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Solved By Mike Lakin The graffiti vandalism that took place in February at St. Thomas Church has been solved. A 15-year-old Mt. Pulaski resident told Chief Lynn Freer all about the incident. When Chief Freer asked how the youngster knew of the vandalism at the church, the youngster replied . "he told me". The he in this matter is a 15-year-old occa- sional Mt. Pulaski resident. The youngster had knowl- edge the suspect was in town and texted him. asking him what he was doing. He texts back that he was "paint- ing the church". This struck the youngster as strange. Strange that someone would be painting a church at 9:30 at night. The youngster did not take it serious until, while riding the school bus. the bus passed St. Thomas Church. The message was spray painted on the south wall... "Your paret hav failed you. I'm here. Rebel". One can only guess the what and the why of the issues the young man had with a parrot. When Chief Freer filed his l'eport, with the vandal's name. he discovered the young man was already imprisoned in the Illinois Juvenile Detention System; convicted on similar crimes. 40th Wedding Anniversary Dan & Betty Phillips Dan & Betty Phillips will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary June 22, 1969. Dan and Betty Kaesebier were married at St. John's Lutheran Church, Mt. Pulaski. by Pastor Ray O. Zumstein. They were attended by Billy Phillips, Larry Baker, Larry Phillips, Shirley Follis Knutson. Janet Kaesebier Skelton. and Janice Aper. They are the parents of Derek (Laura) and Darin (Amy); and grandparents to Abbegail, Delia and Daniel. all of Mt. Pulaski Dan and Betty are both retired from the State of Illinois. and Betty is Teacher's Asst. for Pre-K at Mt. Pulaski Grade School. Renae Krueger, a 2005 graduate of Mt. Pulaski High School. is shown receiving her National Championship ring as a member of the 2006 Robert Morris Univer- sity Springfield Eagles soft- ball team. The long awaited award was presented to her by first year coach Ron Fer- rill prior to Senior Day this year, her final home regular season game against Millikin University. Renae attended Okawville and Mt Pulaski High Schools where she displayed her soft- ball athletic ability slap hit- ting and playing four posi- tions. As a Robert Morris player she has played all three outfield positions. Renae has the ability to hit in different places in the lineup, drag bunt, slap and swing away. Coach Ferrill stated. "Renae has been one of the great surprises of the year as well as a big part of our abil- ity to get back into National Competition. She has used her speed and mobility to be a great defensive team leader out in centerfield and constantly puts a lot of pres- sure on the other team's defense to get her out. Her personality On game day has also been crucial to keeping the team mentally prepared. It has been a great pleasure having the opportunity to coach Renae in her final season at Robert Morris Uni- versity." The Robert Morris Univer- sity Softball Team recently competed at the USCAA National Softball Champion- ship held at the Borg Warner softball complex in Decatur. The eight team invitation only tournament drew teams from Indiana. Kentucky, Virginia, New York. Ala- bama, Pennsylvania and Illi- nois. Renae narrowly missed earning her second National Championship ring as the Eagles were eliminated in the championship game, losing to St Catharine Col- lege by a 6 to 4 score. The Eagles finished the season with a 24-12 record. Renae is the daughter of John and Sharon Krueger of Elkhart. She graduated from Robert Morris Univer- sity Friday May 15.2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Busi- ness Administration. Allen Sehaal Photo Now That's Entertainment .At The Lite Company UAW OUT S Saturday June 27 8:3oPm - 12:3oAm Karaoke With Roy All Entertainment - No Cover Charge! The Lite Co 304 E. Mc Donald St.. Mt. Pulaski . Phone 792"3335 Sherman Slam won Springfield Statesman 12 & under baseball tournament - The Sherman Slam is coached by Rick Edwards - formerly of Mt. Pulaski. His parents are Rich and Marilyn Edwards of Mt. Pulaski. Rich and Marilyn's grandson. Dayton Edwards, and Michael Lowery of Mt. Pulaski are members of the team. The Slam won the Springfield Statesman 