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Cutest Baby Contest Still Accepting Entries

Entries for the 2015 Pana Labor Day Parade Committee’s annual “Cutest Baby Contest” are still being accepted. Photos will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis at the Pana News-Palladium office, 205 S. Locust St. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31. Photos of the contestants will appear in the Monday, Aug. 10, issue of the PN-P.

To be eligible, a child must be newborn through two years of age, not turning three before Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. They must reside within a 10-mile radius of Pana.

A photo of the child must be submitted. On the back of the photo should be the child’s name, date of birth, age, parent’s names and address and daytime telephone number. No mail, telephone or e-mail entries accepted. Only one child per family. No twins, triples, etc. may be submitted as an entry.

Only wallet-sized photos will be accepted (2 1/2 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall). No Polarid®-type photos or computer generated pictures will be accepted. Digital photos on CD’s are acceptable, if they are in the .jpg format.

Color photos should have a light background for best newspaper reproduction. The newspaper will not take photos of the contestant, nor take any responsibility for reproduction in the newspaper.

The contest is one of the largest fund-raisers for the Labor Day Parade which is Monday, Sept. 7, at 10:00 a.m.

Hilda Kinsey To Mark 101st Birthday

Hilda Kinsey of Pana will celebrate her 101st birthday on Sunday, July 26, quietly in her home.

She was born in Edinburg, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Ivemeyer. She married Kenneth Kinsey in 1943.

She has a step-daughter, Maxine Gordon and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Blood Drive Surpasses Goal

Thanks to all who came and supported the community blood drive on Wednesday, July 8, in Pana.  Because of all the wonderful donors, the blood drive was able to surpass its’ goal by over 10 units of blood.

The blood drive was held at the First United Methodist Church of Pana and was conducted by Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC) in conjunction with Pana Community Hospital.  CICBC is the sole supplier for blood and blood products for the hospital.

There were 56 donors presented and 53 units of blood were collected.

Donors included: Christina Allen, Stanley Bilyeu, Beth Blackwell, Lisa Bland, Morgan Bland, Lisa Bloemer, Peggy Christer, Linda Christer, Ed Clavin, Mary Cottrell, Bert Crowe, Donna Duck, Kevin Duez, Nathan Durbin;

Linda Eck, Terry Eck, Jim Eilers, Ruth Eilers, Pattie Gattons, Michael Gelsinger, Melvin Green, Tina Janssen, Julie Jophlin, Joe Karback, Lisa Kiefer, Jolene Kloever, Sandra Koontz, Gina Kuhn, Serena Largent;

Sharon Lockwood, Vanessa Manuel, Judy Marley, Linda Marsh, Myra Mathias, Kelley Matthews, Megan Meachum, Angie Miller, June Miller, Beth Miller, Joyce Morey, Debra Moss;

Michael Moss, Sherri Oller, Gloria Palmer, Barry Pruett, Vivi Radford, Tammy Rhodes, Melissa Rybolt, Shannen Schoonover, John Scott, Harold Simmons, Bob Smith, Logan Tilton, Brad Tilton, Ron Tipsword and Joe Weishaar.

Pana Community Hospital thanks all the donors and volunteers who donated their time to serve refreshments supplied by the hospital Dietary department. Volunteers were Dottie Hrabak, Tammy Rhodes and daughters, Aubrea and Adrian. Special thanks to First United Methodist Church and Glenn Schneider who set up for the blood drive.

Annual Conference For Caregivers August 15 in Springfield

On Saturday, Aug. 15, the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland will host its 13th annual Conference for Caregivers at Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center, Springfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The conference will be of interest to informal caregivers of older family members and friends and for grandparents or other relatives raising children.

The goal of the conference is to provide practical information that will help caregivers continue to provide quality care to others while maintaining balance in their own lives. Informal caregivers are those unpaid persons such as family members, friends and neighbors who provide assistance to someone who is in need of assistance with tasks such as grocery shopping, bill paying, cooking or personal care. Grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren have accepted primary responsibility for raising one or more children through age 18.

Experts will present information on such topics as caregiver stress, home safety and fall prevention, bullying, how to maximize the physician – patient relationship, myths and misconceptions of hospice care, spirituality in caregiving, paying for long term care and much more. Exhibitors will provide information about services and products that can make caregiving easier. The Exhibit Hall will be open to the general public from 8:45 to 12:45 at no charge.

