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Bob Metz Flies to Vegas- Eventually Or- Then it was announced- By Mike Lakin For more than 20-years, Bob Metz (P & M Communica- tions - Lincoln) has attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Held every January, Bob's flight to Vegas this year was eventful. Bob's route is Peoria - Denver - Vegas and until this year it's been a successful route. To start his trip, Bob was up at 4:45am the Sunday morning he was leaving. That's the same Sunday morning of "the big snow". Let's let Bob explain his trip to Peoria... "It snowed a couple of inches over night, but no snow coming down at 4:45am. I relaxed a bit, drank coffee and leisurely got ready. Outside at 5:45am to warm the truck. Snowing, but not heavy. Understood most of the snow was going to be south of Lincoln. As I got close to Hartsburg, to get onto the interstate, snow was really coming down and it had become windy. At Hopedale area it was really, really coming down. At Morton, some serious snow and wind. Interchange to get onto 74 was drifted and no one had been through there. No snowplows and speed had to drop down to 30 miles an hour and it got no better to the air- port. Arrived at airport at 7:50am for an 8:30 flight Through security at 8:20am." And then things got weird for Bob... Cont'd on Page 6 q Mt Pulasra Iss6es A Year S Week 0f. Jan. 20, 2014 00150 "It's oM news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOIN PAPER I.. 217 W COTA 12131J14: / SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ff  S played in the Fall 3rd Grade League at The Gym in Springfield. The team consisted of (pictured Left to Right): Jackson Fricke, Andrew Bailey, Gavin Smith, Evan Cooper, Landon Smith, and Caleb Park. Randy Bailey coached the Mt Pulaski Bailers. Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation Held Annual Meeting By Mike Lakin Courthouse Foundation Directors - Tom Martin, Wally Kautz, Doug Johnson, Barbara Stroud-Borth, Kim Tyson, Sue Schaffenacker, Phyllis Beccue, Ren6 Martin, and Tena Stoudt attended the meeting. Tom Martin chaired the meeting. The directors agreed, when Tom stated that 2013 went beyond their expectations. From fundraising to programs and events - all were very suc- cessful. It was the consensus of the board that it was going to be necessary to attract more com- munity involvement for the courthouse. The one thing that they all agreed on was the need for more community volunteers for the various events held at the courthouse. Tentative events for 2014 indude - Lincoln's birthday that will be observed at the courthouse Saturday, February 8 from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. This event is cov- ered in a separate article. Arbor Day will be observed in April with a tree planting. This year a tree will be planted m memory of Harry Hahn in celebration of his life and his contributions to the community. Harry was a very well known and often honored portrayer of Abraham Lincoln. Courthouse celebration week will be held in June with a street lest on June 27concluding the week. The week will highlight courthouse projects and the courthouse. During the Mount Pulaski Fall Festival the courthouse will be open and the committee is working on an event. Last year, the courthouse featured arts and crafts from area residents. Halloween will again be cel- ebrated at the courthouse in October. Last year, the court- house had a hay bale maze, children painted pumpkins (46 were painted), and 200 people came through the courthouse. During Christmas on Vin- egar Hill the courthouse will be open. Last year during this annual event approximately 300 people visited the courthouse. Santa Claus will visit the courthouse December 6 and this year there will be the Mount Pulaski tour of homes. Phyllis Beccue said there would be four homes and a church to tour. New Year's Eve there will be the memorial service at 7 PM. This past New Year's Eve 50 to 60 people attended the ser- vice in memory of residents - former residents that had passed away in 2013. During this event the names of people who had passed away are read and the school bell is tolled for each. name is read. Two goals of the foundation are to involve more people from the community in courthouse activities and to reach out for more volunteers for the various courthouse events. The need for volunteers cannot be over emphasized. Cont'd on Page 5 Mount Pulaski Annual Police Report- January -December 2013 By Mike Lakin Every year the police depart- ment summarizes their files in an annual report of activities from January through Decem- ber. There were a total of 64 motor vehicle offenses in 2013. This included - driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving while reg- istration suspended, improper use of registration, no valid drivers license, and suspended revoked driver!s licenses. Of the 64 offenses, 26 were for driv- ing while suspended revoked. Of the 64 offenses 18 were for driving uninsured. One motor- ist arrested for driving with a revoked driver's license was recently sentenced to four years in. prison (Department of Cor- rections). The driver had been revoked for 12 years. There were a total of three dis- orderly conduct investigations. Two were for bomb threats and one was for disorderly conduct. There was orle report of obstructing justice. Classified as other offenses, there were a total of nine. These included domestic disputes, overdose of alcohol-drugs, and in state warrant arrests. There was one failure to reg- ister as a sex offender. There was one assist to Mount Pulaski Fire - EMS. Under public complaints, there were two - one for loud noise and other classified as other public complaint. Classified as quasi-criminal, there were six reports. Included were neighborhood trouble and disturbances. Cont'd on Page 7