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Illinois pension reform law is challenged Retired teachers association files lawsuit By Ken Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO — The Illinois Retired Teachers Association filed suit Dec. 27 challenging the constitutionality of the state’s controversial plan to deal with the
nation’s most underfunded public employee pension system. The lawsuit is the first of what could be many filed on behalf of state workers, university employees, lawmakers and teachers. The legal challenge argues
the law, which limits cost-of-living increases, raises retirement ages for many current workers and caps the amount of salaries eligible for retirement benefits, violates the state Constitution. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of eight non-union retirees, teachers and superintendents who are members
of the state’s Teacher Retirement System. Representatives of the We Are One coalition of public employee unions, including the state’s two major teachers’ unions, have said they expect to file suit shortly. “The law allows anyone to avail themselves of their legal rights, and We Are One Illinois plans to do the same at
the appropriate time,” Director of Communications of the Illinois Federation of Teachers Aviva Brown said in a statement from the IFT’s Peru office. “The Illinois Federation of Teachers and our coalition partners are focused on preparing to bring the most effective case possible to defend the constitutional rights of our members
and hundreds of thousands of other public employees and retirees throughout Illinois.” A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said a lawsuit had been expected, but the administration “(expects) this landmark reform will be upheld as constitutional.”
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Winter weather problems This series may save you some $$$ By Goldie Currie Shaw Media Service
Editor’s note: This is the first segment in a series on problems caused by winter weather and the solutions to preventing them. PRINCETON — The subzero temperatures Bureau County experienced this past week made life just a little tougher with the dangers it created for people, pets, homes and vehicles. The temperatures are finally back above zero, however, the winter months are hardly finished. This series is meant to bring attention to safety measures on various items affected on those bitter cold days.
Prevent pipe woes Scott Owens, a plumber with Grasser’s Plumbing and Heating Inc., was working well over 12 hour days when the temperatures dropped below zero earlier this week. The frigid cold created several plumbing issues for residents who had frozen pipes or damage cause by frozen pipes. Owens’ knowledge on how to prevent these potentially costly accidents comes in handy when subzero temperatures threaten homes.
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Brian Hines of Metamora fires at a target for his concealed carry permit. In order to qualify, an applicant must hit a standard target 22 out of 30 times and show the ability to load, prepare and unload a handgun.
Concealed carry is not for everyone Brown: ‘The heaviest responsibility you will ever carry’ By Ken Schroeder kschroeder@putnamcountyrecord
OTTAWA — On a frigid Jan. 4 morning with winter storm warnings in effect, 12 people from as far away as Metamora made the journey to Ottawa and Buffalo Range Shooting Park for a concealed carry class. The 16-hour class consists of two sessions, with this particular eight-hour class being Part 1. Instructor and Peru Police officer Jeremiah Brown addresses
the class. “Before we go any further, be sure that you understand the responsibilities of having a concealed carry permit,” he said. “That gun will be the heaviest responsibility you will ever carry.” Brown is one of 22,392 licensed handgun instructors in Illinois, most of whom are not yet concealed carry certified. Illinois is expecting to process 365,000 applications this year, and Brown said he’s been run-
ning classes six days a week since October. One of the main tenets Brown stresses is the responsibility which comes with a concealed carry. “If you carry a gun, make sure you are ready to take a life if you have to,” Brown said. “The average gunfight takes place between two and seven feet away, and lasts two to three seconds. You don’t have time to precisely aim, you just have time to draw, sight and fire. “You also need to ask yourself, ‘Am I willing to spend $20,000 for the right to carry?’ That is the average amount you can expect to pay in legal fees, even
if you’re in the right,” Brown said. “In this litigious world, if you fire a gun, you can expect a lawsuit from the attackers’ family, from anyone nearby for mental trauma and — if he survives — from the assailant himself.” Illinois has one of the most stringent concealed carry laws — not surprising since the state was the last to allow such permits. Many states, such as Utah, require little if any instruction before the permit is issued. Illinois allows professions who carry a gun in the course of
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MAGNOLIA — As antique furniture gets older, it also becomes more fragile and begins to deteriorate. Most people would put it in the corner as a display piece or stow it in the attic to prevent further wear and tear. Magnolia’s Jerry Martin would rather get out his sander and planes. For several years, Martin has been refinishing, and in many cases, rebuilding antique furniture bringing new life to pieces of history. A tour through his home reveals some of the fruits of his labor with some refurbished display cases and a secretary’s desk that look like they just came from the factory. Martin said he pretty much fell into the hobby. “I started making stuff for the kids around 25 years ago. Then a couple people asked me if I’d restore stuff. Angie Klem had an old secretary desk she was going to give to her grandson as a wedding gift,” Martin said. “Her and her husband, Tony, bought the old icebox out of the hotel up here. It sat out
Jerry Martin looks over a desk he refinished. Each piece of restored furniture is completely disassembled, sanded, repaired and stained before it’s put back together.
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In the process of fixing antiques, Martin has run across many pieces where someone has tried to repair it earlier. Here, he carefully removes a small nail from an antique chair he is restoring. on their farm for several years, and they asked if I could redo it.” Martin has two buildings behind his home where he does his work. An old house stores some of his tools and supplies, while a garage nearby is where the work gets accomplished. Inside are several sanders hooked to vacuums to keep the dust down, as well as saws, lathes and dozens of other woodworking tools. His work is all handson. Each piece of furni-
ture is completely taken apart, sanded, repaired and hand-stained, then re-assembled. “I couldn’t begin to guess how many pieces I’ve done,” Martin said. “I’ll come out here to the shop and work eight to 10 hours. I’ll wake up in the night, and I’ll come out here.” While Martin does a lot of his refinishing for friends and family, other people around the state have come to him for help.
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“I’ve got a doctor out of Peoria who’ll be bringing a trailer full down in a couple weeks,” Martin said. “You’ve heard of Goldfine and Bowles, lawyers out of Peoria? Bowles’ mother called me from East Peoria. She said, ‘My neighbor was telling me about you; I need some work done.’ She had an old bed – 1850s or ‘60s – it was Walnut, built like a Jennie Lynn. It was big. Someone had worked on it before; he repainted
it with a combination of paint and stain. I had to strip it completely by hand.” In addition to refinishing antique furniture, Martin still builds things from scratch for friends and family. “I built an entertainment center for my son. He told me what he wanted, and I asked him, ‘Is your floor going to hold that?’ It was all solid wood. I used about $900 worth of wood. That’s been years ago,” Martin said. “I’m working on a dresser for my daughter now, it’s an old dresser with a mirror. I’m looking forward to it.”
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Dan Kuhn seeks re-election Incumbent Dan Kuhn is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for Putnam County clerk and recorder in the upcoming General Primary Election on March 18. Kuhn said it has been an honor and a privilege to work for the Putnam County citizens the past 11 years. “If re-elected, I will continue to serve as a full-time county clerk and recorder, providing customer service guaranteed to be prompt, proficient, professional and progressive,” Kuhn said. “I will also remain fiscally responsible and fully cooperate with other officials to ensure the county government continues to run
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Jeremiah Brown instructs a concealed carry class. Brown has been a police officer for eight and onehalf years and has been conducting six classes a week on concealed carry since October.
