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Topper Red Hatters... on the go A small group of Topper Red Hatters put their "OTR" driv- ing experiences to the test on Tuesday, August 16th, as they "laid rubber" en-route to Ted's Garage in Clinton, Ilk for their August luncheon-meeting. Since Ted's in former days was a working auto garage, its remodeled appearance reflects its prior usage. Autos from past eras are shown on large post- ers that bring happy memories of former days They even use shop cloths to reflect Ted's theme that are placed along silver service as napkins, a very neat place to dine. Ted's features a daily menu for e.ach week. Tuesday's spe- cialty happened to be home- made chicken and noodles, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. Believe me, there was no skimping on the chicken either! Several tried their homemade bread pudding for dessert and : certainly liked it. There are other menu items to enjoy as well. All in all, it was a very nice, clean, efficiently run restaurant. We enjoyed their private dining room that sepa- rated us somewhat from the other diners who, at times, are quite noisy in the main dining room over the noon hour. From 1Pro on, most of the noise disappeared. I understand they have a great barbecue rib nite on Fridays. Co-tiostesses, Pat and Shir- ley, distributed favors for school kids who are preparing to begin classes soon Each favor had ten pencils, brightly colored rubber bands, and a lollipop. Most were giving them to neighbor- hood kids, or grandkids, etc., to start school with. Allowing for a short visit- ing time with one another, the meeting adjourned at 2. With batteries fully recharged and refueled, and after a great tune up, we returned home with another unusRal dining experience "under our belts" (literally!) September luncheon-meeting will be held at LaTeaDa Tea- room in Clinton, at lp Tuesday, September 20. Hostess is Patsy Garlits. Please call her at 792- 5816 before Sunday, Septem- ber 18, in order to assure that an accurate number of reserva- tions may be made. Come join in on the fun and laughter. If anybody needs a ride, let Patsy know. Thanks. Submitted by Pat Straumann From the Department of "Uh-Oh" Did You Know - California has fallen to 50th place in new business cre- ation. Sept. 3, 2011 More than three-quarters of Illinois high school gradu- ates aren't completely ready for college, based on their ACT scores, state results of the college-admission test. Only 23 percent of Illinois' 2011 high school graduating class -- public and private -- met college readiness standards in aU four ACT subjects tested: English, read- ing, math and science. The biggest drag on pre- paredness, data showed, was college-readiness in science. There, only 28 percent of the 2011 Illinois graduating class scored high enough to predict they will probably land a C or better in the typical col- lege freshmen science course in biology, the ACT report indicated. Mt. Pulaski Times ]Construc00n & 00en00delin00 I_ocally Owned / Fully Insured [ Kevin Hild 217-671-0200 5