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Watch Those Piles By Mike Lakin Public Works Director Mike Patridge said some homeowners are setting out "enormous piles" of landscape waste on the boulevards. Now, enormous might be hard to define. Mike said his definition of enor- mous is a pile of brush beyond a pickup load. Most people can picture a pickup truck load. If you still haven't figured it out, I'U put it this way; if you pile it at the street and you think to yourself, "I wonder if the city'll pick it up" then you have an enormous pile. Before you start conniving your thoughts, you cannot line up six separate pickup loads and meet the city require- ment. City doesn't go by such monkey- shines. When the city talks pickup load, that's the load from the entire property. Mike said the city would haul off that pickup load of brush. What the city leaves behind is your part. Once the city has hauled off what they will, homeowners will have to arrange to haul the rest off. The rest of that brush can be hauled to the City Sewage Treat- ment Plant. Place the brush in the proper location. If you have a question about city brush pickup, don't ask your neighbor or brother-in-law. Really.. when was the last time those two were right? To get the down and dirty on brush pickup in Mt. Pulaski call City Hall 792-3222. Plumbing - Heating - Cooling Backhoe Service- Septic Systems IL LIC eI-147SH September 5 Hours Are 11 to 8 prr September 15 Lunch Delivery on the Farm... Order by 10 A.M. Call 671-6353 Minimum... General Contracting - Professional Service. - Home Town Commitment - Licensed - Fully Insured & Bonded Ray lnman 454-3090 License # 104 - 008527 6 Mike Haley Benefit To benefit Mike Haley, a 5k 'Hike 4 Mike' walk/run Sat. Sept. 17. Money raised from this event will be given to Mike and his family. The race will be held at Clinton Assembly of God, 801 S. Mulberry St. Registration is $10 and begins at 8Am. The race starts at 9Am following a bal- loon launch. There will also be a 50/50 drawing held. If you have any questions, feel free to call Lisa Wilham 217-737- 1260 or Marcy Wilham 871-5375. Mike grew up in the Chestnut area and now resides in Girard. Mike was diagnosed last year with rectal cancer. He has undergone radiation, surgery to remove the cancer. The surgery was followed by chemotherapy. Recently, he was diagnosed with rectal cancer again. He is now taking radiation treatments (a total of 10). Mike is a self-employed painting contractor and is not able to work much. Donations can be mailed to: Bank of Chestnut / C/O Mike Haley Benefit Fund / P O Box 80 / Chestnut IL 62518 Are we too small to do this? A growing number of Chicago "burbs", such as Oak Park and Oak Brook, are dumping Commonwealth Edison Co. and signing money-saving electricity deals with alternative suppli- ers. The local governments are doing this on behalf of their residents and small businesses; North Aurora knocked 26% off ComEd's price of electricity in a two- year contract, with Integrys Energy Services. Smaller suburbs have signed contracts kiaocking at least 25% off of residents' electric bills. As much as 20% of ComEd's cus- tomers could move to altemative sup- pliers through municipal contracting, said Mark Pruitt, executive director of the Illinois Power Agency, which buys electricity on behalf of the state's utility customers. Chestnut EMS Soup Supper Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Chestnut Firehouse. Serving Chili, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hot Dogs ($1), drink & dessert. Open donations. Nst00 Sta00 By Mike Lakin The Saturday August 13 hailstorm did quite a bit of damage in this part of the county. Hailstones in Elkhart area measured 1.5". Hail- stones in Latham area mea- sured 1.5". Hailstones in Mt. Pulaski area measured 2.5". From area insurance agencies we have the following statistics... Vehicle claims 290. Residential claims 360. Up to 15,000 acres of farm- land was within the hail area. Total damages will not be known for a time, but esti- mated damages have climbed to the 7-figures as of this pub- lication. Photo - Katie Oxby sent in her collection of August 13 hail compared to a quarter. Editor's Notebook By Mike Lakin Local resident reported someone called, asking for credit card numbers. Our resident made up a number and, sur- prise, the number "matched" some imaginary list, and she won $1 million. Scamer would deduct a $200 fee and send the winnings. Resident said just'wait until they try to match up those bogus num- bers. What fun/ A poll says Congressional approval has fallen to an all time low of 12%. Who would have thought that 12% of Americans were millionaires? By Mike Lakin Tuesday, September 11, 2001 started out as most other days. I, like most people at work, first became aware of some- thing happening in New York when regular radio broadcasts were inter- rupted with a bulletin. At first all that was reported was that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers. Personally, at first, I had in my mind that a small plane had somehow struck the building. Not much thought was given to terrorism "way back then". Everything changed as two or three brief bulletins 9/fl gave way to suspended programming and we learned of the enormity of what was happening. People that could, saw history happen on TV that day. The towers were attacked. A plane crashed in Pennsylvania. A plane attacked the Pentagon. About 3Pm that after- noon Bill Glaze called me. Bill was Mayor at the time and he wanted to talk to me. That Tuesday was a regular-scheduled City Council meeting night. He said he had been giving some thought about the meeting. Bill said he wanted to go ahead and meet. He had just heard a brief statement made by President Bush. The President called on every- one to carry on. That night we met at City Hall. There was the one obvious topic of con- versation. After roll was taken - all elected officials were present - Bill Glaze stood up. He spoke of the events of thg day and then turned to the Flag and started reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone immediately stood and joined him. And, that is why, the Pledge Allegiance has been recited at each and every voting meeting of the City Council since Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Did You Know -An unmanned military plane, the fastest ever built crashed into the Pacific Ocean after reaching a speed of Mach 10 or 13,000 mph. "The Little Church 7hat Could" 5:3OPM Saturday Services lOAM Sunday Services ' 223 W. Cooke St. Mt. Pulaski 792-5502 Mt. Pulaski Times New Items Dairy Bar's B.L.D. Burger Strawberry Shortcakes Fried Green Tomatoes Mount Rib Sandwich Brownie Sundae Crab Ragoons Fall Cobblers Fried Pickles Snow Cones River Chips Egg Rolls AND MORE! Sept. 3, 2011