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L..jL'_,'E:LiL ..... t_ ! ! 5 - Mt. Pulaski Times October 19, 2010 Did You Know? Studies, Polls, & News you might have missed... Wal-Mart is ending their profit sharing plan with employees. U.N. report says that 22 nations are facing a pro- tracted food crisis. An Ohio woman was arrested on an outstand- ing warrant after flagging down a policeman and asking if she was wanted for anything. A study says that pov- erty is growing in Ameri- can suburbs. Consumers cut back on credit card borrowing for the 24th straight month. A survey by Fidelity Investments says that one quarter of investors would now be happy to break even. A study says that 18% more people are taking painkillers at work. Laker Ron Artest says .he would like to box and play pro football after his basketball career is over. President George W. Bush's memoirs will have a first printing of 1.5 Mil- lion copies. California scientists reportedly over calculated pollution levels by 340%. China could become the second wealthiest nation in the world by 2015. CBS is reportedly ready to let Katie Couric go, and the word is she may end up at CNN. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he may push for a ban on all cell phone use in cars. The next Harry Potter film will not be released in 3D. Pacemakers are being used to extend the lives of 300-500 dogs every year. A study says that living under a flight path'could be bad for the heart. A study says obesity costs businesses $73.1 Bil- lion a year. A study says the U.S. is losing ground tO other countries in life expec- tancy. Research shows that 7% of all babies in the U.S. have their own e-mail address. A co-founder of Face- book is giving $170,000 to support the legalization of marijuana. Ryan Seacrest is report- edly in talks to start his own cable channel. Tourism to Mexico is up 20% this year. New Yorkers' income dropped for the first time in 70 years. Goldman Sachs says the economy will be in "fairly bad" or "very bad" shape for the next six months. "Charlie the Chimp, who became famous for devel- oping a smoking habit has died at age 52 in a zoo in South Africa. A poll says that working class whites are leaving the Democratic Party. A poll says that most Californians are opposed to legalizing marijuana. A report says even the wealthy are nervous about rettrement, with one in ten who have $15 Million or more feeling they don't have enough money to retire. A study says that four in ten Americans are plan- ning to put off retirement. A study says that ATVs are more deadly than motorcycles. A study says desk jobs make people fat by being sedentary all day. Philadelphia pitcher Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in playoff history against the Cincin- nati Reds. The Washington Post revealed that it paid $1 to buy Newsweek earlier this year. A study says the U.S. is unprepared to care for kids in a major disaster. A study says that regu- larly eating walnuts can reduce stress. A man who stole 1,000 pieces of luggage from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix has been sen- tenced to more than ten years in prison. Along The Silk Road By Scott Tate Scott is from Mt. Pulaski and is now living and working in Afghanistan. Sixty five years ago, the announcement" people walk or ride bicycles. Age is not of Japan's uncqnditional surrender to the allies ended World War II and initiated what we know as "V-J" or "Victory over Japan Day". WWII was truly a conflict that involved countries from all over the world and whose repercussions are still felt. Communism that grew from WWII eventually led to the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. As time progressed, the US aided Afghanistan to defeat Russia, which transpired in the same time frame as the eventual fall of the Soviet Union. Fast:forward and NATO allies are occupying Afghanistan in another worldwide effort to eradicate terrorism that bears some resemblance to WWII. History is an undeniable teacher of the facts. Relationships between countries or individuals determine future events not always obvious when viewed in their present tense. Venturing out of Afghanistan for a much anticipated vacation, the first destination is to another country that has known much conflict during ts exis- tence. Now listed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the stop is in Buda- pest, Hungary. During WWII, Hungary became occupied by the Nazi regime in 1944. Liberated by the Soviets, who happened to be one our WWII allies, the USSR proceeded to envelope Hun- gary and much of Eastern Europe in its attempt to communize the world. As the capital of Hungary, Budapest was at the center of both these occupations and tells. the story of how the country persisted through the departure of the last Soviet troops in 1991, where it has blossomed into one of the top places to reside in Europe. Consisting of roughly 2 million people, Budapest is actually the marriage of three cities, Buda, Obuda