Marciariello searches the country for interesting people whose
professions will provide fascinating glimpses into areas of
expertise that we may not encounter here in central Illinois. This
year is no exception.
The programs will present not only members
of the arts, an area that Marciariello knows well from her career
directing orchestras and arts organizations in the U.S. and Europe,
but will also include people in unique professions.
Behind the Scenes kicks off on Oct. 25 with a visit to Atlanta by
a representative of the world-renowned St. Louis Zoo, who will
discuss their baby animal program and how it is managed. No animals
will be brought because of the distance, but animal care, mating and
management of the program will be topics of discussion.
On Nov. 22, Marciariello is bringing
Dudley Cocke to Atlanta.
Cocke is nationally known for his Roadside Theater program, where he
enlists members of a community to participate in a production that
he directs. While he has staged productions in large cities like
Brooklyn and New Orleans, he specializes in bringing theater to
rural America, with a theme of social activism.
Bob Lupone will travel to Atlanta on
Jan. 10, 2014. A dancer and
actor, Lupone is the brother of actress Patti Lupone. He has starred
on stage and television, appearing in the original production of "A
Chorus Line" on Broadway and in "Jesus Christ Superstar." His
television credits include the popular crime drama "The Sopranos,"
where he had a recurring role, and "Sex in the City."
Marciariello is offering a change of pace from the arts world on
Jan. 31. Ryan Aper, a Lincoln High School graduate and Major League
Baseball draftee, will be interviewed about what his experiences
have been breaking into professional sports. Aper holds several
records set during his time at Lincoln High and Lincoln Land
Community College. He was drafted by the Miami Marlins.
Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, will be a special evening as the
Atlanta Country Club will be turned into a cabaret when Brian Davis
travels to town to entertain. Davis is a Peoria-area singer and
All of the Behind the Scenes programs will be at the Atlanta
Country Club. The evenings begin at 6:30 with a wine and cheese
reception, and the program commences at 7. The cost is $10 per show,
or $9 when a person books four or more programs.
Check the Atlanta Public Library
for further details. The Behind the Scenes information is listed
under "Programs & Services > Programs for Adults," or
click here. The
library phone number is 217-648-2112.
Public Library to host Halloween costume swap
The Lincoln Public Library
District will have its first-ever costume swap in early October Bring your
clean, gently used children's costume and exchange it for another.
The swap will be in the Annex on
Friday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m.
You can bring in
costumes earlier in the week and receive a ticket to use during the
swap. Costume donations will be accepted.
For more information, visit the
library at 725 Pekin St. or call 732-8878.
to host Community Night in Postville Park
The city of Lincoln will host a
Community Night at Postville Park next week. The event will be on
Thursday evening, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the park in the 1300
block of Fifth Street, across from 5th St Food Mart.
At 5:30, Lincoln Police Department
D.A.R.E. will begin grilling free hot dogs and serving them with
chips and soda. The city clerk's office will provide sweet treats
Members of the
community will be able to check out a city police squad car, city
fire truck and a city dump truck as well as other city vehicles for
everyone to see inside and out. The Lincoln Fire Department will
also have a fire hose open for those who want to knock out the
flames in the windows of the "Squirt House".
The newly painted old Chautauqua
house and polling place will be open for the evening for those
curious about what's inside.
The From the Ground Up group will
be on-site to launch this year’s Plant the Town Red project by
planting red tulips donated by city council members David Wilmert
and Kathy Horn of Ward 2 and Chuck Conzo, city treasurer. Red tulips
will also be available for purchase at 100 bulbs for $15 to those
wanting to help "plant the town red" this fall.
The city of Lincoln hopes to see
citizens of all ages join in an evening of fun and food.
For more information, contact Kathy
Vinyard at 732-2122 or
Kiwanis installs officers for the new year
Lincoln Kiwanis Club met Tuesday evening,
Sept. 24, in the Lincoln College Alumni Room for their annual dinner.
