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Ministerial Alliance aids the needy

Members of Elmwood’s Church Charitable Fund Ministerial Alliance accept a check for $810 from Gene Gibson (blue shirt) of the Elmwood Kiwanis. Ministers in the group are, left to right, Marla Bauler of the First Presbyterian Church of Elmwood, Bradley Watkins of the United Methodist Church of Elmwood and Tim Cavallo of Crossroads Assembly of God.

Cavallo is one of three local ministers – joining Marla Bauler from the First Presbyterian Church and Bradley Watkins from the United Methodist Church – in the Ministerial Alliance. Cavallo said the group relies on donations from the Kiwanis and funding from other local groups and individuals to be able to pay out $2,500 to $3,000 per year to needy members of the community.

“You can’t do something like this in every community, because churches don’t cooperate like this in the big cities,” Cavallo said. Actually, the three combined services the churches hold each year – on Good Friday, Easter and Thanksgiving – are also good times to raise money, Cavallo said. “When we get together we always Continued on Page 2

Latest Rosefield drama ends quietly ROSEFIELD – A special, three-man panel on Thursday (Jan. 5) unanimously overruled Brimfield resident Monty Schaffer’s objections to the Townships’ Republican and Democratic caucuses on Dec. 6, citing a lack of evidence, intent or authority. Also, pronouncing

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FARMINGTON – The Board of Education on Monday heard that the state of Illinois finally sent a long-delayed Transportation payment. And though the District was owed the money, it almost seemed like a windfall, according to Superintendent John Asplund. “We got $178,000 from the State,” he said. “It’s great to get that because we really weren’t sure we would ever get it – it’s last June’s payment, and we received it in December. “On the other hand, we’re still owed $571,000 [from the State],” he added. In another financial matter tied to Transportation, the Board continues to discuss a proposal from Illinois Central Inside School Bus to • Elmwood Council renew the service OK’s garbage deal, at a 6-percent inwaiting for G & O crease, but it’s fiDisposal approval. nalizing a Page 7. counter-proposal to offer the company to consider at the Board’s Feb. 13 meeting. In other business, the Board approved requesting a waiver from the Illinois State Board of Education’s rule that Districts offering summer-school classes also provide lunches. Farmington will offer a modified summer term, but the class schedule is 8:30-11:30 a.m., so the District expects to not be held to the obligation. In other news: • the Board OK’d personnel moves including a retirement incentive for custodian Richard Schmidt, who intends to retire in July 2018; adding Junior High newspaper assistant duties to teacher Carrie Black and Junior High yearbook assistant duties to Julie Springer; and approving Ashley DeMay for split duties including For The Weekly Post

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ELMWOOD – Sometimes a pancake, pork chop or slab of cheese can pay the rent. At least they can in Elmwood, where donations from groups like the Elmwood Kiwanis are a key to success for the Church Charitable Fund Ministerial Alliance. The group with a long name has a long list of people it has helped over the years in and around Elmwood, whether by paying rent, utility bills, grocery bills, doctor bills or even funding the purchase of fuel for a car. Recently, the ministers gathered to receive a check from Elmwood Kiwanis from their sale of cheese prior to the holidays. Kiwanis also plans to make donations following its February pancake breakfast and from the sale of pork chops during the Strawberry Festival and Fall Festival. “You can’t say enough about what the Kiwanis do,” Crossroads Assembly of God pastor Tim Cavallo said. “God bless them.”


three people ineligible to participate wouldn’t change the outcomes of the caucuses, they added. The panel decided there was no evidence of fraud, improper behavior by parties’ caucus officials, a candidate’s attendance being required, or any lies or misstatements. Also, there were filing discrepancies in

Schaffer’s formal objection, and the Township lacks the authority to rule on what “qualified” means or to penalize anyone’s alleged conduct, they said. Schaffer was defeated in a race for Republicans’ candidate for Supervisor for the April 4, 2017, election. Incumbent Mike Windish was Continued on Page 9

Monty Schaffer of Brimfield speaks at a recent Rosefield Township hearing.

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ALLIANCE: Need is the biggest determinant Continued from Page 1

take up a special offering,” Cavallo said. Over the years, that money has helped pay for a variety of needs. Cavallo recalled the case of someone who, while walking out of the local pharmacy, dropped their diabetes medicine, which shattered on the ground. Insurance would not pay for more medicine. The Church

Charitable Fund would. In another case, the fund helped pay to have infected wisdom teeth removed. Generally, rent and groceries are the two top needs. “We have to be good stewards of the money that’s donated, so we always check things out,” Cavallo said. “The biggest determinant is need. We make sure people with kids are a high priority.

“If people come to us multiple times, we have to evaluate it. And if we pay rent, we pay the landlord.” Cavallo said those in need can contact him or Bauler or Watkins. The three ministers then meet to discuss allocations of funds. Cavallo said local fire and police departments also make the ministers aware of people who might be in need of a helping hand.

FARMINGTON: Proposal: Name gym for Wierzba Continued from Page 1

Student facilitator; • received the suggestion that the school name the gymnasium for longtime basketball and softball coach Tom Wierzba, which will be referred to

the Building and Grounds Committee. That group meets Jan. 23 and could make recommendations on that and also proposed summer projects for possible Board consideration in

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February; • honored Illinois State Scholars (seniors Ian Brust, Corey Ciota, Logan Evans, Kaitlin Gilstrap, Ben Hathaway, Colin Krakowiecki, Rosie Roberts, Katie

Stenger and Austin Warren); and • honored Junior High speech team members named Judges’ Award Winners – Brock Capitani and Wyatt Sweet.

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drink, $9. Dine in or carry-out. s Ladies Night – Ladies Night Out (18 years and older) at Morrison and Mary Wiley Library, Elmwood is Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Wreath will be made. Call (309) 742-2431 or stop by library to register. s Bunco Party – Ladies Night Out “Let the Good Times Roll” Bunco party at Alpha Park Public Library in Bartonville is Jan. 20th, 6 p.m. $5 per person, includes dinner. Call (309) 6973822, Ext. 13 to register.

field Public Library for Color Me Happy Thursday, today (Jan. 12), 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Adults 18 and older welcome. Coloring sheets and pencils provided. s Women’s Fellowship – United Christian Women’s Fellowship in Princeville monthly meeting at Bauman’s shed west of Princeville, Route 90 is today (Jan. 12), 1:30 p.m. Topic is “Signs of Suicide” presented by Holly Bill, Sr. Health Publicize Your Event Education Coordinator at Hult Center, Peoria. Call us at (309) 741-9790

