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Thursday May 17, 2018 Vol. 6, No. 12 Hot news tip? Want to advertise? Call (309) 741-9790

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Farmington OKs waiver for tuition

HONOR FLIGHT

By BILL KNIGHT

FARMINGTON – Monday night’s predicted storm never came. It didn’t rain, either. Before the Board of Education approved a policy waiving tuition to enroll children of employees who live outside the district by a 4-3 vote, many in the anticipated overflow crowd were there to recognize students and teachers. And Inside even public com• Scent of lilacs ments were more fotriggers memories. cused on student Pages 14-15. bullying than the • Obituaries. proposed tuition Pages 16-17. waiver policy. • Pages from the The Board estabPast. Page 18. lished the tuition waiver for five years, after which the District can revisit the issue. Kelly Brewer, Kay Farali, Chad Johnson and John Martin voted for it; BJ Oldfield, Kelly Threw and Ron Zessin voted against it. None of the three opponents explained their position in open session. Four citizens spoke against it. Former teacher Dave Giagnoni opposed the policy since beneficiaries’ property taxes wouldn’t be going to the school or other For The Weekly Post

Bill Troy of Kickapoo gestures to the crowd after returning to Peoria Airport following the first Greater Peoria Honor Flight of 2018. Photo by Collin Fairfield. Below right, Mike Sullivan of Elmwood joined his father, Dr. Robert P. Sullivan, on the trip.

Honored at last

Local veterans aboard latest Honor Flight By JEFF LAMPE

Exhausting but worthwhile. That’s the way Mike Sullivan of Elmwood described being part of the Greater Peoria Honor Flight held on May 8. Sullivan accompanied his 89-year-old father, Dr. Robert P. Sullivan, on Weekly Post Staff Writer

the first of three Honor Flights scheduled this year from Peoria to Washington, D.C. Joining the Sullivans on the flight were other locals, including Paul Korth of Elmwood and Bill Troy of Kickapoo, who was accompanied by his daughter, LauContinued on Page 2

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The Keeley Cure was a boon for Dwight By MYKE FEINMAN

The Keeley Cure initially had gold in it, but the real gold was in the number of satisfied alcohol or other drug-addicted customers who were cured and the social support system from the community of Dwight. Lynn Neville brought the history of the Keeley Institute to life for those attending a recent meeting of Dwight Historical Society at the Prairie Creek Public Library in Dwight. Dr. Leslie E. Keeley, the son of a country doctor, was born in 1832 in New York. He headed West as a Of The Paper

young man, graduating from Rush Presbyterian Medical College in Chicago. In 1864, he enlisted and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. “As an assistant field surgeon, he knew opiates were used as anesthesia, as well as alcohol, and the opiates, alcohol and tobacco were also often used in excess by the soldiers ... and they became addicted,” Neville said.

Keeley’s theory was that drunkenness is a disease. “Keeley suspected that the alcohol, opiates and tobacco contained ‘toxic germs’ that – taken in large and repeated quantities – poisoned the brain, altered the cells and resulted in a disease,” Neville said. Keeley came to Dwight in 1866, working as a traveling doctor on a 400-mile circuit. While doing medical duties, he also worked on a cure for drunkenness. Major Curtis Judd, a prominent businessman in Dwight, became Dr. Keeley’s brother-in-law in 1888, and was a major financial Continued on Page 13

Founders of the Keeley Institute shown on a 1939 plaque are Leslie E. Keeley (from left), John R. Oughton and Curtis J. Judd. Photo by The Paper.


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HONOR: Flight coincided with VE Day Continued from Page 1

rie Bowers of Brimfield and her husband, Doug Bowers. Participants had to arrive at the airport in the wee hours of the morning and returned home that same evening to Peoria Airport, where they were greeted by a large crowd that included Gov. Bruce Rauner, flag-waving wellwishers and a band of bagpipers. Mike Sullivan said a highlight of the full day of activities was witnessing a Victory in Europe Day Celebration at the World War II Monument. VE Day marked the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s surrender. “The VE Day celebration was pretty neat. They laid down wreaths and it was kind of an impressive thing,” Sullivan said. Others have used similar words to describe the Honor Flight movement, which traces its roots to May of 2004, shortly after the World War II Monument was completed and dedicated in Washington, D.C. At that time, as the story goes, retired Air

Force Captain Earl Morse realized after conversation with several fellow veterans that they would likely never be able to visit the memorial without physical or financial assistance. Morse began flying veterans on his own to see the monument and, before long, the idea spread across the country. By the end of 2005, so many veterans had asked to participate that Honor Flight began using commercial aircraft.

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The Greater Peoria Honor Flight took its first group to Washington in June of 2013. Peoria has two other flights scheduled this year for June 5 and Sept. 18. Greater Peoria Honor Flight is operated by volunteers. The organization says no funding is provided by the government, with all flights paid for through donations. Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam are flown free of charge. As space allows, veterans of

the Middle East conflicts are also being included in flights, though preference is given to older veterans. Guardians, often family members or friends, help the veterans with the busy day of visiting monuments, eating and traveling. Priority is given to older vets and to those who have serious health issues. For more information or to find out how to sign up, go to the group’s website, www.greaterpeoriahonorflight.org.


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THE WEEK AHEAD HOT PICKS This Week!

s Harvest Home – Yates City Harvest Home Festival Dinner is today, May 17, from 4:30-7 p.m. Dine in or carry out, $9. On the menu is fried chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, dessert and a drink. s Movie Night – Family Movie Night Sponsored by Princeville State Bank is at Brimfield Public Library today May 17, from 5:15-7 p.m. The movie is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” s Ladies’ Night – Morrison and Mary Wiley Library invites ladies 18 and older to make a marbled clay ring dish today May 17, at 6:30 p.m.

This Week’s Events

s Free Bread – Free bread is available at

21, from 6-7 p.m. All ages are welcomed, children under 8 must be with an adult. s Book Club – Brimfield Public Library hosts Book Club on Tuesday, May 22, from 1-2 p.m. New members are welcome.

Elmwood Methodist Church every Friday (including May 18), 10 a.m. Free bread available Tuesday (May 22) at Harrison Hall in Brimfield at 10 a.m. Future Events (309) 696-4542. s YCHS Reunion – The Yates City High s Support Group – School All School ReNAMI Mental Illness is Saturday, May union Publicize Your Event Support Groups will 26, at the Yates City Call us at (309) 741-9790 meet Thursday, May Community Center. or email information about 17, 7-8:30 p.m. at ICC Doors open at 6 p.m., dinyour upcoming event to North. People with ner is at 6:30 p.m. Resernews@wklypost.com. mental health condivations required. Tickets tions in Poplar Hall, $15. Email ycalumnibanRm 131 and family in Poplar Hall, Rm quet@yahoo.com. 130. s Babysitters Training – Alpha Park Library is offering a babysitter training s Craft Time – Morrison and Mary course May 31 and June 1, 1-4 p.m. StuWiley Library will host make-it/ take-it crafts on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to dents will need to attend both sessions. $5 fee is required when registering. To regis1 p.m. The craft is Button Thumb Tacks. ter call Sara at 697-3822, ext. 24. s Flying Club – Fulton County Flying s Trap Shoot – Pheasants Forever will Club is hosting the 60th Annual fly is Sunbe having a trap shoot every Monday in day, May 20, from 7 a.m. to noon at CanJune (including June 4). They will be held ton Ingersoll Airport. This includes B-25’s and other war birds. at the Chilicothe Sportsman’s Club. The s LEGO Club– Brimfield Public Library times are 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. You will is hosting LEGO Club on Monday, May be asked to pay for the clay birds, $3.

