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Humane Society, Lincoln Park District, Library Summer Reading Program, the Lincoln Emblem Club and YMCA Girls Basketball Camp in Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[May 29, 2009]  The Humane Society of Logan County will be washing dogs on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at AutoZone, 1206 Woodlawn Road in Lincoln. Donations are accepted for the wash. Dog nail clipping is available for an additional $7. The first 25 dogs receive a free doggie bag. Future dog washes are planned for June 27, July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept. 26.

Something is fishy at the Lincoln Park District. Are you interested in catching the biggest fish? Learn how at Lincoln Park District's free Fishing Clinic on Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. Herb Drier from the Department of Natural Resources will be our fishing guide. Learn about which bait catches which fish, how to tie on a hook and safety. There will be plenty of fishing tips and lots of giveaways!

The annual D.A.R.E.-sponsored free fishing derby begins Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m. Join us at Hickory Lane Campground in Atlanta and compete to win great prizes. Sgt. Greenslate will be there with the wiener wagon offering dogs, chips and sodas for lunch. Worms will be provided and anglers will need to supply their own poles.

The Lincoln Public Library's Summer Reading Program will start with sign-up week June 1-6. This year's theme is "Read on the Wild Side!" Registration involves setting a reading goal (for ages 5-12) and playing our "Safari Games," available during sign-up week. If unable to register that week, just come in as soon as you can to get started. Planned activities include reading for benchmark prizes, story time, craft time and Thursday morning entertainment. The program ends with an awards program on July 30, when children who have reached their reading goal receive a free T-shirt. There are appropriate levels for children 6 months through teens. The teen program runs a slightly shorter schedule of June 8-July 18. Plan to join in the fun of the popular Summer Reading Program.

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The Lincoln Emblem Club 433 will be sponsoring their state convention at the Lincoln Elks Lodge. Their banquet will be on June 5 at Rusty's. For more information, please call Luann at 217-737-5039.

Monday, June 1, is the registration deadline for YMCA Girls Basketball Camp. This instructional camp for girls first to sixth grade will be led by Carol Wilson, Lincoln College basketball coach. Join Carol as she instructs participants on the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, passing, shooting and defense. This camp will be June 15-18, with sessions from 10 to 11 a.m. for first to third grade and from 11 a.m. to noon for fourth to sixth grade.

Got a good piece of news, information or something that we can all brag about? If you do, e-mail Mike and let us tell everyone about it. Plus you can win cash. Every submission, whether we use it or not, will get your name in the "Close Up" grab bag. At the end of the month we will draw a name and someone will get $25 just for dropping us an e-mail. If you wish, we will be happy to donate your winnings to the organization of your choice.

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