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Bertoni 2011 birthdays and Prime numbers Mike, here's a tidbit. Phil Bertoni Prime Number Birthday Year: Michael Bertoni: 43 Chris Bertoni: 41 Tim Bertoni: 37 Year: 2011 All numbers above are prime (num- bers than can only be divisible by 1 and itseli. 2011 is also the sum of 11 CONSEC- UTIVE prime numbers : 2011 =157+ 163+167+173+179+181+191+193+19 7+ 199+211 Summer 1941 - Virgil Fletcher was hired on at the last minute as MPTHS coach to replace Leroy Halberg who took a coaching position at Mason City. Veterinarian C. M. Memman was treating the first case he'd ever seen. A local horse had come down with sleeping sickness. The horse was responding to treatment. Dr. Memman assured Looking Back By Mike Lakin everyone that people could not contract it. Enrollment for the new school term were: Latham High School had 61 students enrolled in all four-grades. MPTHS had an enrollment of 173 students in all four- grades. Summer 1951 - To furnish the new Muldoon Library, members of the Mt. Pulaski Library Club went door to door asking for donations. Obed Holmes was returning with hisrecipe for the Legion's Fall Festival chicken fry. Mt. Pulaski Methodist Church celebrated its centennial year. Perle Jo Myers was elected student council president.. Summer 1961 - The dedication of the newly completed St. Thomas Aquinas Church was set for Sunday, Sept. 13, 1961. John B. Franz, Bishop of Peoria, would preside. Centennial wooden nickels were still available at City Hall. The school district bus transportation budget, for the 61-62 school year, was $3,712. Summer 1971 - Residents were re- minded local mail could no longer be delivered with just "City" on the envelope. Postmaster Harry Van Hook said residents had to write out Mt. Pulaski and use the new zip code, 62548. Mt. Pulaski Grade School reached an over- crowded capacity. The School Board discussed bringing in portable classrooms. Book Review By Mike Lakin Once in a while I come across a book I can't put down until it's finished. This one "The Assassin's Accom- plice"- Mary Surratt and the plot to kill Abraham Lin- coln - is one of those books. Every three to four pages revealed something thatI did not know about. Be it the war, Mary Surratt, John Wilkes Booth, or the other conspirators. Mary Surratt was the first woman in the United States to be hung after being found guilty as a co-conspirato[ in Lincoln's assassination. In a short three months, Lincoln was assassinated; Surratt was arrested, tried, and hung for the crime. And ever since, there has been the controversy -should she have been executed. The book, by Kate Clifford Larson, is extremely well written. The informa- tion comes from the written reports of Washington D.C. Metropolitan police and Union military investigators, news- paper accounts, and trial transcripts. The person, Mary Surratt, is revealed to be an extremely well educated, suc- cessful businesswoman with strong southern leanings who oper- ated a successful spy - Con- federate communications network. Even before meeting John Wilkes Booth, she saw only one solution to insure southern victory - the death of Abraham Lincoln. While the author Kate Clif- ford Larson does not make this conclusion, but once I finished reading the book - I feel strongly that Mary Surratt was the guiding person in Lincoln's assas- sination. John Wilkes Booth? He was, after all, an actor and really not much of a planner. Mary Surratt? She was a plan- ner and could use people to accomplish what she wanted. Just to give you a sampling of what you will learn... The U.S. Park District does not own Mary Surratt's boarding house that still stands ha Washington D.C. It. It is not a museum. It is a Chi- nese restaurant. Fascinating. See what you conclude and add to your knowledge about this singular person and the history she helped create. The book is available at the Mt. Pulaski Library. Did You Know - Illinois says it can no longer afford to bury the indigent dead. Augtmt 20, 2011 There are many means to communicate, the majority of them involve words, and often they are written. Just like in this newspaper. Another way is through electronic mail or e-mail. I received one the other day that consisted of a quote. It was from Ben Stein. It said, " Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured...but not everyone must prove they are a citizen." Hmm, therein lies food for thought. How often are we called upon to prove whom we are, and that we are abiding by the laws of the place in "State Fair" In the last Mt. Pulaski Times, Mike had a column; "Looking Back" and it mentioned my name. In the summer of 1971 I baked Ruby's date-nut bars at the State Fair and received a score of 88 out of a possible 100. The judge told me I should have cut the dates and nuts smaller. My son told me that I should have told her they were date-nut bars, a date in one and a nut in the next. I didn't think of that. We were in Sullivan recently and saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat at the Little Theatre on the Square. We had seats on the first row, right behind the orchestra. Two Katie Oxby sent in her collection of August 13 hail compared to a quarter. M. Tait's Jus' Thinkin' which we find ourselves, at that given moment? Well, you might say, isn't that our responsibility, as members of this state or country? Isn't that what you expect from fellow members of the municipality, state, country, etc? Isn't that how things .work the best they can? Then ask, are things working the best they can, or are there legitimate ways they can be better, at all levels of government and culture? It is something on which to be thinkin'... Did You Know - U.S. video game sales dropped 26% in July, the worst month since 2006. Mt. Pulaski Times lorence's rner Mt Pulaski women came and sat beside us. We were surprised and pleased. The show was a musical and very enjoyable. On the Lighter Side- Two 90 year olds got married. When they retired on the" first night, he took her hand and they fell asleep contented. The next night, she took his hand tenderly until they fell asleep again. On the third evening, the bridegroom again turned to take his bride's hand in his, "Not tonight, dear," she whispered, "I have a headache." Food for Thought- Luke 18:17 Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. Soybean-fields, vehicles, campers, siding, and roofs were damaged by an extremely heavy "rain of hail" when a thunderstorm came through. The National Weather Service stated the hail was 2.5" in diameter. U.S. Military is set to launch a test plane that can fly from New York to L.A in 12 minutes. ': 11