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By Mike Lakin Change is in the air at the Lincoln P &amp; M Com- munication's store. P & M says a number of weeks ago they lost their contract to market Verizon Wireless cellular service. Owner Bob Metz says it caught him by surprised. "Our activation numbers Changes Coming to P & M have been low recently, notably because of the economy. We were given a quota number of acti- vations to reach and we could not meet it. We have carried Verizon, formerly Amefitech Mobile, since it became available in Logan County over 15 years ago. Over the years, we have tctivated thousands of phones." P & M spent the past several weeks looking at an alternative. Bob Metz says, "Over the recent years a larger number of custom- P & M introduced their new line of Samsung appliance at the Logan County Fair. ers have shown the desire to activate "pre-pald" phones. So we reached out to a good ,number of pre-pay companies and they settled on "PageNet" Cellular. What we found attractive with PageNet is that they use established Carrier's towers and net- work, so they have solid wireless service in this area. What is also nice about PageNet is custom- ers can get service for as little as $29.95 a month with pre-paid minutes and those minutes are - good All that the note attached to the photos said was that Mt. Pulaski was turnir.g out. But what it was turning out for was unknown. But a of people were climbing [ for 120 days with no ddly fees. This is rare to ind in the cellular industry. They also offer "unlimited" Talk 8 Text for $44.95i No other Carrier has sucl 7 an offer for consumers. Tlese offers made the decisiop to sign up with PageNet qpite easy." I The biggest change at P & M is a major diversiOca- tion. P & M has marketed Samsung TVs for several years. Samsung cam in a few weeks to see if F & M would be interestec in marketing their appliance line to increase their pres- ence in this area. "rhis "is" a change for us', Bob Metz said, "We inkei a deal' with Samsung." The full line of Samsung a[ pli- ances, arrive in Lin<:oln around August 15. Thi is a new venture for P & } . aboard the IC passsenger train at the Mt. Pulaski Depot. And it was far enough to go that folks only drove to the depot. Rev. Joel Cluver with his wife, Karen and one of his daughters, Mary Wuethrich. Recently Rev. Joel Cluver celebrated his 35 th anni- versary of his Ordination into Ministry. Zion Lutheran Church, Mt. Pulaski hosted a reception in his honor Sunday, July 18. Rev. Joel Cluver has served Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS)churches in Sullivan, Flint, Michigan, and Forsyth. He is currently the Cen- tral Illinois District LCMS Executive for Evangelism & Missions. Rev. Cluver and his wife reside in Latham. Allen Schaal Photo Jus' Thinkin' We find ourselves in the middle of the summer season. It is often referred to as vacation time. It is true itasier to travel with- out checking the forecast for snow or ice, but great thunderstorms can give one trouble also. You just can't pinpoint where or when they will pop up. All that aside, summer does present opportunities unique to the season. For those who enjoy. the uniqueness of winter we can discuss it at another time. What I was mulling over was how this time of year was romanticized in song as the "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer", and in reality it is anything but. It doesn't really feel like there is anytime of year where things slow down. I hope we make the choice, in the face of the pressures of everyday life. to dedicate tizne to catching a breath. Devote a little time to healthy self-care. It is good for you. and those around you. Maybe it will give you some time to do some thinking'. I will leave this quote for your consideration... Tol- erance is the virtue of a man without convictions - Gilbert Keith Chesterton M. Tait We really have the nicest buddy, D.R. Mack, our Shelty. We take him in the car with us, unless the temperature outside is 70. He barks a lot when he knows he's going. If we tell him it's too F| hot, he pouts and goes and lies orences on Ron's bed. He loves treats and gets them often. We don't feed him table Gr scraps, but he sure watches us ner when we eat, hoping we will drop some food his way. He's afraid of noise, like a door slamming or the generator run- ning on Sunday evenings. He likes the front porch and barks as dogs go by, although they never bark back. He is a peach of a dog and good company. On the Lighter Side - Have you heard about the windy woman who ate a baloney sandwich? A piece o baloney fell and was immediately pounced on by a robin. It was early morning and the robin began to sing, thus losing the baloney. That's the end of the story except the moral. Never open your mouth when you're full of baloney. Foodfr Thought - Psalm 118:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever. POliceReport . By Mike Lakin CHIEF LYNN FREER ran a routine computer check on a maroon Mercury. The registered owner was quite popular. Coles County and Moultrie County wanted him. Motoring only with an Illinois ID card and no insurance, he found additional problems. Arrested and , ............... off to jail concluded his summer morning motoring. mmm| - , I L !I- illii.II, - --- i - a -,