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Reminders MT. PULASKI TOWN- SHIP & ROAD DISTRICT meeting for August has been changed to August 24. 35 TM REUNION for the Mt. Pulaski High School Class of 1975 is Saturday August 28 at 7Pro at The Light Co. THE CITY ORDI- NANCE BOOK is now online at Clicking "Ordinances" on the left-hand side of the page can access it. MT. PULASKI RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES will meet at 7:30Pm Tuesday August 17 at Fire Station #1, 612 East Dekalb Street, ALCOHOLICS ANONY- MOUS meetings are every Thursday evening, 6 to 7:30Pm in the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, Family Life Center, on Lafayette. M'r. PULASKI 175TH CELEBRATION meetings are at the Mt. Pulaski VFW Hall. Third Saturday meeting 9Am August 21. Landscape Pickup SEPTEMBER 3 The City of Mt. Pulaski will remove landscape waste that has been placed within the area between the sidewalk and the edge Of the street If the weather is bad, we will pickup on the next day with good weather. To help us serve you better, we ask that that our residents please follow these guidelines: Have your landscape waste ready for pickup by 7Am on the above date. NEW REQUIREMENT... All small debris, grass, leaves, etc. must be in bags. Do not place any material in the street or on the side- walks. Place all material within 6' of the edge of pavement. DO not remove entire trees from your private property and place them for City pick up. If you hire a contractor to remove your trees, have your contractor haul the material to the Sewage Treatment Plant and place the material in the proper location. Questions?... contact.City Hall at 792-3222. By Scott Tate In a land perceived as lawless, and as the centerpiece in the world's current largest war zone, there exist places of sacred presence. Shrines, whose mere existences are in paradox to the daily conflict that surrounds them. Places who have survived generations of warfare spanning centuries. As mortals, we all face the inevitable. When the Grim Reaper comes to call he is indiscriminate regardless of race, creed, color or religion. Money can't stop him, nor can position or station in life. At the time this next stage of life occurs, cir- cumstances might even dictate that your final resting place is in a land far away from what you have known or the place you have called home. Borne not only from wars, one's calling in life sometimes leads to an un-chosen place of consecra- tion. Located in north Kabul, one such place is the old British Cemetery. Adjacent to an old building that once housed the headquarters of the Taliban's second in command, lays a Christian cemetery. In the dirt street barely held together with stone, children rifle through piles of garbage whose stench is offensive even 20 feet away. Non-descript perim- eter stonewalls and large black arched wooden doors conceal within the hal- lowed ground that lies within. In the 18oos the British invaded Afghanistan and constructed an encamp- ment. When this encampment was built over two centuries ago, it was far outside the city of Kabul. Time has changed this i former fort from a remote encampment to part of a barren city street adjacent to dilapidated storefronts and business struggling to endure. From the Afghan/ Anglo war, the British created this ceme- tery from a half built garrison as the final resting place for some of its members who didn't survive. Tombstones and stone Along The Silk Road carved monuments in the walls mark the passing of these British soldiers. Besides the soldiers, many expatri- ates lie at rest Here. Europeans from Germany, France and Poland are buried here, as are people from China, Canada and America. Many of the non-military who lost their lives here lost them to events unrelated to a war; such as failed health or to an auto accident. Some were here on a reli- gious mission or for journalism; while others were at this juncture only as a tourist. Many came alone, except for a married couple, never to return. Now all rest together. Until resurrection day, these Christians who are so different in all other ways will reside in this Muslim country in a land far from their homes forever bound together by the shared belief with which they died. The unforgiving reality of why this place exists with its stone grim remind- ers representing many different cultures from numerous walks of life is mini- mized by the serenity offered from the unexpected things found within its con- fined surroundings. Mature trees, rose bushes and tended green grass flourish in stark comparison to the barren ter- rain throughout the remainder of the city whose majority of large trees were felled by the Taliban during their invasion a decade ago. Consistent with many memorial gar- dens, this cemetery has its own caretaker, without which the tranquility offered by the flora here would be non-existent. Pruning