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Attended Coal Education Conference Mt. Pulaski Educators attended the conference at the Rend Lake Resort. The conference gives teachers the knowledge and learning tools to incorporate into their lesson plans coal education, from mining to electric power generation, as well as other uses of coal. The four-day conference included lectures, tours and hands-on activi- ties correlated to the Illinois Learning Standards. Teachers were given compre- hensive information on coal formation/ geology, the economics of coal, coal to electricity , carbon sequestration and other clean coal technologies, careers in mining, coal mine permitting and environmental protection, past and Above - Shelley Mason, Jennifer Bone, Ann Olson, and Brooke Ciaccio. Left - Megan AIIspach and Karen AIIspach. present surface mining and reclamation requirements, underground mining, mine safety/ventilation, handling and use of coal combustion byproducts, and state science standards. Teachers spent part of their final day at the conference touring Rend Lake College Coal Miner Training Center, which provides training for new coal miners, refresher training for experi- enced miners and fire fighting and mine rescue training or mine rescue teams. The facility includes a lO.O00-square- foot simulated mine and a live fire train- ing facility. During the learning standards lesson sessions that followed, attendees received copies of OCD's coal cur- riculum, "From the Coal Mines to the Power Lines". The curriculum, devel- oped by Northern Illinois University, covers the rich history of coal and coal mining, its role in the Illinois economy and the impact of mining and clean coal technology on the environment. Are you driven by discounts? When you insure your vehicle with COUNTRY, you may be eligibte for a variety of discounts. Find out more today! Availability may vary by state. Policies issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company , COUNTRY Preferred Insurance Company- and COUNTRY Casualty Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL. Larry D Medaris LUTCF 316 S. Washington - Mt. Pulaski 792.-3778 )711-502H0 FINANCIAL www.countryflnanclaLcom June 30, 2011 Celebrate Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What'sthe solution? "7 Mt. Pulaski s 175th Anniverary July 1st Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only Through 4th hanks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski THE FARMERS B A N K or k, 792-5211 www.farm-bank.com Did You Know - Facebook has lost an esti- mated 6 Million users in America, over loss of privacy issues. Mt. Pulaski Times Social Security Administra- tion made $6.5 Billion in overpayments in 2009. A treasure hunter says he will start searching the ocean for Osama Bin Laden's body. American Express has unveiled a prepaid debit card. It'sa card that you can use by paying for it up front. Which is pretty much called "cash". 7