and Pest: Split by the Danube River, which could be consid- ered the Mississippi River of Europe, the picturesque tourist side is Pest. While .the Buda/Obuda side has its highlights, it is the lower key, working part, of the city. Major bridges that span the Danube to connect the east and west portions of the city include a white cable bridge, and its more famous compatriot, the Chain Bridge. Consisting of giant links that make up a chain, the bridge is adorned with stone lion statues. It was the first bridge erected in Budapest across the Danube in 1849. Badly damaged during WWII, it has been restored to accommo- date vehicles and pedestrians. At Heroes' Square reside the monu- ments erected in memoriam to the seven tribes who founded Hungary and other outstanding figures of its history. Several blocks away may be found the Budapest Zoo. While the animal containment areas might be more austere than zoos found in the US, its collection of animals is exem- plary. African rhinos, as gentle as lambs, were hand fed by keepers. Adult giraffes reached over short fences to take food from the hands of babies. Two humpe d (Bactarian) camels waited impatiently inside their fenced area where you are free to pet and feed them, as well. People of Budapest love their animals, especially, dogs. Dogs are found on the streets in abundance with their masters. Many had no leashes and were trotting happily behind their owners down the sidewalks and across streets following them obediently. High-end purebred dogs were everywhere, including a blue Great Dane and its pup that when viewed from a dist/mce appeared to be small donkeys they were so large. English is much more prevalent here as a language than expected. Further- more, the people here closely resemble Americans in both physical appearance and dress. Without hearing any voices, you could believe you were in a major US city. Despite this being a big city, people seem more social and in better physical condition than what we see in the US. Sidewalk cafes and restaurants are com- monplace in the streets always full of people more concerned with face to face interaction than worried, about calls or texting on their cell phones. Public tmns- p0rtation is readily available in the form of trams, underground railway, street trolleys and buses. Its underground railway system is the second oldest in the world Taxis are available but not frequently used. Mostly a determinant. Those who drive cars have compact models. Conservatism is a way of life. It was not uncommon for us to walk 10-15 miles per day as the city was easy to navigate and safety wasn't a concern. People eat much differently, also. A large indoor market contained fresh meats, produce, and fresh baked goods People shop for a few days worth of meals and things are made from real food items versus a meal out of a box. If you have never had white peaches, you are missing out on one of the best things in life. In Georgia, they are a sought after specialty that only is available a few weeks every year in June. July in Budapest offered the biggest and,sweetest white peaches I had ever seen that had ripened on the tree before being brought to market. Across the river to the Buda/Obuda side ve find a tram that climbs a steep hill away from the river where the Buda Castle resides. First completed in 1265 the castle sits with a complex of his- torical buildings that offer a glimpse of Hungary's past. Buda Castle offers the best views of the Pest side of the city. Paprika is an item for which Hungary is famous. By sheer luck, we wander out of the tourist district on the Buda/OUda side and into a family owned caf where little English is spoken but fortunately have menus in our language. For $6 US a plate, we get true Hungarian meat and vegetable lunches and homemade soup. For a little extra we get paprika in vinegar. Fresh paprika resembles a small yellow tomato but with the consistency and spiciness of a hot banana pepper. Paprikas dried and ground give us the mild or hot versions of the spice we com- monly use to garnish or add flavor to our familiar recipes. This menu contained other different foods such as calf's foot or fried pork with pork brains. On the Pest side we also find a Turkish bath house. Resembling a stone structure from centuries past, segregated sides for men and women offer a consortium ol  bath options. Sauna and steam rooms with varying degrees of temperature are available. In a planetarium like setting pools of water in varying degrees from extreme cold to hot lie adjacent to each other where immersion depends on the temperature you find most comfortable. Healthier than going to a bar for drinks after work, it is an affordable way for the working people to find a brief escape from the stresses that find each of us in our everyday lives. Beck'on the Buda/ Ouda side in short walking distance may be found St. Stephen's Basilica. With the Hungarian Parliament Building, this Roman Catholic Church is one of two tallest buildings in