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24 December - 30 December 2009

COMMENTARY FROM THE PUBLISHER
Another Christmas season is here. Another year is coming to an end. I regularly ask myself, where did the time go? 2009 was an incredible year for me and my family. I bought a business, (Hello Source Newspaper). My son graduated from college, got engaged, and is enjoying his masters degree program. My daughter married the love of her life and is managing to "live happily every after" while making the Dean's List at college. My husband has been able to continue to train for his new job with the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield. 2009 will go down in the Patterson Family History Book as a smashing success. In addition to the good things that have gone on in my personal life, there has been much growth in the Source. The growth has come from your input. Thank you for your calls, emails and letters. Regularly, we entertain questions about our "free" newspaper. As we all know, really, nothing is free. And while we enjoy the appreciation and the feedback that comes our way, the alphabetical list on the cover depicts the people and organizations that pay for the Source. They are the people that deserve any gratitude you have to share. Join me in thanking these people. If you need anything to purchase, to share, to donate, to recommend, I ask that you start with this list on the cover. Each person and agency listed represents people, like us, that want to make a change in our community and want to be part of sharing the good news of Morgan County. We, as a community, have to give them our support. Take time out of your busy life and help me say thank you to these people. Through your business and your kind words, share with them what it means to you to have them be part of our community. I am thankful to them every day. However, I need your support in sharing with these people our sincere appreciation. The Source staff decided to devote some time to giving during the month of December. It started with our Santa Letters. The tremendous support of our readers allowed us to make a generous contribution to Midwest Youth Services. We went on to Salvation Army Bell Ringing, an admitted first for all of us. The community visiting Wal Mart that day realized quickly, that they would rather pay money to the bucket than see me dance with a bell. Remember the episode of Seinfeld where Elaine dances? A special thank you to the elf who delivered us hot chocolate during our duty. In keeping with all things good, my friend and I decided we were going to have an extreme "overtip" day for our favorite waitress. We planned it days in advance, gathered our money and went for our Christmas surprise. Our waitress, Amanda laughs, smiles, and provides great service all day long. Wednesday was no exception. At the end of our lunch, complete with dessert, we asked for our check. Amanda explained that because we were good customers, her restaurant was going to be treating us to lunch that day. And she went on to explain that while we are good customers, their staff enjoys that we are nice, and therefore, they wanted to recognize that. In a stunned state, we left our Christmas tip on the table. Later in the week, the Source learned of someone who was ill that wanted to purchase a special gift for his wife. From the kindness and generosity of Butch Wood (Charlie’s Coffee and Cones) and Kevin Denney (Precious Jewelers), a gift was found and should be opened very soon. The giving continued when a dear friend needed assistance in providing Christmas for a family with four children. He cannot be mentioned, as it would ruin his otherwise grouchy personality. The Mom was down on her luck, including a car that did not work. Again, some phone calls were made; her car was towed by Stewart's Auto Body (Thank you Leanne and Ricky) to Meadows Automotive (Thank you Randy and Christine) and should be repaired by Christmas. Some money exchanged hands between friends and loved ones and gifts have been purchased for four children. Most of our days are not like this. What started out as an effort in giving ended in a week filled with many people, digging deep into their pockets and hearts and giving. All of these gifts were to strangers and everyone involved got to feel the wonder of giving. As my Mother always said, it IS much more powerful and emotional than receiving. We live in a community that sometimes grumbles. People grumble about not having anything to do. We grumble about the traffic and the prices and the stores that are available. We grumble about the Census, the police, and the politicians. Maybe, the problem is not Jacksonville. Maybe we just like to grumble. It would seem to me that in spite of some of our perceived problems, the kindest, most wonderful, and generous people in the world live in this community and they open their hearts daily to serve others. My New Years’ Resolution is to not grumble! The December 31st and January 7th version of the Source Newspaper will be smaller than usual. We are ending the year quietly and have big changes in store for 2010. Be patient for the next two weeks with your smaller newspaper. It will be back, new and improved for the January 14th edition. It is our honor to serve you and we look forward to sharing the stories of your lives and your community next year. And because I believe, Merry Christmas! Marcy Patterson

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Crime Stoppers of Morgan and Scott Counties is seeking information to assist the Jacksonville Police Department in their investigation into several recent burglaries. Over the past several weeks, there have been a substantial number of burglaries reported to the Jacksonville Police Department. Although not all of the burglaries can be considered to be related, items targeted in many of the burglaries seem to be LCD or plasma flat screen televisions and/or video game systems. The following is a summary of some of the burglaries reported recently: On Wednesday, November 24, 2009, a residence in the 400 block of S. Mauvaisterre was entered. An XBOX 360, video game “Guitar Hero” controller, an iPod Nano, and an IBM Thinkpad laptop computer were reported stolen. On the night of Saturday, December 12, a residence in the 800 block of S. Main was entered and three car stereos, a full size bed frame, and several car speakers were taken. On the morning of Tuesday, December 15, a burglary was discovered at a residence in the 600 block of N. East. The back door to the residence was kicked open, and a 42” Samsung flat screen TV was stolen. Also on Tuesday, December 15, a burglary was reported at a mobile home park in the 500 block of Brooklyn. The victim reported that when they came into the residence, they discovered two males inside. The males were attempting to remove an LCD flat screen TV from the residence. They fled when they saw the victim, but were successful in removing a Playstation 3 video game system. A resident of VAS housing also reported a burglary on Tuesday, December 15. Both entry doors to the residence were damaged to gain entry. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked the residence and knocked a large hole in a wall. Furniture was overturned and closets and dressers were gone through. A DVD player was discovered to be missing. On December 16, 2009, a resident of the 1100 block of Allen reported a burglary. The back door to the residence was forced open, and several items, including an XBOX 360 “Cardinal Edition”, red and white controllers, a Sony PSP video game system, and several video games were stolen. On December 17, 2009, a residence was reportedly entered in the 1000 block of East Lafayette. A Nintendo Wii video game system, a heart shaped necklace, and a ring were taken. Another residence in the 1100 block of Allen Avenue was also reportedly entered on December 17. The front door was forced open, but the homeowner did not believe anything had been taken. The police are asking that anyone who has information concerning these crimes, or any other crimes within the two county area, submit a tip online by going to www.tipsubmit.com or calling Crime Stoppers at 243-7300. Tips may also be submitted by texting 274637 (CRIMES). The first word of the text tip must be “payout.” More information can be found at www.morganscottcrimestoppers.webs.com. A cash reward of up to $1000 will be paid for information leading to an arrest.

