Abraham Lincoln's birthday, Relay For Life kickoff, Kaylee Helton
Benefit, LAMS Chorale rehearsals, HSLC meeting
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Pulaski Courthouse will celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday Feb. 8
MOUNT PULASKI — Abraham Lincoln's
birthday will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Mount
Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, where Abraham Lincoln, Judge
David Davis, Samuel Treat, Billy Herndon, Stephen A. Douglas and
others rode by horseback and horse and buggy to bring the court of
law to this Logan County seat venue (1848-1855). The Mount Pulaski
two-story brick courthouse, an example of early Greek Revival
architecture, is one of only two remaining structures from the once
15-courthouse Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit of the mid-1800s.
The featured speaker at 10 a.m. will
be Barbara Stroud-Borth, who will portray Sarah Wakefield, a captive
of Sioux Indians in the Dakota conflict in Minnesota in 1862.
Abraham Lincoln became involved in the final resolution of the
conflict, displaying his sense of justice.
Portrayers of Abraham and Mary
Lincoln will be on hand at 9:30 a.m., when the courthouse opens with
coffee and refreshments. Servings of Mary Todd Lincoln's traditional
cake will be provided, along with other refreshments, until 3:30
p.m. Children's crafts and games will begin at 10 a.m. and last
until 2 p.m. A variety of materials will be available for making
Abraham Lincoln cards and valentines. A staff of volunteer docents
will be on hand to provide tours throughout the day.
The speaker, Stroud-Borth, is a
retired pastor who lives in Mount Pulaski. She did her pastoral
internship on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota and served two
congregations in South Dakota for 6 1/2 years. Her second parish was
in southwestern Minnesota. In all those places, she learned bits and
pieces of the conflict between whites and Indians and President
Lincoln's involvement, even as the Civil War raged in the South. In
her words: "This story is not well-known in Illinois. I want to
share it here, and portraying Sarah Wakefield is a way to do that."
There will be an exhibit of some
books, pictures and craft items collected during Stroud-Borth's year
on the Lower Brule Reservation.
Regular visiting hours at the
historic courthouse are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The
phone number is 217-792-3919.
For Life 2014 kickoff party Jan. 27
Relay For Life of Logan
County will kick off the 2014 campaign on Monday, Jan. 27, beginning with a
potluck supper at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Christian Church. This year's theme will
be "Cooking Up a Cure," and the campaign will periodically feature health
information along with the usual activities.
Rachel Ray, the American Cancer
Society representative, invites all former teams, team captains and
members, event or committee chairs to come and share in the planning
for this year's event. Bring a dish to pass and all the ideas you
can share. Sign-ups for committees will be available, and those not
on a team can even start a new team.
Teams are encouraged to sign up, and
team captains who have signed up by Jan. 20 will receive the new
team captain T-shirts at the kickoff. The website is
www.relayforlife.org/loganil or contact Carolyn Motley,
732-8032, to sign up your team.
The Relay For Life in Lincoln will be
from 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, to 6 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Lincoln
for Kaylee Helton on Feb. 8 at Lincoln Knights of Columbus
Donations needed for auctions
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the
Lincoln Knights of Columbus Hall will host an afternoon fundraiser for
The event begins at 3 p.m. and will last as long as people want to
stay. Included in the afternoon of fun will be a pulled pork meal,
live and silent auctions, live entertainment and a 50-50 drawing.
T-shirts, cozies and bracelets will also be available.
Donations for the auctions are welcome and needed. People with
auction items to donate are asked to contact any of the following:
Tiffany Davidson, 217-737-9439
Admission and meal tickets will be available at the door, with
the proceeds going to support Kaylee and her family as she deals
with a serious illness that requires a great deal of medical
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Kaylee is the daughter of Missy Helton and J.R. Eskew. Kaylee
fell ill on Oct. 30, 2013, and has since been undergoing treatment
at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
She has been diagnosed with primary antiphospholipid syndrome, an
autoimmune disorder that causes abnormal clotting of the blood. She
developed catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome, a very rare subset
of the syndrome, which caused multiple blood clots in several
While undergoing testing and treatment, she developed
heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, a condition that causes blood
clots and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart condition.
Although there is no cure for antiphospholipid syndrome, she and
her family will continue to travel to and from St. Louis for
An account has been set up at CEFCU for the family. To make a
monetary donation, visit any CEFCU location or mail a check to the
Kaylee Helton Benefit.
seeks voices for spring concerts
The Lincoln Area Music Society Chorale
is extending an invitation to local singers to join them for the
spring semester. Singers from high school age on up are encouraged
to join the group as they prepare for the spring concerts with the
LAMS Orchestra. Music of many styles and eras is included.
The spring performances will be on March 29 and 30 at the Lincoln
Community High School auditorium.
The LAMS Chorale meets weekly on
Tuesday evenings at 7 at St. John United Church of Christ, beginning
The group is growing in numbers and would love to have many more
voices join them in making music.
For more information, contact Tim Searby at
general membership meeting Jan. 29
A general membership
meeting of the Humane Society of Logan County will be on Wednesday, Jan. 29,
at 6:30 p.m. in the Steinfort Room at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200
Stahlhut Drive. All committees will report to the general membership. The
annual election for three seats on the board of directors of the
organization will also take place at this meeting.
Anyone who is current with their dues
and has been a member for at least three months prior to the
election may declare their intent to seek election to the board of
directors. If you are interested in serving on the board, you may
send a letter of intent to the board secretary, Wanda Stevens,