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Not Here August 10 & 17 The HOPE mobile will not be in Chestnut or Mt. Pulaski Tuesday, August 10, or Tuesday, August 17. Staff will be doing school/sports physicals (by appointment only} at the LCDPH these days. For an appointment call Kristi at 732-5066. Meeting Changed Mt. Pulaski Town- ship and Road District meeting for August has been changed to 24" of August. Help Control Mosquitoes Help eliminate breed- ing sites on your own property... Around the home, natu- ral tree holes and man- made objects such as bird baths, boats, canoes, dis- carded tires, water barrels, c.0gged gutters, and plant 15s collect rainwater and allow mosquitoes to breed in your own backyard. Also - clean debris from drainage ditches. Stagnant water in unused swimming pools becomes an ideal breed- ing site. You can help reduce mosquito populations by eliminating or properly maintaining these problem spots. Thank You- City of Mt. Pulaski Reminders MT. PULASKI 175TH CELEBRATION meetings are at the Mt. Pulaski VFW Hall. First Saturday meet- ingin August is August 7 at 9Am. Third Saturday meeting 9Am August 21. 35 TM REUNION for the Mt. Pulaski High School Class of 1975 is Saturday August 28 at 7Pm at The Light Co. THE CITY ORDINANCE BOOK is now online at www.cityofmtpulaski.com. Clicking "Ordinances" on the left-hand side of the page can access it. COUNTY OEICA5 AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY meets at 6:30 Monday August 16 at 114 North Chicago St., Lincoln. Pre- sentation "Germany Trip" by John Durdle from Taze- well Genealogical Society. Public Welcome. MT. PUZASKI RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES will meet at 7:30Pro Tuesday Auzust 17 at Fire Station #1, 612 East Dekalb Street. AZOHOL/CS ANONY- MOUS meetings are every Thursday evening, 6 to 7: 30Pm in the Mr. Pulaski Christian Church, Family Life Center, on Lafayette. Pul ki Ti Mt as mes ,125 "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain g  Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year August 2, 20 10 the County Board can choose to increase the tax between 1/4%-1% or not imple- ment the tax at all. The district is still waiting on state funds. The state owes $161,000 in the education fund and $202,000 in the transportation fund. He said mandated funds would be paid at about 75% of the total. He thought that we would probably get $100,000 less in state aid money next year. Superintendent Shelton expressed his appreciationto the staff for work- ing through the last budget year. He acknowledged their cooperation with all of the budget cuts and adjustments. Replacement of the server at the high school is necessary. A quote of $5379.66 has been received from QNS services. Superintendent Shelton said the district would wait until funds are available from the Rural Education Achievement Pro- gram. The board approved replacement of the server. Superintendent Shelton said the dis- trict uses about 18,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year. The previous contract was for $2.45 and the new contract is for $2.57. The board approved a six-month advance purchase of 8,000 gaUons of diesel fuel for $2.57 from Ag-Land F.S. Vice President Mike Toohey presided. President David Meister was absent due to the death of his father, G. Loren Meis- ter. The board expressed condolences to President Meister and his family on the passing of his father. Superintendent Shelton gave a report on the Health Life Safety work to be done on the fire replacement doors around the stage and in the hallways. Estimated cost was between $30,000 and $40,000. The low bid came from Jones & Sullivan in Decatur at $36,300. The board approved the bid. Superintendent Shelton said carpet replacement at the grade school the work was completed and looks good. He wanted to thank the custodians and the summer workers for removing the old carpet and putting it in the dumpster. This saved the district over $3,000 in carpet removal costs. Mike Toohey encouraged people to still sign up for State Fair trams. Several slots axe still open. Background checks needed to be filled out as soon as possible if they were going to work on the tram. Superintendent Shelton attended a Sangamon County Board Sangamon County school facility sales tax meeting where the tax was discussed. He said even if the question is put on the ballot PASE News PASE (People Acting for Students and Education) Organization of MPGS raises money in an effort to help provide teach- ers and students with needed supplies and resources to enhance the learning environment. The PASE board meets on a monthly basis and is continually looking for new mem- bers (parents, grandparents, & commu- nity members) to help with ideas and activities to aid us in our efforts. The first PASE meeting is set for September 13 at 6 in the grade school library. We welcome new faces. In preparation for the new school year, our