Bridget Schneider, past president,
turned over the gavel to the new president, Cindy Stover. Other new
officers are Perry Grieme, president-elect; Carol Mills, vice
president; Tom Comstock, treasurer; Stu Churchill, secretary;
Schneider, past president; and Marti Sawicki, Mike Booher and Bob
Sullivan, directors. The new officers were installed by Patrick
Stout, district lieutenant governor.
Schneider presented the Kiwanis
Distinguished Service Award to C. Wayne Schrader and the Kiwanian of
the Year Award to Tom Comstock.
Entertainment was provided by
Gunderman and Klink, and the dinner was prepared by chef Warren
Wendlandt and staff.
The Kiwanis Club meets at noon on
Tuesdays in the Mary Pat Room at American Legion Post 263 in
is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the
club to meet Oct. 8
Lincoln Writer's Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni
Room of the Meyer-Evans Student Center at Lincoln College.
author of "Lost Survivor," will be the guest speaker. Jones, a
Vietnam veteran, is an award-winning author, playwright and
Everyone is invited to attend this special event.
HSLC to host blessing of animals and
dedicate new pet cemetery Oct. 5
The Humane Society of Logan
County invites all pets and their owners to a blessing of animals, in the
spirit of St. Francis. The ceremony will be on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.
at the Humane Society, 1801 E. Lincoln Parkway in Lincoln. The Forever Home
Pet Cemetery, located on the grounds, will also be dedicated and officially
Pastor Tami Werschey from Hartsburg
United Methodist Church and the Rev. Mark Evans from Trinity
Episcopal Church will conduct the dedication of the cemetery and the
blessing of the animals.
should be leashed or crated.
The pet cemetery is the most recent
program of the HSLC, created to fulfill a need in Logan County and
provide a source of income to support the shelter.
Visitors will be invited to tour
the shelter and meet the newest adoptable pets. Donations of pet
food for the shelter and pantry will also be accepted.
Jaycees now accepting Angel Tree applications online
Lincoln Jaycees are now accepting applications for their Angel Tree program.
This year the applications are online only.
Eligible children must be between the
ages of 1-10 and be residents of Logan County.
Applications are being accepted until
Oct. 28, or sooner if all spots are filled.
apply or to find more information about how to donate to the
McCoy named ALMH September Employee of the Month
Roger McCoy of Normal has been named
the September Employee of the Month at Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital in Lincoln. McCoy works as a charge nurse in the emergency
department. He has worked for ALMH for over 13 years in total and
has over 30 years of experience in emergency medicine.
McCoy's father had a career in the
Army, so Roger was born in France and grew up across the United
States, finally settling in Illinois at the age of 14. McCoy began
working as a paramedic and continued his education thanks, in part,
to ALMH education grants and tuition reimbursements. He earned his
bachelor's degree in nursing in 1996 and has since earned several
emergency nurse is diverse and unpredictable. All ages with both
emergent and non-emergent issues from toothaches to heart attacks
enter the emergency room. As an emergency nurse, McCoy enjoys the
diversity, but he especially enjoys the interaction and teamwork
between employees and the different departments.
"When we are faced with a
challenge, it's amazing how we all pull together to find a solution.
ALMH is a great place to work," McCoy said.
McCoy was nominated by co-worker
Jennifer Prather, who works in the lab department.
"Roger is always there for
everyone," Prather said. "He never complains and answers questions
with excellent, easy-to-understand examples. He makes me feel like I
am an important and valued employee. He makes work fun."
ALMH, a 25-bed critical-access hospital at 200
Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, is an affiliate of Memorial Health System. The
hospital employs over 315 in a variety of roles. For more information, visit
blood drive at Farmers Bank in Mount Pulaski
MOUNT PULASKI -- To help ensure an adequate
blood supply for the region, Farmers Bank, 130 S. Washington in Mount
Pulaski, is hosting a blood drive on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.
