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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

School bus issues ... again PC School Board upset with Johannes Bus Service By Dixie Schroeder

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County School Board met for a special hearing and regular meeting on Sept. 16 at the Putnam County Elementary School.

During the consent agenda, Superintendent Jay McCracken bought the issue of problems with the new bus service — Johannes Bus Service — to the members of the school board. McCracken explained he was suggesting the district short the

company 10 percent of their August salary for poor service and multiple violations of contract. McCracken and building principals Ronda Cross and Mike Carlson explained multiple problems the company has had with the district since starting the school year. One of the biggest was that in the original contract, the district

had stipulated all buses should be equipped with two-way radios and digital video cameras. Cross and McCracken reported many of the buses don’t have the digital video cameras in the buses used on routes for Putnam County children. In addition to the contract issues, there have been problems with buses arriving excessively early

or late to school bus stops, causing children to miss buses; seating charts not being made or enforced on bus routes; and younger children not being bought back to the school when a parent or guardian is not at the bus stop to pick up the student. Cross also reported during registration, Johannes left early for a total of six

hours between the two days they were supposed to be on hand to explain bus routes to families in the district. McCracken, Cross and Carlson also noted the poor customer service they have received when calling Johannes that ranged from an average two-day return call policy by the company to

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Putnam County Library wants your input Public invited to attend planning meeting By Dixie Schroeder

HENNEPIN – The Putnam County Library Board will be hosting a public meeting on planning for the future of the library. This meeting is open to all Putnam County residents and will be located at the Hennepin library branch. The purpose of the meeting is to make long range plans for the library according to PC Library Board President Bob Steele. “Strategic goals is the way to look at this meeting,” said Steele. Originally in 1988 and again in 2000, this type of meeting was held to assist the library board is guiding the direction in which the library should be moving. For example in the 2000 meeting, it was noted the library needed a web presence and should utilize technology more. “As technology advances, we need to try to stay current with it,” said Steele. “Also we want to know what people expect of us. We now have more computers at each library location. This is all from the 2000 planning meeting.” The library board wants input from local residents as to what do they think of their local library branch. The board wants to learn directly from people who use the library what they, the residents are looking for in a library in modern times. The board will then Vol. 146 No. 4 One Section - 12 Pages The Putnam County

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take this input and work on how to meet those needs. “Our meeting on the 30th is an organizational meeting for the library board to try to determine how to make the assessment,” said Steele. “It is a public meeting, and everyone is welcome to come.” In 2000, the library board did a survey that went out to the Putnam County residents in the Putnam County Record. In addition, focus groups were formed to poll for information to help the board decide what to do for the library. Free programs for the public to enjoy, similar to what has been done during 2013, are a possibility for the future, according to Steele. “Under our prior Director Randi (Delatori), we had a number of programs that we held throughout the year,” said Steele. “We had the Purdue program; Matt Dean has given the ones on cooking; and we do hope to continue that.” The PC Library does try to stay current between long range planning sessions by keeping statistics on what books are being checked out and how many patrons use each location. This is also information used when planning a long range strategy for the library’s future. “It is really more for us to sit down and say ‘what are we going to do now to implement this strategic planning,’” said Steele.

Putnam County Record photo/Dixie Schroeder

Jim Reams (from left), John Sims and Dennis Taylor measure the diameter of the state of Illinois’ oldest white oak tree.

Historic tree is on the mend Illinois’ record white oak tree sustains damage By Dixie Schroeder

MCNABB — Richard Ashdown of rural McNabb knew he was in trouble when he heard the sound of a large crack in July coming from his white oak tree in his yard. The tree, listed as one of the oldest white oak trees in the state of Illinois, had a large limb that was breaking off of its trunk. “It happened on July 15 at 11 o’clock in the morning,” said Ashdown. “I heard a couple of large crack sounds from outside and knew as I looked out that I had trouble.”

The limb, which was 10 feet around and approximately 70 feet long, had started cracking. Dennis Taylor, an ISA Certified Arborist of Taylor’s Trees and Turf of Princeton, had his eyes on this tree long before the broken limb happened. “It’s been about two years. Whenever I am in the area, I drop by it,” said Taylor. “I got my brother’s company to come by, and we investigated and made contact with Dick.” Ashdown said, “As soon as they came by and talked to me, I knew I wanted them to work on the tree for me.”

Taylor’s Trees and Turf called in John Sims of John’s Tree and Lawn Care of Tiskilwa to assist in the delicate operation of saving the historic landmark of nature. “I made three trips down here that Monday when I saw it,” said Taylor. “After I showed John the pictures, he told me he could take care of it. I told him that he really should see the tree. After we came down here, he got out of the truck and saw the tree and went, ‘Holy Cow.’” Concerns for the tree included the fact that if the tree branch broke off too hard, it might tear into the tree trunk and also take

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GRANVILLE – The doors opened on Sept. 16, but Dollar General will celebrate its grand opening in Granville on Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. The first 50 shoppers Putnam County Record photo/Dixie Schroeder at the store will receive Dick Ashdown tried to count the age of the tree a $10 Dollar General gift by marking off five year rings with pins after the card, and the first 200 branch was cut down.

Tree From Page 1 off bark from the main trunk. According to Taylor, losing a branch that big off the tree could have led to further damage on a tree that old. It took Taylor and Sims along with Taylor employees Josh Taylor and Leo Artega about a day and a half to carefully set up a rope system to dangle them from upper branches and cut down the cracked limb. Extreme care was taken in not damaging other branches while working on the broken one. Neither Taylor nor Sims would take any payment for their work and considered it an honor to be able to help Ashdown and his tree. Ashdown joked that it only cost him a

couple of days’ lunches for the help. Ashdown took the opportunity of having an exposure of rings in the removed branch to count the number of rings to get an estimate of how old the tree is today. He estimates the tree could be 200 to 300 years old. Jim Ream, who had nominated the tree more than 30 years ago for the designation as the oldest white oak tree in Illinois was concerned for the health of the tree as well. Reams now measured the tree at 23.35 feet and in diameter and standing about 63 feet tall. In reference to the broken limb, Ashdown noted the tree has stood a real test of time. “I tell you, nature will take care of it,” said Ashdown. “It has taken care of it so far and will again.”