Luncheon speaker, Faith Roberts, director of Magnet and Parish Nursing at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, has extensive experience in administration, education and clinical practice. Her unique ability to blend theory and reality make her presentations truly powerful and enjoyable. Her gift of storytelling with compassion captivates her audiences and touches on both the drama and the humor found in caring for others.

If Respite Care (a substitute caregiver) is needed in order for a caregiver to attend the conference, arrangements may be mae through the Area Agency on Aging.

Lunch will be provided. A $20 registration fee is required, but will be refunded to attendees at the conference. Registration must be received by Friday, Aug. 7.

For registration information contact the Area Agency on Aging at 217-787-9234 or 1-800-252-2918.

Oconee Lions Club Pork Chop Supper, July 23

The annual Oconee Lions Club pork chop and all you can eat sweet corn supper is Thursday, July 23, in the Oconee American Legion Hall. Serving is from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Donation is $8 for one chop and $10 for two chops. For children ages 3 to 9, donation is $6.

The public is invited to attend.

Pana Park Revitalization Meeting 

Pana Park Revitalization Committee will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday July 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Peoples Bank Conference Room. Those attending should note the meeting time change. (Please note, the wrong date was given in the Monday PN-P).

All members are encouraged to attend. The public is also invited to attend.

Call Bob Smith, 827-1936, for more information.

Jason Toupe, Grandson of Pana Couple, Tops In Culinary

Jason Toupe

Jason Toupe, grandson of Pat Kacsir and Ralph Kacsir, recently presented his “That’s Fowl” concept at the Colorado Convention Center where he took first place in the Culinary Arts category.

He is the son of Karen Smith.

His exceptionally creative menu included Grilled Quail Salad with Raspberry Viniagrette, Goose Botched Eggs – Goose Sausage with Quail Eggs served with Habanero Jam, Pheasant Ballantine Stuffed with Cranberries, Almonds and Mushrooms served with Almond Tahini, White Cholotate Duck with Wild Rice and Grilled Shitaki Mushrooms, and Poached Pear Wellington with Fig Stuffing and a Blackberry Red Wine Drizzle.

Jason received his degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Colorado at the graduation commencement held on Saturday, June 20.

Pana American Legion Post Car Show Saturday; Kitchell Park

Kerr-Mize American Legion Post 168 of Pana will host its second annual Car Show in Pana’s Kitchell Park, Saturday, July 11.

Registration is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon with judging beginning at noon. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m. Registration fee is $10 and trophies will be awarded and dash plaques will be distributed. There will also be special awards.

Admission to spectators is free and there will be concession available in the park.

There are seven divisions in the Stock/Antique Class and two in the Street Rods. Three divisions each in the Truck Rod/Custom, Street Custom and Truck Stock classes. There is a Special Interest category.

There will be an NSRA Safety Inspection available.

Pre-registration forms are available at the Pana News-Palladium office.

Any and all American Legion members from any post are invited and welcome to attend.

For more information, call 217-827-2117.

Pana Blood Drive July 8

Pana Community Hospital will host a community blood drive from 1:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Walk-ins are alway welcome, but if a donor would like to make an appointment, they can call the Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 or visit and use code 60036 to locate the drive.

In order to combat a seasonal decline in the rate of blood donation, CICBC is offering everyone who registers to give blood this summer a chance to win a 2015 Jeep Patriot SUV. The “Made in the USA” Jeep Patriot drawing includes all prospective donors in the CICBC service region who register to give blood at CICBC Donor Centers or mobile blood drives now through Saturday, Sept. 5 (see for complete details).

The “Made in the USA” promotion was developed to support the blood supply during the difficult summer months, when the rate of blood donation drops by about 10 to 15 percent, said Amanda Hess, Director of Donor Relations. “We are so grateful to blood donors and drive sponsors who support our mission all through the year,” said Hess. “Patients receive blood transfusions to replace blood lost in surgery or accidents, to help treat cancer, and for many other reasons that occur at the same rate all year-round. That’s why we need to make sure we maintain an adequate blood supply all summer long.”

CICBC is the supplier of blood to Pana Community Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital as well as St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

Pana Park Revitalization Meeting 

Pana Park Revitalization Committee will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday July 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the Peoples Bank Conference Room. Those attending should note the meeting time change. (Please note, the wrong date was given in the Thursday PN-P).

All members are encouraged to attend. The public is also invited to attend.

Call Bob Smith, 827-1936, for more information.