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7 Retarded Grandparents From Judy Cavestani A teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote... We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Arizona. Now they live in a tin box and have 0. rocks painted green to look like grass. They ride around on their bicycles and wear nametags because they don't know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed O because it is all okay now, they do exercises there, but they don't do them very well. , There is a swimming pool too, but they "€9 all jump up and down in it with hats on. At their gate, there is a dollhouse with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night --- early birds. Some of the people can't get out past the man in the dollhouse. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck. My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retard- ment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the dollhouse. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren. HOW About A Push From Ron Merold A man and .his wife were awakened at 3am by a !oud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. "Not a chance," says the husband, "it is 3:00 in the morning!" He slams the door and returns to bed. "Who was that?" asked his wife. "Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers. "Did you help him?" she asks. "No, I did not, it is 3 in the morning and it is pouring rain out there!" "Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself!" The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pound- ing rain. He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?" "Yes," comes back the answer. "DO you still need a push?" calls out the husband. "Yes, please!" comes the reply from the dark. "Where are you?" asks the husband. "Over here on the swing," replied the drunk. SlU School of Medicine MT. PULASKI CLINIC 509 E Chestnut Phone 792-3442 Cara Gravlin Nurse Practitione, Why we love children A little girl had just finished her first week of school. Tm just wasting my time,' she said to her mother. '1 can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talkr A4-year-old was engrossed in a young couple thatwere hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?' Aurelia Stoll (95) planted and grew this amaryllis this past winter. Every year her niece, Katheryne, gives her this plant as a Christmas gift, and every year she grows a beautiful blooming flower. Aurelia said this year's flower was the best one yet! It had 6 blooms on it and was just a gorgeous red. Aurelia lives in the Vonderlieth apart- ments and when you drove by her window you could see it. Photo - Katheryne (Stoll) Rehberg Hope springs eternal for spring. Maybe this will help you get through the next 20 days. Doug Johnson has set out the seeds for this year's offering of tomatoes and peppers. In the five-years since the greenhouse was put up at the local hardware store, Doug has grown tomato and pepper plants from seed. Most of his spring offerings come from suggestions of customers and old standards. The plant offerings have doubled these last five-years. This year gardeners can choose from over 30-tomato varieties and over 30-pepper varieties. All home- grown. Now how green is that. Times Photo AA Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous meet- rags are every Thursday evening, 6 to 7:30Pm in the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, Family Life Center, on Lafayette. Plumbing Heating Cooling Backhoe Service Septic Systems Public Observation A reader e-mailed - Only in Mt. Pulaski - When you see two tractors at 7Am in Febru- ary headed towards town, you instantly know that it is the FFA boys annual "Take Your Tractor to School Day". Honor Flight The first Land of Lincoln Honor Flight for the 2010 flying season will be April 21 from Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport. A charter airplane will be used to fly 104 World War II veterans and 56 guardians to Washington, DC to see the World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and other memorials. Veterans on this flight come from all parts of the Land of Lin- coln Honor Flight hub that serves Central Illinois Veteran names continue to be added to the veteran waiting list; currently numbering 332 veterans. For more information, applications, become a member, and learn more about Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, go to Ray Wiedle - 314-427-2317 Home - 217-622-1473 Cell Nacho ordinary Mexican... I It's Great Mexican! .) Mexican Lunch & Dinner Every Thursday Homemade Queso Homemade When the Kenney Odd Fellows ,-, --B°mba Dip Building was remodeled in 1912, a long straight stairway was the on,y way ,o ,,e .o0on00 ,oor. Include There was a kitchen on the third t/ ,o . e • loaffl°°r'ofandbreadeVerYeverSliCeserved°fham wasand Nachos, Burritos, Clfimmichangas, & hauled up by treading on those stairs. The Odd Fellows Building is now the Kenney Community Center. Access to the second floor is more comfortable and convenient thanks to a new stair lift system. The sectond floor is a venue for wedding receptions and large family gatherings, since it has a 1550-:square foot oak dance floor, a mini kitchen and 300 square foot llounge. Stair lift installer Clint Davis says that the new lift has the lon- gest straight track he has ever installed. St. Patrick's Day Jo Hilliard reports a wonder- ful group of Irish dancers are coming to the Henr'y and Jane Vonderlieth Living Center on St. Patrick's Day. Details next edi- tion. Fajita Quesadillas Bull's hmi!! Eaurant ' West Side ors re - Mt. Pulaski- - OPEN: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 8-5 TUES/WED/FRI IN SPRINGFIELD Services Include Diagnose & Treat Ages 16 and up Lab Work Available 8-3:30 / ife is simpler when you plow around the stump. COWBOY WISDOM 2 nd Annual Mt. ulaski Table Tennis Satu be in 11. in each event I ..... purse INFO: Tournament Ehrector may modify format basdl on entries. All USATT rules will be enforced. Name Address Phone E-Mail USATT Rating Doubles Partner CheCk Events: Singles Round Robin  Doubles Round Robin $15 for one or bth events. Make checks to: Ron McCarty Mail to: Ron McCarty 616 S. Spring St. Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 ENTRY DEADLINE - WEDNESAY, MARCH 24