This year the Lansing Historical Society has had a World War II theme and as vice president I’ve had the responsibility of arranging for speakers related to the topic, which has really been a fun task.
This month is our final program for the year. It takes place Monday and our speaker will be author Sandy Lundin, of Highland, with guest Mille Rytel. Lundin wrote her book "Four Continents to Freedom" about Rytel’s life, which included the war years when she was abducted with her family in Poland. The book covers several years as she was moved around and finally found freedom in the United States, settling in the Calumet Region. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave.
Lions to offer free vision screenings
This Thursday, the Lansing Lions Club will be offering free vision screenings to anyone in the area who is in need. With specialized equipment, they are able to screen babies as young as 6 1/2 months old. Screenings are available for both children and adults and a glaucoma testing is also offered for adults.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lansing Country Club, 186th Street and Wentworth Avenue, with screening stations set up for preschool children, school children and adults. I was notified of the event by Richard Rucoba, president of the Lansing Lions Club, who also happens to be a retired optometrist and was instrumental in bringing this service to Lansing. Please pass the word on to anyone you think may be in need of a vision screening.
Lansing Juniors holding essay contest
It’s time for Lansing kids to sharpen those pencils, pull out some notebook paper (or get on a computer), do a little research and get those creative juices flowing. The Lansing Junior Woman's Club, of which I am a member, is seeking essays related to safety for the eighth annual Stay Safe Essay Contest. The winner will get to ride to school in style on a Lansing fire engine.
Here are the rules:
- Contest is open to Lansing students attending Lansing schools.
- Students in kindergarten through eighth grade may enter
- One entry per person
- Essays should be less than 400 words
- At least one source of information should be used and stated at the end of your essay. Essays without a source will not be judged.
- Essays can be related to safety in any area — at home, in the car, in the pool, walking to school, railroad safety, Internet safety, fire safety, tornado safety, bike safety. There are lots of possibilities.
- Entries are due by May 3.
- Entries should include name, school, grade and phone number of the child.
- Mail entries to Lansing Junior Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 5104, Lansing, IL 60438-0564 or emailed to csteinw@yahoo. For more information, call (708) 516-3423.