Guns From Page 1 their duties to attend only eight hours of classes, which cover the legal requirements and ramifications of carry permits. “My best advice is carry it like it’s illegal. Keep it hidden,” Brown said. “If someone knows you’re carrying a concealed weapon, it becomes a liability. If someone at Walmart sees part of your
GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Food Pantry has released its end of the year report, which contains predominately news concerning the needs of families locally. According to food pantry spokesperson Judy Hopkins, the pantry served 18 less people during 2013 than it did during the previous year, despite an increase in the county of 53 new fami-
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treasurer and supervisor of assessments to implement a state-of-the-art property tax system at a substantial savings for the county, and the implementation of an automated land records management system using automation funds and no tax dollars,” Kuhn said. If re-elected, Kuhn said he will continue to systematically conserve and preserve historical documents, letters and maps dating back to the organization of Putnam County in 1831, which were discovered while searching for records in the original courthouse vault. He believes these documents will help preserve the county’s history for future
generations. Likewise, he will continue to support the county’s ongoing courthouse preservation project. “Our original courthouse building was completed in 1839 and remains as the oldest courthouse in the state of Illinois that is still in use. Next year will mark the building’s 175th anniversary,” Kuhn said. “It is one of our county’s most important landmarks, and it should be preserved.” Kuhn said the residents of Putnam County deserve “honest, dedicated and experienced hard-working county officials,” and he said he will continue to bring these values to the office.
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efficiently.” Kuhn said he has successfully met numerous challenges during the past 11 years, including Kuhn the implementation of several state and federal mandates. “Those challenges and mandates included a discovery recount in the 2004 State’s Attorney’s race which revealed no irregularities, implementation of Optical Scan and touch screen voting systems federally mandated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 utilizing federal and state grant monies to defray the initial costs, collaborating with the county
lies. A total of 611 clients received assistance during the last year. Totals of people per village in the county remained the same or lower than 2012 with the exception of Putnam and Standard. Hennepin recorded the largest decrease in number, dropping from 85 to 50 people served. Meanwhile, Standard’s client totals nearly tripled, rising from eight to 22 cli-
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ents during 2013. The number of Christmas baskets was high this year. The Putnam County Food Pantry distributed baskets to 159 families, which included 70 senior citizens and 198 children. Hopkins said this is the largest amount of Christmas baskets distributed during the 26 years the food pantry has been in existence. The pantry distrib-
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Obituaries Valentino ‘Bundy’ Tonioni
STANDARD — Valentino “Bundy” Tonioni, 86, of Standard died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. “Bundy” was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Standard to Arthur and Mary (Boggio) Tonioni. He married Pat Strong in 1979. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an iron worker for Local 386 in LaSalle. He was past union president. He was a member of Oglesby Valentino American Legion Post and Olgesby Elks. Tonioni Survivors are his wife, Pat of Standard; two sons, Alan (Donna) Tonioni of Goodyear, Ariz., and Travis (Michelle) Tonioni of Shelbyville, Tenn.; one daughter, Cindy (Brian) Spelich of Oglesby; and three grandchildren, Christopher Valentino Tonioni, Nicole Heather Tonioni and Jessa Mary Rose Tonioni. He was preceded in death by two sons, Greg Tonioni and Michael Tonioni: two brothers, Arthur Tonioni and Theodore “Foxy” Tonioni; and two sisters, Dolly Meyer and Lucy Hammerstrom. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville, with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Granville, with full military honors at the cemetery. Visitation was held Jan. 14 at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made to Bundy’s family at www.dcfunerals.com.
GRANVILLE — Lois Eileen Pederson, 77, of Granville died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at the Spring Valley Nursing Center in Spring Valley. Lois was born July Lois 29, 1936, Pederson to Charles “Tip” and Helen (Petersen) Tyler. She married Floyd Pederson on Dec. 26, 1954. She graduated from Hopkins High School.
Pensions From Page 1 “We believe the new law is as constitutionally sound as it is urgently needed to resolve the state’s pension crisis,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said in a statement. “This historic law squarely addresses the most pressing fiscal crisis of our time by eliminating the state’s unfunded pension debt, a standard set by the governor two years ago. It will ensure retirement security for those who have faithfully contributed to the pension systems, end the squeeze on critical education and human services and support economic growth.” At issue is a provision of the 1970 Illinois Constitution which states that public pensions represent “an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.” The new legislation scales back what had been annual 3 percent compounded cost-of-living increases to retirees into noncompounding yearly increases based on a formula that takes into account an employee’s years of service. The measure also requires many current workers to skip up to five annual cost-of-living pension increases when they retire. For current workers, it also
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would boost the retirement age by up to five years, depending on their age. Judicial pensions are not included in the new law, an effort to try to avoid a conflict of interest on the constitutional issue. Pensions for Chicago teachers are not part of the new law, since they are funded by city property taxpayers.
Mary Machetti GRANVILLE — Mary Margaret Machetti, 95, of Granville passed away at 6:09 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Country Comfort Retirement Home in Henry. Mary was born July 19, 1918, in Spring Valley to Neo and Amelia (Muzzarelli) Guidarini. She marMary ried ThomMachetti as Machetti Feb. 20, 1943. He passed away March 23, 1975. Her parents also preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, Terry (Laura) Machetti of Peoria; and two granddaughters, Kristen (Mark) Shekleton of Indianapolis, Ind., and
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She worked at Granville National Bank for 45 years until her retirement in the summer of 1998. Survivors are her husband, Floyd of Granville; one son, Don (Heidi Camatti) Pederson of Hennepin; one daughter, Sharon (Greg) Thomson of Texas; and three grandchildren, Sydney and Luke Pederson, and Ally Thomson. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services were held Jan. 11 at the DysartCofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville, with the Rev.
Karen Karczewski officiating. Burial was in the Granville Cemetery, Granville. Visitation was held Jan. 10 at the funeral chapel. Pallbearers were Bob Borri, Dave Dirker, Joe Dirker, Rick Patarozzi, Steve Siemers and Sam McNeilly. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren. Contributions may be directed to donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made to Lois’s family at www.dcfunerals.com.
Tracie (Luke) Arens of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her early employment included working in production at Westclox in Peru. She later worked as a secretary at Moews Seed Co. in Granville. She most enjoyed her years as a stay-at-home mother and homemaker. Mary was a long-standing member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granville. Mary’s passions included cooking, traveling and shopping. Her favorite destinations included Italy and Las Vegas, but she also enjoyed frequent trips to Peoria to spend time with her son and granddaughters. She enjoyed shopping or
“bumming” with friends and family. A funeral Mass was held Jan. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granville with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Granville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granville. Pallbearers were Bill Lanzotti, Mark Shekleton, Luke Arens, Chuck Romani, David Vineyard and Richard Gimbal. The Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to Mary’s family at www.dcfunerals.com.
