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One last farewell By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE — Putnam County High School gave students and faculty one last chance to say goodbye during a candlelight memorial service for English teacher Judy Gedraitis on Dec. 15. They were joined by friends and family of the departed teacher in a dimly lit R.M. Germano Gymnasium for the ceremony.

Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jay McCracken gave the opening, sharing his impressions of her knowledge and personality. He told the audience what one parent had said to him. “She said, ‘whenever I’m around Mrs. Gedraitis, I always felt like I should stand a little taller, because of Mrs. G’s ability to bring out the best in every one of us,’” McCracken said. “I’m proud to announce that Putnam

County Schools will establish a Judy Gedraitis Award, which will presented to students and faculty for generations to come.” A memorial display will hang in the hallway, depicting a heart containing thumbprints of students whose lives were touched by Gedraitis. Students Monica Monroe, Becky Arnold, Emily Whitney and Tara Doyle presented the family with a scrapbook of memories from the students and faculty.

Many students and faculty came forward to share their experiences and love for the late Gedraitis, many through barely choked-back tears. “I remember the last time we talked was on that Friday before Thanksgiving. She talked about Putnam County Record photo/ Ken Schroeder eating sea bass in England,” felJudy Gedraitis’ daughlow teacher Carmela Rodriguez ter, Ashley Gedraitis, said. “If I knew then what I do now, I would have kept her listens to the candlelight service held for her mother.

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PC Board fills vacancies By Ken Schroeder

HENNEPIN – It was a day of appointments at the Putnam County Board meeting on Dec. 9. Positions were filled in three departments of county government to fill various vacancies. The intergovernmental agreement has been signed between Marshall and Putnam counties which makes the appointment of Pat Sloan as Putnam County highway superintendent official. The two counties have had an agreement to share the officer for some time. Putnam County Death Investigator Bob Cofoid will add a new title to his resume. Cofoid was named interim coordinator of the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency. The vacancy was created by the of former coordinator Jim Goldasich earlier this year. Putnam County Emergency Ambulance Services Chief Andrew Jackson will see his duties expand with his appointment to the Emergency Telephone System Board. In other action, the board: • Heard on report from Cofoid on the progress on the new PCEMA building. He also said there are remaining items from the former occupants in the building – which was the former steelworkers union building – which need to be removed. • Passed a resolution for an agreement between Putnam County and the North Central Illinois Council of Governments for a recycling program. • Learned of the progress on the Putnam County website. Sandra Woest is being trained to act as website coordinator for the county. • Scheduled the dates for the Putnam County Board meetings for 2014.

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Members of the Putnam County Emergency Medical Services assist a victim of the bus crash on Dec. 14.

Early morning bus accident injuries students By PCR Staff

HENRY — A morning bus accident on Dec. 14 left at least five students injured. The school bus from District 227, Rich Township High School, was transporting students to a competition. It slid off the road in Wolf Hollow on Illinois Route 18 a mile and a half east of Henry. The bus was driven by the Illinois School Bus

Company. The Putnam County Emergency Medical Services were in charge of the scene. PCEMS Director Andy Jackson said there were 18 students and teachers aboard the bus. Nine were transported by area ambulances to St. Margaret’s Hospital. The remaining nine were transported by bus to the hospital as well. “The bus was headed west down the hill, returning from an outing. The bus started to

slide and went into the ditch. There were several injuries but none of them serious,” Jackson said. “They were transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.” St. Margaret Hospital nursing supervisor Anne Swank said there were nine people seen through the emergency room. “There were nine people from the accident that were treated and released,” Swank said. Ambulances from Mendota

EMS, Utica EMS, Princeton Fire Department EMS, Tonica EMS, Tiskilwa EMS, Peru EMS, Oglesby EMS, Wyanet EMS, LaSalle Fire Department EMS, Lostant EMS, Varna EMS and Wenona EMS assisted at the scene. Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Magnolia Fire Department and a Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy also responded. The accident is under investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s department.

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Gedraitis From Page 1A a little longer; told one last story, shared one last laugh. Even then, it would not be enough.” Gedraitis’ daughter Ashley Gedraitis spoke for the family, thanking the faculty and students for their memories of Judy just as Judy had shared stories of them. “We were with you when you were struggling with a fever, or when you were struggling with a grade. We were at all of your events, all of your championships,” Ashley Gedraitis said. “You teachers, we were there for the birth of your children, for your marriages.

The Putnam County Record encourages readers to submit news for publication in our paper. Special events, weddings, births, awards and honors, anniversaries, promotions, etc. are welcome items for the paper. Some fees may apply. Schools, businesses, organizations and groups are encouraged to send information on activities and events.

She was both a mom and a teacher for me. She was both a mom and a teacher for a lot of you here.”

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Family, faculty and students gathered at R.M. Germano Gymnasium to hold a candlelight memorial service for high school English teacher Judy Gedraitis.

Looking back at 2013 By Ken Schroeder

This is the first of a two-part series looking back at 2013 in Putnam County. Jan. 2 Friends and coworkers on both sides of the Illinois River mourned the death of Jack Grant of Hennepin, who died Dec. 18, 2012 following a lengthy battle with myelofibrosis, a disorder Photos should be sent as an of the bone marrow. attachment. Granville was one step closer to getting its own POSTMASTER: Dollar General store. Send address changes to Keith Moran of Moran the Putnam County Record, Development shared the P.O. Box 48, Granville, IL findings of a preliminary study his agency com61326

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The annexation of the land would allow Hennepin to create a TIF district. Horses and diapers were on the mind of area residents at the Granville Village Board meeting, Jan. 15, where 11 citizens voiced their opinions on the village’s diaper law for horses within the village limits. Under the current ordinance, a horse owner can be fined from $50 to $500 for walking or riding a horse without a diaper in the village. Jan. 30 The village of Granville looked for ways to raise the necessary funds for Dollar General’s water and sewer lines. Part of the condition of the store coming to town was the necessary construction being footed by the village. The Putnam County Panthers boys basketball team won the Tri-County Conference Championship edging the Hall Red Devils 64-63. Feb. 6 The Putnam County School District hosted a school safety forum during their annual school safety presentation. Greg Duffy, the new Putnam County probation officer, presented a program for the Putnam County Rotary. Duffy was appointed on Dec. 13.

Feb. 13 The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear the case involving Hartney Oil’s main point of business address. Dollar General indicated they were pleased with the efforts by the Granville Village Board to bring a store into town. Feb. 20 Dynegy Energy donated $2,000 to Putnam County Grade School for the purchase of iPads. The third of four people involved in a home invasion was sentenced. Nathan Webb received five years prison time for the Dec. 1 break-in. Feb. 27 The Putnam County boys basketball team advanced to sectionals after defeating the Marquette Academy Crusaders 50-39 at the Henry 1A Regional tournament. The Granville Village Board voted to establish a TIF district which would clear the way for Dollar General to locate in town. March 6 The Putnam County boys basketball team ended their state hopes with a 65-54 loss to Colfax-Ridgeview in the sectional semifinals. Video gambling came to Putnam County with the first Granville machines installed at Kaddywampus Sports Grille.

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2013 From Page 2A March 13 The Bureau-Putnam Health Departments reported a bad year for the flu with cases reported as early as November. The Granville Village Board held a public hearing to discuss the diaper law which forced owners to put diapers on horses when riding in town. March 20 Plans were announced for the Putnam County Regional Office of Education to merge with LaSalle County. The McNabb Village Board was unhappy with recent street repairs by Advanced Asphalt and was reviewing resolutions to the problem. The McNabb Grain Company celebrated 100 years of serving local farmers. March 27 The Putnam County School Board held a hearing on the intent of selling $5 million in bonds. Superintendent Jay McCracken said the bonds were not necessarily being sold, but the board wanted to make conditions favorable if budget issues with the state could not be solved. Granville established

a business district, encompassing the location of the new Dollar General store. The district was created to apply a 1 percent tax to goods bought at the store. April 3 A Joint Review Board agreed upon the eligibility of the proposed TIF District in Granville. A final public hearing on May 7 set the stage for the ordinance to be passed on May 21. Former Granville resident John Kendall took a job as producer for WEEK/WHOI television. April 10 After months of debate, Granville flushed its diaper law, instead setting a route for horse riders to take through the village limits. The Mark Village Board discussed sales tax withholding by the state over the contested taxes in the Hartney Oil matter. April 17 A mock disaster drill was held at Mennie’s Machine Shop to prepare local law enforcement officials in the case of a hostage situation. Election results were released for the April 9 elections.

April 24 Heavy rains touched off massive flooding throughout Illinois with several local roads impassable for days. The Putnam County Library started celebrating its 75th anniversary with several programs scheduled through the year. May 1 Flooding still affected parts of the Illinois Valley. The National Weather Service noted Putnam County received approximately seven inches of rain during April, making it one of the soggiest Aprils ever. Gov. Pat Quinn applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal funds. The Putnam County Historical Society celebrated 50 years of operation. May 8 Residents and colleagues remembered Cliff Arnold, former coowner of the Putnam County Record. Arnold died of cancer on May 1. The Putnam County Library announced a program on the life of “Trader Jack” Redshaw as part of its anniversary celebration. May 15 After months of smooth sailing, several residents came forward opposed to the proposed

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TIF district at a Granville Village Board meeting. The Putnam County girls softball team clinched the Tri-County Conference title with an 11-1 win over Ottawa Marquette. May 22 While the worst of the flood damage from April was finally cleaned up, Putnam County Highway Supervisor Edward Andrews told the Putnam County Board there was still a lot left to be done. Andrews confirmed Magnolia seemed to be the hardest hit by the flooding. The Bureau-Putnam Health Department received state grant funds for surveillance of the West Nile Virus. May 29 Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jay McCracken presented retiring staff members Ed Schmidt, Marie Taylor and Terry Warren with a crystal apple from the district and thanked them for their years of service. McCracken spoke of the unique contributions each had given the district when presenting each teacher at the meeting Several stories came forward of basement flooding and sewer backups during the board’s

regular meeting May 21. June 5 After decades of serving the people of Putnam County, Granville Drugs is no more. The pharmacy closed its doors for the last time at 1 p.m. May 30. Hennepin exploded with flashes of bright color downtown as more than 300 people celebrated the life of a single young girl with the Colors for Arie 3K Run/Walk. The event was organized to raise awareness of suicide prevention. June 12 Water continued to be the main topic at the Granville Village Board meetings, with four of the items on the June 4 agenda addressing progress and concerns on Granville’s water and sewage lines. The West Nile Virus season officially began in Illinois with the first West Nile Virus positive mosquito batch reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck confirmed the first positive mosquito sample taken May 21 in Cook County. June 19 Six-year-olds must attend school. That was the result of a new

bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly. According to Senate Bill 1307, education in Illinois must be mandatory for all children who are six years of age or older by Sept. 1 of that current school year. County Emergency Management Agency Supervisor Jim Goldasich addressed the Putnam County Board during its meeting on June 10 concerning the damages from the flooding on April 19. Goldasich said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had gone over the damage reports collected from the residents of the county and determined there was not enough property damage reported to warrant individual assistance to those affected. June 26 After long and careful deliberation during the last several months, the Putnam County School Board signed a three-year contract for transportation services with Johannes Bus Co. at the regular meeting June 17. Dollar General completed its final transactions with the village for the property transfer to build the new store.

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The price of pension reform By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE — The ink is barely dry on the pension reform legislation signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Dec. 5, and those affected have already made it known they believe the legislation is unconstitutional. The new law counts on saving $160 billion over the next 30 years, largely by sharply curbing cost-ofliving increases to retirees and requiring many current workers to skip up to five annual cost of living bumps when they retire. It also would boost the retirement

age for current workers by up to five years, depending on their current age. In an effort to get the law deemed constitutional, employees would have to contribute 1 percentage point less to their salaries, pension systems would be allowed to sue to force the state to pay its required employer share to retirement and a limited number of workers could join a 401(k) style defined contribution plan. In the short form, the legislation reduces drastically the amount of money they will pay out in pensions. In most cases, that money

was sent to the government in the form of wage taxes and Teacher Retirement System payments, meaning money paid in will not be coming out. “It’s important to note the reduction in benefits is a result of the changed COLA, not an immediate reduction of benefits. The percentage reductions that are projected reflect the increases that would have been realized after twenty years in retirement,” Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jay McCracken said. Opponents and proponents of the bill expect a

challenge on the constitutionality of the bill. While the effective date of the new law is June 1, 2014, the Teachers’ Retirement System expects a challenge to take place shortly. A court challenge would likely delay the implementation of the law’s provisions until a final ruling is made. The lynchpin which may enable the Illinois courts to overturn the ruling is a provision of the state constitution that says pension benefits may not be diminished. Union officials have criticized lawmakers for approving a bill they say is clearly unconstitutional.

