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Local 2010 Census Jobs Local testing will be held at the Mt. Pulaski Library-Wednes- day March 3 - 5:30Pm, Monday March 8 - Noon, and Wednesday March 10 - 5:30Pm. All applicants must bring two forms of identification (or valid passport) to the testing location and pass a written test. A prac- tice test is available at the Library and at Mt. Pulaski City Hall. Identification accepted - Orig- inal SS Card, Certified Birth Certificate, or Passport... AND a Driver's License, State ID, or (School ID w/pic, voter's reg, US military or draft). For more information call the Library 792-5919. Workcamp Needs Your Help If you would like to help out with the Heart of Illinois Work- camp there are several ways you can do that. We are looking for groups or individuals to make small gift items that can be given to each camper every day of their workweek. For example, book- marks, salvation bracelets, bags of candy, or decorated paint stir- rers would be examples of gifts. We currently need gifts for four of the days. We will also need volunteers during camp week to take those gifts around during the day and place them on the beds of the workers before they arrive back at the school. If you are a baker, we're look- ing for cookies to be brought in to the school for evening snacks. We're also looking for groups that may want to serve after- noon snacks to campers return- ing from their work sites. Sug- gestions include small bags of chips, freezer pops, etc. A typical workcamp costs $19,000+. We can certainly use cash donations to help fund the camp. If you or a group you belong to would like to donate to this amazing week, please make checks payable to The Heart of Illinois Workcamp, and send to the Latham United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 24, Latham, IL 62543. There are ways for everyone to help - from the youngest to the oldest. We sincerely appreci- ate your help in making this the greatest camp ever! Need more information? Call Jean Davis at 674-3555. Just an additional note... There are people registered for this camp that were here in 2006. They are returning because of the great hospitality they were shown while they were here the first time! Way to go Mt. Pulaski! Mt. Pulaski Table Tennis Tournament Tournament Director, Ron McCarty (217.791.3558) has announced the 2  Annual Tour- nament is Saturday, March 27 at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, Family Center, 114 N. Lafayette. Doors open at 8Am. Entry deadline is Wednesday, March 24. Entry fee is $15 per person. For details, see Tournament Ad and Entry Form in this paper. Mt. 00u[a00l001 Tiltil0000Sl2A "It's old news, bat there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year Week of March 1, 2010 m,: mr- School District Talks Cuts The Illinois financial crisis has been hitting school districts all over the state. The school board at the February meeting discussed the local situation. The state has all but quit funding grant programs such as Pre-K and Reading Recov- ery. The Pre-K grant to this school district is $100,000. Of that $100,000 grant, the school dis- triet has received only $2,400. Also owed and behind in payments are the transportation reimbursement payments. Four transportation payments are owed the district. The state has made one of the payments. The addition to the high school is among the monies owed by the state. The paperwork has been filed, but the $800,000 grant is still on the books as unpaid. At this point - not counting the monies owed on the high school addition, the state owes the dis- trict $700,000. The substantial state financial shortfall has the school district looking at where to cut the budget, reduce or eliminate programs, and what personnel cuts can be made. Reductions will take place in March to meet the notification to employee requirements. The 2010-2011 school budget projection is for an increase in property tax revenue thanks to the EAV increase in the county. Any increase in rev- enue will be offset by declines in state aid. Bal- anced out, revenues would remain the same. The contract with the MPEA teachers will increase salary costs for 2010-2011 by $120,000 to $130,000. County Sales Tax School districts in surrounding counties have been looking at placing a school sales tax on bal- lots. Superintendent Phil Shelton will be talking with other county school administrators to see if there is enough interest to place the matter on the ballot in Logan County. It will have no impact on property taxes, but will be a tax on retail sales in the county. The school sales tax revenues can only be used for capital improvements. The next school board meeting is March 22. Temporary Surcharge in Effect Last November the Mt. Pulaski City Council approved adding add a $4 Sewer Surcharge to the monthly water/sewer bills. The $4 is a temporary surcharge to pay a loan. The loan is to replace the existing lift station on Elkhart Rd. and to move the sewer force main directly south of Elkhart Road. The sewer force main is being moved to take it out of the right- of-way of the Canadian National Railway. The move Lakes care of two problems. The first, is that when the City has to work on the existing sewer force main the City is liable for Ithe payment