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Who ruined Illinois? Many share the blame

Governing is a respected magazine that reports on state and local governments in the U.S. Reporter Daniel Vock recently posed this question in a lead article in the May edition: Who ruined Illinois? Vock interviewed former Illinois Republican governor Jim Edgar (1991-98) at length, who said: “Illinois government did work (presumJim ably when he was NOWLAN in office), but then we had bad luck with a couple of governors (presumably Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn, both Democrats).” I have great respect for friend Jim Edgar, and I am not privy to the whole of his interview. Yet, I beg to differ with this suggestion that all blame be placed on the two more recent, admittedly failed governors he fingers. I contend that many, maybe most, of us who participated in Illinois politics and government over the past half century share at least a sliver of the blame for our present parlous situation. Unfortunately, we have been part of a state political culture that considers it okay to take advantage—

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legal advantage preferred – of our state and local governments for personal gain, just about whenever we have been able to do so. State employee pensions offer prime illustrations. Our pension crisis is the huge albatross around our collective neck. Moody’s, the financial ratings agency, has estimated that Illinois has $250 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. That works out to about $50,000 for each of our 5 million households. This happened for four fundamental reasons: state government failed to contribute its share of funding; we had unrealistic expectations about growth in our pension assets; we made flawed assumptions about employee mortality, and there was a feeding frenzy from the 1980s to early 2000s to enact scores of richly sweetened employee benefits. A recent paper by Ted Dabrowski and his colleagues at Wirepoints, an independent research, commentary and news aggregation firm, makes a persuasive case that most of the blame here indeed lies with the piling on of ever-juicier pension benefits. And just about everybody in the political game has either sought these benefits or, like me, turned an indifferent, not-my-issue blind eye as they were larded on. (Disclosure:

I receive $30,000 a year in retirement, plus great, low-cost health care, for 12 years of credit in the State Universities Retirement System.) The examples are too numerous to cover here, so a few egregious ones have to suffice: Half of Illinois state judges net more in pension benefits the day they retire than they did in their last month on the bench at a judge’s salary of $192,000! And judges can count toward their 20 years of service for maximum benefits earlier work as assistant state’s attorneys, lawyers for park districts, and so on. A number of retired state lawmakers, several of my friends among them, gamed the system so as to double or triple their normal retirement income. They accomplished this by working for another state or local government agency, for as little as a month, at a much higher salary than they earned as legislators. This increased their pensionable base by two or three times. Then there were school boards, certainly paragons of local rectitude, which often spiked the final three years of salary for their superintendents and other staff. This increased the pensionable base for these employees, often dramatically, without Continued on Page 7

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Call about ‘suspicious’ vehicle ends in arrests

HANNA CITY – A sheriff deputy dispatched to investigate a “suspicious” white truck with an orange tarp in the bed pulling into driveways on May 11 wound up making two arrests. Upon finding the white truck parked in a driveway in the 1230 block of Smithville Road, the deputy discovered Zakkary M. Scherer, 26, of Hanna City asleep at the wheel, according to police reports. After waking and questioning Scherer, the deputy gained permission to enter the residence, where he found Cody J. Harper, 26, of Farmington. Harper was arrested on outstanding warrants from Peoria and Fulton counties and, subsequently, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Scherer was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property under $500. On May 9, a deputy had also been dispatched to investigate Harper allegedly attempting to pay for items with a check from a closed account, according to police reports.

Wiring problem in fan fills house with smoke

PRINCEVILLE – A fan in a spare bedroom filled a home in the 700 block of East Woertz Road with smoke on May 4, according to a Peoria County Sheriff’s report. The frame of the fan melted, as did wires running the fan, according to the report. Princeville and Dunlap fire departments responded to the call and helped to ventilate the house.

Correction

YATES CITY – A report in the May 10 Public Record said John A. Long was transported to jail following a family squabble. That is incorrect. Justin A. Dart was transported to jail following the May 1 incident. The newspaper erred.

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• On May 14, Farmington Police arrested Noah. D. Sorenson, 20, of Peoria for a battery charge stemming from an incident in Canton. Also arrested was Carrollyn Kelly, 20, of Peoria in connection with the battery. • Farmington police reported an attempted break-in at a shed located in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Vandals apparently attempted to gain access by breaking a door knob. Nothing was reported missing. • According to a Peoria County

Sheriff’s report, a house fire at 22710 W. Farmington Road on May 8 was likely started by electrical problems, according to Farmington Fire Chief Matt Watters. • Charetta V. Harper, 49, of Farmington was issued a $300 ordinance violation and citation by City of Elmwood Police on May 11 for possession of drug paraphernalia. That same day, she was taken in by Farmington police on outstanding warrants for failure to appear and resisting a police officer, according to reports. Harper was later released. • Yates City police arrested Sherry L. Cassel, 39, of 401 S. Dixon St. on April 13 in connection with a warrant for a theft charge. Cassel was transported to the Knox County Jail. • The Yates City police department report for April shows 1 arrest, 2 citations, 0 open doors, 7 warnings, 12 reports, 1 ordinance violation and 9 traffic stops.

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NOWLAN: Draconian measures required Continued from Page 5

the accompanying contributions to support the pension payouts. And, of course, we can’t forget the several early retirement programs for teachers and state employees, most of which were not fully supported actuarily. The biggest “contributors” to the unfunded liabilities of the five state employee retirement systems have been, first, the change in 1989 for annual increases in retirement pay, from simple to compound interest. Second, there were several enhancements of the benefit formulas in the late 1990s, which increased significantly the final percentage of salary that would make up retirement pay.

State Sen. Cal Schuneman (RProphetstown, 1981-93) was a lone voice during this slopping at the feeding trough. Cal stood up time and again on the Senate floor to declare, like Cato the Elder trying to save the Roman Republic: “You people are going to bankrupt this state.” Not enough listened, and now the situation is dire. Edgar and the legislature realized in the mid-1990s the problem was getting out of hand. They enacted a “ramp up” of increased funding for pensions, but not rising sharply until 2003, when Rod Blagojevich entered the governorship. If Illinois had, like Wisconsin, kept its funding up and benefits

constrained, we would not now be paying for pension catch-up funding that approaches 2 percentage points in the rate of the 4.95 percent individual income tax. Think what that could mean for reduced taxes or increased support for school kids, parks and universities. But what to do? Dabrowski calls for freezing government salaries and privatizing much of state government (which would reduce state employment and pension obligations). He says this would bring the unions to the bargaining table to renegotiate pension benefit contracts. Draconian; yet dire situations require tough measures.

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publicly funded services. “People do better when they have skin in the game,” Giagnoni said, adding that “it would make it easier for people to move out of the district.” He said a teacher privately told him that if the policy had been in effect when the teacher started here, the family wouldn’t have lived in the district. Ed Warner said there are alternatives to recruiting good teachers, such as good test scores, better salaries and more administrative support. Joyce Warner said since the District published its required public notice in the Canton Daily Ledger, it only reached dozens of District residents instead of many more served by other publications. So she asked for action to be tabled to allow for more town meetings with additional public input. Will Perardi, who farms land adjacent to the school complex, said people live in towns like Farmington because they know kids will get a free education, and taxpayers are willing to pay taxes to provide a good education. But the policy would have them pay for others’ education, too. Also, he offered to donate $500, then $1,000, to help defray the $8,819.01 tuition cost for one out-of-district child as an option. Board members Johnson and Martin said the policy would not cost the District or taxpayers anything since no additional expenses would result unless there was a big influx of out-of-district kids. In fact, for each out-of-district student, the District would get almost $3,000 in extra General State Aid based on enrollment. Both sides mentioned petitions supporting and opposing the idea. Meanwhile, five parents shared concerns with how teachers and administrators are responding to bullying. One had secured commitments from Peoria Sheriff

Brian Asbell and the Center for the Prevention of Abuse to help the district improve its policy and practice, and she said the school must consider four points to the issue: Prevention, Access to authorities, Improving reporting procedures, and Following up incidents with action. One woman stated, “This isn’t Don Quixote, tilting at windmills. We are gladiators – we’re going to fight.” Another said, “This is not acceptable. Something’s got to be done.” In other action, The District OK’d a 20-year lease agreement with Clean Energy Design Group (CEDG) of Springfield for an additional solar array on 15 acres of land on the east side of school property. CEDG’s Steve Smith once more said that the thousands of 975-kilowatt solar panels will be installed “at zero cost to the District,” and will generate revenue on “many, many days.” The pact was approved 6-2, with Oldfield voting no without comment. The Board also approved an amended budget that requires the District to tap reserves to cover the cost of a commitment made last year concerning health-care benefits within the Education Fund. “While the original budget projected a deficit of $522,566, we will actually be at minus$1,073,726,” said Chatterton. “This was a planned decision on the part of the District last year based on concerns in the area of health insurance. The insurance has continued to look for a more appropriate way to meet our health-care needs. The goal is to have this resolved by the spring of 2019 and will be positively reflected in our FY20 budget. “The other significant amendment was in the area of Working Cash,” he continued. “Last year the District took out a $500,000 Working Cash Bond in anticipation of a

