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15 .= xl = O ! t9 m := ,$.. Ales for Tails Humane Society of Logan County hosts the Ales for Tails Friday, July 16 at Chad's Blind, 1230 Fifth Street, Lincoln, from 6 - 10. The event will feature beer and wine sampling, food, music by Shif- tin' Gears, door prize drawing, raffle and 50/50 drawings, and more. Tickets are $25, and available Wednesdays from 9 - 11 at the HSLC, 113 S. Sangamon Street, or call 732-1979 or 732-4805. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Logan County, and remain in Logan County. Logan Waste Agency and Lincoln Jr. Woman's Club are continuing sponsorship of a recycled mate- rials medium in the Fine Arts Division of the Logan County Fair. The medium includes recycled materials -- glass, metal, plastics, wood and paper. Artists are encouraged to use imaginations in choice of recycled materials and their application in an art proj- ect. Recycled artwork will be in Recycled Materials Meduim County Joint Solid ttfe following age divisions: Adults (18 and over); Young People (13 through 17); and Children (10 through 12). Entry must be'made to the Logan County Fair Office by 4:30 Friday, July 23. Artwork must be delivered to the Fine Arts Exhi- bition Building between 10 and 3 Monday, Aug. 2. For more informa- tion on the Fine Arts Division, con- tact the Logan County Fair Asso- ciation at 732-3311. Submitted by - Mitzi Rohlfs, Coordinator Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency Wins Science Award The winner of the Mt. Pulaski Grade School 6th Grade Sci- ence Award for 2010 was Morgan Hayes. A trophy and monetary award is given to the outstanding 6th Grade Science student each year by the Robert Lee family. Robert Lee taught for almost 25 years in Mt. Pulaski. This is the 24 th year the award has been presented. Korean War Observance June 27 The 60 th anniversary of the Korean War will be commemo- rated Sunday, June 27 at 11 at the Illinois Korean War Memorial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. The public is invited to attend. Springfield Bulldogs (10U) Win Statesmen Tournament Front Row: Ben Schmid (Chatham), Evan Warrington (Springfield), Austin Pickford (Springfield), Stevie Johnson (Sherman) & Dominick Dilello (Springfield). Back Row: Sep Mattera (Springfield), Talon File (Sherman), Justin Beggs (Sherman), Will Elvers (Springfield), Conner Rutherford (Springfield), Pete Soehn- lin (Springfield) & Ben Griffin (Springfield). The Bulldogs record is 33-5. Photo Submitted- KIM BEGGS Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. - Winston Churchill A judge married me. I should have asked for a jury. - Groucho Marx Buy a Guardian Standby Generator between now and July 31, 2010 and SAVE $200! Have power when the power goes out with our Guardian Standby Generators When the power goes out.., and it will... You can depend on our Guardian Standby Generators for automatic back-up power 4' Fully Automatic ,f 24/7 Protection 4' Permanently Installed 4' Better Than Portables Dave Bassett- John Wyss 105 E. Jefferson St. - North Side of Square Mt. Pulaski lic. #058-12-1898 792-5593 Scott Tate in Scott is a former Mt. Pulaski resident and grad- uated from Mt. Pulaski High School. He now works in Kabul, Afghanistan for a contractor that provides construction management support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Scott is keeping a diary of sorts of his work, travel, and the people he meets... Along the Silk Road B Scott Tate Afghanistan they say for our neighborhood, categorizing it as a third world country sets the bar too high. I'll write you the stories and you decide. On this outing we leave our compound and head across the street to Camp Eggers where the big event of the week is the bazaar held every Friday. But first, we encounter a few familiar faces. Familiar to us because we see these same children everyday ped- dling jewelry, scarves, and other trinkets handmade by their mothers in the hopes they will bring home Life is a never-ending series of events. Most of enough money for another meal. Imagine yourself these occurrences seem like random starbursts when as a child here, having to spend every waking hour they happen. But often, looking back at them, one sees not random stars but a constellation that makes sense of the seemingly chance acts that defied most logic at the time -they whizzed by and left you won- dering. By a strange twist of events last year, I ended up moving to Afghanistan for work and through a mutual friend met another expatriate, Jerry, who had also left the U.S. for career purposes. Jerry and I conversed through email for over 5 months before meeting face to face in yet a third country. However, because of Jerry's newsletter he regularly emailed documefiting'his everyday life in his new foreign home of Qatar, I knew Jerry before I actually met him. So, at Jerry's encouragement and semi-obnox- ious prodding I am going to attempt.to carry on his traditional newsletter from my part of the world. With luck I wiirgive you at least a sprinkle of the wit and entertainment he showerled on those of us in his fan club. Dating back to around 6000 B.C,, the Silk Road began -  . - ' lly ended tptraversing over mul- tiple r.:',.: i _ : gh two continents and extending over 7,000 miles. It gained its name from the Chinese silk trade that used its route to peddle its goods. While the Silk Road is always associated with China, it runs through many other countries and cities that without them the Silk Road would have only been a cart path. :Because its location is key to one of the routes to the sea, the land lock.ed country of Afghani- stan has been a battleground for centuries for those seeking control of the Silk Road. The capital city of Kabul is one of the major Afghanistan cities along the Silk Road and the place where I currently reside. Hence, the inspiration for this anecdote's name. besides school, scrambling to make a sale so you and your family have enough to make it one more day. It makes these kids wise beyond their years. I've been here almost a year so it's hard for me to pass through this gate unnoticed. Besides that, I have only seen one other guy in Afghanistan with hair longer than mine so it's hard for me to go incog- nito. I happened to meet this honcho who is the cur- rent blue ribbon holder here for longhaired men, but a little more about him later. Back to the bazaar. The vendors sell everything "from clothes, art, jewelry, guns, rugs and cheap movies. Those are all stories for a different time. Today we focus on the furrier and his wares. . If you want t locally made product that offers the best - quality and value it's something out of the clothing line and my personal favorite in this is furs.., mink, rabbit, fox, long haired sheep, seal or chinchilla. You name it, this pack of Afghani broth- ers has it and they will custom make it for a song. To ship a fur out of the country requires an inspection by the military police to help protect the indigenous endangered species. Fi]/ally the big moment Comes and I try on my new coat! To share in my moment, I invite my new friend Joe to partake in this Kodak moment. Joe, an ex- Hell's Angel, is the current titleholder of the man in Afghanistan with the longest hair. Joe has confided in me that it took 4 years for his mane to reach such proportions. I return the confidence telling him I am only two years into my hair enhancement program but quite impatient to have the length of his long tresses. Joe has agreed to mentor me. While desperate times call for desperate measures, this decision will be pondered. Now that we've covered enough background for Until next tinie, I will be along the Silk Road in se rch ofoth r stories this to make sense, and smattered in a little history, .' , :.  .', .," that offer a glimpse of life in ths ta a a> land we can move on to life here in the Mid,dl F.'st waaer.e ....... " " ' ', " ! ................................................................... :_.'..L_.i  t-  rz # r , I Salt Creek A00cic LTDI ... 06 S. Washington Mt. Pulask _