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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Putnam County Schools talk levy Tax rate holds at 3.96 percent By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE — Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jay McCracken gave the school board an early Christmas present with a tax levy projection maintaining the current rate of 3.96 percent. McCracken added the rate might even be

lower — at 3.87 percent — depending on the district’s equalized assessed valuation. In other action, the board: • Appointed high school Principal Bob Peterson as alternate member of the Starved Rock Area Vocational Training and Education Board and the Area Career Cen-

ter Board. McCracken is chairman of both boards and proposed the designation to enable those boards to have a quorum present in case of his absence. Peterson will not act as chairman in his place. • Heard the latest report from McCracken regarding state financial support. As of Dec. 10, the state of Illinois owed the Putnam County School District

$223,776.54. Most of the shortage was attributed to the transportation and special education funds. • Heard the annual school library report from district media Director Annette Davis. The report included news of grants to the library of $250, $1,500 and $150 from various private organizations. • Received a gift of a poster-sized photo from

Quentin Buffington; the photo is of the Putnam County High School boys baseball team which advanced to the 2013 Class 1A State finals and received runner-up. • Recognized board member Jim Gibson for being appointed to the board of the National Association for Workforce Improvement. • Hired Jerrod Moore to fill the remainder of Judy

Looking back at 2013 By Ken Schroeder

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series looking back at 2013. July 3 Putnam County Emergency Management Agency supervisor Jim Goldasich was recognized by the Putnam County Rotary during its annual awards banquet June 27 at Ray’s Place in Hennepin. Goldasich received the chapter’s Service Above Self Award, one of the highest honors given to a non-Rotary member. Music, art and lots of fun was on the agenda at the third annual Bigfoot Band Camp on July 25-28 at the Putnam County Conservation area in rural McNabb. More than 30 national, regional and local acts performed live on two stages throughout the four-day and three-night event. July 10 The Federal Emergency Management Agency added Putnam County to the list of Illinois counties allowing private citizens to file for reparations due to the April 19 flooding. Rural Granville resident Trent Griffith brought his concerns about the 50-acre annexation of the land east of Granville to the Granville Village Board at its meeting on July 2. His worry was the possible increase of traffic on Silverspoon Avenue and the safety of children on that road.

July 17 The oldest courthouse in the state was found to be in need of some major renovations. The Putnam County Courthouse was built in 1839, with later additions in the 1870s. However, repairs to the building’s exterior over the years have primarily been aimed at solving the shortterm problem instead of long-term solutions. Diseased mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus were found in Putnam County. Kurt Kuchle, director of health protection for the Bureau/ Putnam County Health Department, said the sample was collected and tested on July 9. July 24 The village of Granville received more bad news about the water system during its regular board meeting July 16. Water pump No. 3 failed to operate three times in a short amount of time. Property issues were the topic of the day at the Hennepin Village Board meeting on July 17. Problems from property lines to drainage problems were brought before the trustees. July 31 The Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 2356 to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, which will increase speed limits on Illinois’ rural freeways and certain highways from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.

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Recycling in Mark Board hears of $2,000 recycling grant By Dixie Schroeder

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Toys in the Pantry helping others this holiday season Zachary Popurella helps wrap a present for the Toys in the Pantry on Dec. 18. Working with the Putnam County Food Pantry, the organization made the holidays brighter for more than 150 families this season.


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Gedraitis’ year as English teacher in the high school. McCracken said Moore comes to the staff with “impeccable” commendations. • Named new coaches for sixth-grade volleyball and fifth- and sixth-grade girls and boys basketball. Thea Schwab will take on volleyball duties, and Jason Lenkaitis will work with Scott Curry on the basketball assignment.

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MARK — The Mark Village Board heard about recycling at its bi-monthly board meeting on Dec. 18. Board member Ray Veronda was voted in to run the meeting in Mayor Frank Niewinski’s absence. Kendall Cramer, community development coordinator of North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG), explained to the board his organization had obtained a $2,000 grant to be used on behalf of recycling efforts in the Putnam County area. “We were kind of limited in what we could do with the grant,” Cramer said. “So we had brochures made and reusable bags.” The brochures, Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, explain in great detail as to how and what Putnam County residents can do to recycle old electronics. The list of electronics which can be recycled as of January 2012 includes: TVs, monitors, printers, computers, electronic keyboards, fax machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, electronic mice, digital

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From Page 1 converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers and digital video disc recorders. The brochure also points out that recycling electronics is a free opportunity for Putnam County residents. “Unfortunately Putnam County does not have a permanent site to drop

off electronics,” Cramer said. “We had tried previously to get one, however, the current volume does simply not support it at this time for a permanent site in the country.” The closest sites for Putnam County residents to recycle electronics are at Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois and Staples in Peru. Cramer also pointed

out that older items like televisions had lead in the glass, so many recycling centers will not take them. He encouraged any resident of Putnam County who had questions about what they wanted to recycle to contact the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency at 217-524-6713. He left copies of the flyer and bags at the Mark community building for those

residents who are interested in obtaining one. In other village business, the board commended Mike Holmes and Donnie Peterson on their work with the snow removal after the recent snow storms. In old business, the question was raised concerning trash recycling for the village. Village Clerk Stacy Veronda reported it was coming soon.

“We just got the list from Waste Management,” she said. “Linda (Beattie, village treasurer) was going through to see and make sure everyone’s address was OK. Then it will be sent back, and it will get started after the first of the year.” The next meeting for the Mark Village Board will be on Jan. 7, 2014.