Yolanda Popara ELK GROVE, Calif. — Yolanda Popara, 93, of Elk Grove, Calif., died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Elk Grove, Calif. She was born July 6, 1920, to Nazareno and Marjorena (Capra) Mecozzi. She worked at Denler’s grocery store in Peru until she retired. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elk Grove, Calif. She is survived by one daughter, Roberta Popara; two brothers, Walter (Kathleen) Mecozzi and Jerry (Gerene) Mecozzi; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Schmoeger and Lucy in childhood; and one brother, Albert Mecozzi. Services were held Jan. 8 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elk Grove, Calif. Burial was Jan. 11 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Hennepin. Visitation was held Jan. 8 at the church. The Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville is assisting the family with the arrangements for her burial. Online condolences may be directed to Yolanda’s family at www.dcfunerals.com.
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Catchers Academy and Controlled Chaos Baseball Pitching and Catching Camp January 26th, 2014 Grades 4-8: 1-3 pm • Grades 9-12: 3-5 pm Putnam County High School gym, Granville, IL $70/player
CAMp BREAkdOwN: Pitchers will work 1 on 1 with current Parkland College Pitching Coach and Philadelphia Phillies Scout, Travis Webb. Coach Webb is the owner of Controlled Chaos Baseball. A former Milwaukee Brewers draft in 2003, Coach Webb has worked closely with the Phillies on drafting area players from central Illinois. Coach Webb is the pitching coach of the Parkland Cobras in his 4th year of coaching at the college level. Catchers will work 1 on 1 with Head Baseball Coach of the Parkland Cobras, David Garcia. Coach Garcia has coached professionally in the Frontier League for the last 5 years working with catchers and hitters since 2009. Before taking over at Parkland College, Coach Garcia was the head baseball coach at Putnam County High School. whAT TO wEAR: NO JEANS!! Catchers must bring their own catchers equipment and catchers mitt. Players should wear indoor athletic shoes, t-shirt, and a baseball hat hOw TO pAy: Send registration form plus a check ($70 per player) payable to Controlled Chaos Baseball at Parkland College Baseball, C/O Travis Webb, 2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821 OR register online at Controlled Chaos Baseball Website. Questions? Call Travis Webb at (309) 235-9149.
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Picture perfect I like art, and a trip to the art museum in Chicago is one of my favorite excursions. I also like to go to galleries, and I appreciate so many local artists. In other words, I admire those who take a paintbrush in hand, place a blank canvas before them, and then create a masterpiece before our very eyes. While there are those who paint and create professionally, I have to believe we are all painters in our own right. Whether we realize it or not, we’ve all painted a picture, but seldom does it ever make it to a canvas. That’s right; our pictures live in our heads. You know what I mean ... somewhere down that dusty road in our minds, we have a painted a picture of what we expected life to look like. Terri In most cases, it’s a youthful painting Simon with picket fences, butterflies, blue skies and lots of smiles on the faces that grace the invisible canvas. When we were young and we dreamed of the future, I contend we carefully crafted that aforementioned painting. Coupled with our little-kid experiences, dreams and aspirations, we added things one-by-one to our canvasses, careful to stay within the lines of what we thought represented the perfect picture — the perfect life, and we spent our youth revisiting that masterpiece, knowing someday it would definitely become a reality. Some of our canvasses held pictures of the perfect mate, accompanied by just the perfect amount of children and perfect, well-behaved pets. In the background, there was the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood with the perfect vehicles parked in the perfect garage. The backyard held the perfect pool with a perfectlymanicured lawn and a perfect flower garden where perfect plants never died. There was more ... Each one of us painted the perfect job with the perfect salary. Our pockets were full, and our home was beautiful. The sky was always blue; the grass was always green; and though we may have painted a cloud or two, no rain ever fell in our picture-perfect world. Butterflies floated through our masterpiece, and a rainbow could be seen in the distance. And best of all — perhaps most important of all — we painted a smile on everyone’s face ... a big, broad smile that would never be erased. If you can tell me the picture you painted in your head long ago didn’t somewhat resemble that, I want to meet you ... but I don’t think I’ll get many calls. For you see, I think most of us as young people dreamed about life in the future, knowing that canvas in our heads was going to come to fruition. Like the painting, life would be just about perfect. Fast forward quite a few years, and the painting which once lived in my head is filed so far back on that dusty road in my mind, that I don’t know if I could ever retrieve it — even if I wanted to. Somewhere along my journey through this world, that masterpiece got smudged; the canvas might have even been torn; and the colors kind of ran together. And the smiles? Well, that’s probably another column ... Don’t misunderstand. I am happy. I love my life, and I love everyone and everything in it. Quite frankly, with the exception of Publisher’s Clearing House’s refusal to stop by, I wouldn’t change much. Life is very good. But that doesn’t address the picture in my head — that picture most of us painted on that invisible canvas. I contend that picture is what causes us many problems in life as we reflect on what was “supposed” to be and what really happened. But perhaps the sooner we can forget about that picture in our head and focus on the masterpiece we paint every day, the sooner we can realize that smiles don’t have to be painted on ... they can just happen. Putnam County Record Editor Terri Simon can be reached at email@example.com.
On the street
What is your favorite winter activity?
“We go out and play in the snow. We build snowman forts. I want to take the kids ice skating this year. We do this with our kids, Beckham and Blake.” Rhiannon and Beckham Baker, Granville
“I sleep during the day and work during the night. I have 14 grandkids who I play in the snow with. We make snowmen.” Al Sampson, Granville
“Go sledding with the kids. It’s lots of fun. We usually go to Mark.” Jimmy Mack, Hennepin
“I stay in the house watching TV.” Lindsey Huebbe, Granville.