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Travels
24 December - 30 December 2009
We are fortunate to live in a place where you don’t need to go anywhere in order to see some very interesting places and to be reminded as to how significant this community has been, not only to the State and to the Nation, but also to the world. There would be those who would say “well, that’s a provincial overstatement if I ever heard it.” I am going to suggest otherwise. There are all kinds of walks one can take at this time of the year, and they are fun

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many years the site of four churches on four corners. Two remain: Trinity Episcopal Church, now in its 178th year; and Grace Methodist Church, built in 1910. To see something remarkable, step into Trinity and take a look at the stained glass windows, designed by Frei of St. Louis. You’ll seldom see such windows. At 843-45 West State, we come to something one rarely sees, a Victorian duplex. Back in the 20s and 30s, the west side of that

Bob Bradney is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and spends a great deal of time exploring the countryside. This column will appear monthly, suggesting the best places to go for short and inexpensive trips, revealing what there is to see and do in the prairies. www.myjacksonvillesource.com
things about walking. While there aren’t any roses to smell this time of the year, there sure is a lot of history to be absorbed. Incidentally, this is the first building in Jacksonville to be constructed of steel. Should it be open, walk in from the north. The beauty of the place is something to behold. Going on west, you’ll come to another of those markers that too few of us stop to read, and you’ll find out that for a time, William Jennings Bryan practiced law College. After graduating from Whipple, he received his degree from Illinois College. Going on to law school, he returned here to open his office, but decided prospects were more favorable in the west, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. He stayed in close touch with his Jacksonville friends throughout his long career and was a frequent visitor here, both socially and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Illinois College.

not only because of crisp Midwestern air, but also because of the wonderful Christmas decorations that are displayed. They are fun for another reason. Any direction one chooses to go from the Civil War Monument in the center of the old Jacksonville Public Square, now the Plaza, is rich in architecture and history. For today, let’s go west on West State Street. We don’t have to go very far before we come across some historical markers at The Farmers State Bank and Trust Co. Stop and read them. This is one of the fun

upstairs at 232 West State Street. Bryan is arguably the most important person who ever lived in Jacksonville, although he has his competitors. But consider the fact that, at age 36, he was nominated for President of the United States by the Democratic party. He lost, but he retained control of the party and was its nominee twice more, in 1900 and 1908. Bryan was born in Salem, Illinois and came to Jacksonville to attend Whipple Academy, then associated with Illinois

Bryan received bad press when he and Clarence Darrow locked horns in the famous “Monkey Trial” in Dayton, Tennessee, but in recent years, historians are taking a second look. It is now recognized that his ideas were the forerunners of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, with such concepts as Social Security, the regulation of banks, the rights of laborers, and the support for agriculture. Going on west, we come to the intersection of Church and State Streets, for

duplex was occupied by James M. Barnes and his family. Barnes, also a graduate of Illinois College and Harvard Law School, returned to Jacksonville and became a County Judge. He was elected to the Congress in 1939, and served two terms until 1943, at which time he was defeated for re-election. Significantly, he was appointed administrative assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 1, 1943 and continued in that service until 1945. In Washington, during the war years, he was
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City of Jacksonville 2010 Holidays Observed
January 1, 2010 New Year’s Day January 18, 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day February 15, 2010 President’s Day April 2, 2010 Good Friday May 31, 2010 Memorial Day July 5, 2010 Independence Day September 6, 2010 Labor Day November 11, 2010 Veteran’s Day November 25, 2010 Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2010 Day after Thanksgiving December 24, 2010 Christmas Day

Roger Wainwright: Bringing Stories to Life through Music by Mindy Farmer
The names Bradbury and Wainwright are so naturally linked, it’s easy to think they’ve been co-writing musicals for years. While these two local talents have written and produced numerous shows together, they’ve actually only been working as a team since 2005. Their first collaboration came when Roger Wainwright decided to try his hand at writing a musical. A few years ago, Roger Wainwright was playing with a band at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield. His pastor, Rita Nafziger, asked the band to perform Jesus Christ Superstar, so they decided to present a concert version of the musical. The audience enjoyed the show and Roger says it was “a ton of fun for the band,” so Rita encouraged them to put together a second performance. Roger listened to recordings from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Godspell to select the music for the band’s next concert. He says he was “just being a smart-aleck” one day when he told Rita, “I can write one like that.” She responded, “Good. Go do that,” and Roger found himself composing the music for a new production that told the story of King David. As a professional musician, Roger’s experiences included playing in a rock band and touring the East Coast with a show band, before returning to Central Illinois. His career has also included writing songs for a “B” movie, as well as creating jingles and doing voice over work. Composing music and writing lyrics for a full-fledged stage production provided a new challenge for Roger. A passion for the piano came early in life for Roger. He began playing the piano at ten and wrote his first song at the age of eleven. Following the death of Roger’s father, his mother decided to bring in a piano for the children. Roger’s sister took piano lessons and this piqued her little brother’s curiosity. He found himself sitting at the piano, experimenting with the keys, and creating his own melodies. Roger says he learned to play music by ear and later took a semester of music theory at Western Illinois University. Through this course, Roger was able to “give a name to what I already knew.” Since his experience was with composing music, Roger approached his new production through music first. He had the plot of David, You, and I all laid out and knew how the story would go, down to ideas for specific scenes. His first project involved writing lyrics and composing music for the story. Once a CD was completed showcasing the music, Roger sought a professional writer to complete the accompanying script. His initial attempt to find a writer was not successful. Roger was not satisfied with the direction one writer took his work and decided to try his hand at first-time playwriting. Once both the music and script were completed, Roger needed someone to provide an honest critique of his work. A friend suggested that he share the production with Ken Bradbury because of his experience writing, directing, and producing shows. Roger took this advice and says the script and CD made their way to Ken via “a friend who gave it to a friend who gave it to Ken.” Roger waited a few weeks to hear from Ken before contacting him. When he finally called up Ken to ask his opinion of the score, he was thrilled when Ken replied that he loved it. Roger then asked for Ken’s thoughts on the script. Roger laughingly recalls the conversation going something like this. Roger: “What did you think of the script.” Ken: “I hated it.” Roger: “Which character did you like?” Ken: “None of them.” Roger: “Well, was there one scene that you liked.” Ken: “No.” After digesting this critique, Roger says he finally got up the courage to ask Ken if he would partner with him on editing the script and producing the play. Ken responded, “What took you so long?” and the two began a partnership that would last long after the closing show of David, You, and I. The production of David, You, and I faced a few hurdles before making it to the Jacksonville Theatre Guild stage. The large production involved a cast of 30, a 10 piece band, and a series of sold out shows. Roger loved working with Ken, the talented cast, and the wonderful musicians, and calls David, You, and I “an amazing experience.” To this day, theatre groups request (continued on pg. 5, see Wainwright)

