Today in Chillicothe — Feb. 10

Marianne Gillespie
The Lincoln Log is provided by the Abraham Lincoln Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Press Association.

Now is a ‘relay’ good time to join one of Chillicothe’s summer events.

Relay For Life of Chillicothe will kick off its season of fun and fundraising for the American Cancer Society at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Illinois Valley Central High School.

In only a couple short months, Chillicotheans will gather around the IVC High School track June 20-21 with their teams and raise money for cancer prevention, programs, research and advocacy.

Residents can register their teams for half price, $50, at the open-house event.

The event is not only for teams as residents may sign up their kids for Brad’s Blue Ribbon Rally, buy luminaria in honor or memory of a loved one, or register as a survivor or caregiver. Caregivers are defined as people who assist others with getting their treatment.

Volunteers also may sign up to help at the kick-off event.

At the helm of the event as the staff partner is 2007 IVC High School graduate Megan Hicklin. The past six years Hicklin served as a volunteer.

Also returning this year is chairwoman Kathy Cutler.

Those who cannot attend the event need not fear, teams can still sign up on the Web at www.relayforlifechillicothe.com.

Goals for this year include raising $92,500; registering 47 teams and 85 survivors; and lighting 620 luminaria around the track.

Last year, the event raised more than $91,000, boasted 41 teams and more than 550 luminaria.

It also marked an emphasis of adding Princeville residents to the fun of the event.

Beginning March 10, volunteers will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Pearce Community Center, followed by a team captain’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. Other meetings are April 14 and May 12. T-shirt pick up is 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 16 at Pearce in the banquet room.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Web site at www.relayforlifechillicothe.com or call Hicklin at 688-3488.

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The president is reportedly coming to the area, and Chillicotheans may not get a glimpse of him unless they work at Caterpillar.

We can join with the president, though, to honor Pres. Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, even though most of us won't be in Springfield.

Mike Wendell of Bishop Hill will present a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chillicothe Public Library about the life of a Civil War soldier. He will bring with him an 1861 gun, a Civil War pistol and an infantry uniform.

The library staff also is cooking up a 19th century pound cake, straight from a recipe found in a Civil War cookbook, found on the library's shelf. If the pound cake is a little rich, residents also may try the pumpkin bread, also made from a recipe of that time period.

The event is for all ages.

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At last night's Chillicothe City Council meeting, as cliche as it may sound, Mayor Gary Fyke said it may be better in Chillicothe.

Though “It’s Better Here” public service commercials by Central Illinois area officials caused some to snicker after recent layoffs, Fyke shared good news with the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night.

In Chillicothe, Fyke said, two business people recently shared with him good news of sales within the town.

At Riverside Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Fyke said Eric Greskoviak told him the car dealership was 178 percent ahead of its goal.

The business boasts it is in the upper 20 percent of 33 area dealerships.

Also sharing good news, Harry Hall of ALCO told Fyke sales corporate-wide are above what they were last year.

Additionally, the Chillicothe store placed third highest in sales in its district of 17 stores during the last quarter.

For the first week of February, the store was in first place, Fyke said.

Fyke said, at least for some local businesses, sales are “not all doom and gloom.”

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On the IVC District 321 school board meeting agenda is an action item of changing IVC High School's policy of grade-point average determining honors and not class rank. To read more about the proposed changes, click here.

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Events today include :

TRI-CITY WOMEN’S CONNECTION is at 12:30 p.m. today at Grecian Gardens. Linda Sill from Creative Quilting will show her quilts done on a Longarm quilting machine. Lori Boruff from Aledo will talk on “Hope in the Ruins.” Cost is $11. Call Elaine at 274-4563, or Herta at 364-3438.

ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. today at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe. Special program presented by Stephanie Bressner, a pharmacist, who will discuss medications used with Alzheimer’s disease. For more info, call Jamie Ziegler, facilitator at 351-9774, or the Alzheimer’s Association at 681-1100.

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL CLUB OF CHILLICOTHE has its monthly meeting at the Chillicothe library at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The after-dinner talk will be given by Fr. Dominic Garramone from St. Bede. He will talk about baking braided bread, and samples will be available for tasting and purchasing. For more info, call Pat Parr at 274-2525.