Putnam County Circuit Court The following sentences and fines were recently handed down in Putnam County Circuit Court. Driving 11-14 mph above the limit David C. Demirjian, 52, Hinsdale, fined $230 plus three months supervision. A 16-year-old male, Granville, fined $120. Linda G. Qasem, 31, Oglesby, fined $120. Driving 15-20 mph above the limit Randi E. Engel, 27, Henry, fined $120. Scott Farmer, 58, Otta-

wa, fined $120. Michelle M. Postula, 46, Mark, fined $120. Anthony S. Quinones, 29, Chicago, fined $120. Driving 31-39 mph above the limit Christopher D. Kamp, 32, Metamora, fined $500. No registration light Jacob Stuursma, 55, Tinley Park, fined $230 plus three months supervision. Disregard stop sign A 16-year-old female, Granville, fined $230 plus six months supervision

plus driver’s education. Overweight on axle Roger M. Abell, 59, Geneseo, fined $2,115. Hunt on others’ land without permission David E. Cordes, 44, Bloomington, fined $120. Mark A. Fowler, 55, Plano, fined $120. Deer hunting permit violation Brandon W. Keller, 22, McNabb, fined $120. No valid hunting license/stamp Justin P. Schlueter, 25, Creve Coeur, fined $120.

Disorderly conduct Paige M.J. Mabis, now known as Paige Hoffert, 20, Granville, fined $500 plus six months supervision. Possession of cannabis, less than 2.5 grams Jason A. Brady, 40, Utica, N.Y., fined $2,382 plus 30 days jail sentence. Criminal damage to property $300-$10,000 Brandon M. McKirgin, 19, Granville, fined $5,481.55 plus 30 months probation plus 90 days jail sentence.

Property transfers The following property transfers were recently recorded in the Putnam County Recorder of Deeds office. Dec. 2 Carol Kasper to Robert S. Mennie and Christina K. Mennie; Lots 39-42, N.H. Colby’s Second Addition, Granville; $21,000.

Aaron Jenkins to Anton Dzierzynski; Lot 37, Gariglietti’s Second Addition, Mark; $15,000. Dec. 3 Catherine L. Phillips to Amy J. Carboni and Joleen A. Burton; Lot no. 1, Block 31, Hennepin; exempt. James P. Bogner to

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Obituary Judith Gedraitis PERU — Judith Kay Gedraitis, 55, of Peru died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in London, England. Judith was born Oct. 3, 1958, in Spring Valley to John and Liza (Wold) Walton. One of five sisters, she grew up in Peru. She married Mark Gedraitis Nov. 23, 1984, in Woodstock, Ill. A devoted Catholic, she was a member of St. Hyacinth Church. She was a fervent reader as well as a burgeoning traveler, having recently Judith visited Ireland, Poland and Italy with her Gedraitis husband and daughter. She graduated with the first class of girls from St. Bede Academy and afterwards attended Illinois Valley Community College. Having changed careers later in life, she went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English at Illinois State University. She spent the last seven years as an English teacher at Putnam County High School. Here, she found her vocation in facilitating and expanding students’ exposure to literature and language. She was truly fulfilled with her chosen profession. Survivors include her mother, Liza Wold of Ottawa; her husband, Mark of Peru; one daughter, Ashley (Gustav) Gedraitis Polisano of London, England; one stepson, Jason (Jennifer) Gedraitis of Dunlap; five grandchildren, Matthew, Allison, Jack, Julie and Luke Gedraitis; four sisters, Pam (Dan) Larkin of Anderson, S.C., Peggy (Ed) Hylla of LaSalle, Terri (Paul) Barron of Greenville, S.C., and Kim (Jeff) Lundy of Ottawa. She was preceded in death by her father and stepfather. A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at St. Hyacinth Church. The Rev. Antonio Dittmer, the Rev. Paul Meismer and the Rev. Ronald Margherio, O.S.B., will concelebrate. Burial will follow at St. Hyacinth Cemetery. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be directed to the family for the establishment of an English scholarship in her memory at Putnam County High School. The Ptak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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The legal system isn’t broke...’s just expensive. By now you’ve heard all about it, but let’s bring everyone up to speed. On June 15, a 16 year-old male in Fort Worth, Texas stole beer from a store with some friends. He had seven passengers in his Ford F-350, was speeding and had a blood alcohol level of .256, three times the legal limit. That’s when he killed four people. The pickup fatally struck four pedestrians: Brian Jennings, 43; Breanna Mitchell, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21; COMMENTARY and her mother Hollie Boyles, 52. On Dec. 10, the boy (Putnam County Record policy prevents me from giving his name, but it’s all over the Internet if you take the time to Google it.), who pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter, received his sentence. The prosecuting attorneys were asking for the maximum sentence of 20 years incarceration. The juvenile received 10 years. Of probation. The reason for the verdict: “Affluenza.” Since the boy’s parents are what could modestly be called “stinking rich,” the defense attorney – Scott Brown, if you ever do something criminally stupid and want to get away with it – argued that he acted this way because “he doesn’t link bad behavior with consequences because his parents taught him that wealth buys privilege.” So Brown’s logic for getting the rich kid off scot-free was because the boy expected to get off scot-free. Seems logical. And obviously, Texas State District Judge Jean Boyd – another name to remember if you’re dangerously dumb in Dallas – agreed. “Rehabilitation is more important than punishment. He can be redeemed.” If this had happened to anyone who wasn’t extraordinarily wealthy, the juvenile in question would have done the 20 years, plus faced the other charges: underage drinking, speeding, driving while intoxicated, possession of alcohol by a minor and theft. Meanwhile, this kid will go to prom with barely a slap on his wrist while his victims’ families receive the message their lives don’t matter. “Money always seems to keep you out of trouble,” Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter, told reporters. “Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail. If you had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.” This isn’t an isolated case. Remember Olympic gold-medalist Mike Phelps, who was caught smoking pot? Check and see how much jail time he received. I’ll wait. After that, look up Motley Crue singer Vince Neil’s police record and note how many days of jail time he’s served. History is replete with public figures who have committed crimes which would put you or me in an orange jumpsuit for five-to-ten with time off for good behavior and they have gotten off with a slap on the wrist. Maybe it’s time to change the Pledge of Allegiance again... “...and justice for all.” long as you can afford it. Ken Schroeder can be reached at

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What is your favorite holiday movie and why?

“I don’t really have a favorite one. I do watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ That’s a great one. We watched whatever came on the TV each year. It was usually a tradition.” Sandy Miller, Cedar Point

“‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is really a good one. That’s an oldie. I probably watched it when I was younger. It’s just an old movie, and it’s kind of a classic.” Jeannette Price, McNabb

“‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is my favorite Christmas movie. I watched it when I was in grade school.” Jan Schuster, McNabb

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Sports PC varsity falls to Roanoke-Benson By Dixie Schroeder

ROANOKE — In a game that could foreshadow TriCounty Conference dominance this year, the Putnam County Panthers lost in a heartbreaking double overtime game to the Roanoke-Benson Rockets 70-67. In a see-saw game that saw the Panthers on the losing end of the score more than once, the Panthers took the Rockets into overtime with a two point tip-in from sophomore Alec Veverka with just a few seconds to play. The Panthers were at the end of the first overtime when senior Harold Fay hit one of five 3-point shots in the game that took both teams into the second overtime of the contest. The Rockets had the hotter hand in shooting during the second overtime, outscoring the Panthers 4-2, to take the conference win. High scorer for the Panthers was Fay with 28 points. Veverka tossed in 15 points and had eight rebounds which led the Panthers’ effort. Senior Evan Kreiser shot 15 points and had five assists in the contest.

Dolphins swim in DeKalb By Dixie Schroeder

DEKALB — The Illinois Valley YMCA Dolphins competed in the two day Barb Wire Invitational swim meet on Dec. 14 and 15. The Dolphins swam against 16 other teams and placed fifth overall with a total of 1,528 points. The girls’ side of the team earned 760 points while the boys’ side of the team brought in 768 points. Locally, Charleigh Holmes, 12, swam in six events, earning a total of 105 points for the Dolphins. Holmes swam in the 50-yard freestyle, taking first place at 25.90. In the 100-yard freestyle, Holmes logged a 57.03 for her second first place of the day. She then took two second-place finishes in the 100yard butteryfly event with a time of 1:06.95 and in the 50-yard butterfly event with a time of 29.37. In the 500yard freestyle event, Holmes swam a time of 5:37.34 for third place and completed her day with a fourth place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 36.01. The next meet for the Dolphins will be at the David Wolfe Invitational at the Belvidere YMCA on Jan. 5.

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Princeton’s Luke Hoffman took on Putnam County/Hall’s Cole Elliot at 170 pounds on Dec. 13.

PC/Hall wrestles tough week of opponents By Dixie Schroeder

OTTAWA — The PC/Hall wrestling co-op team had a great showing at the Ottawa Invitational on Dec. 14. Sixteen schools including Clinton, Coal City, Gibson City, Limestone, Lincoln-Way Central, Minooka, Moline, Morris, Oswego, Ottawa, Plainfield East, Princeton, Sandwich, Washington and Yorkville attended the meet. Minooka won the event. At 126 pounds, PC/Hall’s Mario Flores earned second place overall. Flores took a win by pinfall against Washington’s Marc Stubhar at 4:44 in the first period. He also pinned Plainfield East’s Jasper McGee at 2:44 in the first period of their meet. In the third round of competition, he also pinned Dylon Boyd of Sandwich at 1:50 in the match. However Flores ran out of gas in the championship match against Alex Warren of Yorkville, losing by decision, 15-2. Newcomer to the mats this season, R.J. Copeland earned a third place overall in the 145 pounds. Copeland won his first match against Washington’s Dakoda VanQuakebeka by pinfall at :52 in the first period. However, he was defeated by Minooka’s Mitch Botz by pinfall at 1:01 in their match. Copeland came back to win third

place against Morris’s Josh Skraptis by pinfall at 1:07 in the first period. Cole Elliot took fourth place overall in the 160 pounds. Elliot started out the day with two successive wins by a decision, 9-8 over Robert Heyder of Washington and by Tech Fall, 16-1 over Plainfield East’s Anthony Lewandowski. However Lincoln-Way Central defeated Elliot by decision 7-0 to throw him into the third place match.  Moline’s Jesse Mallery went toe to toe with Elliot in the third place match and then won by decision 6-4. PC/Hall acquitted themselves well at the 182 pounds, placing two wrestlers in the top three. Team co-captain Nathan Tonozzi took second overall. Tonozzi won by Tech Fall 18-3 over Plainfield East’s Justin Souksavat. He then took his second match of the day by beating Ian Greenfield of Oswego with a pine fall at 4:53 in the match. In the championship match, Tonozzi was defeated by Tyler Brazzil of Yorkville by pinfall at 4:29. James Hall took third, wrestling four matches on the day. Hall took his first two matches by decision 11-10 over Washington’s Zac Miller and by pinfall over Lincoln-Way Central’s Jordan Bills at :41 in the match. However his luck ran out when he lost to Tyler Brazzil of Yorkville by

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Putnam County’s Yepsen signs with Ashford University By Dixie Schroeder

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Putnam County High School senior softball phenom Shelby Yepsen (third from left) signs her letter of intent to play for Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. Yepsen is seated with family; brother Bryton Yepsen, left, mother Michelle Yepsen, and father Alan Yepsen; and pitching coach Tom Finch, back left, PCHS varsity softball coach Chris Walker, Ashford University softball coach Kevin Jannusch, Ashford University assistant softball coach Missy Steiger.