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teaching the cast the songs. Ken and Roger strive to create an open, warm environment in their producpermission to perform the show and fans tions, devoid of egos. While Roger might throughout the world visit I-tunes to listen have seen his songs as “his babies,” as a to and purchase the music. newer songwriter, he now says he goes Over the past few years, Roger into the studio excited to collaborate with and Ken have created their own produc- talented players and allow them to be cretion company, Bradbury and Wainwright ative. For Roger, the song is just “the Productions. They collaborate together seed” and he “loves to watch it grow in the regularly to create shows for various ven- studio.” When a player or singer comes in ues, with the goal to uplift the audience and takes ownership of a song and makes with their message. The two have now co- it their own, Roger thinks “it’s heaven.” written twelve shows together, including Bradbury and Wainwright Productions C a m p are currently Sunshine, working on DooWop, and future shows Pardon My for local Shorts. They write two groups to shows each bring to the year for the stage. They Lincoln Land are always Community excited to C o l l e g e work with the Traveling “amazing” Troupe to pertalent in the form at local a r e a . elementary Individuals schools, in who missed addition to the recent other projects. Roger working with Carry Greening, actress and singer, during a record- Jacksonville ing. The production of two can partPardon My ner and create a show in a relatively short Shorts will have the opportunity to enjoy period of time. Ken will write the book for future Bradbury and Wainwright produca show in perhaps a week, Roger will tions in Springfield and Jacksonville. compose ten to twelve songs over a couple Roger also continues to compose and of weeks, and then it will take about two write songs on his own. To listen to weeks to record the songs. Once this is recordings of his work, visit completed, production on a show can http://www.myspace.com/wainwrightmubegin, including auditions, rehearsals, and sic. Wainwright (continued from pg. 4)

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described as a member of Roosevelt’s “kitchen cabinet”, a group of men on whom Roosevelt relied during the war years. His contributions were many. You can’t miss the Newton Bateman home at 901 West State because you can hardly miss the latest marker. Bateman was the principal of the first free school in Illinois, now at the site of the high school apartments. He was a good friend of Lincoln’s. Lincoln, of course, was unusually tall and Bateman, unusually short. They must have been quite a sight together. Lincoln would introduce him at meetings by saying “This is my little friend, the big schoolmaster of the State of Illinois.” Continuing on, if your legs are still holding up, we reach the Governor Duncan home in the middle of (no surprise) Duncan Park. Joseph Duncan was governor from 1834 to 1838. Governor Duncan used his home as the Governor’s Mansion, and it is now the only official Governor’s Mansion outside Springfield.

Go another couple of blocks and turn north on Finley and you’ll come to 118 on the East Side of the Street. Back in the 50s this was the home of Sherwood Eddy and his wife. Who was he? He was a national secretary of the YMCA and in the 20s and 30s, was as well known throughout the world as Billie Graham is in the United States today. His wife, who was the national secretary of the YWCA, was from Jacksonville, thus their place of retirement. Sherwood Eddy was perhaps one of the very few men who had his picture taken with practically all of the significant political and religious leaders of the 20th century. Those pictures used to be displayed in the Eddy living room and there he was, with the movers and shakers of the 20th century. A jaw dropper. I have omitted so many places of significance from this remarkable walking tour. Why don’t you and your family retrace these steps on a nice day this winter and discover what I haven’t talked about? And don’t forget to read the historical markers. They are fun.

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People give Christmas presents to dogs. I know a guy who always bought something for his horse. So why not a town? What would I give our beloved Jacksonville? What would brighten this burg’s spirits? First on my gift list would be parking at Illinois College. Babies have been born while their mothers were trudging from Murrayville (the first available parking space) to events at I.C. I know, I know…the town has crowded up to the campus and the college is expanding like a bloated tic to every nook and cranny of College and Grove. Whatever used to be called parkable space is now given over to buildings or sidewalks and if you want to hear the J’ville symphony at Rammelkamp it’s best to rent out a room somewhere close to the college...breakfast included. I was stalking the campus last week in search of a place to park and drove into the parking lot of the new “green” dormitory. A space! Dear Lord Almighty I saw a parking space! Then I saw the sign: “This space reserved for energy efficient cars.” That was me. Even if I were driving a Hummer that evening I’d have saved energy by not cruising another hour to find a spot. Gift Number Two: tiny shelters for those poor kids who are hired to stand out on Morton and hold advertising signs. I always want to stop and just put them in my warm car for a bit. Maybe we could build them their own heated buildings and invite the WalMart bell ringers in for a warm-up. What else could Jacksonville use in its stocking? There was a time I would have said a Starbucks, but with the 3Legged Dog, who needs coffee from Seattle when the local brewmeisters on the square turn out such fine java? Okay, perhaps I’d ask Santa to buy a muffler for the Dog’s torqued-up espresso machine. The 3Legged Dog is surely one of the finest places in town to meet and greet old friends over a freshly brewed cup, but when the coffee machine kicks into gear I keep waiting for someone to announce “All passengers on Flight 504 for Miami should move immediately to the departure lounge 22-A. Your plane is now warming up.” I first get tickled, then mildly irritated at folks who say “Our town needs this…” and “If we only had a good…” then leave town to shop instead of patronizing the butter that keeps our bread baking. Business is driven by one thing…customers and, if we refuse to shop locally, then we deserve what we (don’t) get. But…if I could dream… maybe a walk-in bakery….yeah, I know that a couple of the grocery outlets have bakery departments, but I yearn for that store-front mom and pop place where the aroma of fresh bread hits you at a distance of two blocks, grabs you by the nostrils, and you’re magically wafted toward the loaves in the window …the sort of place that forces you to eat the bread. Lots of little towns have museums whether the town actually merits one or not. It’d be cool to have a single place in Jacksonville designated as a repository of local history. And yes, I know that when money’s tight, historical preservation is the first to take it on the chin, and those have been the very times in our history when we’ve lost our artifacts. Just ask the Egyptians. And if we’re going to have a showplace of local pride, why not list a few current all-stars? It’s a shame to wait for people to die or organizations to fade away to put them in the spotlight… Steven Varble…. Toni Long….the Jacksonville Symphony… Passavant Hospital… Ginny Fanning… our gorgeous parks and the guys who keep them so pristine….the Kiwanis, Rotary, Ambucs, Lions, Pilot, Elks, Moose, Reindeer and any of the other service organizations that add so much to our town…The Strawn…Imagine Foundation… the Altar and Rosary Society… Prairieland… Underground Railroad…Historical Society…Bruce Surratt on a good day… Randy the Super Sheriff… those cool bag guys at Festival Foods…the photographers at the Journal Courier…the blackened, grilled salmon at Muggsy’s…the awe-inspiring décor of Our Saviors sanctuary…the gorgeous woodwork of Central Christian…Bruce Surratt on a bad day...the sight of the town square with snow and Christmas lights…Sturtevant Hall in the moonlight…Mt. Emory’s Kids Choir when they gather to sing songs around a Salvation Army kettle…. the music evenings at the Three-Legged Dog… and perhaps even the little guy who rides his bike all over town and keeps asking me what time it is. I think our local tapestry is plenty rich enough to fill a Celebratory Jacksonville museum. So, Merry Christmas, Jacksonville, where Jonathan Baldwin Turner once wrestled a deer to submission in his back yard, where the crunch of nighttime footsteps in the snow of College Avenue remains a delightful sound, and “Let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ our Savoir was born upon this day.”