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Putnam County Record, Incorrect information was given by the Bureau/ P.O. Box 48, Granville, IL Putnam County Health Department to the Bureau 61326 County Republican for its Sept. 7 article on Lyme Disease. To date, there has been one confirmed case of Lyme Disease in Putnam County and three cases in Bureau County. Also, in both 2011 and 2012, there were three cases in Bureau County and one case in Putnam County in 2011 and also one case in 2012.


Bus service From Page 1 answering the phone with the phrase “what have we done wrong now?” All three administrators noted while they assumed there would be problems at the beginning of the year and were willing to work with Johannes, it seemed like the company was simply not able to handle the district’s transportation needs. They also noted some of the office people at Johannes just seemed overwhelmed. McCracken also emphasized the district was not upset with the individual drivers of the company but the customer service and owner response to the problems the district has had. Several board members commented on the prob-

shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways. “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar Gen-

eral’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our Granville customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.” Traditional Dollar General stores employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on the need.

lems the district had been having with Johannes. All were concerned with the apparent lack of concern from Johannes to the district’s issues. Jason Johannes, one of the owners of Johannes Bus Service, was in attendance and at first seemed almost nonchalant about the incidents he was informed of by the members of the administration during the meeting. McCracken and Johannes had previously discussed the 10 percent shortage of payment over the phone, and Johannes had disputed the plan. McCracken then brought the issue back up at the conclusion of the presentation. Johannes formally apologized on behalf of the company and agreed a 10 percent shortage on the payment of the August

bill would be accepted after McCracken said the next remedy would be to talk to the district lawyers about taking other steps to deal with the contract between the district and the company. In old business, the board then passed the Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget after reviewing it in the public hearing at 6 p.m. before the regular board meeting. According to McCracken, all funds are anticipated to be in the black at the end of the fiscal year. McCracken also introduced the district’s performance evaluation reform act, which is being worked on during the current school year. Ultimately this plan will develop an evaluation tool for staff that is to be implemented by the 2016 school year.

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Mark man dies in Spring Valley crash Crash is still under investigation SPRING VALLEY – A Mark man died on Sept. 19 shortly after his motorcycle struck a guardrail on Route 6 near the Spring Valley curves. Derrick S. Tate, 39, was

taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital around 6:25 p.m. and died shortly after his arrival, according to a press release issued by Spring Valley Police Department. The 10/33 Ambulance,

Spring Valley Fire Department along with the police department were dispatched to the scene. According to the press release, preliminary investigation revealed Tate was westbound on Route 6 on the Spring Valley Curves near the creek

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bridge. He failed to negotiate a curve and went off onto the shoulder and struck a guardrail. The accident remains under investigation by the police department and the Bureau County Coroner’s Officer.

The Putnam County Health Department will begin offering flu vaccinations on Oct. 1. They are now able to accept private insurance for flu vaccinations. Medicare Part B, cash and checks will also be accepted. Please bring a current insurance card or Medicare Part B card with you. Flu shots for adults are $25. Medicaid is not accepted for adult flu vaccines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) everyone age 6 months or older should get a flu shot. Following the “three C’s” (cover your cough, contain the spread of disease by staying home if you are sick, and control the disease by washing your hands) will also help keep your family healthy during flu season. On average 5-20 percent of Americans get the flu every year, with more than 200,000 being hospitalized (including 20,000 children) and 36,000 dying from flu complications.

Granville fire eyeing expansion By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE — The Granville Fire Department is looking for some rezoning in preparation for a new fire station. Department representative Ron Campbell came before the Granville Village Board with that request during the Sept. 17 board meeting. “The alley that we’re looking to vacate runs north and south in Block 15,” Campbell said. “Also, the original fire station is zoned commercial. The addition that was put on in 1988 is zoned R2, and the remainder of Lots 6, 7 and 8 are zoned R2. We need to get them changed to whatever we might need in order to open the station.”

In other action, the board: • Heard a report from Dan Siegmann of the Public Works Department. The roof of the shelter at Hopkins Park has been fixed, but the posts of the shelter are rotting in the ground. Repairs are planned for the spring. • Heard sewer Well No. 3 has been repaired and will be brought on line shortly. The pump still needs to be flushed out and checked out before it goes into service. • Discussed the storm drain and catch basin in front of the Chris Maggi residence on Thomlinson Street. The drain has apparently sunk into the ground and is gathering debris. The village has told Maggi that a vacuum truck will be brought in to clean it out once it’s economically feasible to do so. • Discussed the appearance of the sewer plant. Weeds and grasses have made the building an eyesore according to board member Lou Verda. The village is hoping to find someone to mow or spray the growth. • Agreed to donate $500 to the Putnam County School’s after-school wellness program. • Set Halloween hours for Oct. 31. The parade will line-up at 4:45 and step off at 5 p.m. Trick or treat hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The fire department currently occupies parts of Lots 5 and 6. While the proposed expansion to the fire station is not on paper yet, the fire

department has acquired the additional property in advance of the upcoming project. “I don’t see a problem with this,” said Doug

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The following clinics are for adults 19 years and older. Call the Putnam County Health Dept. for children’s flu shot appointments at 815-925-7326. Parents may also receive their flu shots at their child’s appointment. 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 1, Patrick Church Hall in Hennepin. 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 3, Putnam County Community Center in Standard. 9-11 a.m. Oct. 8, Sacred Heart Church Hall in Granville. No appointments are necessary. The best way to prevent the flu is getting a flu shot every year. For more information and updates on flu shot clinics in Bureau and Putnam counties go to the health department website at: www.bpchd. org or like them on Facebook at

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Marquis fighting for ethanol in Washington By Ken Schroeder

