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'  + | ' .llllliJl .... IJJ.!llilllllllllllllillllilllll!.'ll+lllll;lllllllLl!lliilillll lllll 175th Celebration Edition 'limes+is+ July 16, 2011 "It's old news, but there "s nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 WCOTA C-12/31/11 SHELTON WA 98584-2263 / " 0 Tom Martin - Chairman of the Mt. Pulaski 175 t Celebration Committee - and Bill Cavestani - Committee Member - were hanging a banner at Lafayette & Cooke shortly before the celebration. Allen Schaal Photo Night at the Museum By Mike Lakin The 175 m Celebration kick-off was the June 30 evening at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. It was a warm evening, but it was nice and cool inside. As an aside, you have to wonder what the museum's utility bill must be. Even in a sports coat and tie, it was more than comfortable. That utility bill will keep popping in my head for a few days. Tom Martin, Todd Cyrulik, and the committee +were right. A kick-off at the museum gave people a chance to see exhibits, talk with museum volunteers, and just enjoy all the museum offers for a few hours. It was a perfect tie - in with Mt. Pulaski's 175 m Celebration. Times Photos 175th Talent Show Emily Fieldefi - played the piano and sang ("This is My Father's World"). Daniel Siebert and Drew Dyer (AKA the "All Star Boys") rapped and danced an original rap about the his- tory of Mt. Puaski. This was posted on the Mt. Pulaski Community Pride Facebook page and on YouTube if anyone wants to hear (and see the last dancing part). Daniel and Drew won the talent show judged by "audience acclaim". Bill from the Fairchild - sang and danced a number Samantha McCarty and Julia Beccue - sang Taylor Swifi's "Love Story". McKena McClellan sang a song from Shrek - "Hal- lelujah". The Lyrics for the Rap My name is Daniel, and this is Drew - 2 fun-sized rappers 'bout to educate you! Mt. Pulaski's growin' old, with a storied past. One hundered, seventy-five.., time's going fast! We're just a small town - here in Illinois. Here's the story - told by the All Star Boys! Dr. S, one day, was riding around. when along his path was a great big mound. He told his friend, Capps, what he had found So Capps, Turley, Robinson -right here began a town Now, to pick a name - one noble indeed... Casimir Pulaski- commander of the steed. Mount Pulaski grew slowly as families moved in and since 1836, it's always been. Fast forward ahead, a courthouse was made Where in 1849 ... Abe Lincoln stayed It's only a mound, but to us it's so much more It's top of the world - nothing less and so much more! It's only a mound, but to us it's so much more It's top of the world - nothing less and so much more! Here Abe practiced law, a man who did his part. a man who changed the world, and here he got his start. The years kept on rolling, Pulaski grew strong, More families moved in - to this city they belonged. Jump ahead once more to a train and a plane. a race which again brought Pulaski some fame. The Wright's plane landed here in 1910, Then heading to Springfield to claim the win. 1936 our courthouse showed its might, as it was made a state historic site. So here in Mt. Pulaski. we're filled with pride, As our towns impact reaches world-wide. It's 0nly a mound, but to us it's so much more It's top of the world - nothing less and so much more! It's only a mound, but to us it's so much more It's top of the world - nothing less and so much more, W Information Provided By - Rob Siebert Times Photo What is this [] gentleman studying? Answer is... it will be a reminder of the 175th for many years to come. See m_ inside. Times Photo _:.-. _.+.._ Dear Citizens of Mt. Pulaski: My sincere thank-you for the hospitality that was extended to me during my visit to me,'while I was in Mt. Pulaski during the 175th Anniversary celebration. It was an honor to be there, especially to be able to represent my great-great grandfather, Jabez Capps, for the award that he received along with the other co- founders of Mt. Pulaski. This was my second visit to Mt. Pulaski in the past two years, and again I was overwhelmed with the friendliness and community spirit that abounds in your community. There are too many people to thank for all that you did to make this such a special trip for me -- all the way from Portland, Oregon! But I do want to single out one individual who went way 'beyond the call of duty' to make me feel at home. Phil Bertoni was the first person I 'met' in Mt. Pulaski, two years ago, via a telephone call to the Mt Pulaski Museum. Phil encouraged me to come back for a visit then, and I'm so glad he did! By doing so, I have recaptured a huge piece of history for our family -- knowing now what I do about the Capps' family growing up in Mt. Pulaski. Phil has continued to be my 'Mt. Pulaski Guardian' - always advising me on what to do and where to go! Upon returning home, I have been busy telling other family members about my visit, and telling them that they definitely need to go to Mt. Pulaski so they can .xperience it for themselves! And, needless to say, I am anxiously awaiting my xt opportunity to re-visit Mt. Pulaski. Thank you! Sincerely, Roger Capps 3teat-Great Grandson of Jabez Capps Tom Martin was honored by his fellow 175 m Committee Members with a surprise plaque. The plaque was presented at the Mt. Pulaski fireworks the 4 m of July. Doug Haffner, one of the Wall Dogs that painted the fantastic mural of the "Great Race", created the plaque. Judy Cavestani said a youngster almost gave the surprise away. When Tom was in the "Souvenir Shop" the youngster saw the plaque and started to pull it out from under a table, but an end run by Judy stopped him. The plaque states - "Presented To Tom Martin in gratitude and appreciation for your outstanding efforts, dedication and commitment to our community leading up to and during the Mt. Pulaski 175th Anniversary." : Times Photo There vas more music - and a variety of music - than yo could shake a stick at. Mt. Pulaski Com- munity Brid. Bob Gasaway Photo 176 Keys Dueling Pianos got people out of the chairs and dancing to all kinds of music. Even the terminally shy were on their feet and dancing. Times Photo Everything was "decorated" for the 175th... even this golf cart. Times Photo '+, t , I I I PI , ++ +1++'tI!MI-iIiiiI1 il++!i+,(l'7+li/+711rl'  1 L 7" 7 i'+Ii 7/ " 7 ; ; . LI {l  ! ": I' +;li77]i"!t il;l!l]lTlUli[llillill++lltiti'l} I + .-