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Mt. Pulaski Celebrated Namesake By MikeLakin How else to celebrate the birthday of General Casimir Pulaski - the Polish Count credited with the founding of the American Military Cav- alry - than a dinner with authentic Polish dishes. ..... .................. Mt. Pulaski's 175th Anniversary Commit- tee drew on the culinary talents of Mike (/e) & Jennifer Richner (Hilltop Catering) for the March 5 event. Mike and Jennifer researched several sources (including the Mt. Pulaski Library) and prepared a meal that my better half (,Lynn) is still praising. While Jennifer could not stay for the evening - she had a meal to cater in Kenney - Mike was everywhere keeping the event moving smoothly along. Mike commented they had prepared food to serve three hundred. The final count was estimated at two-hundred- .......... ..... Ca smffl Clut Ralb asa  rdau,na  wtfl* tktau! sc z 3 fifty being served. Good thing those other fifty didn't show up. Mike said by the end of the serving they were running out of food. Folks enjoyed those seconds and thirds. An inquiry to Mike about the recipe for one of the items served; drew the response that if it came from one of cookbooks checked out from the Mt. Pulaski Library - he'd point it out. Return of Premium Life Insurance Pays you back for living Unlike regular life insurance policies, Return of Premium Life Insurance rewards you for keeping the policy by guaranteeing to return your total cumulative premiums paid at the end of a 20-year term, if your policy is still in force. It's life insurance that pays you back for living. That's coverage that goes Beyondthe expected. TM Contact your Pekin Insurance Agent today about a money-back guarantee on life insurance. Downing, Przykopanski, Clements & May Insurance Agency, "" 124 S. Washington St. Mt. Pulaski 792-5251 The evening opened with remarks by 175  Chair- man - Tom Martin. Tom welcomed everyone to the dinner and - right off - said this would not become an annual event. The last Pulaski Day Dinner was in 1986 on the occasion of the city's 150  celebration. So, mark your calendar, the next Pulaski Day Dinner will be in March 2036. Mt. Pulaskian Historian Phil Bertoni was next at the podium. It is a well-known fact around town that Phil - a retired teacher - can hold forth on local his- tory like no one else. And, normally, he holds forth in direct proportion to the size of his audience. This night, Phil gave a relatively brief presentation on General Pulaski and how Mt. Pulaski was named for the general. Phil mentioned to your editor that he drew on the article Wade Schott had written for the Feb. 19 issue of the paper. Mayor Jim Fuhrer drew a rousing applause for his really short welcoming comment. From the time he stood up until he sat down no more than 3-minutes passed. That included "travel time" from his table to the podium and back again. "Tony" Skeilnik had the honor of giving the toast to General Pulaski. Tony, born and raised in Poland, delivered the toast in Polish. Interesting bit of trivia here... Tony was wear- hag a tie given to him by his brother. The tie is the same style of tie worn by Polish Government Senators. Father Thomas Shaw (/e) of St. Thomas Aquinas Church drew the formal presentations of the evening to a close. Father Shaw remarked that everyone knows that t "Wherever on the globe men are fighting for freedom, it is as if it were our own affair."- General Casimir Pulaski What was the name of General Pulaski's horse?i.Y'Crawford". when he arrives at the podium they are close to the blessing and the food. Father Shaw told the gathering that General Casimir Pulaski was named for a Polish Saint. Many of us did not know that. Saint Casimir had several saintly attributes. One of the interesthng attributes was when he appeared before Polish troops and inspired them into battle against Russian troops. In addition to the terrific food, the evening also fea- tured good conversation, music, and dancing. And, yes, early on there was polka music drifting through the hail. To wish General Pulaski Happy Birthday in his native language... Wszystldego najlepszego zokazji urodzin[ Allen Schaal & Times Photos Mt. Pulaski Times Read This! The Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society Museum is open on Saturdays now! Hours are Noon till 4 - you local people stop by and we'll ive you a fantastic tour. See you! Mt. Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times-issues) per year by Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Business and Editorial Offices: Accounting and Circulation Offices: Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Call 217-792-5557 to subscribe. Periodical Postage is paid " at Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Mt. Pulaski Times, C/O Michael Lakin, PO Box 114 - 311 S. Washington - Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548 Office: 217-792-5557 times@ March 19, 2011