Chamber members honored
at annual dinner

[FEB. 15, 2001]  Becky Werth, a local realtor with Werth & Associates, was named Chamber Member of the Year during the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. Werth was cited for her many years as an active member of the chamber, serving as president in 1996 and volunteering with many committees, task forces and community events.

[Becky Werth]

[Todd Lowman]

Rob Orr, chamber president in 2000, reviewed accomplishments of the past year, as the chamber directed its focus toward "Teamwork: Working and Winning Together." Committee chairpersons presenting annual reports were Marty Ahrends, Ag Committee; Hazel Alberts, ambassadors; Wanda Lee Rohlfs government/education; Dayle Eldredge, health care; Becky Werth, marketing; Perry Grieme and Nick Stokes, membership; and Mayor Joan Ritter, Economic Development Council.

Successful teamwork strategies in area businesses and organizations were shared by Cullen Birdsell of Union Planters Bank; Susie Albert, Gossett’s; Woody Hester, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital; Thressia Usherwood, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau; Dale Schaffenacker, Jimmy John’s; Wendy Bell, Main Street Lincoln; and Phil Dehner, A.G. Edwards & Sons.


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Orr presented appreciation plaques to retiring board members Tom Kissel of A.G. Edwards & Sons; Patti Becker, Cutler-Hammer; Annette Gettleman, State Bank of Lincoln; Perry Grieme, Parker-Grieme Insurance; Bill Overton, Lincoln Developmental Center; Fred Plesé, Lincoln Community High School; and Ed VanDorn, Midwest Records Storage.


Todd Lowman, serving the chamber as president in 2001, introduced the new annual theme, "It’s a Brand New Day." Lowman welcomed new board members Hazel Alberts of Hazel Alberts Real Estate; Clarence Barney, H & R Block; Vicki Hasprey, Family Custom Cleaners & Laundry; Lloyd Evans, Logan County Health Department; Scott Goodman, Cutler-Hammer; Claire Rawlins, Claire’s Needleworks & Framing; and Jim Youngquist, Computer Consulting Associates.

[Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce
news release]

Gables of Scully Building
must come down

[FEB. 6, 2001]  The barricades in the streets around the Scully Building must stay up until the building’s gables come down, the Lincoln City Council learned Monday night. The three gables and two chimneys still standing after the Jan. 16-17 fire that destroyed upper floors of the landmark building are not adequately supported and could be dangerous in strong winds, according to a report from a structural engineer.

City attorney Jonathon Wright presented the report of Michael J. Welsh, consulting structural engineer from Morton, which said the gables could not be braced because mortar between the stones is missing. He said each gable weighs about 15 tons and presents an extreme hazard should it come down.

Building owners Jose and Nancy Pineda have been sent a 15-day notice by the city’s building safety office that the gables must be removed, Wright said. David Mitchell, assistant building safety officer, said the office is awaiting a response from the Pinedas. Mitchell said he did not know what the intent of the owners was.

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Wright said the city is aware of the economic hardship on businesses on Kickapoo and Pekin streets, which have many parking places blocked off, but the danger is too great to remove the barricades.

The building, a Lincoln landmark, once served as offices of the Scully Estates, representing land holdings in Illinois of more than 30,000 acres. It has been owned by the Pinedas since 1976 and at the time of the fire housed several businesses on the ground floor, all of which are now closed.

[Joan Crabb]

Logan County is host to a unique museum rich in special military
stories and treasures

[FEB. 5, 2001]  Heritage-In-Flight is not just an organization to promote flying for pilots and enthusiasts, according to Jack Burke, current president of the organization and charter member.

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"We also preserve the past through the displays in our museum and of the equipment and planes that were used in virtually every war and conflict beginning with World War I," Burke said.

According to Burke, HIF, now located at the Logan County Airport, began 15 years ago with about 20 members from Springfield that were looking for a location to establish themselves.

"We had looked in other towns around Springfield, and then we came to the Logan County Airport," Burke said.

"What we saw was a World War II barracks that would be perfect for setting up our museum," he added.

The barracks was one of the original buildings used at Camp Ellis, an Army training facility in Fulton County that had also housed prisoners of war. The camp was to be used by the Atomic Energy Commission, a plan that never materialized, and eventually the buildings were either torn down or moved.