GRANVILLE — Shelby Yepsen knew as her senior year had come that she would be making many decisions about her life. One of course, was the choice of where she would go to college. As one of the members of her senior class that started in the Putnam County High School varsity Lady Panthers softball team, she began looking at colleges and made her choice of Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. “It was between three choices, but I really liked their campus,” Yepsen said. “I went and watched them coach a game and I really liked how he coached, it was a lot like how I grew up with Walker, (Chris Walker head coach for PCHS softball.) He (Walker) knew how to push us and so did Coach J (Kevin Jannusch head softball coach of Ashford University.) I also liked that it was only an hour and a half from home.” While Yepsen has yet to pitch her senior year campaign, she has earned plenty of honors in the circle. She had been named to the Illinois Coaches Association 1A All-State team as well as the Tri-County Conference First team. As Yepsen had suffered an offseason injury between her sophomore and junior years, the achievements are a strong testaments to her work ethic and character. “Pitching wise, she has talent and skill to pitch at the next level and that’s where we start,” Jannusch said. “We were impressed

with her maturity and leadership. One thing we heard alot of was that she wants to pitch, wants to have the ball in her hands. I think if you are going to be a successful pitcher at the college level, you have to kind of want to be the one. She wants to be the one. That is a characteristic we want to see in our pitchers.” Walker also noted that he knew there was something special about Yepsen when he started working with her. “She has made tons of improvement over the years,” Walker said. “She works hard and has a very good work ethic. She wanted to get better, that’s all on her. She’s done a great job.” Parents Michelle and Alan Yepsen, while excited, found the college signing a little bittersweet. “It’s been a lot of years of dedication to the sport on her part. She had that injury last year that we didn’t know if she would come back from. To come back like she did last year and then they went down to the state tournament, we were excited about that for sure,” Alan Yepsen said. “She has had some wonderful coaches, not only Chris (Walker) but Carla Passini, her travel team coach and Tom Finch her pitching coach,” Michelle Yepsen said. While Shelby Yepsen was persistent is sending emails to Jannusch in Iowa, as she led her team deeper into the post season in the spring of 2013, he began to sit up and take notice of her.

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Lady Panthers continue undefeated streak

Wrestlers From Page 6A pinfall at 1:40 in the match to throw him into the third place match where he beat Ian Greenfield of Oswego by pinfall at 4:25 in their match. PC/Hall’s Matt Briddick earned fifth place in the 195 weight division in a wrestle back. Briddick started his day by a pinfall win over Oswego’s Jon Beniecki at 4:00 into their match. He then was defeated by pinfall against Jacob Hughes of Plainfield East at 4:57 in their match. Briddick recovered with two successive wins, a pinfall against Lincoln Way-Central’s Sam Westburg at 1:32 in the match and a decision win 8-2 against Yorkville’s David Offhous. To complete the day, Marco Gutierrez wrestled back for a fifth place win at the 220 weight division. Gutierrez started the day with a defeat against Washington’s Brad Howe in a 4-3 decision. He came back with two wins, both decisions. The first was a 3-1 win over Ottawa’s Teegan Gregor and the second was a 4-2 win by decision over Oswego’s Alex Williams. Head Coach Jerry Kriewald was very pleased with his wrestlers’ efforts on the day. “It was a great day of wrestling versus some great competition. Definitely a day to be proud of,” he said. PC/Hall beats Princeton, loses to Fulton On Dec. 13 in an away meet at Princeton, the PC/ Hall wrestlers were one for two in a triangular meet against Princeton and Fulton. In the first meet, PC/ Hall took on Fulton and came very close to taking

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Princeton’s Austin Wetsel took on Putnam County/Hall’s Mario Flores at the 126 pounds on Dec. 13. the meet, 42-39. Earning points for squad was Ben Garland, Cole Elliot, Tonozzi, Dominic Elliot and Flores with pinfalls in their matches. Tyler Tabor also won against Sam Grant at 145 by a score of 9-4. Briddick earned a forfeit at 220. In the second meet of the night against Princeton, PC/Hall came out on top by a score of 48-33. Cole Elliot, Tonozzi, Briddick, Tabor and Gutierrez all earned pinfalls in their matches. Jake Hall earned a forfeit win at 220 pounds. In one of the most exciting matchups of the night at 120 pounds, Dominic Elliot took on the Tigers’ Tyler Webster. Webster led 4-2 after the first period and 12-8 after the second. Elliot mounted a tremendous comeback combining moves and quickness to take the lead at 14-13 in the third period before pinning Webster with :53.5

seconds left in the match. PC/Hall’s assistant coach Joe Rue was happy with the team’s efforts in the two matches. “I think everyone wrestled really well tonight. The kids came in ready to go. Princeton is a big rival for us. With Fulton we fell short last year and we thought we could make up for last year, but the kids tried hard and didn’t quite make it,” Rue said. “Tonozzi, our team co-captain, had two big wins for us. Tyler Taber came in and a had a couple of big wins after coming off a back injury for us. Both of Dominic Elliot’s matches were amazing. Ben Garland had really, really good matches for us. They all stepped up when they needed to.” PC/Hall loses to Orion, Rock Island Alleman PC/Hall hosted a home meet on Dec. 11 versus Rock Island Alleman and Orion. While Kriewald

noted that his wrestlers worked hard and wrestled well, the final team scores were not to the Panthers’ favor. PC/Hall lost to Alleman 50-26 and lost to Orion, 40-39. In the Alleman meet, Cole Elliot, Flores, Tonozzi and Briddick all pinned their opponents. Ben Garland also won his match by decision with a score of 8-5. Exhibition matches had PC/Hall’s Evan Kiphart and Copeland winning at 220 and 145 respectively by pinfalls. In the Orion meet, PC/ Hall had a better showing with Luke McCook, Briddick, and Dominic Elliot all winning their matches by pinfalls. Flores who by a 6-2 decision at 132 pounds. Cole Elliot at 170 and Shane Khounnha at 220 won their matches by forfeit. The next contest for PC/ Hall will be on Jan. 4, 2014, at Kewanee.

GRANVILLE — After the Dec. 2 game where she posted her 1,000th career point, Daniela Pavlovich said the Lady Panthers were going to go undefeated this year. So far, she’s 100 percent correct as the Putnam County girls basketball team racked up two more wins in recent days. PC 48, Wethersfield 44 Dec. 10 saw the Lady Panthers perform what has almost become a tradition in Putnam County sports, coming from behind in the second half to defeat Wethersfield 48-44. Play was back and forth in the first half with Wethersfield holding a 25-23 lead going into the bottom of the game. Third quarter saw the Lady Panthers toss in 13 points while holding Wethersfield to four points. Daniela Pavlovich led the Panthers offense with 15 points, aided by Allison Voss with 14. Putnam County 55, Henry 13 The Lady Panthers faced the Henry-Senachwine Lady Mallards on Dec. 12 in a game that seemed like more of a duck hunt, as Putnam County dominated the Mallards 55-13. Henry-Senachwine couldn’t get started, with a lonely two point basket scored in the first half to Putnam County’s 30 point tally. The Lady Mallards tried to make a comeback in the third quarter, but was shot down by the Panther defense. Carly Gonet led the Panthers offense with 13 points. Allison Voss followed with 12 while Daniela Pavlovich contributed 10 to the winning cause. The next game for the Lady Panthers will be on Dec. 19 against Tri-County Conference foe Roanoke-Benson.

Yepsen From Page 6A “When we saw the post season honors she earned and the record she had, we knew she could be part of our squad,” Jannusch said. Yepsen will join the Saints who finished 23-23 last season, Jannusch

plans to put her in the starting lineup right away as a freshman. Walker and Yepsen are both looking forward to the last stand with the 2013 Lady Panthers. “We want to make state again,” Yepsen said. “Let us leave the school on a high note.”


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Community Food pantry Christmas basket pick-up on Dec. 21 GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Food Pantry reminds those families who have requested Christmas baskets that the baskets will be ready for pick-up between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21. The baskets will be distributed from Bonucchi Hall located on the main floor of the new addition to the Granville United Church of Christ.

The hall is in the upstairs of the same building as the food pantry. For those who specifically requested their basket be delivered, the basket will arrive at your home sometime in the morning. Try to be home for the delivery. Anyone who has questions about the baskets, call Judy Hopkins at 815-339-2815 or Gayle Reno at 815-339-6480.

Lutheran Church holiday schedules Pastor Ann Zigert has announced the dates and times for Christmas Eve services. Emmaus Lutheran Church in McNabb will

start at 5 p.m., while First Lutheran Church in Granville service will begin at 8 p.m. There will not be services on Christmas Day at either church.

M-P 4-H to hold review meeting HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam 4-H will be holding an expansion and review meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau Building, 509 Front St., Henry. The purpose of the meeting is to hear from a variety of individuals on their thoughts and ideas about the youth pro-

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The oldest story ... in 3-D at St. Patrick Church By Dixie Schroeder

HENNEPIN — A most unique display is situated in the mother’s chapel of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hennepin. Father Patrick DeMeulemeester has a Christmas creche display on tables. This display tells the story of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem so Mary can have Jesus in a stable. DeMeulemeester has collected the Fontanini figurines for 19 years. “It was a Christmas present,” he said. “The creche way at the end was the first piece I received as a Christmas present.” DeMeulemeester said he has always loved Christmas, so he started looking to see what other pieces in the collection were available. Over the years his collection has grown to its current form of 30 feet long and four feet wide. It has sand for the desert in some places and broken up blackboard and slate for the streets in others. Trees line the display as they did in Biblical times. “Every parish I have been in, I have put up the display. It started with a card table and 19 years later here it is,” he said. The display was extended an additional four feet this year as DeMeulemeester revealed a secret.

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Father Pat DeMeulemeester shows his Christmas creche display at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hennepin. “I found there was something called an eBay,” he said. “I was able to find some retired pieces.” During the course of the holiday season, he moves Mary and Joseph along in their journey toward Bethlehem. Behind them the three wisemen are shown making their way to Bethlehem with their gifts for the baby Jesus. On Dec. 24, DeMeulemeester will swap out the figurines of Mary and Joseph to have the new ones in the creche. He also has angels who appear as well as musical players. The children of the church look forward to the display as much as


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Putnam County residents organize Prayer at the Pole By Dixie Schroeder

Putnam County Community Center Notes Menus Dec. 23 – Chili with beans, corn, tropical fruit, juice cup, cornbread. Dec. 24, 25, 26 — PCCC closed — Merry Christmas. Dec. 27 – Chicken fried steak with country gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, pineapple chunks, frosted cake. Putnam County Community Center serves lunch every day, Monday through Friday. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance by calling 815-339-2711. Suggested donations for Monday, Wednesday, Friday is $3. Suggested donations for Tuesday, Thursday is $5.