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Biggest Loser competition is Jan. 21, 10 a.m. or email information about s Family BINGO – Alpha Park Library, BarFamily BINGO at Mor- your upcoming event to tonville. Information rison and Mary Wiley meeting to discuss Library in Elmwood is weekly weigh-ins is today (Jan. 12), 6-6:45 every Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. p.m. Prizes awarded to “losers”, $50 cash s Free Bread – Free bread available at prize for Biggest Loser (by percentage Elmwood Methodist Church Friday (Jan. lost). Call (309) 697-3822, Ext. 13. 13) from 10-11 a.m. s Paint Day – Youth paint day at s Saturday Movie – “Shakiest Gun in Farmington Public Library Jan. 21, 1-3 the West” starring Don Knotts is Saturp.m. 6th graders through high school studay (Jan. 14), 10 a.m. at Morrison and dents welcome, $15. Mary Wiley Library, Elmwood. Children s Whitney’s Walk – Food and fun at get a bag of popcorn and water, those Brimfield American Legion, Jan. 28, under 7 must be with a caregiver. 5:30 p.m., for 10th annual Whitney’s Future Events Walk for Life chili cook-off. Registration s Computer Skills – Basic computer for chili cook-off participants, 4-5 p.m., skills class at Alpha Park Library, Barentry fee $20. Winners announced, 7:15 tonville, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. Learn basics, p.m., awards follow. Taste all chili by some of the functions of a computer and purchasing endless bowl for $5. Hot dog, how to use programs. Register at (309) brats, silent auction, live auction and 696-3822, Ext. 13. more. Call (309) 446-9678. s Harvest Home – Harvest Home Dins White Out – EHS boys and girls basner at Yates City Community Center is ketball “White Out for St. Jude” games Jan. 19, 4:30-7 p.m. Walleye, potato are Feb. 3-4. Sponsorships, $100, t-shirts salad, lettuce salad, roll, dessert and $10. Call (309) 742-2851.

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Rambling through central Illinois pondering why it is so enjoyable to see Alabama lose. uuu It was interesting to read that someone has again proposed to name the Farmington gymnasium in honor of long-time coach Tom Wierzba. Maybe I’m not aware of some top-secret information, but is there any other reason this has not already hapJeff pened? LAMPE Certainly Wierzba is very deserving of such an honor. And what better time to pursue something like this than during a season when Farmington basketball is once again waking the echoes of the successful teams of old? Surely you remember Wierzba’s run of success on the hardwood. He racked up 520 of his 611 wins at Farmington, where he took seven teams to the supersectionals and brought home trophies for third place (1998) and fourth (2007). We don’t even need to mention the fact he won two state titles in softball to buttress the claim. Just name the gym after him. uuu Sometimes as a parent you have to go against what you know to be proper. I tend to err on the side of really big games, Triple Crown horse races, pro football and going

hunting occasionally instead of attending Sunday school or the 1,000th practice of the season (sorry Coach Wierzba). As in, you can stay up late to watch the national championship of just about any sport (No, Minecraft is not a sport). And you can kick a chair under the table if your horse loses a Triple Crown race, particularly if you have an OTB ticket showing financial loss. And yes, you can skip a few family dinners if the Bills are playing. So it was particularly gratifying to receive texts late Monday from the oldest son. Yes Mom, he should have been in bed. But I had forgotten about the latest “really big game.” He had not. He was excited. Clemson won in a thriller. Better yet, Alabama lost. His happy texts took me back to a time when everything seemed to be so important. That was nice. And Clemson’s win likely saved folks driving north through Elmwood from seeing an Alabama banner on display next to those of the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Cowboys. uuu In another life, I worked at a newspaper where the standard policy was: “We do not print check pictures.” In other words, your civic group can raise money, but we are too important to print a picture of the check being handed over. In truth, those are pretty boring pictures. So what. The point of those photos is to recognize people who work to raise money, and at

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the same time to encourage others to do the same. A few issues ago I wrote about recognizing more folks who make donations in our communities – even banks. That was no joke. That’s one reason there’s a picture of a check on the cover today. And there will be more in these pages. If you work hard to make your community better, you deserve a little publicity now and then. In other words, “We do print check pictures.” uuu Parting shot: A look back through my 50 years is yielding a long list of “the dumbest things I’ve ever done.” The bucket list is passe. Only a Bills fan (or a Catholic) would relive a list of worst shames. Here are a few family friendly items on the accounting of my stupidity: chewing tobacco while skiing (Red Man comes up harder than it goes down); giving hard looks to strong guys (black eyes hurt); taking a foreign language in college (class meets four days a week); hitching a trailer to a Ford Escort (23 mph up a hill generates wild road rage from others); deciding to become a newspaperman (also on the list of best things I’ve ever done); investing in Eastern Airlines (bankrupt two weeks later); and trying to meet girls at a Buddhist service (hard to get phone numbers when everybody is chanting). Contact Jeff Lampe at 231-6040 or

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Hospitals penalized for patient injuries

Anyone facing a hospital stay for themselves or a family member should look at new data the government released right before Christmas showing that it penalized 769 of the nation’s hospitals for having high rates of patient injuries ( -2017-datatable/). The monetary penalties – a reduction for the year in reimbursement for treating Medicare paTrudy tients – do bite. LIEBERMAN Larger teaching hospitals could lose as much as $1 million or more. This is the third year the government has penalized hospitals in an effort to prevent avoidable patient deaths in hospitals, which emerged as a big issue about 18 years ago. This year the government added injuries caused by MRSA and C diff infections to their list of other harmful conditions patients contract in a hospital such as urinary tract and surgical site infections resulting from hysterectomies and colon procedures. Included on this year’s list is St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. While some facilities like those serving children and psychiatric patients and critical care hospitals are exempt from penalties, this year’s data show that more than 200 facilities, including some of the nation’s most well-known hospitals, have the dubious distinction of being on the government’s penalty list for all three years.

Have penalties and other harm reduction initiatives made hospital care safer? This time 347 hospitals penalized last year are not on the badguy list, which shows that some are paying attention. But hospital injuries have not vanished. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says there were 3.8 million hospital injuries last year. That translates to 115 injuries per 1,000 patient stays. I wanted to know why more progress hasn’t been made. While the new data reflect improvements at many hospitals, why is there still such a long way to go? I rang up Lisa McGiffert, the head of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project who has been a leading voice since 2004 to bring attention to infections and medical errors. She told me there’s been a shift in the way hospitals view infections. Twelve years ago they used to say they were not preventable. “Now, most people in healthcare believe most infections are.” In the early days of her campaign, government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were reluctant to back public reporting of hospital mistakes and other data to help patients. Now they support it. Still, she says, “what I am most frustrated about is the lack of urgency in the country and at the agencies for eliminating these infections. They are aware of them, but there’s not a sense of urgency to stop them.” Financial penalties levied by the Medicare agency have made a significant difference because they get the hospital CEO’s attention.

Unless the CEO is involved, change is not going to happen. But the penalties along with the entire program to eliminate hospital-acquired conditions were authorized under the Affordable Care Act. They could be in jeopardy if the law is repealed. Some hospitals probably would be happy if they disappeared. Patients need to evaluate data that is available to inform their decisions about where to go for care when they have a choice. McGiffert advises looking at how your hospital compares to similar facilities. Look for improvement. If a hospital was penalized the first or second year of the program but not this year, that indicates it could be serious about safety. Also look to see if a facility’s scores are moving in the right direction. If the numbers show they are not performing as well on some dimension as they previously were, patients need to ask why. Some states and some hospitals are using other strategies. Illinois and California, for example, have passed legislation that requires hospitals to screen for MRSA when patients are admitted. Some hospitals have stewardship programs to address the overuse of antibiotics, which contributes to drug resistance. To learn about your hospital, consult the Hospital Compare website Follow the prompts to find the hospital you are looking for and then search the tabs for “complications.” This will let you look at actual numbers to help you see how your hospital is doing.