“I go hunting. I like bow; I do archery. I am on the Granville Fire crew so we all like to have fun at the fire station. I like fire training outside when it’s cold with all the guys.” Josh Hayungs, Granville
Of profits and poverty I was reading a news article, in Forbes magazine, yesterday that was attempting to explain why the U.S. government is giving the oil companies tax subsidies. A couple of reasons made at least some sense. Some of the tax subsidy money goes to helping low income families’ heat to survive winters such as this. A few others also go toward humanitarian efforts. However, that rings hollow when you consider Exxon alone posted a record profit of nearly $10 billion last quarter. That’s correct. After paying all of their operating costs, wages and management bonuses, Exxon is on track to make more than $35 billion in profit in a year, while the U.S. government pays them more money to do the right thing. Meanwhile, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 31.6 percent of Americans were in poverty for at least two months from 2009 to 2011. That’s a 4.5 percent increase over the pre-recession period of 2005 to 2007. Poverty was a temporary state for most people; however, 3.5 percent of Americans were in poverty for the entire three-year period. Let that sink in for a moment. Nearly one third of the nation spent a portion of a three-year period liv-
Ken Schroeder COMMENTARY ing in poverty status. That’s one hundred million people, give or take. I’m not begrudging a company’s right to make a profit (in fact, would some of you go to Washington, D.C., and show our government how to do this?), but when our country is in debt and large portions of the populace struggle to feed themselves, giving money to these companies seems like a misplaced priority. I was not a George W. Bush fan (understatement), but in 2008, he did something that I agreed with — the 2008 stimulus package he passed (estimated at a cost of $158 billion) put money directly in the public’s pockets (importantly, the people who made less than $150,000 a year), which allowed people to get ahead of bills or spend money on a few nice things they might not otherwise have done. Meanwhile, the Recovery Act of 2009 (which will cost over $800 billion over the 11 years of the package) puts money mainly into infrastructure, tax incentives and
welfare, or to put it in terms of who receives the money, construction businesses, businesses that might otherwise move overseas to increase their profits and the 4.1 percent lowest income. I am not an economics expert. I don’t really understand the Keynesian theory that the 2009 stimulus package was based on nor do I understand how giving oil companies tax subsidies and tax breaks (up to 6 percent) is necessarily a good thing. What I do know is there’s a major disparity in who can afford to live in today’s world and who struggles to make it day-to-day. Economists may say the Great Recession is over, but I’m not seeing that in Illinois’ current 8.9 percent unemployment rate. Instead of sending my tax dollars to companies who (for the most part) don’t really need it, could the government please send it to the small business owner and the 31.6 percent of Americans who fell below the poverty line during the last five years? If it helps any, I’ll admit that, in this case, Bush might have been right. I’m not a liberal, but that still hurt. Ken Schroeder can be reached at kschroeder@putnamcountyrecord. com.
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Smoldering on the new law To the Editor, The 2014 Illinois cigarette butt law is ridiculous. Let me say first that I detest litterbugs of all kinds and have had arguments on the roadways with drivers who threw junk out of their windows. I have been a motorcycle rider my entire life and have had cigarettes butts/flying ashes flicked on me several times from igno-
rant automobile drivers. I personally agree that it is wrong. But do we really need a law to declare that cigarette butts are litter? Definition of litter: Waste products that have been disposed improperly, without consent, at an inappropriate location. We don’t need politicians to pass laws like this when they should be working on legitimate important legislation (like addressing the unfunded pension problem). The law also requires owners of property where ille-
gal “butt flicking” takes place to provide enough litter receptacles or be fined $100. They have 10 days after receiving a warning to provide the needed receptacles or be fined $25 for each waste receptacle not in place. How many receptacles per square foot will be required for careless people to not litter, so that someone else will not be held responsible for their actions? I don’t like seeing piles of cigarette butts where people congregate to smoke,
but I never would have thought of holding anyone other than the litterbug responsible. I know people that smoke who dispose of their butts the way I was taught in the Army many years ago. You simply twist off the lighted end and put the butt in your pocket until you get the opportunity to properly dispose of it. This is another example of the trend in our society away from personal responsibility. Joseph Yochum Granville
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McNabb’s north lift to get a facelift By Ken Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
MCNABB — The north lift station is under consideration for some maintenance upgrades. That was just one of the items on the agenda at the McNabb Village Board on Jan. 8. The board is looking to replace the pump and motor for the station. Public Works Supervisor Bob Mekley has prices for a used pump and an explosive pump
and motor but will also inquire for a new non-explosive set. Nonexplosive pumps are recommended for transfer of materials in a hazardous atmosphere, but village engineer Jack Kusek told the board one is not necessary since the pump will be placed underwater. Kusek is also looking for quotes for a new 60 kilowatt generator for the lifthouse. He said he should have figures for the February meeting.
In other action, the board: • Received a thank you from guest Andy Jackson, head of the Putnam County Emergency Medical Service. Mekley has been clearing the driveway to the department during the recent snow storms. • Instructed Mekley to purchase a light bar for emergency night work. • Received a thank you from the village of Washington, Ill., for contributions made to the town clean-up after the November tornado. • Heard a progress report on the Paul Street Property clean-up. Village President Mike Vaskie said no more action will take place until after Jan. 23. • Discussed the current snow route ordinance. The ordinance will be amended at the next meeting and signs will be posted on Main Street informing residents vehicles must be moved after an inch or more of snow.
IVCC offers water supply operators class OGLESBY — Water Supply Operations II will be offered by Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center Feb. 4 through May 13. The 14 session, 6 to
9:20 p.m. Tuesday class, PWS 1201 349, prepares participants for the Class B operator’s license examination administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Topics include oxidation, filtration, ion exchange and process waste removal. Students will receive three hours college credit. Requirements include three years of study,
training and experience in water supply orientation and high school diploma or GED equivalent. Course fee is $499. To register, call (815) 2240447.
GRANVILLE — Putnam County Clerk Dan Kuhn will be at the Putnam County High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 to register any
individual who is eligible to vote. The voter registration will be open to the public and to any students who will turn 18
SPRING VALLEY — A food service sanitation manager certification course will be offered at St. Margaret’s Hospital, 600 E. First St., Spring Valley, on Jan. 25 and
Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A test is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 1. This is a state-approved, 15-hour course for the Illinois Food Safety Certification. All food service
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es, the first step is to shut the water off immediately. • Owens said in older homes, it’s always a good idea to double check and make sure the water shut-off valve is working properly. • Never leave the garden hose attached to an outside spigot. While it seems harmless, keeping the hose connected could affect the indoor pipes. • For piping that is located on an outdoor wall — usually kitchen sink pipes — it’s always a good idea to open the cabinets under the sink to allow warmer air to cir-
culate around the plumbing. • Let the water in kitchen or bathroom sinks trickle. It keeps the water in the pipes moving and doesn’t allow it to sit and freeze in the pipes. Owens said this is especially relevant to modular homes. • If the pipes freeze, use a heat gun or hair dryer to blow warm air on the affected area. Owens said don’t use a flame torch, which could easily cause a fire or other hazard. • If there is a certain pipe in the home that has caused a lot of trouble over time, it’s a good idea to replace it with
Pex Piping, which is made from plastic material. The plastic has greater ability to expand if a pipe does freeze. Pipes split because ice expands further than water and creates more pressure the pipe cannot handle. • Owens said it’s always handy to have phone numbers for the local plumber, city or village water department or electric department written down in a safe place, so when an emergency does happen, they are readily available. Comment on this story at www.bcrnews.com.