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Hennepin approves tax levy By Ken Schroeder

HENNEPIN — Good news for Hennepin village residents. The Hennepin Village Board approved the annual tax levy on Dec. 18 with no tax increase attached. Board members felt it was time to hold steady. Dawn Conerton, Becky Piano and Ben Fogel from the Tobacco Free Parks program attended the board meeting with drawings done by Putnam County Schools students. The artwork will appear at the sidewalks to the village parks

In other action, the board: • Set its fireworks budget for the Hennepin Fourth of July Celebration. The village will repeat last year’s donation of $14,000 for the Independence Day event. • Made $100 donations to the Youth Service Bureau of the Illinois Valley, Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter, and Horizon House.

encouraging no smoking in the parks. Conerton also asked for donations of hats, gloves and coats for the Women, Infants

and Children program. Those items can be delivered to the Putnam County Health Department, 220 E. High St., Hennepin.

Granville Village Board passes levy By Ken Schroeder

In other action, the board:

GRANVILLE – The Granville Village Board passed the village’s tax levy and assessment ordinance during a 20-minute meeting on Dec. 17. The levy does not reflect more than a 5 percent increase, which means the board is not required to hold a public hearing. The board also passed a referendum allowing the refinancing of bonds issued in 2007. The refi-

• Heard from board member Randy Borio concerning the Putnam County Gives Back drive. The project, spearheaded by Granville resident Summer Pappan, resulted in a truckload of supplies being taken to help in relief efforts for the tornado victims in Washington. • Received a report on the upcoming budget from finance chairman Roy Leckonby. He said indications are promising throughout the funds with the exception of the water budget. • Received a note of appreciation from the Jim Goldasich family for the kindness shown following Goldasich’s death. nancing will decrease the interest on the bonds sig-

nificantly, saving the village money.

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2013 From Page 1 July 31 Quinn signed legislation which he said will increase access to democracy across Illinois by giving 17 year olds the ability to vote in primary elections if they are 18 years old by the general election date. The bill takes effect Jan. 1. Aug. 7 Unemployment in U.S. Congressional District 16 totaled 10.7 percent, according to figures released from the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 370,499 people in the district’s labor force, 39,599 were listed as unemployed in the 113th Congress survey. There was also an increase in the number of people in the district with 7,977 new residents reported. The total number of residents is 713,840. The congressional district covers Putnam County. In a move designed to add another way to bring more people to the polls, Illinois became the 18th state to allow online voter registration. A priority for Gov. Pat Quinn in 2013, the new legislation allows potential voters to register to vote and take part in the democratic process online.

Aug. 14 Almost all of the exterior work was completed for the new Dollar General store in Granville, and work inside was moving along rapidly. The store was on target to open in mid-September. Problems continued to plague the Granville sewer and water system. Public works representative Dan Sigma told the Granville Village Board a sludge pump had failed on Aug. 6. The cause was not known at the time, although public works supervisor Sheli Starkey later said the pump was inspected, and no problem was found. Aug. 21 In a split vote, the Putnam County Board decided to have tests done on the courthouse building to determine the cost of repairing the tuckpointing of the structure. The testing phase will cost $21,850, but repair estimates could not be made until the tests were completed. The Putnam County School District Board met on Aug. 12 in an emergency session to hire final staff for the 2013-14 school year. Among the positions which were addressed was the athletic director position for the district

vacated by Dave Garcia. Putnam County Superintendent Jay McCracken announced the hiring of Joey J. Ohnsorge as the new athletic director and varsity baseball coach in Putnam County. Aug. 28 The tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2014 was presented by Superintendent Jay McCracken at the Putnam County Schools Board meeting on Aug. 19. McCracken reported during the FY 2013, the district was in the black, and for 2014 the figures looked positive. After tax abatement from the enterprise zone, the incoming revenue was expected to show an increase of $179,539 from the previous year. The Granville Village Board wasted no time at its Aug. 20 meeting, plowing through their agenda in 10 minutes. The main topic was the village sewer system. Public Works supervisor Sheli Starkey told the board well pump No. 3 has been shut down for repairs to the system and pump No. 4 needed to be taken offline, cleaned and inspected, since it is the same model and vintage as the No. 3 pump. See more of “2013” in next week’s Putnam County Record

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Obituary Lambert Boedigheimer MARK — Lambert Boedigheimer, 88, of Mark passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. Lambert was born April 4, 1925, in Pine Lake, Minn., to Robert and Sylvia (Sauers) Boedigheimer. He

married Joyce Franklin Feb. 6, 1945, in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 17 and worked around the United States with them for many years. Surviving are his wife, Joyce of Mark; two daughters, Donna (Al) Heiraas of Twin Valley, Minn., and Deborah (Paul) Huetteman

of Chanahan; four sons, Allan (Lea) Boedigheimer of Peru, Lee (Sherry) Boedigheimer of Standard, Bruce Boedigheimer of Hawley, Minn., and Carry (Chris) Boedigheimer of Hawley, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; 24 greatgrandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents,

five brothers, three sisters and four grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 20 at Sacred Heart Church in Granville with the Rev. Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Granville Visitation was held Dec. 20 in the HelmerShields Funeral Home in Granville.