HENNEPIN — Members of Marquis Energy LLC of Hennepin recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., to address Congress. President and Production Manager Jason Marquis, CEO Mark Marquis, and Director of Communications and Political Affairs Dana Gustafson were among those representing fuel ethanol producers who are trying to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) alive. “The Renewable Fuel Standard basically tries to get America’s dependence on foreign oil lowered,” said Gustafson. “With ethanol production and domestic drilling, our domestic energy has increased.” Currently, most gaso-

line sold in America has a 10 percent ethanol content, and the Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 15 percent blend for cars built since 2000, which is good news for corn farmers but bad news for oil companies. “The oil companies have had quite a while to comply with this legislation, but they have put it off,” said Gustafson. “As such, they do not want to have to comply. It’s basically become a fight over marketshare. “Ethanol very quickly went from 1 percent of the fuel supply to 10 percent of the fuel supply, and the oil companies recognize that they’re probably never going to get that marketshare back,” said Gustafson. “Ethanol is the most economic American fuel produced at this point in

time.” The American Petroleum Institute has sent its spokesmen to Washington, D.C., to try to repeal the RFS. API spokesman Bob Greco said, “While the RFS may have been well-intentioned six years ago, it is a dangerous relic of America’s era of fuel scarcity. Today, the RFS is not just outdated; it is bad public policy that is poised to harm millions of consumers.” “Removing the RFS would allow oil companies to blend as they choose, and would remove any incentives for investing in further ethanol research,” said Gustafson. “Oil companies have had some of their best profits lately. They have deep pockets and are able to spread their misinformation about E-15 and ethanol. We’re currently

involved in a David-andGoliath battle with them. “They’re trying to use fear tactics to get people to call their congressmen (and say), ‘I hear this is bad for my car,’ but ethanol is the most tested fuel in the history of America,” Gustafson said. “They’ve done millions of miles of testing on it; NASCAR runs on it; they’ve never had any problems. “Henry Ford originally designed cars to work on ethanol,” said Gustafson. “The first Model T ran on ethanol; Ford called it the fuel of the future.” The RFS was established under the Energy Policy Act in 2005 by President George W. Bush, and set a requirement for 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended with gasoline by 2012.

Keep your butts out of the park By Ken Schroeder

HENNEPIN – Parks with playground equipment will soon be going smoke-free in Hennepin. That was the decision handed down at the village board meeting Sept. 18 after a presentation by the Bureau/Putnam Health Department and Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA). The program was presented by Becky Piano, health educator for the health department, Dawn Conerton for CPASA and Diana Rawlings, administrator for the health department. It highlighted the problems of second-hand smoke and included results of a poll taken by some local residents that indicated a

majority of residents are concerned about smoking in the parks. Rawlings produced a gallon Ziploc bag that was full of cigarette butts they had gathered from three of the parks in the village. “We found these this afternoon. Remember that a lot of young children will stick anything they find in the mouths,” said Rawlings. “There’s still residual nicotine in the butts. Studies show that only one to two milligrams can be toxic at that age.” The health department and CPASA will be providing signs for the parks and helping the village run a program in the school much like the Tar Wars programs. In other action, the board: • Voted to enter into a mutual agreement with

other communities in the county to have the tornado sirens in each town serviced by Ragan Communications at a lower rate. • Received an update on houses and buildings in town that have been contacted by the village in an effort to have the buildings cleaned up. • Agreed to donate $100 to the Bureau County Republican’s “Newspapers in Education” program, and $1,000 to the Putnam County School’s afterschool wellness program. • Learned of the strategic marketing meeting with the

Illinois Valley Area Chamber looking into ways to market Hennepin and the old steel mill site to new businesses and investors at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3. • Recognized Street Department Supervisor Tim Rylko for rescuing the town dock during the midApril flooding. • Set trick or treat hours for Hennepin at 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 31 with a parade in the park at 5:30. • Announced plans to turn one of the rooms in the town hall into a kitchenette to accommodate people who use the building.

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The plan is to select a team of seven applicants. One of the seven applicants needs to be a Rotarian, who will also serve as team leader. Application deadline is Oct. 20. Interviews will take place in November with the team being selected by Dec. 1. Dates for the project are Feb. 8-23. “This is an opportunity for northwest Illinois residents to share their skills and of themselves to make life better for those living in another part of the world. We are especially anxious for this project to help girls in this region have educational opportunities and the support services they need to pursue these opportunities,” noted P. Carter Newton, committee chair. District 6420 Gov. Ruth Lee added, “A Vocational Training Team trip could be the experience of a lifetime. People volunteering for this project will gain as much as the people whose lives they impact.” A link to the application can be found on the homepage of the district’s website: If you have questions, call Newton at 815-238-0318 or email cnewton@galgazette. com.

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More money = less money? Minimum wage mathematics The Illinois government hates businesses. Or maybe it’s just small businesses. I think it might be jealousy. Since the government can’t run the state profitably, it wants to make sure no one in the state can. The current problem — and I fully expect to be booed – is a proposed raise of the state’s minimum wage. It’s a bad idea. I understand the plight of minimum wage workers in this state and across the country. It’s tough to get by on something that’s just barely above the poverty level. At $8.25 an hour, a full-time person earns about $16,500 a year. That’s $1,000 more a year than the poverty level of a two person family. But it could be a lot COMMENTARY worse. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only three states have a higher minimum wage than Illinois, with the state of Washington leading the way at $9.19. Under Illinois Senate Bill 1565, the Illinois minimum wage would be brought up to $10.55 an hour by 2015, that amount being roughly equivalent to $1.60 in 1968 dollars, which was the minimum wage then. It’s a good idea if you’re a minimum wage worker — until you start to ask the question your boss is already asking. Where is the money going to come from? Employers will have to either raise prices or cut back on expenses — or more likely, both. What’s the No. 1 expense for almost all small businesses? If you said “labor,” you’ve already started to see the problem with the logic in this issue. For any congressmen reading this, here’s a quick primer of business: In order to stay in business, companies have to make a profit. If, in a very short time frame, small companies have to increase their employees’ pay by more than 20 percent and start offering mandated insurance (Affordable Care Act), then they have to take measures to keep that profit line going, including cutting labor. In all likelihood, the end result will be less employees making slightly more money to spend on things that had to go up in price in order to pay for their raises. If you hadn’t noticed, we have one of the highest unemployment rates already. As an indication of the problem, Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, has supported minimum wage hikes in the past. In committee, he voted against this bill, saying, “The timing here is terrible.” By the way, does anyone remember what the economy was like in 1968? I do. We were deep in doubledigit inflation, and wearing “WIN” buttons, trying to “Whip Inflation Now.” Raising the minimum wage at this point, just months before the beginning of mid-term elections, isn’t even a “feel good” attempt to solve the current fiscal problems of the state. It’s a blatant attempt to buy your vote. Don’t sell it cheap. Tonica News/Putnam County Record staff writer Ken Schroeder can be reached at

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First Person Megan Goetz City: Granville. Where did you grow up: Moline. Family: Husband — Kelly; son — Paul; daughter-in-law — Jodie; granddaughters — Alayna and Addison. Pets: Three cats: Mischief, Trouble and Gabby. Occupation: Administrative assistant at Putnam County Schools. What is the last song you listened to: “My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan. What is the last book you read: “Sun Stand Still.”