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From Page 1 According to Owens, some things to keep in mind: • The No. 1 thing everyone should know is where their main water shutoff valve is located within their home. Owens said it can normally be found in the basement, next to the water pressure tank or water meter. In case there is an emergency where someone needs to quickly shut the water off, it’s helpful to know exactly where the valve is located. When a pipe freez-
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Lady Panthers win two big games By Dixie Schroeder
PC/Hall co-op wrestlers have strong week By Dixie Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
The PC/Hall co-op wrestling squad split their efforts between two tournaments on Jan. 11 and showed well in both. At the varsity level, PC/Hall took eight wrestlers to the Prairie Central Tournament in Fairbury. The 15-team tournament is a well respected event that is a superior pre-showing of what the IHSA state wrestling tournament might look like. Of the eight PC/Hall wrestlers, five placed in their weight class. At the 152-pound weight class, junior Ben Garland placed third overall. Earning fourth place finishes, were seniors Mario Flores in the 126-pound weight class and Matt Briddick at the 195-pound weight class. At the 160-pound weight class, junior Cole Elliot took home fifth place. Co-captain, senior Nathan Tonozzi also took a fifth place finish at the 170-pound weight division. Overall Argenta-Oreana High School took home first place as a team with 177 points. PC/Hall took 10th place with 75 points. Head coach Jerry Kriewald was happy with the results of his small squad. “This is the toughest varsity tournament we go to and the best we have done,” he said. “”There are 22 returning state place winners that participated in this tournament. We had a good day!” On the junior varsity side of the team, PC/Hall participated in the Amboy High School junior varsity tournament on Jan. 11. The squad did well with several wrestlers placing in their respective weight divisions. Newcomer to the mats, junior R.J. Copeland took a second place finish in the 145-pound weight division. In the 152-pound weight class, sophomore Luke McCook also brought home a second place finish. Sophomore Evan Kiphart also took home a second place finish in the 195-pound weight division. Sophomore Nick Bouxsein earned a third place finish in the 160-pound weight class. Junior Josh McConnell took a fourth place in the 170-pound weight division. The PC/Hall co-op will hit the mats next on Jan. 18 in the Kewanee Invitational. Start time for the event is 9 a.m.
Sports Shorts Special Olympics GRANVILLE — The Starved Rock Area Special Olympics Committee will conduct an Individual Basketball Skills competition on Jan. 18, at Putnam County High School. Sixty;-five Special Olympic athletes from Bureau, Grundy, Henry, LaSalle, Putnam and Stark counties will participate in this event. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited. There is no admission fee.
GRANVILLE — The holiday break has brought another present to the Putnam County Lady Panthers. The Associated Press has now ranked the team number five in the state in the latest IHSA Class 1A Poll. The team is tied with Brimfield. The Lady Panthers also received a first place ranking in the upcoming Tri-County Tournament which will be played starting Jan. 18. Putnam County 51, IVC 50 On Jan. 11, at home the Lady Panthers faced a stiff challenge from the Class 3A Lady Grey Ghosts of Illinois Valley Chillicothe High School. Playing in front of an unusually large hometown crowd, the Lady Panthers were the underdogs from the start. In the first quarter, Stephanie Wilson picked up two quick fouls to limit her playing time in the game from that point. Daniela Pavlovich put up five points, with Megan Rehn adding two and Wilson one. The first quarter score was 11-8 in the Lady Ghosts’ favor. The second quarter had the Lady Panthers still playing catch up as other members of the squad took their shots at the basket. Carly Gonet chipped in five points while Taylor Pettit and Allison Voss came in off the bench and added three points each. Wilson upped her point total to five points along with Venessa Voss who chipped in three. The second quarter had the Lady Panthers trailing by as much as 10 points. However at 2:17 left in the first half, Gonet started a mini-rally for the Panthers when she stole the ball and was fouled. She sank her two attempts from the free throw line. That bought the score up to 26-20. The Panther defense hung tough only allowing one more basket as the half finished as the teams traded possessions and shots. Then with 10 seconds left in the half, Rehn stole the ball up court and threw an alley-oop pass up to Pavlovich who then scored to bring the game to 28-25 at the halftime buzzer. In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers’ shooting attempts were even with the Lady Ghosts as each team added 11 points to their scores to take the game to a 39-36 finish at the end of the quarter. Both teams were hitting the rebounds hard and played tight. The fourth quarter made the difference in the game as the Lady Panthers turned up their shooting, surpassing the Lady Ghosts 15-11 in the quarter. The home squad kept cutting their deficit down and tied the game at 46 all with 1:11 left to play. IVC shot a two-pointer to take the lead, 48-46 and PC called a timeout with 54.9 left in the game. The Panthers came out of the time out and Pavlovich showed why she is one of the premiere players in the game as she sank a three-point shot, and then stole the ball from IVC’s possession and sank a layup to take the game to a 51-48 score. IVC then took a timeout and game out of the break and got the ball to center Hallie Shirley who shot a quick two points to bring the game to 51-50. PC then called a timeout with 14.1 seconds left in the game and came out of their huddle to miss a shot that allowed an IVC rebound. However the Lady Ghosts lost the ball and the game ended with a final score of 51-50. Pavlovich led all scorers in the game with 16
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Putnam County’s Megan Rehn guards IVC’s Madi Horack on Jan. 11 when the Lady Panthers edged the Lady Ghosts, 51-50. points. Gonet added 10 with Wilson in limited playing time at five points. Shirley had 11 points for IVC. Putnam County 44, Ottawa Marquette 39 In Tri-County Conference action on Jan. 9, the Lady Panthers took on the Ottawa Marquette Lady Crusaders in an away game. The Crusaders had a hot start, slowing down the Lady Panthers’ quick game play in the first half. At the end of the first quarter the Lady Panthers were behind 12-1. In the second quarter both sides were offensively slow, but picked up speed as the quarter progressed. Pavlovich’s three-point shot along with Lydia Warren’s two-point bucket, upped the score to 15-12. The quarter progressed and Pavlovich hit another thee-point shot to take the Lady Panthers to a 21-19 score in the Lady Cru’s favor going into the half time break. The Lady Crusaders again dominated the offense in the third quarter, taking an early 23-21 lead, but the Lady Panthers worked steadily to catch up and Gonet hit a three-point shot to bring the team within six points at the end of the third quarter 33-27. At the beginning of the third quarter, the Lady Panthers’ team co-captains tied the scores with Gonet and then Pavlovich hitting two consecutive three-point shots to tie the game at 33 all. Pavlovich then had two steals and Wilson added a 17-foot jump shot that took the score to 39-35 in the Panthers’ favor. The rally continued in the fourth quarter, despite the Lady Cru making it tough, for a final score of 44-39. Pavlovich added a team high 18 points as Gonet chipped in 11 and Wilson 10 for the Panthers. The Lady Panthers take their 17-1, (2-0 TCC) record into the Tri-County Tournament where they will play the winner of the No. 4 ranked Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint Washburn and No. 5 ranked Midland at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.
Pitcher/catchers camp GRANVILLE — Former Putnam County High School baseball coach/athletic director Dave Garcia is bringing the Mizuno Pitchers/ Catchers Camp to PCHS on Jan. 26. There will be two-hour sessions each for grades 4-8 and grades 9-12. Pitchers will work 1 on 1 with Travis Webb, current Parkland College pitching coach and Philadelphia Phillies scout. Webb is the owner of Controlled Chaos Baseball. A former Milwaukee Brewers draftee in 2003, Webb has worked closely with the Phillies on drafting area players from central Illinois. Webb is the pitching coach of the Parkland Cobras in his fourth year of coaching at the college level. Catchers will work 1 on 1 with Garcia, now the head baseball Coach of the Parkland Cobras. Garcia has coached professionally in the Frontier League for the last five years working with catchers and hitters since 2009. Before taking over at Parkland, Garcia was the head baseball coach at Putnam County High School. To register, visit www.readyregister.com or email Webb at controlledchaosbaseballllc@ gmail.com.
