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1 Front Serving Bureau County Since 1847 Saturday, September 7, 2013 All aboard! Steam train offers ride between Tiskilwa and Sheffield By Donna Barker TISKILWA/SHEFFIELD — The Tiskilwa and Sheffield fire departments are expecting good crowds for Sunday’s steam train rides between the two towns. The Tiskilwa and Sheffield fire departments are joining efforts with the Iowa Interstate Railroad to provide Sunday’s round-trip steam train rides from Tiskilwa to Sheffield and from Sheffield to Tiskilwa. On Thursday, Tiskilwa Fire Chief Randy Philhower said 800 tickets were made available for Sunday’s event, with the tickets split equally between the two fire departments. As of Thursday morning, he only had four tickets left, and he expected them to be long gone before Sunday. The steam train holds 800 people, with 400 people allowed on the first ride from Tiskilwa to Sheffield where another 400 people will board the train, Philhower said. The steam train will then return to Tiskilwa where the first 400 Tiskilwa passengers will depart the train and the second group of 400 passengers will board. The train will then head back to Sheffield where the second group of Sheffield passengers will be ready to board. Philhower said he’s been a bit surprised at such a good turnout for the steam train ride, but it’s a great way for people to experience a piece of history. Money raised by the Tiskilwa Fire Department from Sunday’s event will be used to get equipment for the department’s new fire truck, Philhower said. On Thursday, Sheffield Fire Chief Andy Lanxon said he had 60 tickets left right then, but expected them to be gone by Sunday. Of course, people can come and watch the steam train and enjoy that experience, even if they don’t get a ride, he said. See Train Page 3 Year 167 No. 108 One Section - 20 Pages 98213 00012 1 7 © Bureau County Republican NEWSSTAND PRICE 75¢ A new sewer plant? Walnut looks at the process By Nita Wyatt WALNUT — The village of Walnut’s engineer presented the preliminary plans for updating the village’s sewer plant this week. Matt Hansen of Willett & Hoffman engineering firm of Dixon presented the plans for a $2 million upgrade and update for the village’s sewage plant. This plan will begin with a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the village meeting room. The public meeting will allow residents an opportunity to hear the presentation of the plans and to ask questions. After this initial public meeting, there will be an additional 10-day period during which residents can submit written questions and comments to the village trustees. The original sewage plant was built in 1965; a lagoon was added in the 1980s; and in 1990 the village received a grant for the construction of liquid storage. There have been no additions to the system since the 1990 construction. Only general maintenance has been done to keep the facility in good operating condition. Hansen said his firm generally states sewage See Walnut Page 4 BCR photo/Goldie Currie It’s harvest time! Paul White of Princeton picks tomatoes from his garden plot in the Covenant Children’s Home community plots, located on Dover Road. This year, White has harvested four plots containing all sorts of vegetables including green beans, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers and much more. White has grown all sorts of crops in the community plots for about five years. He said most of the plot gardeners are retirees, so it gives them all a little hobby to work at and take care of throughout the spring and summer months. This year so far, White has harvested about 40 quarts of tomatoes alone, and they are still coming strong. Scam alert from U.S. Postal Service By Donna Barker PRINCETON — The U.S. Postal Service is warning customers to be aware of an email scam using the Postal Service. On Friday, the U.S. Postal Service’s Corporate Communications spokesperson, Beverly Howard, said some postal customers are receiving bogus emails about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. The customer is instructed to click on a link, open the attachment, or print the label. But when opened, the link or attachment installs a malicious virus which can steal personal information from the customer’s personal computer, Howard said. “The Postal Inspectors warn: Don’t do it!” Howard said. “Like most viruses sent by email, clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information — such as your user name, password and financial account information.” The Postal Service’s recommendation is to simply delete the message without taking any further action, Howard said. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program. Locally, Princeton Post Master Shannon Mattingly said this email scam is not a new scam but has been going on for a couple years. There have been customers coming into the Princeton Post Office looking for their parcels, the postmaster said. The U.S. Postal Service does not typically send out emails to customers, but rather would put notices in the customer’s See Scam Page 4 For breaking news, sports and current weather conditions, go to Tell your physician and hospital you want Bounce Back! • Joint Replacement Rehab • Medicare Certified • Suites with Private Bath/ Shower Liberty Village Not-for-Profit Provider 140 N. 6th St., Princeton • 815-875-6600 3230 Becker Drive, Peru • 815-224-2200

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