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Library Per Capita Grants Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Fiscal Year 2010 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equal- ization Aid Grants to 612 public libraries serving 11.6 million patrons. Area Library Grants Elkhart Public Library District $793.39 Mt. Pulaski Public Library District $3,233.82 Warrensburg Barclay Public Library District $4,052.75 I recently read a fourth President, known as The Father "We have staked the political institutions mankind for self-gov- capacity of each and ourselves, to control ourselves according mandments of God". was able to turn a express the truth in Jus' Thinkin' quote from our James Madison, of Our Constitution. whole of all our upon the capacity of ernment, upon the all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain to the Ten Com- It seems the man good phrase and a straightforward manner. There is little room for ambiguity. He indicates this was the expected self-conduct of residents of the new country that was being forged. That it would require these virtues for the newly-formed government to succeed and be sustained. To stray from these foundational guidelines would be damaging to the government and the governed. Are we aware of the principles this country was founded on and why they were considered so important? Will this country thrive if we stray from those principles? Are we aware that our individual conduct has an effect on the whole? Do we even know what self-government is and are we aware or willing to be responsible for it? I find President Madison's words instructive and sobering. I find myself wonderin, and thinkin, about how well we are doing in living up to them. M. Tait When it comes to long-term care, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. A good thing about Longerm Care Insurance from State Farm " is that you have your choice of care options - including in your home. You'll also be helping to protect your life savings from the cost of'extended care. To learn more about it,)ust talk to your neighborhood State Farm agent. Powell Insurance Agcy In Deron Powell, Agent Mt Pulaski, IL 62548 8us: 217-792-3371 LIKE A GOOD NEIGH'SOIl  STATE FARM IS THERE. e Providing Insurance and Finandd Services* %late Farm MulualAutomdfilelnu;e Cmpa#y,, Home Oflic: Boonk,o, Illinois .See yuf local Slate Pm Agent lot details 1 ,-oveage, co,sis, reslricfim and renewability. LTQ2002 08 62,460 04/05 Join us Tfiursffay Evenings until 8 for Itafian We serve dinner from 5 to 8 Dinner is 12.95 ,,rid - safa, dinner, dessert and iced tea or coffee Waff ins are wdcome and tae out is avai[afife. Special Friday Eveninq Dinners Offered twice a month, enjoy a - by reservation onCy - Five Course Dinner. The Spccia Menu is avaiab[ by ca[fin 792-5100 or e-mai Coun[rtj G.rdens & 00oom 2152 - 600th St. - Mt. Pulaski HOURS WEDNESDAY- SATURDAY LUNCH 11 TO ] & DESSERT, COFFEE, OR TEA 3 TO 5 792-5100 countrygardensandtearoom,com Friday, March 12 the Elkhart Historical Society will present "Tales of Hog Marches and Cattle Kings," the first of their 2010 dinner lecture series. Bill Kemp, librarian / archi- vist at the McLean County Museum of History, will begin the evening with a talk on "Pio- neer Cattle and Hog Driving." Before the coming of the rail- roads, farmers marched live- stock to markets as far away as Chicago and Cincinnati from McLean County. Can you imag- ine driving 2,000 hogs 120 miles to Chicago in the wind, ice and snow of November? Kemp has gathered tales from Isaac Funk and other influential livestock farmers to share. Kemp has a master's degree in history from Tales of Hog Marches & Cattle Kings Illinois State and a master's in public affairs from the Univer- sity of Illinois Springfield. He has published articles in the Journal of Illinois History and Illinois Heritage, and writes a weekly column on local history in The Pantagraph, Blooming- ton's daily newspaper. "John Dean Gillett - Cattle King Of The World" will be the topic of the second talk of the evening. For many years in the late 1800's the town of Elkhart was one of the largest shipping points on the Chicago and Alton Railroad, due to the large stock farms of John Dean Gillett. Noted for importing Durham cattle from Scotland and devel- oping the Shorthorn cattle breed, Gillett shipped over 2,000 head of cattle and 1,000 head of hogs to Europe annu- ally. The London Gazette dubbed him "The Cattle King of the World." The speaker, Gillette Ransom, is a direct descendent of Gillett and a resident of Elkhart. Currently John Dean Gillett is featured in the exhibit, "Illinois Stories - How Vast and How Varied a Field... The Agricultural Vision of Abraham Lincoln" at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield until August 31, 2010. The exhibit includes a brief biography, as well as several artifacts such as ledgers, a branding iron, and a cattle registry. The dinner lecture series will be held at The Wild Hare Cafe in historic downtown Elkhart. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with the talks from 7 to 8. Reser- vations and pre-payment are required and space is limited. Cost is $17.99 ($13.99 for meat- less entry). The dinner pack- age price includes the meal, dessert, drink, tax and gratu- ity. The reservation deadline is Thursday, March 4. For infor- mation and the online, print- able. reservation form, see... or call 217-947-2046. Future talks in the 2010 evening dinner lecture series include presentations on Friday, April 16 and Friday, April 23 on "Elkhart Hill: The Biological and Cultural His- tory of a Prairie Grove" by Bill McClain. To compliment his talks, McClain will lead the Wildflower Nature Walks on Saturday, April 17 and Satur- day, April 24 on Elkhart Hill. On Friday, July 16, Bob and Chuck McCue will speak about "Lincoln's Life On The 8th Judi- cial Circuit" and the "DAFt 8th Judicial Circuit Markers." His- torical Tours of Elkhart Hill will follow their presentation on Saturday, July 17. OPEN: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 8-5 TUES/WED/FRI IN SPRINGFIELD Services Include Diagnose & Treat Ages 16 and up Lab Work Available 8-3:30 Healthcare Careers Scholarship Local students preparing for a challenging career in human healthcare should apply now for scholarships offered by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation. Scholarship guidelines and application forms are available for download on Completed applications are due Friday, April 2. Scholarship winners are enti- tled to use the funds in the 2010-2011 school year to help pay for any level of their post- secondary education. Future nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, primary care providers and those enter- ing other healthcare profes- sional shortage areas are espe- cially encouraged to apply. Applicants are evaluated on their academic achievement in high school or college course- work, financial need, personal character, career preparation activities, soundness of edu- cational plan, and the estab- lishment of clear and realistic career goals. Community members wish- ing to financially support local students pursuing careers in healthcare may send contribu- tions to the healthcare careers scholarship fund at the Abra- ham Lincoln Healthcare Foun- dation, 315 Eighth Street in Lin- coln. Memorial and honor gifts are accepted. Don't squat with your spurs on. COWBOY WISDOM