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Revisiting recycling in Granville Board hears residents’ concerns By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE — Recycling was the topic of the evening at the Granville Village Board meeting on Oct. 15. Residents came forward

to find out what steps they could take, since the village shut down the recycling program two weeks ago. Through negotiations with Waste Management, the board will be instituting a new program.

Curbside recycling is expected to roll out for Granville residents shortly after the first of the year. Under the program, residents will receive a blue container for recycling and a green container for regular refuse. Recyclables will be picked up every other

week; schedules will be sent to all residents. Curbside recycling will offer residents a discount from their current services. Residents who have been using Waste Management’s program for regular refuse have done so for a monthly charge of $3.50. With

the new program, residents will be charged just $2.50 for both containers. While participation in the program is optional, all residents will be charged for the service. “Since you’re gonna get charged for it, you might as well recycle,”

board member Randy Borio said. Businesses who do not subscribe to Waste Management services can also receive a recyclables container for $2.50 a month. The problem with the old recycling program

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Looking for answers? Health department can help with the Affordable Care Act By Ken Schroeder

HENNEPIN — The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was signed into law in March 2010, and Oct. 1 marked the beginning of enrollment into the plan. However, a major percentage of people still don’t understand how this will affect them and what they should do. Fortunately, there’s someone locally who can help with the process. Dan Eiten is an inperson counselor at the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department. He’s studied the Affordable Care Act enough to help discuss options and learn how the act will affect the public. “We are happy to go into the community to get the people the help that they need and answer questions,” Eiten said. “The most important thing that people need to know is Oct. 1 was the starting date; there is no hurry. You can sign up today or next week, or in November or even the first two weeks of December. As long as you get enrolled by Dec. 15, your benefits start Jan. 1.” Open enrollment for the plan is open through March 15. Enrollment during the first half of a month will start the

insurance the following month, while sign-up after the 15th will push the beginning of insurance coverage to the next following month. So far, the Affordable Care Act website,, has been plagued with glitches, making sign-up a long and arduous task for some. “At this point, we’re kind of sitting back and not worrying about and focusing our efforts on community outreach letting the community know we’re here to help them sign up,” Eiten said. There’s also been a lot of confusion about who has to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act and how it affects them. “There are a notable number of misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act,” Eiten said. “I think a lot of people get caught up in the political hullabaloo about it, and I’ve heard people say, ‘Even Obama won’t sign up, and he won’t sign his family up.’ People forget they already comply with the law. They’ve got insurance. The part is having insurance. If you have it, the law’s satisfied. “Perhaps one of the most important parts is the expansion of Medicaid. Currently, Medicaid

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C & P Pony Rides have been around the area for quite some time. Edith Passini is shown here with one of her horses.

The Illinois Valley’s Dr. Doolittle Passini family brings their animals to you By Dixie Schroeder dschroeder@putnam county

GRANVILLE – Horses, goats and chickens ... oh, my! While you won’t find any lions, tigers and bears at the Passini farm, you will find a host of other furry friends that have become friends to many in the area. Mix those horses, goats and chickens with wild turkeys, an alpaca and more, and you have the making for a great petting zoo and some funfilled pony rides. Edith and Adam Passini have raised a variety of animals throughout the years at their farm, and they have enjoyed the challenges it brings. “The animals eat before we do,” Edith Passini said. “This was a third generation dairy for years.” The Passini family has been known around the area for Circle

P Pony rides, and the idea of the petting zoo grew out of that first business. A friend asked them to do the pony rides at the local orchard, and they soon realized they could book their animal farm every weekend from May to November. The family not only appears at the local orchard, but it also does birthday parties and local town events. “I would watch as the kids would get antsy while waiting in long lines for the pony rides,” Edith said. “So I thought of the idea of bringing in other animals for the kids to pet and look at while they were waiting for the rides.” With the idea of adding the petting zoo came the challenge of adding animals unique enough to become a draw for the business. The Passini family gets many of their animals as babies and has


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to bottle feed those who need it. Edith said she even has a video on her computer at home of her lambs inside their home. “They had to be bottle fed every two hours when they were young, so instead of going back to the barn, I just put in them in a pet taxi for a big animal and left them in the house,” she said. “It was so cute. The very first night I got them, just a couple days old, my little hair lambs and Oliver, who was a wool lamb ... liked each other so much they played ring-around-the-rosy around my recliner.” Traditional roles you would expect of some animals are not what happen when you visit the family farm. “I have wild turkeys that will come up and follow you like a dog would and an attack duck that chases after you and gets

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Recycling From Page 1 stemmed from people using the recycling bin to dispose of non-recyclable rubbish, which according to Waste Management rendered the entire contents of the bin as contaminated and nonrecyclable.

Effective Oct. 1, Waste Management instituted a $175 fee per contaminated container, and warned the village if continued violations occur, Waste Management would convert the contract to a refuse account and charged accordingly. Until the new system takes effect, the village

will collect recyclables at the same location as before, but only from 8 a.m. to noon every other Saturday. In other action, the board: • Discussed a water main break that occurred near the high school on Oct. 14. The break shut the water off to the

schools and surrounding neighborhood for most of the day. A boil order was in effect for the area through the week. • Heard the latest estimate for repairs on water well No. 4 from the Layne Company. The current estimate for maintenance and repair of the pump is $50,000.

• Reviewed an upcoming bond issue ordinance brought before the board by village attorney Charles Helmig. The bond issue is to refinance the recently completed water and sewer project. The refinancing will save the village $60,000 and allow the loan to be paid off a year earlier than originally expected.


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On the chart below please list ALL members of your family. List the things your children and the senior citizens in your family like (favorite, toys, games, sports, teams, books, etc.) and things they need (coats, boots, pajamas, underwear, blankets). Please be as specific as possible. Children and senior citizens will receive gifts. Again this holiday season, the Kids’ specific wish list will help gift givers. Attach if necessary. Putnam County Food Pantry in NAME AGE SEX TOP PANT SHOE FAVORITE NEEDS? & FAVORITE TOYS, cooperation with local schools, SIZE SIZE SIZE COLOR GAMES, SPORTS, BOOKS, ACTIVITIES. KIDS’ WISH LIST. organizations and churches will prepare Christmas baskets for families in need who live in Putnam County. The baskets contain makings of a Christmas breakfast and dinner, toys and clothes for the children and gifts for senior citizens. The baskets will be ready for pickup Saturday, December 21st between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in Bonnuchi Hall at the Granville United Church of Christ and upstairs from the Food Pantry. All families who wish to receive a basket must complete and return the request form or call Gayle Reno at 815-866-6484 by Friday, November 15th. Please include a specific wish list for your children. Forms are also available at the Food Pantry for clients who receive food on Saturday Volunteers will deliver baskets only to those families who are homebound or have NO transportation. mornings. Do you want your basket delivered? YES NO Regular clients of the Food Pantry will not receive a basket If you want your basket delivered, please give directions to your home in the space below. unless they complete a form. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Baskets will be delivered only to ___________________________________________________________________________________________ those who are shut-in or have no access to transportation. Deliveries The baskets will be ready for pick-up between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 in Bonucchi Hall will be made the morning of at the Granville United Church of Christ and upstairs from the Pantry. Baskets will be delivered the same morning. December 21st, as well. MAIL THIS FORM BY NOVEMBER 15th TO GAYLE RENO, BOX 462, GRANVILLE 61326


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Bolin and the IMRF Board tables decision until its next meeting By Ken Schroeder

HENNEPIN — Hennepin attorney Roger Bolin asked the Putnam County Board to put him in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Bolin serves as public defender for the county and told the board he believes he is eligible for inclusion because he works more than 1,000 hours a year for the county. Bolin told the board the cost to the county would be $424 a month. Bolin would also be required to contribute to the fund. Board President Duane Calbow asked Bolin if his position as public defender used at least half of his 40-hour work week, to which Bolin said he hasn’t worked only 40 hours a week for 30 years and easily meets the 1,000-

Answers From Page 1 is set at about 115 percent of the national poverty line per indi-

hour requirement each year. When asked if he had documentation, Bolin said he did not but could do so for the future. The request was tabled until the next meeting. In other action, the board: • Heard from engineer Pat Sloan who told the board repair work on the bridge west of McNabb due to the April flooding has been completed as of Oct. 15. Cost for the repairs was $15,000, all of which is reimbursable from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Sloan added three more sites were due to be repaired. Only 75 percent of those repairs will receive FEMA funding, with the rest reflected back on to the county. Sloan will be the subject of a special meeting of the county board at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The sole purpose of the meeting will be to appoint Sloan as Putnam County engineer. He has already been named to the position for Marshall

