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tJ L/ tl IU LI Aq]|J@NIIItJhdS jI`j[Iti]IIIiIJiIjw@iIdgIHQ]]H1m]ItB`ll A|IIUPIiIgmdilll|tt qnim,ltRF]lj " ,  " July 16, 2011 Editor's Notebook By Mike Lakin & Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), after former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts, recalled that in 2005 he said Rod Blagojevich was the most corrupt Govemor in Illinois' history. I think Aaron and I were the only two people in the state saw the "Guy" for what he was. One thing about Illinois, we do not favor one political party over e.( , , e* another. We welcome crooked governors, whether Republican or Democrat. The School Board approved Superintendent Phil Shelton's contract for the 2011-2012 school year. Since Phil is retiring, the Illinois Association of School Boards will conduct a superintendent search for his replacement. A special board meeting was held July 13 to discuss the superintendent search. City is concerned over the heavy semi traffic on Vine Street. Mike Patridge says it's because the drivers know they cannot get under the railroad overpass on 121. While the trucks meet the height restriction, the trailers they pull are too long for the "geometry" of the roadway "dip". The overpass was built 70 years ago and was built m semi truck standards of that day. City is looking to see if the state will help buildup Vine to withstand the traffic. Dick Romer dropped the following ne  to the paper... "This past July 4th weekend on the hilltop might be the best L The,reunima was a.biasq flae parade was., great, the food was the best ever, and the social- izing with friends was outstanding. Thanks to everyone who made this wonderful celebration possible. I'm really proud to call Mr. Pulaski, my hometown." It looks like, the City of Mt. Pulaski will add minutes of their meetings to the city's website - cityofmtpulaski.com. The minutes will be posted after the council approves them. That would be a delay of about a month. When the idea of posting minutes was brought up, I suggested that the city could also post a copy of the bills the council paid. Got shot down on that suggestion. Copies of the bills that are paid can be reviewed at City Hall, but not on the city website. Concern is; it would just be a list of bills paid. No explanation for each one. That would generate a lot of questions. By the way, on June 26 the city's website expired. The renewal of the domain name has since been taken care of and the website is back in operation. An entrepreneur could have made a few bucks by buying the domain name during the time it was up for grabs and then reselling it to the city for a tidy profit. School Board accepted Linda Schilling's retirement letter at the end of this school year. School Board accepted Donna Dulle's letter of intent to retire at the end of the 2014 - 2015 school term. School district is still waiting on about $250,000 from the state of Illinois. Half is transportation money. The rest is education fund money. School Board has .been discussing leaving the Sangamon Conference. If the district leaves the Sangamon Conference, a letter has to be prepared by the August School Board meeting. Mt. Pulaski Times 3 18 Shooters Participated Old Time Rifle Shoot By Mike Lakin The air was soon filled with the smell of black powder Saturday afternoon (July 2). Several black powder enthusiasts were at the park for target competition. Fred Lipp organized the event as part of the Mt. Pulaski 175 th Celebration. Bob Lucas was shooting with his son, Larry. True father and son outing for a great afternoon. Joe and Josh Pharis participated. They were using rifles that had belonged to their grandfather. Both men did quite well. It was a period event worthy of a celebration of Mt. Pulas- ki's 1836 founding. Don Maxheimer opened the event. Don had a mini cannon that gave off a blast - well beyond its size. Don said Roy Montgomery had given him the cannon, a nifty piece. Fred Lipp sent in some details... There were 18 shooters. Five shooters came as fare away as Effingham. Prizes were awarded to the top 10 places. Freddy Lipp shot 14 out of 15 targets for first place. Note here - his dad - Fred - said he did not know what all the targets were. Second and third places went to the shooters from Erring- ham. They each hit 12 of 15 targets. The targets range in dis- tances from approximately 10 yds. to 30 yrds. There were quit a few people in the gallery. They enjoyed seeing the targets being hit. Some of the targets were: balloons, pig pang balls filled with carpenter's chalk (when hit it looked like an explosion), a snake's head, metal silhouettes and a playing card that had to be cut in haft. Some of the local people who participated were: Bob and Larry Lucas, Corey Leonard, Fred and Freddy Lipp, Josh and Joe Pharis, a roan'and his wife from Clinton - Don and Susie Hulvey. They both won prizes. Susie won a primitive lantern. Times Photos Youngsters had an opportunity to do a supervised tomahawk throw during the celebration. The young- sters were the willing participants. They just want the thrill of trying, while adults were more reserved. Times Photo Richard Schroth and - mom - Vivian were enjoy- ing a quiet moment during the Lincoln Presidential Museum Kick-off Reception. Richard was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Mom couldn't be prouder. Times Photo Dean Cates portrayed .an American Indian in his third Mt. Pulaski Celebration. His first and second appearances were in 1961 and 1986. Bob Gasaway Photo Lutheran High School in Springfield Informational Meeting There will be an informational meeting Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Zion Lutheran Church Mt. Pulaski, for students and parents want- ing to learn more about Lutheran High School, Springfield. For more information contact J. Schahl, 792-5955. AA Meeting Alcoholics Anony- mous meetings are every Thursday eve- ning, 6 to 7:30Pm in the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, Family Life Center, on Lafayette. Did You Know - Barnes & Noble says that e-books are outselling physical books by three to one. Are you driven by discounts? When you insure your vehicle with COUNTRY, you may be eligible for a variety of discounts. Find out more todayt Availabihty may vary by state. Polioies issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company  , COUNTRY Preferred Instlranoe Company and COUNTRY Casuatty Insurance Company  , Bloomington, IL Larry D. Medaris LUTCF 316 S. Washington - Mt. Pulaski 350 People attended the opening night of the Mt. Pulaski Celebration at the Lincoln Presidential Museum. Steve Hahn Photo 792-3778 07I-SD2HO FINANCIAL www.countryrlnanclal.com ST, JOHN'S LtrmERAN CHURCH "The Little Church That CouM" l 5:30PM Saturday Services 10AM Sunday Services 23 W. Cooke St. Mt. Pulaski 792-5502 Are you? 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