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Princeville hit with a ‘mailbox marauder’

PRINCEVILLE – At least four residents had mailboxes damaged Dec. 29, when an unknown person apparently criminally damaged property, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. • Terry Bowen, 66, reported a mailbox valued at $100 damaged on North Street. • Erik Givens, 60, reported a mailbox valued at $100 damaged, also on North Street. • David Hanson, 62, reported a mailbox valued at $40, and also video equipment damaged on Cottage Grove Avenue. • Larissa Herrmann, 23, reported a mailbox valued at $100 damaged on Santa Fe Avenue. Police are investigating and invited the public to offer information to Crime Stoppers at (309) 673-9000.

Motorist cited for DUI after rollover accident

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 5 arrested Austin Lopez, 22, of Princeville for Driving Under the Influence and traffic offenses after the 2006 Toyota Tacoma he was driving westbound

on Illinois Route 8 crashed and rolled over in the 3200 block. Lopez also was cited for driving too fast for conditions and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was taken into custody at the Peoria County Jail.

Driver injured, gets DUI after hitting trees

EDWARDS – Robert Caughey, 45, of Farmington about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 8 was injured and ticketed after his vehicle drifted off Kickapoo-Edwards Road near Grimm Road, traveled through the ditch and a fence, and struck three trees, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. He complained of pain and was transported to UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center and issued a Notice To Appear for a charge of Driving Under the Influence, police said.

Police reports

• Chad McGinn, 35, of Princeville on Dec. 29 reported the theft of a blue 2001 motor vehicle from Woertz Road. • Elmwood police on Jan. 4 arrested Neil Cowley, 39, of Elmwood on a charge of violation of an order of protection and he was transported to the Peoria County Jail.

• The Peoria Sheriff’s Office reported arresting David Avalos, 28, of Princeville on Jan. 8 for unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card, and took him into custody at the Peoria County Jail. • Farmington police about 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 8 ticketed Michael Mennel, 21, of Peoria for driving while his license was suspended. • A 17-year-old Farmington woman about 9:20 p.m. Jan. 8 was ticketed for operating an uninsured vehicle and driving while her license was suspended. • Lisa Laird, 41, of Fairview on Jan. 9 was arrested by Farmington police on a Fulton County warrant for possession of another person’s credit card, and was released after posting bond.

Deer accident

• Jan. 5: Robbie Schaumleffel of Farmington on Illinois Route 8 near Westfield Drive in Elmwood Township.

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• Briana Lenzi of Brimfield and Samuel Bilotti of Macomb.

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Elmwood OK’s garbage contract By BILL KNIGHT

ELMWOOD – The City Council on Thursday (Jan. 5) unanimously passed a package of measures to approve a new waste-collection agreement for G & O Disposal to consider. If G & O agrees, the six-year contract would have monthly prices for waste and recycling collection to single-family dwellings of $16.63, increasing slightly each year to $18.96 per month in year six. G & O also would start collecting in City trash cans in the business district and its three parks, City dumpsters at five local sites, and provide one “toter” container to each single-family dwelling at no charge. In an unrelated action pertaining to removing unwanted material, the For The Weekly Post

Council approved awarding a $6,825 bid to Dick Johnson Farm Enterprises of Brimfield to demolish a structure at 309. W. Fremont. The bid was the lowest of five received. The City took possession of the property last year after a court declared it abandoned. Meanwhile, City Treasurer Harold Jehle reported that Elmwood has received all of its property taxes for the budget year, necessitating the City to rely on cash on hand and sales and income taxes to operate. Comparing the budget to Year-to-Date figures, Jehle said most projections are in line. Exceptions include income taxes, receipts of which are two months behind from the state. However, other line items are ahead. The City received

$4,700 in December and now has $82,000 in its MFT account, mostly due to going two years without seal-coating work. In other actions, the Council • OK’d applying $23,000 left over from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant received in connection with reconstruction after the 2010 tornado to a Farmers State Bank loan for part of the Maple Avenue construction project; • heard Police Chief Aaron Bean report 23 incidents, 18 reports, 3 warnings and 2 stops in December; • approved Economic Development Director Dick Taylor’s letting bids for repairing hail damage to the Central park gazebo; and • were notified of the Elmwood Development Association Jan. 25 meeting at the Presbyterian Church where the EDA will give an annual report. Also, the 5:30-8:30 p.m. get-together will hear presentations by Mid-Century, Country Comfort, and Habitat for Humanity on its new Elmwood home project.

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PEORIA – The following area students have received recognition on the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. To be eligible for the Dean’s List a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale. Brimfield – Alexa A. Burek, Britta R. Courter, Taylor M. Fales, Ian J. McCauley, Mary Ellen Milem, Madeleine Peterson, Ellie M. Urish, Luke I. Vigue. Dahinda – Travis D. Smith. Edwards – Hannah C. Garman, Kyle J. Schaub, Mary C. Voss. Elmwood – Olivia A. Althiser, Deanna A. Cantu. Yates City – Megan A. Vallas.

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Lillie M. Evans library to honor 90th birthday

PRINCEVILLE – The Lillie M. Evans Library District is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017. The first meeting for the purpose of establishing a public library in the village of Princeville was held in the Village Hall on May 31, 1927. The library was first known as the Princeville Public Library. Since then, the library has had many changes, most notably the change in name to the Lillie M. Evans Library and the annexation referendum in November 1990 to expand to a district library. To celebrate, the LME Library will hold a series of events in 2017.

This was the scene at the Lorado Taft home place in Elmwood in 1928 to celebrate the 69th birthday of the famed sculptor. Mary Howard, who owned the house at that time, opened her doors to the Elmwood Woman’s club. Photo courtesy of the Princeville Heritage Museum.

• 90 years, 90 books – Start off the New Year with a resolution to read 90 books in 2017. Sheets are available in the LME Library to record your titles or you can use an app like goodreads. • Princeville history series in May – Every Wednesday in May features a different aspect of Princeville history. • Princeville Reads in September – This community-wide reading and discussion program will focus on the book “One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson. • Open House in November or December – A celebration is planned for completion of the ongoing library addition.

Webelos Day at Scout Reservation

LONDON MILLS – This Saturday (Jan. 14) is all about the Webelos (fourth graders) at the Ingersoll Scout Reservation. Cub Scouts and their families are

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invited to Cub Scout Days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ingersoll Scout Reservation. Scouts will explore camp, play games, go hiking and complete “Build it” Adventure. Families and/or dens are welcome to camp out in some of the cabins at Ingersoll Scout Reservation. The cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch. Ingersoll Scout Reservation is located near London Mills at 33 Knox Rd 650 E.

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• The Rev. Martin Luther King‘s birthday will be celebrated as a holiday on Monday, Jan. 16, so there are no classes at Brimfield Elmwood, Farmington, Princeville and Williamsfield schools, according to school calendars. • Thursday morning yoga classes at Brimfield Public Library are discontinued. Monday evening classes are still on from 6-7 p.m.