County, and the counties share the engineer through a mutual agreement. • Appointed Christina Mennie to the Putnam County Board of Health. • Heard the latest details on the masonry testing on the county courthouse from Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle. The samples have been taken to Springfield where they will undergo tests to determine construction and possible repair costs. Doyle told the board it would be up to three weeks before results come back. In the process of removing samples, the workmen did some cleaning and touch-up in those areas. • Heard a recommendation from Putnam County treasurer Kevin Kunkel on repainting and re-carpeting Putnam County State’s Attorney’s Jim Mack’s office. The county has made efforts to refurbish one office a year in the courthouse. The carpeting in Mack’s

office was installed in 1994. • Received the treasurer’s report from Kunkel. Revenue is up from last year’s figures due to a decrease in spending and the beginning of the revenue from Illinois’ new video gaming licensees. Income to the county over the first two-week period of gaming was more than $150, and future revenues could be interesting. Kunkel also reported to the board available cash on hand for the county is $1.3 million. • Heard a progress report on the new building for the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency. The footing is done for the breezeway, and additional excavation is in progress. The board expressed concern over the expenses that have come up in the process, with Calbow asserting the board “can’t keep throwing money into this.” • Discussed repair and replacement of the flagpoles at the courthouse.

vidual,” Eiten said. “In order to qualify, you have to be low income – under that – and have another qualifying condition. Now, they’re going to move that

threshold up to 138 percent, which is great in and of itself. But the biggest thing is that’s the only requirement now. There doesn’t have to be a qualifying

condition.” Eiten can be reached through the health department at 815-8725091, ext. 222, or email

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HENNEPIN – Electronic recycling was the main topic of discussion at the Hennepin Village Board meeting on Oct. 16. North Central Illinois Council of Governments spokesperson Kendall Cramer explained the issues on this topic to board members. A grant of $2,000 was awarded to NCICG from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in early 2013. The criteria for the grant was that it must be used to inform and educate the public about recycling elections. NCICG ordered brochures and cloth bags with grant monies. The brochure lists sites in Peru where Putnam County residents can drop off unwanted electronics for recycling. Two of the locations are Staples, 4350 Mahoney Drive, Peru, and at Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, 1650 38th St., Peru. In the brochure, there are a listing of items which are illegal to dis-



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Check out the charity before ‘going pink’ for breast cancer

Putnam County Record photo/Ken Schroeder

These are just some of the items that will be available at the silent auction during the Michael Washkowiak memorial benefit from 4 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Spring Valley Boat Club.

Helping a friend, a family left behind Washkowiak benefit is Nov. 2 By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE — Losing a friend or loved one to cancer or any other medical issue is one of the hardest life experiences to deal with. For many families, the devastation can have other long-term difficulties, like paying off the medical expenses. There will be a memorial benefit for Michael Washkowiak from 4 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2 at the

Spring Valley Boat Club. Cost for the benefit is $20 per person, which includes a dinner, draft beer and music by 3 Day Weekend. There will also be raffles, a bags tournament and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the family to help with outstanding medical bills. Shortly after Father’s Day this year, Washkowiak, 53, of Granville was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma — a type of Stage 4 brain tumor. Radiation and chemotherapy are the only available treatment for an inoperable

brain tumor, but the life expectancy is still staggeringly low at slightly more than 15 months. Washkowiak died on Sept. 6, almost three months after his diagnosis. During the time after he was diagnosed, he attended his only son’s wedding and received chemo and radiation treatments. Following a complicated gallbladder surgery, Washkowiak discontinued the treatments and passed away shortly afterward, leaving behind a wife, a daughter, a son and a mountain of medical expenses. “He was just the most

wonderful person,” Sue Klein said, one of the organizers of a benefit to help cover Washkowiak’s medical costs. “His wife, Cindy, was just beside herself with everything that was happening so fast, so we said we’re going to get a benefit together, thinking at the time he would be with us for a while.” Several prizes and donations have been collected for the benefit, but more are being accepted. For tickets or donation information, call Don Kline at 815-210-4149 or Katie Washkowiak at 815-481-0515.

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CHICAGO — Scam charities often use emotional appeals to target their victims, warns the Better Business Bureau. This caution is especially relevant because many businesses are marketing pink ribbon products and services supporting breast cancer research and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) in October. “The goal is for as much of the money to go to the curing cancer, not in running an organization to make money for the operators,” said Steve J. Bernas, president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers can ensure this by asking charities proper questions before donating and by doing a careful assessment of the charity.” Consumers can check out charities online with the BBB at charity. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization also has a website at This group is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services. The BBB encourages consumers to look for companies that disclose a charity name, the amount of a sale going to the charity, the duration of marketing campaigns and, if applicable, the maximum or minimum contribution amount. While many pink ribbon marketing campaigns are trustworthy, consumers can eliminate breast cancer awareness charity scams by doing the following:

• Research the charity with the BBB. If the product or service is in support of an unfamiliar charity, learn more about the organization by reviewing the BBB’s charity report online at www. • Identify the charity receiving the donation. If the product or service is linked to a donation percentage, contact the business or manufacturer to determine exactly where the money is going and what percentage is donated. • Confirm the charity’s corporate partners. Many national breast cancer charities list the names of corporate partners and sponsors on their websites. • If you contribute, do not give cash. Use a credit card or check or money order made out to the name of the charitable organization, not to the individual collecting the donation. • Keep records of your donations. This includes receipts, canceled checks and bank statements. Keeping these documents will allow you to document your charitable giving at tax time. • Although the value of your time as a volunteer is not deductible, out-ofpocket expenses (including transportation costs) directly related to your volunteer service to a charity are deductible. • Be wary of charities that are reluctant to answer reasonable questions about their operations, finances and programs. • Also be careful of appeals that are long on emotion, but short on describing what the charity actually does. For more information on how to ensure that your donation gets into the right hands, visit

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The Passini family also raises wild turkeys that roam the family farm.

Passini From Page 1 you in your shoes,” Edith said. “It thinks it’s sneaky but doesn’t realize that with its webbed feet, he sounds like a herd of elephants coming.”

The family also enjoys the non-traditional animals. They have frizzle chickens, whose feathers curl up. They also received an alpaca about 10 years ago they have named Monty. Monty has a unique set of blue eyes that makes him non-

traditional for an alpaca, so the owner passed him along to the Passinis. However Monty is a very social animal, and his closest friends are the two woolly lambs, Oliver and Olivia, and two hair sheep, Larry and Shirley. Edith said people often

stop by and bring treats or snacks for the animals. “I actually have one lady that every time she goes by my house she slows down,” said Edith. “If she’s not smiling when she slows down, she is smiling when she gets to work.”

State Police release names in Henry deaths HENRY — The identities of the Henry residents who were involved in the incident in Henry on Oct. 11 were released by the Illinois State Police. Melissa Rice, 42, and James Doerr Jr., 46, were named as the deceased. The press release noted Doerr had been also known as Billy or Bill. On Oct. 11, at 2 a.m., troopers from District 8 of the Illinois State Police were dispatched to the 1022 W. Warren St. address in Henry on

a call to assist the Henry Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. The call was listed as a report of a man with a gun. As officers came to the scene they located, Doerr who was still alive, and Rice, who was dead at the time, according the press release. Doerr was then moved to a location for Life Flight helicopter pickup but died prior to being taken to a hospital. The press release from the state police noted

Rice and Doerr had a dating relationship that was ended prior to the incident. The Oct. 11 incident is being led by the Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations and the Crime Scene Services. At present, the state police are not looking for any additional suspects according to the press release. The victims both died from gunshot wounds according to preliminary autopsy reports. The official cause of death on each will not

be announced until the results of the toxicology reports are in. According to the release, current evidence indicates the incident was a murder-suicide, but final determination won’t be made until the investigation is complete. Assisting in the investigation are the Marshall County State’s Attorney’s Office, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Marshall County Coroner’s Office and the Henry Police Department.

Putnam County Circuit Court The following fines and penalties were assessed recently in the Putnam County Circuit Court. Driving 15-20 mph above the limit James L. Caulfield, 43, Magnolia, fined $120. Darren M. Dandre, 46, West Chicago, fined $230

plus three months supervision. Sharon E. Davis, 51, Ottawa, fined $120. Mehul R. Jariwala, 42, Madison, Wis., fined $120. Robert W. Lutes, 45, Mark, fined $230 plus three months supervi-

sion. Charles A. Silvestri, 65, Downers Grove, fined $230 plus three months supervision. Using unsafe tires Sean S. Sandberg, 44, McNabb, fined $120. Criminal trespass to land

Austin B. Gonzalez, 19, Spring Valley, fined $770 plus 12 months supervision. Possession cannabis 2.5-10 grams Kristina W. Bachison, 26, Buffalo, N.Y., fined $1,633 plus six months supervision.