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possible property-tax freeze being passed at the state level. While the money was received in the 2017 Fiscal Year and sat unused before being repaid in December of 2017, it is reflected as a negative balance in the amount of minus-$414,041.” In other news: • when the meeting started in the gymnasium – where it was moved to accommodate the expected crowd – spectators almost filled the south side of the bleachers. Then the Board acknowledged several individuals and groups, after which much of the audience departed. Elementary School Principal Missy Ryba announced elementary teacher Amy Nielsen and student Reagan Stevens as winners of the Helen Haggerty Award; teacher Ryan Lambert recognized winners of the Eskridge theater awards and the Winter Guard State Team, and the Junior High and High School Science Olympiad Teams and Junior High and High School solo and ensemble performer all were recognized for their achievements, too; • three student groups from Erik Dalmasso’s Advanced Communication Class gave presentations on their semester’s collaborations with the Farmington Police Department, the District, and alumni of previous Farmington schools; • Chatterton recognized fundraising help from County Market, and High School Principal Kris Mason said that the $1,000 generated will be earmarked to purchase a mascot; and • the Board celebrated the retirements of secretary Gina Johnson (after 26 years of service in various positions) and custodian Richard Schmidt (after 20 years of service).

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BRIEFS Grove, Camp Big Sky has opened for its 15th season until the end of October. Use of the camp is available at no cost to any person of any age with any disability and their families, friends and caregivers. Reservations may be made on the website at www.campbigsky.org or by calling Joshua Williams at (309) 258-6383.

Elmwood grad planning to study in France

ELMWOOD – Allison Ramsay graduated May 12 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a degree in Political Science, a degree in French and a minor in Film. A 2014 graduate of Elmwood High School, Ramsay earned Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) at SIU and a certification from the University Honors Program. She’ll be working this summer in the Carbondale office of Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. In the fall she plans to move to Paris, France, to start a two-year Master’s Degree program in International Development at Sciences Po, located in the Paris School of International Affairs.

Camp Big Sky holding 9th annual tournament

CANTON – The Ninth Annual Camp Big Sky Fishing Tournament takes place Saturday, May 19, at Giant Goose Ranch just west of Canton on Illinois Route 9. The event pairs children and adults with disabilities and experienced tournament fishermen for a three hour BassMasters style competition and is the largest fundraiser to support Camp Big Sky’s mission of providing opportunities for people with disabilities to access, dis-

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cover, learn and enjoy the outdoors; all at no cost. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Parade of Boats and Awards Ceremony beginning at 11:30 am. The event is open to the public with several free, family friendly activities including bank fishing, boat rides, arts and crafts and lawn games. Volunteers will be on hand to assist participants. The Elks Lodge of Canton will be cooking hot dogs and brats that will be sold to the public. Buell’s Marine will be providing pontoon boat rides and raffle tickets will be available for over $3,000 in prizes, with the drawing held on Saturday. Located southwest of Middle-

• BRIMFIELD – At its May meeting, the Brimfield Village Board approved closing U. S. Route 150 for one day on Aug. 4 for the annual Brimfield Cruise-In, and again the following weekend for the duration of the three-day Brimfield Old Settler’s Day festivities. As in years past, traffic will be detoured around the closings. • WILLIAMSFIELD – At its May meeting, the Williamsfield Village Board heard Jessica Hawkinson report that installation of new playground equipment at Benjamin-Doubet Park will start in June and be completed in July. • Illinois ranked second in the country in claims turned into State Farm for dog-related injuries last year. In 2017, only California (468) had more dog-related claims than Illinois (318). Ohio (226) was third, Pennsylvania (202) was fourth and Texas (175) was fifth .

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Billtown students bring tech to Capitol SPRINGFIELD – The annual “Students for the Information Age” TECH 2018 event was held May 10 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield. At the event, students from around the state showed the public and members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. Williamsfield High School students Seth Silvest, Cooper Self and Ben Thomas were accompanied by their teacher, Kirk Mustain. The students demonstrated a mobile app and website they built that serves as an online ordering system for their By The Weekly Post

school cafeteria. The purpose of TECH 2018 was to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students demonstrated for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today. TECH 2018 is a notfor-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Corporate Platinum Plus partners are CDW-G and Comcast Business.

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Princeville may fix parking, roof and bus lane this summer By BILL KNIGHT

PRINCEVILLE – The roof on Princeville Grade School, plus its bus lane and parking in front of the building may be addressed this summer, according to the Board of Education, which discussed the priorities at its May 7 meeting. “We are hopeful that we can get both projects completed before the end of the summer,” said Superintendent Shannon Duling. “We are confident that the roof will be completed, but not as confident on the front of PGS.” In other news: • the Board approved moving the June Board Meeting to June 5, when it will be preceded by a 6:15 p.m. hearing about the amended budget; • the Board OK’d a $150 fee (covering tuition and books) for ICC DualCredit courses for FY19; • Grade School Principal Julie Bayless reported that fifth grade students Harper Francis and Isaac Davis were honored at the Illinois Principals Association Student For The Weekly Post

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Recognition Breakfast May 2 in Washington; • Junior/Senior High School Principal Rich Thole reported that the 8th Grade Recognition will be at 6:30 p.m. May 24 in PJHS’ gym, and high school graduation is scheduled for 3 p.m. May

27; and • Shan Waid resigned as PHS volleyball coach and Michelle Haste resigned as sophomore class sponsor, effective the end of this school year.

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backer for Keeley. Keeley and Judd were two of the institute’s founding members. The third founding member was an Irish chemist, John Oughton, who joined Keeley in search of a cure. “In 1879, after years of research and experiments and with Oughton’s help, Keeley was able to proclaim, ‘Drunkenness is a disease … and I can cure it,’” Neville said. He created the Double Chloride of Gold Cure For Addictions. The cure was also sold through mail order. It was, however, never patented so the formula did not have to be disclosed. From 1888-95, the mail-order cure

cost $5 for tobacco (about $140 in today’s dollars), $9 for alcohol ($250 today) and $10 for opium ($280 today). From 1879 to 1890, more than 10,000 had taken the Keeley cure. “As the Dwight Institute location started to be overwhelmed with patients, Keeley, with a vision of serving the world, decided in 1890 to 1891 to begin to open franchises. Between 1891 and 1965, the Keeley Institute had more than 126 Keeley franchises in operation.” Because Dwight officials knew other cities were courting Keeley to relocate his headquarters, talks were conducted in 1891 between Dwight

officials and the Keeley Co. to work together to improve the village and keep the Keeley Institute in Dwight. Among the improvements was the construction of the Chicago and Alton Railroad depot. At the peak of the Keeley years, 17 trains per day were stopping in Dwight, serving 700 new patients arriving each week. In 1892, the annual gross revenue for the Keeley was $727,000 in 1892 dollars. By 1920, after Prohibition went into effect, revenue fell to $75,000. “The Keeley Institute was good to and for Dwight,” Neville said, “and Dwight was good to the Keeley.”