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nominated with 55 votes; Schaffer received 12, and 9 did not vote. The Dec. 6 caucuses also resulted in Republicans nominating Matthew Windish for Road Commissioner; and Darrin Maue, Ryan McIntyre, Leo Schaub and Hugh Schaub for Trustees. Democrats nominated Martin May for Clerk. Schaffer questioned three participants’ eligibility, accused some participants of lying, said organizers didn’t check caucus participants, and claimed that caucus judges shouldn’t nominate or vote. The panel – Rosefield Township’s Electoral Board – was made up of Kiley Beecher, Dan Koontz and Jim Zinsser. Peoria Judge Paul Gilfillan accepted them because they would seem more impartial than the law’s recommendation of the Supervisor, Clerk and longestserving Trustee, all of whom are nominees. Beecher and Zinsser are Trustees who chose not to run for re-election, and Koontz served as a Trustee for 20 years before stepping down last year. Beecher presided over the hearing, which lasted about two hours. The hearing’s rules were based on Peoria County’s election authority’s, and Schaffer and the panel accepted documents entered as the basis for Schaffer’s claims. Although Schaffer’s written objection asked the Township to pronounce both the Democratic and Republican caucuses “null and

Members of the Rosefield Township panel at the hearing included (left to right), outgoing Trustee Jim Zinsser, outgoing Trustee Kiley Beecher and former Trustee Dan Koontz. Attorney Stephanie Schmieg is at the far right. Photo by Bill Knight.

void,” on Thursday he told the panel, “I would like the judges to read the law and decide what’s right.” Ryan McIntyre, criticized in Schaffer’s objections, briefly defended himself, saying, “I was making an attempt to police the caucus – there was no ‘open-door’ policy. There was no attempt to affect the nominations.” Current Trustee Darrin Maue commented, “Throwing out [the results] would discredit the will of the people … our friends and neighbors.” Schaffer twice conceded that he didn’t think disqualifying three participants would change the outcome Matt Windish was nominated by a vote of 72 to 1, for example.

Caucus judges aren’t appointed by caucus participants to be impartial arbiters like County election judges, it was said, but are comparable to political parties’ convention delegates. Schaffer conceded that he may have interpreted the statute wrong Illinois Township Clerks must file a Certification of Ballot with their County Clerks or Boards of Election Commissioners before Jan. 26. In other news, some of the dozens of people in attendance suggested that Township Trustees consider seeking the recovery of legal costs incurred by defending against various legal disputes one resident called frivolous because Township residents are ultimately paying the bills.

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Williamsfield gets $10,000 gift By BILL KNIGHT

WILLIAMSFIELD – The Village Board at its Jan. 3 meeting acknowledged the receipt of a $10,000 gift from the community’s Ralph C. Norman Foundation, reported on local and state projects, and settled a new garbage contract. “We were pleased,” Board President Mick Gray said. “That helps us a lot. The Norman Foundation didn’t specify a use. We may use it to help pay for the [new] tractor.” A new garbage-collection contract set to start on May 1 was approved with Bouchez Trash Hauling, of Victoria, the Village’s current provider. The terms of the four-year pact are to keep rates the same – $9.25 per household per month – for the first two years, followed by an increase to $9.50 per household per month thereafter. “It was too good a deal to pass up,” Gray said. Meanwhile, revised bids are set to go For The Weekly Post

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WILLIAMSFIELD – Brian Howard was sworn in as a new member of the Williamsfield Board of Education at Monday’s regular meeting. The board also approved the hiring of Amy Reathaford as a full-time paraprofessional and approved applying for the statewide competencybased graduation requirements pilot program. Applications for the new state program are due Jan. 27 and 12 school districts will be selected for the pilot program. Superintendent Tim Farquer reported that plans are moving forward for a February bid recommendation on consolidating administrative offices. Estimates place the bid in the range of $369,950.

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out soon for revisions to the water plant, and the Board expects to open bids by the February meeting. “We basically clarified what we need,” Gray said. “We want bidders to come down and see exactly what the work would be.” In other news, the Village was notified that they’d been accepted to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program, and received preliminary plans for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s project widening Ill. Route 180. “We’re working with IDOT to get the process started,” Gray said. “We’ve waited for years.” In other business, the Board: • approved assigning water-collection duties to Treasurer Mary Rice until further notice; • OK’d the Village storing Christmas decorations purchased from the late Gene Wilson; and • set Feb. 25 for the next Recycling Day.

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OBITUARIES Majella Colgan

WYOMING – Majella Harty Colgan, 98, of Wyoming passed away at her home at noon, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in the loving circle of her family. Hers was an extraordinary life. She devoted 76 loving years to her late husband, Joseph (19132015), and to raising her 12 Colgan children. They remain: Judy (Bob) Curran of Elmwood, Joanne (Gene) Gill of Wyoming, Patrick of Peoria, Tim (Patty Hendrick) of Wyoming, Colleen Colgan of San Francisco, Paul (Phyllis Fairchild) of Wheaton, Ill., Philip (Geo. L. “Geol” Weirs) of San Francisco, Jane (John) Francis of Boise, Idaho, Susan (Ken) Knapp of Magnolia, Marty (Sue Matt) of Palatine, Ill., Greg of Redondo Beach, CA, and Tom (Gloria Knapp) of Glen Ellyn, Ill. In addition, Majella was grandmother to 23, great-grandmother to 36 and great-great-grandmother to one. The 100th member of her family was born Dec. 5, 2016. Born of farmers, Tim and Catherine (Casey) Harty, in Kinsman, Ill., on Aug. 5, 1918, she was Valedictorian of her high school class and graduated from Lasalle-PeruOglesby Junior College with a teaching certificate. Majella fulfilled her dream in a one room schoolhouse in rural LaSalle County, where she taught for two years. She was a math whiz her whole life. She also pitched for her team in the local women’s baseball league in the 1930s. She and her sisters, Lorene and Venita (the vivacious Harty Girls), along with their brother, Elwin, were sought after for every party and dance. At one church dance, she was introduced to Joe Colgan by his cousins, the Bloughs, and he was completely taken with the beautiful Majella. Joe and Majella were married one year later, on May 25, 1940, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kinsman.