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The following property transfers were recently recorded in the Putnam County Recorder of Deeds office. Sept. 5 Justin Judd and Vanessa Judd to Rachel L. Thompson; Lots No. 41 and 42 and the west half of Lot No. 40, Parkview subdivision Section No. 3, village of Hennepin; $230,000. Sept. 6 Allison M. Rooney, as trustee to Stephan L. Tonioni and Michelle A. Tonioni; Lot No. 23, Fun Acres; $35,000. Dorothy M. Obis to Curtis J. Alsip, Kelly L. Alsip, William S. Hileman and Bernadette P. Hileman; Lot No. 243, Lake Thunderbird Woods; $3,000. Sept. 9 Byron L. Miller and Susan L. Miller to Byron L. Miller and Susan L. Miller as trustees; Parcel No. 1: Lot No. 461, Lake Thunderbird Hills 2; Parcel No. 2: Lot No. 462, Lake Thunderbird Hills 2; exempt. Sept. 11 Rumbold and Kuhn Inc. to Michael J. Wealer; Pt. Lot No. 3, Block No. 8, Condit’s second addition, village of Putnam; $2,500. Harold Read as independent executor to Dallas E. Saferite, Jr.; Lot No. 11, Block No. 2, village of Condit with exceptions; $1,000. Sept. 16 Granville National Bank to Troy L. Williams and Deeda J. Williams; Pt. Lot No. 5 and Pt. Lot No. 6, Block No. 2, C.H. Smith’s addition, village of Granville with exceptions; $60,000. Sept. 17 Spring Valley City Bank to Waldemar Gajdzis and Anetta Szary; rural property; $26,500. Sept. 18 Gerald Mekley and Kathy Mekley to Michael Mekley; Lot No. 103, Frederick W. Sucher’s addition, village of Standard; exempt. Thomas Guiman and Edesse Guiman to Murray, Vickie, Matthew and Jeffery Hancks; Lot No. 334, Lake Thunderbird Hills; $3,000.

Sept. 20 Linda K. Walter, declaration of trust to Roger A. Willoughby, Jr. and Carrie L. Willoughby; Lots No. 10 and 11, McNabb Development Corporation subdivision, village of McNabb and part former R6W; $112,500. Sept. 23 Virginia Harmon to Patricia A. Radochonski; Lot No. 22 and east half of Lot No. 21, Archibald W. Hopkins addition, village of Granville; exempt. Katherine M. Ziano to Andrew J. Ziano; Lot No. 1, Block No. 6, Newton H. Colby’s addition, village of Granville; exempt. Melissa A. Ploplis as executor to Joshua Keegan and Jennifer Keegan; Lots No. 8 and 9, John E. Eliot’s addition, village of Mark; $88,000. Sept. 24 Gary E. Grasser and Diana L. Grasser as trustees to Robert Foley and Lisa Foley; Lots No. 25 and 26, McNabb Development Corporation subdivision, village of McNabb; $155,000. Barbara Doyle to Kevin Doyle; rural property; exempt. Oct. 1 James Shurts, Jr. and Sarah Shurts, formerly known as Sarah Neurohr, to Victoria Napier and Bridget Napier; Lot No. 8, Green Acres, Granville township; $107,500. Matthew Fiorentini and Jennifer J. Fiorentini to Michael S. St. Catherine and Emily Myers; Lots No. 46, 47 and 48, Archibald W. Hopkins addition, village of Granville; $122,000. John P. Davis and Jessica M. Davis to Barbara Doyle; Lot No. 7, McNabb Development Corporation subdivision, village of McNabb; $92,750. Oct. 4 Albert H. Cioni and Marlene E. Cioni to Westmore Equities, LLC; Lot No. 1, Granville Place being a subdivision of SW 1/4, Section 10, Township 32N, R1W; exempt. Oct. 8 Lois Chiado to John R. Chiado; rural property; exempt.

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Defeating the enemies within I always thought overcoming a fear was like unlocking a level in a video game. Once you passed this level, you would never have to return to fight off the same enemies within you and around you. And you would no longer find yourself stuck searching for a magical sword that destroyed all of your insecurities and worries. Those days would be over because right now you have been brave. Today will be the start of what you always COMMENTARY wanted your life to be. No more fears, no more struggles. And when I realized I had this idea, I asked myself why I wanted to believe this could be true. And to be honest, this is where my hypothesis falls apart. I want to trust that being confident and brave is a one-time struggle. Going backwards and struggling with the same fears should not be an option. If I learned how to maneuver through those obstacles before, I want to believe I should never have to be stuck in the same ruts again. I should not have to face my fear again. Those days should be over. I should feel better. I should know better now. One of my biggest fears is taking on a project without a guarantee that things will work out. I get scared thinking of wasting time and effort on a failed project. And that fear of failure comes from another fear that people would then see me as a failure. So then I get too scared to start any project. A few years ago I found out I had this destructive tendency to let fear get in the way. This actually thrilled me because this discovery meant I was at a magical opportunity to unlock a new level in my life. The threshold of confidence and happiness seemed to be over on the other side of a dense forest filled with angry wildlife. And if I could pass this stage in my life, I would never have to return to my fear again. All I needed was to find a magical sword. And so I went searching to find exactly what I needed to overcome my fear. I set out with a grocery list of finding my swords of strength and inspiration from the people around me and from within myself. My project was to write at least one article to a local newspaper. I had never done anything like it before, and I could only imagine the rough journey it would be to finish this project. The dense forest was incredibly relentless, but somehow I made it through. I finished the article after about two days and sent it. A week later, I was notified it would be published, making me believe I had finally gained citizenship in the land of confidence and bravery. With great sadness, I must tell you I didn’t stay in that land for long. My success made me even more afraid of never living up to that same level of achievement. For weeks I avoided writing another article. Here was fear creeping back into my head like a regular customer at a coffee shop. I instinctively handed fear its latte and comfortably slipped into a conversation with it. “Why?” I asked. “Why did you come back? I specifically remember that I defeated you in the forest.” The thing with fear is that is doesn’t actually talk back to you. It just kind of looks at you in a taunting way. “Yeah I came back,” it seems to say. “Now it’s your move again.” Kathy Tun of Spring Valley is a sophomore at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. She can be reached in care of the Bureau County Republican at P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356.

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First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Constitution of the United States, 1789

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Many people are upset because the new Miss America from New York, Nina Davuluri is an Indian-American. Some call her Muslim or an Arab. They say she is not truly representative of what an American is. Do you agree with this?

“No, if you are born in America, you should be able to do something that is American. So it really doesn’t make any sense.” Megan Lund, Hennepin

“I believe she has the right to be in it because she is an American. She is living in America, so the whole thing is nuts that people are upset.” Taylor Pettit, Mark

“That is so mean. I feel like if she did everything the other girls did to get to that point and won it then I feel like that is fair. If they have a problem with that, some need to come back next year and try harder.” Daniela Pavlovich, Granville

“I kind of think that is BS. It doesn’t matter that she is black, white, Indian or whatever; if she lives in America she can run for it. She can win. We shouldn’t be racist against people because they are different than us.” Riley Morris, Hennepin

“Regardless of what her ethnicity is, she lives in America, and she has her entire life that makes her American. And it’s not really ethnicity it’s like your patriotism is being challenged by believing that she doesn’t deserve to be Miss America.” Taylor Erjasveck, Hennepin TO Letter THE Editor

Now what? To the Editor, I was very disappointed to read the headline in Wednesday’s (Oct. 9) issue of the Record regarding ending the Granville Recycling Center. I can certainly understand Mr. Gimbal’s consternation

with those individuals who knowingly abuse the recycling bins by placing garbage where it doesn’t belong. I live outside of the Hennepin city limit, so my refuse pickup does not include recycling. Now that Granville is taking out a source for recyclables, where

does one take all those materials that do not belong in a garbage dump? I have always made sure every recyclable I place in the bins has been rinsed of any food residue. As an environmentalist, I am saddened and ashamed of those individuals who

will not accept responsibility for the items they bring to recycle. Their lazy and thoughtless behavior not only reflects what bad citizens they are, but has now caused the rest of us to have no place to take our recyclables. Judy Haggenjos Hennepin