For your convenience, call the blood
center to sign up toll-free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), or
schedule an appointment online at
www.bloodcenterimpact.org, using sponsor code 60032. 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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time for the Harvest of Talents
You know you have arrived at the
Harvest of Talents for World Hunger when you enter the glass doors
of the Lincoln Church's Fellowship Center at 7 a.m. on the fourth
Saturday in October and are greeted by the sweet smell of the
event's "signature" caramel pecan and cinnamon rolls -- fresh from
The cinnamon and caramel pecan
breakfast rolls go back to the early years of the event, when
sisters Glenda Appel Allison and Gail Appel Clark volunteered, with
their mother's recipe in hand, to make all of the rolls to be served
at the 7 a.m. opening. That year, 300 rolls lined the kitchen
counters through the night to rise so they could be placed into the
ovens for baking very early in the morning.
Spin forward in time some two dozen
years to the 30th Harvest of Talents for World Hunger, and that same
wonderful fragrance will greet those arriving for breakfast and
shopping for hundreds of handmade items on Harvest Day.
Steve Elkins, for many years the
man in charge of Harvest roll-making, is retiring from that
responsibility, and Melanie and Joe Schaler, together with a crew of
roll-making volunteers, some seasoned and others brand-new, are busy
producing this year's bounty of breakfast rolls at the Harvest of
Each of the Wednesday nights in
September, a group of roll-makers -- some junior high school age,
others well into retirement and those in between -- have donned
aprons and were found measuring flour, sugar, eggs, butter and other
baking ingredients, including lots of cinnamon, to make this year's
breakfast fare. Rolls have been lovingly rolled and cut and arranged
into baking pans to be frozen in preparation for the Harvest of
Talents morning and the final baking and finishing process.
Between 1,700 and 2,000 caramel
pecan and cinnamon rolls will greet the early morning diners and
But even before that, rolls will be
served to workers assembled at 6 a.m. to make final preparations for
Harvest Day. Together the workers will share a devotion offered by
Rick Jett, chairman of International Disaster Emergency Service, the
organization receiving each year's Harvest proceeds. Those standing
in line outside awaiting admittance will share in this devotion via
the church's public address system.
All of this accomplished, the doors
of the Fellowship Center will swing open at 7 to greet early morning
The public is encouraged to attend
the 30th annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger. Hundreds of
handmade items, many one of a kind, will be offered for sale.
Luncheon will include homemade vegetable soup, sandwiches and pies.
In Harvest Fare, the area outside the Fellowship Center, a variety
of snacks will be available, including deep-fried potatoes, hot dogs
and walking tacos. Lincolnberry Café will offer its traditional
scones, brisket sandwiches, flavored coffees, hot spiced cider and
hot chocolate, as well as a variety of snack mixes. Entertainment
will be provided at midmorning by Lincoln vocalist Lesleigh Bennett
and the True Blue quartet from Elkhart.
A 2 p.m. auction will be the
highlight of the day's events.
Proceeds of the 30th annual event
will be presented to Jett, of the International Disaster Emergency
Service, during a service of celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27,
in the Hargrove Chapel at Lincoln Christian University.
For more information, contact the
office of Lincoln Christian Church, 204 N. McLean, phone
partnership plans 2nd annual Night Golf Outing
The Lincoln & Logan County
Development Partnership Night Golf Outing, a fall fundraiser, is planned for
Friday, Oct. 11, at North Greens Golf Course in Atlanta.
The rain date will be Saturday, Oct. 12.
This is a golf scramble with shotgun
start at 7 p.m. The course will be lit with glow sticks by tee
boxes, fairway markers, flags and holes. Hazards, such as water,
will also be marked.
Registration fee is $50 per person,
$200 for a team. The cost includes the 9-hole green fee, golf cart,
one glow ball, one glow stick and one glow necklace per participant,
two wristbands per car, and happy hour snacks. Extra glow items as
well as mulligans and alcoholic beverages will be available for
purchase at check-in
Prizes will be awarded for first-
and second-place teams for longest drive, longest putt and closest
to the pin.
Sponsorships are still available
for hole sponsor, $100; first-place team; second-place team; longest
drive; longest putt; closest to pin; and glow light sponsor, $600.
If interested, contact the Lincoln & Logan County
Development Partnership at 217-732-8739 or see the partnership's website at
www.lincolnlogan.com for more details
and a registration form.