Soil and Water Conservation District accepts nominations HENRY — To all persons of legal voting age who own or reside on land located within the boundaries of the Marshall-Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District, nominations are

being accepted for the two year term of the office of director of the Marshall-Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District at the District’s Office at USDA Service Center, 1511 University

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Field of Dreams “An Illinois Farmer Expresses Alarm in ‘Watching Our Nation Die’ a blue print for survival” by Ernest M. Halbleib, an advocate of sound farming practices from McNabb. Ernest wrote this book in 1979, and dedicated it to all concerned Christian Americans. Ernest Melvin Halbleib was born in the horse and buggy days on Oct. 23, 1889, on a farm in the Oxbow community in Magnolia Township. He was the third child in a family of 10 children of Adam and Cemice Casteel Halbleib. He graduated from John Swaney High School which was the first consolidated school in the state of Illinois in 1911. Ernest farmed with his father until he died in 1934, and later the farm was purchased by Ernest and became known all over the United States at the Halbleib Organic Farm. His first wife, Eliza Perdew, died in 1931 and left two children. In 1932 he married a school teacher, Blanche M. Redshaw. Ernest helped start the Natural Food and Farming Association, and he has been a long time director. Ernest and his wife, Blanche, have held natural food meetings on their farm and entertained renowned people. He developed a large apple orchard and sold thousands of bushels of apples of various varieties. He and his wife purchased commercial flour mills, and they have sold their whole grain flour and corn meal from the National Food Store on their farm. Ernest wrote while the laws of the soil are as old as the soil itself, the correct education had not been put in print or in school or college books as the author has thought it should be, to cure a diseased nation. I remember meeting Mr. Halbleib when he helped me load large white gunny sacks of his organic flour into a straight truck and delivering it to a farm in the state of Ohio. His book has 150 pages and sold for $7.95. ••• Trivia question: If a farmer says his corn plants have pineapple type characteristics, what does it mean? Answer at the end of this article. ••• The Progressive Farmers magazine’s September issue had a special report called “Feeding the World.” The report hits all the highlights U.S. farmers and ranchers expect when the world will look to the United States to stock the global food pantry. With dwindling natural resources, changing climate and already stressed environment will the world’s farmers and ranchers be able to boost food production by 70 percent over the next 40 years to feed more than nine billion people? ••• Some of earth’s sweetest smells all come from the farm, freshly plowed soil and newly mowed hay. A farmer always has the philosophy to plan for the worst, and hopes for the best. ••• Answer to the trivia question: The leaves on his corn plants are upright, so they can catch any rain for dew. Thanks for reading. Darrell Alleman of Granville can be reached in care of this newspaper at Putnam County Record, P.O. Box 48, Granville, IL 61326.

‘Hang a shining star ...’ It’s that time of year once more … houses you didn’t know existed light up between trees when you drive by at night; “ugly sweater” parties and last-minute sales; wrapped items trickle in; your family becomes much more involved in your life; and stress of finding the perfect gift before the ever-nearing big day. Not that I’m complaining. Yours truly is a huge supporter of these seasonal festivities. One thing that enthralls me each year is the traditional Christmas tree. Some families have very precise trees: A specific color scheme splashed across the tasteful ornaments and garland. And it’s always beautiful. I love to look at these designer evergreens, fresh or artificial, but I love to come home to mine even more. It’s an artificial tree with an assortment of ornaments gathered since the ‘80s. On the subject of artificial vs. authentic Christmas tree … I see no difference. They both have their pros and cons. Real trees have that real, traditional feel and smell. It’s how our ancestors did it! So why not us? The men went out into the woods with their manual saws for father-son bonding time. You know: The premise of most dysfunctional

Maddi Loiselle COMMENTARY family sitcom Christmas specials. Every day, someone has to remember to water it in the base and stand combo that took a day and a mountain of patience to put together. Also, the bag to the vacuum must be emptied to keep up with the falling needles. Not to mention the fire hazard aspect of it … Perhaps I’m just describing the horrendous tree that sent us to artificial tree land. It’s a safer alternative that can come with lights and in easy, storable pieces. Don’t forget the many “pretty” colors it can come in and the wonderful absence of sap (reminiscent of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” when Clark’s sappy fingers got stuck to a lamp and his wife’s hair). The downside to those trees is the lack of authenticity. I love the feel and smell a real tree can give a home. I hate to break a long tradition of the fresh tree, but the simplicity of an artificial one is a tough competitor. Besides, it’s not the tree; it’s the ornaments that tell

the story. Of course, there are the “baby’s first Christmas” decorations. Most of my sister’s and my names are spelled wrong on several ornaments because my parent preferred alternative spelling (but seriously, was it so difficult to add an “e” to the end of “Maddi” or a second “l” in “Alison”? It would save a lot of explaining on my part).We have a 2005 UPS ornament from a family member’s employer, many crayon-made beauties (most ended up eaten by my late Labrador) and other kindergarten/first-grade art projects, some angels and candy canes, a couple Santas, a few Packerthemed ornaments, and one Green Bay Packer Santa ready for the beach. The irony of that one makes me smile every year. A gold star resides at the top for as long as I can remember. The Christmas tree can tell a lot about a family, no matter if it’s artificial or authentic. To quote the popular carol, “Hang a shining star from the highest bough … And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.” Maddi Loiselle, 16, of Hennepin is a junior at Putnam County High School. She can be reached in care of this newspaper at P.O. Box 48, Granville, IL 61326.

The Greatest Gift is Family

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By Judy Haggenjos

As “Babes in Toyland” plays a theme, Toy soldiers line our walk. Their bright red uniforms light the way For relatives arriving Christmas Day. They’re laden with gifts and goodies to share. The spirit of Christmas is in the air. The snow’s aglow from sun and moon. The holiday feast will be served up soon. As holiday carols softly play, We have many prayers of thanks to say. Be caring, be sharing of gifts you possess, Be mindful of those who have so much less. Do what you can to make life a treasure. Good deeds will come back to you in good measure. The music, the lights the tree Remind us the best things in life ARE free. The treasure of family. the best gift of all. We’re there for each other should anyone fall.