​Dating credit rating Apparently, it’s a very good thing I’m not single. It used to be easier, when people judged prospective mates by looks, attitude or compatibility. Apparently, according to a news story from CBS, that’s not enough anymore. A growing trend among singles is to date others depending on their credit score (and presumably, the other factors as well). “The credit score affects nearly every aspect of our lives, the job I’m going to get, the apartment that I’m going to live in. Now our credit quality is actually affecting our dating lives,” financial expert Ann Margaret Carrozza said. I admit, my credit rating is abominable; I’m more of a credit risk than the state of Illinois. It’ll be a while before I can replace my Korean Chevy; my broken dishwasher will gather more cobwebs; and about the only way I can get a

Ken Schroeder COMMENTARY loan is by misspelling it. Dating? Apparently not if I were, indeed, alone. Lest you believe I’m making this up, feel free to point your Internet web browser to, “where good credit scores are sexy.” On the plus side, pick-up lines are about to reach a new level of hilarity. “Hi. I’m Ken, I’m a Sagittarius, I like long walks in the moonlight with soft music and Standard & Poor’s has me rated at 788. Can I buy you a drink?” I can understand this to a point. One of the biggest sources of arguments in a marriage is money, and

we’ve often heard the term “good provider” as a desirable trait in a mate. I just wonder if we haven’t gone overboard with this change of events. If the accent is being put on financial status – or at least the power to borrow large sums of money – then what does that say about us? Are we gold-diggers at heart, thinking that money can buy us happiness, or at least a boat big enough to sail up to it and drop anchor? Are we so materialistic that romance can be removed from the equation as long as our soulmate has a Platinum American Express card? For a joke, I decided to try to sign up at creditscoredating. com. My credit card was declined. Looks like I’m sitting this one out. Putnam County Record/Tonica News staff writer Ken Schroeder can be reached at kschroeder@

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Firm honors North Central Bank

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Heartland Health Care Center’s 25th anniversary Heartland Health Care Center in Henry celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sept. 29 by hosting a free community pancake breakfast and open house. “It is a true honor to serve our local communities and continue to provide top notch health care services. We are taking care of our friends and families,” said Susan Legner, Heartland’s administrator. Heartland Health Care Center is located at 1650 Indian Town Road.

HENNEPIN — North Central Bank in Hennepin has received a five-star rating from BauerFinancial of Coral Gables, Fla. The bank has earned this highest rating for 99 consecutive quarters. The latest rating is based on June 30 financial data and indicates that North Central Bank significantly exceeds all federal capital requirements and maintains a low level of delinquent loans, among other benchmarks. Having continuously earned a five-star rating for this length of time merits a distinction of being a “sustained superiority bank,” which only 3 percent of the nation’s

banks have earned for so long and with such consistency. “A recent Gallup poll indicates that customer confidence in the banking industry is beginning to come back,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “That confidence, no doubt, can be attributed to community banks like North Central Bank, that hold to the principles of sound banking.” North Central Bank was established in 1946 and has two offices located in Hennepin and Ladd. BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983.

White Trash Gallery opens in LaSalle LASALLE — Jenny Hoehn opened White Trash Gallery last week at 139 Gooding St. in LaSalle from 7 to 10 p.m. Kristine’s Shower just celebrated 11 years of handmaking bath and skincare products in 2013. Hoehn began in 2002 in her home formulating soaps and bath bombs. Today Hoehn and her Kristine’s Shower team

meet the demand for her natural, handmade line with the same “small batch” techniques that made Kristine’s Shower famous. Although the pairing of the art of making bathbombs, soaps, etc., with fine art may seem somewhat unlikely, these two are determined to make it work. White Trash Peg, as

Hoehn has become known, has shown in art galleries across the United States (New York, San Francisco and other major cities), as well as internationally in Paris and Berlin. White Trash Gallery will showcase White Trash Peg’s work as well as serve emerging and established artists in North Central Illinois and beyond.

PMH welcomes new physician PRINCETON — Dr. Zewdu Haile, emergency medicine physician, has joined the medical staff at Perry Memorial Hospital in Dr. Haile Princeton. Haile received his medical degree in New Delhi, India. After an internship at the University Teaching Hospital of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia, Haile completed a residency at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyne-

cologists, Barnet General Hospital in London, England. He completed his residency in family medicine

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Johnstons open CrossFit 56 By Lyle Ganther

PRINCETON — Nick and Jessica Johnston have opened CrossFit 56 in Princeton. “For the past five years, I have dragged myself to the gym at least five times a week,” said Nick Johnston. “I have researched every routine, rep suggestion, intensity and breaks between sets. I have tried the new 90-day workouts, the old school workouts and everything in between. I have tweaked my cardio, weight, sets and diets. I have tried all the newest and best supplements on the market. Every week, month, year, it was something new. The only thing that wasn’t new were my results.” Johnston related that the first time he tried a CrossFit workout, he wasn’t able to complete it because every single muscle in his body ached. “My muscles felt like pure jelly, and I was completed gassed,” he said. “Never had I experienced such a painful defeat. Never had every muscle group in my body been tested while leaving me gasping for air. I was hooked!” Johnston said with other workouts at other gyms, his body would eventually plateau on what he was able to improve and then found it hard to motivate himself to keep working out. However, with CrossFit, Johnston was able to vary his workouts and apply intensity to them while producing positive results. “I had never felt like a true athlete until I started CrossFit,” he said. “Once I joined that CrossFit family, I knew I needed to fuel that fire and share my love.” Johnston later introduced the Crossfit methodologies to his wife, who is now as addicted to them as he is. “We can scale the workouts to everybody’s physical needs,” she added. “I like the community feeling as you work out as a

Dollars and sense Protecting yourself while shopping online Whether you shop online routinely or infrequently, the risk of identity theft rises as you offer more and more information about yourself online. What steps should you take? Don’t use a debit card, and use only one credit card. If your debit card COMMENTARY gets hacked, the thieves may be able to access your bank account. But if you use just one credit card for online shopping, you’ll just have one card to cancel if your card number is compromised. (It would also be wise to keep a low credit limit on that particular card.) Look for the “https://” before you enter personal information. When you see that (look for the “s”), it should indicate that you are transmitting data within a secure site. Depending on your browser, you may also see a padlock symbol at the bottom of the browser window. Watch what you click – and watch out for fake sites. Pop-ups, attachments from mysterious sources, dubious links – don’t be tempted to explore where they lead. Hackers have created all manner of “phishing” sites and online surveys – seemingly legitimate, but set up to siphon your information. It is better to be skeptical. Protect your PC. When did you install the security and firewall programs on your computer? Have you updated them recently? Change stored passwords frequently – and make them really obscure. It is a good idea to change or update your passwords once in a while. Mix letters and numbers, and use an uppercase letter if possible. And never use “password” as your password! Don’t shop using an unsecured wi-fi connection. You are really leaving yourself open to identity theft when you shop using public wi-fi. Put away the laptop and wait until you leave that coffee shop or airport terminal. Yes, hackers can tap into your Smartphone via the same tactics by which they can invade your PC. Christian Cyr, CPA, is a financial advisor in Hennepin. If you are interested in reading more, his monthly newsletter is available at or by calling Cyr Financial at 815-925-7501.

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Nick, Jessica and Kiley Johnston of rural Tiskilwa are pictured inside Crossfit 56, which is located in the Princeton Chamber of Commerce’s Opportunity Knocks building (formerly Dunbar’s) in Princeton. group, plus being fun, and the interaction with other people while still improving yourself.” CrossFit 56 offers classes Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m., 7 a.m., noon (Express Workout of Day), 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (open gym). It is closed on Sundays. Express Workout of the Day is designed to last 45 minutes instead of the standard hour class to allow people to work out during their lunch hour. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to optimize physical competence in 10 fitness domains of cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy, according to the company’s website. “We eventually want to do CrossFit for kids to keep them moving and stay healthy and be active,” Jessica said.

