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She uses variety of paper, ribbon and various decorative elements to give each card a special touch. One way she decorates cards is using Above: Several examples of cards that Wabel has'made. The card with a white oval frame over it showcases a technique called iris folding. The t card in the bottom left of the photo features watercolor painting. At right: Nancy Wabel with a few of her favorite creations. (Dan Sutton photos) stamps which can be any variety of designs or embossing, which involves taking a special powder that is heated. After heating the area the result is a raised design or letter. A more complicated decorative technique Wabel sometimes uses is quilling. Narrowly cut strips of paper around wound around a small metal tool. After being curled around the tool they can be shaped by hand into shapes such as hearts or into petals to make a flower when glued toa card. Iris folding is another more detailed technique that involves folding paper or ribbon and layering it creating a three dimensional effect. Wabel shares her love of making cards with others through her membership in WISH or Women In Stamp Heaven, which is a group of women mainly from the Decatur area. The group meets and makes a list of cards they will make for 6 months at a time. When the group gets together they trade cards. Besides trading cards with artist friends; Wabel also sends cards to family and friends for various occasions. "The people in my family expect to receive cards that I make,'they don't want store bought cards," Wabel said. Besides giving and trading she has also donated them as an auction i'-e~ for the annual Mt. Zion Foundation for Quality Education Fundraiser and Auction. Wabel received an Associate in Arts degree from Richland Community College in the 1980's. She has taught classes on watercolor for the Barn Colony artists. Besides making cards she also is a watercolor painter. Macon County Lady LandownersOrganization Celebrates 25YearsAt Meeting by Crystal Reed An organization that united ladies with an interest in agriculture celebrated a milestone this past Thursday. The Macon County Lady Landowners celebrated 25 years of existence. According to the group's records in 1984 the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District issued an invitation to all ladies interested in agriculture in Macon Countyto meet at the Shelton Inn on March 19 to explore the possibility for organizing a group. The group assembled that day decided to Organize and meet several times a year to become acquainted with other women in the country. The group was to leam about the newest methods of agricultural rdarketing and research and to sponsor field trips to farm related industries. The fast meeting was held onApril 13. 1985. At the meeting last Thursday, the first president of the group and longest member, Jesse Rowe, shared some reflections of the many years the group has been around. She said the first official meeting had 35 in attendance, which was good at that time. The speaker -continued on page 2 Current and former presidents of Macon County Lady Landowners. Front row: Suzanne Shambaugh, Jesse Rowe, Marilyn Kostenski.'Back row: Judy Tilton-current president, Sandy Muirheid, Sandy Lynch, Joan Wolf, Jbanne Freeland. (Crystal Reed photo) Library Hosts Program Of Feathered Friends From The Illinois Raptor Center Jane Seitz handles a red tail hawk during the presentation last Wednes- day. (Dan Sutton photo) by Crystal Reed Visitors to the library's summer reading program got to see several animals they may not get to see otherwise this past Wednesday. The Illinois Raptor Center brought several birds for the program. Jane Seitz, Executive Director and Jacques Nuzzo,,Program Director, presented an educational and fun program about raptors. Nuzzo started the program talking about his first encounter with a raptor at the age of 11. He saw a group of pheasants and a hawk attacked one of them. Jane then brought out the bird he saw that.day a red tail hawk. Nuzzo said it is hard to identify the bird because not all have the red tail. The bird does not have red tail feathers until they reach 1 year old. The next bird was a vulture, which at one point in time was not thought to be a bird of prey. According to Nuzzo. it was not thought to be a bird of prey because it cannot carry anything in its feet. Ornithologists used DNA to determine what it was closely related to. Through testing it was discovered that it was closely related to stork's and" herons. He also talked aboutseveral habits and features of the vulture. One feature of the bird is its bald head, which is for sanitary reasons. Vultures feed on dead animals and having a bald head makes it more sanitary for the bird to feast on its prey. The next bird shown is considered the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon. The only way this was determined was an experiment where a computer was hooked up to the bird after it was taken up very high in a hot air balloon. The scientist then skydived to follow the bird's flight path. The bird was clocked at 242 .miles per hour, which is equal to doing the 100- meter dash in one second. However, according to Nuzzo around 80% of the " l irds don't make it past their first year of life because of the ability to travel at such a dangerous speed. The final animal of the presentation was a barn owl. Nuzzo shared with the audience that the bird is an Illinois endangered species. The animal has disappeared because the habitat it tires in farming areas have become less common. Instead of simply explaining how the continued on page 2 1 1