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CONAWAY HANDYMAN SERVICELLc Fully Insured > Painting > Small Repairs Other Handyman Jobs Larry L Conaway Jr 217-737-4133 615 S Spring St - Mt Pulaski 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. & FrL 9am - 4pro Tues. & Thurs. 6pro - 9prn 523 S. Spring St. - Mt. Pulaski 217-414-2271 e-mail - Storage Space Available I 500 S. Garden St. Mt. Pulaski ] have CIWS build, Visits Washington on Honor Flight On April 5, Carl Kopatz of Mt. Pulaski and his niece Deb Stahl of Illiopolis~ traveled to Washington D.C. on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. While in Washington the group also visited Arlington National Cemetery, where they observed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Carl and Deb were greeted at Arlington by Mandy Stahl and Sergeant Grant Vaught, who is the "Voice of the Old Guard" as regimental announcer for ceremonies put on by the Old Guard. In the picture are: Deb Stahl. Carl Kopatz, Mandy Stahl of Washington D.C. and Sergeant Grant Vaught of Niantic. ians boarded buses to travel to the WWII Memorial. Everyone was able to walk or go by wheelchair to the Illinois Pillar. Because of rain, the group could not tour all fifty pil- lars and plaques of the memorial: they had to re-board. The weather necessitated driv- ing by the Korean. Vietnam, and Lincoln Memorials - viewed from the bus. They visited Quantico, irgima to see the lwo Jima Memorial and then the Air Force Memorial To compensate tbr the weaiher denying physical access to so many scheduled memorials, the group was taken to the Air-Space Museum. Highlight inside this enormous building were the space shuttle Enterprise, mobile quaran- April 5. Carl V. Kopatz traveled to Washington D.C. with the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, Inc, Their mission is to honor WWII Veterans with a visit to the many memori- als dedicated to honor service and sacrifice. N~ccompanying Carl, and serv- ing as his guardian was his niece. Deb Stahl of ]lliopolis. While the veteran's trip is all-expense-paid, the gugrdians are volunteers and pay their own expenses including air fare. Arrival at Springfield airport was at 4:45 am. Departure for D.C. was at 7 am. The Sun Country flight landed at Regan An-port at approxi- mately 9:45 Eastern Time. After deplaning, and a restroom break, the Veterans and their guard- fine facility, Mercury capsule 15 B Freedom 7 II, Mars Pathfinder Lander, Spacelab, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Bell UH-IH Iroquois, Langley Airdrome A, Boeing B-29 Super-fortress Enola Gay, Boeing 307 Stratoliner Clipper Flying Cloud, and the Air France Concorde. At 4 pm Eastern Time, everyone re-boarded their buses and were driven to Arlington National Cem- etery to view the changing of the Guard - a sobering and impressive ceremony. After a group picture, it was time to return to the airport tbr the flight home. Breakfast had been served on the morning flight. Lunch and dinner were box lunches served on the buses - no a day for fancy meals, but for building important memories and meeting "New war buddies". After a very long day, arrival at the Springfield airport was at I0: 30 pm. On the flight home, each Veteran was presented with a bag of letters and cards that had been secretly gathered from fhmfly and friends telling of special thoughts and memories of his or her Vet- eran. All of the men and women appreciated this extra touch. Deplaning in Springfield brought one last surprise. The Veterans and their guardians were met by hundreds of relatives andi triends welcoming them home. Led by a bagpiper, the returnees saw waving flags, a blur 0p people, and heard shouts of "Welcome Home". Carl served with the U.S. Army from 1942 - 1945 as a Corporal T/5 in the European Theatre, in North Africa. Southern France. Germany, and Italy. His most fear- ful memories were being sprayed with machine gun fire by a German plane while in France and an enemy bombing while working on a dock in Casablanca. Did You Know - Chevron CEO John Watson was paid $t4 Million n 2010. 2 very affordable .:.:: : ::,;~.~:.:.:~:~ ..... Mt. Pulaski 20 12 Graduates- Time to schedule your Senior Picturest Newbort~o Intaf~l.s. Todd|ets. Childrel~L Tweells. Teen.~ Fllgage)~qenl. Farll|ly, A~lnWetsary, Bt~t|lday, Sl~3"ctal (~'casions. ,,"31~rs, Busi~less/Professior~a|. t~tdoortOuttool NeW Indoor Photo Studio OPENING SOONI Call to schedule your PHOTO EXPERIENCE today! For more infornlaliOrt go t0: www,deeandersoni)hOlO~glai)hy, COln it. (217) 652-2483 Mt. Pulaski Times Mr. Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 Is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times-issues) per year by Michael Lakih, 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 Laki~ PO Box ! 14 - 311 S, Washington Mt. Pulaski. Illinois 62548 Office: 217-792-5557 times @ May 7, 2011