This Week’s Obituaries • Ernest Bybee, 78, Elmwood • Majella Colgan, 98, Wyoming • Keith Goodwin, 84, Laura • Brian Grubb, 48, Farmington • Robert Kennedy, 79, Brimfield • Cecelia Shissler, 89, Elmwood • Georgia Sieg, 101, Dahinda • Dale Slagel, 82, Elmwood • Mary Alice Smith, 96, Williamsfield • William Stamann, 62, Brimfield • Nannette Ward, 63, Edwards

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After a brief wedding trip to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, they returned to Illinois to follow Joe’s career as a regional representative for John Deere. In 1947, Joe became an owner of the John Deere dealership, later named Colgan Company, in his hometown of Wyoming. Together, Joe and Majella raised their 12 children in a fashion commensurate with their values of education, caring for others, public service, sharing and loving each other. Majella and Joe strongly emphasized the value of education to their family. Their children accumulated 48 years of college, each earning a Bachelor’s degree. Six of their children went on for Masters Degrees (sometimes two) and one earned a Doctorate. In addition, all of their 23 grandchildren went to college. In her 50s, Majella returned to college, attending Bradley University to update her teaching certificate and became a substitute teacher for the Wyoming Grade School. Majella and Joe also served as foster parents to Nguyen Dang Kha, a Vietnamese refugee. She was adored by her family who seek to follow her example of being a generous and loving spirit to all who met her. She was also proud of her Irish heritage. A true member of the “Greatest Generation,” Majella gave extensively to her community: a decadeslong active member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, President of St. Dominic Altar and Rosary Society,

Stark County 4-H Chairman, President of Stark County Homemakers Extension Association, Board Member of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, President of the Wyoming Women's Tuesday Club, among many other activities of civic responsibility. Majella prayed the Rosary every night and was happy to fly her “W” flag when her beloved Chicago Cubs won. The family is deeply saddened to say goodbye to our cherished mother Majella and we will always carry her in our hearts. We thank her caregivers Janet Cole, Cheryl O’Neill and Bonnie Carrier, for their professionalism and personal care for Majella. OSF Hospice has been a special support. A funeral Mass was Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming. Interment was in St. Dominic Cemetery in Wyoming. She was an active booster of the Wyoming (Stark County) Ambulance service and the Wyoming Food Pantry. Please donate to St. Dominic Catholic Church Building Fund or these organizations, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be left for Majella’s family on her tribute wall at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Dale Slagel

ELMWOOD – Dale L. Slagel, 82, of Elmwood, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at his home. He was born on April 25, 1934, in Galesburg, to Roy and Katie “Alice” (Cherrington) Slagel. He married Carol L. Van Dusen on Sept. 1, 1979, in Elmwood. She survives along with his trusted friend, Jake. Also surviving are three children, Becky (Bob) Piquard of Hanna City, Connie (Dave) Egan of Elmwood, and Diana (Dan) Maher of Brimfield; three step-children, Larry Dawson of Dahinda, Debbie (and the late Robert) Ihnes of Elmwood, and Patty (Jerald) Stancomb of Dahinda; one brother, Gerald (and

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AREA CHURCHES BRIMFIELD St. Joseph Catholic Church Father John Verrier 314 W. Clay, Brimfield (309) 446-3275 Sat. Confession: 3:30-4:45 pm Sat. Mass: 5 pm Sun. Mass: 10:30 am (10 am in the summer) Daily Mass: Tues.-Fri. 8 am

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:30 am AWANA: Wed. 6:15 pm, ages 3-12

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Brimfield United Methodist Church

Bethany Baptist Church

Pastor Leonard Thomas 135 S. Galena St., Brimfield (309) 446-9310 Sun. Worship: 9 am Sun. School: 9 am Thurs. Bible Study: 7 pm

Union Church at Brimfield United Church of Christ

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod “Preaching Christ Crucified” “Liturgical & Reverential” Pastor Michael Liese 204 W. Clay St., Brimfield (309) 446-3233 Sun. Divine Service: 10 am

Pastor Stephen Barch 105 W. Clay Street, Brimfield (309) 446-3811 Sunday Worship: 9 am Tuesday Bible Study: 6:30 pm First Sunday each month is Communion Sunday (gluten free communion offered)

Brimfield E-Free Church


Pastor Donald Blasing 11724 Maher Road Brimfield, IL 61517 (309) 446-3571

Dahinda United Methodist Church 1739 Victoria Street, PO Box 14, Dahinda IL 61428 Church phone: 309-639-2768

EDWARDS 7422 N. Heinz Ln., Edwards (309) 692-1755 Sun. Worship 8:15 & 11 am Wednesday Awana: 6:15 pm

Christ Alive! Community Church Pastor Lance Zaerr 9320 W US Hwy 150, Edwards (309) 231-8272 Sun. School: 9:15 am Worship: 10:30 am

ELMWOOD Crossroads Assembly of God Pastor Tim Cavallo 615 E. Ash St., Elmwood (309) 830-4259 Wed. Worship: 7 pm Sun. Worship: 10:30 am

Elmwood Baptist Church

Pastor Dennis Fitzgerald 701 W. Dearborn St., Elmwood (309) 742-7631, 742-7911 Sun. School: 9:30 am Sun Worship: 10:30 am, 6 pm Wed. Prayer Meeting: 7 pm

(309) 742-7221 Sun. Worship: 9 am, 10:30 am Youth Sun. School: 9 am Adult Sun. School: 8 am

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First Presbyterian Church of Farmington

Reverend Marla B. Bauler 201 W. Evergreen, Elmwood (309) 742-2631 Sun. Worship: 10:30 am Sun. School: 9:30 am

Reverend Dr. Linda Philabaun 83 N. Cone Street, Farmington (309) 245-2914 Sunday School: 9:30 am Fellowship: 10:30 am Worship: 11:00 am

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Father Paul Stiene 802 W. Main St., Elmwood (309) 742-4921 Sat. Confession: 3:45 p.m. Sat. Mass: 4:30 p.m. Sun. Mass: 10 am Tues. Rosary: 8:15 am

United Methodist Church of Elmwood Pastor Bradley F. Watkins II 821 W. Main St., Elmwood

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New Hope Fellowship Assembly of God Pastor Tom Wright 1102 N. Illinois Route 78 Farmington (309) 245-2957 Sun. Worship: 10 am Wed. Worship: 7 pm

PRINCEVILLE Princeville United Methodist Church Pastor Ken Dees

420 E. Woertz, Princeville (309) 385-4487 Sun. Worship: 9 am Sunday School: 10:15 am

WILLIAMSFIELD St. James Catholic Church Father John Verrier Legion Road Knox Road 1450 N Williamsfield (309) 446-3275 Sun. Confession: 7:30-8 am Sun. Mass: 8 am (8:30 am in the summer)

YATES CITY Faith United Presbyterian Church Reverend Marla B. Bauler 107 W. Bishop St., Yates City (309) 358-1170 Worship: 9 am Sun. School: 10:15 am Thurs. Choir: 7 pm

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OBITUARIES the late Betty) Slagel of Keithsburg; 12 grandchildren; and many greatgrandchildren, nephews, and nieces. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 13, at OaksHines Funeral Home in Elmwood, with a two-hour visitation on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. Burial will follow the funeral service at Maquon Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at

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ELMWOOD – Cecelia Ann Shissler, 89, of Elmwood, passed away on Wednesday, Jan.4, 2017, at 4:20 p.m. Cecelia was born on March 18, 1927. She was received into this world with love and gave love to family and friends her whole life. Cecelia also loved her Presbyterian Church for over 65 years. She taught children’s choir and was both a Deacon and Elder during her long service to her church. Cecelia was the first to get a college degree in 1948. Though she received her degree in nursing, Cecelia chose to be a loving wife and mother. Those family members who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, David, brother, Larry, and daughter Karen Sue. Cecelia is survived by her children, Michael and Nancy; Nathan, a grandson, who was raised as a son; four grandchildren, Chris, Alan, Tanya, and Cori; six great-grandchildren, Ellie, Owen, Mason, Tiffany, Cody and Roman; and one great-great grandson, Hayden. We all send our love to her and love to the Lord Jesus Christ for accepting her. Cecelia did not believe in visitations. Her graveside service, family only, will be at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Elmwood Township Cemetery, weather permitting. A memorial service will follow the burial service at 11:00 a.m. at Elmwood Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. Memorials may be made to the Elmwood First Presbyterian Church and B.Y.E. To leave online condolences, please visit Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood is in charge of arrange-