GRANVILLE — See you at the pole was an organized attempt to have a global day of prayer in the 1990s. Twenty years and many different efforts later Putnam County has their own version of Prayer at the Pole happening at 7:10 a.m. each Wednesday on a rotating basis throughout the PutDec. 24, 25, 26 — PCCC closed — Happy holidays! nam County School DisDec. 27 — PCCC reopens. trict. Organizers of this event are Lori Boekeloo and Cheryl Shatena. Both PEORIA — Methodist College at UnityPoint Health women worked to make will graduate 24 students with Bachelor of Science it more than a one time in Nursing degrees during the December graduevent after the Sept. 29 ation ceremonies at 10 a.m. Dec. 15. Ceremonies event. There is a rotating will be held at Five Points in Washington. Keynote schedule in which they Putnam County Record photo/Dixie Schroeder speaker for the event is Dr. Timothy Cundiff, O.D., go from building to build- Members of the Prayer at the Pole group pray on Dec. 11 at Putnam County High the Methodist College Board Chair and his presening in the district to hold School. tation is titled “All American City.” their prayer at the pole. Among the graduates is John Lardizabal Apilado grader at Putnam County it’s like I’m more humble know, ‘Let’s show we care On Dec. 18, the group will of Hennepin. by the power of prayer.’” be outside the Putnam Elementary School likes about it,” Gray said. Depending on the County Primary School the idea of being able to building. Then on Jan. 8 meet new kids her age school, attendance has varied. However with the they will go to the Put- through this activity. “The opportunity to cold, numbers have dwinnam County Elementary School building, the next meet other kids that dled. The group is hoping week the Putnam County I’ve never met yet and people will come when Junior High School build- be able to stand out here they become more well ing and then back to Put- every single Wednesday known. They are invitnam County High School even though I don’t get ing community members, five minutes more sleep. teachers and staff from the following week. “We want the kids to Then I get to stand with the school as well as the know that it is OK to these two people, (points kids to join their efforts. They have also started pray,” Shatena said. “We towards Boekeloo and are trying to set the exam- Sawyer Gray, an eighth- a Facebook page for those ple here. We want kids grader at Putnam County who cannot make it out to to know that it is OK to Junior High School) who each school on Wednesstand up for your faith are nice and kind and just day mornings. Cheryl in the presence of people show up,” Cherise Shat- Shatena said the group has grown to more than you don’t know. We want ena said. Gray admits it is hard 100 people who pray with the kids to know that we don’t have to be ashamed to want to get up early them. and go out in all sorts “Prayer shouldn’t be to be Christians.” “I think that it’s just out of weather to participate your last resort. It should of people’s comfort zone, in the Prayer at the Pole be your first option,” Cheryl Shatena said. and once we are more each week. “It’s tougher when you “People need to know known people will come and join us,” Boekeloo get older to do this. When that we do not need to said. “There is definitely a I was younger, I used to be ashamed to be Chrislike to want to do this tians,” Boekeloo said. need for it.” Thank you Village of Hennepin for voting “yes” in support of Cherise Shatena a third- stuff all the time and now “I keep telling people I tobacco-free parks and playgrounds. You have led the way by


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- 200 Employment 228 • Help Wanted Putnam County Junior High School has a sixth grade Girls' Volleyball Coaching vacancy for the 2013-2014 season. If interested, please contact Carl B. Carlson, Principal, Putnam County Junior High School, 815-8822800, x3 or email to: carlsonc@

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PUTNAM COUNTY BOARD Regular Meeting Dates, 2014 Mon. January 13, 4 p.m. Mon. February 10, 7 p.m. Mon. March 10, 10 a.m. Mon. April 14, 4 p.m. Mon. May 12, 7 p.m. Mon. June 9, 10 a.m. Mon. July 14, 7 p.m Mon. August 11, 10 a.m. Mon. September 8, 4 p.m. Tues. October 14, 7 p.m. Mon. November 10, 7 p.m. Mon. December 8, 10 a.m. Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 18, 2014.

relief. Unless you file your response or otherwise file your appearance in this cause in the office of the Circuit Clerk of Putnam County, Courthouse, Hennepin, Illinois, on or before the 23 day of January, 2014, a Plenary Order of Protection and other relief may be granted as prayed for by the Plaintiff. /s/Cathy J. Oliveri Circuit Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 18, 25 and Jan. 1, 2013.

IN THE VILLAGE OF MARK, ILLINOIS WHEREAS, the real estate described and depicted in Exhibit A (hereinafter “Territory”) contains 1.030 acres and is located generally at the Northwest comer of Timberline Drive and Township Road in the Village of Mark, Illinois; and WHEREAS, the Territory is not within the corporate limits of any municipality, but it is contiguous to the Village of Mark, an Illinois municipal corporation, (hereinafter “Village”); and WHEREAS, the owners of the Territory have petitioned to annex the Territory to the Village; and WHEREAS, legal notice regarding the intention of the Village to annex the Territory have been sent to all public bodies required to receive such notice; and WHEREAS, the Notices and all other necessary legal requirements are in full compliance with the terms of the Statutes of the State of Illinois, specifically, 65 ILCS 5/7-1-8; and WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Village that said Territory be annexed to the Village. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE VILLAGE BOARD OF THE VILLAGE OF MARK, PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS, AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1: The Territory, being indicated on accurate map of the annexed Territory attached hereto and incorporated herein, is hereby annexed to the Village of Mark, Putnam County, Illinois. SECTION 2: The Village Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to record with the Putnam County Recorder of Deeds and to file with the County Clerk and County Election Authority, a certified copy of this Ordinance, together with the accurate map of the Territory attached hereto. SECTION 3: This Ordinance shall be effective immediately from and after its passage and approval. PRESENTED, PASSED, AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Village Board of the Village of Mark, Illinois, by an aye and nay roll call vote with 5 voting aye, 0 voting nay, 0 absent, and Village President Niewinski not voting, which meeting was held on the 20” day of November, 2013. APPROVED: November 20, 2013 /s/Frank Niewinski, Village President (CORPORATE SEAL) ATTEST: Stacy Veronda, Village Clerk Trustees Aye Nay Absent Urnkis X Faletti X Hultz X Veronda X Bertuli X Published in Pamphlet form November 21, 2013 CERTIFICATE I, Stacy Veronda, Village Clerk of the Village of Mark, IL, hereby certify that the foregoing Ordinance entitled: “Am Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Mark Concerning a Tract of Real Estate Containing 1.030 Acres Generally Located Along the Northwest Comer of Timberline Drive and Township Road Pursuant to Petition of Daniel Cioni and Dawn Cioni” adopted November 20, 2013, is a true copy of an original ordinance, which was duly adopted by the recorded affirmative votes of a majority of the members of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mark at a meeting thereof which was duly called and held at 7:00 p.m. on November 20,2013, in the Village Hall chambers and at which a quorum was present and acting throughout, and that said copy has been compared by me with the original ordinance signed by the Village President of the Village of Mark on November 20, 2013, published in pamphlet form on November 21, 2013, and recorded in the Ordinance Book of the Village and that it is a correct transcript thereof and of the whole of said ordinance, and that said ordinance has not been altered, amended, repealed or revoked, but is in full force and effect. I further certify that the agenda for said meeting included the ordinance as a matter to be considered at the meeting and that said agenda was posted at least 48 hours in advance of the holding of the meeting in the manner required by the Open Meetings Act, 5 Illinois Compiled Statutes 120. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the sea] of the City, this 2 1’ day of November, 2013. /s/Stacy Veronda Village Clerk (SEAL) Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 18, 2013.

NANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF MARK CONCERNING A TRACT OF REAL ESTATE CONTAINING 1.030 ACRES COMPRISING A PORTION OF LOT 14 IN TIMBERLINE ACRES IN THE VILLAGE OF MARK, IL WHEREAS, after legal ad notice duly published in the News Tribune on October 28, 2013, in the manner provided by law, the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Mark, IL, conducted a public hearing on November 20, 2013, on the Petition of Daniel Cioni and Dawn Cioni, (hereinafter “Petitioners”) praying for annexation and zoning of the real estate described in attached Exhibit A containing 1.030 acres, more or less (hereinafter “Property”); and WHEREAS, the Petitioners pray that all of the Property be annexed to the corporate limits of the Village of Mark, IL, and be zoned R-1 Residential Zoning Classification under the Village of Mark Zoning Ordinance; and WHEREAS, the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals have made their report of the hearing and have recommended that the said Property be classified R-1 Residential Zoning Classification in the Village of Mark, IL. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF MARK, AN ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1: The Village of Mark Zoning Ordinance shall be, and is hereby, amended to zone the Property R- I Residential zoning classification. SECTION 2: The Village Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to note the zoning classifications made by this Ordinance upon the official Zoning Map of the Village. SECTION 3: This Ordinance shall be in full force and effective immediately from and after its passage and approval. PRESENTED, PASSED, AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Mark, Illinois, by an aye and nay roll call vote, with 5 voting aye, 0 voting nay, 0 absent, and President Niewinski not voting, which meeting was held on the 20th day of November, A.D., 2013. APPROVED: November 20,2013 /s/Frank Niewinski, Village President (CORPORATE SEAL) ATTEST: /s/Stacy Veronda, Village Clerk Trustees Aye Nay Absent Faletti X Urnkis X Hultz X Veronda X Bertuli X Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 18, 2013.

STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY Kimberly Guynn, ) Plaintiff ) and ) David Hector Jr. ) Defendant. ) No. 13-OP-13 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION Notice is given you, David Hector Jr., Defendant, that this cause has been commenced against you in this Court asking for a Plenary Order of Protection and other

NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on December 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 known as Oxy Green Carpet Cleaning of Central Illinois located at 3433 E. 1550th St., McNabb, Illinois. Dated this 4th day of December, 2013. /s/Daniel S. Kuhn County Clerk Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 11, 18 and 25, 2013.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY - HENNEPIN ILLINOIS JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association ) Plaintiff, ) vs. ) Cassie M. Deacon; Unknown Owners and ) Non-Record Claimants ) Defendants. ) 13 CH 4 411 West Fifth Street, McNabb, IL 61335 Judge Stuart P. Borden NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on October 3, 2013, Putnam County Sheriff will on January 23, 2014, at the hour of 11:00 a.m. at Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, 120 N. 4th Street (Lobby), Hennepin, IL 61327, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described mortgaged real estate: Lots 9 and 10 in Block 11 in the Town, now Village of McNabb, excepting therefrom the underlying coal, fireclay and other minerals, together with the right to dig, mine and remove the same without entering upon the surface thereof, all lying and being situated in the County of Putnam, in the State of Illinois. Commonly known as 411 West Fifth Street, McNabb, IL 61335 Parcel Number(s): 04-00-049-095 The real estate is improved with a Single Family Residence. Sale terms: Bidder’s must present, at the time of sale, a cashier’s or certified check for 10% of the successful bid amount. The balance of the successfully bid shall be paid within 24 hours, by similar funds. The subject property is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the Court. The property will NOT be open for inspection. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than the mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by the Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). For information call Plaintiff’s Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, One East Wacker, Suite 1250, One East Wacker, Suite 1250. Phone number: 312651-6700. Attorney file number: 13-002267. Alan S. Kaufman MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff One East Wacker, Suite 1250 Chicago, IL 60601 Telephone: 312-651-6700 Fax: 614-220-5613 Attorney. No.: 6289893 I579097 Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 18, 25, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014. ANNEXATION ORDINANCE ORDINANCE NO. 2013-11-20-01 AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING A 1.030 ACRE PARCEL OF REAL ESTATE COMPRISING A PORTION OF LOT 14 IN TIMBERLINE ACRES SUBDIVISION



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY - HENNEPIN ILLINOIS JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association ) Plaintiff, ) vs. ) Cassie M. Deacon; Unknown Owners and ) Non-Record Claimants ) Defendants. ) 13 CH 4 411 West Fifth Street, McNabb, IL 61335 Judge Stuart P. Borden NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on October 3, 2013, Putnam County Sheriff will on January 23, 2014, at the hour of 11:00 a.m. at Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, 120 N. 4th Street (Lobby), Hennepin, IL 61327, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described mortgaged real estate: Commonly known as 411 West Fifth Street, McNabb, IL 61335 Parcel Number(s): 04-00-049-095 The real estate is improved with a Single Family Residence. Sale terms: Bidder’s must present, at the time of sale, a cashier’s or certified check for 10% of the successful bid amount. The balance of the successfully bid shall be paid within 24 hours, by similar funds. The subject property is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the Court. The property will NOT be open for inspection. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than the mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by the Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). For information call Plaintiff’s Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, One East Wacker, Suite 1250, One East Wacker, Suite 1250. Phone number: 312651-6700. Attorney file number: 13-002267. Alan S. Kaufman MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff One East Wacker, Suite 1250 Chicago, IL 60601 Telephone: 312-651-6700 Fax: 614-220-5613 Attorney. No.: 6289893 I579097 Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 18, 25, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014.