After 15 years HIF has grown to about 120 members and has had visitors to its museum from 42 states and 25 countries.

"The museum itself houses many items from all conflicts that we were in engaged in," Burke said.

"Many items we have on display come from World War I," Burke added. "There are times when a veteran dies and the family donates the items to us for display.

"We have items from a local war hero," Burke said. "Of course, those guys never considered themselves heroes."


In addition to the museum displays, HIF has two helicopters and six fixed-wing aircraft that are on display on the airport grounds.

"All of the aircraft are static display, with the exception of two that could be flown," he said.

Burke said that all of the aircraft are on permanent loan to HIF except for one World War II craft owned by the museum.

"Anytime you see military aircraft on display somewhere, they are still owned by the government, but the chances of them taking them back are slim to none," he added.

"One of the craft we have is an A7 Corsair that was used in Desert Storm and was one of the first to bomb Baghdad in the initial hours of the coalition's attack, flying 153 missions," Burke said.



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HIF not only maintains the museum and its contents but is also the managing body for airport operations, a contract that was made with the Logan County Board 10 years ago.

"What is also unique about these operations," Burke said, "is that although the airport is owned by the county, no tax money is used. It is self-supporting, using the small amount of funds from farming operations and money made from fuel sales and aircraft maintenance jobs," he added.

Members of HIF come from all areas and are not just pilots. According to Burke, you only have to have an interest to become a member.

"We have one member from Tacoma, Wash., we have never met. He read an article about us in Flight magazine and wanted to support our efforts," Burke said.

"We also have teachers bring their students out for tours. We try to instill in them what happened in the past so that they don't repeat it in the future," he added.

Heritage-In-Flight not only tries to preserve the past, it also promotes the importance of smaller airports such as Logan.

According to Burke, the airport is used not only by pilots and enthusiasts but also by local businesses, the state of Illinois and businessmen from across the country that make refueling stops. A courtesy van is available for those stopping over so that they can conduct their business, check out opportunities, or get something to eat and rest up.

A current airport promotion states, "A mile of highway will get you a mile, a runway will get you anywhere."

This holds true for Logan County. With the efforts of HIF and its members, the past will not be forgotten and the future will be promoted so that we may all benefit from the services local airports provide to businesses and flying enthusiasts.

Heritage-in-Flight, Inc., is listed in the museum section of www.cyberair.com and http://www.aero-web.org/air.htm. You will also find other aviation information there.

[Fuzz Werth]

Part 2

Medicap offers personalized service and on-site compounding of medications

[FEB. 3, 2001]  Bruce Stacy, registered pharmacist and owner of Medicap Pharmacy, dispenses advice as well as medicine. The pharmacist is the last person the patient comes in contact with and the most accessible health-care professional, he says, so sometimes he fields questions the patient did not think to ask the doctor.

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Helping people get the outcomes they desire with medicine is what Stacy likes best about his work. What he likes least is dealing with insurance companies, which are getting more and more involved in health care. Increasingly, insurance companies as well as Medicare and Medicaid "tell people what doctor to see, where to get prescriptions, when to get them and what they can get," he said. This involvement can be frustrating for the pharmacist.


Much has stayed the same in the 24 years Stacy has been in practice; his work is still based on "the triangle of patient, doctor and pharmacist," he explained. However, there have also been changes. Other than the medications themselves, the biggest change has been the increase in third-party involvement. In 1977 only 10 to 20 percent of cases had managed care involvement, he said, whereas now 90 percent do.

Another change is that prices have skyrocketed due to manufacturers’ increases. Pharmacy margins are half what they used to be, Stacy said, adding that manufacturers say they need higher profit margins to fund research and development. A new medication can be patented for 17 years from the date of application for the patent; then generics often drive the price down. Stacy said it sometimes takes over 10 years to get a medication on the market, reducing the time the manufacturer has a monopoly.

Stacy is a member of the Illinois Pharmacists Association and the International Association of Compounding Pharmacists. Renewal of his Illinois pharmacist’s license requires 30 hours of continuing education every two years. "The education never ends," said his wife, Cindy, a pharmacy technician in the business. As part of his continuing education, in the next two months Bruce Stacy plans to attend seminars on natural medicine and on compounding natural hormones.