Crossfit 56 is located in the former Dunbar’s building at 21 Park Ave. East in Princeton in the Princeton Chamber of Commerce’s Opportunity Knocks building. People need to enter the building through the east side parking lot under a small canopy. There is no entrance to CrossFit 56 through the front of the building. “We worked with the Chamber of Commerce to find this location,” they said. “We want to establish ourselves in the community and want to outgrow this place in several years.” The Johnstons chose Princeton to open a CrossFit gym because it

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Putnam County wins Tri-County By Dixie Schroeder

Lady Panthers mowing over the competition By Dixie Schroeder

VARNA — In semi-final action at the Tri-County Conference tournament on Oct. 16, the Lady Panthers again stamped their card to a championship game with a win over Roanoke-Benson. Final game scores were 25-19 and 25-22 at Midland High School. The Lady Panthers had set a goal of achieving three tournament wins this year, and to date, have won two. They had help from scoring leaders Annie Miller and Taylor Pettit with six service points each. Taylor Erjasvek had four and Paige Griffith three. The net was owned by the Panthers despite a shaky game with Erjasvek, Kirsten Davis and Lauren Colby having four kills each. Pettit and Griffith each had three kills. Team assists were tied for the second game in a row with Megan Rehn and Griffith each having 10. Miller led the defense with 12 digs, while Pettit had five. The Lady Panthers played in the championship game on Oct. 19. The Putnam County Lady Panthers volleyball squad have been tearing up the competition during the Tri-County Conference volleyball tournament held at Midland High School. The No. 1-seeded team played LowPoint Washburn on Oct. 15 in quarterfinal action and won handily 25-13 and 25-9. Emily Whitney led the way for the squad serving 12 points. Griffith had eight points, three of those aces, while Pettit had seven points overall with one ace. Erjasvek dominated the nets with eight kills and one block. Pettit had five blocks and Davis three. Assists were led by Griffith and Rehn with 10 each. Miller led the digs category on defense with six, while Pettit had three.

Ciucci: ‘We couldn’t be more proud of the entire team’ By Dixie Schroeder

GIBSON CITY — The magic of the season is over for the Lady Panthers varsity golf squad. The team competed in the Gibson City Sectional and came in sixth overall with a score of 401, only 12 shots away from winning over Monticello and Mahomet who placed first and second. Charleston placed third. The top three teams advanced to the Illinois High School Association state golf tournament. Sectional play is 18 holes. The team was led by Stephanie Wilson with a 92. Following WIlson was Carly Gonet in second place, 96; Monica Monroe, 103; and Tara Doyle, 110. The top four scores are counted for the overall team total. As an individual, Wilson only missed advancing by one stroke. Head Coach Eric Ciucci was sad for his team but amazed at the team’s growth in the past three years. “We couldn’t be more proud of the entire team for their successful season and their performance down at sectionals. To be only 12 shots away from winning the entire sectional is quite an accomplishment for a group of girls who just started golfing a few years ago,” he said. “For the team, it was heartbreaking to come within just nine shots of qualifying for the IHSA State tournament, but I think as time goes on, the girls will realize what a tremendous accomplishment this was, and they will realize what a terrific program they started up here.” Ciucci also gave a nod to his senior team members. “All of our seniors (Wilson, Gonet, Monroe, Doyle and Nikki Mertel) will be greatly missed, and we are very thankful to have them involved in our golf program,” he said. “They are all exceptional young ladies who have bright futures ahead of them.” The other Tri-County Conference team at the sectional was St. Bede Lady Bruins who placed eighth overall, 16 shots behind the Lady Panthers. Individuals who advanced to state play included Sydney Eustice of St. Bede and Haley Hoekstra, Shelby Keen and Olivia Ruff of Streator Woodland.

VARNA — The word for the night was dominating and the Putnam County Lady Panthers did just that as they won the Tri-County Conference tournament on Oct. 19. The squad made short work of the Midland Lady Timberwolves by winning the championship match in two short games with scores of 25-14 and 25-20. The Lady Panthers’ duo of Paige Griffith and Megan Rehn led the team by serving up 11 and 10 points respectively in the contest. Both Griffith and Rehn had two aces in the game. Annie Miller served up four points with one ace and Emily Whitney had two points. Assists in the game were again led by Griffith and Rehn who had 10 each. In the defensive category, the Lady Panthers totally dominated the nets with a total of 20 kills

in the two games against the Lady Timberwolves. The combined efforts of the two Taylors, Pettit and Erjasvek, made six and four kills in the contest. Lauren Colby added three while Kayte Bernardoni, Kirsten Davis and Griffith had two each and Miller had one. The Lady Panthers’ defense continued to shine with digs, led by Colby with nine and Miller with seven. Pettit earned five digs while Griffith added three and Whitney chipped in two and Erjasveck and Rehn had one each. Griffith and Erjasvek topped the defense with a blocked shot each. The Lady Panthers placed three players on the All Tournament team. Paige Griffith, Annie Miller and Taylor Erjavsek received the honor. The Lady Panthers completed their dominance of the Tri-County Conference tournament with a sparkling 7-0 record and a 23-4-1 overall record to date. The squad will be participating in the IHSA Regional competition starting Oct. 28.

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The Lady Panthers and coach Amy Kreiser celebrate after winning the Tri-County Conference championship on Oct. 19 in Varna.

Marshall County blue flag football closes out season CHILLICOTHE — The Marshall County Cyclones Blue Tide closed out their 2013 season on Oct. 12 in Chillicothe during the Flag Fun Day event against the Stark County Rebels with a 28-14 victory. It started off as a defensive game ending with the first half tied 7-7, as Jacob Miller was the only Blue Tide to reach the end zone. The Blue Tide defense would continue to apply the heat in the second half, holding the Rebels to only more one touchdown. Leading the Tides’ charge was Dominic Rosa who had 10 flags with a sea of other Cyclones crashing the Rebels’ offense as well, Kamron Houchin (4), Timothy Clifford (2), Colton Ehnis (2), Zach Allen (2), Kody Knecht (1), Brendin Melton (1), Carson Rowe (1),

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Sawyer Gray of Hennepin makes a pass during a game in Brimfield.

Dante Rosa (1) and T.J. Myers (1.) The Cyclones offense started clicking on all cylinders as they caught their stride in the second half. Dominic Rosa caught a 39-yard pass and a two-yard touchdown run by Dante Rosa to start the second half. Closing out the game and putting victory out of reach for the Rebels would be the Marshall County’s back field, Allen and Rowe, who had the Blue Tides longest rushing touchdown of the year running 37 yards. Marshall County Cyclone Pee-Wees The Marshall County Cyclones fell 3-2 against the Richwoods Knights, 13-6. The Cyclones played an excellent game displaying great sportsmanship throughout the whole game. Braden Frawley had a touchdown. The Cyclone defense was awesome against the Knights. Jesse Knect recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter preventing the Knights from scoring. Kaden Eaves was very quick to stop Richwoods’ many attempts to score touchdowns. The Knights were held to only 13. JV rolls to another victory The Marshall County Cyclone JV team rushed its way to a 28-15 home win over Richwoods on Oct. 12 at Durst Field. The dominating performance by the offensive line helped the Cyclones take control of the game early. Blocking by Austin Bogner and John Rediger led to four Cyclone touchdowns. Bryce Welsh led the attack with 128 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown run. Braden Damerell had touchdown runs of 15 and one yard. Peyton Cordes added a 45-yard touchdown rush and 106 yards of offense. Tyler Davis had two extra point kicks and a career high 10 tackles. Jacob Steele added five tackles including two sacks. Mason Krafft and Damerell each recovered fumbles, and Welsh had one interception. Marshall County Cyclone Seniors On Oct. 13 the Marshall County Cyclone Seniors traveled to Brimfield to play. Brimfield took full advantage of being at home and scored almost immediately and dominated the game. Sawyer Gray filled in as quarterback for Ryan Garrison, who was absent for the day. The Cyclones played tough, but it was not enough to win the game. Chance Sanders, back from a broken collarbone, stopped a long yardage play with a fierce tackle on Brimfield’s 20-yard line. The final score was 28-0, leaving the Cyclones sitting with a 3-2 season.

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Hennepin men fish competitively By Dixie Schroeder

HENNEPIN — Competitive bass fishing is a multi-million dollar industry in the United States. Tournaments are held at local, regional, state and nationals levels each year. Two local men, Bill Skowronski and Nate Bird of Hennepin, fish the circuit together. “I got started about 30 years ago as a kid,” Skowronski said. “As an adult, I fished some local tournaments, I fished some national tournaments to try to move on and learn stuff, more learning than anything else.” Both men are members of the Thunderbird Bass Club, based at Lake Thunderbird. Skowronski said when he first started about 25 years ago, veteran members gave him some help, so when Bird joined the club, he chose to pay it forward and do the same for him. Bird had some fishing experience as well. “I grew up fishing a lot with my grandpa,” Bird said. “Then when I moved back to the area I joined the club and met Bill. The club is a BASS Club and that means that it is spread around every state and as you qualify and fish at different tournaments you can fish nationally. Its like the way to punch your ticket to go and fish the big leagues.” Each fishing tournament has the participants fishing for bass. The season starts in April and runs through October, pending weather each year. Potential sponsorships for clubs and individual can be had for those who are

successful. At each tournament there is a five fish limit. Each bass must be a set length, depending on the body of water being used. The tournaments are a live catch tournament which means afterwards, the fish are released back into the lake. Most events are eight hours in length, and the final evaluation is based on total weight of the five fish present at the weigh in. Points are awarded not only at the tournament, but in the club based on performance. For the Thunderbird Club, the top six highest point totals earn the men the right to fish at the state level. Several local men have been successful in the fishing competition. However when you are really close to achieving national level it can be tough. “Our bass club has about 20 members and we send a six-man team to fish against other teams in Illinois. The top 12 move on to fish at divisional against about 13 or so states,” Skowronski said. “If you are number one on the Illinois team and the divisional team, you get to move on to a national tournament. I’ve been second twice in the divisional but never was able to go on to the nationals.” The Super Bowl of bass fishing is the Bass Masters Classic. Both men said this is the ultimate goal for most people who participate in competitive fishing. The prize money at this level can be over a half million dollars with endorsement deals too. “It’s a weekend angler’s dream,” Skowronski said.