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Holiday Greetings Putnam County Students Share Christmas Stories

Putnam County Primary School Kindergarten If you could play a game with Rudolph, what game would you play? Mrs. Alleman If I could play a game with Rudolph, I would play Clifford because it is fun. Teaghan I would play Rock Paper Scissors. I think Rudolph would like that game because you try to beat the other one. I think I would win because I think he would be paper and I would be scissors. Ella I would play cars because that’s what I play with my brother. George If I could play with Rudolph, I would play ball with him. I would throw it to him and he would catch it by using his mouth. Alyssa If I could play a game with Rudolph, it would be puzzles. He will fill the pieces. He would push the pieces with his legs. Devin If I could play a game with Rudolph, I would play Pokémon. I would teach him how to play. I think he would like it because my mom likes to play Pokémon with me. Ryan I would play a car game with Rudolph. It would be fun. Payton

I would play house with Rudolph. He would be the man. He would be the daddy. Brianna If I could play a game with Rudolph, I would play Clifford on the computer. I play it with my brother. He plays it all the time. I think Rudolph would like it and another reindeer could play it too. Alyssa If I could play a game with Rudolph, I would play match the shapes and we would draw some pictures. He would use his antlers to draw. He would bring them down to draw pictures. Cole If I could play a game with Rudolph, I would play Tic Tac Toe. I would win because it is so long and it has big words and I can read words better than Rudolph. Anna Mae I would play Tic Tac Toe with Rudolph. I would teach him how to play. Tayton I would play Rock Paper Scissors with Rudolph because I want to play that game. Angel If I could play a game with Rudolph, I would play Legos. He would build with the Legos. Bodyn Mrs. Downey I would play tag with Rudolph. Rudolph gets to be the tagger. I will run away and he will not catch me. Braden Bickerman I would play tag. I would tag him first because I am faster! Collin Borio

I would play in the snow with Rudolph. We would make a snowman. The snowman will be a snow angel. Then we will drink hot chocolate. Vincen Dobson I would play race cars with Rudolph. We will crash into each other. Jacob Dove I would do fly races with Rudolph. I will fly in an airplane. He will beat me! Zachary Husser I will play hide and seek with Rudolph. I will hide in a hard place where he will never find me! (in the chimney). When he goes past the chimney I will pop back into the chimney so he won’t know where I am. Jackson Delhotal I would play in the snow with Rudolph. We will throw snowballs at each other. We will build a snowman too! Sadie Kiersnowski I would play puzzles with Rudolph. We will play with princess puzzles. We also will play with chalk. Ella Pyszka I would play cars with him. Someone goes up and disappears on the track. I would win because I am Lightening McQueen. Alex Rodriquez I would play Hawks mask wrestle. We will play with my best friends. The red team will win. I will be on the red team. Beau Stoner I would play a match game with Rudolph. I would play with Rudolph cards. I will let Rudolph win! Johnathon Stunkel

I will play Bingo with Rudolph. I will win. I will win eight Skittles. Max Brester I would play tag with Rudolph. Rudolph will trip and I will tag him. I will win. Raegan Kerivan I would play in the snow with Rudolph. We will make snow angels together. Rudolph won’t make them very good. Brayden Zuniga Mrs. Bush Hide and seek because reindeer hide in trees. Rudolph would win because he has camouflage. Madison I would play racecars because it’s more fun than the other games. I would win. Drew I would play catch with Rudolph because we want to win the trophy. Cayden Xbox because it’s fun. I would win because I’m better then him. Juan Tag because I like to play. Rudolph would win. Ashley Checkers because I win a lot. I would win because I have hands and he doesn’t. Eric Hide and seek because it is my favorite game. Felicity Hide and seek because he likes hide and seek. Rudolph would win. Shane Racecars because I would win in that game. Easton

Video games because I like video games. Rudolph would win because he’s fast. Talon

Santa’s favorite cookie is cut out cookies because he likes the shape. Emelia

Fetch because Rudolph likes catching sticks. Nolan

Santa’s favorite cookie is cinnamon because it is good from the cinnamon. Pyper

Tic-Tac-Toe because it’s my favorite game. I would win because I’m good. Jonathan Horseshoes because it’s fun. I would win because Rudolph doesn’t have hands. Owen I would play Monopoly because I like it. Traxton Tic-Tac-Toe because I like to play that game. I would win because I’m better. Johana Hide and seek because it’s fun to play. Socorro Hide and seek because he can’t find me. Ethan

First Grade What is Santa’s favorite cookie? Mrs. Sobkowiak Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because he likes chocolate chip. Cole Santa’s favorite cookie is M&M cookies because he likes M&M’s. Chloe Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because they have chocolate in them. Ethan Santa’s favorite cookie is M&M cookies because he likes M&M’s. Jake

Santa’s favorite cookie is gingerbread because it is chocolate. Preston Santa’s favorite cookie is cut out star cookie because they have flavor. Taylor Santa’s favorite cookie is M&M cookies because chocolate is in it and it is sweet. Alexis Santa’s favorite cookie is cut out cookies because it reminds him of Christmas trees. Brody Santa’s favorite cookie is gingerbread cookies because they taste like oatmeal. Jaclyn Santa’s favorite cookie is M&M cookie because he likes it. Caleb Santa’s favorite cookie is hot fudge cookies because they are his favorite cookie. Julien Santa’s favorite cookie is cut out cookies because we made them last year. Miles Santa’s favorite cookie is cut out cookies because he likes the shape. Reese

2 2B • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate cookies because he likes chocolate. Anna Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip with ice cream in the middle. He likes it because it has ice cream. Griffin

Santa’s favorite cookie is an M&M because he eats them every day. Broedy Santa’s favorite cookie is an M&M cookie because it is colorful. Kacie

Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because he likes chocolate. Jaden S

Santa’s favorite cookie is gingerbread because it is yummy. Santa loves cookies. That’s why he is jolly. Merry Christmas! HoHoHo! Dakota

Santa’s favorite cookie is sugar cookie because he ate all except mine. Alyssa

Santa’s favorite cookie is Oreo because he can dip it in milk. James

Santa’s favorite cookie is Christmas trees because he likes Christmas trees. Triston

Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because he probably likes to dip it in milk. Alex

Mrs. Holmbeck’s Santa’s favorite cookie is gingerbread because gingerbread is so good. Daric Santa’s favorite cookie is peanut butter because he likes peanuts. Chevoya Santa’s favorite cookie is sugar because it’s so sweet and reminds him of Mrs. Claus and of the North Pole with snow all over. Maggie Santa’s favorite cookie is gingerbread because it has candy on it. Cadence Santa’s favorite cookie is a sugar cookie because every year I put it on my TV stand and when I get up it is all gone without a single crumb. Brooklyn Santa’s favorite cookie is peanut butter because it has peanut butter. Cameron

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Santa’s favorite cookie is peanut butter because it is sticky. He likes white milk with it. Santa’s favorite food is peanut. Kaden

Santa’s favorite cookie is Hershey because it has a Hershey on top of it and its flavor is candy cane. Lisa Mrs. Vacca Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because it’s yummy. Alexis Santa’s favorite cookie is home made cookies because they are easy to make. Drew Santa’s favorite cookie is sprinkles because they are colorful. Isabelle Santa’s favorite cookie is oatmeal because he likes oatmeal. Ayden Santa’s favorite cookie is M&M because Santa likes M&M. Nathanael

Santa’s favorite cookie is M&M because there is chocolate in the M&M. Preston S

Santa’s favorite cookie is sprinkles because I give him these every year. Lola

Santa’s favorite cookie is gingerbread because they have candy all over it. Colton

Santa’s favorite cookie is cut out cookies because he maybe likes them. Bradyn

Santa’s favorite cookie is Reese’s Pieces because it has peanut butter in the Reese’s Pieces. Savannah

Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because he eats them all up. Deacon

Santa’s favorite cookie is a Santa shaped cookie because it is shaped like home. Kade

Santa’s favorite cookie is sugar because they are yummy. Sadie

Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because it has chocolate. Aiden

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Santa’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip because Santa likes cookies. Enzo Santa’s favorite cookie is peanut butter because it has peanut butter in them. Aiden Santa’s favorite cookie is peanut butter cookie and gingerbread man because it is my favorite too. Hunter Santa’s favorite cookie is Santa cookie because they are nice. Courtney Santa’s favorite cookie is cut out cookie because he eats cookies before lunch and dinner. Jacob Santa’s favorite cookie is gingerbread because gingerbread cookies are yummy. Sarah Santa’s favorite cookie is a sugar cookie because it has lots and lots of sugar. Sammie

Second Grade What does Santa do the day after Christmas? Mrs. Zellmer He gets the toys ready for next Christmas. Willy He gets more toys ready for next year. Maggie He goes to bed for the year because he’s tired because he stayed up to 12:00. Abbey

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He goes back home and rests. Alex He goes to the North Pole and waits for next Christmas. Emma He tells the elves to build more toys for girls and boys for next Christmas. Lauren He goes to bed and after that he makes toys. Makenzie He makes toys and candy for next year. Lilly He will make more toys for next year so he will never run out of toys. Jaimee He goes to his home and goes to sleep. Then he goes and checks on the elves. Finally he goes to check on the good or bad list. Zach He works on more toys for the next Christmas. He sits and eats more cookies. Domingo He has a big breakfast. Next, he checks on the reindeer. Then he checks if there are any presents left. Megan He drinks a nice big cup of hot cocoa and makes cookies for the elves. Celina Santa goes to bed while the elves watch the children playing with their toys. When he gets up he watches the kids too. Orlando

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The day after Christmas, Santa goes to Hawaii and takes three elves with him. Anyway, he Santa rides the waves while his elves are on the beach sunbathing, and they are really TAN. Nathan

After Christmas, Santa makes more toys. Then he goes to California and takes a hot tub. Then he goes home and eats e cookies. Trevor as. After Christmas, Santa Claus sleeps for an hour. Then he plays with the elves. ta Emelia es After Christmas, Santa goes and relaxes and drinks soda, and he gets fat. For his vacation he goes to a hot place. ta When he’s at his hot place, he surfs. When he ht gets home, he feeds his 8 reindeer. t Drew

After Christmas, Santa lays down and has a e cup of hot cocoa while d, watching TV with his elves. Then he checks his naughty and nice list. Tucker

After Christmas, St. Nicholas goes to his home to take a nap. After Christmas, Santa n gets gifts for the elves. After Christmas, Santa ll takes the collars off of the reindeer. l Evan

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After Christmas, Santa stays at home, watches TV, has hot cocoa, takes a nap, and has cookies. Logan After Christmas, Santa Claus goes to Florida to lay and look at the beach and look at the sky. The day after Christmas, Santa Claus takes a nap. Hannah After Christmas, Santa goes back around the world and looks for cookies. After Christmas, Santa snowmobiles to give the reindeer a rest. After Christmas, Santa eats cookies. Bryce The day after Christmas, Santa Claus is on vacation to Antarctica. Santa Claus is buying the elves gifts. The elves and reindeer are going on vacation to Hawaii and Florida. There are 9 reindeer. What Santa Claus is doing at Antarctica is getting penguins and walrus to play with Santa Claus, elves and reindeer. They are going home to eat and drink milk and cookies. He likes to eat and drink milk and cookies. He would get to go on another vacation-he is going to Hawaii. He is going to surf at Hawaii. He is making toys. Santa Claus is going to Florida, and he is surfing at Florida. The elves and reindeer are going on a vacation back to Hawaii and Florida. They want to go surfing. They will eat coconut and cookies for lunch and dinner. Santa Claus is eating coconut. He is going to North America and South America and seeing children and playing. Sarah

The day after Christmas, Santa buys a new snowmobile. The day after Christmas, Santa buys toys for the elves. The day after Christmas, Santa eats cookies and milk. After Christmas, Santa goes on vacation to Florida. Gavin After Christmas, Santa checks if he got everybody that he put on the nice list. Santa also gets ready for next Christmas. The next thing Santa does is he goes home, and he will be all ready for next Christmas. Ali The day after Christmas, I think Santa eats left-over cookies. I think he turns people into elves. Ryan Mrs. Berger He eats a nice dinner. Then goes to bed and dreams about next year. That’s how I think it goes. Noah He get’s ready for next Christmas so he helps the elves. Sadee He might make some more toys for girls or boys. Maybe Santa might eat his cookies and lie in his bed and watch TV. Cami I think he goes back to the North Pole and lets the reindeer rest. Then he has a meeting with the other Santas. Then he goes and gets the reindeer and goes to Florida. Joshua

I think Santa Claus gathers all of his elves and tells them what to do. Jonathan He will go home and sit down on the chair that he always sits on and he will eat his cookies that he got tonight and drink his ice cols milk and watch it snow. Claire Santa goes home and he takes a little nap. Then Santa wakes up and tells the elves to go watch the boys and girls. Brianna He will go home and drink milk and eat cookies. And stay home all day. Gianna He asks Mrs. Claus for some cookies and lies in bed and takes a nice long nap. Conlan I think Santa is going to go to sleep because he been outside in the dark and sleepy. Paxton He goes and makes toys for next Christmas. And he might get new elves and take a rest. And read letters from the kids that thank him. Trinity Santa Claus gets in his sleigh and goes to the North Pole and thanks the elves for the work. Gabe First Santa goes home. Then he looks at cameras to see what the children are doing. Last he starts getting ready for 2014. Hannah

