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~+ / ,/ / I Trentn's AnsWer tO, e New Yrk Times I SMALL TOWN PAPERS X 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136 Printed on recycled newsprint ! The Cracker Barrel Boy, once Thanksgiv- ing is past, it's a blur until Christmas, which by now is just over a week away... The Thursday holiday means an early publishing date for the Sun. We'll print on Tuesday for Wednesday mail distri- bution. Please have adver- tisements and other submis- sions to our office no later than Saturday at 1 p.m .... A helpful reader shoved a note through our door this week to identify Lebanon pastor Don Wagner from last week's picture of former Trenton man Kurt Wehrle. Ironically, the note was ad- dressed, "Dear Mr. Feist"... The first distribution of Clin- ton County property taxes arrived in local governmen- tal offices Monday, much to the relief and appreciation of local officials... The kids' first snow day came earlier than usual this year, and the way forecasters have things figured, it might be the first "of several:~+W~l}-hvpe for the best and be prepared for the worst... New Baden's truth } in taxation hearing, origi- nally scheduled for this past Monday, has been resched- uled for December 22 due to an error in the original ad- vertising for the event. The hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. New Baden Veterans of War in New Baden are hav- ing their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, De- cember 21. The breakfast is all you can eat with fresh Behrmann's pork sausage and grilled hash browns. Doors will be open from8 to 11:30 a.m. at the New Baden American Legion. Ecumenical Joy AN ECUMENICAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT HAS been a gift to the community from St. John United Church of Christ and local church choirs for 43 years. This year's version was on Sunday, featuring choirs from Trenton churches and the children from the Rainbow Pre-School located at St. John. Here, St. John choir director Mary Pennington leads the joint ecumenical choir in closing out the performance. + ' Five citizens attended Trenton's truth-in-taxation hearing Monday night to present their thoughts on the city's looming property tax levy, which is ex- pected to exceed last year's figure by about eighteen percent. Trenton mayor Bob Koentz said the council decided to increase taxes on the advice of its attorney, Kristi Vetri, along with the city's internal financial audi- tors. "According to them, we've been undertaxing for a number of years," Koentz said. "My main thing is I don't want to leave a problem for the next ad- ministration." Koentz has announced he does not intend to seek another term as mayor. His current term will expire this spring. Sugar Creek assessor Joan Weisen- feld said the city should have taken a larger increase last year, when about $5 million in additional assessments were created in the city limits due to the --see Trenton council, page 3 Season of Giving EMPLOYEES AT FIRST NATIONAL BANK branches in Carlyle and Aviston put on a holiday food drive for lo- cal food pantries this Christmas season. The Carlyle branch donated their collections to Matthew 25, a Car- lyle-based pantry. Aviston's First National branch donated their collections to the Green Bean Food Pantry in Trenton. Here, First National employees present their donations to Stacy Hart, coordinator of the Green Bean pantry. "You guys are really helping people," Hart said. "We have more people than ever who need help, but our donations have stayed fairly level, so this helps a lot." From left, Customer Service Representative Bridgett Poettker, Ms. Hart, Aviston branch manager Wendy Peltes, and teller Michelle Haake. Nativity Dwellers STUDENTS AT THE RAINBOW PRESCHOOL in Trenton Trenton on Friday to have a holiday picture taken. Sun visited the Trenton chamber of commerce-sponsored nativity scene in downtown staffer Lisa Maberry managed to catch this semi-candid shot of the kids. The paralysis in state government caused by the arrest last week of Illinois governor Rod Blagojev- ich on corruption charges has already begun to fil- ter down to local school districts. Wesclin superintendent David Daum on Monday told school members that a state plan to borrow $1.4 billion to pay obligations to school districts has been put on hold as a result of a drop in the credit- worthiness of Illinois. Daum said the district has to date not received any money for its annual categorical grants. There has been some discussion of a pro-ration of the grants. In Wesclin's case, a 50 percent pro-ration would result in a loss of nearly $600,000, the super- intendent said. "We're halfway through the year and we still haven't received any of those payments," Daum said. "At this point, we're looking at worst-case sce- narios and developing plans to deal with them if --see Wesclin, page 3 ,, i +1 t t