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Now that the year is almost over, you may want to explore some last-minute steps you can take to potentially boost your financial fortunes and improve your tax returns for 2010. And one good place to look is your 401(k). Your 401(k) is a great retirement savings vehicle. You typically fund your plan with pretax dollars, so the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. Plus, your earnings can grow on a tax-deferred basis, which means your money can grow faster than if it were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. Also, you can spread your 401(k) dollars among a range of investments to match your risk tolerance, time horizon and retirement goals. Clearly, then, it would be nice to “max out” on your plan each year. But during difficult economic times, it may not be easy for you to defer more of your salary into your 401(k). Fortunately, there may be a way in which you can boost your 401(k) contributions — without cutting into your take-home pay. Specifically, you may be able to convert any unused vacation and sick time to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 457(b) or 403(b). Many employers have offered this conversion option for years, but relatively few employees have taken advantage of it. Now, however, the Obama administration has asked the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS to issue new rulings on the topic in the hope of getting more people to increase their retirement savings. And this is an important goal, because many of us still need to put away much more money on a regular basis if we’re going to enjoy the type of retirement lifestyle we’ve envisioned. The ability to convert vacation or sick time to your 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b) plan can help you make progress toward that lifestyle. While the conversion feature won’t enable you to exceed the contribution limit for your plan —which for 2009 is $16,500, or $22,000 if you’re 50 or older — it may make it easier for you to beef up your contributions for this year, particularly if you have unused vacation or sick time you can’t carry over. Not all employers are willing or able to turn vacation or sick hours into retirement plan contributions, so check with your human resources or benefits office to see if you can make this move. If it is allowed, though, consider taking action. Once you know how many retirement plan dollars can result from your unused vacation or sick days, go over your 401(k) or other plan, perhaps with the help of your financial advisor, to determine an appropriate allocation of your money. For example, you may have accounts within your plan that are currently under-funded. Or you might benefit from “rebalancing” your plan by adding some new money into different accounts. Keep in mind, however, that diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss. In any case, consider this opportunity to add to your retirement plan. The more you save today, the brighter your outlook could be for tomorrow.
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Ever since I began submitting my thoughts to “The Source,” I have had the uneasy suspicion I am merely regurgitating subjects that my friend Ken Bradbury wrote about in a previous century. And as I was trying to bring coherence to my thoughts about my life as a Santa Claus performer, I noted with equal parts amusement and chagrin that Ken had already addressed the subject in last week’s edition. I haven’t let my drive-by poetic license stop me thus far and one more week can’t make too much difference. Like the inimitable Mr. B., I also have spent a fair number of seasons portraying the famous North Pole denizen. I can report that Ken has accurately described the pitfalls of the average Santa suit. I am uncertain just what kind of body type would fit naturally into such a costume but whoever it is must strongly resemble a grape perched on top of a pair of toothpicks. One of my all-time favorite films is the 1983 production of A Christmas Story, for the visit to Santa scene alone. Anyone who has ever donned Kris Kringle togs would, like me, have roared with laughter as a child was placed on the celluloid Claus’s lap and witnessed the debatably-jolly figure roll his eyes Heavenward and exclaim, “Oh, here’s another wet one!” I have always believed there would be a limited but nonetheless passionate market for rubber Santa pants. I never considered myself very capable in the part because I don’t come off very grandfatherly. Even today when people my age are grandparents, I am more often mistaken for an aging court jester. His ability to do the Burl Ives parts is why I suspect Ken may not have experienced some of the more hazardous scenarios I encountered. My mind shifts with some trepidation back to 1989 when I was asked to do the jolly deed for a Cub Scout pack meeting, bringing Pinewood Derby car kits to all the uniformed membership. Confident in my ability to meet the task at hand (i.e. walk into a room and hand a package to everyone wearing blue), I strolled into the gymnasium with a hearty “Ho-Ho-Ho!” on my lips and a twinkle in my eye. In seconds the “Hos” faded, the twinkle committed Harikari and my mug assumed the standard mien of a deer in the headlights. Almost as though they were

organized (Bless you, Les Nessman!), the kids leaped from the bleachers and went after me like flies to spilled Kool-Aid. I was pushed, kicked, punched, scratched, and bitten as they grabbed for the packages in my bag. My eyes were poked and my beard was yanked by kids who had a real future on the Olympic tugof-war squad. Thankfully I was able to escape before my trousers were torn off, a move that would no doubt have caused an even greater stampede for the exits. Aside from my inability to portray the real McCoy, the main reason I stopped playing the big guy is because of all the heartbreak. And it came in many forms. The day care center where the teacher miscounted the presents and the one left out was the most needy, most sensitive, and most vulnerable child in the room. Plaintiff cries from young ones like the little girl who said all she wanted for Christmas was for her daddy to stop drinking and come back home. And the kids who asked for blankets or decent shoes instead of opulent clothing or sophisticated gaming devices. I believe Santa Claus, to many of these youngsters, represents one of the last vestiges of heartfelt hope, that somehow this genial Jello fellow can do for them what life to this point has not. I applaud those who year after year make themselves available to bring those possibilities to these young lives, people like Ken, Doug Logan, and Kevin Tavender, who have raised so many spirits through the years. Unlike my Arenzville counterpart, I have completely retired from the game. I decided my efforts could be better spent trying to help meet needs. In nearly 15 years with the local Kiwanis Club and other organizations like Toys For Tots and the Salvation Army, I hope my efforts have helped a few dreams to have been realized, a few wishes granted and one or two lives to have been changed for the better. The world still needs Santa Clauses on both ends of the spectrum. Children need a sympathetic ear to listen and willing hands to make dreams come true. I have tried my hand at both and discovered that my servant’s garb is a better fit, both physically and spiritually. And I am certain it is far easier on the public’s nerves than a Santa in pants that look like two gallons of water in a one gallon balloon.