New Holland Fire Protection District uses grant to decrease
personnel response time in emergencies
text message can save a life
City Monsanto site supports local organization
NEW HOLLAND -- Many people
use text messaging for communicating social information, but they may not
realize that text messaging can help save lives. Thanks to the Mason City
Monsanto, the New Holland Fire Protection District will be able to purchase
a supplemental emergency alert notification and response system. Using a
$3,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the dispatch center can now send text
messages to first responders about an emergency in the area.
The New Holland Fire Protection
District, a nonprofit in New Holland, was founded in 1948 and is
staffed by 25 volunteer firefighters. The district will use the
grant to decrease personnel response time to emergencies.
"Our department is very
appreciative of the Monsanto Fund's support," said Todd David,
co-chief of the New Holland Fire Department. "This grant will
directly impact the members of our community."
The fire station sits on the
outside edge of the department's radio range, so some volunteers do
not receive emergency pages. The new emergency alert notification
and response system monitors the radio and sends a text to all
personnel if there is an emergency in the area. Firefighters can
then choose different codes to text back, which will notify the
station about their response status.
"The people in New Holland and the
surrounding area rely on the volunteers to protect their businesses,
homes and families," said John Endsley, Mason City Monsanto site
lead. "We thought the fire department was deserving of this grant
because these volunteers put their lives at risk to make sure our
community is safe."
This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 127 site
grants to nonprofit organizations in 26 states. In Illinois alone, 18 site
grants were awarded and totaled $201,100. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide
support to organizations such as the New Holland Fire Protection District to
help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.
invited to 3rd annual Life Banquet
Pregnancy Resource Center will present their third annual Life Banquet on
Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Lincoln Rec Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the
banquet is at 7.
Everyone is invited to join the
evening of celebration as the group shares the victory of hearts
touched and lives transformed through the Living Alternatives
Pregnancy Resource Center.
There is no cost to attend, but there will be an opportunity to make
a financial gift to this ministry.
For more information, call
American Water to flush lines
Illinois American Water will conduct
water main flushing in Lincoln beginning Monday, Sept. 23, as part
of regular maintenance. The routine work is being done as part of an
annual water main flushing program that improves customer water
service by flushing or cleaning mineral deposits and sediment from
the water mains. Flushing will be during daytime hours, between 7:30
a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will continue through
The anticipated flushing schedule for
Illinois American Water's Lincoln District is:
Monday, Sept. 23 -- East of
railroad tracks to Pulaski Street.
Tuesday, Sept. 24 -- East of
railroad tracks from Pulaski Street to Keokuk Street..
Wednesday, Sept. 25 -- East of
railroad tracks from Keokuk Street to Lincolnwood, including all
Thursday, Sept. 26 -- Between
railroad tracks and Union from Decatur Street to Feldman Drive.
Friday, Sept. 27 -- Between
Broadwell Drive and Seventh Street.
Monday, Sept. 30 -- Between
Seventh Street and 16th Street.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 -- Between 16th
Street and Feldman Drive.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 -- West of
Lincoln Parkway from Fifth Street to Woodlawn.
Oct. 3 -- West of Lincoln Parkway on Woodlawn to Interstate 55.
The water main flushing will be
performed by Illinois American Water crews. They will be working out
of white utility trucks labeled with the company logo. All employees
will also have photo ID badges.
No interruptions in water service
will occur as a result of the work. Illinois American Water advises
that when crews are flushing nearby, customers may experience a
slight drop in water pressure or discoloration of their water.
Illinois American Water does not
foresee incidences of discoloration, but if this does occur, it is
recommended that customers let their cold water run to clear before
using it again, and refrain from doing laundry during that time. If
problems persist, notify Illinois American Water's customer service
center at 1-800-422-2782 (available 24 hours a day).
"The flushing program is designed
not only to maintain a high quality of water in the Lincoln
distribution system, but to inspect and operate fire hydrants to
assure they are in good working order as well," said David Schonauer,
operations superintendent for the Lincoln District.