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11 Mt. Pulaski Ce]lLsus Coloring t ,00ltest Winners o w ! t9 :g MPGS K-lst Grade Winner: Emma Veith from Mr. Anderson's class. Zion School K-lst Grade Winner: Schmidt from Mrs. Maske's class. Olivia 2nd Place: Paige Pearson from Ms. Rucks class !!i!;: 2nd Place:GraceGrieshamfromMrs. Maske's class. MPGS 2nd-3rd Grade Winners: Ben Fricke & ii Garrett Skelton, both from Mrs. Cunning- ham's class. ....... 2nd Place: Lily Fuhrer from Mrs. Radtke's class. Zion School 2nd-3rd Grade Winner: Claire Coogan from Mrs. Ehle's class. 2nd Place: Morgan May from Mrs. Ehle's class. Trophies & Ribbons The winners will be presented with trophies and 2nd place winners with ribbons at the January City Council meeting (Jan. 12 th) at Mt. Pulaski City Hall. Thank You Thank you to all the students who partici- pated. They did a great job, so it was difficult to decide on the winners. Thanks to the follow- ing teachers for allowing their students to par- ticipate: Mrs. Mason, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Rucks, Ms. Reed, Ms. Bone, Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Radkte, Mrs. Maske, and Mrs. Ehle. Thank you to the Mt. Pulaski Census CCC (Complete Count Committee) for judging this contest. The colored pictures are on display at City Hall. If you stand in the alley behind the Mt. Pulaski Library, and look south "up the hill", you will see how steep the hill that is Mt. Pulaski was when original settlers arrived here - before the hill was settled.., so says a local "geographic historian". Times Photo ICAN says Yes to Head Start Community Action Head Start was the recent recipient of a grant from the UCLA School of Management and Johnson and Johnson Foun- dation. The grant entitled ICAN provides Head Start Par- ents with education and train- ing regarding health literacy. Project goals are to provide training and information to parents, enable parents to become better caregivers by improving health care knowl- edge and skills, empowering parents' decision making regarding healthcare and con- tribute to reducing escalating healthcare costs. The project covers a two-year period in which 100 families will be trained and supported by Com- munity Action Head Start staff. Research data has shown dramatic impact on families as parents receive information and training regarding health care for their children. Missed workdays for parents, shows a decrease of 42%. Also data shows that missed days of school for children decreased by 29%. A dramatic drop of 58% in unnecessary trips to the ER coupled with a 43% drop in unnecessary trips to the doc- tor's office translates into a cost saving per family per year of $554.72. Community Action will be training 100 Head Start par- ents on Saturday, February 27. Any organization or individu- als that would like to partner with us in this healthcare ini- tiative should call, Beth Flesh- man at 217-732-2159 ext. 249. New Year's Eve... Once in a Blue Moon We welcomed in 2010 with a second full moon in December, a Blue Moon. The term "blue moon" refers to a second full moon in a month and occurs just once every 2.7 years. The last blue moon to shine on New Year's Eve was 19 years ago, in 1990. The earliest use of "blue moon" really meant something like never.., an impossibility." In the 19 th century, people noticed that on occasion the moon actually did look a little blue in color, after a volcanic eruption or forest fire. "Blue Moon" morphed into meaning something rare and fairly random. After Indonesia's Mount Krakatoa erupted in 1883, people looking up at the night sky saw a moon that appeared blue as light shone through the volcanic ash. Wild fires, like those that frequently plague the western United States, also appear to give the moon a blue tint. Over the next 20 years there will be about 15 blue moons. No blue moon will occur in the years 2011, 2014, and 2017.