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May 3, 2017 – Southern Illinois University Medicine invites golfers to form teams for the annual charity golf outing benefiting the Camp COCO Children’s Cancer Fund. A shotgun start will begin the game at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at The Rail Golf Course, 1400 S. Club House Dr., Springfield. The presenting sponsors of the four-person scramble are the H. D. Smith Foundation and Bunn, and the double eagle sponsor is HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

An entry fee of $125 per player includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch by McCormick’s Smokehouse Restaurant, dinner by Robert’s Seafood Market, on-course beverages, games and prizes. Sponsorships at various levels of support, including golf carts dedicated in honor or memory of a family member or friend, also are available. Registrations postmarked by mail or received electronically by June 1 will be entered into a special prize drawing.

Now in its 32nd year, Camp COCO, which stands for Children’s Oncology Camp Organization, is a summer camp sponsored by the SIU Department of Pediatrics. The camp enables kids with cancer and blood disorders, as well as their siblings, to spend a week enjoying typical camping activities. The COCO Children’s Cancer Fund supports the camp and other projects for young patients.

Camp COCO is entirely supported by donations so that families do not have to pay to send a child to the medically supervised camp. An estimated 150 downstate Illinois children are expected to attend Camp COCO this summer at a cost of about $700 per child. The campers receive special attention from SIU’s pediatric staff and health professionals as well as various community volunteers.

This year’s camp will be held June 25-30 at Timber Pointe Outdoor Conference Center on Lake Bloomington. The first Camp COCO was held in 1986 for 40 pediatric patients and their siblings.

Send checks for the outing or sponsorships, payable to either Camp COCO or SIU Foundation, to the SIU Foundation, P.O. Box 19666, Springfield, IL 62794-9666, or call the SIU Foundation office at 217-545-2955 weekdays for information. Registrations are due Monday, June 5, and can be faxed to 217-545-1913. Registration can also be completed online.

Karen Carlson

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“Art & Craft Day in Elkhart”

Saturday May 20th will be “Art & Craft Day in Elkhart”, and will be hosted by Horsefeathers, Birdsong Books and Vintage, and the Country Bumpkin. Each shop will have its own craft, and each session will be offered two times, 10a - 12n and 1p -3p with an hour break for the option of lunch at the Wild Hare Café at noon. The shops plan to offer classes the 3rd Saturday of every month with the last classes for the year being offered October 21. The sessions may include appraisals on small items, or a garden project. See the website for updated information every month.

Horsefeathers will offer watercolor painting in the morning and acrylic painting in the afternoon, with two new subjects taught by well-known artist Reneé Sisk. Jean Tweet will offer fabric collage instructions at Birdsong using vintage material, buttons and lace, you are welcome to bring special items that you would like to incorporate in your special work. Jamie Theobald will offer beginning crochet at the Country Bumpkin. All projects are designed to be completed in the 2 hour time period, allowing you to do two different classes if desired.

The cost per session is $20 per person and it includes all your materials, $5 of which goes to the Elkhart Historical Society who uses it to defray costs while helping to offer events for the education and enjoyment of the community. Plans for future 3rd Saturday classes are being formulated, so please check the website for further developments.

A satisfying lunch featuring a cup of Tomato Basil Soup and a half sandwich of turkey cheddar melt on artisan bread, served with chips and soup crackers, with coffee, tea or water, will be $10.

Sessions can be mixed or matched, and reservation forms can be obtained at the shops above in Elkhart, or on the website Reservations should be made by calling 217 947 2238, as space is limited.
Elkhart Historical Society’s May dinner lecture

The long-time friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Gov. Richard Oglesby will be discussed at the Elkhart Historical Society’s May dinner lecture, Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:30p, at the Wild Hare Café in Elkhart, Illinois. Elkhart native, historian Chuck McCue will present, “Lincoln and Oglesby: The Boys from Kentucky”, following a delicious dinner of either Red Lasagna or Chicken Pot Pie served with garden salad freshly baked rolls and a choice of dessert, the cost $40 includes the meal, taxes and tip as well as a donation to the Elkhart historical Society of $10. Reservations can be made by calling 217 947 2238 or going to for the reservation form.

McCue’s talk will explore the life paths of two men, born as sons to Kentucky farmers just a few miles and a few years apart, who each grew to have an enormous impact on the legal system and government of Illinois and the nation. Chuck McCue will recount how their tragedies and successes brought them to the highest levels of state and federal office, both individually and when their paths crossed.

The primary theme will be the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Richard J. Oglesby, starting with a chance meeting in Decatur in 1840, through 1865, when then-Governor Oglesby stood at the bedside of his friend who lay dying from an assassin’s bullet. Even after Lincoln’s death, the bond continued, as Oglesby oversaw the project of building a suitable resting place for our 16th president.

Following a 20 year career in the Air Force, Chuck McCue returned to the area, and re- upped his long time interest in history, which he credits to his friendships with the late Rick Gehlbach and Jim & Betty Hickey, all of Elkhart. The exposure to a tremendous amount of historical material as well as conversations with visiting Lincoln experts, he developed a deep respect for our local history that continues to this day. Upon his return to the area, he became a volunteer docent at the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, and continues to provide tours one Saturday a month and on special occasions.