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Scent of lilacs triggers fond memories By RON DIETER

The fragrance of lilacs triggers fond memories in my brain, what’s left of it. I think of the happy times at my boyhood homes and grandparents’ farms. I know I’m not alone. The scent of lilacs is a universal trigger of memories for most folks. Scientists tell us that of the five senses, our sense of smell is most closely connected to memory. They tell us the olfactory bulb, the part of the brain that processes scents and fragrances, is located near the hippocampus and amygdala, the areas associated with memory, all interconnected. The lilac of our memories is the common purple lilac, Syringa vulgaris. Native to the Balkan peninsula, lilacs were brought to America by early colonists. A rather adaptable and enduring shrub, it has made itself at home throughout most of the United States, except for the deep south and desert areas. Lilacs, often more than 100 years old, still grow where they were once part of farmsteads and homes now long gone. Common lilac is treasured for its lovely flowers and, of course, its unmistakable fragrance. Unfortunately, the flowers and fragrance are shortlived, especially if spring weather is unusually warm. For the other 50 weeks of the year, it’s just a shrub. Midsummer usually brings powdery mildew to the foliage. While For The Weekly Post

the affliction is not a serious threat, it is unsightly. From a distance the mildew is less conspicuous. So lilacs planted at the back of a border or as a hedge along the far side of the lot may look just fine. In any event, there’s no need to spray with fungicide. Just accept the fact that Syringa vulgaris and powdery mildew go together like peanut butter and jelly. Breeders have developed hundreds of lilac varieties with unique habits and colors. Syringa vulgaris ‘Mme. Lemoine’ has fragrant, creamy white flowers and heart-shaped foliage. The cultivar ‘Katherine Havemeyer’ has fragrant, double, lavender-purple flowers that fade to lilac

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pink. ‘Katherine Havemeyer’ is mildew resistant so the foliage looks good all summer. I was smitten once by the cultivar ‘Sensation’ which produces beautiful purple single flowers. Each flower petal is edged in white. ‘Sensation’ is the only lilac I’ve ever seen with two distinct colors in the same flower. It has only a slight scent. Fragrance is often lost when breeders attempt to create new flower colors and shapes. An excellent choice for smaller spaces is Syringa ‘Miss Kim’. It grows four to seven feet tall and wide, but with pruning can be kept compact and shapely. The pale lavender flowers of ‘Miss Continued on Page 15


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Kim’ are sweetly fragrant and cover the plant in springtime. Mildew doesn’t come near this lilac so it’s a good shrub to use as a foundation planting. Plant a few near the patio or under your bedroom window to enjoy the sweet fragrance. Lilacs are easy-care shrubs. They need at least six hours of sunlight daily but flower best when planted in full sun. Mildew is less of a problem on some varieties when they are planted in all-day direct sun. Once established, lilacs easily tolerate dry conditions. Mulch with compost in the spring and apply some all-purpose fertilizer after pruning. The key to prolific lilac flowers is pruning. Snip off the flowers when they fade and before they set seed and you’ll have

lots more flowers the next year. Lilacs bloom on old wood. That means they spend the summer setting the buds for next year’s flowers. So don’t do any pruning after June. To cut lilacs for bouquets, start in early morning when the flowers are flush with moisture. Head out to the garden with a bucket of clean water and sharp clean pruning shears. Cut the flowers and put them immediately in the water. Place the bucket in a cool dark location for about an hour. Then split open the ends of the stems by smashing them, gently, with a hammer. Remove all foliage and arrange the flowers in a vase already filled with clean water. Then sit back, take in the fragrance, and enjoy the memories.

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OBITUARIES Carol Jean Turner

FARMINGTON – Carol Jean Turner, 74, of Quincy, formerly of Farmington and Peoria, passed away at 3:13 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Illinois Veterans Home. Born Aug. 1, 1943 in Canton, Carol was a daughter of Bernard K. “Skeet” McKeever and Velma (Jones) Arterburn-Thomas. She married Arthur R. Turner on Aug. 13, 1975, in Peoria. They moved to the Illinois Veterans Home in 1981. Turner Art preceded her in death Jan. 23, 2010. Carol was of Protestant faith. A 1964 graduate of Farmington High School, Carol was an avid Cardinals fan. She loved Elvis and Johnny Cash, and her favorite actor was Patrick Swayze. She loved taking care of her tropical fish aquarium, and she loved cats. Carol was first employed at Buehler Home in Peoria in the dietary department. She then worked as a waitress for 11 years at the home and later as a waitress at the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant in Peoria for two years. Jean, as her siblings called her, was a kind, gentle soul who always had a smile and was always thankful and respectful to all who took care of her

This Week’s Obituaries • Ernest E. Caves, 91, Dahinda • Linda Edwards, 73, Yates City • Joyce C. Mooneyham, 64, Princeville • Carol Jean Turner, 74, Farmington • Donna Walker, 83, Trivoli • Mamie M. West, 85, Williamsfield • Barbara D. Wright, 88, Farmington We print basic obituaries for free. Longer obituaries cost $1 per inch; $5 per picture. Call (309) 741-9790.

for 37 years at the veterans home. She will be greatly missed by staff and her family. Survivors included her brothers, Dave McKeever (Kathy) of Hanna City, Dan McKeever (Debbie) of Sebastian, Fla., Gary Arterburn of Peoria; sisters, Becki McMeen (Steve) of Trivoli and Mary Beth Elam (Craig) of Farmington; and her “adoptive” parents, Pat and Von Gregory, who took such loving care of her during her time at the veterans home. Carol also was preceded in death by her infant son, Bernard Arthur Turner; her father, Bernard Keith “Skeet”; her stepmother, Carol Jean Stalter McKeever; and her mother, Velma. Services were April 18 at the All Faith Chapel at the Illinois Veterans Home. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund. Arrangements are in the care of the

Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at www.zrsc.com.

Ernest E. Caves

DAHINDA – Ernest Eugene “George” Caves, 91, of Galesburg, father of a Dahinda woman, died May 8 at Marigold Rehab & Health Care Center in Galesburg. He was born July 27, 1926, in Greenbush, the son of Martie and Beulah Simmons Caves. He married Margaret Norris in 1950 and they later divorced. He then married Wanda M. Sharp on Oct. 15, 1966. Ernest is survived by his wife, Wanda; his children from his first marriage, Alan (and Tammy) Caves of Alexis, Brian (and Diane Nalley) Caves of Gilson, and Luann (and Gary) Johnson of Dahinda; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and one brother, James Martin Caves of Quincy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martie Caves and Beulah Simmons Caves Stegall; one daughter, M. Diane Caves; one grandson, Daniel Caves; four sisters, Cleta Rogers, Norma Floyd, Edna Mae VanVelsor and Mable LeFevre; and one brother, Donald Caves. A funeral was May 12 at HinchliffPearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel. Burial was in Abingdon Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at

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Linda Edwards

YATES CITY – Linda Edwards, 73, of Yates City died May 8 at Heartland Manor Care in Canton. She was born on July 3, 1944, in Appleton, Tenn., to Edward and Ruth (Faires) Wallace. Linda married Gary Edwards on July 31, 1966, at the Church of Christ Church in Elmwood. He survives, along with three sons, Troy Edwards of Yates City, Eric (Rachel) Edwards of Peoria, and Rob (Patty) Edwards of Mackinaw; one brother, Thomas Wallace; and seven grandchildren. A funeral service was May 12 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial was at Yates City Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Joyce C. Mooneyham

PRINCEVILLE – Joyce Christine Mooneyham, 64, of Mackinaw, formerly of Princeville, died May 10 at her home. Joyce was born May 14, 1953, in Peoria, the daughter of John and Gloria Keeley Noverio. She married Clark Mooneyham on June 14, 1975 in Wyoming; he survives. Also surviving are three sons, Keyth (Angela) Mooneyham of Mackinaw, Kody (Hannah) Mooneyham of Downers Grove and Jody Mooneyham of Washington; six grandchildren, Logan John, Riley Shawn, Autumn Cheyenne, Connor Eric, Adelynn Quin and Emery Kate; one sister, Vickie (Dennis) Rapp of Princeville; one aunt, Vivian Wenzel of Peoria, one uncle, Jim Keeley of Hollywood, Calif.; and her mother in law, Martha Mooneyham of Princeville.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her father in law, Clark L. Mooneyham. Her funeral was May 14 at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Burial was in Princeville Township Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at www.haskellhott.com.