Megan Goetz and her granddaughter Addison Goetz. If you were stranded on a desert island and could take only one thing with you, what would it be: My family.

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‘And when shopping for furniture’ Once I determine which international governing body has the sole authority, there must be a procedure, or some excruciatingly detailed protocol to follow, when one wishes to petition for a change in the usual way of doing things. I’m talking about the age old, “in sickness and in health, for better or worse,” traditional marriage vows. While the idea of promising to give yourself so completely and unselfishly to another is serious business and quite appealing for many, I am proposing the addition of a single amendment which would, on the surface, appear to alleviate what I perceive to be the most frictioncausing event to the newly (or not so newly) betrothed. Whether performed by the local justice o’ the peace or your clergy member of choice, the simple phrase “and when shopping for furniture” could be tagged onto the end of the “I do” response segment of the ceremony, and when delivered with conviction and undying love, would leave nary a dry eye amongst the guests. I would never have thought this to be a serious consideration for wedded bliss, but for the fact that my wife and I, after 20 some odd years of marriage, (I’m not using odd as in “I have no idea how long we’ve been married.” I’m using odd as in “At times I can be very odd.”) began the long, arduous task of

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6 Biz Ag 6 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

IDR sets Putnam County’s final multiplier SPRINGFIELD — Putnam County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000 according to Brian Hamer, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the multiplier, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts). If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result. Under a law passed in 1975, property in Illinois should be assessed at one-third of its market value. Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and

equalization procedures, but with farmland assessed at onethird of its agriculture economic value. Farmland is not subject to the state equalization factor. Assessments in Putnam County are at 33.39 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2013 taxes, payable in 2014. Last year’s equalization factor was 1.0000. The final assessment equalization factor was issued after a public hearing on the tentative factor. The tentative factor issued in July 2013 was 1.0000. The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the price of individual properties sold over the last three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor. If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of

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Putnam County stays unbeaten in Tri-County By Dixie Schroeder

PCHS boys golfers post two wins By Dixie Schroeder

MCNABB – The Putnam County Panther varsity golf team posted two wins this week on their home course of Egewood. The Panthers posted the first of their two wins in a tight contest against Midland High School on Sept. 18. The Panthers won with a score of 197201. Leading the way for the Panthers was Nate Ward with a 47 on the front nine with a par 36. Coming in with a three way tie at 50 were Mitch Aimone, Michael Weide and Joe Cyr. Finishing up the effort was Christian Charbonneau with a 51 and Jon Mattern with a 52. Medalist for both teams was Jeff Beaver with a 44. Adam Holler had a 45 and Tyler Miller had a 54. Wyatt Colvin rounded out the Midland scoring with a 58. The win brings the Panthers record for the year to 5-6. In the junior varsity contest, Putnam County beat Midland by a final score of 230-262. Medalist for PC in the contest was Jared Williams with a 55. One stroke back with a 57 as Ryan Friel and Andy Mertel was one stroke back with a 58. Michael Laxner rounded out the scores with a 60. Midland was led by Nolan Drake with a 60. Jake Miller posted a 62, Isaiah Beaver a 69 and Jayden Hoskins a 71. The Panther JV is now 3-1 on the year. On Sept. 17, the Panthers took on Stark County and won 198-216. Co medalists for the meet were Charbonneau from PC and Dylan Knobloch from Stark County with scores of 48. The teams played the front nine with a par of 36. Following Charbonneau for the Panthers was Ward who was one shot back with a 49. Mattern followed him one shot back with a score of 50 and Weide and Aimone scored 51 and 52 respectively. Cyr rounded out the varsity scores with a 58. Stark County had Caleb Clancy, Luke Wilson and Hudson Elsasser all with 56 scores behind Knobloch. Ethan Scholl shot a 63 and Jared Code shot a 66 to complete the top six players. With the win the Panthers improved their record to 4-6. In the junior varsity game, the Putnam County junior varsity also won over the Stark County Junior Varsity with a final score of 214-258. Medalist for the game was Noah DeBates with a 47. Rounding out the team scores was Tyler Purcell with a 49, Friel with a 58 and Laxner and Williams with 60 each. Mertel shot a 67 to round out the team effort. The Putnam County junior varsity now sport a 2-1 record for the year. The team will host a home meet against Hall and Fieldcrest on Sept. 25 for their next meet.

GRANVILLE - Year two under head coach Amy Kreiser has bought the Putnam County volleyball program a new focus. The squad showed this is their efforts this week, defeating two Tri-County conference foes. On Sept. 19, the Lady Panthers took on Peoria Christian, 25-11 and 25-19. Megan Rehn was the leading server with eight service points. Following Rehn were Taylor Erjasvek, Taylor Pettit and Paige Griffith with give service points each. Annie Miller had four service points. Miller had three aces and Griffith two aces. The Lady Panthers prowled the nets with kills as well. Erjasvek and Lauren Colby each had five while Pettit and Kirsten Davis had three each. Assists were led by Griffith with 11 and Rehn with eight. Griffith also had a team high five digs. The team’s overall record stands at 10-2-1. In the Tri-County Conference, the team is 3-0. In the junior varsity contest, the Lady Panthers won two games to one. 29-31, 25-11 and 25-23. On Sept. 17, the Lady Panthers took on Roanoke Benson and won two games to one. The scores were 28-30, 25-23 and 25-16.

