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Farm Futures Sees Acreage Increases The days of summer are dwindling for the year For Corn Soybeans & Wheat 2011. Summer activities High prices should lure increases for soybeans at 76.9 million, a 2.3% are being replaced by more land into production and wheat, increase. Farmers are those of fall. of major crops - Farm Farm Futures estimates gearing up to seed 42.4 Many are back in Futures surveyshows corn acreage could hit million winter wheat school and spending U.S. Farmers plan to 93.87 million in 2012, acres this fall, up 3.1%, their days according to increase production of up 1.7% from this year's with total wheat plantings those schedules. Others major crops in the coming total. If achieved, that of 58.63 million up 3.9%. are looking toward har- year, according to Farm would top the post-World Farm Futures surveyed vest and field work. Futures magazine's first War II record of 93.6 mil- almost 1,000 growers in Whatever your sched- survey of 2012 plant- lion setin2007. Andwith late July and August to ule or activity or errand ing intentions. Lured by corn prices still rising, the gather data on yields, may be, please do it with prices and profit potential, total could top 94 million acreage and naanagement a thought for safety for producers said they expect or more. practices, everyone. We all share to plant record corn Farm Futures pegged streets, and roads, and acres, along with strong 2012 soybean acreage sidewalks. M. Tait's Jus' Thinkin' We can become so focused on our own agenda that we forget to be aware of how, what we are doing, affects others. Drivers, bikers, walkers, all can make things better and safer for themselves and everyone else, with generous, courteous at- titudes and orderly, un- selfish behavior. Being in too much of a hurry can lead to selfish, careless, dangerous behavior. When it comes to after-school traffic, farm machinery and everyday traffic on road or side- walk, please be careful and. thoughtful. We will all benefit is what I am thinkin' ... Looking Back By me Lakin Summer 1941 - A most popular class at MPTHS was... Latin I. Second was Latin II. Lester Werntz (IWU grad) was hired as band director for Mt. Pulaski schools. Elizabeth Tuttle recalled as a child her family lived on a farm on the Mt. Pulaski - Postville Road. Lincoln would always stop at their farm when the prairie lawyer rode between the communities. She remembered he wore a long "duster" and straw hat and often read a book as he rode along. Tuttle also recalled hearing Stephen Douglas speak at a gathering in Lincoln after the town was founded. The oldest Mt. Pulaski merchant, Eugene Phirmey, retired. He was 85 and been in business since 1885. First Lady of Radio, Vaughn DeLeath visited Mr. & Mrs. Albert Lipp. An Illinois Central Railroad boxcar caused a fire alarm. When the fire department arrived they found there wasn't a fire. It was a huge swarm of gnats around the boxcar that did look like smoke. Gas rationing was being instituted across the county in effort to build up national fuel reserves in anticipation of the U.S. joining in the war in Europe. The Illinois Central Railroad announced it would be increasing the number of passenger cars on its passenger trains in response to fuel restrictions. The railroad also stated it would be adding passenger trains to its schedule to meet travel demands. Sept. 3, 2011 Summer 1951 - A corncob processing plant was to be built. It would employee ten people. Phoenix Volunteers were building a 1,000-gallon water wagon for the fire department. The Mt. Pulaski City Council created the Mt. Pulaski Zoning Commission. Enrollment for the 51-52 school term counted 177 students at the high school and 260 students at the grade school. Summer 1961 - Congressman William Springer announced a new post office would be built in Mt. Pulaski. Construction funds were part of President Kennedy's program to stimulate the economy. A combined 632 students were enrolled at Mt. Pulaski High School and Mt. Pulaski Grade School. Fifty-four students were enrolled at Zion Lutheran School. Summer 1971 - Larry Montgomery was elected President of the Mt. Pulaski Jaycees. I a Lt. Wade H. Schott earned his Naval Aviator Wings. A steel statue of St. Thomas Aquinas was St. Thomas Catholic Church. City Police Chief Lloyd Buckley reported writing 24 traffic tickets in August. There were two accidents and one assist for the Sheriff's Dept. C. L. "Buster" Frazier, 78, was recognized for 50-years of employment with the Illinois Central Railroad. Prairie Pedal- Riding for Restoration Save During Early Registration " :: Ride for restoration with Macon County Conservation Foundation's Prairie Pedal presented by Jerger Pediatric Dentistry and Cromwell Radio Group October 2. The ride will consist of 62, 40, and 20-mile options through quiet country roads. Participants can access the registrations forms or sign up online at www.maconcountyconserv Early registration rates end September 12, but riders can register up to and on the day of the ride. All proceeds will go towards restoration projects preserv- ing Macon County's air and water quality, natural areas, and wildlife. -"Prairie Pedal has received excellent reviews year after year and with the support of our sponsors and the com- munity, we are looking for- ward to another great ride." Macon County Conservation Foundation President Darrell Parish said. "This year we will have some new things to look forward to such as a 20 mile route and the opportunity for the riders to use QR Codes to enhance their experience before and during the race." Prairie Pedal will begin and end at the Rock Springs Con- servation Area in Decatur, IL. Starting times range from 7-9Am depending on the ride. "We will still be offering all the things our riders have loved in the past including a t-shirt designed by Millikin University art students, an after party with chili, well marked routes, and fully stocked rest stops," Parish said. The Early Bird Registra- tion fee is $25 and includes a water bottle, lunch, and t- shirt. Non-riders interested in attending the after party can attend for only $5. For more information about Prairie Pedal or how to sign up during the early regis- tration period visit the website or call 217-423-7708. Around the house - Steve Hahn snapped the photo of the squirrel on the roof of the sunroom. With so little rain, the tree dweller was licking up the mois- ture that had gathered between the glass and metal support. While cleaning up around the yard, Steve discovered this hollyhock grow- ing through a hole in the brick. Plants - usually weeds - seem to sprout oppor- tunistically. Satan ... utterly wicked and aban- doned... Just as people say. Satan, a sinner.., is but a sinner. But consider a moment other sinners - the prayers of Christians have saved them. Christians together offer imploring prayers that go up daily from their hearts. But, I ask, who prays for Satan? Who, in all of the centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needs it mosff This is the one sinner among us that Christians should know who has the highest and clearest right to every Christian's daily and nightly prayers, for the  plain and unassail- able reason that his was the first and greatest need, he being the supremest of sinners. Consider this, pray for the sinner Satan. When that prayer is answered, think of all the evil that will end. Mark Twain- 1835-1910 Did You Know - Disney stopped 20% of two year olds Johnny Depp "Lone are using smart- Ranger" movie produc- phones. tion due to estimated $200 Million budget. Mt. Pulaski Times A 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa sold for $16.4 Million, the most ever paid for a car at auc- tion. Steve Hahn captioned this... "The combines are out and the deer are run- ning..." But you just have to say hmm... doesn't that look familiar? Maybe think school trip or "staycation"? 15