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New Year's Eve Brought Back Memories By - Barb & Sonny Aylesworth Mt. Pulaski's New Year's Eve cel- ebration brought back memories of the nights on the square back when we were young. Back in those days Mt. Pulaski was in "full swing". No TV, No Internet .... So every- body "came to town". The square was full of store, all open. SidevCalks so crowded you had to walk in the streets. If you drove, there wouldn't be a parking space to be had. All parking spaces were full in the after- noon. On "going to town day" you could smell the popcorn from Jess Stuart's popcorn stand and the movie theater. And don't get us started on the smells coming from Ey's Bakery. Fast forward to New Year's Eve 2010. It was damp, rained little, and then got colder. The fireworks were great - people really enjoyed them. We sure had a good turnout. Our thanks go out to Tom Martin and his Committee... they all had did a won- derful job to start of 2011. Our .thanks go out to all - the store, The Farmers Bank, and all the others. Thanks to The Farmers Bank for the New Year's Eve Ball... it looked like the moon. It was great night.., something that only happens once. In England and the American colonies the year 1752 only had 354 days. In that year, the type of calendar was changed, and 11 days were lost. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782. It's a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-com- missioned officers. By Mike Lakin My Side of Creek They Came to Play - Sonny Aylesworth donated a special book to the Mt. Pulaski Library in memory of Doctor Jim Borgerson. Don Nelson wrote the book, "They Came To Play... Yesterday Baseball Told In Tomorrows Terms". Don is married to Sonny's sister Mary. Don and Mary live in Fairfax, Virginia. Unbiased, Sonny says, "The book is for people of all ages. If you like baseball - this book is great. Hope you check it out ... it's a good read". 1986 Parade - Do you have a VCR copy of the 1986 - 150 Anniversary night parade? If you do, drop it by the Mt. Pulaski Library... they need to copy it. School Board- The Mt. Pulaski School Board put its stamp of approval on the school district's 2011 Tax Rate. The property tax rate will be 4.76269%. That's for real estate taxes payable in 2011. Current rate is 4.749%. School Board election will be a no-contest this year- Dave Meister and Jeff Haley will be leaving the board. Incumbent Mike Toohey and newcomers - Jeff Beccue and Todd Cyrulik, will occupy the three seats up for election.