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Kayte Bernadoni, (12) and Kirsten Davis (5) are up Peoria Christian game. Team leaders in the the nets with Pettit owngame included Griffith ing eight kills and Erjasvek with 12 service points, five and Griffith having five of those being aces. Rehn kills each. Colby had four had three aces out of eight kills for the game. Rehn service points and Miller beat out Griffith for assists had one ace in five service 11 to 10 while Emily Whitpoints. ney had three. Erjasvek Again the Lady Pan- also had three blocks. thers were dominant on Defensively Miller had 12

for the block during the digs while Colby had 10 and Griffith had nine. PC also took the junior varsity contest, winning in two games, 24-21 and 28-26. The next meet for the Lady Panthers will be at Streator Woodland Sept. 26.

PCHS varsity girls golf making strides By Dixie Schroeder

MCNABB –The Putnam County Lady Panthers took on the LaSalle Peru Lady Cavilers for the third time in the 2013 season and came up on the short end 206-209 on Sept. 17 on their home course at Edgewood. Playing the back nine, which is a par 37, the Lady Panthers were led by Tara Doyle and Carly Gonet who each shot a 51. Stephanie Wilson was one shot back with a 52 while Kelsey Grosenbach shot a 55 for fourth place. Medalist for the meet were LP’s Jackie Somolski and Rachel Gunia who both shot a 50. Kalie Sudaj was one shot back with a 51 while Lauren Gunia shot a 55. The Lady Panthers also competed in the 11 team Midland Invite in Lacon on Sept. 16. The team had a

good showing, coming in third to two Double A schools, the Morton Potters who had a 348 team score and the Bloomington Purple Raiders who shot a team score of 394. The Panthers earned third place, two shots behind the Raiders with a combined 396 team score. The invite was an 18 hole competition. The Lady Panther’s Wilson shot a 94 while Lauren Bauer shot a 99. Gonet shot a 100 and Tara Doyle shot a 103. Head Coach Eric Ciucci was pretty proud of his team’s efforts. “The 396 is the lowest recorded 18 hole score our ladies program has had so far. We were only two shots out of second place to Bloomington who is a Double A school too. Morton is a terrific program who really put together a great team score today. As a team, we are moving in the right direction, with regionals upcoming in just three weeks,” he said.

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Nate Ward (left) and Joe Cyr (right) tee off in a match with Stark County on Sept. 17.

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Head girls’ golf coach Eric Ciucci right talks about the five senior girls on senior night Sept. 17. The girls include, Kelsey Grosenbach, Carly Gonet, Monica Monroe, Tara Doyle, and Stephanie Wilson.

8 Sports 8 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By Dixie Schroeder

WINDSOR - The Panthers upped their record to 3-1 by winning the Windsor Classic on Sept. 21. The varsity squad played two games, beating Mulberry Grove and Windsor to claim the championship title. In game one, the Panthers faced Mulberry Grove high school. Wildness was the name of the game with the Panthers winning 18-0. The team received 10 walks and had multiple hit batsmen along with knocking out seven hits. Leading the Panthers attack was R.J. Copeland who went two for five, knocking out two singles and earning three walks. Four other Panthers hit one for four: Antonio DiazDeLeon, Jeff Baker, Evan Kresier, Colton Washkowiak and Neal Stasell. Kresier hit a homerun, DiazDeLeon, Washkowiak and Stasell each hit a double while Baker hit a single. Leadoff hitter Harold Fay was the hard luck batter getting hit by the pitcher twice. Walks were earned by Fay, Copeland, Austin Biagini, Stasell, Justin Galetti, Dan Pavlovich and Washkowiak. DiazDeLeon also hit two sacrifice flies or the Panthers. Pitching in the first game, Biagini went five strong innings while Kresier finished up the last two innings of the game. In game two, the championship game, the Panthers took on the hosts from Windsor high school, winning a very tight contest by a score of 2-1. Fay pitched six strong innings for the win while Pavlovich game in and pitched the finish inning for the save in the contest. The Panther bats also were busy with DiazDeLeon going two for three with two singles. The other two hits for the Panthers in the game were from Copeland who went one for three with a single and Kreiser with a single. Washkowiak and Baker had the RBIs of the game with a sacrifice fly each. Lead of hitter Fay added another bruise being hit by a pitch for the third time in the two games. The Putnam County Panther varsity baseball team evened their record to 1-1 with a win on Sept. 14. The Panthers won the game by a score of 5-0. The Panthers collected eight hits over seven innings while scoring the five earned runs. The team was led by Copeland, Stasell and Washkowiak who all went two for four with two singles each. The Panthers earned eight walks in the fall contest and had three stolen bases. Fay, Biagini and Pavlovich pitched for the Panthers and held Neoga to no runs in the contest.

PCJH softball going to state By Dixie Schroeder

MCNABB - The Putnam County Lady Pumas are going to state. The team beat the Seneca Lady Irish in their own hosted sectional game 3-2. Pitching for the Lady Pumas was C.C. Davis. Davis gave up two runs, one earned, one unearned; five hits, three strikeouts and no walks over the seven inning contest. The Lady Pumas backed up Davis with only one error. Seneca made three errors in the game. The Lady Pumas scored in the first inning when Paige Veronda doubled after two outs in the inning. Lindsay DiazDeLeon then hit a blazing RBI triple to send Veronda to home. PC scored again in the bottom of the third with a double by

Edgewood Ladies League MCNABB – The Edgewood Ladies League played on Sept. 17. Hostesses were Kathy Cline and Judy Moriarty. Play of the day was even hole total. Winners included: A Flight - Catherine Gregorich, B Flight - Donna Berry, C Flight - Sue Knapp. Low putt winners included A flight - Gregorich, B flight - Dolly Piccioli and C flight - Susan Knap. Piccioli also won chip-ins.

Marshall County Cyclone JV falls to 0-2 The Marshall County Cyclone JV team started the season 0-2 after falling to McLean County 12-6 on Sept. 14. Bryce Welsh led

the Cyclones with 43 rushing yards, and 18 tackles. John Rediger and Mason Krafft each recovered a fumble. Peyton Cordes

added 30 rushing yards and 7 receiving yards. The Cyclones’ scored on a 60-yard pass from Braden Damerell to Austin Bogner.