of the many rose bushes or one of the almond trees would not transpire if not for the watchful eyes of the caretaker and his children. The small mud hut from which they work sits in the shade of a tree. A rusty metal birdcage houses a red beaked chuker that is used in fighting matches in the off work hours. The last caretaker passed away earlier this spring, a month prior to our visit. An Afghan named Ramillah traveled here over 30 years ago. He had brought his sheep here to graze and became the full time gravedigger and caretaker after the original man in this position, died. Ramillah spent the remainder of his life caring for those who died with beliefs much different than his own. Although he's gone now, Ramillah never really left. He's buried in the Muslim cemetery on the hill above where now his son and grandsons carry on the work he started, living now from British Embassy wages and not the sheep herd. The actions of Ramillah the patriarch shaped those of his offspring for genera- tions thereafter. Many of us never experienced the Great Depression. Indirectly it created impres- sions on us through our parents and grandparents whose lives were indelibly stamped by this economic downturn that created hardships that before now we could only imagine. The arrival of the Great Recession has awakened memories from the 193os in those who lived it. For those of us who didn't come into this world until the post' Depression years, it has put in perspec- tive those many examples grandma and grandpa tried to instill in us but made no sense to us during our immaturity. Facts are facts, but sometimes with- out the proper perspective they appear to have no significance or logical con- nection. The Great Recession is shap- ing all of us and, generations to follow. Whether we agree with it or not, the war in Afghanistan also has bearing upon our perception. They say perception is everything. Without investigating what was behind an old black arched wooden door, who would have ever believed that peace could exist and remain preserved for those of Christian faith in a war:torn Muslim country. =_ i State Bank of Lincoln donates $1oo,ooo to hospital campaign State Bank of Lincoln is the latest local business to donate to the Pre- serve the Mission Capital Campaign fund for the new campus of Abra- ham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. State Bank President Steve Augh- enbaugh calls the $1oo,ooo con- tribution a "fitting step for a locally owned, community bank." "It is important for us to support our community, and healthcare is of the utmost importance in any community," said Aughnbaugh, who also currently serves as chair- man of the ALMH board. He added, "Our employees, board members, and families have contributed a lot dation. Brown, a director for State this community means investing its of time and resources over the years Bank and former bank president, resources in local healthcare. Their to our local hospital and they are served as chairman of the ALMH willingness to make such a wonder- behind us in our decision to support Board of Directors during the time ful contribution demonstrates their this campaign." of ALMH's affiliation with Memorial commitment to this community and Two such community members Health System. our citizens." with ties to both ALMH and State "We are extremely grateful for the The new Abraham Lincoln Memo- Bank are Terry Brown and Gail Nun-. support of State Bank and many of rial Hospital is anticipated to open in nery. Nunnery is currently a Vice our other community businesses," spring 2o11, and the $5.5 million Pre- President and Trust Officer at State said Preserve the Mission Campaign serve the Mission Capital Campaign Bank, and serves on the board of the co-chair Bill Bates. "State Bank of is an ongoing effort to raise funds to Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foun- Lincoln recognizes that caring for aid in the transition. The new hos- pital is designed around three main ideals: patient safety, quality and convenience. This modern facility, replacing the 56-year-old current campus, will accommodate future , technological growth and ease the daily access of patients. State Bank of Lincoln is 'Lincoln's oldest bank,' having opened its doors on January 16, 19o4. Now over a cen- tury later, State Bank operates seven total branches, five of which are in Logan County, and reports $30o mil- lion dollars in total assets. .Within State Bank's mission state- ment is a pledge to "invest deposits back into the communitY,  and Augh- enbaugh stresses the many ways that this donation furthers that goal. "We are dedicated to giving back to our communities by generously con- tributing our .time, our knowledge, our skills and financial resources to support the things that make our communities better places to live and work. By supporting this campaign, we support the people we serve."