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The Murder at Coppersmith Inn il]Mt. Pulaski High :Shool Drama Club will present "The Murder at !Coppersmith I.." Ftiday, April 8 at 7 pm and : Saturday, April 9 at 3 pm and also at 7 pm in the high school gymnasium. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students, and children under the age of five are free. Admission at the door. Audrey Maske as Louella DuPage. -r m- .r oo- zoo ToMt Pulaski l Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year  llmes,l000 March 19, 2011 "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain 38th Annual Lake Fork Community Sale & Pancake & Sausage Dinner Sat. March 26 9:30 am Lake Fork Community Cen- ter's World Famous Pancakes & Sausage or Biscuits & Gravy Dinners will be served 7-4 on the Sale Day. Country Kitchen Store, Day of Sale: Home Baked Goods; Walnut, Illinois Cheese; Fresh Sausage; Pork Chops; Spare Ribs; and All Other Pork Cuts. Sausage, Pork & Cheese will be on sale at the Community Center the week of the sale starting on Monday, March 21, - 9 am. 2010 Results: Our Larg- est Sale Ever! Nearly 1500 buyers numbers issued; 400 consigners; 2500 people in attendance. For further details see ad on page 15. Dear Voters, Property Owners and Residents of Mt. Pulaski Community Unit District #23 "The school and children are the heart and soul of every community that feeds into Mt. Pulaski Com- munity Unit District (MPCUD) #23 school system. Not only are the schools the foundation for the future of our children, but they are also a stitch in the cloth that holds communities, businesses, organizations and its people together. As many of us know all too well, the dependence on general state funding and reimbursement for mandated programs received from the State of Illinois is both unreliable and uncertain. It appears that this pattern will not change in the tbre- seeable future. On April 5,2011 the voters of Logan County will have a chance to help their own school districts and themselves by voting for a County School Facility Tax. The voters will be asked the question "Shall the county of Logan, Illinois, be authorized to impose a 1% retailers' occupation tax and a service occupation tax to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?" If this question is approved, the sales tax WILL NOT apply to food for home consumption, prescription medicine, cars, trucks, boats, RV's, .mobile homes, farm equipment , seed, fertilizer, chemicals and other farm usage inputs. How will this help MPCUD #23? If voters approve the question, proceeds CAN be used for fire prevention and life .safety, new facilities, additions, renovations, maintenance, energy efficiency, demoli- tion, roof repairs, disabled accessibility, parking lot improvements, and or property tax abatement. It CANNOT be used for salaries, school supplies and daily usage items. The MPCUD #23 school board and administration have compiled a list of improve- ments to district property that would be targeted. These improvements include boiler replacement at, both buildings, high school gym bleacher replace, ment, roof repair, improvements to all parking areas, sidewalk improvements and possible replacement of the 1912 and 1927 portions of Mr. Pulaski High School. These are in addition to the continual updates -mandated for life safety compliance. If the question passes in the April 5th election, a significant portion of the revenue to be used for these projects WILL BE paid for by people residing OUTSIDE of our school district that travel through and shop in Logan County and also by county residents that currently are not sub- ject to property taxes. Logan County sales statistics show that MPCUD #23 could receive approximately $245,000.00 in annual revenue. The revenue received will then be appropriated to each school district based on the number of students residing in Logan County for each district. Currently 13.5% of the students in Logan County attend MPCUD #23. How will this help local property owners? As dis- trict facilities continue to age, building repairs and updates are a constant necessity to give the students of MPCUD #23 the best educational opportunities pos- sible. However, all of this comes at a significant cost to local property owners. A yes vote to the County School Facility Tax will enable each district to reduce levying property taxes by using the funds from the sales tax to pay for facility projects that would have been paid for with property taxes. If the proceeds are used for property tax abatement the savings would be approximately $54.83 on a $100,000 home. While structurally sound, the age of some of MPCUD #23 buildings are worthy to note: MPGS: 1959 and 1972; MPHS: 1912, 1927, 1963 and 2006. The condition of our schools plays an important role in the success and performance of our students and our communities. Everyone who shops in Logan County will help support the local economy, local school facilities, and reduce reliance on property taxes. For more information, questions, or comments please feel free to contact Phil Shelton, Superinten- dent of MPCUD #23 at 792-7222. Mt. Pulaski Community Unit District #23 School Board David Meister, President Mike Toohey, Vice President Doug Martin, Secretary Kathy Boward Diane Deppe Jeff Haley Joe Olson CALENDAR Cemetery Cleanups Steenbergen Cemetery and the Logan County Cemetery District will remove all Winter & Christmas Decorations and start the Spring Cleanup of the Cemeteries. Anyone wish- ing to save any of these decorations are requested to remove them from the cemeter- ies as soon as possible. Mt. Pulaski Library Playgroup meetings are every Friday from 10am to Noon for children birth through preschool age. An adult must accompany children. Mt Pulaski Library Storytime March 8 & March 15 K-3rd grades, 3:15 to 4:15 Story March 22 Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake, craft & snack. Story March 29 The Lamb Who Came for Dinner, craft & snack Selling Girl Scout Cookies Mt. Pulaski Girl Scout Troop 6469 selling boxes of cookies at Johnson's Food Center Sat. March 19 from 10 to 2 & Sun. March 20 from 11 to 1. Online tax submission assistance at Vonderlieth, March 22 Call the Oasis Senior Center of Lincoln at 732-6132 to schedule an appointment. Mt Pulaski Table Tennis Tournament Entry Deadline Wed. March 23 Entry fee is $15 per person. Entry limit is the first 45 paid entries. For information: Ron McCarty (217) 791-3558. Deadline: March 31 is cutoff date for Mt. Pulaski bandstand brick orders.Pick up order forms at the Library or call Bill or Judy Cavestani 792-3286. Blood Drive Thurs. April 7 at The Farmers Bank, 10 to 2. Newspaper Deadline "rues Mar 29 for Sat Apr 2 issue. Advertising Deadline Mon Mar 28