Budapest. Named in honor of the first King of Hungary, the church contains a shrine which displays his mummified right fist. Further into the Pest side of the city, the House of Terror stands as a memo- rial to the victims of the Nazi and Soviet occupations. Oval shaped pictures adorn the outside and inside of the building for each of the fatalities of these merciless regimes. Names and dates below the pictures makes one realize that these were real people and not statistics. This place was used twice as the headquarters to terrorize the people of a once peaceful land. Beginning at the top floor, film foot- age may be viewed that factually shows the cruelty of their times. Never one to have the stomacl'I for holocaust material, I hesitatingly watch the destruction of a once peaceful city. My shock' deepens as I see the piles of emaciated human bodies stacked like firewood being bulldozed into mass graves. We can learn something from every- one we meet, regardless of their station in life. We can also learn from history. The people of Hungary are a living and breathing example of perseverance. Their tenacity is applicable to all of us regard- less of our situations. History also gave us Winston Churchill, who uttered in his famous WWJI speech, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in, except to convictions of- honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." The people of Hungary apparently listened. We can all learn from that. SIU School of Medicine IVlT. PULASKI CLINIC 509 E Chestnut Phone 792-3442 Cara Gravlin Nurse Practitioner Come and join the fun! , HOURS - Monday - Friday 1p.m. to 5:30 p.m, Saturday 10a.m, to 5:30p.m. / Sunday lp.m, to 5:30p.m. 1709 2000th Avenue - Beason 217-447-3409 / www.gailspumpkinpatch.com gail@gailspumpkinpatch.com The CEFCU foreclosed property on West Cooke is no longer an issue, The prop- erty has been sold to a private individual who has started working on the property. Neighbors are likely cheered with that news. Times Photo Scott Lindley of Mt.Pulaski lay brusl to wood producing this nostalgic Coca Cola sign in town. You can see it from Jefferson Street as you pass INB. Scheduled in Mt. Pulaski is a Wright Brothers Mural to be painted on the Cavestani Building at Lafayette and Cooke. On June 30, 2011 the finalized image will be projected on the side of Photography HharLn00o my LOVE of PHOTOGRAPHY with You t Call today to schedule your PHOTO EXPERIENCEI (217) 6522483 Mr. Pulaski II 115 Gov st. N Elkha. Oglesby 947 2770 Daily Lunch Specials s6 20 llAmto l:30Pm Taco Tuesday S150 5,,0,oa,,0 Wednesday Chicken Dinner $8 30 Thursday $10 Bucket of Beer (5) Free Pool Friday Fish Fry s9 55 "Scott is a "Walldog". Walldogs are a group of artist that paint, these old times advertisements and murals all over the Midwest. Most recently, Scott headed up a project in Danville that created several murals. the building and painting will commence July I, 2011. The Mural should be com- pleted by July 4th. The mural is one of the projects celebrating ,Mt. Pulaski's 175th Birthday. Dear Editor I too have seen children riding bicycles, skate- boards, and lawnmowers on city streets. I figured they mow lawns to make money. I didn't know you had to be 16-years-old and have a driver's license to mow lawns. Mt. Pula'&i ]s a nice town for olcer adults, but it is also a ce town for rsing children. If you wat a retirement town, .maybe you should move and find one. I grew up h Mt. Pulaski I enjoy the children and I also rode my bicycle around town, and still do. As far as skateboards, maybe, at one of ou parks, they could build something for skateboards with a fence around it so no small child could walk in front of them. Lincoln has one. Fair- view Park in Decatur also has one. They have a sign up "Not Responsible for Accidents". I'm sure to have something for our younger generation. Everyone is so wor- ried about golf carts. You can tide a two or three- wheeled bicycle. Besides it's better exercise, or gets a disability cart. Not ashamed to sign my name Diane Hagen PS Hearing children makes this town seem the children would love alive, not dead. to have one. Then they wouldn't be all over city 5 streets. This is a good town for older adults and growing families. I think it's time Mtended Convention John, Rebecca, and Deirdre Drake attended the 37th Annual Conmunity Bankers Association of Illinois convention ;ept. 30 - Oct. 3. The convention was hosted at th Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to fie training workshops, activities included a tour of tht Louisville Slugger factory, the Louisville Stonewear fictory, and a tour and dinner at Churchill Downs. John Drale was the winner of the CBAI Grand Prize drawg of m all expense paid trip for two to attend the Kentucky Drby at Churchill Downs in 2011. Having trouble understanding conversations? Do people seem to mumble? Telephone a problem? Think about all the progress that has been made! 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