Donna Walker

NORMAL – Donna M. Walker, 83, of Normal, a Trivoli native, died May 8 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Donna’s service was May 11, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. Burial was in Trivoli Cemetery. In accordance with Donna’s wishes, the family has requested no flowers and that memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Normal or Advocate BroMenn Hospice. Donna was born on Dec. 25, 1934, in Trivoli to Berne and Louise Anderson Gronewold. She married George Ralph Walker on Sept. 8, 1954, in Farmington. He preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 2018. Donna is survived by her children, Michael (Mary) Walker of Normal and Bonne (Jim) Fraher of Pontiac; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one sister. Donna was a 1952 graduate of Farmington High School. Condolences may be left online at www.calvertmemorial.com.

Mamie M. West

WILLIAMSFIELD – Mamie M. West, 85, Galesburg, sister of a Williamsfield man, died May 6 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Mamie was born March 22, 1933, in Elmore, the daughter of Everett and Vida (Munts) Yelm. She graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1951. Surviving are one son, Steven (Debra) West of Galesburg; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Roland Dean Yelm of Princeton, Everett Gene (Lorna) Yelm of Williamsfield, and Earl “Dick” (Marlis) Yelm of Gilson. Cremation rites will be accorded. Private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Knoxville Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Diva Wright

FARMINGTON – Barbara Diva Wright, 88, of Farmington, died May 6 at Farmington Country Manor. She was born on Aug. 8, 1929, in Farmington to John and Alma (Lenzi) Rolando. She married the love of her life, Donald Wright on March 25, 1950 in Canton. They were married for 68 years. Surviving is her husband, Donald; three children, Toni (Ed) Passmore of Farmington, Diana (Wiley) Siepel of Franklin, Tenn., and Darren (Gina) Wright of Farmington; five grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and one sister. Diva worked with her husband at Queen Castle Dairy and Wright’s Clothing Store. Services were May 10 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Burial was to follow at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington. Condolences may be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

AREA CHURCHES BRIMFIELD St. Joseph Catholic Church Father John Verrier 314 W. Clay, Brimfield (309) 446-3275 stjosephbrimfield.org 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 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

Brimfield E-Free Church Pastor Donald Blasing 11724 Maher Road Brimfield, IL 61517 (309) 446-3571 brimfieldefree.org Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:30 am AWANA: Wed. 6:15 pm, ages 3-12

Brimfield United Methodist Church Pastor David Mustain

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

DAHINDA Dahinda United Methodist Church 1739 Victoria Street, PO Box 14, Dahinda IL 61428 Church phone: 309-639-2768 Email: williamsfielddahindaumc@yahoo.com Sunday services: 9:30 am

DOUGLAS Douglas United Methodist Church Pastor Krey Leesman 484 3rd St. Yates City, IL 61572 (NOTE: Church is actually lo-

cated in Douglas) Sun. worship: 8:30 a.m.

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(309) 830-4259 crossroadselmwood.org Wed. Worship: 7 pm Sun. Worship: 10:30 am

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

Pastor TBA 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

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

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Father Joseph Dondanville 9910 W. Knox St., Edwards (309) 691-2030 stmaryskickapoo.org Sat. Confession: 3-3:45 pm Sat. Mass: 4 pm Sun Masses: 7 & 11:00 am Mon. Mass: 5:30 pm Daily Masses: Wed-Fri. 8 am

ELMWOOD Crossroads Assembly of God Pastor Tim Cavallo 615 E. Ash St., Elmwood

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

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Father Joseph Dondanville 802 W. Main St., Elmwood (309) 742-4921 Sat. Mass: 5:30 pm Sun. Mass: 9 am Tues. Mass: 8 am Tues. Confession: After mass

United Methodist Church of Elmwood Pastor David Pyell 821 W. Main St., Elmwood (309) 742-7221

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Sunday School: 10:15 am

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Father John Verrier Legion Road Knox Road 1450 N Williamsfield (309) 446-3275 stjameswilliamsfield.org Sun. Confession: 7:30-8 am Sun. Mass: 8 am (8:30 am in the summer)

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

New Hope Fellowship Assembly of God Pastor Tom Wright 1102 N. Illinois Route 78 Farmington (309) 231-8076 Sun. Worship: 10 am Wed. Worship: 7 pm

PRINCEVILLE Princeville United Methodist Church Pastor Zach Waldis 420 E. Woertz, Princeville (309) 385-4487 princevilleumc@mediacombb.net Sun. Worship: 9 am

WILLIAMSFIELD St. James Catholic Church

Williamsfield United Methodist Church Pastor Jennifer Lynn Bradford Seder 430 N.. Chicago Ave. Williamsfield (309) 639-2389 Sun. School 9:30 am Hospitality (coffee & finger foods) 10:30 am Sun. Worship 11 am

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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Pages From The Past 30 Years Ago Jenny Potts and Kendra Flickinger were selected to represent Williamsfield at Girl’s State, June 12-16. A four-foot-by-eight-foot birthday cake will be served at Williamsfield High School on Thursday evening at the opening of the Centennial Celebration. 50 Years Ago The Richard Renwick home was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. No one was home at the time. The new Trivoli State Bank opened Monday morning for business. First customers were Scott Hidden, David Johns and Marvin Homan. 60 Years Ago Ed Dolly Jr. of Farmington was presented a plaque at the WEEKTV prep all-star banquet in Peoria.

70 Years Ago Bill Butterfield, Harry McCoy and Bill Gibbs of Elmwood are attending Boys State in Springfield this week. Williamsfield grade school boys won 1st place in the B division, Country Track Meet in Wataga, taking 7 of the 9 events. Benny Smith broke the pole vault record. 80 Years Ago Elmwood folks have been admiring the beautiful Arabian horse which Edward Whiting has been driving around town. 90 Years Ago Wyoming’s south side grade school burned, with a loss of $50,000, only about half of which was covered by insurance. The Main Street is alive with gravel trucks, hauling to the Southport road from the gravel mound in the west end of town.

The Miles pit east of town supplied the gravel for the east half of the road and the Elmwood pit will supply the gravel for the west end. 100 Years Ago The young married ladies club of Princeville set out to raise $200 for a new fire siren “that would wail loud enough to be heard all over town, day or night.” 110 Years Ago Williamsfield’s baseball team played a high-class game with Knox College’s second team, defeating them 2-1. Mr. Murphy brought in 217 groundhog scalps and received $54.25. Others have been bringing scalps at a lively rate. Five Princeville seniors got their diplomas. 120 Years Ago Mr. H.A. McCorkle was married to Miss Daisy Fields in Minnesota.

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION & PERSONAL PROPERTY AUCTION Sunday May 20th, 2018 at 12:30 pm On location at 7003 W. Lancaster Rd., Peoria, IL (Just east of Cameron Lane).

Open House – Sunday, May 6 – 1-3 pm

Real Estate: 2 acres, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, new full basement, main floor laundry, home office area, detached 2½-stall garage with heated workshop. Must see! Don’t miss out! Construction Equipment, Truck & Bobcat: Ford F350 4x4, 1999 V10, 8 ft box, white in color, side by side truck tool boxes w/ladder rack – sell separate, for ’97 models or older folding pick up ramp; 743 Bobcat with flat bucket, tooth bucket, pallet forks; 18 ft. elect. Hay conveyor, 400 to 500 sq. ft. new flooring saddle hickory, 10 x 10 sun room roof trusses, assorted new lumber, “Stone Power Trof” auto clutch concrete finisher, Lincoln welder, tool boxes, tool baskets, bench grinders, wheel barrows, DeWalt tools, radial arm saws, table saws and much, much more. Outdoor items: Hunting equipment, camouflage clothing, outdoor patio set and bar set, cookers, smokers, Household items: Sofa/love seat w/recliner, leather /ultra suede brown, dining room table/chairs and hutch, 2-desk office set up with computers and copiers, 15.7 cubic ft. chest freezer. Auctioneer’s Notes: Seller moving out of state for new business. Seller: Ron Jepson 7003 W. Lancaster Rd. Peoria, IL

DUSTY’S AUCTIONS Hanna City, IL 61536 Phone and Sale Day Phone (309) 208-7659 www.dustysauctions.com

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GARAGE SALES Brimfield Town Garage Sales Fri., May 18 ~ 8 am – 5 pm Sat., May 19 ~ 8 am – noon Maps at Jim’s Shurfine Something for everyone. Over 15 garage sale sites. Not re-

sponsible for accidents. 614 N. Fairground Way Elmwood Saturday, May 19 ~ 9-1 Girls clothes, hunting clothes, bedroom furniture, curio cabinet, computer desk, pictures, children’s white desk and chair,

NOTICE UNDER ASSUMED BUSINESS NAME ACT STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF PEORIA To Whom It May Concern: Public Notice is hereby given that on the 30th day of April 2018, pursuant to "An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State," a Certificate of Ownership of an Assumed Name Business was filed with the County Clerk of Peoria County, stating that Dustin L. Polhemus intends to transact, or is transacting business in Peoria County, State of Illinois, under the assumed name DUSTY’S FARM AND HOME SUPPLY, with the place of business located at 9701 W. Farmington Rd., Hanna City, IL 61536. The true name and address of the owner is: Dustin L. Polhemus, 410 N. Carole Ave., Hanna City, IL 61536.