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It was Christmas Eve just after my 8th birthday that I saw my first and only elf. I had been to the Youth Center and was on my way home wearing the new coat they had given me at the Christmas Eve party. They said that the coat was too large, but I thought it was just right because I could pull my hands up in the sleeves to keep warm. I left my old coat there because I saw no good reason to have two coats. Walking home, I passed some beautiful houses with blinking and twinkling lights on real chimneys. I got to the last house where I usually cut through to head home. Although I was getting a bit cold, I couldn’t help but stop and stare. In the large curved window stood the biggest and the most beautiful Christmas tree ever. The tiny white lights outlined the sweeping green branches. It was ten times taller than I. In the snow bank in front of me I saw what I thought was a piece of tree branch covered with ice. Then I heard the voice. It was a tiny mumbling, grumbling, rumbling sound that I could almost understand. As I scooted closer, I saw the small bearded face beneath the pointed red hat with silver bell. “Oh, I’ve done it again,” he said aloud. “I must be getting too old for this. One of these days I’m going to break my ...” He stopped in mid sentence. After a few moments he said, “You’re not supposed to see me.” “Oh,” I managed to say. “I’m supposed to disappear, or hide, or something like that.” “Oh,” I repeated. “But I can’t,” he said, “because I’m all covered with ice. How did I get out here?” “I don’t know.” I was as honest as I could be. He moaned a squeak or two. “Ohh! The last thing I remember was hanging ornaments on that big tree inside there. I slipped and I must have hit so hard that I fell right out of the house.” I nodded just as if I understood what he meant. “And my back hurts,” he continued. “I won’t be able to walk for a week and you know what that means?” He didn’t wait for an answer. “It means that the Great Claus is going to be mad at me again. I’m supposed to have everything prepared for a few hours from now when the Great Claus comes.” “You mean ... Santa?” I finally stammered. The elf looked a tad irritated. “Yes, of course, Santa! How many Clauses do you know?” “Oh, well, none, I guess,” I replied. A frown rippled through his weathered face and his ears, that were just a little too large, flinched. “What’s your name?” “Bobby,” I replied. “But they call me Bobby Lee which is my middle name because my Uncle is also …” “Yes, yes,” he interrupted. “I really don’t have time for your family history. I may be freezing to death! My name is Whisper. I’m an elf from the North Pole and I need you to help me.” “I ... I ... don’t know anything about how to help elves,” said I. “Look, Buddy Lee ...” “It’s Bobby Lee,” I corrected. “Look, Bobby Lee,” snapped Whisper, “You help an elf the same way you help anyone else. I need you to break away the ice that’s formed around my body. Hold it!” he yelled before I moved at all. “Separate the ice carefully. If not you’re likely to break off something I’m going to need … like a foot for instance.” I kneeled on the snow and began to peel the ice off the elf much like I peeled an orange. As the ice came away I saw that he was dressed in some type of long sleeved shirt with a leather tunic on top. It was fastened about the middle with a wide belt and a shiny buckle. On his legs was long underwear … well,

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it looked like long underwear to me. His green boots had curled tips. “Is that better?” I asked. “Of course, it’s better,” he snapped. “Have you ever been covered by ice from head to toe?” “Not that I can remember,” I replied. “Unless it was when I was real little, like a baby.” Whisper blew on his hands. “At least I can move a little, but I think my pipes are frozen. I’m so cold, I believe all my bones have turned to icicles. Bobby Lee. Is there some place you can move me so I can defrost?” I put my hand to my chin in thought. “I could put you in my coat pocket,” I offered. “Coat pocket? Coat pocket? Is that a pretty hot pocket you got there, lad? I’m not sure that coat’s any warmer than it is out here.” “Oh, it’s a very fine coat. It’s new! Well, it’s new to me,” I explained. Whisper bent his legs and stretched them straight again. “I’m going to need some heat. Something warmer than an outdoor coat pocket. I live at the North Pole but I’ve never been this frozen.” “Hey!” I said. “You can go home with me. Mom’s working and won’t be home ‘til late. And if you’re still there when she comes home, I’ll just tell her that you’re a friend of mine come to spend the night.” Whisper looked at me for a few moments. “Is your mother pretty smart?” “Oh, yeah,” I answered. “And she’s real nice too. You’ll like her.” “Don’t you think,” Whisper said slowly, “that she might notice that I’m an elf?” “Oh. Oh, yeah. It’s the beard,” I nodded. Whisper sighed. “It’s worth a chance. I’ll only need a few minutes out of this wind. You’ll have to carry me.” “No problem,” I said. “You want to ride in my coat pocket?” “You’re really proud of those pockets, aren’t you? No. Let’s try it this way. Unbutton the top of your coat. I can slip inside and leave my face out.” He leaned forward. “You don’t mind if I breathe, do you?” “Not at all,” I said, undoing the top button on my coat. He slid inside. I still don’t

know how he was able to do it, but he balanc himself by one foot on the button of my shi During my fast walk home I was very lucky didn’t meet anyone. I don’t know how I’d ha explained why there was a small bearded fa where my neck was supposed to be. We made without incident. “Is this your house?” asked Whispe “Well, it’s not a house exactly. I more kinda a place but it’s just me and mom we don’t need a big house or anything. He you go.” I said, placing him on the floor. He looked around. “It’s kinda chilly here.” “Yeah,” I said. “It is. Here, I’ll lig the stove. It’ll be warm as toast in no time.” “Not sure I can wait,” shiver Whisper. “Do you have a blanket or somethi to wrap around me?” “I got a blanket on my bed but it’s little big for you. Oh, I know! Wait right here I pushed past the hanging piece of cloth th separated the living room from where I slept pulled the cardboard box from underneath t cot and searched in the dark until I felt my ve best pair of heavy socks. I went back to Whisper. “Here, cra in one of these and you can sit in the stuff chair.” Whisper took the sock. “Good ide Bobby Lee. Except my back hurts so bad I can sit and my legs are so tired I can’t stand. Oh, I’ in miserable shape for a busy elf.” “I know. Wait right here!” I ran ba to my room and took a safety pin off one of m shirts. I went to the stuffed chair and pinned t sock on the back cushion. “There. Crawl in! Whisper dropped into the sock a slowly, slowly started to smile. “That is mu better,” he said. I started to smile back. “You know, I’d picked a sock that was worn through, w could’a said that you got a hole‑in‑one.” His smile faded as he stared at me. “Hole‑in‑one.” I chuckled. “See. I a term they use in golf and ...” “I know it is,” he interrupted. I didn’t push the conversation becau I just supposed that elves didn’t have a w developed sense of humor, being at the Nor Pole and all. I thought it best to change the su

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taught me to help anyone who needs it.” I could feel the strong eyes staring at me as I worked. I got so uncomfortable that I finally said something. “I do have a question. Since you know Santa, er … the Great Claus … maybe you can answer something for me.” “Shoot,” he said. I looked up at him from the floor where I sat. “Why does the Great Claus give real nice presents to rich folks and not so good to everyone else? You’d think he’d want to do it the other way … kind’a even things out.” The pause was so long I went back to my knots figuring that I’d asked something I shouldn’t. Pretty soon he spoke. “That’s a good one. It’s too complicated for me to explain and someone will have to do that when you get older but it has to do with why some people live in big houses ...” He looked about the room again ...” and some don’t. You see ...” He paused as if to wonder if he should continue. “... the Great Claus doesn’t choose the gift. The Great Claus is responsible for distributing love.” I stopped and jerked my head towards him. “What do you mean?” Whisper placed his arms outside the sock and stroked his beard. “It’s not the size of the house or the tree or the gifts. In some very big houses there are big gifts exchanged ... without love. And Claus doesn’t do those. In other ... places, I’d guess you’d call them ... there are very small gifts with a lot of love.” He spoke slowly. “Big or small, old or young, rich or poor, the spirit of Claus only arrives with the exchange of love.” “I don’t think I understand.” “A lot of people don’t,” he replied. “But you will. Someday. Now! I have to go!” “Wait,” I said. “It’s my last knot and this is for you!” Whisper cocked his head to the side. “What is it?” I propped it up against the lowest tree branch. “It’s a ladder!” he exclaimed. “A ladder for me! So I don’t have to jump for the branches. What a great idea!” He crawled out of the sock and went to the ladder. “And lightweight, too.” I smiled my biggest smile.

