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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 07:59 pm

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Lincoln enthusiasts are gearing up for the 2009 bicentennial, planning such events as reenacted Lincoln-Douglas debates, a period 1860 Presidential Ball, and a Civil War symposium. But in keeping with the old, organizers are also celebrating the new with a recent endorsement of Springfield’s Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon. Tim Butler, Springfield Road Runners Club member and race organizer, says the endorsed status will increase the credibility of the half-marathon as an important event celebrating Lincoln’s life and will encourage more runners and history buffs to take to the capital city’s streets during the 44th annual running, on Saturday, April 5.
“The Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon has a course which takes runners past some of the most significant Abraham Lincoln sites in the world — a running tour, of sorts, of Lincoln’s hometown,” Butler says, “so it is an event which certainly serves the mission of the Bicentennial Commission.”
The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is in charge of planning and promoting events to commemorate Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Feb. 12, 2009.

A local author claims a connection to a leading GOP presidential contender. Larry Toller, associate executive director of the Illinois Baptist State Association, got Mike Huckabee to write the foreword to his 2006 book My Story Your Story His Story: A Memory Journal. No, we didn’t read the book; we got a press release from Toller’s publisher right after Huckabee’s surprise win in Iowa. My Story’s Amazon.com sales rank was 1,134,457 right after Iowa. We doubt there’s a correlation, but Huckabee hasn’t been doing as well lately, and neither has Toller’s book, which dropped to 1,343,968.

Springfield’s future water needs are the topic of a public forum hosted by the Citizens Club on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Panelists are Illinois Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Michael Ayers, University of Illinois professor Dr. Clark Bullard, Citizens for Sensible Water Use member Donald Hanrahan, and former Springfield Mayor Mike Houston. The forum begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St.
Job Conger, a freelance writer and contributor to Illinois Times, is putting together a book about Springfield aviation history for Arcadia Publishers. He needs pictures of Springfield airports, aviators, and aircraft taken before 1965, as well as memories of flying from the original Springfield Municipal airport and the several small airports that operated during the early years. Contact Conger at 217-544-6122 or e-mail him at jobconger@eosinc.com.

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