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Local Post Office Closures Ironically following a TV ad for UPS, a news program discussed the proposed closure of over 20,000 small town post offices across this nation. This proposal presently sits in the House of Representatives under the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Con- gressman (R) Darrell Issa. Issa is a multi-millionaire that pledges to reduce government involvement in these essen- tial services to people across our nation. He believes that government has no place in providing such services as postal delivery when private corporations could do the job. He is urging privatization of the US Postal Services to such corporations at LIPS or FedEx, etc. One major problem with this proposal is that over 25% of rural America isn't cov- ered by services from private corporations such as UPS or FedEx. What effect is this going to have on small busi- nesses in rural areas? It's going to increase their operating expenses. Also. this proposal will cut 120,000 jobs and force 53% of the US Post Office employees into rettrement. In this econ- omy where jobs, jobs, jobs, is the prime issue to most people, is cutting 120,000 jobs really the way to go? In 2006 Congress passed legislation that forced the US Post Office to pre-fund its healthcare and pension plans for its employees over 75 years worth in advance into a short ten-year window. If this crazy legislation had not passed in 2006, the US Post Office would have a $ 1.3 Billion surplus. Therefore, Chestnut. Kenney, Cornland, Lake Fork, Armington, and Lawndale citizens need to immediately contact the US House of Rep- resentatives, House Oversight Committee, Chairman Dar- rell Issa (R) to stop this latest legislation. This isn't about the use of modem technology ruining the post office, or expenses of delivery systems, or any other baloney that we were fed at the Town Meetings. This is about going to Privatization of the US Postal Services to the corporations. And, this is what Occupy Wall Street's "We Are the 99%" campaign is all about. Rebecca Drake McCrac: 00ielcls (19100) Canadian poet John McCrae was a medical offi- cer in both the Boer War and World War I. A year into the latter war he published in Punch magazine, on December 8, 1915, the sole work by which he would be remembered. This poem commemorates the deaths of thousands of young men who died in Flanders during the grueling battles there. It created a great sensation, and In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row / That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved and were loved, and now we lie / In Flanders fields. Nov. 5, 2011 was used widely as a recruit- ing tool, inspiring other young men to join the Army. Legend has it that he was inspired by seeing the blood- red poppies blooming in the fields where many friends had died. In 1918 McCrae died at the age of 46, in the way most men died during that war, not from a bullet or bomb, but from disease: pneumonia, m his case. Take up our quarrel with / the foe: / To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to hold it high. / If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Veterans Day - Nov. 11, 2011 To Meet Nov. 12 Logan County Democrats will meet Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 am, K of C in Lincoln. Invited guest is Terry Redman, Chair of the DeWitt County Democrats and 15  District State Cen- tral Committeeman. All Logan County Democrats are welcome to attend. Ansar Shrine Circus The Royal Hanneford 3-Ring Circus will perform at the Prairie Capital Con- vention Center November 11 - 13. Performances are Friday at 7; Saturday at 11, 3 and 7:30; Sunday at 11:30 and 3: 30. Tickets -Adults - $12 and Children - $6. Attention Historical Society Members The Mt. Pulaski Historical Society will be having a bake sale for Vinegar Hill. Baked goods are needed and can be brought to the museum Friday, Nov. 18 after 1 p.m. or at 8a.m. Nov. 19. All proceeds go for the up-keep of the museum. If any questions, call Sue at 792-5693. Slashed Energy Usage Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy pro- gram announced Mt. Pulaski Products has slashed its energy usage by an amount equal to the electricity used by 125 resi- dential customers in a year. Mr. Pulaski Products produces Maizorb(r) and Toxi-Dri(r) corn cob absorbents and corn cob abrasives that are U.S. Department of Agriculture Bio- PreferredSM products. The company also custom blends products for individual customers. Mt. Pulaski Products' teamed with ActOnEnergy in order to tchieve their energy efficiency goals. To date, they have received nearly $58,000 in ActOnEnergy incentives and are approved for another $50,000. "We acknowledge with gratitude the incentive program offered by Ameren Illinois. Their support staff was mstru- mental in Mt. Pulaski Products' educa- tion, application, execution and ultimate success in the ActOnEnergy Program," said Marsha Femandes, president of Mt. Pulaski Products LLC. "The preparatory work completed by Charles Dumire, Operauous manager, and Mike Herold, Maintenance supervisor, allowed our vision to become more energy efficient a reality, and the financial impact on our bottom line, of course, is a bonus." "Further, quoting Mike, 'The instal- lations of the variable frequency drives have only slightly tapped into the benefits this new manufacturing equipment can provide.'" A total of $18 million in AaOnEnergy incentives is available for business energy efficiency projects completed between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Mt. Pulaski Products has used its ActOnEnergy incentives for variable fre- quency drive projects. The company was established more than 50 years ago and currently employs 51 people. Mt. Pulaski Times Soup Day! Lake -Fork Community Saturday November 12 from Center will host its Soup Day 11am to 7pro. Thank You The Mt. Pulaski Zion Dollar General Store, Vin- Lutheran Church would like tage One, Buff's Restaurant, to thank the following for Walmart, and Mt. Pulaski donating prizes for the Trunk 175th Celebration Committee. and Treat... Sue Schaffenacker, Prize Chairman Community Pride wishes to thank this years Sponsors for making the Fall Festival possible Tomlinson Trust The Farmers Bank of Mt. Pulaski Cross Brothers Implement Illinois National Bank Corey Leonard-Shelter Insurance Mt. Pulaski Lions Club Lake Fork Fertilizer, Mt. Pulaski Pharmacy, Elkhart Grain, Farmer's Grain of Central IL, Hayes' Auto, Central Illinois Ag, Coogan Excavating, Herrin Fertilizer, Downing Pryzkopanski Clements & May, Johnson's True Value, Stewart's Lawn & Garden, Buffs Restaurant, ABC & G Realty, Salt Creek Attic, Vintage One, Saddle's Secret Place, CSL Studio, Graue Inc, Larry Medaris Insurance Deron Powell's State Farm Insurance Community Pride wishes to thank the following for their help in making this year's Fall Festival a success: Mayor Jim Fuhrer and The City of Mount Pulaski Employees: Mike Patridge, Deanna Young, JeffAnderson, Doug Letterle. Laura Lee, Roger Griffieth Chief Lynn Freer, Mt. Pulaski Police Department and The Logan County Auxiliary Police Rob Siebert, Julie Cooper, Ryan Deibert BLDD Architects, Inc., Mt. Pulaski Grade School, St. Thomas Aquinas, The Lions Club, The VFW, Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, Rick Voile, The Farmers Bank, Mt. Pulaski High School, Let's Dance DJ Service, Mt. Pulaski Jaycees, American Legion, Mt. Pulaski Boy Scout Troop 122, Lake Fork Community Center and the 175th Anniversary Committee Mr. Allen and his students, Ms. Sarah Phillips Richard Fulscher, Pat Walsh All the businesses and residents on the square for putting up with the chaos. Jim Poffenbarger for providing and running sound throughout the festival. Waldo Bertoni, Rosalie Bertoni, and Waneta Stephens for being our parade Grand Marshalls. And to anyone we may have omitted from this list. Lastly, we would like to thank everyone who attended and supported this year's Fall Festival. With your continued support we hope to make the festival bigger and better. Mt. Pulaski Community Pride Todd Cyrulik, Darin Phillips, Amy Deibert, Angie Cyrulik, Derek Phillips,/ana Hebenstreit 11