CLAIM NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) MARK J. KEMPER, ) No. 18-P-00165 Deceased. ) NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of MARK J. KEMPER on March 2, 2018. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to CAROL A. KEMPER, of 702 West Mound Street, Elmwood, Illinois 61529, 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 16th day of November, 2018, 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 26th day of April, 2018. CAROL A. KEMPER, Executor of the Estate of MARK J. KEMPER, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Executor 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611

cedar hope chest, lots of misc. Yard Sale 746 Knox Hwy 18 Yates City (3 miles north) Fri., May 18 ~ 10 am – 6 pm Sat., May 19 ~ 8 am – 1 pm Mirrors, weight bench, aquarium, twin bookcase headboard, baskets, air conditioners, housewares, golf bag, couch, blue Avon dishes, plus more. GARAGE SALE 133 E. CLAY ST, Brimfield Fri., May 18 ~ 8 AM – 5 PM Sat., May 19 ~ 8 AM – Noon Computer stand, holiday décor, pre-lit Christmas Tree, bike, clothes, kitchen table w/ chairs, antiques, knick knacks, tools, etc. Not responsible for accidents.

CAMPING • CAMPGROUND: Happy Hollow Lake, Knox County, private campground. We have several spots open. Water, electric, dump station $490 year. Call Stan at (309) 678 1636.

FOR SALE • GRAIN BINS & HAY: Grain bins, 3,500-bushel grain bins, 18 ft. diameter, 7 ring, small door, good condition $350

each. Grass hay-square balesno rain, $4 per bale. (309) 6354575. • SEA-DOO: 1996 Blue/white Sea-Doo GSX, 2 seater, 140 hours, trailer with new tires/rims. All excellent condition. $1,799. (309) 696-5201. • COMPOST/ROCK: Mushroom compost for gardens, flower beds and lawns. Black dirt, grey landscape rock, CA6 white rock, 4x8 recon, 1”- 3” white rock. Delivery available. Call (309) 493-5881 Ron & Sue Eberle. • SHOES: Never worn, Propet black shoes, size 8 double wide, velcro straps, mens or ladies. $30 (309) 742-8914. • BOAT MOTOR: Johnson 9.9 short-shaft tiller motor. (309) 231-6040.

HELP WANTED • TRUCK DRIVERS: Must have CDL. Stahl Ready Mix Concrete, Wyoming, IL. Apply in person. • ASPHALT CREW: Hoerr’s Blacktop & Sealcoating LLC, hiring asphalting crew. CDL re-

quired, asphalting experience a plus. Apply in person at Wayne Printing, 7917 N. Kickapoo Edwards Rd, Kickapoo, IL. 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. • SHOP EMPLOYEE: Part Time Shop Employee - Apply In Person at Phoenix Industries, Inc., 447 West Fulton St., Farmington, Monday-Friday.

FOR RENT • COMMERCIAL PROPERTY: For rent in downtown Farmington, $500 per month plus utilities. (309) 224-1002.

SERVICES • SALVAGE: Buying junk autos, farm equipment. Appliance pick-up. Call Doug Lofgren at Spoon River Salvage (309) 299-8531. • SALVAGE: Paying CASH for unwanted cars, trucks, and vans. FAST FREE PICKUP CALL (309) 879 2317 or 337 6596. • MOWING: 20 yrs. experience, commercial grade equipment, discount prices (especially in Brimfield area), free quotes. (309) 657-6142.

• MOWING: Looking for yards to mow in Elmwood. Call/text (309) 415-0296. Thank you!

WANTED • OLD HOUSE: Looking for an old, large house to move to our property. Preferably a house with good character such as Victorian, farmhouse, etc. Needs to be located in the Princeville, Brimfield or Kickapoo area. Doesn’t have to be in perfect shape, just structurally sound. We’ll pay to have it moved. 309-369-1675. • DUCK DECOYS: Seeking wooden duck decoys, wooden duck calls. Call (309) 2316040.

THANK YOU • THANKS: Thank for the many acts of kindness, cards and for those who attended the memorial. Thank you, the family of Merle Williams. • FREE ADS: Free Thank You ads are available in this space. Email news@wklypost.com or call (309) 741-9790.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WILLIAMSFIELD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, Knox and Peoria Counties, Illinois, of a public hearing on the proposed budget and appropriation ordinance for said District for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2018, and ending April 30, 2019. The public hearing will be held on July 9, 2018, at 7:00 P.M., at the Williamsfield Fire Station, 200 East Gale Street, Williamsfield, Illinois. The proposed budget and appropriation ordinance will be available to public inspection at the Williamsfield Fire Station, 200 East Gale Street, Williamsfield, Illinois, from Friday May 25, 2018, at 5:00 P.M. Final action on the ordinance will be taken by the Board of Trustees of the Williamsfield Fire Protection District at the regular meeting to be held at the Williamsfield Fire Station, 200 East Gale Street, Williamsfield, Illinois, on July 9, 2018, commencing immediately after the close of the public hearing. Ty O. Landon Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Williamsfield Fire Protection District

TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Library Trustees of the Lillie M. Evans Library District, pursuant to "An Act regulating wages of laborers, mechanics and other workers employed in any public works by the state, county, city or any public body or any political subdivision or by anyone under contract for public works", approved June 26, 1941, as amended, has determined on, and as effective from, May 10, 2018 that the general prevailing rate of wages in this locality for laborers, mechanics and other workers engaged in the construction of public works coming under the jurisdiction of the Library District is the same as determined by the Department of Labor of the State of Illinois for Peoria County as of September 2017. A copy of the full resolution and the Department of labor determination is available for inspection by any interested party in the main office of the Library District at 207 North Walnut Avenue, Princeville, Illinois, and to any employer or association of employers and any person or association of employees who have filed, or file their names and addresses, requesting copies of the same. Lillie M. Evans Library District By: Deb Givens Secretary of the Board of Trustees

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TRACK: E-B 4x800 loses McCauley to injury Continued from Page 24

made us work all that much harder,” he said. “The girls have been lifting four days a week at 7 a.m. and I’m not sure we would have got that out of them, or me, otherwise.” Jordan Peckham is seeded fourth in the 100 after winning in 12.47 seconds at sectional, Litchfield is sixth after clearing 10 feet, 9 inches and Gilstrap’s throw of 36 feet, 8.25 inches has her 15th. If all goes well at state, Farmington has a shot at a team trophy, something the school has never accomplished. E-B also has a shot at state medals based on sectional rankings. Heading the list is Junior Zofia LeHew, who cleared 5-4 to win the sectional and is seeded fourth. The Lady Trojans’ 4x800 relay is seeded sixth after posting a seasonbest time of 10:11.12 to win at sectional. But the team will be without

senior Emily McCauley, who learned Monday she will be sidelined with a hip injury, coach Marcy Brugger said. Junior Alexa Perrow will run in her place today, May 17, but will be replaced by Sadie Rumbold on Saturday if the team reaches the finals. That’s because Perrow placed second in the 3,200 at sectional in 12:16.11 and is seeded 15th in that event, which is run Saturday. The other 4x800 members, who also qualified last year, are sophomores Greta Inskeep, Kate Meyers and Julie Dunkel. Dunkel also qualified in the 800 after placing third at sectional (2:24.59) to earn a No. 9 seed, and was on E-B’s 4x400 relay, which was fourth at sectional in 4:12.34 and is seeded 10th. Other 4x400 members are freshman Megan Bowers, sophomore Carleigh Comerford

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and LeHew. “Our 4x400 was a very pleasant surprise,” Brugger said. “It’s something we though could happen all year, but it took us to the last meet to put it all together.” Bowers was fourth in the 400 in 1:01.39 to reach Charleston. She is seeded 18th. Other state qualifiers include junior Emily Green of Princeville, who was second in the 100 hurdles at sectional in 17.11 and is seeded 27th. Her freshman teammate Carrie Gill was third at sectional in the 300 low hurdles in 48.67. Gill ranks 18th. Freshman Libby Martin is 16th in the 100 after placing third (12.89) at sectional. • Boys – Local boys teams will compete at the Class 1A Knoxville Sectional Friday, May 18. Field events start at 4 p.m. with running events at 5:30.