One example of compounding is incorporating ibuprofen in a transdermal gel to rub on the skin for patients who cannot take it in an oral form. Stacy demonstrated the procedure, which includes forcing the mixture of ibuprofen and other ingredients through a small hole multiple times to form a cream that penetrates the skin and carries the active ingredient through the skin.



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Medicap stocks a long list of flavors to make medicines more palatable, especially for children. "No matter how effective the medicine, it can only help the child if he’ll take it," Stacy said. The most popular flavors for children are bubblegum, banana, grape and strawberry, but he also offers others including root beer, licorice and chocolate. These can be used to prepare medications in the form of lollipops or popsicles.


[Technicians Cindy Stacy and Diana Eckhardt

prepare a prescription.]

Much of Medicap’s compounding is done for animals. Veterinarians often prescribe medications formulated for humans but in different dosages. Stacy then compounds the medicine in the prescribed dose. He also prepares medications in a variety of dosage forms and flavors, including chicken, beef, liver and fish. For example, he can put medicine for a cat in a tuna-flavored gel that is rubbed on the paw or elsewhere. The cat cleans its skin by licking and ingests the medication, thus avoiding the need for capsules, which may be difficult to administer.

Other compounded medications available at Medicap include procarin, a new treatment for the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and bio-identical hormones for menopausal women who do not tolerate synthetic hormones. Hospice patients who cannot swallow can be helped with medications in suppository form.

The Medicap mission statement promises that the pharmacist will spend time discussing personal health care needs, serve as a professional pharmacy care specialist, and help improve overall health and well-being. Part of carrying out this mission is exemplified in the question routinely asked by technicians when dispensing prescriptions: "Do you need to talk to the pharmacist?"


In the rare if much joked about case of unclear handwriting on a prescription, a call is placed to the physician to be sure. "We never guess; we make sure it’s right," Stacy said. "If we’re not sure, we call."

Besides Cindy Stacy, other pharmacy technicians employed at Medicap are Diana Eckhardt, Chris Dahms, Sarah Naugle and Meghan Bode. Jackie Verderber is a delivery person.

Medicap Pharmacy is located at 709 Woodlawn Road in Lincoln. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

[Lynn Spellman]

Part 1

Medicap offers personalized service and on-site compounding of medications

[FEB. 2, 2001]  Bruce Stacy, registered pharmacist and owner of Medicap Pharmacy, dispenses advice as well as medicine. The pharmacist is the last person the patient comes in contact with and the most accessible health-care professional, he says, so sometimes he fields questions the patient did not think to ask the doctor.

[Bruce Stacy, registered pharmacist at Medicap Pharmacy, compounds ibuprofen into a transdermal gel.]

Stacy’s self-defined purpose is people-oriented: "to help people, provide advice and fill a need for them." His personalized service includes reviewing a patient’s profile before filling a prescription. However, this only helps if the customer purchases all medications at one place, he warned. Stacy said he asks what customers are looking for and what health problems they have before recommending an over-the-counter product.

In the past two years Medicap services have been expanded to include compounding, or custom-making, prescriptions. Stacy said compounding will be needed more and more as people become aware of all the services that can be provided.


Special needs served by compounding include making flavored medicines for children, varying dosages for animals, reproducing medications no longer available on the market, producing natural alternatives in hormone replacement therapy and creating alternative forms of medications that the patient can better tolerate. Stacy finds filling these needs a rewarding part of the practice of pharmacy.

Medicap Pharmacy belongs to a Des Moines-based franchise made up of about 175 stores, most of them individually owned. The Medicap franchise manufactures a brand of vitamins and offers equivalents for some over-the-counter medications. In addition, benefits of belonging to a franchise include buying power and ability to negotiate contracts, Stacy said.



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Besides filling prescriptions, the store offers over-the-counter medications and medical supplies. Stock ranges from dietetic candies to durable medical goods and greeting cards. Medicap also stocks published guides to nutritional healing, herbs and natural medicine. In the last few years Stacy has been expanding into alternative and herbal medicines. He has trained in the field for a year, earning several natural medicine certificates. "The area is growing," he said, "as people decide to take natural products rather than Rx items that frequently have harsh side effects."


Stacy grew up in Joliet and graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. What was then a five-year program has since grown to six years, culminating now in a doctor of pharmacy degree. Stacy’s son Zachary is following in his father’s professional footsteps. After earning a master’s degree in chemistry, he is a fourth-year student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Another son, Alex, is a senior at Illinois State University.