William Stamann

BRIMFIELD – William David Stamann, 62, of Fremont, Ind., formerly of Saginaw, Mich., passed away at his residence, on Jan. 7, 2017. He was born on March 14, 1954, in Saginaw, Mich. He served our Country in the US Army. He worked as a mechanic, and was the owner of B & B Auto for 22 years. He had recently moved to Indiana. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting, and enjoyed riding his Harley, working on cars, following NASCAR, and was a big blue oval “FORD� Stamann man. He was at times like a “big bear,� with a very loveable side. He will be missed by many. He married Diana L. (Duby) Griffith on July 30, 2011, in Saginaw, Mich. Survivors include, his wife, Diana (Duby) Stamann, his children, Kristie Kelley, Jason Guttmann, Joanna Stamann, Deanna Stamann, Jennifer Holik, William “Billy� Stamann, Jr., Russell Stamann, and Savanah Stamann, a step-daughter, Lori Goodlock, he had many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, his brothers, Mark (Susie) Stamann, Mike Stamann, and his sisters, Laura Loos-Stamann, and Sue Blake. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Anne Lee (Launstein) Stamann. Following his wishes, cremation will take place, and he would like his family and friends to have a private celebration at a later time. Memorials are requested to the University of Michigan Cancer Center, for all the care that they gave him. Condolences may be sent online to Arrangements are under the direction of Beams Funeral Home of Fremont, Ind.

Ernest Bybee

ELMWOOD – Ernest C. “Ernie� Bybee, 78, of Maquon, father of an Elmwood man, died Jan. 4 at the

Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville. Ernest was born June 16, 1938, in rural Farmington, to Russell E. and Elnor M. Fortman Bybee. He attended Knoxville High School. On June 5, 1960, he married Mary Bird at the Maquon Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife Mary; children E. (Lori) Bybee of Maquon, Daniel (Val) Bybee of Elmwood, Donald M. Bybee of Knoxville and Darin (Katie) Bybee of Germantown Hills; eight grandchildren; one greatgranddaughter; and sisters Dora Jean (Paul) Clark of Gilson, Ila Clark of Knoxville, and Susan Bradbury of Bozeman, Mont. In high school, Ernie was quite an accomplished athlete, participating in Track and Field and, most of all, football. Coach told him when he tried out for football that “a country boy could not play football.� Proving coach wrong, he played in the back field as quarterback and half back for the Knoxville Blue Bullets. Funeral services were Jan. 7 at the Maquon Methodist Church, with interment at the Yates City Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at

Keith Goodwin

LAURA – Keith “Tiny� Goodwin, 84, of Peoria, father of a Laura man, died Jan. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Survivors include his wife, Rose (Righi) Goodwin; children David Goodwin (Diane Knaust) of Laura, Tony Goodwin (Brenda Ratton) of Washington, and Susie (Andy) Hanley of Peoria; four grandchildren; and brother Donald (Lorraine) Goodwin of Peoria. Funeral services were Jan. 6 at St. Ann Catholic Church, with burial at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Condolences may be left online at FARMINGTON – Brian K. Grubb, 48, of Bloomington, brother and nephew to two Farmington women, died Jan. 4 in Bloomington. Survivors include his wife, Kim (Hartman) Grubb; his parents, Shelby and Brenda Grubb; children Tyler Pendleton, Madilynn Grubb and Michael Grubb, all at home; sister Nicki Grubb of Farmington, aunts Lisa (Rick) Moore of LeRoy, and Betsy (Rich) Myers of


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OBITUARIES Farmington; uncles Dan Stone of Hanna City and Walter (Virginia) Grubb of Ellisville; sister-in-law Kelly (Ed) Gray of Loami; and mother-in-law Helen Hartman of Loami. Services were Jan. 9 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, with burial at Cottonwood Cemetery in rural Hanna City. Condolences may be left online at

Robert Kennedy

BRIMFIELD – Robert “Bob” Denny Kennedy, 79, of Pekin, father of a Brimfield woman, died Dec. 31 at the Villas of Holly Brook in Pekin. Surviving are children Sue Ann (Karl) Dietrich of Brimfield, John F. Kennedy and Suzanne (Jim) Adcock, both of Pekin, Robert (Linda) Daman of Western Springs, Thomas (Gail) Daman and Lynda (Gary) Reis, both of Wausau, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister Francis (Jim) Albee. Cremation rites were accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. There will be no services. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Forest City.

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Georgia C. Sieg

DAHINDA – Georgia C. Sieg, 101, of Galesburg, who owned and operated Sieg’s Grocery Store on Route 150 in Dahinda with her husband for 35 years, died Dec. 31 at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville. Born June 14, 1915, in Peoria, the daughter of Fred and Nettie Harris Deemie, she married John B. Sieg on Oct. 8, 1932. He preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 2001. She is survived by son Ben (Mary) Sieg of Galesburg; daughters Lou Wiedeman of Peoria and Pam (Mike) Allen of Knoxville; 8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were Jan. 6 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, with burial at Swan Lake Cemetery in Peoria. Condolences may be left online at

Mary Alice Smith

WILLIAMSFIELD – Mary Alice Smith, 96, of Galesburg, mother of a Williamsfield woman, died Jan. 2 at the Knox County Nursing Home

in Knoxville. Survivors include daughter Deborah Ann (and Randy) Cimei of Williamsfield, sons Ronald Lee (and Debra) Smith of Bloomington, and Gregory Paul (and Deborah) Smith of Galesburg; 7 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Private services were Jan. 5 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, with burial at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Galesburg. Condolences may be left online at

Nannette Ward

EDWARDS – Memorial services for Nannette Suzanne Ward, 63, of Toulon, sister of an Edwards woman, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 14) at First English Lutheran Church in Peoria. Ward died Nov. 11 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Surviving are sisters Charlene (Jon) Davis of Edwards and Janice (Daniel) Hayes of Stockton. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Heather Arnold will be officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Condolences may be left online at

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NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of ALANA S. BEECHER on October 13, 2016. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to SONYA G. BEECHER, of 121 West Clinton Street, Brimfield, Illinois 61517, as Executor, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representative or both on or before the 14th day of July, 2017, or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the representative is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies. DATED this 16th day of December, 2016. SONYA G. BEECHER, Executor of the Estate of ALANA S. BEECHER, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Executor 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, IL 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611

