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3 Volunteers Receive Pins Carol Van Rheeden received a pin for having been = a Courthouse volunteer guide for 15 years. Tena Stoudt " received a pin for having volunteered for 5 years. Site Manager, Barbara Stroud- Borth thanked both of them and all the other volunteers for their service at the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse. The Courthouse needs more volunteers. Please call Barbara at 217:792-5126. @ O @ H @ tO P tO O b.a OI Thank You The Mount Pulaski Town- ship historical Society would like m thank everyone who donated baked goods, Christ- mas decorations, or money to the Vinegar Hill Christmas Market. We sincerely appre- ciate it, and say a heartfelt "Thank You" for all your help. It is always great tO have your support. Also a big "Thank You" to all the vol- unteers from the historical society who put in countless hours and effort to make this annual fundraiser the success that it was. Sue Schaffenacker, President QUILTED ITEMS By Karem.. available at Salt Creek Attic Classifieds HELP WANTED - Jani- tor needed part or full time at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Mount Pulaski. Send resume to Zion Lutheran Church / P O Box 34 / Mount Pulaski, Illinois 62548-0034 HELP WANTED - Part- time kitchen helper needed to assist with school lunch, mid-day M-F. 7-10 hours per week. Mail or drop off letter of interest with contact infor- mation to: Zion Lutheran School / 203 S. Vine St / Mt Pulaski, IL 62548 FOR SALE - Top-of-the- line navy blue leather lift chair, $1000, used two weeks, 792 - 5511 FOR SALE - Size 10 white wedding dress, $40, new - still in box, 217-871-2328 FOR SALE - Four solid 1Sine dining chairs, $40 for all four, 217-871-2328 A company is offering bacon- scented underwear for Christ- mas. Pool Project A Go Proceeds Without Grant Funds By Mike Lakin The Mount Pulaski Township Park District board held a public meet- ing Wednesday December 9 at the Mount Pulaski Rural Fire Protection District Firehouse. The meeting was to obtain public input into the ques- tion of proceeding with renovation of the local pool without the $303, I00 OSLAD Illinois Department of Natu- ral Resources grant or wait to see if the OSLAD grant from the state of Illinois would be reinstated. November 4, 2014 residents of the Mount Pulaski Township Park District approved a tax referendum of $595,000. At the time of the vote, approval of the tax referendum was necessary in order for the park dis- trict to apply for an OSLAD Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant of up to $303,100. That grant would substantially reduce the tax bill for the residents of the park dis- trict. After passage of the tax referen- dum, the park district applied for an OSLAD Illinois Department of Natu- ral Resources grant for the pool. The grant was awarded, but then there was this election and Illinois swore m a new governor - Bruce Rauner. The governor froze all OSLAD Illinois Department of Natural Resources grants, a victim of the Illinois budget crisis. The budget crisis continues and the OSLAD grant could arrive in 12 - 14 months; delaying pool renovations until 2017. No work was done on the pool this year, and was closed for the summer of 2015. If the park district continues to wait on the grant, the pool would be closed for the summer of 2016. The park district board was in a quandary; if it voted to proceed with the pool renovations the $303,100 grant was off the table. The grant would never be available to the park district; at least according to the cur- rent terms of the grant. Three members of the public attended the meeting and all three stated that they wanted the park dis- trict to proceed with construction of the pool and do so without the grant money. The park district sent out 21-letters to people and organiza- tions that have made donations or pledges asking for opinions. Thirteen of the 21 said to proceed without the grant; seven said wait for the grant; and one - not a resident of the park district declined to take a position for that reason. Another consideration was that if a decision were delayed into 2016, the cost of construction would increase $6,000 to $7,000. After a discussion of all aspects, the motion was made and unanimously approved to commence renovation of the park district pool in Mount Pulaski with the acknowledgment that the grant that was awarded, but not 15aid, would not be received. The first step in the pool renova- tion will be the demolition of the existing pool building. Renovations will start after that, as weather allows. The pool is expected to be open for a shortened 2016 pool season. Topper Ladies: Out & About... Our December 15 Christ- mas luncheon and gift exchange was held at La Tea Da Tearoom in Clinton. Their gourniet menu is always quick to tantalize our taste buds. This day was no exception to that rule. The chicken salad croissant with a cup of home- made potato soup seemed to be a favorite. Wait staff is excellent con- sidering the number of guests who dine there during this holiday season. It is a little expensive, but the food is good for a welcome change from the ordinary. Also, it is usually overbooked at this time of year and very crowded. We waited for a table but there is little seat- ing area available while waiting. Taking all this into consideration, the gorgeous decorations, and Christmassy atmosphere soon offset any inconvenience incurred. For the most part, it is a good place to dine and find unusual menu items. Deli- rious desserts were bread pudding, cherry cheesecake, and coconut pie. From the smiles on the faces of those who indulged, all of it must have been "lip-smackin'" good. Phyllis Hawk and Madonna Boyle were co-hostesses and did their usual fine job... even to playing Santa Claus and distributing the gifts for the gift exchange. Many beautiful gifts were received. Madonna made specially dec- orated little boxes for each person filled with assorted candies. At the close of our lun- cheon, there was a drawing for the lovely centerpiece, a gorgeous cream and pink poinsettia in a handsome jar- dini re (that's a good word, huh?). Guess who took it home? Jenny Sams... often referred to in our group as Lucky! Congratulations, Jenny. January 2016 luncheon will be held at Calm Creek Tearoom on the square. The date is Tuesday, January 19 at l:00p. Call either co-hostess to confirm your reservations. They are Sandra Ohler or Patsy Garlits. Anybody is encouraged and welcome to attend. 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