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August 2001

Tuesday, Aug. 28
SPONSOR: Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
WHO: Public
An open house to celebrate the completely renovated Student Services Building, which houses the Student Development and Admissions Departments, “Mr. Books” bookstore, and the newly created Student Center.
WHERE: Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, 100 Campus View Drive
WHEN: approximately 10:45 a.m. until noon

SPONSOR: Logan County Red Cross
Class on CPR and first aid
(first of two sessions)
WHERE: 125 S. Kickapoo St.
WHEN: 6-10 pm

Wednesday, Aug. 29
SPONSOR: Logan County Red Cross
Class on CPR and first aid
(second of two sessions)
WHERE: 125 S. Kickapoo St.
WHEN: 5-10 pm


September 2001

Wednesday, Sept. 5
SPONSOR: Pete's Hardware
WHO: Public
American Red Cross blood drive
WHERE: Mount Pulaski Christian Church
WHEN: noon - 6 pm

Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6-8
WHO: Public
WHAT: Atlanta Fall Festival

WHERE: Atlanta

Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6-8
WHO: Public
WHAT: Mount Pulaski Fall Festival

WHERE: Mount Pulaski

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9
SPONSOR: Cedar Creek Shows
WHAT: Cedar Creek Antique & Crafts Festival

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds
WHEN: 9 am - 5 pm Saturday; 9 am - 4 pm Sunday

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16
WHO: Public
WHAT: Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds
WHEN: 9:30 am - 4 pm Saturday; 10 am - 3 pm Sunday

SPONSOR: Clark's Greenhouse Herbal and Country Garden
WHAT: Herb Fest and Fall Harvest Market; (309) 247-3679

WHERE: San Jose

Wednesday, Sept. 19
SPONSOR: Pete's Hardware
WHO: Public
American Red Cross blood drive
WHERE: Mount Pulaski Christian Church
WHEN: noon - 5 pm

September TBA
WHO: Public
WHAT: Harvest Festival

WHERE: Scully Park, downtown Lincoln









SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Blood donors are needed to give the gift of lifeVolunteers and riders needed for ‘Saddle Up!’   ABATE hosts Chiggerfest 6Ed Madigan exhibit featured at Lincoln College Museum

REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  American Red CrossGirl ScoutsOasisVineyard Cafe


Blood donors are needed to give the gift of life

The need for blood is constant. Too many Americans connect blood donations with a crisis. National disasters and other calamities bring out donors in droves. But the everyday emergencies, like the child with cancer, surgical patients and accident victims, all require a consistently ample blood supply.

Area patients need all eligible donors to give the gift of life. A fluctuating blood supply can no longer serve the needs of a nation in which someone, somewhere needs blood every two seconds.

Blood donations are a form of heroism available to all Americans — a way to give the gift of life.

Please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-SAVE-LIFE, Ext 1441 to schedule your appointment to donate blood.

[Click here for information on the next blood drive in Logan County.]

Volunteers and riders needed for ‘Saddle Up!’

Volunteers and riders are needed for United Cerebral Palsy’s therapeutic horseback riding program "Saddle Up!" for children with special needs. Held at Cobblestone Farm in Springfield, this program will give medically fragile kids the opportunity to grow and develop through fun therapy with horses.

Saddle Up allows volunteers a variety of positions from working with riders and horses to administrative duties. No experience with horses is necessary. Volunteers will be trained on all aspects of Saddle Up’s activities and programs. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age or accompanied by a parent.

Saddle Up benefits children with disabilities by strengthening muscles, improving posture, coordination and joint mobility. Saddle Up also allows children to develop self-esteem, build self-confidence and improve their concentration and self-discipline.

The six-week session begins Sept. 5. A second session will begin Oct. 17. Sessions are every Monday and Wednesday.

For more information about Saddle Up or to volunteer, call UCP of Land of Lincoln at (217) 525-6522.

