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SIekLLTOWN NEWSPAPERS X 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584 i Answer to the New York Times I 50 Printed on recycled newsprint J The Cracker Barrel Just when winter seemed reacly to slowly release us from its icy grip, we got the most prolonged spell of bit- ter cold we've had all season. If we want spring, we're go- ing to have to earn it, appar- ently... It's been a good time to observe nature's cycles in western Clinton County. Thousands of snow geese have inhabited us in recent weeks, circulating between farm fields and Paul and Nikki Elsing's pond. Most recently, we've gotten re- ports of a bald eagle circling town and feasting on the geese... Got an interesting piece of mail this week that makes it apper as if some- one is playing a joke on me. It was a Henr5 rifle catalog addressed to y Favorite Liberal, which ;ave me a laugh. Don't ca] Trenton mayor Kyle Jone a liberal, though. Turns out you can call him pretty much ny- h. . , , to which he takes umbrage... Sybil and I are please to re- port that she got a positive report at her doctor's visit last week, and gets another three-month reprieve from the poking and prodding. As we and too many others know. a day not in treatment is a good day. Trenton work session sets stage for regular meeting next week Trenton city council members ter that defended Trenton police's left on city streets and sidewalks. Jones said the privacy of the com- on Monday set the table for theil' patrols of new Route 50 and sug- "If the city council pays more at- plainant will be protected in such next voting meeting, set for this gested community improvement tention to the little things, it will cases. coming Tuesday. The council initiatives, make Trenton a better place to The council will scrap the idea heard concerns from a citizen and Evans said police can best pro- live," she said. of adding a sloped roof to City Hall discussed issues ranging from this tect Trenton citizens by keeping Mayor Kyle Jones acknowledged to provide a long-term solution to summer's planned road oil-and- the city limits secure from the out- that all the items raised by Evans leaking problems, after learning chip program, analysis of plans fr side in. "P'atroliong the perimeter are concerns, and particularly that the least expensive plan for the city's new wasterwater treat- is the way to protect the interior," asked for citizen involvement in doing so will cost about $50,000. ment facility (sewer plant), roof Evans said. "It has been a military managing property maintenance The city has an estimate to re- repairs at City Hall, preparations tactic for millenia." codes. "We don't have the resourc- pair the existing flat roof for about for the upcoming outdoor recre- She went on to discuss other is- es to look for proPerties that are $5,100. ational season, and mulled over sues, including property mainte- non-compliant," Jones said, "so we Mayor Jones said his comfort candidates for the maintenance nance concerns, the wanton dis- have a complaint-based system, level with HMG Engineers' plans superintendent's position, carding of cigarette butts, drivers' If a citizen makes a specific com- for a new sewer plant has increased Trenton resident Linda Ev- failure to yield for pedestrians i/" plaint, we will address it, swiftly, ans read the council a lengthy let- crosswalks, and dog excremf  ,d -:, "iwe done so in the past." --see Trenton Council, page 3 ''!' ... - Dance mom boogie THE DANCE TEAM MOMS HAVE become a traditional part of Senior Night activities for the final Wesclin home boys' basketball game of each season. Mothers of this year's dance team members entertained the crowd Tuesday night at halftime of the Wesclin-Columbia game. sought for Pack 39 Trenton's Cub Scout Pack 39 seeks to contact all former Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to help celebrate in Trenton. Scouts and the general public .to attend its annual crossover ceremony on April 18 at Sportsman s Lake north of Trenton. For- mer Scouts are asked to bring their old gear to be part of a display of Scouting artifacts. During the crossover ceremony, each level of Scouts receives new rank, and the oldest Cub Scouts 'cross over' to Boy Scouts. The event will start with a meet-and:greet at 5:30 p.m., with the crossover ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m., Campfire food will be served. Former Scouts who are interested in attending are asked to contact Brian Draper at 790-6099, or byemail at Guv's budget would trim Trenton revenues $60-80k Treaton projects a rev- enue loss of $60,000 to $80,000 if Illinois Gover- nor Bruce Rauner's pro- posed budget is approved by the state legislature, far from a certainty. The bud- get will be debated in the houses of Illinois congress over the coming weeks and is likely to emerge as something completely dif- ferent from what Rauner has proposed, but the governor suggests cutting the municipal share in an amount that will result in a three percent decrease in municipal budgets. Trenton mayor Kyle Jones said the city will budget accordingly for the next fiscal year. which be- gins May 1. "I took a little heat from some citizens when I said we should expect some cuts with the'new gover- nor," Jones said. "One guy even called me a liberal." Jones said the city's fi- nancial condition should define him as squarely conservative, noting again that the city's surplus for the current fiscal year will be the highest in Trenton's history, representing 12 to 13 percent of revenues in the general fund." WESCLIN FFA MEMBERS ACCEPT a $2,500 check from local farmers Roger and Wanda Gildig and Monsanto. From left, Roger Gildig, FFA members Garrett Becherer, Trevor Alexander, Nick Ottensmeier, Brennan McVey, Jessica Schaeffer, Abby Becherer, Monsanto's Brian Rudolphi, and Wesclin FFA advisor and ag instructor Matt Fisher. Gildigs, Monsanto donate $2,500 to Wesclin FFA Wesclin High School FFA has received a $2,500 dona- tion from Clinton County farmers Roger and Wanda Gildig and America's Farm- ers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization buy supplies for their new green- house. The school recently moved into a new building and is in the process of pre- paring the greenhouse for use by the FFA and school horticulture classes. "The FFA grows bedding plants and poinsettias as a fundraiser for the members to go to activities such as conventions and leadership conferences," said Superin- tendent Jennifer Filyaw. 'qCe will also use the greenhouse for educational purposes so it will benefit everyone and keep giving back." For five years, America's Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farm- ers to donate over $16.5 mil- lion to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofitS to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more. America's Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America's Farmers initia- tive. Since 2010, the Ameri- ca's Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society's needs through agriculture.