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Volleyball practices Putnam County’s Annie Miller (above), Kirsten Davis (above right) and Jackie Ossola (below right) practice their volleyball skills during a recent practice. The Lady Panthers will compete in regional play beginning Oct. 28.

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Community CPASA taking back prescription drugs GRANVILLE — On Oct. 26, Community Partners Against Substance Abuse Coalition (CPASA), Princeton Police Department, Buda Police Department, Wyanet Police Department, DePue Police Department, Granville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Medications for disposal can be brought to the Granville Police Department, 316 S. McCoy St., Granville, from 9 a.m. to noon. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The following will be accepted: Prescription medications, all OTC medications, pet medications, vitamins and supplements, medicated ointments, creams and oils, homeopathic remedies, suppositories and inhalers. The following will not be accepted: needles/sharps, syringes with needles, thermometers, blood or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and IV bags. Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (more 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local

law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2.8 million pounds — more than 1,400 tons of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards. CPASA also has the ongoing prescription drug disposal program called P2D2 with locations at the Princeton Police Department, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office and Jail, Spring Valley Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Ladd Police Department and Walnut Police Department. For more information on the National Take Back Day or the P2D2 program, contact Dawn Conerton at 815-872-5091, ext. 224 or visit

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Benefit raises $10,000 for Living Works HENRY — The Larry Klein Memory Ride and Benefit for Living Works was held Aug. 24 at the River Valley Bowl in Henry. On Oct. 7, Klein’s daughter, Tracy Wright, presented checks in the amount of $10,000 to the Living Works Board at its monthly meeting. Larry was a life-long resident of Henry and a business owner for more than 40 years. He owned and operated Klein’s Standard Amoco for many years, until September 1991 when he purchased River Valley Bowl with his wife, Donna. After his death last year, his family knew they wanted to plan some sort of event in his memory. “Several years ago, there was a large poker run that stopped at River Valley Bowl, and I can still remember my dad standing outside in awe of all the bikes. It was shortly afterward that he bought a Harley,” recalls Wright. The family hadn’t discussed much about an event until Wright participated in the Living Works Suicide Walk in June. Then the pieces really came together. “It seemed so fitting to have a ride in my dad’s memory that could benefit others. My dad had a huge heart and always helped anyone who needed it,” Wright said. “Our family lived through a nightmare this past year, and if we could carry on his tradition of helping others, this would be it.” With her mom’s blessing, Wright contacted Chris Compton with

Living Works, and the rest — as they say — is history. From there, the entire family got involved. A Facebook event page drew nearly 100 responses in the first 24 hours. Many friends and family members came forward to help — from gathering donations, volunteering to assist at the event, or writing personal checks to Living Works. Once all the bills were paid and the money was counted, the total neared $10,000. Wright said, “My mom will probably cringe that I’m sharing this, but she chipped in the difference, so we could meet our goal. Her heart is as big as my dad’s was, maybe bigger. She donated her time (and much more) and hung in there with us even when we could

really tell Dad was on her mind, and we weren’t sure we should have planned the benefit. She’s been amazing. I’m not sure where any of us would be without her.” The dust has barely settled from this event, and people are inquiring about the plans for 2014. “With the success we saw this year, I’m sure we will do it again. Now we’ll have to plan something bigger and better,” Wright said. The Klein family has a community page on Facebook titled, “Larry Klein Memory Ride and Benefit for Living Works” where they have posted a list of all donors from this year’s benefit. Information about an August 2014 event will be posted as it becomes available.

Putnam County Community Center Briefs PCCC vendor fair Driver safety class STANDARD — The Putnam County Community Center will be hosting a vendor fair on Nov. 16. To participate in the fair, call 815-339-2711 by Nov. 1. Vendor tables are $20 for a 6-foot banquet table but space is limited.

PCCC fortune tellers STANDARD — The Putnam County Community Center will be hosting a night of fun with three local fortune tellers. Readings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Private sessions only, sign-up is required. Sessions are $15 for 10 minutes or $30 for 30 minutes. To reserve a spot, call 815-3392711.

STANDARD — The Putnam County Community Center will be holding an AARP driver safety class from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. Participants must attend both classes in order to receive credit for the course. The course is new this year and will still allow you to receive a discount on your insurance. Cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.  Lunch will be available for purchase but sign-up is required. To sign-up, call 815-339-2711 by Oct. 30.

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PCCC Fall Fling STANDARD — The Putnam County Community Center will be having its annual Fall Fling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16. There will be lunch, homemade bake sale, homemade noodles, pasta frittas and raffles. The Putnam County Community Center is located at 128 First St., Standard.

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Tail Waggers is back LASALLE — At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, the LaSalle Public Library will hosts Tail-Waggers, a program that brings together kids, certified TDI (Therapy Dogs International) reading service dogs and books. Kids are invited to share reading with Ellie and Tillie, the reading loving therapy dogs! Kids choose a favorite short book or story and read aloud to the dogs for 5 to 10 minutes. Kids not yet reading independently

are welcome to read to the dogs and the group with the help of their adult caregiver. Both the audience and pups love the pictures, so even nonreaders can hold up the book to show the illustrations to everyone. To help children feel confident in their reading, they should plan to read from a favorite familiar story. Choose a book from the library or from home. The program is designed to help kids become confident, proficient read-

ers and to help these young readers develop a life-long love of reading and learning. Kids who are confident readers not only excel in their school work, but are more willing to investigate new topics and explore their world through reading. Tail-Waggers is free and open to the public. For more information about Tail-Waggers, call the LaSalle Public Library at 815-223-2341. Registration is not required but always appreciated.

World Polio Day, Oct. 24 In 1979, Rotary first became involved in polio eradication with a fiveyear commitment to provide and help deliver the polio vaccine to 6 million children in the Philippines. Over the next four years, similar five-year commitments were provided for Haiti, Bolivia, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Cambodia. This led to Rotary making a historic commitment in 1985 to immunize all the world’s children against polio. Working in partnership with non-governmental organizations and national governments, Rotary

Stage 212 auditions LASALLE — Auditions for Stage 212’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling bee” are at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at the theater, 700 First St., LaSalle. Director Scot Smigel will be casting five men and four women. Auditioners will be taught part of a song to perform and will be asked to read from the script. No preparation is necessary, and familiarity with the script is not required to audition. Scripts will be available to read at the box office during regular office hours. Call 815-224-3025 for details. For more information, contact producer Ellen Marincic at 815-3263707. Performances will be presented from Jan. 24 to Feb. 2.