“How can I repay you?” he asked. “I don’t want to be paid. It’s a gift. Merry Christmas!” Whisper turned to me. “But you shall have a gift. If you promise me that you will go through life helping those who need it, I will promise you a lifetime of happiness.” I stepped back. “You mean I’ll never be sad again?” “No, I’m not talking about one moment in time. I’m talking about the sum total of your life. If you find ways to help anyone who needs it, then the Great Claus and I promise you a lifetime of happiness. And one more thing. Two more things” he corrected himself as

he picked up his new ladder. “Next Christmas. Put out a ladder … and my sock!” And in the blink of an eye he was gone and I never saw him again. Even though I am very old now, I happily look forward to every Christmas and the coming of the Great Claus. And Whisper always remembers. Every year, I have pinned a sock to a chair so he could warm himself and he leaves candy and small gifts inside. Each year, I lean a small ladder against the lowest branch of the tree and every year, without fail, there is one special ornament hanging there. Just for me.

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has to closely watch her surroundings because of the recent political upheaval. “I know where I can and can’t go and I never leave the campus alone. I have a full time driver and companion that is with me when I travel,” she stated. If she is walking the short distance to the school, she feels comfortable walking alone. If it is any further than that, her companion or a friend must accompany her due to the negative stigma associated with white people; some have even been kidnapped for ransom. Also, one never knows if the numerous checkpoints on the road are truly legitimate, so sometimes her trips take a much longer time than expected due to taking the long way to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Although she feels fine being alone in certain situations, like when her live-in student goes home for the

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missionaries in kindergarten through 3rd grade. This was challenging, considering there were children from many different countries and languages there. After her contract ran out in 2005, she stayed an extra year in Nepal before being transferred back to the Philippines in 2007. SPMC requested that she return and GBGM decided it was safe enough that she could resume her work. At SPMC, McCarty was teaching English and Education courses at the college level. Although she had never done this before, she stresses that, “when God calls on you, he will provide.” After returning to the school, McCarty became the Dean of Education and

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Have a Wally Christmas by Patrick Grace
On these very pages last week, I acknowledged my aspiration to be a “man’s man.” Though men, as a rule, will not admit it, we squander a fair amount of time comparing ourselves to other men. Rarely out loud, perhaps, but regularly nonetheless. I just violated the man code by letting that cat out of the bag, but was it truly such a guarded secret? Where could quips such as “You the man!” and “You’re a better man than I” come from if not a common shared masculine insecurity? Think you have your mate convinced that you do not measure yourself against other men? Brother, you are not kidding anyone but yourself. Men really are only as smart as they look, and we may as well admit it - the vast majority of us look more out of it with each passing year. Constant comparing sometimes inspires us to better ourselves. Usually, though, we find ourselves somewhere in the middle of the pack, and that suits us fine. Being average is the only classification that can claim the significant advantage of strength in numbers, and strength is oh so manly. What follows is an example of a typical male comparison process. During our first couple of Christmas seasons together, I was an active participant in my wife’s decorating process. I did not particularly care for decorating (at Christmas, nor any other time, for that matter), however, marriage had a number of other advantages, so hanging some ornaments and arranging the nativity set seemed like a worthwhile trade. I assumed this was what married men did; all part of the grand prize package. Married couples naturally socialize with other married couples. Some say this is because misery loves company, but I choose to believe it is because (warning! gratuitous pointsearning flattery coming!) happiness is contagious! Regardless, as our social circle of married couples expanded, I picked up bits and pieces of others’ Christmas traditions. The women were all about the decorating, but the men…well…not so much. I came to learn that most of the married men we knew shared an identical Christmas decorating role that was quite different than mine. They hauled the Christmas boxes into the house in late November and then promptly returned to the football game on TV. Then, in January, they hauled the boxes back out of the house, and promptly returned to the football game on TV. In between those two strenuous events, Christmas trees were magically assembled, decorations sprouted throughout their homes, and piles of presents were wrapped, all without them lifting a finger off the remote. Needless to say, I was inspired! I focused my man-brain on my non-decorating goal and successfully weaned my wife off of my Christmas decorating “help” in fewer years than I expected. Weaning tip for newlywed men: make your wife wait three hours while you painstakingly string lights in the Christmas tree, only to let her find that the plug is accidentally at the top of the tree. If that doesn’t work, hang sentimental ornaments at the back of the tree where no one will see them, and then pretend you have no recollection of why that particular ornament was important. Or here’s one that works even faster: hang fragile or delicate ornaments near the bottom of the tree where the cat or dog can get at them, and then pretend you have no recollection of getting a cat or a dog. These days, I haul the boxes to and fro, my wife and kids take care of everything else, and Christmas seasons come and go in perfect harmony. Everyone knows what is expected of everyone else, so no one expects much of me. Though as a matter of personal pride, I one-up the common husband by not retiring to the TV after hauling the boxes. Why be average when you can always catch the football highlights via the Internet? Might as well pretend to be the better man. And then there is Wally. Wally is not only a participant in his family’s Christmas decorating; he is procurer, master planner, and chief engineer. He spends an entire weekend decorating outside the house, and then he spends the next entire weekend decorating the inside. He hangs stockings, garlands, and even mistletoe. He’s expanded their mantle and built platforms over their televisions to accommodate nearly 100 Christmas village pieces (many of those researched and sought out by him). An ideal winter day, for Wally, includes shopping the Christmas sales with his wife, carefully selecting just the right trinket to fit just the right space. And what does Wally get for this extraordinary annual exertion, besides frostbite and a lighter wallet? His wife absolutely cherishes his efforts, and his grown children continue to return home for Christmas. Go Wally. You the man.

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Dear Santa, I am Bruce Arnold and I am writing you from Jacksonville, Illinois, but you probably already know that. I have been both bad and good this year, but mostly good. I know that I don’t always do the right thing and sometimes when I go hunting I’m not home on time. I also know that I am extremely loud, when I leave in the morning and very dirty when I return. I realize I sometimes am gone all day duck hunting only to return home and go straight to bed. I am aware that there are days on end during the summer where I am gone fishing and forget to check in at home. I am willing to change next year I promise. I try not to leave muddy boots and my shotgun in front of the door but I forget. I was happy with what you brought me last year, but it was a little too much. Santa, I know I asked you for some rain so my duck hole would fill up, but next year please ask me to be more specific. I thank you for giving me the wonderful boat motor last year. I only ask that next time you get me one that will run the entire season. I have strategically left my Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops magazines open and turned to the pages of items I would like to have. I’m positive you have picked up on my hints. I know you hate getting me anything hunting or fishing related for Christmas because you say I have enough. I can assure you there are more things to be had. Next year I promise I will be on my best behavior. Sincerely Bruce Arnold P.S. Sorry about trying to shoot one of your deer last year, I had a tag left.

