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Not many summers ago these Maske / Letterly cousins paused in their play for a picture at Uncle Bob's / Grandma & Grandma Maske's. Where Are They Now? L-R Aaron L. freshman at University of Illinois, Daniel M. junior at Concordia University, Ann Arbor MI, Alison M. senior at University of Illinois, Matt M. sophomore at Valpariaso University, Hannah M. freshman at Concordia University Chicago, and Austin M. a sophomore at University of Illinois. Time Flies... JoEllen Maske Crop Hail Dividends COUNTRY Financial will return about $1.4 million in March to more than 13,190 crop hail policyholders in Illinois. Policyholders will receive a 10.7 percent return of the pre- mium they paid in 2009. The amount of each dividend check will vary depending on the amount of crop hail coverage each policyholder had on crops during the 2009 season. "Farmers faced a difficult crop season this year. Even though the severity of losses was greater this year, we experienced fewer crop hail claims," says Jeff Gendron, senior vice president of Prop- erty and Casualty Operations for COUNTRY. "So, we are pleased to return a portion of our clients' premium. Our continued financial strength makes the dividend return pos- sible." The last time Illinois farmers received a dividend payment was for the 2007 crop season when COUNTRY returned $3.2 million to its crop hail clients. Tax time is a good time to look at IRAs It's not toolate to open a new IRA'or contribute to the one you have BEFORE you file your taxes. See me today to find out more. Products offered by COUNTRY Investors Life.Assurance Company , Bloomington, IL. Larry D. Medaris LUTCF 31 6 S. Washington - Mt. Pulaski 792-3778 0110-506H0 FINANCIAL www.oountryflnanoiaL orn Soup & Chili Supper The Mt. Pulaski First United Methodist Church will host a Soup & Chili Supper- by Dona- tion- Saturday, January 23 from 4 to 7Pm. Menu- Beef Vegetable Soup & Chili, Grilled Cheese and Hot Dogs, Drinks, and Des- serts. Carryouts available. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Group and Church Camp Fund. Some men talk 'cause they got some- thin' to say. Others talk 'cause they got to say somethin. COWBOY WISDOM My Interview with a Veteran Mrs. Wilham's 4B Class inter- viewed Veterans in November. Here is an update to the inter- views. Doug Letterle By Jade Stewart What was your favorite rifle? M-16. What was your rank? Private First Class. How long were you in the Army? Two years. How old were you when you went in and left? 24 and 26. Where was your basic train- ing? Fort Jackson, South Car- olina. My Advanced Individ- ual Training (AIV) was at Fort Eustice, Virginia. What did you do? I was Trans- port Coordinator Manager. What did you serve in? U.S. Army Reserves. Where did you serve? I was based at Fort McCoy, Peoria. Why did you leave? I was discharged after having knee problems. Dr. Boston J. Snelson, MA-US Army Class III By Bayley L. Holmes What made you want to be in the servire? Well, I enlisted because my own Grandfather was in the Army, and he was my role model growing up. He was in Vietnam and drove an Army Infantry tank in the war. What is your job in the Army? I am an Army doctor for my platoon, the Rough Riders, an Army Medic. What are some places that you have been? I have been to Iraq, Iran, Arabia, Afghani- stan, Germany, Russia, Poland and the Netherlands overseas. Where have you been sta- tioned in the United States? I have been stationed at bases in Georgia, Florida, Missouri and Louisiana. I took most of my medical training in Louisi- ana and Texas. Which place was your favor- ite? I liked Germany the best, but we were only there briefly as we flew back after a deploy-  ment. It was a layover, but we . got to sightsee quite a bit. What is the best part of the Army? Well, I enjoy my posi- tion as an Army Medic because tst I like to help people and make ! positive difference in their , a lives. I have been personally responsible for saving several lives and for making many lives " better. I also am responsible forthe health and medicalwel- . fare of my platoon. What' is the worst part? The tension and death in the war zones; it can get very-stressful. , How long have you been in the Army? Nearly six years now. i When you get out, would you ,., go back? Yes, I have already re-enlisted and will be active for at least eight more years. Are you proud to be a vet- eran? Yes, I am very proud to be able to serve my country and save so many lives. State Bank of Lincoln Announces Statewide Scholarship' Essay Contest State Bank of Lincoln announces a scholarship com- petition that enables Illinois high school seniors to enter a statewide essay:writing con- test. It is all part'of a program sponsored by Illinois Commu- nity banks and the CBAI Foun- dation for Community Bank- WednesdaySpecial All You Can Eat Fried Chicken-Livers & Gizzards 99 All you can eat is In House Only/ Bull's Family Restaurant West Side of Square - Mt. Pulaski - ]92-2_ ing to increase public aware- ness of locally owned banks and their contributions to the community. State Bank of Lincoln is a member of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI) which formed the Foun- dation in 1996. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 a year for up to four years of higher. education will be awarded to the author of the best essay submitted to the CBAI Foun- dation by a participating Illi- nois high school senior. Up to 12 additional $1,000 awards are available in each of the regions of the state. An addi- tional $500 will be awarded to the high school of the overall winner. The bank is working with Lincoln Community High School, Mt. Pulaski High School, Hartsburg-Emden High School, Olympia High School, Clinton Community High School, Blue Ridge High School, Deland- Weldon High School, and Park Meadows Christian Academy to invite seniors to submit short essays on the theme: What I like most about my community bank. Information on the contest is available at the bank and the schools; entries must be sub- mitted to the bank by Friday, JOHNSON ARDWARE & GARDENS sr^r RIGHT. START HE.RE." Full Service Hardware Store & Greenhouse Local Friendly Service Open 7 Days a Week Independently Owned & Mon.-Fri. 7:30Am-6Pm Sat. 7:30Am - 5Pro Operated for 13 Years Sun. WAm-3Pm 423 S. Washington St.- Mt. Pulaski 792-'5911 Latham $40 Per Month I Larger Units Available A 4  4t m November Sign Up 7-11 ]'/=3" / UY Special $30 January 29. The bank will then submit selected entries to the CBAI .Foundation to be eligi- ble for the statewide competi- tion. Baed in Springfield, CBA-I is a professional association that represents approximately 460 Illiinois-chartered banks and thrifts throughout Illinois. A 4year-old had an earache and wanted a painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'