organization would like to invite community members to help us "shower" classrooms with supplies for the upcoming school year. We believe that students have a better opportunity to achieve if they have all of the essential tools required for learning. Additionally, there are supplies that come in handy around the classroom for the use of all students. If you would like to make a supply donation, a box is located just inside the first set of doors at the grade school. Suggested supplies include: No. 2 pencils, tissues, disinfecting wipes, small latex-free bandages, glue sticks, crayons, markers, tape, lined paper, construction paper, germ-x, rulers, etc... If you are interested in getting involved with PASE before our first meeting, you can stay up to date by visiting our webpage. Information .about the BOX TOPS for education program, online shopping, and meeting dates at www.mtpulaski.k12.il.us/mpgs and click on PASE on the left Side of the screen. Submitted by - Heather Fricke, PASE Member hifricke@frontiernet.net T 1 lr 1 Strike Up The Band Mt. Pulaski's Community Band will present a concert under the direction of Harry Hild Wednesday, August 11 at 7Pm at the new bandstand on Mt. Pulaski's  shaded square. Bring a chair and enjoy the concert. Mariah Henderson to Perform at VLC Vonderlieth Living Center of Mt. Pulaski will be hosting teen singer, Mariah Henderson, at the facility Wednesday August I I at 6:30 in the living room. Mariah is a sixteen year old girl who is a native of Decatur and has been performing for 14 years. She has appeared at the Bement Country Opry (every Friday night); Pigeon Forge, TN's National North America County Music Association where she earned awards in 2005 and 2006; Branson Idol in Branson, MO; and Los Angeles, CA. Please join us for this special event! I00 Plus 2,136 During the Mt. Pulaski Library Summer Reading th-o- gram, 100 children signed up this year, reading a total of 2,136 books. All those who completed the six weeks received a bag of goodies. In addition, our three top readers: Carissa BrocaiUe ( 101 books read) Ruthie Ruhl (96 books read) KyUe Smith {Read-To-Me 153 books) received a Barnes & Noble gift certificate. Attended Summer Camp for School Librarians Kathy Miller, Mt. Pulaski District Librarian and MPHS librarian joined more than fifty other school librarians July 13 at Summer Camp for School Librarians. This daylong continuing education event was spon- sored by Rolling Prairie Library System in Deca- tur, Illinois and provided opportunities to build skills and knowledge" as well as network with other Central Illinois school librarians. Summer Camp sessions included teaching research skills, using technology to enhance student projects and library curriculum, promoting internet safety, weeding library collec- tions, utilizing the new Horizon Collection Age Report, and discussing Illinois Young Readers' Choice Awards. Attendees will use knowledge gained in these sessions to pro- vide even better service to students when school starts in August. Rolling Prairie Library System Director Bev Obert says, "School librarians provide direct instruc- tion to students and cOntribute_ to improved student achievement. We are pleased to offer this summer workshop to these dedicated librarians." Kathy has also recently received a letter inform- ing her that MPHS has received one of the grarlts she wrote this past year. The high school has been selected as one of the 40 libraries in Illinois to receive a set of the Abra- ham Lincoln High School Books from the 2010-2011 ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund. {Illinois School Library Media Associa- tion and the Library Book Selection Service.} From this list, the Abra- ham Lincoln Award is awarded annually to tlm author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating students in grades nine through twelve in Illinois. This award is named for Abraham Lin- coln, one of Illinois' most famous residents and himself an avid reader and noted author: The award is designed to encourage high school students to read for personal satisfac- tion and become familiar with authors of young adult books. There were 22 books chosen this year to be on the vo'ting list including such books as HungEr Games by Suzanne Col- lins, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Wake by Lisa McMann, and Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Any MPHS student who wishes to - will have the opportunity to read, vote, and submit results of this new list to ISLMA - stop by the library and see Mrs. Miller for details! To be eligible to vote, a student must have read or listened to at least five books on the Master List, and each student will vote for his or her favorite book from the nominees. MT. PULASKI TIMES DEADLINE for articles is Friday Aug. 13 for Aug. 17 Issue. Articles submitted at dead- line may be held over due to space available. -" ]l ,TllrllllIllila "1 "Ulllllll