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) ) No. 16-P-499 ) NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS OF ORDER APPOINTING INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATOR AND NOTICE AND EXPLANATION OF RIGHTS OF INTERESTED PERSONS DURING INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION NOTICE is given to: ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS OF LASZLO KARSAY, DECEASED. This will give notice that LASZLO KARSAY, a resident of Peoria County, Illinois, died on the 14th day of September, 2016. On the 28th day of December, 2016, an Order was entered by the above entitled Court appointing EVELYN DARLENE KING, of 13011 East Illinois Route 116, London Mills, Illinois 61544, as Independent Administrator of the LASZLO KARSAY ESTATE. This will also give notice that granting independent administration of a decedent's estate means that the executor or administrator will not have to obtain court orders or file estate papers in court during probate. The estate will be administered without court supervision, unless an interested person asks the court to become involved. Under Section 28-4 of the Probate Act of 1975 (755 ILCS 5/28-4), any interested person may terminate independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the clerk of the court. However, if there is a will which directs independent administration, independent administration will be terminated only if the court finds there is good cause to require supervised administration; and if the petitioner is a creditor or nonresiduary legatee, independent administration will be terminated only if the court finds that termination is necessary to protect the petitioner's interest. A form of a petition which may be used to terminate independent administration is on file in the Court file for the LASZLO KARSAY ESTATE in the Peoria County Circuit Clerk’s Office. In addition to the right to terminate independent administration, any interested person may petition the court to hold a hearing and resolve any particular question that may arise during independent administration, even though supervised administration has not been requested (755 ILCS 5/28-5). The independent representative must mail a copy of the estate inventory and final account to each interested person and must send notice to or obtain the approval of each interested person before the estate can be closed (755 ILCS 5/28-6, 5/28-11). Any interested person has the right to question or object to any item included in or omitted from an inventory or account or to insist on a full court accounting of all receipts and disbursements with prior notice, as required in supervised administration (755 ILCS 5/28-11).

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) LASZLO KARSAY, ) No. 16-P-499 Deceased. ) CLAIM NOTICE - INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of LASZLO KARSAY on September 14, 2016. Letters of Office were issued on December 28, 2016, by the above entitled Court to EVELYN DARLENE KING, of 13011 East Illinois Route 116, London Mills, Illinois 61544, as Independent Administrator, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., of 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, 324 Main Street, Peoria, Illinois, 61602, or with the Administrator or both on or before the 14th day of July, 2017 or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the Administrator is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the administrator and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies. The estate will be administered without court supervision, unless under 755 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/28-4, any interested person terminates independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a copy of a form of petition to terminate independent administration to the Clerk of the Court at the above address. DATED this 28th day of December, 2016.

Dated this 28th day of December, 2016. EVELYN DARLENE KING, Independent Administrator of the Estate of LASZLO KARSAY, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Independent Administrator 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611

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EVELYN DARLENE KING, Independent Administrator of the Estate of LASZLO KARSAY, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Independent Administrator 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611

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TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: What is a biblical name for Lake Tiberias, located in Israel? 2. INVENTIONS: In what century was the first commercially successful steam engine invented? 3. ART: Which 17th-century Flemish artist was known for painting full-figured, voluptuous women? 4. GOVERNMENT: What famous South Pacific island is under the control of France? 5. MEASUREMENTS: How long is the Chunnel, the underground tunnel between England and France? 6. MOVIES: What 1990s Coen brothers movie featured the tagline, "A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere"? 7. ASTRONOMY: Which planet in our solar system has a moon named Phobos? 8. SCIENCE: What is the name for the condition in which the air temperature reaches 100 percent relative humidity and condensation occurs? 9. SUPERHEROES: Which superhero is more commonly known as Linda Lee Danvers? 10. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What month is traditionally associated with the opal birthstone?



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wood. A 15-foot jumper by Meyers with 1:34 remaining tied the game at 49. The senior then came up with a steal and the Lady Trojans worked more than a minute off the clock before Meyers hit a 12-foot jumper to go up 51-49 at the eight-second mark. Regan McFall forced a turnover with five seconds left and, after an ensuing Tremont foul, Grace LaFollett hit a free throw to ice the game. Prior to the late heroics, Rachel Jacobson had kept Elmwood alive by scoring 24 points. Meyers had 18. “Rachel was fantastic all night, and her 10 for 12 at the free throw line was huge for us,” Elmwood coach Gregg Meyers said. “Regan [McFall] played big defense for us, keeping Ridgewood’s top scorer, Carlie Bannan scoreless in the second half.” Elmwood kept winning Tuesday night, topping Illini Bluffs, 55-32, be-

hind 22 points from Allie Meyers. The Lady Trojans hosted perennially strong Havana last Thursday in a Prairieland matchup, falling 43-19. Down just 20-15 at the intermission, a second half of four points wouldn’t do it versus Havana. Jacobson and Meyers each scored five points for Elmwood. The Lady Trojans will take on Peoria Heights today (Jan. 12), followed by Knoxville on Monday in a two-game Prairieland homestand. Princeville Princeville (17-3) came up short at home Monday to Lincoln Trail rival Annawan, 41-37. Karlen Sandall scored 11 while Marisa Horton-Meza and Lucy Waid had 10 each. “Annawan is good. They have key players who’ve returned from injuries and have won 9 of their last 10,” Princeville coach John Gross said. “With that, we didn’t play very well.

Key free throws and easy shots were missed. We continue to work on those basics.” The Lady Princes had no problem versus Peoria Heights-Quest in a non-conference home game last Thursday, 70-15. Following a 23-4 first quarter, the outcome was academic. Four players scored in double figures in a game that provided a lot of playing time for the entire Princeville roster. Waid led with 17, followed by 13 from Horton-Meza, 12 from Sandall and 10 from Brinlee Bauman. The Lady Princes traveled to Kewanee last Wednesday and topped Wethersfield 49-33 in a Lincoln Trail contest, helped by a 15-3 second period and 18-11 third. Bauman had 17 points, and Waid scored 15 in the win. Princeville opens play in the Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament today (Jan. 12) through Saturday, Jan. 21.

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Farmington Farmington (12-8) dropped a tough, 39-36 decision Monday at Brimfield. Megan Gilstrap led the team in scoring with eight, followed by seven from Abbey Brown, six from Payton Peckham and five from Julia DePriest. Prior to that, the Lady Farmers had won a thriller over Tremont on Saturday in non-conference action, 38-36. In the back-and-forth contest, Farmington’s fourth-quarter defense was the key, as the Lady Turks managed just four points in the final eight minutes. Gilstrap was strong around the basket to lead the Lady Farmers with 15 points, while Sarah Wherley scored six and Breanna Richards and Morgan Powell came in with five each. The Lady Farmers play host to Bushnell-Prairie City today (Jan. 12), then travel to South Fulton on Monday.

