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Editor's Notebook By Mike }Laida LAKE FORK COMMUNITY CENTER is gearing up for the 39  Lake Fork Community Center Auction. You never know what you'll find Sat. March 31, but there will be something you'll just not want to pass up. My annual photo opportunity, just before the auction, has never failed to find some interesting items. Besides, that fresh sausage is not something to pass up. Leading up to the event are three planning meetings - all on Fridays at 7 pm at The Center - Jan. 13, Feb. 3, and March 3. Volunteers to help with the planning are always welcomed. CHIEF LYNN FREER took a report of an accident. As one driver backed from a parking place on Washington, the bumper caught the car parked next to it and slid along the side of the parked car. SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA was legal to possess in 2011. As of Jan. 1, 2012 it not only became illegal, but the possession of it in Illinois is now a felony. The Mr. Pulaski resident that was making a "personal statement" by standing on his front porch smoking his "one hitter" of synthetic marijuana had best step inside and close the curtains. He's fair game for local law enforcement. I HAVE BEEN fielding some questions about the upcoming March vote to allow residents to purchase electricity from a provider besides AMEREN. The vote is a project of Blue Star Energy. The questions I have received concern Direct Energy. The company has been mailing residents an offer to sign up. Readers have asked... How can the company solicit their business if the city has to hold an election so Blue Star can market us? Can residents sign up with Direct Energy and not go with Blue Star? Some residents have filled out the energy audit on both websites. A couple residents report that audit has shown Direct Energy was cheaper than Blue Star or AMEREN. And, 9s one resident pointed out, Direct Energy will give you a $50 ViSA prepaid card. Other residents have had problems entering information into the audit for Blue Star. The website keeps telling them that the company does not show the meter numbers are valid. Sorry to report I cannot answer the questions. Blue Star and Direct Energy have not responded to my e-mail inquiries. When I called both companies, t did talk to someone with each company, but they could not answer my questions. Both took my phone number, but no one has called the paper to answer questions. Thursday - January 5, 2012 In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims? Dwight D. Eisenhower Nick Smith - Courthouse Volunteer - and Wally Kautz- Site Superinten- dent - greeted visitors to the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse New Year's Eve. By the close of the evening at 10 pm, Nick had totaled 11-volunteer hours. His enthusiasm never waned. Refreshments were served, including WaUy's "secret dip". It came from the Velveeta package by the way... Velveeta cheese and a can of bean free chili. Times Photo Did You Know - The killing of Osama bin Laden was chosen the top news story of 2011. Things can happen ... unexpectedly You can rest assured that should the unexpected happen - your coverage is complete with Homeowners Insurance from Pekin Insurance TM and your Pekin Insurance Agencv. They will explain your coverage options to you thoroughly, so there !s no worrying and no mistaking. Ask about prom urn-reducing d scounts that w:Jl trm your monthly budget cos. Call your local Pekin insurance Agenq/ today for Homeowrers Insurarce that*s Beyond the expected. TM Downing, Przykopanski, Clements & May Insurance Agency, '" 124 S. Washington St, Mt. Pulaski 792-5251 www.pekininsurance.corr IIIII Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski THE FARMERS BN B A N K Tire Ot BanIc  J_gcx (5'tl "Se 187" 792-5211 Mt. Pulaski Times 7