Musical tribute PRINCETON — Festival 56 will host the Legacy Girls, a special Andrews Sisters musical review, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton. The trio performs the hits of the famous Andrews Sisters. Individual tickets are $18. For tickets, call 815879-5656 or visit www. Fall box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

became the largest private-sector contributor to the global polio eradication campaign. Rotary is dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. They have continued this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide. The fight does not end here. Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? How can we make history together? If you are a supporter of Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio or simply want to learn more about it, watch “World

Polio Day: Making History,” a special livestream event presented by Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24. This 90-minute program before a live audience at Northwestern’s John Hughes Auditorium in downtown Chicago brings together a panel of experts to discuss the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. To learn more or to tune in to the livestream, visit http://www.endpolio. org/ at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

Library Corner Hennepin — Preschool story times are every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 — Whooo likes owls? Barn, snowy, and everything in between ... join the library for stories and a craft about feathered nighttime friends. McNabb — Saturday Stories are every Saturday at 10 a.m. for ages preschool through early elementary. Oct. 26 — Bats. These furry, night-flying creatures visit the library in the stories. Join the group for twilight tales and a batty craft. Granville — Fall is in the air and the preschool story hour is gearing up for a new season. The group gathers every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for story time and a fun craft. It’s a great opportunity for your preschooler to meet new friends, learn to enjoy books and feel at home in the library. Many of the library’s regulars have graduated to preschool this year and are enjoying the friendships they had developed. Plan to make it a regular part of your week. The book sale continues and the library still has a nice selection of both paper backs and hardcover books. The library even has some

Interactive children’s e-books available 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. CDs and DVDs available for sale. All the proceeds are helping to fund the preschool story hour. The first Thursday of every month is the favorites club. Enjoy a cup of coffee while the library share some great reads from the summer along with some of the not so great titles. A list of some popular new releases will be available for patrons to view and order. The next meeting will be Nov. 7. Veterans Day will be here before anyone knows it. Please consider sharing a picture of favorite vet. The library is always looking for more to add to the collection. Patron’s pictures will be copied and returned to their owners within a couple of days. Standard — Browse a new selection of books, audiobooks, and DVDs

at the Standard branch. Stop in to find something for everyone. The Standard branch library is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Magnolia — The Magnolia Library will have homework hour on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 4 to 5 p.m. throughout the school year. Children have the opportunity to have their completed homework checked or receive help understanding homework in progress. The library provides materials and equipment for help with school homework and projects. Condit (Putnam) — Fall is in the air. Enjoy autumn with seasonal books on a variety of topics. 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.

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Putnam County Schools Breakfast Menus Oct. 28 — Bagel with cream cheese or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Oct. 29 — French toast with syrup or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Oct. 30 — Breakfast quesadilla or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Oct. 31 — Pigs in a blanket or cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch Menus Oct. 28 — Chicken drummies, vegetable medley, pears, fruit slush, milk. Oct. 29 — Chicken quesadilla, baby carrots, corn, pineapple, milk. Oct. 30 — Barbecue on whole grain bun, pickles, baked beans, chips with salsa, grapes, milk. Oct. 31 — Grilled chicken sandwich with tomato, romaine salad, kiwi, cottage cheese, milk.

PCCC menus Oct. 28 — Chicken patty on a bun, baked beans, mixed vegetables, diced apricots, mayonnaise. Oct. 29 — Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls and butter, dessert. Oct. 30 — Health check: free light lunch. Sign up by calling 815-339-2711 by Oct. 28. Oct. 31 — Grilled hamburger, potato salad, baked beans, dessert.

USDA grant to develop youth farm safety curriculum The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced funding to provide safety training for the more than 2 million youth working in agricultural production. “Working on the farm or ranch is hard work, and it can also be dangerous,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “By working together, we can be sure that young people in rural America have the opportunity to reap the many benefits of helping out on the farm, while also staying safe. (This) grant announcement expands our ongoing farm safety partnership and will help further educate and pro-

tect young workers who represent the future of American agriculture.” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics Ann Bartuska made the announcement, noting, “Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation, as such, thousands of youth are injured and hundreds are killed every year by hazards found on the farm. As these youth play a vital role in the productivity of American agriculture, USDA has a responsibility to the education and resources needed to train youth in safe farming practices.”

HENRY — River Valley Players will present “Little Women” the musical on Oct. 26 and 27, and Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at St. Mary’s Community Center, 1301 Second St. in Henry. “Little Women” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues that are as relevant today as when they were written. This literary classic has been brought to life as an exhilarating musical with glorious music and heart. “Little Women” embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope, and is the sound of true America finding its voice. The Saturday and Sunday performances will be $28.50, which includes the show, a three-course meal and three beverage choices. For Saturday performances, doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. For Sunday performances, doors will open at noon, with dinner beginning at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 1 will be a family night. Tickets for family night are $17, which includes the show. Con-

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Cast members (front row) Christine Gaspardo (Meg March), Deanne Crook (Jo March) and Samantha Farb (Beth March); and (back row) Karen Lesman (Aunt March) and Jane Knapp (Marmee March) prepare for the opening of River Valley Players production of “Little Women, The Musical.” cessions will be available before the show and at intermission. For school groups attending on family night, tickets will be offered at a discounted price of $15 when a teacher reserves tickets in advance.

The cast includes: Deanne Crook (Jo March), Gary Talsky (Professor Bhaer), Tara Kunkel (Amy March), Christine Gaspardo (Meg March), Samantha Farb (Beth March), Jane Knapp (Marmee March), Ken Williamson (Mr. Lau-

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange partners with local 4-H University of Illinois Extension Bureau, LaSalle and Marshall-Putnam county 4-H programs have received a gift from the CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) to launch a new partnership that will connect the important work of the world’s largest futures exchange company to the 4-H mission at the local level. The goal of the partnership program is to increase the public’s understanding of the enormous value of agriculture commodities and what it takes to successfully manage the business risks associated with bringing them to market, including costs, profits and competition – and increase agriculture literacy across the nation. In its first year, the new initiative, which includes an interactive learning activity, was conducted at county

Grant From Page 13 USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $600,000 to Pennsylvania State University to develop a national training curriculum that lessens agricultural hazards to young workers. The training will align with Career Cluster Standards (CCS) of the National Council for Agricultural Education for a unified approach to a national farm safety education and curricula-certification program for youth. The project will establish a national steering committee to engage the Department of Education, Department of Labor, FFA, Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Ag Safety and Health Council of Amer-

and state fairs in 11 states, including Illinois. The Commodity Carnival was conducted at the Bureau, LaSalle and Marshall-Putnam 4-H fairs where it benefitted more than 200 who participated in the hands-on educational opportunity. Jill Guynn, county director serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties, said, “The Commodity Carnival was a big hit at all three of the county 4-H fairs. The participants raised their own hogs and were able to take their hogs to market to learn about markets and the numerous risks involved with raising livestock through a fun, hands-on activity.” The new program was modeled after the highly successful 4-H National Youth Science Day – now in its sixth year.

ica, National Council for Ag Education and other relevant partners. The committee will work to identify curriculum and testing gaps, certification needs and industry-recognized credentials. Curriculum materials will be placed on the Extension website in the new Ag Safety and Health Community of Practice to be used in both formal and non-formal settings. A national outreach strategy will promote use of the curriculum from youth and farm safety instructors to parents and 4-H youth programs. Additionally, the project will determine the resources required to sustain a clearinghouse for national youth farm safety and education curriculum, state certification requirements and testing. NIFA made the award

through the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program, which was established in 2001. Agricultural education is an important part of an individual’s career and technical education. As such, it needs to provide instruction that leads to industryrecognized credentials. In addition, vocational agricultural program curricula need to be aligned with current career standards and curricula that integrate agricultural safety and health. Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people’s daily lives and the nation’s future. More information is available at

Fall Festival set for Oct. 24 in Bureau BUREAU — The First Congregational Church of Bureau will host its annual Fall Festival Bazaar and Supper on Oct. 24 in the church’s fellowship hall. The bazaar and bake sale starts at 3 p.m. Bazaar items for sale include dish cloths, knives, nuts, crafts and homemade rugs. There will also be a raffle. Supper will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include chicken casserole, salads, rolls, homemade pies, desserts and beverages. Prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Children under 5 years of age are free. Carryouts will be available.

“National 4-H Council is excited about this new partnership with CME Group,” said Donald T. Floyd Jr., president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “Exposing youth and their families to understanding why and how agricultural commodities are bought, sold and traded in fluctuating markets is vital. Providing our youth with this knowledge and education is critically important when one considers the impact of the agriculture market on our daily lives and our global economy.” Developed by the Ohio State University Extension, the Commodity Carnival consists of two hands-on mini carnival games, Invest & Grow and Pig-Linko, to introduce the concepts of agriculture futures, options and commodity trading to the target audience of families and youth ages 8 through 14. Each activity will guide the participants through

the process of producing a commodity and selling it. Throughout the learning experience, participants will be able to recognize what an agriculture commodity is and associate commodities with products used in their daily lives; learn what investments are required to raise a commodity; and discover how a commodity’s risks in taking it to market factor into its selling prices. “Agriculture has been a central part of our business for more than 160 years, and we’re thrilled to partner with 4-H at county and state fairs. We’re eager to provide an engaging way for fair-goers to gain a basic understanding of commodity trading and the vital role that managing risk plays in helping our nation’s farmers thrive,” said Anita Liskey, CME Group managing director, corporate marketing and communications.