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executed game for its first win. The difference? “Energy,” Carlson said. “I don’t know why we didn’t have it last time, but we didn’t. We played the exact same defense as the last time.” Brimfield had three players in double figures, led by guard Brady Kreiter, who came out of a shooting slump to knock down three 3-pointers and score a team-high 13 points. Backcourt mate Parker Pillman had 11 points and senior Tucker Teubel added 10 for Brimfield. “I actually think this was one of my easier pre-game talks,” Carlson said. “These guys knew it was our last shot at them this year and all week in practice they were talking it up.” In addition to knocking down open shots, Brimfield controlled the defensive boards. Brimfield did not start as well in a 61-34 win over North Fulton Friday. Trailing 29-25 at halftime, Brimfield held North Fulton scoreless in the third quarter and to just five points in the second half. The Indians also held North Fulton scoreless in the third a few weeks ago. Tucker Teubel had 19 points and two 3-pointers and Pillman added 17 with five treys. “Tucker is starting to become more of an inside and outside threat for us and he’s been rebounding pretty consistently,” Carlson said. “In the first half he was keeping us in the game. We were playing pretty poorly.” Brimfield was to face North Fulton yet again Wednesday in ICAC play. Sophomore Reece Teubel was also to have his foot evaluated on Wednesday to gauge his return. Here’s a look at other local teams. Elmwood The Trojans (9-7) also came to the ICAC seeking to avenge an earlier setback, but had no such luck Monday in a 46-34 loss to Delavan. Elmwood started better than it had on Dec. 3 in a 54-43 loss at Delavan, leading 12-11 after one quarter this time.



But when Vince Lenzi sat with foul trouble for much of the second quarter, Elmwood was outscored 14-2 to set the tone. “The physicality of their defense causes us to get out of our offense,” coach Josh Fugitt said. “We’ve got to be able to handle the physical pressire and stay within what we’re supposed to be doing.” The Trojans got 10 points from Lenzi, 8 from Charlie McKinty and 7 from Jacob Brown. Last Friday, Elmwood travelled to Williamsfield for a 67-38 victory over R-W. Post players Lenzi (29 points, 12 rebounds) and Riley McFall (10 points) dominated against the smaller Cougars while Brown added 11 points – eight of which came in the fourth quarter. Elmwood was to face Illini Bluffs on Wednesday, earning its first matchup with Division I prospect Taylor Bruninga. The 6-foot-7 senior had 38 points Monday in a 7523 win over North Fulton. Farmington Junior Jake Uryasz provided one thing Farmers fans have been eager to see during a 73-51 win over Havana last Friday. Another scorer. After passing to open teammates through much of the first half, Uryasz shot more in the second half en route to a career high 23 points for Farmington (14-3). “He hit a couple of shots from the perimeter but from the zone was able to attack a little and get to the basket,” coach Jeff Otto said. “He’s got a nice 3-point stroke and he does a good job of creating for himself and for others.” Uryasz’s scoring was a muchneeded complement to the usual



impressive outing by senior guard Eric Higgs, who had 28 in the victory. “Sometimes Jake’s scoring is hard for him to concentrate on because he and Judd (Anderson) are guarding the other team’s best players,” Otto said. “And I think that takes a little off their scoring.” Not so against Havana, which had jumped to an early 8-0 lead but was unable to hold on against steady Farmington defensive pressure. “They had a couple shooters that got wide-open looks. I don’t think we came out as focused as we needed to,” Otto said. “Then our pressure started to affect them.” Tuesday night was also balanced, as Uryasz scored 17, Jarod DePriest had a career high 20 and Higgs scored 20 in a 69-54 win over Bushnell-Prairie City. Farmington travels to Astoria to face South Fulton on Friday. Princeville Scoring was an issue for Princeville (4-10) Tuesday in a 6035 home loss to Mercer County. Noah Bauman led the Princes with 12 points while Justin Janssen and Adam Snedden had seven apiece. The Princes are off until a Jan. 17 home game against Kewanee Wethersfield. ROWVA-Williamsfield The Cougars dropped a pair of games in the past week, falling to Brimfield (61-45) on Tuesday and Elmwood (67-38) last Friday. In both losses, a lack of size hurt R-W, which was dominated on the boards. R-W was to play Elmwood again on Wednesday on its home court in the ICAC tournament.

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Brimfield girls topple Farmers By PHIL JOHNSON

BRIMFIELD – The Brimfield girls rallied for a 39-36 victory over Farmington at home on Monday in a Prairieland Conference matchup. Brianna Murphy hit a goahead basket with 50 seconds remaining for a 37-36 advantage and Camryn Cuevas then made two free throws at the 20second mark to seal the win for the Lady Indians (15-7). Cuevas’ double-double stats in the game were 15 points and 14 rebounds. Mallory Meinke had 10 points, and Delaney Smith had eight. “We were behind throughout the first three quarters until we tied it in the fourth. It seemed there was a lid on our basket, compounded by Farmington’s really good defense,” Brimfield coach Maribeth Dura said. “Brianna really came through for us in significant minutes and hit the clutch basket.” Things were easier last Saturday for Brimfield in a 45-15 For The Weekly Post Text Your Scores To (309) 231-6040 or email

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win over Rushville. The Lady Indians ended the first quarter with a 14-2 advantage and never looked back, holding the Lady Rockets well under double digits in each of the four quarters. Meinke was the team’s leading scorer with 12, and Megan Gilstrap (22) led Farmington with 15 points Nicole Thur- last Saturday in a 38-36 win over Tremont. man followed 15, Cuevas with 11 and Meinke closely with 11. nine. with The Lady Indians went on Brimfield is home against the road last Thursday and Lewistown today (Jan. 12), picked up a Prairieland win then hits the road to play South over Abingdon-Avon, 57-36. Fulton on Saturday. Brimfield dominated every Elmwood quarter over A-Town, espeAllie Meyers hit two late bascially putting it away in the kets as Elmwood (14-7) scored third at 19-10. an exciting 52-49 victory SaturThe Lady Indians got balday at Cambridge over Ridgeanced scoring from Kamryn Continued on Page 14 Swietek with 16, Thurman with


WILLIAMSFIELD – The ICAC Tournament is a lot of things to different teams. Stuck basically in the middle of the boys basketball season and pitting teams that have often already played each other, or soon will, the tourney sometimes seems unnecessary. As in, does Brimfield really need three meetings with North Fulton? But the tournament can also be a measuring stick and can become a point of pride. Remember, this was the tourney where – en route to a state championship and a 32-2 record in 2015 – Brimfield lost its only two games ... in succession. Trust me, there are men young and old in Elmwood and Delavan who remember those victories. Monday night, though, Brimfield (9-6) came to the tournament in the midst of a very different season. With eight seniors gone, this year’s Indians have been predictably up and down. One of the down points was a Weekly Post Staff Writer

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ICAC Tourney Friday, Jan. 13 5 p.m. - Illini Bluffs vs. Brimfield 6:30 - Delavan vs. North Fulton 8 - Elmwood vs. R-W Saturday, Jan. 14 2 p.m. - Brimfield vs. Delavan 3:30 - North Fulton vs. Elmwood 5 - R-W vs. Illini Bluffs Monday, Jan. 16 4 p.m. - North Fulton vs. R-W 5:30 - Brimfield vs. Elmwood 7 - Delavan vs. Illini Bluffs

Dec. 6 home loss to ROWVAWilliamsfield in which Brimfield was outplayed, outhustled and outscored, 61-45. “I thought we were embarrassed,” Brimfield coach Scott Carlson said of that first meeting four weeks ago. Not so Monday. Despite playing on one of R-W’s two home floors, Brimfield jumped out quickly and led 21-6 after just one quarter. While the Indians hustled and hit shots, the host Cougars (310) turned the ball over frequently. That was in stark contrast to the last meeting, when R-W played a smart, wellContinued on Page 15

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