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Community Health Fair Sat. April 2 The Community Health Fair is from 9 to 2 at the Lincoln Park District's Sports Center. Admission is free. More than sixty orga- nizations will be attending. Department of Public Health will offer free nitrate screenings for well water. Recyclable items will be collected. Confidential document shredding will be available. Child finger printing will be offered. CONAWAY HANDYMAN SERVICELLC Fully Insured >- Painting > Small Repairs Other Handyman Jobs Larry L Conaway Jr 1217-737-413300 L 6t5 s spring st - Mt Pulaski "IF Small Engine Repairs Lawn Mowers-Weed Eaters-Snow Blowers & more General Auto Maintenance Oil Changes-Brake and Belt/Hose Replacement Mower-Tiller Tune-Ups $41.99 (Plus Parts) Hours: Mon. & Fri. 9am - 4pro Tues. & Thurs. 6pro - 9pro 523 S. Spring St. - Mt. Pulaski 217-414-2271 / e-mail - SlU School of Medicine IViT. PULASKI CLINIC 509 E Chestnut Phone 792-3442 Cara Gravlin Nurse Practitioner OPEN: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 8-5 TUES/VVED/FRI IN SPRINGFIELD Services Include Diagnose & Treat Ages 16 and up Lab Work Available 8-3:30 ALMH Replacement Hospital Dedicated... Opens March 24 Ribbon-cutting ceremonies celebrated the upcoming opening of the replacement hospital and adjoining physician, office building. The $50-million, two-story building was constructed in about 21 months just off Lincoln Parkway near the Logan County Fairgrounds. The former hospital was built for the 100 plus inpatients that were cared for daily 55 years ago. Outpatient services has grown dramatically in this time period, with nearly 160 outpatient pro- cedures performed daffy at ALMH - a number that continues to grow. Looking Back By Mike Lakin 70 Years Ago - 1941 A March 1941 issue of the paper included an article about the 56" year celebration of the Mt. Pulaski Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department. Current and former volunteers got together for a "cigar smoker" in the department's meeting room over City Hall. Guest of honor was Harvey F. Gordon - the only living charter member of the depart- ment chartered in 1885. Gordon talked about the frequent injuries volunteers suffered from pulling the man- powered fire equipment of the early days. He said there were numerous foot and leg injuries from pulling the equipment to fires around town. He also said there was a real physical strain when they used the 16-man- hand-pumper. G.C. Zah (Pacer) also attended. He had helped obtain the 1885 charter but was not an original member of the fire department. He had come down with rheumatism and did not meet the health requirement for membership. Chris Kautz, a 55-year member of the department, recalled using the 16-foot hand- pumper at the Mt. Pulaski House fire. He told everyone in attendance that the fire pre- dated the city water system and there weren't any fire hydrants. The men dropped the pumper hose down a well and sixteen men started pumping away to raise water. The temperature was below zero and while they pumped as hard as possible, the water did not flow fast enough through the pumper PUBLIC NOTICE TREE TRIMMING ACTIVITIES IN CHESTNUT, CORNLAND, LAKE FORK, LATHAM, MT. PULASKI AND NEARBY AREAS TO THE PATRONS OF AMEREN ILLINOIS: Please be advised that Ameren Illinois will trim trees and other vegetation in and around the town(s) of Chestnut, Cornland, Lake Fork, Latham and Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Our qualified utility arbodsts will trim trees and vegetation that could interfere with electric lines that run from pole to pole and elsewhere. This work is necessary in order to minimize the likelihood of outages and safety hazards. There is no charge to you for this service. .if you have any questions about this work, please call 1-800-755-5000 or visit our website at You may address your concams in the manner specified on our website. You may also call the Consumer Services Division of the Illinois Commerce Commission at 1- 800-524-0795. Maps have been provided tothe mayors and the county board chairpersons of the affected areas. Sincerely, Ameren Illinois Forestry Department and k froze up. All they could do was standby and wait as the fire burned itself out. Kautz said for many years the department members paid dues and it was an honor to be a member of the department. Mt. Pulaski citizens donated about $4,000 a year to support the department's hose team in the competitions held all over the state. He recalled how young women in the com- munity joined as honorary members of the department and even had their own dress uniforms. In 1941, the Phoenix Vol- unteer Fire Department had 18-active members. During the 56" year cel- ebration "cigar smoker" this photo was taken of three active department members. Left - Harry Holmes and right - Chris Kautz. Center was 6'7' Charles E Wagner. Geo. C. Zah (Pacer) retired as custodian of the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse. He was 79. He handed the keys over to a young man by the name of Lawrence O. Montgomery. The courthouse was averaging 120 visitors a week. The article noted Zah was one of three men that helped to recall the courthouse appearance for the 1930s restoration. -A special passenger tram was added to the Illinois Cen- tral Railroad schedule through town. The 9-passenger train ran as extra - special carrying troops between Rantoul and Springfield. It would be a few months before Pearl Harbor, but the country was well into war preparation. Otto Ey's dog - Liewellin Larkspur Lady was the Cen- tral Illinois All-Age Champion in the Field. Otto's dog had accumulated 14-champion- ships in Illinois. 60 Years Ago - 1951 $550,000 was the goal. Money was being raised in the county to build a new 100-bed hospital in Lincoln. The hospital was to be called Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Replacing the Dea- coness Hospital, total cost of the construction was estimated at $1.7 Million. 50 Years Ago - 1961 Emagene Green completed her book 'lnd She Held Forth Her Hand"a local history book from early settlers to 1961. The book was a cornerstone of the 125  celebration that year. Price of the book was $5. Work was progressing on the new St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on South Lafayette. The laying and blessing of the cornerstone was set for Sun. April 9, 1961 at 3 pm. Suspicions were raised due to fires in three vacant houses in two weeks. 40 Years Ago - 1971 A familiar name - Pvt. Roger bates - completed basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. Roger had enlisted Jan. 4, 1971. City reported 105 trees would be planted on city bow levards during the spring. ANNUAL TOWN MEETING To the legal voters, residents of the Township of Mt. Pulaski, in the county of Logan and State of Illinois, that the Annual Town Meeting of said township will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 being the second Tuesday of said month at the hour of 7:00 o'clock P. M. at the Township Office at 404 S. Spring St. Mt. Pulaski, for the transaction of miscellaneous business of said town; and after a moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as may, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and to consider the discussion of township business. Shirley Schaal Town Clerk 14 Mt. Pulaski Times March 19, 2011