ABATE hosts Chiggerfest 6

Chiggerfest 6, an ABATE of Illinois East Central Region party, will be Sept. 7, 8 and 9 at Ray’s place in Funks Grove. Gates open at noon. No one under 21 except ABATE Illinois members will be  admitted. (Non-members can join at the gate.)

Live music Friday and Saturday nights will feature the Robin Crowe band, Exit, Easy Money and various other artists. There will be food and assorted vendors, a poker run, bike show, and field events. Primitive camping and limited camper spots are available.

The hosts say, "No kids, no pets, no golf carts or ATVs (three- or four-wheelers). Absolutely no one allowed without proper ID (if the cops won’t accept it, then neither will we)."

The event is hosted by Heart of Illinois ABATE and co-sponsored by Salt Creek ABATE

Directions: Take Interstate 55 south of Bloomington to the Shirley exit. Go south on Old Route 66 about a mile. Watch for signs.

There is an admission fee at the gate. For additional information or advance tickets, contact your local East Central Region chapter; a Heart of Illinois ABATE officer; or Debbie Carr, (217) 935-4253 or (217) 972-6186.

Ed Madigan exhibit featured at Lincoln College Museum

The Lincoln College Museum is presenting a temporary exhibit called "Edward R. Madigan: From the Halls of Lincoln College to the Halls of the White House." The exhibit, which is currently on display, pays honor to one of Lincoln College’s most successful alumni, the late Edward Madigan.

Madigan graduated from Lincoln College in 1955, entered the Illinois Legislature in 1966, was elected to Congress in 1972, and was appointed by President Bush in 1991 to be secretary of agriculture. In 1974, the Lincoln College Alumni Association presented Madigan with its award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Public Services. In 1975 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Lincoln College. He died in 1994.

Lincoln College Museum curator Ron Keller says the display tells the story of Madigan’s career in public service. "The display reflects his experiences and service through many photographs, and letters from every president from Carter to Clinton. There are also various artifacts from his works in Congress and in the White House." The exhibit will run through November of 2001. The public is invited to stop by the Lincoln College Museum to view this exhibit and tour the rest of the historic exhibits.

The Lincoln College Museum is located in the McKinstry Library on the campus of Lincoln College. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

[Evelyn and Agriculture Secretary Ed Madigan at the White House with President and Mrs. Bush in 1991.]


Class offered on CPR and first aid

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and 29, the Logan County Red Cross will have a class on CPR and first aid. The sessions will be at 125 S. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln. Hours Tuesday evening are from 6 until 10 and from 5 until 10 p.m. on Wednesday. For further information, call 732-2134 between noon and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Red Cross blood drives in September

Pete’s Hardware will sponsor two blood drives in September at the Lincoln Sports Complex. The drive on Sept. 5 will be from noon until 6 p.m. On Sept. 19, the hours will be noon until 5 p.m.

People who reached goals recently in their blood donations were Karl "Fig" Newton, 11 gallons; Ken Robison, five; Arlene DeWilde, four; Lisa Fuller, four; Pat Mueller, four; Carol Mills, three; Sue Benedict, three; Larry J. Brandt, two; Stacie Treakle, two; Dean Benedict, one; Nancy Haak, one; Margaret Chrisman, one; and Wayne Ebelherr, one gallon.

Girl Scouts announcements

  • Girl Scout leader meetings:  the first Thursday of each month, at the usual time and place.
  • Girl Scout Jamboree Railsplitter event:  weekend of Logan County Railsplitter Festival; Janice Greer, event coordinator.

Websites with lots of ideas that Girl Scout leaders, families or kids can use: 

See the website for Girl Scouts, Land of Lincoln Council, at

You can send questions and suggestions to the council by clicking here:

Also, see the national Girl Scouts site at

Oasis update

The Oasis, Logan County’s senior citizen center, at 501 Pulaski St. in Lincoln, is open weekdays (except holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center also is open on Friday and Sunday nights for table games. Dominic Dalpoas is the executive director. Activities are open to all Logan County senior citizens,  regardless of membership.

