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The Mt. Pulaski Public Library would like say a Big Thank You to the following businesses, organizations, and individuals who made this year's Summer Reading Program possible. American Legion Auxiliary Bank of Chestnut Cross Bros. Mt. Pulaski Lions Club Downing, Przykopanski,Masonic Lodge #87 Clements, & May The Farmers Bank Mr. Pulaski Mary Stewart Education Association Mt. Pulaski Phyllis Bailey Women in Business Shawn Taylor of Logan Lanes Stahl's Furniture McDonald's Deron Powell Monicals Pizza State F rm Insurance Tomlinson Trust Our Teen Helper - Ashley Berry Lake Fork Fertilizer This year we had a total of 2,516 books read by the Pre-K-2nd Graders, and 60,839 pages read , by the 3rd Grade- and up All those who finished the reading program received a bag of goodies. Our top readers, who received Barnes and Noble gift cards, were,,, Feagan Wyss 3osie Kiper ,uthie & David Isaac & Owen ,uhl Pulliam -mma &Ethan Ashton & Madelyn 3uenestro Ehle .ylan Lindley Joseph & Keaton ,oemer Congratulations Read To Josh & Kylie Helton to all our readers, and thank you for making... The Rhythm Of The Jungle Beat A Big Success! Holmes --Turner Reunion The 92nd annual reunion of the William and Mary Turner Holmes descendants was held Sunday, 2 August at the North Park Pavilion in Mt. Pulaski. President Marty Holmes called the meeting to order. Secretary/Treasurer Vicky Vogt read the minutes and treasury's report. Officers for 2016 will be the same as this year. It was decided to hold the 2016 reunion at the North Park Pavilion. R. Lee Holmes and Greg Holmes will continue to be responsible for the arrangements. The oldest member attending was Charles "Chick" Holmes; the youngest was Randy Thompson, son of Michael Thompson Junior. One marriage, one birth, and eight deaths were reported. Tammy (Mrs. Kevin) Holmes gave the blessing and the potluck dinner was enjoyed by all who attended. Those attending were: Mart3, Holmes, Amy Holmes, Tracey and Leland Ball, Lincoln; R. Lee Holmes, Stan and Norma Snyder, Chestnut; Kevin and Tammy Holmes, Bloomington; John Marshall, Decatur; Richard Mar- shall, Taylorville; Richard and Dorothy Palmer, ForisteU, MO; Mike and Vicky Vogt, St. Charles, MO; Rick and Beverly Buck, DawsOn; Mike and Debbie Thompson, Buffalo; Michael and Randy Thompson, Riverton; Frank Thompson, Neff Thompson, Mike Noga, Kim, Blake and Ellie Grundler, Springfield; Charles "Chick" Holmes, Loren and Nancy Holmes, Karen Heaton, Greg and Tammy Holmes, Mt. Pulaski. FLORALS By Kathy...available at Salt Creek Attic. Arrested on Two Warrants By Mike Lakin Officer Todd Bauer arrested a city resident in the 500 block of North Belmont for failing to appear on driving while suspended charges. If he had an extra $200 some- where he was able to bond out of the jail. It's that simple. Now, if only it were that simple to clean up the mess it is about to cause you. Talk to your Pekin Insurance agent about Identity Fraud Protection Services before you become a victim. Downing, Przykopanski, Clements & May Insurance Agency, Inc t09 S. Lafayette. Mt. Pulaski President & CEO 6 By Mike Lakin When Mark Hughes retired as President & CEO of Inland Tool Company, Kirk Evans succeeded him. With such a change in a business that has been part of Mt. Pulaski since 1974, I had to meet Kirk. After the usual pleasantries, Kirk asked what I'd like to know. I said - first thing - so is it true you had some type of business flying tuna. Kirk replied, "How did you know about that?" As always, it was one of those things I'd heard. Fact is, when you hear something like that you have to get that story. Kirk grew up on Cape Cod - that's the Cape Cod in Massachusetts. His dad owned Arnold Bread on Cape . Cod. When his dad's health took a turn Kirk left school to run his dad's business- quite successfully. After o leaving the business, he moved to Florida. But before (n that, he fished for blue fin tuna. Kirk said in the beginning of the fish business, blue fin tuna was not a big consumer product. It sold, but it was more something used for bait than anything else. Then - over time - it started to sell and he wondered, "Who is buying these fish?" Come to find out this tuna was really popular in Japan. Money'was to be made. Not knowing where to start to market blue fin tuna in Japan, Kirk called the Japanese Embassy in New York. With the help of the embassy he was given a number of a company in Japan to call and met with a company rep in Boston. After some busi- ness arrangements were completed, the things took off. Eventually Kirk sold his tuna business and was off to Rodda. In Florida he started Creative Wood Works - a custom cabinet company that he sold after 18-years. It was during his time in Florida that he became acquainted with his wife of 18-years; who owned stock in Inland Tool. Kirk has beenon the Inland Board of Directors and very familiar with the company. When Mark Hughes retired, Kirk's wife asked him to step in to run the company. And he did. When asked how things are going, Kirk says he works with a great bunch of guys. By the way, the business is not for sale. Kirk has brought a successful business track record to Mt. Pulaski and you can see there will be plans for the future. The one thing people around here are aware of is that Inland Tool does business with Mitsubishi. And how did the Normal plant dosing go over for Inland Tool? Kirk said Mitsubishi represents about 7.5% of the manufacturing business for Inland Tool; just part of that basket of business for this local company. Kirk said there's a lot of planning for the future and I'd say this one-time fisherman from Cape Cod looks to be doing just fine in Mr. Pulaski. C ONAWAY HANVYMAN SERVICE LLC ] .... L'A Fully Insured >~ Painting >~ Small Repairs Other Handyman Jobs Larry L Conaway Jr 217-737-4133 615 S Spring St - Mt Pulaski