It was a winter wonderland When I looked outside today. The lines and lines of our white pines Were covered with snow and it lay Like goose-down on every feathery branch. The snowflakes that I caught in my hand Were soft, with designs so grand That Mother Nature, or maybe Jack Frost Outdid themselves as they tossed The swirling snow that fell to the ground. It’s the very first snow of the season, So it gave me a very good reason To trudge out in this cotton ball landscape And sit on my bench and gape At this beautiful sight. The clean white flakes make a wonderful scene. It’s peaceful and quiet and so serene. An occasional bird hops on a branch And sings its lovely song. Though I’m not a fan of the cold, The sight of first snow never grows old. It brings back memories of when I was a kid When I took my red sled and slid Down our hill.

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

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Agricultural scholarships are available nois counties as part of the Dorothy and Wilhelmine Ratermann Memorial Scholarships. Twelve Prairie Farms Dairy scholarships, each worth $2,000, are available to patrons and employees of the company. New this year, an additional two, $1,000 scholarships are available to producers affiliated with the St. Louis District Dairy Council. An additional 10 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $1,500, are available to students who meet certain criteria, including areas of study, place of residence, previous 4-H experience and college or university attended. All applicants must be high school seniors accepted for enrollment or students already enrolled at an accredited college, university or community college. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again. For a full listing, visit www.iaafoundation. org. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1. For more information, contact the local county Farm Bureau, the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230 or e-mail smoore@ilfb. org.

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The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics (CPRA) recently welcomed three new physical therapists to its staff, all of whom have doctorates in physical therapy with each holding a different area of focus. Alison Brandenburg received her undergraduate degree in athletic training from the University of Northern Iowa in

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BLOOMINGTON — Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children may apply for college scholarships offered by the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundations. Seventy-four scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded, a total of $177,800 for the 201415 school year. Students may apply for a variety of scholarships, including three IAA Foundation Top Scholarships, who will each receive $7,500 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship winner. New this year is a $1,000 scholarship for a student of Western Illinois University. Students studying crop science and pursuing a master’s degree related to research are eligible for the Illinois Soybean Association Crop Science Scholarships. Ten $4,000 scholarships will be awarded to junior level majors. Recipients are then eligible for an additional $4,000 in this renewable program, providing a total of $8,000 for his or her junior and senior year of college. Twenty-five, $1,200 scholarships are available to students from specific Southern Illi-

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the closing date. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types. For more information about CSP, visit the NRCS website at or contact the local NRCS field office.

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Above, Jacob Theobald (22) moves the ball down court during the Dec. 20 game. Right, Harold Fay (20) drives in to the basket during the game on Dec. 20. Fay finished with 29 points.

Panthers top Tri-County foe Chargers By Dixie Schroeder

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Mike Miller (5) flies to the basket during the Dec. 20 game against Peoria Christian.

PC JV boys team loses to Chargers By Dixie Schroeder

For the Chargers, their team was led by Anthony Riley with 15 points and Derek Schaffner with 11 points. The head coach of the JV Panthers is Jim Vipond. The Junior Varsity Panthers will be back in action on Jan. 10 in an away game at Streator Woodland.

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County High School Junior Varsity Panthers lost a tough game at home Dec. 20 against the Peoria Christian Junior Varsity Chargers. The Panthers tried to play catch up the entire game with a final score in the Chargers’ favor 61-50. First quarter score had the Panthers starting slow and having to come from behind 20 to 6. However in the second quarter the Panthers outscored the Chargers 13-12, so halftime score was 32 to 19. In the third quarter the action really picked up with the Panthers again outscoring the Chargers 15 to 13, so that the opposition was taking a thinner lead 45 to 34 into the fourth and final quarter. However the team could not just pull it off in the fourth quarter and the game ended at 61 to 50 in the Chargers’ favor. The Panthers were led by the potent combination of Christian Harris with 16 points and Joe Berg who followed him with 15 points. Harris led all scorers for the game. Berg’s points were all from the three-point Putnam County Record photo/ Ken Schroeder circle. Mike Miller followed with eight points Joe Berg (5) drives in for and Jordan Hatton a lay up in the game on Dec. 20. chipped in six points.

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Panthers took on Tri-County nemesis, the Peoria Christian Chargers in R.M. Germano Gymnasium on Dec. 20. In a heart pounding game in which the lead changed hands and was close the entire time, the Panthers came out of the fight on top with a final score of 75 to 61. The game started off with the referees assessing the Chargers a technical foul for dunking the ball during warm-ups. Harold Fay was sent to the line and made both shots to send the Panthers to an early 2 to 0 lead. The first quarter then set the pace for the contest. While the score ended in the Panthers favor 19 to 18, rebounds were tight with the Panthers getting the edge seven to six. Each team had a blocked shot and the home team edged out the visitors in assists four to three. Turnovers were in the Chargers’ favor with four assessed to them while the Panthers only had two. The Panthers’ Evan Kreiser led the scorers with eight points in the quarter while Fay had seven. PC coach Josh Nauman noted that the Chargers had some difficulty with the Panthers’ defense in the first quarter. “They were attacking our press a little different. They looked like they were a little lost to begin with and they were making a lot of mistakes,” Nauman said. “We have that happen with a lot of teams and our press.” The action really heated up in the second quarter. The score went back and forth with the Panthers being on the losing end by two to three points each time. However Austin Biagi’s last second two point shot tied the game up at the half 32 to 32. Rebounds again were close in the quarter nine to eight in the Panther’s favor. Each team upped the pressure on defense, causing four turnovers to their opponents game in the second quarter. Putnam County had two blocked shots and one steal as well. Sophomore phenom Alec Veverka got into