Putnam County Junior High will sponsor book fair in November MCNABB — Putnam County Junior High will sponsor a book fair Nov. 12-15. Students will be visiting the book fair through their regularly-scheduled reading classes where reading good books is a fundamental part of the curriculum. At the book

fair, the students will have access to the newest and best children’s books on the market. Accelerated Reader and Rebecca Caudill books will be available for purchase. The book fair is an important fundraiser for the school. Profits from the book fair will

go to the Media Center to purchase new books for all students who will have access to them. Parents who send a check with a students should make the check payable to Putnam County Junior High. Taxes will be added to each purchase at 6.25 percent.

Haunted house fundraiser to benefit IVCH Foundation PERU — The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation will be the beneficiary of a haunted house fundraiser being organized by a committee of IVCH employees headed by Brianna Rebholz. The house is locat••• Items for the community section can be emailed to news@

ed on the east side of St. Mary’s Church on the north side of Sixth Street in Peru across from the IVCH emergency department. The haunted house will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 and from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27.

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Curb 11 debuts EP By Dixie Schroeder

CEDAR POINT — The local music scene has received a new and interesting EP from the band Curb 11. An EP is a musical recording that is more than a single but not enough tracks for a more traditional CD or a record. The EP with all original tracks includes the songs, “The D,” “Breakout,” “Hey You,” “Spectrum,” “Superman” and “Brighter Side of Apathy.” The songs hold a harder rock style flavor, yet have some interesting influences throughout each one. The creative process took seven to eight months before they were ready to record. Each song is a collaborative effort.

“We write the songs together,” said Ryan Kelsey who plays lead guitar for the group. “We like to call it ‘curb rock.’ We draw a lot of influences from Green Day, Blink 182, The FooFighters,” said Grant Bosnich, lead vocalist for the group. The EP was recorded locally at Audio Out, a company owned by Jeff Grubich of Peru. The time it took was shorter than normal, just two weeks. A typical EP recording can cost upwards of $1,800. “Digital allows everyone to record on their own time,” said Christian Bender who plays bass for the group. “We found that there were a lot of people that said yeah we can record you and all, but we saw that they were not

so good. Grubich actually went to Columbia University and learned how to be a sound engineer. He also attended Full Sail University, so we knew that he knew what he was doing.” Curb 11 has been playing together on the local music scene for more than a year in its current line-up. Besides Bosnich, Kelsey and Bender, Dan Schmidt plays rhythm guitar and Josh Nelson plays drums. Curb 11 has played about 35 to 40 shows in that time. However, life will soon change as some of the members will be leaving for college in the fall. “As far as everyone going away, people are like ‘they’re breaking up,’ but that’s not what is going to happen. We are sticking together; we just

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Members of the local band Curb 11 released their first EP. They are Ryan Kelsey, (from left) Grant Bosnich, Christian Bender, Josh Nelson and Dan Schmidt. won’t be playing as often around here, yet maybe we will find some new opportunities from the ones that are at different colleges,” said Bender. In the Illinois Valley music scene a specific type of music genre will start up, and local bands seem to follow that. According to the group,

the post metal scene died out in 2012. Local bands of recent note tend to follow their own ideal, which may lead to a variety of music genres and an interesting sound in a show. The group has played at Second Story in Princeton, Eagle Rock Christian Center, The Gun

Smoke Grill at Cedar Creek Ranch and at the 9th Street Pub. Members are very grateful for the support of businesses who allow them to play in the Illinois Valley. To follow Curb 11 or pick up their EP, visit curb11 or email to

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN PROBATE ESTATE OF ) BERNICE C. LOESCH,) Deceased. ) NO. 2013-P-09 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Bernice C. Loesch. Letters of Office were issued on October 3, 2013 to Laurie L. Glenn, 11143 Stage Coach Road, Magnolia, Illinois 61336 as Independent Executor, whose attorneys are Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke, P.C., Ten Park Avenue West, Princeton, Illinois 61356. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the office of the Circuit Clerk, Putnam County Courthouse, Hennepin, Illinois 61327, or with the representative, or both, on or before April 21, 2014, or if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by Section 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed by that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk are to be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated this 7th day of October, 2013. s/ Cathy J. Oliveri Putnam County Circuit Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 2013.

will be limited to the appointment of a new Multi-County Highway Engineer. Duane A. Calbow Chairman, Putnam County Board Published in the Putnam County Record Oct. 23, 2013.

names and post office addresses of all of the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as McNabb Storage located at 200 Railroad Street, McNabb, Illinois. Dated this 27th day of September, 2013. /s/Daniel S. Kuhn County Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 2013.

3, 2013, a certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of Putnam County, Illinois, setting forth the names and post office addresses of all of the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business kanown as Spartan 911 Tactical located at 8337 E. 1250th Road, Granville, Illinois. Dated this 3rd day of October, 2013. /s/Daniel S. Kuhn County Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 2013.

NOTICE A Special Meeting of the Putnam County Board will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the Putnam County Courthouse in Hennepin, Illinois. The meeting’s agenda

NOTICE A special meeting of the Putnam County Board’s Finance Committee will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Putnam County Courthouse in Hennepin, Illinois. The meeting’s agenda will be limited to discussion of the budget for the fiscal year beginning December 1, 2013 and ending November 30, 2014. Duane A. Calbow Chairman, Putnam County Board Published in the Putnam County Record Oct 23, 2013. NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on September 26, 2013, a certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of Putnam County, Illinois, setting forth the names and post office addresses of all of the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as Popurella Law Office, LLC located at 220 S. McCoy Street, Granville, IL. Dated this 26th day of September, 2013. /s/Daniel S. Kuhn County Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Oct. 9, 16 and 23, 2013. NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on September 27, 2013, a certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of Putnam County, Illinois, setting forth the

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois a Municipal Corporation will hold a Public Hearing on the 19th day of November, 2013 at 6:00 O’Clock p.m. to consider a request to vacate an alley in the Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois more particularly described as follows: That portion of an alley in Block 15, in the Town, now Village of Granville according to the resurvey Plat thereof in the County of Putnam and State of Illinois described as follows to wit: Alleyway between Lot 6 and 7 in said Block 15. All Persons desiring to appear, may appear and be heard on the proposed vacation of alley. GIVEN AT GRANVILLE, ILLINOIS this 16th day of October, 2013. Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois. BY: Kari J. Moore, Village Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Oct. 23, 2013.


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16 From You 16 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PCES fourth-graders take walking field trip HENNEPIN – Fourth-graders from Putnam County Elementary School took a walking tour of the historical places in Putnam County. Each class wrote a section.

Putnam County Courthouse tour By Debbie Ward’s class

The fourth graders of Putnam County Elementary School toured the Putnam County Courthouse in September. It is the oldest working courthouse in Illinois. The class climbed the stairs to reach the courtroom. They were stepping on the same floors as Abraham Lincoln. Cathy Oliveri, Putnam County Circuit Clerk, chose students to act out a trial. There were two lawyers, a judge, a court reporter, witness, jury and a bailiff. The jury went into their room and determined the person was guilty. When leaving the courtroom, the class walked through a metal detector. After leaving the courtroom, the class toured several offices. They even were put inside the original vault. Next they went to the dispatcher’s office. The class called 911, and the class watched the computer show our location. Sheriff Kevin Doyle took the class on a tour of the jail. He even locked the class in a cell, but then let the class out to continue the history tour.

Putnam County Agriculture Museum By Val Peterson’s class

This field trip was all about Putnam County. It is a place with lots of history. One place the class toured was the PC

Agriculture Museum. The class learned that tools like the rake were handmade and field tiles were buried by hand. Kids had to use a water bucket carrier for their chores. The class learned that some of the first settlers came to Magnolia. This was an area was once full of Indian tribes. Also the county used to be large and now it’s the smallest. The class was able to see stuffed horses, birds, and an opossum. They also saw barbed wire shapes, an old style kitchen, and even a record player that used tube pieces to help create the music. Finally, as they left, they were shocked to see a stuffed two-headed calf. It was a great visit.

Pulsifer House By Amy Schultz’s class

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Debbie Ward’s fourth-grade class poses for pictures. They students toured the PC Ag Museum.

Have you ever visited the Pulsifer House in Hennepin? The Pulsifer House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The class learned many interesting things about what it was like to live in the 1800s. One of the first neat things in the Pulsifer House is a framed hair mosaic that was crocheted from family members’ hair. The furniture resembled furniture of the time period. The class’s favorite piece was the “fainting couch”. They also were surprised that the beds were held up by ropes. This is where the saying “night, night ... sleep tight” comes from. The class was especially amazed by the fact that people used chamber pots in the middle of the night. The men’s and women’s parlors were also awesome. The class really enjoyed learning Photo contributed about the Pulsifer House and the his- Val Peterson’s fourth-grade class poses for pictures in the Putnam County tory of the 1800s. Courthouse.

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