Panthers notch Tri-County win By Dixie Schroeder email@example.com
STREATOR — The Putnam County Panthers basketball squad traveled to the home of the Streator Woodland Warriors on Jan. 10 and left their mark with a Tri-County win, 64-45. The first half of the game had the teams keeping a pretty tight score on each other. At the end of the first quarter there was only a fourpoint difference with a score of 17-13, the Panthers being on top. In the second quarter, the
Warriors outscored the Panthers 10 to 8. This led to a score of 25-23 going into the locker room. Coach Josh Nauman had to have laid down the law at halftime because the Panthers came out of the locker room a new team. They outscored Woodland 18 to 8 in the third quarter and 21 to 14 in the fourth quarter to lay the smack down on the Warriors and the game for the win. Leading all scorers was Harold Fay with 24 points. Fay shot 67 percent from the field on
his two-point shots, had four rebounds and two steals. Alec Veverka had a big night, following Fay with 13 points. He shot 75 percent on his twopoint shots, pulled down eight rebounds and had four blocked shots. Evan Kreiser added seven points, pulling down three rebounds and two assists and two steals. Nick DiazDeLeon pulled down five offensive rebounds and added two assists in the game. Sam Garland added two steals and two blocked shots. One of the keys to the Panthers’ win was
turnovers. The Panther defense had Woodland on a shaky sea, forcing 27 turnovers during the contest, twice as many as the Panthers. This allowed the Panthers to pick up 18 steals and dish out 18 assists in the contest. Austin Biagini and Michael Weide were the steal leaders with four each. Biagini also had six assists while Weide had four for the Panthers. The next contest for the Panthers will be Jan. 17 at home when they play the Henry High School Mallards.
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Xavier Warren making the grade
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Putnam County Lady Junior Varsity Panthers fight for a rebound on Jan. 11.
Putnam County JV beats IVC JV By Dixie Schroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANVILLE — In front of a full gym at home on Jan. 11, the Putnam County Lady Panther junior varsity basketball squad took on the Illinois Valley Chillicothe Lady Grey Ghosts junior varsity basketball team. Both teams started slow offensively and the score was tied 6-6 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter action heated up offensively the Lady Panthers poured in 11 points to the Lady Ghost’s seven, to set a 17-13 lead at halftime. Tori Smoode had scored eight points in the first half with Margaret Voss adding five. In the second quarter the fouls came fast and furious along with the Lady Ghosts’ offense. Voss picked up three fouls before the end of the third quarter and Kaitlyn Edgecomb had four. At the end of the third
quarter, IVC had taken down the Lady Panthers’ lead to one point with a score of 23-22. In the fourth quarter with the game still tight at :48.8 seconds left in the game, Ashlyn Hagge was fouled and sank one of two free throws to move the lead to 32-29. However with Margaret Voss’ fourth foul, IVC’s Kyle Milliken hit one of two free throws to bring the game to 32-30. Both teams traded fouls then for the balance of the game until time ran out. The final score had the Lady Panthers still on top 32-30. The Lady Panthers’ Smoode led all players with 14 points. Hagge added eight points. Haylie Johnigk had 13 for the Lady Ghosts. The squad has some time off while the varsity participates in the Tri County Tournament. Their next game will be against Hall at home on Feb. 1.
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GRANVILLE — A lot of things change in one’s life when a person graduates high school. Some get jobs. Some go on to college. Others, like student/athlete Xavier Warren add in playing a sport to their college life. Warren, who graduated from Putnam County High School in the spring of 2013, was recruited by Mitch Koester of Kaskaskia Junior College in Centralia. Koester, who is head coach of the baseball program has built a nationally ranked program which Warren was only too happy to join. “We just finished a fall season of 20 games,” Warren said. “As soon as that ended we went straight into our winter workouts, five days a week. It’s pretty much year round work.” Warren explained Koester knows a lot about the game as he graduated from Purdue University. “He’s pretty cool. He knows how to talk to the players and understands what we need to do,” he said. Koester has been pleased with Warren’s progress. “Xavier will be a key part of our team this coming spring. He has shown the ability to make some adjustments at the plate and ended up having a really good fall,” Koester said. Warren manned right field and also played some center field as a starter for Blue Devils this past fall. His starting role proved to be a little challenging as he learned there were some differences in college play to high school play. “College is definitely a
lot faster and a lot quicker pace than high school is,” he said. The Blue Devils were Warren actually ranked seventh in the nation for the National Junior College Athletic Association. The ranking was based in part on the success of the program in the spring of 2013 when they were participants in the NJCAA Junior College World Series, were the Northern District Champions and the Region XXIV Champions, he said. “We went 18-2 this past fall, so we have done really, really good,” Warren said. The off-season winter workouts are patterned after Purdue University’s workouts, according to Warren. “We are a junior college baseball program, but we
are practicing at a Division 1 college level,” Warren said. “We run a lot and lift just as much and then we stretch quite a bit so we don’t lose flexibility.” On the academic side of the college life, Warren is busy doing his general education classes as Kaskaskia. He is planning on majoring in sports journalism. He has found that Putnam County High School prepared him well for college. “College classes have not been that hard,” he said. “It’s more difficult than high school, but its not what people would think.” There are about 35 student/athletes on the Blue Devil squad in the spring. Of that number, there will be 12 to 15 pitchers, said Warren, which will leave a little more than that for position players. Warren has been told by Koester he will be starting in the spring season starting Feb. 15 for
Kaskaskia. The first week of the spring season will be spent in Mississippi playing games. The team will play in Mattoon as the farthest north, and then travel to Missouri and Indiana for other games. The traveling was something else Warren hadn’t expected. “The traveling will be way different, much different than going 45 minutes at the most away,” he said. “We will also be playing at Lakeland College where a good friend of mine Cody Ballerini goes, we grew up together. So it will be pretty fun to play against him.” Warren knows that ultimately, attending a junior college will help prepare him for Division 1. “I knew going in it would be a challenge, and I like challenges,” he said. “I think about that every day I go into the weight room. I want to get better.”
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Community Blood drive Jan. 20 MAGNOLIA — The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the Magnolia United Methodist Church from noon to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20. To make an appointment, contact Lisa Johnson at 815-882-2336. Walk-ins are welcome.
Special Olympics skills competition set GRANVILLE — The Starved Rock Area Special Olympics Committee will conduct an individual basketball skills competition on Jan. 18 at Putnam County High School in Granville. Sixty-five Special Olympic athletes from Bureau, Grundy, Henry, LaSalle, Putnam and Stark counties will participate in this event. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited. There is no admission fee.