Davis and a second triple by Veronda, and singles by DiazDeLeon, Rylee Liles and Alivia Ressurreccion, but were unsuccessful. Brea Schorn then gave the Lady Pumas the

lead in the fourth inning with a homerun for the final tally in the game. The Pumas knocked a total of 11 hits in the contest. The Lady Pumas are

now 21-2. PC will play in the 2:30 p.m. game on Sept. 27 at Champion Fields in Normal in the IESA State Tournament versus Bourbonnais Maternity BVM.

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Community Angela Ramey attends pharmacy school ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Angela Ramey of Peru recently took part in a White Coat Ceremony at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to professionalism. Ramey was one of 242 students surrounded by family, friends and college faculty and staff during the ceremony. Ramey is the daughter of Michael and Lori Ramey and a 2011 graduate of Putnam County High School. “As you don your white coats tonight, I hope you will reflect on the responsibility the coat symbolizes,” said Tricia Berry, professor and interim senior associate dean of pharmacy. “By entering covenantal relationships with patients, you

will need to place their needs before your own. It will also be important to recognize the need to not only care for your patients, but to care about them, as well.” Kevin Colgan, class of ‘77, corporate director of pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, spoke at the ceremony. After all of the students received their coats, they recited the Pledge of Professionalism, led by third-year student Jeffrey Pasucal. The pledge, signed by all of the students, will be displayed on campus. The Class of 2017 will spend the next four years gaining knowledge and skills to prepare them to become leaders in the profession of pharmacy.

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Area students named IVCC summer graduates OGLESBY — A total of 240 students graduated after the summer 2013 semester at Illinois Valley Community College. Local graduates, with their degrees or certificates, were: Granville: Delaney Albers, CNA; Refugio Avila, Associate in General Studies; Kyle Elliott, Truck Driver Training; Blake

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Cast announced for ‘Testing, Testing’ By Dixie Schroeder

GRANVILLE — New play director at Putnam County High School Tom Bailey of Peru has chosen the play “Testing, Testing” by Alan Haehnel for this year’s fall show Oct. 25 and 26. Bailey is enjoying his time working with the PCHS students. “I think they are all great,” he said. “They all have great attitudes. They have a great energy that they bring that is really good for this production.” “Testing, Testing” is a timely show that explores different aspects of school testing in three, one act plays. The first act is “High Stakes” which is a comedy regarding a student who is taking a major exam and surround by inexplicable chaos. The second act is a drama called “Honor Bright,” whose topic deals with the complexities of cheating. In the third act, a comedy, “Wendy’s Tale,” a brilliant student who does not test well lets her imagination run wild instead during school. Bailey thinks the cast as well as the audience will learn something during the show. “I think it definitely speaks for every high school student, in the sense that it deals with most aspects that comes with high school test taking like the standardized tests. The stress involved,

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Above, Megan Hewitt (front), Morgan Phillips (middle) and Chris Garza listen to Abby Zens (standing) during rehearsal for the Putnam County High School fall play. Below, Carolyn Taylor (front to back), Kaylynn Donelson and Loralee Wilson (back) rehearse.

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• Your choice of our elegant dining room or our white high peak 3200 square foot (40x80) tent with modern profile. Both overlooking a spectacular view of our PGA golf course. • Beautifully landscaped grounds for outdoor ceremonies. • Custom menus and professional service.

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11 Classifieds Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • The Putnam County Record • 11

–––––––– Classifieds ––––––– - 200 Employment 232 • Business Opportunities ********** THE CLASSIFIED Advertising Department of the Putnam County Record Does not have the opportunity to fully investigate the credibility of each advertiser appearing within these columns. If an offer sounds “too good to be true” it probably is. Proceed with caution if you are asked to send money or to give a credit card number. Proceed with caution in calling 900 phone numbers. All phone numbers prefixed by”900” are charged to the CALLER. Charges may be assessed on a “per minute” basis rather than a “per call” basis. The Putnam County Record Classifieds makes every effort to qualify these charges for the reader. If you have a concern about an advertiser, please contact: Better Business Bureau 330 North Wabash Chicago, IL 60611 312 832-0500

HARD TO FIND THAT RIGHT PERSON FOR THAT JOB OPENING? The Putnam County Record Classified can reach just the right person you are looking for to fill that job opening. Call 815-8754461 FIND IT RIGHT HERE!

- 300 Services 322 • Painting Kids are back in school so I am back to work! Call me for all of your Fall Painting needs. Interior, exterior, wallpaper removal and more. Insured. Call 815-228-7660. Carrie Uzella Smith

- 400 Merchandise 450 • Under $1000 Craftsman 12" band saw/ extra blades, large table $100; Char-Broil grill $50. Call 815-437-9078

460 • Garage Sales GRANVILLE 301 Opper Avenue. Thursday, September 26, 8am-5pm; Friday, September 27, 8am-1pm. MULTI-FAMILY Clothes: Boys' 4-6, girls' 3T-8 & women's. Toys, books, movies, household, decor, Longaberger, Woodwick. Priced to sell! HENNEPIN 1007 Hazel Marie Boyle Drive. Friday, September 27, 8am-5pm; Saturday, September 28, 8am-2pm. MULTI-FAMILY SALE. Infant-adult clothing, baby items, toys, bedding sets, furniture, antiques, pictures, decorating accessories, holiday items, golf clubs HENNEPIN 3rd & Market. Friday, September 27, 8am-3pm. Saturday September 28, 8am-noon. MULTI-FAMILY SALE Town Wide Sales

460 • Garage Sales

460 • Garage Sales

HENNEPIN 619 East Mulberry Street. Friday, September 27, 8am-4pm; Saturday, September 28, 8am-2pm. Autumn, Halloween, Christmas, glassware & misc. Also other Garage Sales in Hennepin area, same dates

SHEFFIELD 5732 US Highway 6. Friday, September 27, 7am-?; Saturday 28, 7am-? Sheet metal break, sheet metal spot welder, vacuum pump, drain cleaning machine, Milwaukee hole drills, & Lots More!

