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19 ! t~ O i,,a /I Mt Pulaski Grade School Straight A's 8th Grade: Benjamin Fricke, Skylar Hayes 7th Grade: Isabella Wade, Kaylee Wilham 6th Grade: Emma Buen- rostro, Abby Hamilton, Bobby McDonough, Chloe Olson High Honors 6th Grade: Alexia Davis, Ale- theia Woodford Honors 8th Grade: Maggie Anderson, Ainsley Chandler, Tanner Farris, Emily Siebert, Garrett Skelton, Madison Thomas, Sam Van Rheeden, Lorenne Wilham 7th Grade: Autumn Benhart, Olivia Cooper 6th Grade: Rowan Adams, Grant Davis, Drew Martin Honorable Mention 8th Grade: Callie Anderson, Abigail Fitzpatrick, Michael Freer, Lily Fuhrer, Darren Jacob, Brian Kenshol, Zoe Mason, Carol McGuire, Jon Shehorn 7th Grade: Brandon Batch- elder, Claire Coogan, Aaron Davis, Victoria Hernandez, Zac Hinds, Jamee Letterle, Kaden Mott, Dustin Murphy, Maddie Roberts, Paige Stewart 6th Grade: Lexis Caslin, Nash Elliott, Garrett Fitzpatrick, Mat- thew Hagenbuch, Rylan Lind- ley, Konjit Mott, Tanner Pharis, Anna Schoth, Noah Woodford Photo - Straight A Students Front Row (L-R): Emma Buenrostro, Kaylee Wilham, Abby Hamilton, Chloe Olson Back Row (L-R): Isabella Wade, Skylar Hayes, Benjamin Fricke Not Pictured: Bobby McDonough Mt Pulaski Courthouse foundation By Mike Lakin Improvements that have been made by the foundation since it was formed have included work on the windows and new front doors for the courthouse. When this work was being done, the roof was not a major issue. It became a major issue when a broken beam was discovered and at that point the State of Illinois saw the seriousness of the situation. At this time, the State of Illi- nois has approved $173,000 for a new roof and repair of the broken beam. Work on the proj- ect is expected before summer begins this year. The state is also surveying the entire courthouse struc- ture including the plaster walls, painting, structure of the origi- nal bricks, and utility improve- ments. Once the survey is completed the foundation will receive cost estimates related to the survey. Celebrating the courthouse birthday this year, the court- house will be the theme for this year's Fall Festival. The courthouse foundation will be working with the Jaycees, and Community Pride to encourage former residents to return and enjoy a reunion with the com- munity. Zion Lutheran School is plan- ning a fundraiser with an old- fashioned game-aaight in Zion's Gym. The community will be invited and donations accepted. It is expected the fundraiser will be held in May at a date to be announced. The community should sup- port the work being done by the foundation and community members are encouraged to vol- unteer hours on the work at the courthouse and helping with events at the courthouse this year. Just a notefrom the editor, it would be a good thing for the community to send letters to the foundation showing support for the projects to improve the courthouse and to encourage the work being done by foun- dation members. They need to know that their neighbors rec- ognize the work they have put into preserving the courthouse. Courthouse Program Pays Tribute to Abraham Lincoln Students from the Mt. Pulaski Grade School and Zion Lutheran School will pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse. The program is scheduled to remember our 16th President 150 years after he was assassi- nated. Third Grade and Fourth Grade Students from the Grade School will present "The Get- tysburg Address" accompanied by pictures of the battle at Get- tysburg. The following older stu- dents from the Mt. Pulaski Grade School will present Walt Whitman's poem "0 Captain, My Captain:" Emma Buen- rostro, Cheyenne Friend, Rylan Lindley, Danial Siebert, Saman- tha Wasem, Aletheia Woodford. Two other short poems by Walt Whitman will be presented by the following students from Zion Lutheran School: Emma Aylesworth, Elaine Aylesworth, Roman Howe, Megan May, Teagan Wyss, Wade Davis. A few excerpts from Whit- man's "When Lilacs Last In the Dooryard Bloomed" may also be read. Walt Whitman was an American poet who lived at the same time as Lincoln and greatly admired him. He had worked as a nurse in the hos- pitals during the Civil War. He greatly mourned the loss of Abraham Lincoln. At 6:45 on April 16, Mt. Pulaski Mayor James Fuhrer will hang evergreen crosses on the doors of the Mt. Pulaski Court- house. Guests coming to the program will be asked to sign a Book of Remembrance and will receive a black armband, a cus- tomary sign of mourning in the 1860's. The Book of Remem- brance will be available for sign- ing by all visitors during regular Courthouse hours from April 15 until May 15. Several historical items will be on display at the Courthouse during the month of mourning. Your Accom