Support group meeting PERU – The Illinois Valley Alzheimer’s Group will have its monthly Caring Friends support group meeting for caregivers, family and friends at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Red Cross office at 1530 Fourth St. in Peru. For more information, call 815-339-6465 or 815-223-1885.
Woodcrafters meeting PRINCETON — The next woodcrafters meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Bureau County Senior Center, 16 W. Marion St. in Princeton. Anyone interested in woodworking is invited to attend.
Scholarships available OGLESBY — Students can now apply for more than 100 scholarships available for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters at Illinois Valley Community College. The deadline to apply for 2014-15 academic awards is March 7. The application is available at www.ivcc. edu and from the IVCC Foundation office (C-202). Applicants must also file a FAFSA online by April 18.
Casting Call for Stage 212’s ‘God’s Favorite’ LASALLE — Director Dixie Schroeder has announced auditions for Stage 212’s 2014 spring production, “God’s Favorite,” Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy, will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 at the theater, 700 First Street in LaSalle. A modern retelling of the story of Job, “God’s Favorite” centers on Joe Benjamin, a successful businessman who has it all, including a demanding wife, ungrateful children and wisecracking house-
hold employees. As if that weren’t enough, his problems are compounded when he is visited by angel on a mission to test Joe’s faith and report back to the Boss. Schroeder will be casting five men: two able to play 45-65, one able to play 25-30, one able to play 18-24 and one who can be any age; and three women: one able to play 45-65, one able to play 18-24 and one who can be any age. Those auditioning will be asked to read selected passages from the
Library Corner Condit (Putnam) — Enjoy coffee while selecting your book at the Condit Library. The Condit Branch Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. McNabb — Saturday Stories are at 10 a.m. Saturday at the McNabb Branch Library for children in early elementary school. January projects include science experiments and art projects with winter themes. Come join us. Celebrate winter, snow and frosty mornings during Preschool Storyhour for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old at the McNabb Library at 11 a.m. every
Saturday. Magnolia — Join us for Book Trade Days! Through the month of January, the Magnolia library will offer patrons the opportunity to choose a book for their own collection. There are two ways to participate: by making a donation to the library for the trade books you choose or by trading one of your books for another title to take home. Stop in to browse book trade titles today. Magnolia library has homework hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year. Children have the opportunity to have their completed homework
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script. Familiarity with the script is not required to audition. Perusal scripts will be available at the Stage 212 box office during regular office hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, contact Schroeder at 815876-0486. “God’s Favorite” will be presented April 4-13. Stage 212 auditions are open to all regardless of prior theatrical experience.
10 Life/Classified 10 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, January 15, 2014
–––– Classifieds ––– General Terms and Policies The Putnam County Record reserves the right to classify correctly, edit, reject or cancel any advertisement at any time in accordance with its policy. All ads must be checked for errors by the advertiser, on the first day of publication. We will be responsible for the first incorrect insertion, and its liabilities shall be limited to the price on one insertion. CLASSIFIED LINE AD & LEGAL DEADLINES: • Wednesday Paper deadline Thursday before by 3pm We Accept
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**************** PUBLISHER'S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call, HUD tollfree at 800 669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 800 927-9275
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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the availability of registration and voting aids under the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, and of the availability of assistance in marking the ballot and procedures for voting by absentee ballot for the upcoming General Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (10ILCS 5/121) DANIEL S. KUHN Putnam County Clerk & Election Authority Published in the Putnam County Record Jan. 15, 2014.
with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative within 10 days after it has been filed and proof of such
mailing must be filed with the Court. Dated: December 31, 2013. Randall H. Borri Independent Executor
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PO Box 174 Henry, IL 61537 (309)364-2354 Published in the Putnam County Record Jan. 8, 15 and 22, 2014.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS CAUSE NO. 13-TX-14: TO THE FOLLOWING NAMED PERSONS (AND IF DECEASED, TO THEIR UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES), AND TO THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, AND TO ALL INTERESTED DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES THEREOF, INCLUDING AMONG OTHERS PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK, PUTNAM COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY, STATE OF ILLINOIS ATTORNY GENERAL, STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY , STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPT OF HEALTHCARE & FAMILY SERVICES (PUBLIC AID), STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPT OF PUBLIC AID, TECH RECOVERY, LAKE THUNDERBIRD ASSOCIATION C/O JEFFREY SCOTT SELL, LAKE THUNDERBIRD ASSOCIATION, AND TO OCCUPANTS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND PARTIES INTERESTED IN THE PARCELS HEREINAFTER NAMED: Parcel Number Owners/Parties Interested Cert Number Street Or Common Address 02-00-052-050 STACY CONSTRUCTION CO. 2010-00012 03-00-035-050 PIEKARZ, PAWEL & MONIKA 2010-00033 15 MALIBU DR 03-00-039-250 STACY CONSTRUCTION CO. 2010-00042 4 PADDOCK CT 03-00-047-040 BLANCO, JEFFREY J 2010-00048 14 WOOD DR 03-00-047-040 CALVARY GOSPEL CHURCH 2010-00048 14 WOOD DR 03-00-048-160 PAJAC, JOSEPH G JR 2010-00051 48 CATALINA DR 03-00-048-160 PAJAC, BONNE 2010-00051 48 CATALINA DR 03-00-059-010 FRY, JARRELL D 2010-00056 22 LAKE SHORE DR 03-00-059-300 WORKER, DENVER L III 2010-00057 24 FOOTHILL DR 03-00-062-140 DEVICK, STEVE 2010-00061 479 LAKE THUNDERBIRD DR 03-00-062-140 RICHARDSON, ETHAN 2010-00061 479 LAKE THUNDERBIRD DR 03-00-062-140 SHIELDS, KATHLEEN 2010-00061 479 LAKE THUNDERBIRD DR 03-00-065-040 STACY CONSTRUCTION CO. 2010-00065 15 DOGWOOD DR 03-00-078-260 NOLAND, PATRICK 2010-00074 19 SENACHWINE CIR 03-00-079-240 MOTT, JOHN C 2010-00075 7 POPLAR DR 03-00-081-160 KOEHLER, SHAWN M 2010-00077 19 COMANCHE CT 03-00-081-160 BURR, HAROLD 2010-00077 19 COMANCHE CT 03-00-081-160 SHIELDS, KATHLEEN 2010-00077 19 COMANCHE CT 03-00-082-030 STACY CONSTRUCTION CO. 2010-00078 4 NAVAJO CT 03-00-083-050 BARTON, TRUSTEE (BEACON HILL), HENRY RUWE 2010-00079 9 AZTEC CIR 03-00-084-090 GALLOIS, WAYNE A. 2010-00082 14 CHEROKEE CT 03-00-084-240 JOHNSON, BETTY M 2010-00083 19 INDIAN HILLS DR 03-00-084-260 POTERUCHA, MARIAN 2010-00084 123 INDIAN HILLS DR 03-00-085-040 HERTZ, ETUX, WILLIAM A. 2010-00086 128 INDIAN HILLS DR 04-00-040-220 YOUELL, PAMELA J 2010-00094 04-00-040-220 CREW, GLENN ET UX 2010-00094 04-00-043-040 THUNDER BAY DEVELOPMENT CO 2010-00095 04-00-043-040 FERRELL, DENISE J 2010-00095 04-25-071-000 THUNDER BAY DEVELOPMENT 2010-00104 04-25-071-000 FERRELL, DENISE J 2010-00104 04-26-051-000 THUNDER BAY DEVELOPMENT 2010-00108 E OF HWY 26 04-26-051-000 FERRELL, DENISE J 2010-00108 E OF HWY 26 TAKE NOTICE THAT THE ABOVESAID PARCELS WERE SOLD ON NOVEMBER 15, 2011, FOR GENERAL TAXES FOR THE YEAR 2010 AND PRIOR YEARS, AND THAT THE PERIOD OF REDEMPTION FROM SUCH SALE EXPIRES JUNE 12, 2014. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT A PETITION FOR ORDER DIRECTING ISSUANCE OF TAX DEEDS HAS BEEN FILED IN THE ABOVESAID CAUSE AS TO THE ABOVE-NAMED PARCELS BY PUTNAM COUNTY, AS TRUSTEE, AND THAT ON JUNE 26, 2014 AT 11:00 AM, SAID PETITIONER WILL APPLY FOR AN ORDER THAT A TAX DEED ISSUE AS TO EACH ABOVESAID PARCEL NOT REDEEMED ON OR BEFORE JUNE 12, 2014. /S/ PUTNAM COUNTY AS TRUSTEE, PETITIONER. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE COUNTY CLERK ADDRESS: 120 N 4TH STREET, HENNEPIN, IL 61327 TELEPHONE: (815) 925-7129 Published in the Putnam County Record Jan. 15, 22 and 29, 2014.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF ) HILDA J. BORRI, ) Deceased. ) Case No. 13-P-15 CLAIMS NOTICE Notice is given of the death of HILDA J. BORRI, deceased, 215 E. Hennepin Street, Mark, Putnam County, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on December 20, 2013, to Randall H. Borri, 26626 75th Street, Salem, WI 53168, whose attorney is Ryan J. Anderson, 611 Second Street, P.O. Box 174, Henry, IL 61537. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of said Court at the Putnam County Courthouse, PO Box 207, 120 N. Fourth Street, Hennepin, IL 61327 on or before July 8, 2014, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by 755 ILCS 5/18-3, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before said date is barred. Copies of a claim filed
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FULL TIME MARKETING/ GRAPHIC DESIGNER The award winning Bureau County Republican is currently seeking a full time Marketing/Graphic Designer in our Advertising Department. The successful candidate must have the ability to meet daily deadlines and work in a team environment. Responsibilities of this position include using a Mac to produce classified display advertising. You will be required to process, create, design and edit ads. Candidates also need to be knowledgeable of computer programs including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. Flash experience a plus. Good organizational skills and the ability to work creatively and independently is a must. The Bureau County Republican offers a competitive wage and benefit package. For more information or to submit your resume please contact:
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12 From You 12 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Menus Putnam County Schools Breakfast Jan. 20 — No school. Jan. 21 — Sausage and toast or cereal, toast, fruit, juice, milk. Jan. 22 — Scrambled eggs with croissant or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Jan. 23 — Whole grain muffin or cereal, Gogurt, fruit, juice, milk. Jan. 24 — Cereal, toast, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch Jan. 20 — No school. Jan. 21 — Sub sandwich on whole grain bun, green beans, mandarin oranges, milk Jan. 22 — Whole grain mini corn dogs, sweet potato fries, pears, frozen juicy treat, milk. Jan. 23 — Grilled chicken sandwich, romaine/spinach salad, banana, cookie, milk. Jan. 24 — Cheese stuffed bread-
sticks with marinara sauce, corn, applesauce, raisins, milk.
Putnam County Community Center Jan. 20 — PCCC closed for Martin Luther King holiday. Jan. 21 — Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli/cauliflower/cheese sauce/roll and butter, dessert. Jan. 22 — Lemon pepper chicken, baked potato/sour cream, broccoli florets, Mandarin oranges, frosted cake, dinner roll. Jan. 23 — Tuna and noodles, tossed salad, roll and butter, dessert. Jan. 24 — Corned beef, red potato wedges, carrots, apricot halves, vanilla wafers, rye bread. ••• To make reservations, call 815339-2711 at least 24 hours before the meal. The menu is subject to change.
Events at Starved Rock State Park UTICA — Everyone is welcome for the annual Winter Drum Circle in the Great Hall at Starved Rock Lodge at 3 p.m. Jan. 19. There will be plenty of drums for all, so attendants can feel free to join in the music making. Explore the roots of rhythm and learn to play the West African djembe, the ashiko and the dundunba. All ages are welcome to come and enjoy an afternoon of interactive, creative music making. A suggested donation is $5 for adult, $3 for seniors and $1 for students. Join Petunia the Skunk and her furry friends for a fun afternoon in the Great Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Deb Moreland returns to Starved Rock Lodge to share her extensive collection of pettable and holdable animals
such as tortoises, a long haired rabbit, white tailed deer and more. This event is free. Donations are welcome to help continue to bring quality programming to Starved Rock Lodge. Be delighted as love songs are performed in The Legacy Girls’ signature charming and light-hearted style. Come on out to Starved Rock Lodge for this event of love and laughs. Matinee performances include lunch and show for $32 per person. Evening performances include wine tasting, dinner and show for $37 per person. Performances will be at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13. For more information on these events or to make reservations for the Legacy Girls show, call 815-220-7386.
Putnam County Record photo/Ken Schroeder
Seven seniors at Putnam County High School were named Illinois State Scholars for 2014. They are (front row, from left) Amelia Lindstrom, Alicia Mallery, Loralee Wilson; and (back row) Nathan Ward, Justin Galetti, Jesse Goetsch and Tristan Keegan.
PCHS students receive state honor GRANVILLE — Seven students from Putnam County High School have been recognized as 201415 Illinois State Scholars. The award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) which recognizes high school students from across the state. Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 749 high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT, Prairie State Achievement Exam scores and/or class rank
at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunctions with ISAC to determine the winners. The Putnam County High School winners are: Justin Galetti, Jesse Goetsch, Tristan Keegan, Amelia Lindstrom, Alicia Mallery, Nathan Ward and Loralee Wilson. “It’s always a pleasure to announce a new group of Illinois State Scholars,” ISAC Executive Director Eric Zarnikow said. “These young people don’t just represent the best in educational excel-
lence in Illinois. Their hard work and continued success are going to be keys to the state’s economic well-being in the future.” “Each of these State Scholars can be very proud, and so can all of the families and educators at Putnam County High School who played a role in their achievement,” Zarnikow said. “Regardless of what type of education or training they choose to pursue after high school, we wish them all the best in college and in their careers.”
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