Anything But Household Auction Saturday, May 19 @ 9am This is an abbreviated list, make sure you check auctionzip.com or my facebook page for updates and pictures. Vehicles, trailers: 2005 Suzuki Blvd. C50T 6,800 miles, Fairing, driving lights, crash bars, floor boards, luggage rack and original windshield (nice bike), 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab SLT 4x4 4.7L V-8 164,000 miles, heated seats, 2000 30’ Layton travel trailer w/ 14’ slide out, Gooseneck trailer w/ 20’ deck 5’ beaver tail, dual axles, 5x8 single axle tilt bed trailer w/ title, Lawn mowers: John Deere 850 A, Prowler/Encore K850 PFC, John Deere GX 345, John Deere Z465, Cub Cadet LTZ 1050 garden tractor w/ 50” deck & 191 hours, Cub Cadet RTZ 50 zero turn mower w/ 50” deck & 385 hours, new EGO 56V 21” self propelled mower w/ battery & charger, Troy Bilt 21” self propelled push mower, Toro 6.5 hp push mower, Tools and misc.: insulated garage door w/ opener, track and window, 3 rolls of used snow fence, squirrel cage fan, trap thrower, 25’ dual axle gooseneck trailer, bumper hitch camper, a large assortment of riding mowers ( should be a nice selection of really good zero turn mowers, several hayracks of good tools and support materials, weedeaters, Snap On tool chest, fishing poles, floor jack, horse tack, appliance dolly, under ground fence, log chains, live traps, Troy Bilt edger, Craftsman front tine tiller, lawn sweeper, pull type sprayer, Generac power washer, Southland tiller, Echo chainsaw, Dolmar 112 chainsaw, 50+ T posts, 9 RR ties, 8’ cattle gate, yard swing, 1983 Honda V-45 Magna (parts only), Dewalt DW 708 miter saw, Troy Bilt leaf blower, Blacktop 360 tailgate grill, new Arctic Edge 30 lb cylinder of 134A refrigerant, Matco Budd wheel set MST 1944 missing one socket, Willie Butler and others owners

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home run and Smith hit 2-for-3. In the nightcap, the Lady Indians, down 3-0 in the sixth, got a lift with Grace LaFollett’s two-run homer, but were stalled after that as three team hits (Gilles a double and Lindsey Stenger a triple) failed to produce anything more. Within the circle Ledbetter fanned 10, gave up six hits and walked one. “Beating Limestone was good, and we lost to a very good Rock Island team. We’ve played a lot of good competition this season, which we hope will help us in the post season,” coach Kurt Juerjens said. Prior to that, B-E pitched and hit to an easy 11-1 Prairieland win over South Fulton on the road on May 10. Haley Wallace pitched to seven hits, seven strikeouts and no free passes, while helping her cause with a double and an RBI. Noll and Hannah Yemm also had a double and an RBI, Ledbetter hit a double and had two RBI while Gilles drove in three. And on May 9, B-E crushed Prairieland rival Abingdon Avon 150 on the road, with Roll whiffing nine. A 13-hit attack included a homer and four RBI from Ledbetter, three RBI from Yemm and two RBI from Stenger. Farmington Farmington’s 7-15 season ended with a 4-3 regional setback at Rushville on Monday to the host team. The Lady Farmers gave up three in the first and one in the second, fought back to a 4-3 deficit but were victimized by rain that would even-

tually end the game after five innings. Nicole Hahn’s pitching kept things close that included three strikeouts. Carly Behrens drove in a run, and Kayla Wiedemann hit a double in the offensive effort. “We graduate three seniors that helped to keep us competitive, but we look forward to a good amount of returning players next season who will return a lot of varsity playing experience,” coach Jeni Fauser said. Farmington finished regular season play last Friday on the road with a 2-0 Prairieland setback to Abingdon-Avon. Good team defense and Hahn’s pitching (six strikeouts, seven hits and two walks) gave the team a chance, but the Lady Farmers couldn’t cross the plate. The Lady Farmers stomped nonconference foe Galva 12-2 last Tuesday at home in a five-inning win. Hahn struck out four, while Erica Pasley, Emily Kieswetter, Hahn, Kloey Wheeler, Carly Behrens, Sydney Johnson and Macie Sprague each drove in a run. Princeville Princeville played solid in taking two non-conference wins last week. Down 5-0 to Midwest Central after two at home lon May 10, Haley Holt slammed the door on the guests from the third inning on. One run in the third and five in the final at bat, capped by Caitlin Pullen’s two-run double, led to the Lady Princes walking off with the win. Also aiding the offense were an RBI and a double from Emma Lane, a Trinity Lance and Melissa Martin RBI and a 2-for-3 hitting line from

Molly Davis. Key hits along with Holt fanning three resulted in a 4-1 win over Eureka on the road on May 9. Emma Lane drove in two runs and had a triple. Holt helped her cause with an RBI and a double, and Pullen hit 3 -or-4. “We’re playing pretty well right now,” coach Chad Gardner said. ROWVA-Williamsfield The Cougars dropped a 5-3 nonconference matchup with Knoxville May 9 at home. The Lady Cougars fought back to a tie at three in the fifth, but the visitors got their winning runs in the seventh. Katelyn Aldred’s pitching of eight hits, six strikeouts and just two walks gave R-W a chance. Additionally, she had a 3-for-3 hitting line. Alivia Alford added offense with two RBI and a triple. R-W took a 4-1 ICAC decision over Illini Bluffs May 8. The Lady Cougars got all of their runs in a sixth-inning outburst. Aldred got the job done from the circle, scattering seven hits, walking one and fanning two. Calyn Garza drove in two. Mallory Shea and Alford each drove in one. Tina Foglesong hit a double. “We were very satisfied to defeat a traditionally strong program like IB. We will continue to progress as long as we can keep our defensive mistakes to a minimum,” coach Joel Zaiser said. “Timely hitting and quality at bats have been a strong point for us this season, and Tina Foglesong’s pitching, along with her example for the younger pitchers, is a difference maker.”

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SPRING SPORTS SHOTS – By Dave Giagnoni

Farmington junior Sarah Litchfield readies for a vault Friday at Farmington’s Class 1A Sectional under the careful watch of Coach Toby Vallas (center). ElmwoodBrimfield’s Zofia LeHew cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump at the Farmington Sectional.

Farmington’s Megan Gilstrap tosses the shotput en route to a first-place finish (with a throw of 36 feet, 8.25 inches) at last week’s Farmington Sectional.