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I think Santa Claus leaves and goes back to the North Pole. He stays at the North Pole. He is going to sleep. Chris I think Santa Claus is going home to sleep. I like you Santa Claus. Bodhi Santa wraps the presents for next year. Roman He makes more toys for the next year. Brock He makes more presents for other states. He never goes to bed. Madison

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I like Christmas because I get to spend time with my family. It is special to me because it’s the time of year where everything is so magical. What I do every Christmas is get together with my family. We say funny jokes, sing holiday songs, play in the snow together, and drink hot cocoa. I love Christmas. It’s the time of the year where everything is so wonderful! Hailey Campbell Christmas is important to me because it is a special time of year. It is special to me because you get family time and you get to have fun. My family and I play board games, talk, and have a good time. Tyler Hall My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving, my aunt is taking me and my brothers to New York. I love it. So I can’t wait until I go on Wednesday. Haley Eads My favorite holiday is Christmas. I like Christmas because you get presents. You also give presents to your family, and you get to see your family. It is very special to me because I get to spend Christmas with my family. I love Christmas! Jadin Kierski

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4 4B • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 I like Christmas because it’s Jesus’s birthday and a time to be with your family. Every year my family goes to my Grandma Debbie’s and my Grandma Jane’s. At home, when I go into the living room, we watch a movie called “The Flight Before Christmas.” My mom, dad, brother, and me go to bed after we watch the movie. Then we go to bed and wait for Christmas morning. Ryan Migliorini Christmas is important because I get to be with my brother, mom, and dad! Christmas is special because I get to hang out with my family and friends. After I’m done with that, I get to eat lunch. Tommy Twardowski Christmas is important to me because I get together with my family. Christmas is special to me because I get presents. When I go to my family’s houses, some have big feasts. We play games, watch movies, and open presents. One game we play is when we open presents, we pass the presents. When we stop, we get that present. I think it is fun and there are some really cool presents! Belle Ladson

I think Christmas is important because I spend time with my family, and spending time with family is nice. I like spending time with family because I go to Iowa to see my Aunt Rita. I always make cookies with her. A tradition we do is board games before we go to bed. I also like to hang ornaments on the tree. I love Christmas! Arianna Rivera Christmas. I get presents. I get to play in the snow. I get to play with my brother. We make a snowman. Shelley Romero On Christmas Day, I open presents. It’s important to me because I get important stuff I need, like high heels for concerts. I can get stuff without paying money. My family and I also have fun on Christmas. That’s why I like Christmas. Rhiley Faletti On Christmas Day, I open presents. After we are done, we go outside and play in the snow. It is special to me because I got a present. We also go to grandma’s and grandpa’s. Wyatt Grimshaw

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On Christmas Eve, we make cookies for Santa. It’s my last day for my Elf on the Shelf. Her name is Holly because she is always jolly. The next day, it’s Christmas. I rush out of bed and see the presents. I almost scream. My family is together and we have breakfast, play games, and play in the basement with my cousins Rihley, Katelyn, and my baby cousin Cooper. We play house because Rihley likes it. I like to be the teenager, Rihley is the mom, and Cooper is the baby because he is the baby. When it is time to open the presents, I go upstairs from the basement. I get lots of stuff. Tori Balma My favorite holiday is Christmas. You spend time with your family. Before opening presents, we play pin the tail on the donkey. We vote for who to race in our racing game. We also pick a team and have a snowball fight. That is why I love Christmas. Elias Errisuris Christmas is important because you might get the stuff you need. It’s special to me because you get to open presents. Azael Vargas

Christmas is important to me because it is a time to sled and spend time with your family. Christmas is very special to me because I get to see snowmen and all the lights on the houses. That makes me smile. On Christmas day, I go to my Grandma Jackie’s and Grandpa Paul’s house, my step mom’s mom and dad and brother’s house. I also see my cousin’s, Magen, Jesse, and Seth. I also see my Grandma Sheila and my two houses. I love Christmas. Blake Billups Christmas is important to me because I like to put up the Christmas tree. I like to be with my family. When I wake up, I like to open up the presents. That’s why I like Christmas. Ryan Hundley Christmas. I like Christmas because I get presents from Santa. Last year I got to see my family. I play with my toys. Joe Pasternak I like Christmas because it is fun. You can get lots of Christmas presents, like bikes, jewelry, and lots of other stuff. I see my family. They get presents for me too! Daina Stangland

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Christmas is important because every year my family goes to my Aunt Val’s. She invites the whole family to her house. Then we have to find the pickle on the tree. Then we open presents. Reise Zellmer Christmas day is my favorite because I get to see my Grandma Lori and Grandpa Tim. We go to the store to buy eggs, milk, flour, and cookie mix. Then we mix it when it is done. Me and my brother get to have one. When mom and dad come for Christmas day, we eat food then we play board games all day before mom and day leave us with Grandma Lori and Grandpa Tim. At our grandparent’s house we play hide and seek. We stay for two days. We make cake and celebrate grandpa’s day off. Then we go home with mom and dad. Ashlee Fuchs Miss Straughn “What is your favorite thing about Christmas or New Year’s?” I like to open presents. I like to put lights on the house. I like making cookies for Santa. I like to spend time with my family. Ray T.

On New Year’s Eve my M family gets extra pres- is ents. Me and my brother an It and my little cousins play. We let them play ma are games but my older pr cousins stay inside. My th S little cousins play with my presents. E Jesse S. Ch What I do on Christ- an mas Eve. My family I go to to Chicago and meet my fin ola family members. And some give me presents. too Then as a family tradi- ba tion we go to restaurants an and stores and go mostly or He everywhere. hid Sihana Z. On to Every year around Christmas my “elf on the sa shelf” comes back! My ty elf’s name is Buddy, it is cir a he. He hides when my sp K family is sleeping and every morning me and my family finds him. We I also write to him and he Ch replies on another paper. re Ir If you touch him, his (al magic will go away. Th Kaitlyn B. my I usually always go to Mo ea my Great Grandma’s house and I get Ameri- en M can Girl dolls. I like opening presents and looking in my stocking. I also always make my cat go in the wrapping paper. I always sort out Christmas presents. Cate T.

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My favorite thing to do is wake up at 3:00 AM er and sort all the presents. It always gets my siblings mad. Then I open my r presents. And play with them a lot. Spencer V.

I eat ham on Christmas with my family! When Santa is done I run down and open my presents. I wake my mom and dad up. I am excited for Christmas. Molly M.

What I do on Christmas! One Christmas eve we wake up and go to the living room and wait until the presents are out and our dad says we can open them. Dominick B.

Every year around Christmas my elf comes and hides and we have o to find him and whoever y finds him first gets chocolate. If you touch him too much he won’t fly back to the North Pole ts and tell if you are good ly or bad. My elfs name is Hermey he sometimes hides in our stockings. One time I wrote a letter to Hermey and Santa it he said “Circle if I’m naughty or nice” and Santa is circled with his brown y sparkly pen nice! Katelyn L.

I like to open the presents. I like to play with my new toys. I like putting up the Christmas tree. I like getting the new toys and getting my things I wanted for Christmas. Cheresse S.

Every year we have some one come down or we go down to there house. We cook cookies. And we put presents under the tree or mail them. On Christmas, from everyone I send presents to they call me and say thank you. And after that I open my presents. Melody C.

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Every year on Christmas Jakob or me wakes up and wake up everybody. We wait for my Grandma and if we’re lucky my uncle comes. When everybody is at are house we open presents! After presents we go out and eat somewhere. I usually play in the snow. Andrew P.

I like my Christmas tree and presents! Santa Clause comes. I hope it snows. Kameron G. For Christmas my family goes to my Grandma’s house on Christmas day. We open up gifts and eat. My favorite thing about Christmas is getting gifts and getting together. Madelyn T.

What I like to do is me, my mom, and my brother put the Christmas tree up! We have a lot of fun. Every 10 or 20 minutes we take a 5 minute break. When we I like Christmas are done we show my dad because Santa Clause and he loves it. gives you presents. It is Samantha C. fun because I get to hang out with my family. And usually I get unexpected things. The best part is that I get to see my family. Mavrick H.

I like Santa. I like ho ho! I like reindeer. I like Christmas trees! Blake B.

My tradition is that I go to my grandma’s for Christmas. We always have a big meal. Then we go in the living room and talk. Then we open presents and after that sometimes Santa comes and gives a little present. After that we like to play with are presents and then we go home. Lauren F. I go to my Dad’s house to open presents. Then I go to my mom’s house and open presents. Then we have a Christmas party and open presents at my Grandma’s house. Chase Z. Mrs. Lucas What is your favorite holiday traditions and winter fun? My favorite thing about Christmas is when my whole family comes over and we open our presents. Before we open them I look at the plate where we leavet cookies for Santa and they are always gone! Then we get our plates filled and pray. Then we eat. We have a family game night that’s my favorite, too. It’s so much fun! Jayden Jones I like Christmas because we get presents and hang out with our family. We see Santa at the mall. I open presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas day! Kara Staley

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My favorite part of Christmas is when our family gets together and we open all of our presents. Then we usually give our thanks and pray. Then we will eat together and we will wait until next Christmas. Tyler Waslesyn One of my favorite winter memories is when me and my brother Ivan made a snowman. We made the eyes out of tomatoes. The nose was a jalapeno. Eventually when the tomato and jalapeno fell off we put bottle caps for the eyes and nose. After we got done me and Ivan got warm and watched T.V. Joel Rangel One thing that is my favorite at Christmas is getting presents. I get presents from Santa, Mom, Dad, Angie, Shelly, Grandma Sharon, Grandpa Jerry, Grandma Joyce, Grandpa Fred, and other people like that .I get lots of presents! I get cool stuff! Emma Nicoli The most fun thing about Christmas is when I open presents from Santa, my dad and my grandma. I like that I get to eat cookies for breakfast! I also learned in social studies that Clara Barton’s birthday was on Christmas day. Haile Turner

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6 6B • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 What I like about Christmas is when I help my dad put up the Christmas tree and when my sister Livia and my Uncle Doug make a snowman. Laynee Sanchez My favorite thing to do on Christmas is to build a snowman and have snowball fights. I like spending time sitting by the fire watching T.V. with my parents, brothers, and sister. Logan Cogdal My favorite thing about Christmas is when my family comes to grandma’s house and we have presents. That’s when the fun starts for me! Also, it’s fun when me and my sister and my mom go to Mom’s friend’s house and bake yummy cookies and decorate them with pretty frosting colors. Mikenna Boyd I like knowing that my family will spend time with me at Christmas. I like spending time with my family. I like making cookies. My favorite present last year was my bunny Hoppers. Merry Christmas! Alexandria Garrido The part I like about Christmas is when I wake up and go to my grandma’s house and we pass around a Santa hat, and whoever has it has to walk up and get a present. Also whose ever present it is gets to open it! When we get back home we look under our tree and open the presents, too. Then I finally look in my stocking! Since we don’t have a chimney we go outside and look for magic dust on our steps. Olivia Gonzalez I have so much fun at Christmas. For example, me and my sister like to sneak up and look at our presents! That’s one of my favorite things to do. (Don’t tell my mom and dad!) Hee Hee Hee. Rachel Ely

The best thing about Christmas is when we open gifts and have our family members come over. It’s fun seeing them. I love Christmas, especially when my elf comes! Sophia Brown At Christmas time I like to go sledding at my grandma’s house and I fall off a lot. My dad always asks if I want to go fast or slow and I always say slow. My cousins Jeremy and Joshua from Missouri come too. The most fun thing I do is sledding. My dad goes really fast with his little white truck. I don’t like fast because I could hit a bump and wreck. But I really like eating snow! Austin Mattingly The first thing I do at Christmas is have breakfast with my family. Then we have some more family time. Next we open presents. One year I got a train set from Santa. Another year I got some Taylor Swift CD’s. My favorite thing is opening presents. But, I also like celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Nicholas Currie One thing I like in the winter is when we collect a lot of snow and make a really big hill and go sledding on it with my brother and sister. Milo Mucu