foul trouble early and saw limited action in the second half of the game. Senior Andrew Gavin of the Chargers took the main bulk of scoring responsibility with 13 points in the quarter. “We didn’t shoot real well in that quarter,” Nauman said. “We luckily starting shooting good again after that.” The third quarter again was quite the nailbiter with both teams tied at the end 49 all. The Panthers outrebounded the Chargers by one and each team had a blocked shot in the quarter. Fay continued to shoot the hot hand at the free throw line upping his total point output at the end of the third quarter to 15 while Kreiser added 12. Crowd favorite Michael Weide went to the net and added seven of his 10 points in this quarter. Shots were flying for the Panthers in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Chargers 26 to 12. A lot of this came in the first six minutes of the quarter as eventual game leading scorer Fay made 14 of his total 29 points in this quarter. Rebounding was again slightly tilted toward the Panthers’ favor by three. The Panthers’ defense upped the ante on the Chargers as they committed six turnovers in this quarter. Fay had his third straight 28 point or more game on the season. Following Fay for overall scoring for the Panthers was Kreiser with 14 and Weide with 12. The Panthers’ biggest support was their 74 percent free throw shooting rate. Nauman was pleased with his team’s shooting abilities in the game. “We played a lot better than last Friday (in the loss at Roanoke-Benson).” he said. “Made some free throws tonight instead of last Friday when we should have hit them.” For the Chargers, Gavin again came through for his team with a total of 22 points while Dakota Bennington tossed in 12 points. The Panthers will be in action again on Dec. 26 as they participate in the Marseilles Holiday Tournament. Their regular scheduled play will start again on Jan. 10 with an away game at Streator Woodland.

PC-Hall JV wrestlers win By Dixie Schroeder

PEOTONE — The PC/Hall Wrestling co-op brought their ‘A’ game to the Peotone Junior Varsity wrestling tournament on Dec. 21. The team took first place out of 12 teams that participated on the day, scoring over all points. The meet started at the 126-pound weight class with Nat Diaz taking third place. Tyler Taber stepped up to take a first place in the 145-pound weight class while Luke McCook took second overall in the 160-pound weight class. The second first place finish on the day was earned by Josh McConnell at the 170-pound weight class. In the

same division, Nick Bouxsein took fourth. In the 182-pound weight division, Josh Hall took a second place. PC/Hall scored a double placement when teammates Matt Briddick and Evan Kiphart took first and second place respectively after wrestling each other in the finals. This feat was repeated at the 220-pound level with Trevor Case and Isaac Marquez taking third and fourth place respectively. The last meet of the day where PC/Hall placed on the day was the heavyweight division where Shane Khounnha placed fourth. The next meet for the PC/Hall Wrestling Co-Op will be on Jan. 4 at Kewanee with Ashton Franklin Center, Farmington and Kewanee.

JV Lady Panthers suffer a tough loss KEWANEE — The Putnam County JV Lady Panthers lost to Kewanee on Dec. 16, 32-28. Margaret Voss led all scorers with 14 points. Natasha Voss added nine points, while Tori Smoode and Ashlyn Haage both chipped in three points each. Coach Jared Sale wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance in the game. “We didn’t come out and play our best game,” he said. “We allowed too many offensive rebounds.”

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Lady Panthers lose first game By Ken Schroeder

GRANVILLE – The Putnam County Lady Panthers saw their undefeated run end against the Fieldcrest Lady Knights. As consolation, the girls basketball team added two more games to the win column last week. Fieldcest 54, PC 47 The Lady Panthers saw their hopes of a perfect season lanced by the Lady Knights in their first loss of the season on Dec. 17. Putnam County led early in the first quarter, but Fieldcrest started outscoring the Lady Panthers and never gave up the lead, tossing them aside on the way to a 54-47 win for Fieldcrest. Lady Knights Haley Ruestman and Tessa Hoffman led all scorers with 19 points each. PC’s Carly Gonet and Daniela Pavlovich paced the Panthers with 12 apiece. PC 47, R-B/L-W 35 Dec. 19 saw the ladies on the road and a need for some revenge to face off against Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn in a contest that saw Putnam County dominate the home team at Roanoke. The Lady Panthers edged the Lady Rockets in the first quarter 14-11 led by Carly Gonet and Daniela Pavlovich, then held Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn to single-digit scoring in the second and third periods. Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn rallied in the fourth, outscoring the Lady Panthers 17-13, but it was

much too late to do any good with the Lady Panthers shooting down the Lady Rockets 47-35. Lady Panther Daniela Pavlovich and Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn’s Olivia Rossman led each of their squads with 13 points. Putnam County’s Allison Voss added 10 more to the tally while Vanessa Voss added an additional eight. The Lady Rockets dominated the free throw line, hitting 12 out of 15 attempts. Putnam County was only able to capitalize on six of their 14 attempts. PC 44, Wethersfield 26 The Lady Panthers journeyed to Kewanee on Dec. 16 in a one-sided match-up with Wethersfield. PC stormed out in front, scoring 10 points while holding Kewanee to a single basket. From that point they never looked back, and despite an attempt at a rally in the fourth quarter, Wethersfield couldn’t catch up, losing to the Lady Panthers 44-26. The Panthers were 8 for 15 at the free throw line, while Wethersfield only tallied one single-pointer out of six attempts. Kewanee’s Raeshonda Chandler led all scorers with 12 points, all dumped in the second half. Margaret Voss and Stephanie Wilson led the Panthers with nine points apiece. The Putnam County Lady Panthers will be on the road as they play in the Peotone Holiday Tournament starting on Dec. 26.

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The Panthers’ Connor Taylor (23) shoots for two points during the game on Dec. 16.

