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Headlines for Sunday, May 12, 2013


Graduation for the Fairfield Grade School district will be held Monday night at 7 in the Center Street gym.  Bert Englekes, Commander of the American Legion Post #176 will present the American Legion Awards, with board president Gene Kollak presenting diplomas to the graduates.  An 8th grade slide show will also be presented.  Serving as honorary ushers from the 7th grade class are Samuel Beach, Tyler Hooper, Alexis King and Jane Kwok.  Special music will be provided by the 8th  Grade Chorus.

Class officers have been been announced for the coming school year at Fairfield Community High School.  Named President of next year’s Senior Class is Daniel Altizer, with Leah Carter as Vice-President, Derek Bowers Secretary and Abigail Trotter Treasurer.  Named President of next year’s Junior Class is Corbin Kakac with Ian Baumgardner as Vice-President.  Serving as President of next year’s Sophomore Class is Brendan Mitchell, with Gemma Loss Vice-President and Aaron Clark as Treasurer.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night at 6 p.m.  During the meeting, awards of appreciation are expected to be given to outgoing council members.  The meeting will then adjourn, with the swearing in of newly elected officials expected.  Other business Tuesday includes further discussion on the sidewalk repair proposal for the city and angle parking.  The council is also expected to approve the latest payments for the city’s new water treatment plant and river intake and raw water pump station east of Fairfield.

State Representative David Reis has voiced his opposition to House Speaker Michael Madigan’s plan to shift teacher pension liability to downstate schools and taxpayers.   Reis said that school districts in other parts of the state, including the Chicago Public School System, have received a higher share of funding over the past ten years.  Madigan wants to end the so-called “free lunch” downstate schools receive after they set a teacher’s salary and have the state pay the pension based on those salaries, Reis said.

Residents in Illinois are being reminded to watch out for ticks as the summer season approaches.  The Illinois Department of Public Health says last year, preliminary numbers showed there were 204 cases of Lyme disease and 151 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, both of which can be transmitted by ticks.  One fatality was also reported associated with a tick bite.  State health officials offer several tips to avoid being bitten by ticks, including walking in the center of trails to avoid weeds where ticks may be hiding, using repellant and tucking pants into socks.  If a tick is found, officials say it should be grasped with fine-point tweezers and firmly pulled straight out.  Medical help should be sought if a bulls-eye rash appears at a bite site.

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