Fourth Grade Mrs. Peterson What are your holiday traditions? — Every year my family and I always go to church on Christmas Eve Night. Then we go have dinner at my grandparent’s house. After dinner we go in the living room and read the bible. Next we open presents. Finally, we go home and set out cookies and milk for Santa and go to bed! McKinley Cwikla

Christmas — In the winter my family has Christmas. We wake up and run to my parent’s room and yell, “WAKE UP!” Then we run to the Christmas tree and open presents. Last, we make Christmas cookies. Faith Pack Christmas — We always go to my Aunt Gee Gee and my Uncle Steve’s house. We always eat my aunt’s famous pizza. Then we open our presents and have a good time! Hayden Joop My tradition — Every year on Christmas Eve, we leave carrots and apples outside for the reindeer. We also leave homemade cookies out for Santa. We can’t wait to open presents unless we already guessed what they are! Drake Smith Winter fun — Every winter my grandparents take my sister and I to Wisconsin Dells. My mom comes along. We stay in a hotel. They give us lots of presents while we are on our trip. They let us go to the water park. My grandma watches us have fun. My grandpa and mom go on the slides with us. I love going down the toilet bowl slide because it swirls around really fast. Out trips lasts about 2 days. Abigail Vacca My family tradition — One of my family’s Christmas traditions is to spend Christmas Eve at my house. We open presents with my dad’s side of the family. Laci Calkins Dillion’s family tradition — Thanksgiving Dad my mom cooks a turkey and a lot other food for she and I. We eat in the dining room. The next day we always put up the Christmas tree and decorate it together. We also decorate the house for Christmas Dillon Church

Our Christmas Eve My favorite time — Every year for Christmas we put up stockings. When we wake up, we grab our stockings and eat all the candy inside them! Caleb Kresen A Christmas tradition of my family is to put a little elf in our house. Every night the Elf goes to the North Pole to report to Santa. I like the tradition because it reaches kids to be good. Clayton Wellenreiter

Falling with the snow — One thing I do during Christmas Day since I don’t celebrate Christmas is make snow angels. Celebrating with my I like the snow falling family — Each year I go from the sky and when I to my Nanny and Papa’s make a snowman, I like house with my Aunts, to make it with a great Uncles, Grandparents, big smile. I also like when and cousins to celebrate my sister comes outside Christmas on Christmas because i get a great big Eve. We make pasta ball of snow and throw it fritz, ham, and ravs. at her! Then snowflakes Santa comes and we sing start falling in my hair. I Christmas songs. Santa can’t help by notice they gives us gifts. We play are so beautiful. games, watch movies Ferdese Zulbeari and laugh. We also have a cake and sing to Jesus My family tradition for his birthday. I love — Every Christmas Eve I spending time with my go to my cousin’s house family on the holidays. to give and receive gifts. I Linzee Fay also get to see relatives I have not seen for awhile. Sweet treats — Every My family and I always year my mom and I have a good time. bake sweet treats. When Eli Postula we are done, we package them up and bring Going to see lights — them to our family and One tradition that my friends. family does is going to Grace Ebel Kewanee at Christmas time. First we go to Christmas Day — Happy Joe’s Pizza and Every year on Christmas then we head to the Day, our family comes park. It has lights that together to celebrate the are framed as shapes holiday. My Grandma, like a boat. There are Aunts, Uncles, and lots of Christmas lights Cousins come together too. We walk around to share Christmas dinand see them all. After ner and catch up with we are done, we head to each others’ lives and McDonalds and have hot stories of last year. After chocolate. dinner we all gather by Chad Olson the Christmas tree to await the arrival of Santa Claus and his helpers. Santa lets us sit on his lap and asks us how we have been this year. Then he lets us open our gifts. We say good-bye to Santa because we know he has lots of people and kids to see. We wish him a good year! Cale O’Donnell

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The elf on the shelf — C PJs — Every Christmas alw Eve, we sit by the Christ- ma Ev mas tree and open up one present. The present my W is always pajamas! ha Connor Brooker oth ar My family tradition — Every year my fam- Ev bla ily and I go visit our extended family. We go on L to grandma’s house in Oglesby and we go to my N other grandma’s house wi in Somonauk. We also visit relatives in Joliet. ing go We open presents at our house on Christmas tea Eve while eating Santa’s mo du cookies. Is Alyssa Keigley ke A Mrs. Ward

T Yummy in my tummy — Yummy, I’m hungry. ev Every year for Thanksgiv- sn ing my family and I get an together for some good bu home cooked food. We Da have turkey, masked and un sweet potatoes, cranberry on op sauce, stuffing, corn, mu carrots, and desserts! th Desserts are my favorE ite. We have pumpkin and apple pie, cupcakes, cheesecake, cookies, and N whipped cream on every- fam thing. After we all eat out piñ un tummy is really full. Th Lilly G. din an The night before Se Christmas — Every all Christmas my family reads “The Night Before bu Christmas.” After that weEv I open presents. LJ G My family holiday tra- tra dition — One family hol- my iday traditions is going my to my Uncle Gordy’s and Mc Aunt Cathy’s house everyan year for Christmas Eve. I ho like their dog Izzy. foo Kalyn W

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Christmas Eve — We always go to my grandst- ma’s house for Christmas Eve. All of my family on nt my mom’s side comes. We have food. We also have presents for each other. My brother and I are the only kids there. Every year we have a blast at grandma’s house on Christmas Eve. Lena my New Year — My family will celebrate by making some of our Mongolian foods like pasta, s tea, and dumplings. My s mom cooks my favorite dumpling. It is delicious. I sometimes eat it with ketchup. Annie


The best Christmas ever — It was the day v- snow was on the ground and snow men were built. It was Christmas Day. The presents were d under the tree and lights ry on houses. It’s time to open presents. It was a musical Christmas Day the best Christmas ever! Emily , d Nochebuena — My y- family and I make a ut piñata and break it open until the candy gets out. That night we have a big dinner of tacos, tortillas, and tamales. We also do Secret Santa to we can all get a present. “Nochee buena” means Christmas weEve. Isac

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Christmas Eve — I go to our Grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve to eat and open presents. Anthony Ravioli — Each day before Thanksgiving we all get together and make raviolis. WE eat them at Thanksgiving and it is really good. Ryan Christmas Eve Every year we go to our Mom’s. We open presents in the afternoon. Then I the morning we go to our Dad’s to open presents. Peyton W. Christmas — On Christmas Eve my family makes cookies, open ornaments to add to the tree, read “The Night Before Christmas,” and go to bed. On Christmas Day the kids (of course) wake up early and wake up the parents (in the past). Then we open presents, oldest to youngest, or youngest to oldest. And even before that I feel my stocking. Preston Festival of Lights parade — One of my family’s traditions is to see the Festival of Lights parade. There are many floats that are lit up with Christmas lights. My favorite float is the Santa float. Santa rides on it. There are some other floats like Sponge Bob. It has a lot of lights that has the Sponge Bob characters carved on into it. There is also a dragon that breathes smoke. That one’s cool. That’s my family’s tradition. Jaidin

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A Christmas tradition — On Christmas when all of us wake up, we open the presents. When we are opening presents, my uncle, aunt and cousin come over. We get our food cookies. When we are done opening presents, we eat food. Then we eat pie. We talk when we are done eating. When we are done talking, my aunt, uncle and cousin leave. Then I ask to go to Walmart to get something with my $50. Then, we go home to sleep. Katlyn Coan A family tradition — On Christmas, Mom and Dad always let us open presents as soon as we wake up. We have 4 Christmases, too. Lucas Carroll The chocolate box — every year we by a chocolate calendar. Here’s how it worlds. We buy it on 12-1-13. There are little boxes you can open all the way from the 1st to Christmas. Every day when we come home from school, we open a box. There are little chocolates inside. We do it all the way to Christmas. We usually do it from the youngest to oldest. Colin McFadin My family’s Christmas tradition — When we all wake up in the morning, I get to open my presents. Then my family comes over to my house and they open their presents. Then my mom starts cooking for Christmas dinner. On Christmas Eve, we go to church and we get to turn out the lights and hold candles. Reiley Wortz

Generations of Sugar Cookies — My family traditions is that I bake sugar cookies with my great grandma. We bake the cookies in fun shapes. Then we frost the cookies different colors. Then we add sprinkles. It is very fun. Paige Terando Our family tradition — We always buy a real Christmas tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We love the blue spruce tree. It smells delicious. Next, we bring it home in my dad’s truck and we bring it in to decorate. We listen to Christmas songs and talk about Grandma Farrell and what a beautiful voice she had. She’s in heaven and we always talk about her and keep her memories alive. W also talk about our blessing and gifts and what a great year it has been. God is good. Molly Roach Milby family tradition — We make lots of cookies. On Christmas Eve, my aunt and her girls come over with my PaPa. We eat lots of food and open gifts from each other. Then before bed, we get to open on gift from mom and dad. On Christmas Day, we get up early and open all our gifts. Then that night we go to my great grandparents’ Sal and Verna’s and open more gifts and see lots of family. Cody Milby Dinner with family — One of my family traditions is going to my grandma’s for Christmas dinner and then opening gifts. Ethan Schmick

Christmas — Every year on Christmas Eve we go to my grandma’s house. We have a Christmas party with my cousins and open presents. The next morning we open presents and my grandma and grandpa come over for a really big breakfast. Jimmy Baele Baking Cookies — Every year my mom and I bake Christmas cookies together. We bake sugar cookies and then we decorate them. First, we bake the cookies, then we frost them and put sprinkles on. I love dumping the sprinkles all over my cookies. After we’ve made the cookies and decorated them, we put them on a plate for Santa. I usually make around 15 cookies for Santa each year. I also pour Santa some milk in his special cup. My mom and I then leave the cookies and milk out for Santa. The next morning when I wake up all I find on the plate is crumbs. I love baking sugary and delicious cookies with my mom. This is my favorite holiday tradition! Erin Brooker Family tradition — My family tradition is opening presents. We open them Christmas morning. We open them one at a time so we can see what each other gets. Josh Hector Opening our presents Christmas morning — We always wait until my mom gets home from working at the hospital. We always watch TV while opening presents and after we eat breakfast. Chris Uzella

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8 8B • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Root beer floats — Twas the night before Christmas, root beer floats filled with whipped cream, plus jingling bells on the Christmas tree. Joel, Jack, and Ryan are joyfully listening to Christmas stories. We celebrate Christmas on this calm and peaceful night while waiting for santa to come down the majestic chimney. The End. Jack Caulfield Christmas as I know it — For as long as I can remember, my family has always gone to church at 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and then gone home and opened all of the family Christmas presents. We listen to readings, listen to the homily, have communion and sometimes I’m even a server! Then we go home and joke around, open presents, and basically have fun. I love Christmas Eve! Isaac Wujek

Mrs. Hall Holiday and winter riddles and limericks I am very bright, I glow at night. I surround a tree, And I like all the people I see. What am I? Christmas lights Jaden Alvarez

Christmas lights — My family tradition is we look at lights. Every year we go around Granville, Mark, and other places. i like looking at lights because there are a lot of cool lights. My favorite house is the one where they play music and lights that turn from red to green and white. Another thing we do is each of use picks what to look for. Last year, I chose Santa Clauses. Jakyb chose candy canes and peppermints. My other brother, Jaden, looked for Mickey Mouses. This is my family tradition. Jaxon Stoddard

I have a red suit, My reindeer eat fruit. My favorite foods are milk and cookies, Some of my elves are rookies. Who am I? Santa Genna Kerivan I’m the season of jolly, Some people say I’m holly. There are lots of lights at night, Some trees have bright lights. What am I? Christmas Blaize Lafferty

My family and I — My family tradition is I go to one grandma’s and then to another sometimes on Christmas. Sidney Mennie

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I am a really bad storm, I am not really warm. Sometimes you get out notof school from me, And when you do, you an will probably yell “Yippee”! What am I? a blizzard Luke Pederson


I am as white as a bunny, e. When I am yellow I am funny. I fall from the sky, What I melt it is time to say goodbye. What am I? snow Caitlyn Cioni is You can decorate me, I am a type of tree. I look very beautiful in the night, I can be very bright. What am I? Christmas tree Emma Edens There once was a tree, The ornaments were bright to see. There were presents under it, So many they didn’t fit. We were all filled with glee! Scarlet McDivitt I am something white, I can fall day or night. I am very cold, And sometimes I am hard to hold. What am I? snow Caden Smith