Ceramic classes resume

Classes in ceramics will resume their regular Thursday morning schedule on Aug. 30. Join us from 9 a.m. to noon for this crafting specialty.

Bingo games

The Preceptor Eta Chapter is the sponsor for bingo games on Thursday, Aug. 30. Join the group at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie.

Blood pressure readings

Stop by the Oasis for blood pressure readings on Friday, Aug. 31. Staff is available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to provide this free health-care service.

Holiday closing

We just want to remind you that the senior citizen center will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 3.

Hearing screening

Appointments are still available for this free health-care service scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Legal aid

The Senior Legal Assistance Project will not be accepting appointments for September. If you would like to make an appointment for October, please call the Oasis. If you need service before Oct. 25, call 1 (877) 342-7891 toll free.

Lincoln-Springfield pinochle tournament

The Oasis hosted the Springfield seniors for a pinochle tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Lincoln outscored the Springfield players by 920 points and recaptured the "Bell." Congratulations to all who participated, and thanks to the volunteers who hosted the luncheon.

Game winners

Winners of daytime pinochle games were Mable Hoagland on Friday, Aug. 17, and Iona Fulscher on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Winners on Friday evening were Marjorie Reiners for pinochle; Betty Burger, Ann Greger and Tom Garrison for 5-in-1; and Harley Heath for pool. Sunday night rummy players Betty Burger and Henry Warnisher tied for the winning game. Alice Thornton won the pool game.


Friends of the Oasis members receive bimonthly newsletters by mail. For more information, people can call the Oasis at 732-6132 or 732-5844.


Vineyard Cafe to feature WalkingLimbs folk duo

The Vineyard Cafe will feature the alternative folk duo WalkingLimbs on Saturday, Sept. 15.  WalkingLimbs presents thought-provoking songs of life, love, hope and faith, using acoustic guitar and violin.  Doors open at 7 p.m. There is an admission fee for ages 13 and up.  The Vineyard Cafe is at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, located on Route 51, one-half mile south of Interstate 74 at Bloomington. For further information call (309) 663-4943, or visit the website at






Library employee Deb DeJarnette honored for 30 years of service

[AUG. 22, 2001]  It isn’t often that the Lincoln Public Library has opportunity to celebrate 30 years of service from one of its employees. That is just how long Deb DeJarnette has been working there.

DeJarnette was surprised by the celebration in her honor in the library annex Tuesday afternoon. She pointed to the large display of flowers and gifts that came in yesterday, saying how surprised she was by the gestures of appreciation.

When asked if she was planning to retire she said, "Oh, no, I'm not planning to leave or retire yet." Then the good-natured librarian chuckled saying, "People just don't stay around here (working in the library) that long." So they decided to celebrate it.

The Lincoln library and the people of Lincoln are just lucky enough that DeJarnette has stayed that long at a job she obviously loves.



Stuart Wyneken turns out the lights after 30 years with LCT summer productions

[AUG. 9, 2001]  When Stuart Wyneken was a boy, his father, an administrative assistant for Lincoln College, would allow Stuart to accompany him as he oversaw the construction of a number of new campus buildings. P.B. Johnston and his wife, friends of Stuart’s grandparents, had donated the funds for the construction of one of those buildings, a new center for the performing arts on the college’s campus. Little did Stuart know that the very site of that new construction where he idled away his summer vacation in 1970 would be the place where he would spend his summers for the next 30 years.

The summer of 2001 marks not only the 30th anniversary of Lincoln Community Theatre, but also the 30th consecutive year for Wyneken’s service as the lighting designer and technician for LCT productions. Announcing his retirement from both the LCT board and the LCT light booth at the end of the summer, Wyneken looks forward to having future summers available for family and other interests.

The first 19 years with LCT, he was a bachelor and had to answer only to himself. Things changed in 1989 with his marriage. For the next 11 years, when June rolled around, Wyneken’s wife, Kim, would say, "See you in August!"