12 and under baseball tournament and currently have a record of 20 wins and 3 losses on the season. Pictured are: Front row: Vince Vignali, Vinnie vesPa, Jeremy French. Sam Fanale. and Dayton Edwards. Middle row: Alex Mandeville. Jack Zibutis, Michael LoweD,, Drew Keenan. Austin Tuttle, and Luke Bleyer. Back row: Coaches Steve French, Rick Edwards and Trey Zibutis. Submitted B~ - Teena Lowery ence's ner "Museum" We have been to Arcola and Arthur many times but have never been to the Raggedy Ann and Andy museum in Arcola. Since by the end of the year it will move to a Childrens' Museum at Rochester, N.Y., we decided we'd better see the Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum before it closes. It was well worth the amount charged. We even met the granddaughter of Johnny Gruelle who created the dolls. She is Joni Wannamaker. She and her husband operate the estab- lishment. There are hundreds of Raggedy Anns and Andys - all colors and sizes and from many parts of the world. Even one of the oldest dolls ts on display. There are many arti- cles about the dolls and loads of pictures and books. A brief guided tour is also given. Johnny Gruelle was a well known artist and illustrator born in 1880. He died at age 57. He started his career as a political cartoonist for the Indianapolis newspaper. After a tragic event that affected his own life. (a daughter died at age 13), he created the famed Raggedy Ann. There is also a gift shop with many Raggedy Ann related collectibles. The Museum is well worth seeing. At the Dutch Kitchen Restaurant in Arcola. we ran into Les and Pat Depoister, who were on their way to Mattoon. He told me he was born near there and kidded me about being part Amish. On the Lighter Side - A woman went to the dentist for the 5th time to ask him to grind down her false teeth again because "they don.t fit." "Well, said Doc. "I'll do it again this time, but no more. By every test these should fit your mouth perfectly. "Who said anything about my mouth?" The woman asked quickly. "They don't fit in the glass." Food for Thought - Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Chestnut FD Chicken Dinner Chestnut Fire and EMS chicken dinner will be Sat- urday June 20, 4 to 6:30Pm at the Chestnut Fire Station. Adults $7: Children $3.50. Menu: Fried Chicken. green beans, potato salad, bread] butter, and desserts. Kamryn Parker Elizabeth Aylesworth turned I1 yrs. old June 9. She'll be in 6th grade at MPGS. Her activi- ties include softball, volley- ball, cheerleading, track and playing flute in band. She's a student at Brooks School of Dance & Fitness and Dyna- mite Gymnastics, and enjoys swimming, art. 4-H and all of her many animals. She also attends Big Wednesday at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church and church camp at Little Gallilee. Kam's family includes parents Randy and Kelly, brother Dixon and grandmas Linda Ayers and Jo Aylesworth. Pay tribute. There's a phrase you don't hear much. I recently read it and it caught my attention. Do we know what it means? Do our children or grandchildren? Does it matter if we know or understand what it means? Does it make a difference if we stop and honor deserv- ing people and their accom- plishntents? Does our cul- ture. do we as a country and a people, promote less hard- won accomplishments, and in the process ignore more deserving work? ( Speaking for myself, I am not that con- cerned with Hollywood and every move it makes.) Who do we set up as examples for ourselves and JUS' our children? People and deeds that are most often in our awareness influence our thinking. Our thinking influ- ences our behavior. What we fill our consciousness with becomes our focus. Do we intentionally think of, seek out and honor deserv- ing behavior? It takes time and effort. Are we willing to do that? It may inspire us. It may point up where we our- selves could do better, are we willing to look at that? It seems there are so many things vying for our limited resources (if time. energy, money etc., do we .even care? Are we mindful of where we spend.., invest or waste our resources? Do we give our- selves permission to take the time to thoughtfully consider question like these? Does the urgent push aside the important? About things like these... I was jus' thinkin'... M. Tait