I am slippery and hard, I’m all over your yard. You slip on me, I can hang on a tree. What am I? ice Tommy Gallup I am wrapped, I may make a noise if I am tapped. I’m found under a Christmas tree. Wes will claim three. What am I? presents Wesley Grimshaw There once was a snowman named Jack, He always wanted a Big Mac. He had such a small hat, He had an elf named Matt. He liked to chat. Matthew Burr There once was a snowman named Holly, She made all of the kids jolly. She was big and round, She never made a sound. She also had a friend named Molly. Ashlyn Billings There once was a guy named Brock, He loved the song Jingle Bell Rock. He sang it with might, His family couldn’t sleep all night. Then all he got for Christmas was a sock. Nick Mattern Once there was an elf named Bob, His dad had a job. His dad bought him a present, It wasn’t a pheasant. All he got was a corn on a cob. Jaedon Campbell

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There once was a man named John, He stayed up till Christmas dawn. He was so old, He had mold. For Christmas he got a snow blower for the lawn. Kyler McFadin Every year Santa leaves me a letter, When I get presents the lights look better. I leave cookies for Santa on the table, His sleigh lands on the roof gable. Santa had an Irish Setter. Justin Masters Mrs. Boudreau Top ten favorite things about Christmas time 1. Play with my cousins 2. Don”t get anyou 3. Spanish music 4. sometimes games 5. Can’t wait present opening 6. Playing around the house 7. Eat food 8. present 9. Open present 10. Have a party Zaid Romero 1. New Year’s with my family. 2. Christmas Day. 3. Celebrate Christmas Eve. 4. Celebrating my sister’s birthday 5. Eat ham with my family. 6. Drinking hot chocolate 7. Eating snow cones 8. Cutting down a Christmas tree with my family 9. Going shopping with my mom 10. Making snowmen with my brother Matt Haage

1. Eating Christmas dinner with my family. 2. Passing out Spencer and My presents 3. We open one by one 4. Waiting for everybody to be awake 5. Passing out presents with my brother 6. Decorate them 7. Making Christmas lists 8. Watching the Little Drummer Boy 9. Baking the cookies 10. We go outside until the cookies are done Mic Voss 1. I like to go to special mass because I get to serve. 2. I like to shovel people’s driveways. 3. I like to visit with my family after I open presents. 4. My brother and Mom likes to bake. 5. I like to go sledding once in awhile. 6. I like to keep my house warm with the fireplace. 7. Putting up my grandma’s huge Christmas tree. 8. I like to watch Home Alone and other movies. 9. I like to sit on the front porch and drink hot cocoa and watch outside. 10. I like to listen to my grandpa’s police scanner. Jovan Alvarez 1. Presents 2. Winter break 3. Snowboarding 4. Games 5. Friends 6. Snow forts 7. Hot cocoa 8. Snowman 9. Sledding 10. Snowball fights Matthew Scott

1. Getting off from school 2. Having snowball fights with my cousins 3. Playing sports in the snow with Matt H. 4. Getting presents from mom and dad 5. Having parties with my family 6. Sledding with friends 7. Having sleepovers with friends 8. Seeing cousins from Georgia 9. Baking cookies with my Grandma 10. Watching Christmas movies Kyle Gorisek 1. Giving out the presents. 2. Going out sledding. 3. Watching Christmas movies with my family. 4. Buy a Christmas tree. 5. Listen to Christmas music in the car. 6. Play outside with my mom. 7. Play Christmas game. 8. Drink hot cocoa. 9. Eat pumpkin or apple pie. 10. Read Christmas books. Rosa Garcia 1. Giving presents to my family 2. Watching “A Christmas Story” with my family 3. Getting presents from my family 4. Listening to Christmas music 5. Putting up the Christmas tree 6. Decorating the Christmas tree 7. Spending time with my family 8. Taking a break from school 9. Baking cookies with my mom 10. Eating cookies that we bake Kelvin Davenport

1. Opening presents on Christmas Day. 2. Baking cookies with my Grandma Lindy. 3. Sledding with my friends at the Mark Dump. 4. Decorating the Christmas tree 5. Having a snowball fight with my brother 6. Playing hockey on the ice of the shallow end of the creek 7. Going ice fishing with my dad 8. Building a fort in the snow with friends 9. Sledding on the back of my aunt’s fourwheeler 10. Having races with all my friends Drake Ziano 1. Decorating the Christmas tree. 2. Getting and opening presents 3. Making cookies 4. Might see Santa Claus and his wife 5. Watching Christmas movies 6. Eating good Christmas foods 7. Putting the angel on the top of the tree 8. Being with my family 9. Wrapping presents 10. Listening to music Heather Nabers 1. Opening my presents 2. Celebrating my birthday 3. Decorating the house and yard 4. Shopping for presents 5. Putting up the Christmas tree 6. Wrapping presents with family 7. Decorating the tree 8. Celebrating Christmas at my Dad’s 9. Playing with my new Didgets 10. Baking desserts with my mom Chloe Linton


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10 10B • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1. Opening presents with my family. 2. Going to Bompa and Grandma (grampa and grandma) 3. Going to Grandma Janet’s 4. Seeing my family. 5. Eating a big breakfast 6. Making sugar cookies 7. Putting up the Christmas tree 8. Playing in the snow 9. Hot chocolate 10. Waking up early. Leena Dean 1. Opening presents as we sit by the fire 2. Decorating for Christmas 3. Baking cupcakes with my Mimi 4. Watching the Muppets Christmas 5. Listening to Christmas music while dancing 6. Making Christmas lists with my brother 7. Reading the note Santa writes 8. Drinking hot cocoa with my mom 9. Waking up really early in the morning 10. Getting a mini present under my mini tree in my room Taylor Lenkaitis 1. Presents 2. Sledding 3. Hot chocolate 4. Shopping 5. Snow 6. Snowball fights 7. Shopping with mom 8. Shopping with dad 9. Sleeping in 10. Blizzards Caleb Christiansen

1. Open presents Christmas day with family 2. Sledding with friends 3. Going to see the Nutcracker with my mom 4. Baking cookies with my mom 5. Decorating the Christmas tree 6. Listening to Christmas music with my mom 7. Christmas caroling with friends 8. Watching movies with my family 9. Drinking hot cocoa with dad 10. Snowball fights with brothers Sophia Harris 1. Opening presents on Christmas Day 2. Listening to Christmas music in my room 3. Watching Christmas movies with my family 4. Putting up the Christmas tree 5. Making Christmas cookies with my Grandma Denise 6. Going sledding with my dad 7. Riding on a sled hooked up to a fourwheeler 8. Going Christmas shopping with my mom and dad 9. Eating Christmas feasts with my family 10. Playing outside in the snow Madalyn Lorentzen

1. Being with my family 2. Opening presents 3. Putting up the tree 4. Putting up the Christmas lights 5. Celebrating my older brother’s birthday 6. Christmas Eve 7. Waking up 8. Waiting to open the presents 9. Making cookies with Echo 10. End of the day Zach Borio

1. Going to Kentucky and seeing my Grandma 2. Stuffing the turkey, its fun 3. Making the marshmallow sweet potatoes 4. Going on the fourwheeler 5. Chasing the Chickens 6. Shooting the bb gun and my 22 7. Seeing my family 8. I am going to a hotel this year then to Kentucky 9 It is only 1 state away too 10. I love it there too, it is fun! Kaitlin Ahern

1. Christmas break 2. Sledding 3. Snowball fights 4. Christmas 5. Thanksgiving 6. Snowmen 7. Snow 8. Family 9. Games 10. School on recess Cody Hill

1. Christmas 2. Hot cocoa 3. Time off school 4. Getting presents 5. Giving presents 6. Sledding 7. Snowball fights 8. Baking cookies with Karrisa 9. Cutting down a tree 1. Going to my cousin’s with my family birthday party 10. Watching Christ2. Eating star shaped mas movies cookies with my mom Rylan Poole 3. Drinking hot chocolate with my mom Mrs. Frund 4. Building a snowman 5. Having a snowball Top ten holiday tradifight with my friend tions and memories Tammy 6. Watching “How The 1. Time with family Grinch Stole Christmas” 2. Sleepover and pres7. Putting up the ents Christmas tree 3. Aunt’s house 8. Going sledding down 4. Breakfast and gifts the largest hill in Gran5. Presents on Christville mas morning 9. Making gingerbread 6. Eating cookies house with mom 7. Christmas movies 10. Putting lights outwith family side 8. Decorating the tree Lucas Strawn 9. Making cooking with mom 10. Cousins and sledding Gabbie Smith

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1. Opening present 2. Christmas morning 3. waking up parents 4. Presents under tree 5. Cookies and milk for Santa 6. Making cookies 7. Cleaning room for new gifts 8. Star on tree 9. Family 10. Put up tree Kendra Crew 1. Christmas in January with family 2. Presents under the tree 3. Sledding 4. Eating 5. Snowball fights 6. Playing hockey with shovels 7. Cookies and carrots for Santa and reindeer 8. Decorating 9. Putting up the tree 10. Baking cookies Samuel Currie 1. Give gifts 2. Get gifts 3. Go to Michigan 4. Put up the Christmas tree 5. Decorate the Christmas tree 6. Presents at grandma’s 7. Presents at grandma’s 8. Open presents at great grandma’s 9. Secret Santa shop 10. Spend time with family Jose Espindola

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11 Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • The Putnam County Record • 11B 1. Seeing family 2. Open gifts 3. Food 4. Playing games 5. Sledding 6. Making cookies 7. Eating cookies 8. Hot chocolate 9. Making eggnog 10. Christmas tree Dylan Strait

1. Making cookies 2. Opening presents 3. Finding Elf, Jingle 4. Christmas tree 5. Ornaments on the tree 6. Sledding nts 7. Decorating 8. Making snowmen 9. Hot cocoa 10. Christmas music McKenna Solomon 1. Opening presents 2. Snowball fights 3. Playing in the snow 4. Making Christmas list 5. Eating food 6. Staying in bed 7. Waking up late 8. Watching movies 9. Break from school 10. Sledding Dominic Sartin

1. Opening presents 2. Christmas Day in PJs 3. Making a snowman 4. Shaking presents to guess 5. Giving gifts 6. Watch movies 7. Playing ping pong and air hockey 8. Christmas tree and decorations 9. Snowball fight 10. Aunt’s house Selene Garza 1. Opening gifts 2. Christmas tree 3. Cousins 4. Having a party 5. Playing “What is It?” 6. Having a feast 7. Watching movies 8. Making cookies 9. Sorting presents 10 No homework Dylan Schrowang

1. Putting the star on the tree 2. Making cookies 3. Presents 4. Opening stocking 5. Santa hat in my sleep 6. Homemade breakfast at grandma’s house 7. Waking up brother 8. Eating cookies 9. Seeing family 10. Decorating the tree Madison Longbein

1. Spend time with family 2. Playing 3. Open presents 4. Playing in the snow 5. Waffles and coffee 6. Make coffee 7. Sledding 8. Snowman with dad 9. Pickle ornament 10. Making cookies Hunter Strack

1. Opening presents Christmas morning 2. Break from school 3. Making snowmen 4. Sledding 5. Tree and decorations 6. Frosting cookies 7. Baking cookies 8. Presents by the tree 9. Wrapping presents 10. Christmas decorations Ashlyn Serrine

1. Presents 2. Great grandma’s house 3. Seeing family and friends 4. Baking cookies 5. Christmas parties 6. Building snowmen and forts 7. Sledding 8. Decorating for Christmas 9. Break from school 10. No homework! Stephen Mecagni

1. Watch “A Christmas Story” 2. Pancakes on Christmas morning 3. Building snow forts 4. Decorating the tree 5. Creek walking 6. Playing games 7. Snowball fights 8. Christmas food 9. Sledding 10. Wrapping presents Ian Woitynek

1. Open gifts 2. Go shopping 3. Star on tree 4. Volleyball in the basement 5. Nana’s house 6. Friends 7. Christmas movies 8. Sister’s birthday 9. Baking 10. Sledding Abigail Thompson

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