of a substantial fee. to the rail- road to have a railroad employee present to warn of atpproaching trains. The second reason is that the existing sewer fcorce main is over 130-years-old amd is in need of replacement. The Sewer Temporary Sur- charge was added to the bills beginning in February. The $4 fee will be a monthly surcharge to those who are already charged for sewer. Anyone living outside the city limits and anyone who does not normally pay for the city sewer will not be charged this surcharge Rotary .Ci u.b Contri butes Toward Haitian Relief Following the earthquake in Haiti, Rotary clubs around the world began to make donations to help in relief efforts. The 12 local Mt Pulaski Rotary mem- bers made an initial decision to contribute $250 out of club funds toward purchasing a Shelterbox to send to Haiti. Once the concerned members of the MP club heard more about the dev- astation, individual members quickly reached into their pock- etbooks to quadruple the total donation to $1000. This meant that the MP Rotary Club could donate a full Shelterbox ($1,000 each). At that point, MP Rotary joined up with Lincoln Rotary and the Lincoln College Rota- ract club to make a total dona- tion of $2400. These funds were combined with central Illinois Rotary District Haitian Relief funds that are now totaling in the 10s of thousands of dollars! The MP Rotary annually makes contributions for local, national and international aid. Efforts range all the way from worldwide Polio eradi- cation, to our local annual Library Summer Reading Pro- gram, Logan County Food Bank, and our annual Molunt Pulaski High School gradumting senior scholarships, etc. Mount Pulaski Rotary is proud to be part of the worldwide effort of Rotary International that is; made up of 33,790 clubs like M(ount Pulas- ki's. There are over 1,200,000 Rotary Internationml members all over the world, 'which meet once a week to discuss local, state and internati,onal issues and how to become a part of helping to provide aid to local and area club-desigmated areas as well as to the Rotary Interna- tional Club-designated areas. The Rotary Shelt,erbox team is ready to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian relief efforts year round- provid- ing ready-to-use 10-person tents and enough supplies to last for months. Many times, these tents and supplies are called into ser- vice for many months longer than their designed use, which is a tribute to the quality of the Shelterbox. Shelterbox USA expects to have 7,000 Shelter- boxes in Haiti, housing 70,000 homeless Haitians. For more information on Shelterbox visit For infor- mation on Rotary, visit and click on "about us". PHOTO - Doug Johnson (MP Rotary Secretary-Treasurer) and Michelle Bauer, President of Lin- coln Rotary Club Submitted By - Phil Bertoni Blood Drives Thursday, March 4, Elkhart - Christian Church, 1130 South Gillett; 3-6Pm. Friday, March 5, Mt. Pulaski - High School, 206 South Spring; 8-Noon. Planning Underway The 37 th Lake Fork Commu- nity Center Auction is Saturday, March 27 t'. The final planning meeting is Friday, March 5 at 7Pm in the Community Center. the last meeting to have a listing on the Sale Bill. All Auction Merchandise Must Be Booked In By 8:30Am Sat. March 27. Rummage Sale The HSLC Annual Rummage Sale is Saturday, March 13 at the Lincoln Woman's Club from 7 until Noon. As you start to clean out closets, garages, under beds, etc this winter, remember that all those unwanted items could be someone else's treasure. Save them for HSLC. Drop off will be Friday, March 12 from 4 until 8. Topper Red Hatters... On the Go Regretfully, our February lun- cheon-meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. The March Red Hat meeting will be held in Lincoln Tuesday, March 16, at the Blue Dog Restau- rant. Luncheon begins at llAm sharp. We have a private room reserved for ourgroup. Reserva- tions should be called in to either of the day's co-hostesses: Pat Straumann, 792-5660; or Linda Dierker, 792-5312. Please call before March 14 as to whether or not you plan to go: If a member needs a ride, please call any Red Hat member ahead of time. We will not be meeting before- hand at the American Legion Parking Lot. It promises to be a fun time.., remember, the next day is St. Patrick's Day. We invite guests to attend anytime. Just call a hostess early and let her know. You are always welcome. Submitted by- Pat Straumaun March Meeting The Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Protection District Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30Pm Tuesday, March 16 at Fire Sta- tion #1,612 East Dekalb Street. Fish Dinner The Chestnut Fire & EMS fish dinner is Sunday March 21 from 11 to 3 at the Chestnut Fire House. Adults $7 (age 13 and over); Children (4-12) $3; and Children 3 & under FREE. Menu - Walleye, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad or Scalloped Pota- toes; Hotdogs; Tea, Lemonade & Coffee; Pies & Desserts. American Legion Auxiliary Spring Brunch The Brunch is Sunday, March 21 from 9 to 1 at the American Legion Hall, Mt. Pulaski. Adults $7. Children (3-10) $4, and Chil- dren Under 3 FREE. Menu - Scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, coffeecake, biscuits & gravy, juice and coffee. Proceeds for repairs and maintenance.