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GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Panthers freshman basketball team took on the St. Bede Bruins freshman team on Dec. 16. The Panthers handled the Bruins with quick dispatch, winning the game 54-37. Leading scorer for Putnam County was Connor Taylor with 14 points. Christian Harris and Mitch Aimone each put in 12 points, and Connor Bean had eight points. Head coach Brett Crawley was pleased with his team’s efforts. “We played very well,” he said. The Panthers’ freshman team is now 4-0 on the season.

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Community Library extends hours HENNEPIN – The Putnam County Public Library District is extending evening hours on Wednesdays at the Hennepin Branch Library, now open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The new hours will allow patrons to access library services after work and school. Patrons will also be able to enjoy evening library programs throughout the year.

Siemers to note 50th wedding anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Robert Siemers will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28. An extended trip is planned for 2014. Robert “Chuck” and Paula Siemers The couple were married Dec. 28, 1963, at Sacred Heart Church in Granville. They are the parents of two children, Robert M. (Heidi) Siemers of Delavan Wis., and Randall Paul (Sara) Siemers of Ellicott City, Md. They also have two grandchildren, Zachery M. Siemers of Delavan, Wis., and Taylor Renee of Ellicott City, Md.

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GRANVILLE — Once again this holiday season, the Putnam County Food Pantry, in collaboration with Toys in the Pantry, organizations, businesses, churches and schools from across the county, distributed Christmas baskets to local families in need.

This is the 26th year the pantry has sponsored the basket project. The baskets contain food and gifts for the children and senior citizens. Included are items for a full Christmas dinner, breakfast and pizza for Christmas Eve. This year, so far, there have been bas-

ket requests from more than 150 families. The baskets were distributed in the morning on Dec. 21. Over the years, the Putnam County community has been tremendously supportive of the ongoing work of the food pantry and the Christmas Basket Project.

Extension office plans Goldasich memorial HENRY — University of Illinois Extension, Marshall-Putnam Master Gardeners will be accepting donations throughout January and February to purchase a tree and commemorative plaque in memory of Sharon Acuncius Goldasich. Goldasich became a Master Gardener in 2001 and was active in the Marshall-Putnam Master Gardener program for 12 years. As part of her volunteer hours, she was instrumental in designing the

gardens at Putnam County Courthouse in Hennepin. Goldasich was a resident of McNabb and maintained the large, beautiful planters in downtown McNabb as well as the park located in McNabb. She was a dedicated volunteer wanting to contribute her passion for beauty to Putnam County. Marshall-Putnam Master Gardeners would like to plant a tree in Putnam County in Goldasich’s memory.

To donate to this memorial, send a check before March 1 to the University of Illinois Extension, Marshall-Putnam Office, 509 Front St., Suite 4, Henry, IL 61357. In the memo portion of the check, indicate the donation is for Goldasich’s memorial. For more information, call the University of Illinois Extensions, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall, Putnam unit, at 309-364-2356 or go to

Library Corner Mr. and Mrs. Robert Siemers The couple has owned and operated Delavan Metal Products in Delavan, Wis., from 1984 to present.

Stage 212 opens season LASALLE — Stage 212 opens their 2014 season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the memorable musical comedy by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin that showcases six quirky students, played by adults, as they compete in a spelling bee run by three equally quirky adults. Included in the cast are Megan Cullinan as Rona Lisa Peretti, Andy Decker as Douglas Panch, Doug Bartelt as Mitch Mahoney, Emily Brodzik as Olive Ostrovsky, Phil Grant as William Barfee, Christin Chamberlain as Logainne Schwartz and Grubenierre, Becky Martin as Marcy Park, Tom Bailey as Leaf Coneybear and Derek Zinke as Chip Tolentino. Production staff includes Director Scot Smigel, producer Ellen Marincic, assistant Director Kyle Foley, music Director Megan Cullinan, choreographer Deana Brown, light operator Matt Boehm, sound operator Andrew Paden and spotlight operators Jessica Gray and Yvette Lucas. The show will be presented Jan. 24-26 and Jan.

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31-Feb. 2 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available to the general public for $20 each beginning Jan. 6. Box office hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased online at www. or reserved over the phone. Call 815224-3025 for details. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International.

Magnolia — Out of school and nothing to do? Come to the Magnolia Library! The library will be hosting a duct tape wallet class for the kids. Ellie Glenn from Magnolia will be showing the children on how to construct a wallet and bracelets out of duct tape. The program will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 at the Magnolia Library, come and enjoy a day out of school at the Library with a craft, snack and good friends. For more information, call Peggy 815-869-3038. Magnolia Library will be having trade book days. Through the months of December and January, each day the library is open you can come in to pick a book for your own collection by making a donation to the library or bring in your used books and trade it for another book for you to enjoy. Magnolia Library will have homework hour on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. throughout the school year. Children have the opportunity to have their completed homework checked or receive help understanding homework in progress. The library provides materials and equipment for help with school homework and projects.