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Held inside next to historical landmark Antique Mansion Located off I-55, 60 miles North of St. Louis, MO; 15 Miles South of Springfield, IL; 160 Miles South of Chicago, IL; East of Interstate 55 between Divernon & Farmersville (take Exit 80 or Exit 72 to Frontage Road on West of I-55 to Montgomery Road to cross over I-55 to E. Frontage Rd. By Mansion Property. Watch for Signs. furniture: Thomas Brooks Oval Walnut Marble Top Table, 4pcs. Horner Bedroom Suite including Highboy - Vanity-Dresser-Full Size Bed, Lg. Wing Griffin Oak Hall Seat, Meeks Rosewood Music Cabinet, Pair of Open twist Hunzinger Pedestals, Hunzinger Lamp Table, 54”Square Oak Table, 4 Oak Formal Chairs with North wind Heads w Claw Feet, Oak Hall Seat w Rd. Mirror, 53”Oak S Curve Roll Top Desk, 4 Stack Oak Viking bookcase, Curved Glass China w/beveled mirror on top, Oak 2 door Wardrobe, 3 & 4 Stack Globe Warnicke Barrister Bookcase, 3 Stack Oak Macey Bookcase, Slant Front Oak Desk w/full griffins-claw feet, Partners Desk w/claw feet, Oak Hall Mirror w/4 north wind, 47”Wide Oak Hall Bench, 42”Sq. Oak Table w/4 leaves, Fancy Oak Hall Seat w/5 beveled mirrors, Oak Hooded Curve Glass Secretary w/5 lion heads, Fancy Oak Sideboard w/ 3 belveled mirror 5 lion heads carved swans on bottom doors, Triple Curve Glass China Cabinet w/fancy beveled mirror & claw feet,Oak 1/2 Mantel,42”Ash 5 leg Table w/5 leaves,54”Fancy Rd. Oak Claw Ft. Table w/6 Leaves,6 Claw foot T Back Chairs,6 Oak T Back Chairs,Fancy Oak Hall Seat w/Oval Mirror,Lg. Walnut Cylinder Desk w/bookcase top w/burled columns, 2 Door Walnut Wardrobe, Chip N Dale Chest of Drawers, Empire Marble Top Table w/Gothic influence,Alexander Roux Hall Mirror w/Lg. Head, Centennial Duncan Phyf Table w/4 skirted leaves & 8 Inlaid Shield Back Chairs,Oak Washstand,2 Walnut Marble Top Washstand,Walnut Server,Walnut Sec. With Oval Mirror, 4 drawer Empire Tiger Maple Chest, 1 drawer stand w/tiger maple legs, Pieced Tin Jelly Cupboard w/old green paint, Old Painted Dry Sink, Early Red Painted Feed Bin, 4ft. Grain Painted Store Counter, 54” Primitive Work Table w/drawer, 10ft. Oak Fret Work, Massive Wing Griffin Dinning Room Table w/10 leather uph. Chairs w/carved dolphins + claw feet,Set of 8 Walnut Dining Chairs 2 Arm-6 Side,Oak Lingerie Chest,Oak Wash Stand w/towel bar, Oak 2/3 Size Commode, Federal Empire Tilt Top Table, Cherry Drop Leaf 2 drawer stand, Renaissance Revival Walnut Canterbury Stand, Rosewood Rocco Lamp Table, Walnut 2 drawer Country Wardrobe w/dovetailed case, 42”Rd. Walnut Dinning Table, 8 Victorian Cane Bottom Chairs, 2 Victorian Arm Chairs,Wicker Oak Top Table w/4 Chairs, 8 ft. 6 in. Tall Step Back Pine Painted Cupboard 4 doors over 4 doors, French Pine Armour, Cherry Rope bed, Cherry Chest, Mah. Empire Cheverobe, 2 Mah. Door Bookcase, Curved Glass Mah. Curio Cabinet. oil Paintings: 56”w x 72”h Girl w/English Springer Spaniel, 3 Daughters signed By. Rockwell, Garden Scene of Women Drinking Tea, 40”w x 60”h Lady & Cupid, 42”w x 66”h Oil on Canvas w/2 women painting on vase, Pair of Oak Frames, 4 Civil War Lilto Graphs, 54”Venetian Beveled Mirror, Sofa Tapestry, Petti Point of Nudes & Nymphs, I cart Print “Title the Letter”2 Maxfield Paris Prints,3 Lady Yard Long Pictures, Signed Painting Dated 1888 Paris by Fichella in Gold Leaf Shadow Box Frame Loetz Vase. glassware & Collectibles: 3pcs. Rosenthal Tea Set, Weller Jardinere & Pedistal, Sterling Candle Sticks, Silver Plate Flatware, Pair of Silver Plate Angels, Pair of 25”old Paris urns, Nippon Covered Dish, Hand Painted Humidor, Consolidate Covered Dish, RS Prussia Chocolate Pot, Handpainted vase, Cranberry Vase, 8 Ivory Figurines, 3 Stangel Birds,3 Ebony & Ivory Elephants,Brass Inkwell,4 Wedgwood Serving Bowls,Silver plate Brides Basket, Royal Bonn Picture & Bowl w/ladies heads, Brass Mirror, 3 Royal Bonn Clocks, 3 pcs. Majolica Set, Barber Bottles, Hanging Pot. Cut glass: Hawkes Vase, Compote, Dorflinger Vase, Lamp, Hinks & Sons Piano Lamp. Bronze statues: of Beethoven, Lion & Snake, Elk, Remington Outlaw, Mountain Man, Buffalo Horse, 32’’Tall Bronze Urn w/cupid on handle quality of Caldwell, Bronze Ashtray, Tiffany Studio Bronze Tray, 5 Figural Bronze-Marble Clock Sets,Pocket Watches. music items: Howard Banjo Made By Epi,Vagabond,Violin by Cas per de Salonbrescia Tiger Maple,Violin signed Copy of Ja cobus Stainer Germany, Unsigned La Bella Baritone Ukulele, Zenith Floor Radio, Crosley Radio, 9 1/2 ft. Tall Todan Pole from Wisconsin, Symphonia Music Box. kiddy Ride: Manufactured By Hampton Snowmobile-Motorcycle, Harley Davison Motorcycle Toy, 15+ germany Bisque Head Dolls. safes: Sm. Safe, Lg. Victor Safe Original Paint. 35 Lamps: 7 Panel Lamps by Miller, Bradley and Hubbard,Handel Floor Lamp w/ leaded shade,18”Handel table lamp w/8 panels,18”Handel Table Lamp w/leaded Glass Shade, Jefferson Scenic 18in Reverse Painted Lamp, 18in Wilkeson Leaded Glass Lamp, 17 in. Unique Lamp Co. Leaded Glass Lamp, 15in. Leaded Glass Lamp, 16 in. Lamb Bros Leaded Glass Lamp, 21 in. Pairpoint Reverse Painted Lamp with Silver Plate Base, 22in. 18”Lamb Bros. Table Lamp, 22in Leaded Glass Lamp on Miller Base, 8in. Boudoir Lamp Reverse Painted, Cranberry Hanging Lamp, 4 Steuben Shades w/copper & brass Fixture,Bristol Kerosene Lamp,Slipe N Shade Lamp,Pair of Amethyst Lamps w/enam- eling, Spot Light, 4 Wall Sconces, Lg Royal Bonn hand painted lamp w. griffin base. Beer Signs:Schlitz Neon, Miller, Falstaff Neon, Q Rack Holder, 1980 John Deere Tin Sign 8 ft. Long, Wagon-Wheel Slot Machine (Flasher), Exhibit New Contact Pin Ball w/Air Planes, Lg. Indian Basket, 15 Antique Hand tied Oriental Rugs: Including 18 ft. Long Sarouk.