Wyneken had just graduated from high school when Lincoln Community Theatre was formed. He had been the student lighting chairman at Lincoln Community High School when a group of students were recruited to get involved with the first LCT performance.


His knowledge of lighting was self-taught, primarily from observing upperclassmen operate an old resistance dimmer board for school productions. The dimmers were operated using large wooden levers, and Wyneken remembers when electricity would arc and spark when the levers were pulled. It took three students to operate the board during a show, and blown fuses would have to be changed "on the fly" while the production continued.

The "new" 16-dimmer light board available at the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts was more sophisticated than that at the high school, but in today’s view would be considered quite simple. In those earlier years, Lincoln College’s technical director Mickey Benson would provide training when newer equipment was added.

Serving as lighting designer and technician can be a time-consuming and demanding job. The preparation begins with reading the script to get a general idea of the lighting requirements of a show. After meeting with the director and set designer to discuss their views of lighting needs, the lighting technician must attend early rehearsals to understand how the actors and set pieces will be blocked on the stage.

A light plot is then created, which serves as a blueprint of electric strips that the lighting instruments will hang from. Different colored gels are cut to fit each lighting device to help create different lighting effects.

Next, whatever lighting system is currently hung in the theater must be entirely stripped, and the newly designed lights must be rehung and plugged into the appropriate circuits. All of this is accomplished by lowering light bars or crawling across a catwalk hung from the ceiling of the theater. After being circuited, the lighting instruments are plugged into the dimmer board.


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About eight years ago, Lincoln College purchased a new, computerized light board, which allows the storage of up to 130 light cues. The original board Wyneken used required every lighting effect to be done by hand during each production for each scene. With the computerized system, the settings for the desired effect can be predetermined and programmed into the computer. The lighting technician then needs to merely push a button for the complex lighting direction to be achieved.

The job of lighting technician has traditionally also included any special effects necessary for a production. Wyneken says, "Over the years, I have been privileged to be allowed to use various special effects. The 1987 production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was probably the first of these. For that show we constructed our own flash pots, used CO2 fire extinguishers and various other ‘homemade’ items for the wizard. It was also the first time the trap door to the lower level was used for melting the witch." How appropriate that his current and final production, "The Wiz," an updated version of that same play, with its robotics lighting system, is probably the most technically advanced show he has ever attempted.

Getting to work in the Lincoln Theatre building in the 1980s was one of Wyneken’s career highlights. "This is a marvelous old building and the epitome of vaudevillian theater," he says. "Being able to use their fly system and the footlights was indeed a real treat."

Though he is leaving the LCT board, he is assuming new duties as a board member of the newly formed Logan County Arts Council. One of his goals is to see the complete restoration of the Lincoln Theater building in downtown Lincoln to its original 1923 condition, with the exception of the installation of modern lighting, sound and stage equipment. Talks are already underway with the GKC Cinema Corporation in hopes of acquiring the facility when their new complex is completed. This building, in turn, he hopes will become a future home of Lincoln Community Theatre and other area art organizations.


Though Wyneken states that he certainly won’t miss the long hours at the theater, climbing ladders and catwalks, and cantankerous directors, he wouldn’t trade his years with Lincoln Community Theatre for a thing. He says that he will miss the people he has met over the last 30 years, as well as the luxury of watching a good production every night. With the time to relax and enjoy summer activities without having to rush back for a show, Wyneken states that he still "loves being able to create a mood for a show." He adds, "I will miss what I know I can do."

Lincoln Community Theatre recognized Wyneken this week by awarding him a life membership in the organization. LCT, too, will certainly miss what they know he can do!

[Judy Rader]

People all across this country and, in fact, around the world, claim roots in Logan County. They have very interesting stories to tell, and some of them like to connect with those of us who stayed at home. Logan County Diaspora publishes the stories of former Logan County residents. With their permission, we also include their e-mail addresses so that old friends might be reunited.  If you wish to be part of the Logan County Diaspora, e-mail  

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