Mt. Morris — What I like about you:
These are my thoughts a year after our Mom, Evelyn Pulver, died at her lovely home on Lincoln Street.
You are Gene Shepherd’s America, especially in your Fourth of July celebration with parade, band and fireworks.
Dillehay Park with its gaming fields, 6/10 mile track and killer workout stations. Walkers and runners who are regulars at the track each morning like the Bennetts and Pearsons.
The village workers who keep all the parks and common properties looking like a Rockwell or Kincaid painting.
The people like the Isabels, Sallys, Emmets, Jerrods, Annies, Bonnies, Abbys, Mallorys, Stans, Kathys, Tierras, Ruths, Marys, Esthers, Lees, Bettys, Jerrys, Angies, Loris, and Pastor Ginny.
Your library and librarians, especially Mary who made sure Evelyn never ran out of books to satisfy her unquenchable thirst for mystery and romance. The pizza and great fish and the restaurants serving them.
Sullivan's store, only a block away with values rivaling super stores and employees who put "Wally-World" to shame with friendliness and courtesy. David and Magee who never tire of building businesses to serve the community and ideas to serve its customers needs.
Jerry Griffin whose joy is in serving people and inventive ways to get the deal done. I will always be in awe of American values being demonstrated on a daily basis.
Haircuts good and bad and the realization that the only difference between the two is seven days.
All you beautiful people who said a sincere “have a great day”and managed a smile even when you didn’t feel like it.
You Hospice people who manage to show love at all times.
Tiara the golden retriever next door who gave me so much joy accepting my treats.
The overly tolerant neighbors who never complained about the music coming from Mom’s garage even the six-hour concert following her Celebration of Life service.
The Finch family and the caring way they guided us through a not so easy time. Thank you Lou and Lou.
Mt. Morris, your people continue to offer great abundance to struggling small town America. You have every right to hold your head high. I am grateful to have met you.
Spring Hill, Fla.
Liked library program
At the Mt. Morris LIbrary on Sunday, Sept. 9, retired professor of Loyola University, Lewis Erenberg, presented a lecture focusing on civilian as well as military orchestras of Glen Miller, the most popular band leader of the swing era, who was in the service, and in an airplane crash, made the ultimate sacrifice in Dec. 1944.
He furnished music, including "Moonlight Serenade", "In the Mood" (which was the theme of my senior prom at Lawrence High School, Long Island, N.Y. in 1941), Just For You", "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", "St. Louis Blues", "Here We Go Again", "Serenade in Blue", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me", "I'll Walk Alone 'Til You Come Back", "I Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "All or Nothing at All", etc.
He covered such greats of the era as Helen Forest, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, and of course talked about the USO and VV for victory. Many thanks to the library for a pleasant program filled with countless memories.
Anna A. Hatzipanagiotus
Polo Chamber says thanks
The Polo Chamber of Commerce expresses their gratitude to the following volunteers and donations given to our 2012 Chili-Cook Off: Art Johnson of Johnson Oil for the use of his empty lot and donation of the ice, water and pop and Polo Expresslanes General Manager Jennifer Marth and staff for their wonderful assistance, Perry Byers of Big Johns, Jeanette Linker of Country Companies, First State Bank Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll along with Lori Galor, Lenny Bryson, Dan Schmidt, Rachael Ports, Dave Wolfley, Kathy and Howard Wragg, Jerry Velez, Yancy Webster, Pepsi and 7-Up Corporation, Polo Fire Department, Cedar Forest Products, Jerry and Judy Estes, Cheryl Galor, Pam White and Katie Chesnut, Mayor Mark Scholl, City Employees Craig Telschaw and Kendall Kyker.
A special thanks goes out to the following individuals for assisting in putting up the tent before the event, which is always a challenge, Mike Faivre, Kurt and Sue Cavanaugh, John Miller, Brian Cisketti, Craig Telschaw and Nick Marshall.
This year’s Judges were past Polo Citizens of the Year; 1999 Citizen Merle McCaffrey, 2004 Citizen Tom Suits and 2011 Citizen Jeff Grobe.
We had a beautiful day Saturday and a very nice turn out for the event.
Trophies went to the following teams; Scrib-BQ for People’s Choice, The Pool Boys for Showman Ship, Non-Traditional to Pat’s Boot Scootin` Chili. The Judges’ Choice went to Dixon Commercial Electric.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center had 34 people donate with their goal of 35 donations for this year in honor of the Sixth Annual Larry Lannen Memorial Blood Drive.
Thanks to all and there were four people who had never donated with Rock River Valley Blood Center, so they were very happy with the turn out. This year’s 50/50 raffle winner was Jeff Donaldson, who went home with $96.
Thanks again to everyone whether you participated, donated or attended and we look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Polo Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 28, 2013.
Susie Corbitt, Treasurer
Polo Chamber of Commerce