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10 HELP! The Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society needs vol- unteers.., badly! Can you spare four-hours a day - Noon to 4? For a day or two a month? Please call 792-5758 or 792-5565. Thanks! March Meeting American Legion Aux- iliary $447 will meet Wed. March 2 at 7 pm in the Mt. Pulaski Post Home. Plans will be made for the Annual Spring Brunch to be held Sun. April 10. All members are asked to come as we prepare for Mt. Pulaski's 175 " Celebration. M. Tait's Jus' Thinkin' The last writing talked about gradually becoming dependent and comfort- able with provision from an outside source with an unde- clared agenda. How often do we find ourselves in this kind of a situation? Are we aware of it? Do we acknowledge it? Do we see what we may have given up for what we thought we wanted or had to have? Are we always happy or in a good or better position, after the trade-off or compromise? It is sad that sometimes we may need to question the motives of others we may be dealing with. We may need to do thinking that covers the immediate and more long- term. I have heard it said that immediate gratification does not bring lasting satisfaction. John Adams said, "Those who trade liberty for security have neither". Is it possible we are so used to liberty, we take it so much for granted, and we are unaware of the ways in which it can gradually be eroded? Do we value self-actualiza- tion, the freedom to develop ourselves, and our ideas, as much as we do security, or the sure thing? Is there a healthy balance of the two? It is just something that had me thinkin" M. Tait' Courthouse Participates In Reading By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski Courthouse did its part to break the Guinness World Record for the most people reading aloud from the same docu- ment simultaneously. The Illinois Historic Preserva- tion Agency hopes that at least 224,000 participated in the Feb. 11 event when people all over simultane- ously read Lincoln's Fare- well Address. The rules included that the reading last five minutes. At the Courthouse, partici- pants re-read the document for the full five minutes as recorded by the official recorder - Judy Cavestani. The Farewell Address was read at the same time, on the same date, that Lincoln gave it - 150 years ago. Local participants were Ed Schaffenacker, Judy & Lyndel Emrick, the late Harry Hahn's son and daughter - Steve & Annette, Kathy Swigert, Tom Martin, Wally Kautz, Barbara Stroud-Borth, Margaret Schrishuhn, and Joyce Max- heimer. Times .Photo Mt. Pulaski Times February 19, 2011 Chris Vallillo (above) performed "Abraham Lincoln in Song" Saturday evening (Feb 12) at the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse. The Courthouse was illuminated by candlelight for the event. VaUillo's rousing rendition of "Dixie" was one of Lincoln's favorite songs. Lincoln had the song played on the day that marked the end of the Civil War. Allen Schaal Photo