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Daily Digest for June 27, 2007:

Route 66 groups gets gift for Mill

LINCOLN - Larry Van Bibber has donated $15,000 for the renovation of the Mill on old Route 66.

Last year, Van Bibber donated $12,000 to move the world's largest covered wagon from Divernon to Lincoln.

In April, Van Bibber received the Friend of Tourism Award from the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for bringing the covered wagon to Lincoln. Efforts to save the Mill have garnered local, national, and international attention.

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County also recently received a $500 donation from Ernie Edwards of the Pig Hip Restaurant and Museum as a result of his 90th birthday and Broadwell sesquicentennial celebration, and recently received a $12,000 loan from Regions Bank in Lincoln.

Towanda makes plans for Fourth of July

TOWANDA - The 39th annual Towanda Fourth of July Celebration will be July 3 and 4.

On July 3, there will be a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the community building; pet contest for youth at 6 p.m.; Miss/Master contest winners introduced at 7:45 p.m.; and a community dance 8 p.m. to midnight at the tennis court to the music of Sister Groove.

Advance tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $5, adults, and $3 for children. Tickets will be 50 cents more at the door. Call (309) 728-2216 or (309) 728-2423.

All-day events on July 4 will be a flea market at North and South parks and concessions at the parks and the community building. Parade line-up will be 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. at the school, with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.

"Olde tyme" games begin at 5:30 p.m. at the school with 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for youngsters, ages 3 to 8; 6:30 to 7:30 for ages 7-12; and 7:30 p.m. to dusk for age 13 to adults. Fireworks will start at dusk.

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