Hennepin — Preschool Story times are changing days in December! Preschool programs will now be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Hennepin Branch Library. The more, the merrier. Preschool storytimes are ideal for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old, with adult participation. Condit (Putnam) — Enjoy coffee while selecting your book at the Condit Library! The Condit Branch Library is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. McNabb — Saturday Stories are at 10 a.m. every Saturday at the McNabb Branch Library for children in early elementary school. December projects include cool science experiments and awesome art projects with winter themes. Come join us. Celebrate winter, snow, and frosty mornings during Preschool Storyhour for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old at the McNabb Library at 11 a.m. every Saturday. Granville — The Granville Library Preschool Story Hour is gearing up for the holidays. Each Tuesday in December, they will

be making a different ornament to decorate your tree. We’ll read stories related to the holiday and have a great time. Don’t miss out from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Our favorites club has moved its meeting time to 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. We have a couple of new members that add to our discussions about their favorite books, CDs or DVDs ... along with their not so favorite ones. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 9. The library has gotten many new chapter books and young adult fiction to add to the collection. Be sure to check it out and cozy up with a good book in this cold weather. Standard — Looking for just the right recipes to cook this holiday season? Discover great feasts in the cookbook collection at the Standard Branch Library. The Standard branch library is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. ••• Pictures and news items for the library corner can be emailed to

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Mignone-Willis Abby Elizabeth Mignone of Sycamore, formerly of Ladd, and Benjamin John Willis of Sycamore, formerly of St. Charles, were united in marriage Nov. 12 during an oceanside sunset ceremony at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Amelia Island, Fla. The bride is the daughter of John and Dawnette (Lutes) Mignone of Sycamore, formerly of Peru. The groom is the son of Patricia Willis of St. Charles and the late Ronald Willis. Alexandria Mignone, sister of the bride, and Veronica Willis, sister of the groom, stood by their siblings’ sides during the ceremony. A dinner was held at PLAÉ (People Laughing And Eating) at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Amelia Island,


Fla., followed by cocktails and dancing at Falcon’s Nest at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Amelia Island, Fla. The couple enjoyed a 12-day wedding trip driving through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida with sight-seeing and activities at popular locations along the way. The bride is a 2003 graduate of Hall High School in Spring Valley, a 2005 graduate of Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby and a 2007 graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She is employed by DeKalb School District 428 in DeKalb. The groom is a 2003 graduate of St. Charles East in St. Charles and a 2008 graduate of Northern Illinois University in

Nate Mata and Rachel Strzelecki of Davenport, Iowa, are the parents of a son, Liam Bernard, born Sept. 30. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Jim and Susan Hewitt of Granville. Paternal grandparents are Kathy Mata of Davenport, Iowa, and Robert Mata and Paul Brill of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Great-grandparents are Norma Tarnowski of Granville and Joe Strzelecki of Blue Island.

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- 200 Employment 229 • Professional/ Clerical North Central Bank in Hennepin, Illinois has an immediate part-time opening in our BOOKKEEPING/ BACKROOM Operations. Prior bank experience is a plus. The ideal candidate will have excellent computer and customer relation skills. Please send your resume and salary requirements to: North Central Bank, Attn: Personnel Department, PO Box 317, Hennepin, IL 61327

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

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cause has been commenced against you in this Court asking for a Plenary Order of Protection and other 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.

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.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Vegetation Management Activities in Adams, Bond, Brown, Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edwards, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, LaSalle, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Mason, Massac, McLean, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Shelby, St. Clair, Tazewell, Washington, White, Williamson, and Woodford Counties, and Nearby Areas Please be advised that Ameren Illinois will perform vegetation management in your area in the near future. Our professional vegetation management specialists will be managing vegetation on transmission rights-of-way that could affect our electric lines. This vegetation management work is necessary to protect the integrity of the electric system and to prevent potential safety hazards. This work might include: aerial or manual trimming, removpal of vegetation, mowing, application of environmentally-safe herbicides, and inspections. Interested persons may call the Ameren toll free number 1-800-232-2477 or visit our website at to understand any potential dispute resolution opportunities, processes, rights and/or remedies. Customers and property owners may appeal the particular vegetation work planned on their property by 1) calling the Ameren toll free number mentioned above referencing CODE TMT or 2) accessing the website mentioned above referencing CODE TMT or 3) contacting the Illinois Commerce Commission Consumer Services Division at1-800-524-0795. Common addresses of properties affected by the planned vegetation management have been provided to the office of the mayor of any affected municipality and the office of the county board chairman of any affected county. Sincerely, Ameren Illinois Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 25, 2013.

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.

COUNTY, ILLINOIS, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, AS FOLLOWS: SECTION I: Ordinance No 480 entitled WATER SERVICE CHANGE ORDINANCE shall be amended for ARTICLE II, SECTION 1 thereof with the amendatory Section 1 be as follows: SECTION 1: Bills: Said rates or charges for service shall be payable in monthly or quarterly installments depending on the classification of service for which bills are rendered. The owner of the premises shall be billed for service to the premise. Tenants, while jointly and severally liable for the service, shall not be allowed to obtain service in their name. Only the Landlord shall be able to procure service for the premises and the Landlord shall be billed accordingly. The Landlord shall not put the service in the Tenants name. The owner of the premises, the occupant thereof and the user of the service shall be jointly and severally liable to pay for the service to such premises and the service is furnished to the premises by the Village only upon the condition that the owner of the premise is billed and the owner, occupant and user of the services are jointly and severely liable therefore to the Village. Bills for service shall be sent out by the Village Treasurer on the First day of the month or quarter succeeding the period for which the service is

billed. All bills are due and payable 15 days after being sent out. A penalty of 10% percent shall be added to all bills not paid by the 15th day after they have been rendered. SECTION II: Validity If any Section, paragraph, clause, or provision of this Ordinance shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the invalidity or unenforceability of such Section, paragraph, clause, or provisions shall not affect any of the remaining provisions of this Ordinance. SECTION III: This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication in the manner provided by law. PRESENTED, PASSED and ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Granville, Putnam County, Illinois, held on the 3rd day of December, 2013, with 3 Trustees voting aye, -0- Trustees voting nay, -0- Trustees absent, -0- Trustees passing, and the Village President voting aye, which meeting was held on the 3rd day of December, 2013 Passed and Approved: December 3, 2013. DOUGLAS GIMBAL – VILLAGE PRESIDENT ATTEST: KARI J. MOORE – VILLAGE CLERK Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 25, 2013.

NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION TO DEDICATE ROADS I John Urnikis as Highway Commissioner of Hennepin Township, Putnam County, Illinois under the provisions of Chapter 121, Section 6-305 and 6-311 does give notice that a hearing on this petition of twelve or more persons being legal voters in the Township for the dedication of certain roads shall be held at the Town House of Hennepin Township in Hennepin, Illinois on January 8th, 2014, at 7:00 o’clock p.m., at which time the Highway commissioner shall examine the routes and roads to be dedicated pursuant to Statute. The roads to be dedicated are described as: LEGAL DESCRIPTION follows: DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY TO BE DEDICATED That part of the Southwest Quarter of Section 2, Township 31 North, Range 2 West of the Third Principal Meridian, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast Corner of the Southwest Quarter of said Section 2; thence South 89 degrees, 44 minutes 01 seconds West 112.44 feet along the South line of the Southwest Quarter of said Section 2 to a point on the Westerly Right of Way of Illinois Route 26 and the Point of Beginning; thence South 00 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds East 20.00 feet along said Westerly Right of Way; thence South 89 degrees 44 minutes 01 seconds West 1017.13 feet; thence North 00 degrees 09 minutes 45 seconds West 40.00 feet; thence North 89 degrees 44 minutes 01 seconds East 1016.82 to a Point on said Westerly Right of Way; thence South 00 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds East 20.00 along said Westerly Right of Way to the Point of Beginning, containing 0.934 acres more or less and all being situated in Hennepin Township, Putnam County, Illinois. Dated this 19th day of December, 2013. John Urnikis Highway Commissioner Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 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

ORDINANCE 646 ORDINANCE AMENDING WATER SERVICE CHARGE ORDINANCE WHEREAS, the Village of Granville, Illinois, A Municipal Corporation, considers it in the best interest of the public health, safety and morals to amend the previous Water Service Charge Ordinance No. 480 as it is amended by Ordinance No. 488, 520, 530 and 567. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE, PUTNAM 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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12 From You 12 • The Putnam County Record • Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A note from your Putnam County Schools superintendent During this holiday season, I have enjoyed watching the students as they perform their winter concerts, play in sporting events and participate in all of the festivities that are so familiar at this time of the year. How can anyone fail to catch some of the Christmas spirit while in the midst of our young people during the holiday season? Recently, our Putnam County Schools suffered a tragic loss when Judy Gedraitis, a beloved high school language arts teacher, passed away suddenly while in London, England, to attend her daughter’s wedding. Students, parents and fellow staff members will miss her so much, as she was a wonderful teacher and a true friend. Our entire Putnam County educational family extends our heartfelt

sympathy to Judy’s family and friends. Judy had a unique gift to find the best in everyone around her, and we plan to honor her life and service to our district by remembering to find the best in everyone around us. If we remember to be more like her, we will certainly enrich the lives of our students, families and friends. Our 2013 tax levy was passed on Dec. 16 at the regular Putnam County Board of Education meeting. As I have explained in past years, the levy request appears to propose a substantial tax increase, but that is not the case. The new tax levy request is compared to the previous tax extension (taxes received). In summary, the tax rate is expected to remain steady, and our Putnam County tax

rate remains considerably lower than many area unit school districts. To add to the positive fiscal outlook for our district, our Putnam County Schools remain one of the few districts in the state of Illinois which does not have any longterm debt. Our board, administration and staff continue to dedicate our efforts to provide a fine education to our students while maintaining strong fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers. As we near the holidays, I extend our sincere wishes for a wonderful time with family and friends from the entire Putnam County School District. May the 2014 new year be filled with numerous blessings for all of you! Happy Holidays! Jay K. McCracken Superintendent

25th annual IVYSO Concerto Competition winner announced LASALLE — The 25th annual IVYSO Concerto Competition was held Dec. 2 at LaSalle-Peru High School. This year’s winner, Simon Tiffin, played the Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20. He’ll perform this piece with the Illinois Valley

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO INCREASE TAX LEVY Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513, LaSalle, Bureau, Marshall, Lee, Putnam, DeKalb, Grundy, and Livingston counties, State of Illinois, adopted on December 17, 2013, its annual tax levy including an additional tax levy of $2,933,500 for educational purposes, as provided in Section 805/3-14.3 of Chapter 110 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, as amended. In accordance with the provisions of Section 805/3-14.3 of Chapter 110 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, as amended, the following information is provided: A petition may be filed with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College in Building C, Room C-301, at 815 North Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, Illinois 61348-9692, on or before 4:30 p.m., CDT, January 17, 2014, signed by not less than 9,166 registered voters of the Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513 requesting that an election be held on the 18th day of March, 2014, to determine whether the increased levy should be authorized. If no such petition is filed with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees on or before January 17, 2014, then the District shall be authorized to levy the additional tax. Petition forms are available in Building H – Truck Driver Training Center from December 18, 2013 through January 17, 2014 and in the President’s Office from January 2 through January 17, 2014. Published in the Putnam County Record Dec. 25, 2013.

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School board goes to conference The Putnam County C.U.S.D. 535 Board of Education attended the Triple I School Board Convention in Chicago. While there, members attended workshops to provide outstanding professional development covering a variety of educational topics. The board is student focused and continues to work closely with district administration to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all students in the Putnam County Schools.

Putnam County Community Center Menus Dec. 30 – Chili with beans, corn, tropical fruit, juice cup, cornbread. Dec. 31 – PCCC closed — Happy New Year! Jan. 1 – PCCC closed — Happy New Year! Putnam County Community Center serves lunch every day, Monday through Friday. Reservations are

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