H.A.S. AuCtION

Phone: 217-414-6634 www.hasauction.com Auctioneer: Bill Houchens Lic # 4410000796, 189 Mill Street Palmyra, IL. 62674 Terms:Driver's License needed for check in. Cash or Check day of auction. Visa and MasterCard accepted. 13% Buyer's Premium charged on all purchases. 6.25% Sales Tax Applies. Dealers please bring a copy of sales tax license. Left Bids are accepted with an approved credit card. Your attendance is appreciated. Announcements on sale date take precedence over printed material.

24 December - 30 December 2009
The North Ninety-three (93) feet of Lot Twentythree (23) in Charles Robertson’s Addition to the Town, now City, of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois. PARCEL NO. 09-21-121-002 A description of the improvements on the real estate is: Single family residences. The terms of the sale are: 15% down at the time of sale; deed and possession upon payment of the balance of the purchase price which will be no later than 30 days after court confirmation of said sale unless the parties agree to close sooner, subject to rights of any possessory interests. Title insurance will be furnished. Title will be conveyed subject to 2009 and all subsequent taxes and assessments and easements and restrictions of record. Dated this 15th day of December, 2009. THE FARMERS STATE BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) No. 08-CH-96 ) JOHN G. JAMES IV, also known as ) ) JOHN G. JAMES, ) ) Defendant.) NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE Public notice is hereby given that pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure entered by the Court in the above entitled cause the property hereinafter described or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said judgment will be sold to the highest bidder by Theresa Lonergan, Clerk of the Circuit Court on January 20, 2010 at the hour of 10:00 a.m. on the first floor of the Morgan County Courthouse. The name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for information regarding the real estate is: Deborah Vortman, The Farmers State Bank and Trust Company, 200 W. State Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650 (217) 479-4129. (B) The common address and other common description, if any, of the real estate is: TRACT I: 733 Bedwell, Jacksonville, IL 62650; TRACT II: 734 Bedwell, Jacksonville, IL 62650; TRACT III: 311 Washington, Jacksonville, IL 62650. The legal description of the real estate is: TRACT I: The South half of the following: Ten (10) feet off of the North side of One Hundred Twentytwo (122) feet off of the West end of Lot One (1) and One Hundred Twenty-two (122) feet off of the West end of Lot Two (2) in Bedwell’s Subdivision of Lots Seven (7), Eight (8) and Nine (9) in Madeira Addition to the City of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois. PARCEL NO. 09-17-313-005 TRACT II: Lot Ten (10) in Bedwell’s Subdivision of Lots Seven (7), Eight (8), and Nine (9) in Madeira Addition to Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois. PARCEL NO. 09-17-312-021 TRACT III:
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Mindy Farmer Recognizes the Individuals that Make Our Community Wonderful.
Chances are, if you’ve lived in Jacksonville even a short time, you’re familiar with Bill Mayes. You might not know him by name, but you’ve mostly likely noticed him downtown throughout the year weeding, mowing, and generally caring for the plaza. A city employee, Bill has been an important part of maintaining Jacksonville’s grounds for 31 years. Originally from Springfield, Bill has spent most of his life in Jacksonville. He grew up amongst local foster families and attended Jacksonville High School. As an athlete, Bill participated on the school’s football, track, and wrestling teams. For one of his first jobs, Bill also worked in the kitchen at the high school. After graduation, Bill went on to participate in a program that allowed him to gain valuable work experience. For his first job out of high school, Bill worked in the kitchen at MacMurray College. Tom McKinney recognized Bill’s strong work ethic while at MacMurray and helped him to apply for a maintenance position with the City of Jacksonville. Having spent the majority of his life on his own, Bill greatly appreciated Tom’s kindness. An employee of the City of Jacksonville since 1978, Bill has witnessed a variety of changes over the years. He says he couldn’t ask for a better place to start a career than Jacksonville and clearly enjoys working with the current Mayor, Andy Ezard. Bill primarily maintains the plaza grounds, but also works within City Hall as well. He appreciates the opportunity to work outdoors and Ezard says, “Bill hates rainy days.” For Bill, getting his hands dirty and weeding is some of the best work. He explains, “I’m like a kid. I’ve got to go outside.” While Bill prefers to work outside, he also appreciates the value of maintaining city hall. He explains that “it’s important to have things look as well inside as outside.” He finds it especially gratifying when the city grounds are safe and clean for residents. Bill appreciates seeing people enjoy city hall and he is proud to be a part of its maintenance. Over the course of his career, Bill has worked for four mayors. He has had the opportunity to get to know the current mayor, Andy Ezard, over the past five years, since the mayor’s time working as a clerk for the city. The mayor says the two “hit it off instantly” and they clearly enjoy laughing and talking sports together. The two have a long-running joke about city employee potlucks, gettogethers, and dinners. Both food lovers, the friends jokingly say they “prefer the shovel” when it comes to eating. In addition to knowing Bill as a city employee, many people will also recognize him as a fixture at local sporting events. Bill lives near the local sports fields and loves to attend local high school games to cheer on Jacksonville students. He enjoys watching the Jacksonville High School games, as well as those of Routt. An avid sports fan, Bill brings great enthusiasm as a fan and is well known, he says, “because I’m always making a lot of noise.” Bill’s love of sports extends beyond local teams. He is a big fan of the Illini, Bulls, and Bears. Mayor Ezard jokes that Bill “talks Bears all year long.” The two discuss sports daily and Bill is faithful to his teams, no matter their current performance. A lifelong Bears fan, he has yet to see the team in person, but doing so would fulfill a lifelong dream. Jacksonville has been a great place to work, as well as an excellent place to raise a family for Bill. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for over twenty years and they enjoy being a part of the community. Bill is grateful for his first opportunity to work for the city 31 years ago and looks forward to proudly retiring as a city employee in the coming years.

“May the peace and joy of the Holiday season be with you throughout the coming year. ”
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Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success, it is a pleasure during the holiday season to say “Thank You” as we wish you a full year of happiness and prosperity.
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