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Shopping Local.* Submitted by Doug Johnson of. Johnson True Value Hardware (JTVH) I became a part of the local Mt Pulaski economy in 1996, and I am ve aware of the positive effect of loyal custom- ers on my business and how shopping locally affects the local community in general. Even though we wave the True Value flag, we are a privately owned, independently operated small business; totally dependent on the patronage of the customers we see everyday. There are no corporate deep pockets here. Every day of the week a hundred or so local residents, and a few visitors, do business at Johnson True Value Hard- ware. Those purchases generate dollars that go directly back into the Mt Pulaski economy in the form of paychecks that flow directly into the local economy, local services bought by YFVH, and property and sales tax money for schools, parks, police, libraries, firefighters, roads and the like. On any given day, many local resi- dents also shop in Springfield, Decatur, Lincoln, Clinton, Bloomington and a hundred other places on their way to and from work, to shopping centers, to doctors or to visit neighbors and friends out of town. A lot of money leaves Mt. Pulaski daily that supports the economy of other communities. Several things happen when you shop at locally owned, independent busi- nesses. It is estimated that of every $100 dollars spent with a locally owned busi- ness as opposed to a big national chain, that $68 dollars will remain inside the community. If you spend with a national chain only $43 dollars stays in town. And if you spend in another town.., you guessed it! Zero goes to support the Mt Pulaski population! A local economy expert and former JTVH employee Dar- rell Knauer always told me "A dollar will change hands about 7 times before it may leave town, but if you spend it out of town, its changes hands only once before it is gone forever." By spending your hard earned dollars in Mt Pulaski you support local jobs. Smaller local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our com- munity, provide most of the jobs to Mt. Pulaski residents. Payroll is one of the largest expenses for any employer. The more you spend in town, the more our employees can put back into the local economy too. You will also conserve fuel $$ and are kinder to the environment by not driving 30-60 miles round trip to leave your dollars in another community. Some research shows that home values are better in communities that have a. strong local business climate. Tax dol- lars are generated that go right back to work in Mt Pulaski[ Your local business owners are personally invested in the long-term success of the community; we are dependent on each other. Local busi- ness folks always contribute generously to local schools, charities and churches. In fact non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more from small busi- ness owners than they do from larger businesses.Small businesses are commit- ted to your satisfaction and are passion- Oct. 18, 2011 ate about what they do. They are willing to take the time to get to know you and your needs. Your local stores have con- venient parking and local employees that know you and really want to help you get what you need. By spending in town your support helps local businesses grow and in turn put even more dollars back into the local economy. When you go to the "big box" store in the next town, you will have to park a quarter mile from the door and then walk another quarter mile to find some- one who may or may not even know, or even care where anything is in the store. In town, we have curbside parking and I can tell you that at least two businesses including JTVH have curbside service if you need it! Invest in the local community every time you shop! The old saying "use it or lose it" applies equally to local shops and businesses such as grocery stores, hard- ware stores, or gas stations just as well as it does to schools, libraries, churches, banks, parks, museums, restaurants, doc- tors, and mechanics. I strongly encourage you to consider the unintended consequence of shop- ping out of town and consider the strong local benefit of making your first choice shopping local right here in Mt. Pulaski whenever possible. The Kenney Festival of Trees takes place each November, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Heritage Associa- tion members will once again set up their extensive collection of 1950s vintage aluminum trees. Interested persons can participate by completing an application form, available from Darla Cutright " at 217-944-2473. Applications must be received by November 14. There is no fee. The tree dis- plays will be open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 18-20. BRAND NEW Warehouse Overstocks 30-60% Off Retail Living Room Bedroom Did You Know - Prescription drug abuse by Medicare recipients costs $150 Million a year Google Earth has reached its one billionth down- load. CUT OUT AND SAVE Watermains Flushing Program The Mt. Pulaski Water Department will be flushing the watermains on the following dates: weather permitting! Wednesday, October 19 & Thursday, October 20 We will be flushing the system in the evening, from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. The watermains flushing will cause the water to become cloudy. The water is safe to drink. The cloudiness will last approximately I day after each flushing. Laundry should be scheduled accordingly. Should you have any questions, please call City Hall at 792-3222. Thank you, Mt. Pulaski Water Department CUT OUT AND SAVE Those 50+ Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment Ask about our MOVE-IN Special/ Indoor storage units available! RT. 121 & Main St. Latham 217- 433-7099 wagon w/iron spoke wheels; 16' car trailer (2009) like new-All 3 for $6,950 or car trailer $1,850 - 732-6071 FOR SALE - $700 Jeyco Pop Up 1976 Camper, sleeps 8, stove, fumace, sink, refrigerator, new fires, 791-3712 Mattress Sets Limited Quantities Can Deliver Springfield 217-361-1357 TOTAL QUALITY MERCHANDISE FOR SALE - $27,000, 2 BDRM loft, 2 car garage, Hartsburg, 217-737-2056 FOR SALE - $3700 1985 Sea Ray 21' open bow boat, 305- V-8, hsarp, qew uph, trailer, cover 801-0407 FOR SALE $325 Berkllne Sofa - Reclines both ends - light beige - 96" - nice; $200 Oak Finish Wood Pedestal Table - Oval 96" with leaf - round 47" without leaf - 4 side chairs & 2 arm chairs -nice 792-3980 or 299-7316 FOR SALE - 1956 - Ford M-856 parade tractor w/many access.; 7'x12' rack Mr. Pulaski Times FOR SALE - Cute Dept. 56 Halloween Music Box, only $20- IIISlUl QualityWor k Flee Eslimates Call Shawn 414-5413 reat savings on Dept. 56, 5 Octave Elec. Keyboard w/multi- functions, perfect for beginning piano stu- dents-S50. 796-3519 FOR SALE - Make Offer - Wooden play- house - fort 792-5985 FOR RENT - Mt. Pulaski - Very nice, reasonable, private, 1 bdrm 1 bath upstairs garage apt. Large LR & Kitchen, storage, CNCH, garage addi- tional, 217-553-6138 / 792-5645 FOR RENT - Latham - House, 1 bdrm, no pets, no yardwork, good for single person, 674-3442 SERVICES- Leaf raking, gutter clean- ing, & any outside fall projects - 5 years experience - Dantn Blaum 217-737-9479 WANTED - Junk and abandoned cars & trucks 217-415-0438 or 217-750-2576 WANTED- good, used chest ffeezer, please callVictorat 217/671300 CNA's Caring and compassion are the rule, not the exception at Vonderlieth Living Center! With many years of experience in the health care industry, we have been recognized as one of the leaders of quality care nursing services. To stay the leader, we need people like you - professional nurse aides dedicated to deliv- ering quality care to our long term care resi- dents. We currently have full and part time openings for the second shift. We offer you a competitive wage, great benefit package and a wonderful staff of caregivers to work with, plus much more! Please apply online or send resume to: Vonderlieth Living Center Attn: Jo Hillard 1120 N. Topper Drive Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 www.heritageofcare.com Mt. Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times-issues) per year by Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Business and Editorial Offices: Accounting and Circulation Offices: Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Call 217-792-5557 to subscribe. Periodical Postage is paid at Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Mr. Pulaski Times, C/O Michael Lakin, PO Box 114 - 311 S. Washington Mt. 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