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Indians, Cougars look ready for playoffs By JEFF LAMPE

Brimfield-Elmwood and ROWVA-Wethersfield ended their baseball seasons with strong tuneups for the IHSA postseason, which for local teams started Wednesday. Brimfield-Elmwood Worried that a scheduled Saturday game was going to be rained out, Indians coach Brandon Porter quickly arranged a Friday game at big-school Galesburg. That proved to be a good move for the Indians (23-5), who tallied two runs in the sixth to win, 86. Tyler Wessels plated both of the final two runs with a triple and finished with four RBI and a 3-for-4 showing at the plate that also included two doubles. Caileb Johnson had hits in two at-bats and Cale Weekly Post Staff Writer

Thompson was 2-for-3 vs. Galesburg. Six Brimfield pitchers made appearances in the game, with Wessels closing out the win for Johnson. After that rousing win, the rain held off long enough for B-E to get in its Saturday game, a 12-7 home win over Midwest Central. Sam Hedrick, Wessels and Thompson all had twohit games for the Indians while Kyle Doubet added a three-RBI triple. Hedrick scored three runs. Wessels scattered seven hits and seven runs to get the win on the mound. Next up for B-E was a scheduled regional opener on Wednesday, May 16, vs. Farmington at Brimfield. Winner of that game plays Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. vs. the winner between Deer Creek-Macki-

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naw and Midwest Central. ROWVA-Williamsfield The Cougars (20-9-1) were on a hitting tear to close the regular season, racking up three wins by a combined tally of 42-14. The finale was a 14-9 win over Kewanee on May 11, which was highlighted by Tucker Sams’ five-RBI game. Sams was 3-for-3 with a triple. Jason Clark had three hits and two doubles with four RBI and Dane Libby added two hits. Clark and Sams handled the pitching duties. In a 12-2 win over Monmouth United on May 10, Austin Batterson, Clark and Charlie Gibbons had two hits apiece. Gibbons drove in three runs. Dane Libby allowed just one hit in four innings and fanned five. And on May 9, the Cougars topped West Central 16-3. Gibbons homered and had four RBI and Clark was 3-for-

4 with a double, drove in three runs and scored three times. Gibbons also got the win on the hill, fanning seven and allowing seven hits in five innings. R-W was to open Wednesday, May 16, vs. Augusta Southeastern at Cuba. The winner plays Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. vs. the Illini BluffsNorth Fulton winner. Farmington Farmington (7-14) closed the regular season with a 9-2 win over Galva on May 8. The Farmers were scheduled to open Wednesday vs. B-E at the Brimfield Regional. Princeville The Princes (15-13) have been off since May 7. Princeville opens postseason play today, May 17, vs. Serena at 4:30 p.m. in the Class 1A Ottawa Marquette Regional.

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the 800, but unfortunately for him, so did both runners who finished ahead of him, including winner Chase Provost of Kankakee Bishop McNamara in a sizzling 2:05.37. Both runners ahead of Harmon in the 1,600 also topped the Class 8A state record, with the winner clocking in at 4:35.25. But Harmon earned some bragging rights of his own. His 4:39.76 is fastest by any Brimfield or Elmwood runner has posted in junior high, according to statistics mogul Dan Benesch of Elmwood. The previous best was a 4:50.69 in 1990 by Bill Gillespie of – which earned him first place that year. Other local medalists

over the weekend included: • Class 8A Girls – Elynn Peterson of Brimfield was fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.78) and so was Brimfield’s 4x400 relay (4:30.69) of Peterson, Sophie Bedell, Carley Jones and Addie Symonds. • Class 7A Girls – Carolyn German of Williamsfield was fourth in the shotput with a throw of 28-10.25. • Class 8A Boys – Denver Hoerr of Princeville was fifth in the 1,600 (4:50.88) while teammate Gage Devries was sixth in discus with a throw of 123-0 feet.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Welker wins two titles

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GIRLS TRACK SECTIONALS

Kickapoo 8th grader first in 100, 200 By JEFF LAMPE

EAST PEORIA – Not even the weather could stop Aliza Welker in her pursuit of more junior high state track meet glory. The decorated Kickapoo St. Mary’s school eighth-grader added to her already impressive trophy collection with three more medals last weekend at the IESA Class A state track meet at the EastSide Centre. Welker won the 100 meter dash in a time of 12.61 seconds and then, after rainstorms forced cancellation of some finals, was declared champion in the 200 virtue of her winning time of 26.04 in a heat race. Welker also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 1 Weekly Post Staff Writer

Aliza Welker is all smiles after yet another successful IESA state track meet.

inch. All three athletes who finished ahead of her in the event bettered the state record. Thanks to Welker’s efforts, St. Mary’s placed fifth overall in Class A. The meet concludes a very successful IESA career for Welker, who in 7th grade won the 100 (12.99) and 200 (26.07) and was fourth

in long jump (16-02). She also won the 100 as a 6th grader (13.19). Joining Welker with three medals at the state meet was Brimfield eighth-grader Thomas Harmon, who was third in the 800 (2:06.22) and 1,600 (4:39.76) and eighth in the 400 (55.04). Harmon broke the Class 8A state record in Continued on Page 23

Brimfield opens with win Softball playoffs underway, baseball next By PHIL JOHNSON

Brimfield-Elmwood advanced to a Class 2A regional softball final on Saturday after winning its opening-round game on Tuesday. B-E (27-3) rolled past Kewanee,110, as Alyssa Roll fanned eight in a two-hitter and Delaney Smith drove in four runs and had a home run. Montana Ledbetter also homered. B-E plays Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wethersfield against the host team or Knoxville, who were to play Wednesday. Princeville (18-12) was to play Galva at Williamsfield, where the host Cougars (14-19) were to play Stark County. Those games were delayed from Tuesday to Wednesday, with the winners meeting Saturday at 11 a.m. in Williamsfield for the Class 1A title. For The Weekly Post

The Lady Indians finished regular season play last Friday at Limestone in invitational play by topping the Lady Brimfield-Elmwood

Roll

Smith

Rockets 7-3, then being nipped by Rock Island 3-2. In the opener, the Lady Indians built a 5-1 lead through five, when Limestone threatened with two in the sixth, but B-E answered with two in the top of the seventh. Roll’s pitching was too much for the Lady Rockets with seven strikeouts, three walks and just five hits. B-E punished Limestone with home runs. Ledbetter went 3 for 3 with one of those homers and three RBI, while Olivia Gilles was 2 for 4 with two RBI and a homer. Maddie Noll also had a Continued on Page 21

Farmington senior Jordan Peckham won the 100 at last Thursday’s Class 1A sectional and was anchor for the Lady Farmers’ winning relays in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. Photos by Dave Giagnoni.

Champions ... eventually

Peckham leads relay sweep, wins 100

“The same thing happened at the sectional last year at Orion,” Vallas said. “We hung up results all night and tons of peoFARMINGTON – As the sectional wound to a close last Thursday, the Farm- ple and coaches were looking at it and noington girls track program was satisfied, if body noticed. But (the IHSA) called not ecstatic. With wins in three relays and (Farmington athletic director Eric individual titles for Jordan Peckham (100- Matthews) the next morning and said, ‘This is wrong.’” meter dash), Sarah LitchWhat was right for Farmfield (pole vault) and ington was its impressive Megan Gilstrap (shot put), sprint relay quartet of junior the Lady Farmers had Litchfield and seniors Haley maximized their point poHuls and sisters Jordan and tential. Payton Peckham. But it wasn’t until the The foursome won the following morning, after a 4x100 (50.37), 4x200 call from the IHSA, that (1:46.63) and 4x400 the track athletes could re(4:05.73). Heading into ally celebrate. today’s Class 1A state meet Instead of placing secat Eastern Illinois University, ond in the Class 1A secthe Lady Farmers are seeded tional, as results indicated first in the 4x400, second in on Thursday, the Farmingthe 4x200 and fourth in the ton girls learned they had 4x100. Field events start at won their first title since 10 a.m. with running events 1994 according to IHSA scheduled for an 11 a.m. gun. records. Farmington is hoping the The issue, explained Sarah Litchfield won in pole state meet follows a path coach Toby Vallas, was vault at the sectional after more similar to two years that a machine used to clearing 10 feet, 9 inches. ago, when the Lady Farmscore the meet tallied reers relays earned three sults for the top eight finishers in each event. For IHSA sectionals, medals. Last year, Farmington qualified but did not medal in an injury-plagued only the top six places should count. spring. Though frustrating, that may have Once that was corrected, the Lady been a good experience, Vallas said. Farmers emerged with 78 points – 8 “Having that taken from us last year ahead of Bushnell-Prairie City. ElmwoodContinued on Page 21 Brimfield was third with 52 points. By JEFF LAMPE

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