After 10 years working as a pharmacist for SuperX, first in Peoria, then in Lincoln, Stacy opened Medicap 13 years ago at 501 Woodlawn Road. Ten years later he moved to 709 Woodlawn Road, in the process expanding the store from 800 to 1,500 square feet. The new location is not only newer and brighter but also enabled Stacy to add a patient consulting room and a compounding room. Business has increased since the move as well.

Interest in science and a desire to work with people directly led Stacy to his profession. He said personal qualities needed by a pharmacist are accuracy, strong math and science skills, and being a people person. "People are not usually feeling good when they come here," he said. "They don’t want to buy medicine, but it is something they need." He tries to make the experience as pleasant as possible while he fills the medical need.

(To be continued)

[Lynn Spellman]

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Pettit advances as Creative Memories consultant

[FEB. 8, 2001]  Creative Memories is pleased to announce that Debbie Pettit of Highlands Ranch, Colo., formerly of Lincoln, has advanced a leadership level in her Creative Memories career. She became a unit leader in January.

Pettit started her Creative Memories home-based business in 1997. Creative Memories consultants who achieve the unit leader level have recruited six or more consultants into their unit, maintained a consistent level of personal sales, and provided ongoing training, leadership and recognition to unit members.

With this promotion, Pettit has advanced into the top 5 percent of Creative Memories leaders. Pettit will receive national recognition at the Creative Memories National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

Creative Memories is an international direct-selling company headquartered in St. Cloud, Minn. It offers photo-safe scrapbook albums, supplies and hands-on workshops. Creative Memories originated the direct-selling photo preservation concept in 1987 and continues to lead the industry. Creative Memories has more than 40,000 consultants in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Australia and Taiwan who teach people how to organize their photographs and memorabilia, how to chronicle their family history, and how to create safe and meaningful family scrapbook photo albums.

[Creative Memories news release]

The Chamber Report

Upcoming events:

Mayoral forum – Feb. 21

Ag Day breakfast – March 21

Legislative breakfast – April 18


The Chamber’s Technology Committee encourages businesses to participate in a survey to identify and address the technological needs of our local businesses. Business personnel may complete this survey by clicking the icon on the Chamber’s home page at lincolnillinois.com or by picking up a survey at the Chamber office.

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

303 S. Kickapoo St., Lincoln

(217) 735-2385


[Provided by Bobbi Abbott, executive director]

Main Street Corner News

MAYORAL FORUM AT MORNINGS ON MAIN - Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 a.m. (note the time change) at Sorrento's. We've invited all mayoral candidates to join us and present their ideas and views on downtown Lincoln. In preparation, we're asking YOU to write down and send your suggested questions to Main Street by Feb. 1. You may mail them to 303 S. Kickapoo, fax them to 735-9205 or e-mail them to manager@mainstreetlincoln.com. Questions will be sorted for duplication and the most relevant chosen. Each candidate will have the opportunity to address each question selected. No questions will be accepted from the floor; therefore, if you want to address a topic, you must send the question in advance. If you think the mayor has an impact on downtown, now is the time to find out the candidates’ views so you can make the best decision in the voting booth.

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AS ALWAYS, Main Street Lincoln is working with you to make downtown a great place to work, shop and socialize. Got a suggestion? Call us at 732-2929.

[Wendy Bell, program manager]


Job Hunt

Now Lincolndailynews.com makes it easy to look for a job in the Logan County area
with our new Job Hunt feature in the Business section.

Logan County Bank has an opening for a trust administrative assistant. The position involves processing security transactions, data input, generating reports, and other activities in support of the bank. Applicants should possess an Associates Degree in Business or Accounting and excellent organizational skills. Send resumes to Logan County Bank, Attn. Trust Department, P.O. Box 159, Lincoln, IL 62656 Logan County Bank as an opening for a trust clerk position. The job entails data input, file/computer maintenance, departmental correspondence, and other activities in support of the bank. Applicants should possess a basic knowledge of personal computers, good communication skills, and general knowledge of office procedures. Applications are available at Logan County Bank, 303 Pulaski Street, Lincoln IL, 62656

Employers, you can list available jobs by e-mailing ldn@lincolndailynews.com. Each job listing costs $10 the first week, $20 for eight days to three months. There is a limit of 75 words per announcement.

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