LACON 612 North Prairie Street (Rt. 26 N). Saturday, September 28, 9am-4pm. VINTAGE YARD SALE Vintage/Primitives/ Antiques/Garden decor/ Candles/Signs

HAVING A GARAGE SALE? The Putnam County Record can promote your garage sale. Just call 815875-4461.

$2000 Sign On Bonus! Class - A 2 yrs Exp., Company Drivers .38cpm East & .34 all other. Health/Dental/401KLocal, Regional & OTR, Owner Op’s 78% of line haul 100% FS. Plate Program, No electronics Robin: 800-972-0084 x157

- 800 Real Estate For Rent GRANVILLE Newly remodeled, 3 bedroom Ranch. Neat and clean. 2 bathrooms, attached 2 car garage. All appliances included. No smoking and no pets. $800 month. Call 815-252-6369

DRIVERS: Growing Company Needs 5 Drivers! Can be home every night with possible 2 overnight runs per week! Regional Runs on dedicated account. Work 5 to 6 days a week. Drop and Hook loads, Class A CDL with 1 year experience, clean MVR Required.

Kreilkamp Trucking, Inc. Call 800-999-7112 Apply online:

Advertise Your services right here! call 815-875-4461

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS PUTNAM COUNTY In the matter of: ) SHILOH GERECKE, ) a Minor. ) NO. 13-P-13 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION TO: Tim Duncan Take notice that a Petition for Appointment of Troy Randall and Anita Randall as the plenary, permanent guardians of the person and the estate of the minor child known as SHILOH GERECKE was filed in the Circuit Court of Putnam County, Illinois on August 21, 2013. Unless you file your answer to the Petition in the action or otherwise file your appearance in the Circuit court of Putnam county, Putnam county courthouse in Hennepin, Illinois, on or before the hearing on said petition scheduled for October 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., a judgment may be entered in accordance with the prayer of the Petition. Dated: September 3, 2013 WITNESS: September 9, 2013 /s/Cathy J. Oliveri Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/Christine M. Powers MICHAEL T. MAHONEY, LTD 1011 N. Second Street PO Box 295 Chillicothe, Illinois 61523 Tele: (309)274-5451 Email: mahoney@mtco. com Published in the Putnam County Record Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9, 2013.

NOTICE The Board of the Hennepin Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing @ 7:00 p.m. On October 9, 2013, to hear the variance request by William Shafer. The reason for the variance request is as follows: William Shafer desires to purchase the house/office at 318 E. High Street. The parcel of lot 21 in block 8 contains less than the required gross lot area. The existing structure is in violation of setback requirements. Therefore a variance is requested from the required lot area, the required front yard setback. Any interested parties may attend & be heard at this time. Robert Lund Committee Chairman, Hennepin Planning & Zoning Commission Published in the Putnam County Record Sept. 25, 2013.

IL 61334 between 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday except for holidays.

Published in the Putnam County Record Sept. 25, 2013.

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF AUDIT REPORT OF MAGNOLIA TOWNSHIP Magnolia Township hereby provides public notice that an audit of its funds for the period April 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013 has been made, and that a report of such audit dated June 22, 2013 performed by Hopkins & Associates, CPAs has been filed with the County Clerk of Putnam, in accordance with 30 ILCS 15/0.01 / et seq/. The full report of the audit is available for public inspection at Township Clerks home, 5935 E 1600th St, Lostant,


The Following Farmland which is Located 4 Miles East of Bradford, IL (thence South on 1425E 3 Miles to Farm) will be Offered for Public Auction (The Auction will be Held at the American Legion Building which is 2-Miles West of Bradford, IL on Rt. 93) on:

THUR., OCT. 10, 2013 TIME:10:30 A.M.

View Listing on Website: 155 ACRES More or Less Marshall County-Saratoga Township Section 3 LEGAL DESCRIPTION SW 1/4 Section 3, T 13 N, R 8 E, Marshall County, Ex 5.0 AC TILLABLE 140.60 SOIL TYPES Muscatune Silt Loam, La Rose Silty Loam, Sable SiltyClay Loam, Osco Silty Clam Loam, Catlin Silt Loam, Plano Silt Loam, Hartsburg Silty Clay Loam TERMS ON FARMLAND AUCTION 10% Down the Day of the Sale and the Balance due on or before November 8, 2013 when Merchantable Title will be furnished. 2013 Taxes will be Paid by the Seller & Settled at Time of Closing. All Announcements made Day of Sale will take Precedence over all Previous Printed Matter. Seller Reserves the Right to Reject or Accept any or all Bids. This Sale is Not Contingent on Financing. Anyone Needing More Information Contact Tom or Mary Tumbleson 815-872-1852.


Seller: ATTORNEY FOR ESTATE: Anne C. Rennick, Attorney at Law PO Box 90 Wyoming, IL 61491 TUMBLESON AUCTION COMPANY 815-872-1852 AUCTIONEERS: TOM AND MARY TUMBLESON LIC#040000396-397 E-mail: TERMS: CASH ORCHECK

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12 From You 12 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Library Corner

Photo contributed

Profits from charity garage sale donated Local food pantries receive checks from the proceeds of the Coldwell Banker Today’s Realtors charity garage sale. Pictured (front row, from left) are Carol Wlodarchak, Donna Hess (IV Food Pantry), Jan Martin (Hall Township Food Pantry), Bonnie Lester, Janet Benvenutti, Wendy Fulmer and Tom Guttilla; and (back row) Bob Huber and John Shimkus (Putnam County Food Pantry). This year’s proceeds exceeded last year’s amount with a total of $1,875 which was divided among the three local food pantries. Coldwell Banker would like to thank the public for the donations supporting their garage sale as well as those who purchased items at the event.

