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt counties. The program provides a one-time benefit toward utilities for eligible households.

To qualify for the priority period of Sept. 3-30, individuals must have incomes of no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Households that have seniors or disabled residents can apply.

For October, applications accepted will be expanded to include households that have families with children under 6 and disconnected households.

All other households that meet the 150 percent federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for the program beginning Nov. 1 and continuing to May 31, 2014, or until all funds are depleted.

The amount of the utility payment is determined by the household income, size, fuel type and geographic location in the state. The energy source does not have to be natural gas or electricity in order to receive assistance. Payments are made directly to vendors on behalf of the households.

Those interested in participating can contact their local Community Action office to schedule an appointment:

  • Logan County: 217-732-2159, ext. 226

  • Menard County: 217-632-3878

  • Mason County: 309-543-6988

  • DeWitt County: 217-935-2455

  • Piatt County: 217-762-2421

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois serves low-income, disabled and elderly households in six central Illinois counties. For more information, visit

Hunter safety course offered in Mount Pulaski

MOUNT PULASKI -- A hunter safety course will be offered in Mount Pulaski on Sept. 13 and 14. Sessions will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

For reservations, call 217-792-5658 (10 a.m.-8 p.m. -- leave call-back number if leaving a message on the answering machine).

Lunch will be served on Saturday.

Study pamphlets will be furnished by Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Those attending under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.

No live ammunition will be allowed. If live ammunition is found on a participant, the person will be asked to leave without taking the test. You will be able to take the test at a later date.

Humane Society of Logan County to offer classes for investigators

The Humane Society of Logan County is offering classes to prepare individuals interested in becoming licensed humane investigators.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, Sept. 26. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is testing on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Humane investigators sponsored by HSLC respond to calls from the public who believe an animal is being abused or neglected. The investigator's response to the call is based on the Illinois statutes regarding that particular situation. Investigators are licensed for two years and work on a volunteer basis.

If interested or for more information, call 217-648-2703 or 217-737-4042.

Atlanta Fall Festival going on this weekend

ATLANTA -- Ready for some fall fun? Travel up the road to the Atlanta Fall Festival.

Zeller Amusements has set up in the park, and the Atlanta Fire Department will serve catfish and walleye dinners Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The prince and princess contest will be from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the Smoke River Band from 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday there will be a baking contest, fire truck rides for kids, a parade at 2 p.m., cloggers at 3:15, bingo, barbecue chicken dinner by the Atlanta Methodist Church, karaoke from 5 to 8 p.m., baked goods auction at 8 p.m., and Zeller Amusements from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.

Lincoln Low Vision Support Group to meet Monday

The next meeting of the Lincoln Low Vision Support Group will be on Monday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lincoln Christian Church, 204 N. McLean. Use the door off the parking lot, under the canopy.

The speaker will be John Corneille, a blind attorney from DeKalb. He is a member of the board of Foundation Fighting Blindness and his mother lives in Lincoln.

Those attending are welcome to bring guests.

For more information, contact Sandy at 732-6528.

Bonanza Steakhouse to honor first responders

Free buffet Sept. 11 for active first responders

To commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the Borst Bonanza Steakhouse at 1121 Hickox Drive in Lincoln will offer a free buffet on Sept. 11 to all active fire, police, and emergency medical personnel in uniform or with an ID badge.

"Our entire steakhouse team wanted to honor the heroes of 9/11 and also show appreciation to our own community's first responders who demonstrate courage every day by risking their lives to save others," said Brett Borst.

The Bonanza Steakhouse has been owned by the Borst family for 30 years. The restaurant features a buffet with a large variety of "all you can eat" salads, soups, appetizers, vegetables, breads, hot main courses, and desserts, as well as flame-grilled steaks, chicken and seafood.


Mount Pulaski history books offered for sale this weekend

MOUNT PULASKI -- The Mount Pulaski Township Historical Society will have a book sale during the 121st Fall Festival, Sept. 6-7. Books offered for sale will be the "125th Mt. Pulaski History (1836-1961)," "150th Mt. Pulaski History (1836-1986)" and "175th Mt. Pulaski History (1836-2011)." The books will be available at the museum on the south side of the square, across from the courthouse.

All editions contain oodles of information on area families, businesses, churches, schools, sports, music, military, events and achievements.

"Just looking at the ads is a hoot!" a news release said.

The books are especially for those who have had siblings, fathers, mothers, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends who have helped shape Mount Pulaski over the years.

The society also offers mail-order service for these books. For more information, contact Phil Bertoni, publicity and speaker coordinator, at, or Sue Schaffenacker, president, at

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Audra's Studio of Dance hosts 'Spotlight on the Studio'

Audra's Studio of Dance will host its first "Spotlight on the Studio" event Sunday, Sept. 8. The studio will be open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m.

Audra's is at 214 S. McLean St., just off the downtown square.

The afternoon event will include giveaways, tours of the studio and refreshments.

"We are very excited about what is going on in the community of Lincoln and we look forward to being a part of it," said dance instructor Audra Turley. "A ‘Spotlight on the Studio' is just one way we are stepping forward and getting more involved."

Audra's Studio of Dance offers dance instruction to aspiring individuals ages 3 and above. Dance classes vary and include ballet, Celtic, clogging, hip-hop, jazz, pointe, tap, tumbling and more.

All of the instructors have many years of dance experience, both in performance and instruction. Mrs. Audra, owner and instructor at the studio, is a master graduate of Dance Educators of America. Miss Brande is a graduate of Lincoln College with an associate degree. Mrs. Kelsey is a graduate of Millikin University with a bachelor's degree.

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.

'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.

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