If you would
like to sponsor a page in the new history
book, which means your name would appear at
the bottom of a page (you could determine
the page), the cost is $20. Book booster
status is available for $10. These donations
help with extra fees incurred with printing
the new book.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Junior Lynx program will host a
third- and fourth-grade basketball
tournament on Saturday, April 9, in the
brand-new Lincoln Center on the campus of
Lincoln College. Teams will play three
games. The cost is $125. For more
information, call Kirk Whiteman at
217-714-7263. Deadline to sign up is April
of Lincoln Honor Flight thanks
individuals, organizations and businesses
for their generous donations and efforts
that have made it possible for 88 World War
II veterans to go on an April 5 charter
flight from Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport
in Springfield to Washington, D.C., to see
the World War II Memorial, Arlington
Cemetery and other memorials. Seventy-four
guardians who are responsible for the
comfort and safety of the veterans will
accompany these veterans. Kirk Farah from
Springfield radio station WMAY will be
broadcasting remote from Washington, D.C.
Gov. Pat Quinn has issued an executive
proclamation designating April 5 as Honor
Flight Day in Illinois in "gratitude for the
service and sacrifice of our World War II
veterans, and in recognition of the
wonderful service provided by the National
Honor Flight Network and its Illinois hubs."
The public is invited to a "welcome home"
ceremony for these veterans when the plane
arrives back at the Springfield airport at
9:40 p.m. on April 5. Wear red, white and
blue; bring flags and signs to show your
Veterans on this flight will come from
the towns of Alton, Athens, Batchtown,
Blandinsville, Bloomington, Chatham,
Decatur, Divernon, East Peoria, Easton,
Eureka, Godfrey, Hillsboro, Hopedale,
Irving, Jacksonville, Jerseyville, Lincoln,
Litchfield, Minonk, Morrisonville, Morton,
Mount Olive, Mount Pulaski, Nokomis, Normal,
Pekin, Peoria, Raymond, Riverton, Rochester,
Roodhouse, Springfield, Tremont, Virden,
Washington and White Hall.
Applications from World War II veterans
are still being accepted for other flights.
Names continue to be added to the waiting
list, which currently numbers 325 World War
The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight board
welcomes the chance to speak to
organizations, businesses, churches,
conventions or others groups about their
mission, future flights, guardian duties,
fundraising and donations.
For more information about this flight,
how individuals and groups can help the
mission, how to obtain applications, how to
become a member and to learn more about Land
of Lincoln Honor Flight, go to the website
landoflincolnhonorflight.org or contact
Ray Wiedle: home, 314-427-2317; cell,
The Stanford Olympia High School FFA
chapter had their 39th annual chapter
banquet on March 12 at the Olympia High
School cafeteria and auditorium. There were
110 people in attendance for the evening,
including FFA members and their families,
FFA Alumni chapter members and other
supporters of the FFA chapter.
The dinner was furnished by P-Nut
Catering of Bloomington.
Morgan Ott of Danvers, the 2010-2011
Illinois FFA chapter reporter, welcomed
everyone. Next on the agenda were the FFA
officer slide show and opening ceremonies.
Tanner Springer and Hayden Chapman gave the
The Honorary FFA Member Degree was
presented to Mike Lootens of Bloomington.
Looten is the Olympia High School and Middle
School activities director and assistant
principal. The Olympia FFA and Alumni
chapters also congratulated Looten and his
wife on the engagement of their son Jason to
Jennifer Giesler of South Carolina.
Doug Springer gave an ag plot report and
Joan Harrison gave a GPA Scholarship Award
to eight FFA members.
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The Greenhand Award for first-year
members was presented to 37 FFA members.
Tanner Springer was awarded as the Star
Chapter Greenhand. Hayden Chapman won the
Outstanding Freshman Award, and Kiana Glueck
won the Freshman Leadership Award.
Sixteen FFA members were awarded the
Chapter Farmer Degree. Mike Hainline won the
Outstanding Sophomore Award, and Klair
Hartzold won the Sophomore Leadership Award.
The Freshman Spirit Award was awarded to
J. T. Graff, and the Sophomore Spirit Award
went to Chase Allen.
Kali Hartzold received the Outstanding
Junior Award, Ashley Kauffman the Junior
Leadership Award and Eric Sheppleman the
Junior Spirit Award.
A slide show was presented featuring the
senior FFA members. Afterward, the eight
seniors recognized with four-year membership
The Outstanding Senior Award went to Rod
Graff. Emily Sanbeck was awarded the Senior
Leadership Award, Doug Springer the Senior
Spirit Award, and Brian Weihmier was given
the DeKalb Award.
Marie Denzer, who chairs the McLean
County Farm Bureau Young Leaders, presented
the McLean County Farm Bureau Award to Emily
Sombeck of Danvers.
Sharon Hartzold of Stanford gave an FFA
Alumni report of activities in the past
year, followed by "A Year in Review" slide
At the end of the evening, auctioneers
David James of Minier and Hayden Chapman of
Atlanta conducted a labor auction. Several
FFA members as well as chapter director Joan
Harrison offered their services at auction
for one day's worth of labor.
--Information provided by Kyle Haning,
wrestlers participating in the spring
and summer training program traveled to
Petersburg to compete in the Porta Bluejay
Wrestling Open on March 26.
were as follows:
Kade Schmidt, second in the elementary
Max Koning, sixth in the junior division
Connor Schmidt, fifth in the advanced
Matthew Brewer, second in intermediate
division and fifth in the advanced
Luke Koning, first in the intermediate
division and third in the advanced
Jonathon Beverman, second in the
Brian Haggard, fourth in the
intermediate division and fourth in the
fourth in the advanced division
help ensure an adequate blood supply for our
region, the Central Illinois Community
Blood Center is offering opportunities
to donate blood in Logan County.
Monday, April 4: Lincoln Masonic Center,
2022 N. Kickapoo; noon-6 p.m.
April 7: Farmers Bank of Mount Pulaski,
130 S. Washington; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For your convenience, call toll-free
1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 118,
to sign up or schedule an appointment online
www.cicbc.org. Walk-ins are also welcome
and truly appreciated.