Get some ‘Free Bacon* (*Tomorrow)’ on Sept. 28 LASALLE — “Free Bacon!* (*Tomorrow),” a night of stand-up comedy, hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Stage 212 on First Street in downtown LaSalle. The two performers are local residents with longtime stage and radio experience. The featured performer is Andy Decker, a Stage 212 veteran with 16

appearances as well as work with the improvisational group, As Seen On TV. Decker has also logged time as a local radio announcer and a stand-up comedian. Warm-up act Ken Schroeder will be making his debut in standup. Appearing in shows for Stage 212, Princeton’s Festival 56 and the River Valley Players, Schroeder

spent 15 years performing in radio throughout the Midwest. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. There will be a cash bar with drinks allowed in the auditorium. Due to the adult nature of material, no one under 17 will be admitted. Tickets are available by calling 815257-6406 or at the Stage 212 box office.

Hennepin — Captivate and engage children through the images and sounds of Capstone’s Digital Library! Children can read an e-book or have the e-book narrated, with optional highlighting of the words as they are spoken.  Browse a variety of titles, across a wide range of topics and reading levels. Each book title contains information for parents and teachers, such as grade level, interest level, Lexile and Accelerated Reader level. To access the interactive e-books, visit the library’s website at: and login using the information provided. Thank you to North Central Bank for the donation of chairs to create multiple seating areas for library patrons to enjoy. The Hennepin Library now has a quiet, relaxing seating area in the adult section, children’s section and media room. There are great new titles for children in Grades 3-8 purchased with a recent grant. The library shelves are bursting with pirates, goblins, unicorns, adventurers, super sleuths, middle schoolers, sports heroes, werewolves, friends and more; their stories waiting to be read. Stop in to the Hennepin Library and check them out – there are more than 250 new books to choose from! Can’t find a good book to read? No problem! Ask a librarian for good book recommendation. Preschool Storytimes are every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Hennepin Library. Sept. 27 — Learn how to build it: create and construct, as the children’s librarian reads stories of construction tools and building.  McNabb — Saturday Stories are every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the McNabb Branch library. For ages pre-

school through early elementary. Granville — Preschool story hour will be held each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Join the library for exciting stories and fun crafts for everyone. The Favorites Club meets the first Thursday of each month to discuss favorite and not-so-favorite reads.  The next meeting is Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. Standard — Stop in at the Standard branch library to explore new books and discover old favorites. The Standard library is open on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Magnolia — The Magnolia library will have homework hour on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. throughout the school year. Children have the opportunity to have their completed homework checked or receive help with homework in progress. The library provides materials and equipment for help with school homework and projects. A wide variety of newer material has been added to the library which children of all ages can view and/or check out anytime the library is open. The library is not just for homework but can be used for leisure reading or finding out information on a variety of topics. A library card opens up a world of information through different types of materials, access to libraries throughout the country, and electronic resources.  Don’t have a library card? Head to the nearest library and sign up for the opportunity of a lifetime of having knowledge at your fingertips. ••• Items for the library corner can be emailed to

Hennepin Food Mart $ 99 $ 39 3 ChuCk neW York 3 Fall into Savings Sale!!

(While supplies last only)

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strip steaks


Grocery SpecialS

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or Asst Easy Cup Mac, 7.25/1.9 .. 5/$5 Kraft BBQ Sauce, 18oz ......................................... 4/$5 Our Family Soda Pop, 2 liter.................................. 5/$5 Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite Soda, 24pk cans............. $5.99 A-1 Steak Sauce, 10oz ......................................... 2/$6 Crystal Lite Powder or on the Go, 8Qt/10 Pack ..... $2.29 MIO Drink Enhancers, 1.62................................... 2/$6 Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 12 roll ............................ $5.99 Kraft Salad Dressings, 16oz ................................. 2/$5 Campbell Chunky Soups, 19oz ............................. 2/$3 Asst Tostito Chips, All ........................................... 2/$6 Nabisco Chips Ahoy Cookies, 9.5oz ..................... 2/$4 Pringles Potato Chips, All ...................................... 3/$5

Deli Eckrich Off The Bone Ham, lb ............................ $4.99

Walnut Calico Cheese, lb ................................... $4.99 Butterball Lemon Peppered Turkey Breast, lb .... $5.99 Mrs. Gerry’s Steakhouse Potato Salad, lb .......... $3.59


Armour Breakfast or Lunchmakers, Each ............. 5/$5 Simply Orange Juice, 59oz ................................. $2.88 Our Family Cottage Cheese, 24oz ...................... $2.39 Kraft Shredded or Chunks Cheese, 8oz ............... 2/$5


Dole Head Lettuce, Each .................................... $0.99 Fresh Asparagus, lb ........................................... $3.99 Dole Fresh Strawberries, lb ................................ $2.99 Bartlett Pears, lb ................................................. $0.99

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Bush kidney, Butter, pinto, chili, Great northern, ¢ Beans



chicken Sea tuna 5oz

Maxwell house coffee 30oz

89¢ 6

$ 99

kraft Miracle whip or Mayo 30oz

Bush Baked Beans 28oz

assorted Gatorade 32oz

c o Sparkle paper U p o 8roll n Two with coupon and $15 order


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blaCk angus boneless


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Choice Whole Ribeye Loins, (Average weight 9 lbs) lb .. $6.99 Family Pak Ground Round, lb .............................. $2.99 Black Angus Eye Of Round Roast, lb................. $3.99 Jennio Turkey Breast, lb ..................................... $1.69 Bacon Wrapped Porkloin Filets, lb ..................... $3.99 Our Family Jumbo Hot Dogs, lb ......................... $1.29 Lean Pork Butt Roast, lb .................................... $1.89

Frozen FooD

Our Family French Fries, Hash Browns, Puffs, 30oz .. 3/$5 Swanson Hungry Man Dinners, All ....................... 2/$5 Birds Eye Frozen or Steam Fresh Vegetables, 12/16oz .. $1.19 Coles Garlic Bread, Toast, All ............................... 2/$4


Fresh Baked Sweet Bread, Each ........................ $1.89 Fresh Baked Brat Buns, 6ct ................................ $1.99

ye olDe pUB Shoppe

Bud or Bud Light Bottle Beer, 18pk ..................... $11.99 UV Vodka, 750ml ................................................. $9.99

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SeaFooD Shoppe

Our Family Perch Fillets, 12oz ............................ $4.59 Our Family Breaded Coconut Shrimp, 9oz ......... $3.99 Join us for a cookout this Friday on the riverfront from 11-1!!