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    Union Pacific Protects Railroad Tracks Flames
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    Union Pacific Protects Railroad Tracks Flames

    August 22, 2019


    BUT THEY NEED TO CLEAR TREES AND REPAIR GUARDRAILS. TONIGHT, WE ARE SEEING SOME OF THE FIREFIGHT IS HAPPENING FROM A TRAIN. DAN RYAN TOOK THIS VIDEO FROM AN OVERPASS IN KHAFTA COUNTY OF THE TRAIN ALONG THE SACRAMENTO RIVER. — SHASTA COUNTY ON THE TRAIN ALONG THE SACRAMENTO RIVER. THEY SAY ANY TIME THERE IS A FIRE NEAR THE TRACK THEY DEPLOY THE WATER CARS. THE FIRE IS BURNING ABOUT 15

    Railroad crossings closed after train derailment in Sugar Land
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    Railroad crossings closed after train derailment in Sugar Land

    August 22, 2019


    THE THE NEWS THE NEWS STARTS>>>>THE>>THE BIG>>THE BIG STORY>>THE BIG STORY TONIGHT,>>THE BIG STORY TONIGHT,
    NEARLY>>THE BIG STORY TONIGHT,
    NEARLY A>>THE BIG STORY TONIGHT,
    NEARLY A DOZEN>>THE BIG STORY TONIGHT,
    NEARLY A DOZEN RAILROAD NEARLY A DOZEN RAILROAD NEARLY A DOZEN RAILROAD
    CROSSINGS NEARLY A DOZEN RAILROAD
    CROSSINGS IN NEARLY A DOZEN RAILROAD
    CROSSINGS IN SUGAR NEARLY A DOZEN RAILROAD
    CROSSINGS IN SUGAR LAND NEARLY A DOZEN RAILROAD
    CROSSINGS IN SUGAR LAND CLOSED CROSSINGS IN SUGAR LAND CLOSED CROSSINGS IN SUGAR LAND CLOSED
    DURING CROSSINGS IN SUGAR LAND CLOSED
    DURING TONIGHT’S CROSSINGS IN SUGAR LAND CLOSED
    DURING TONIGHT’S RUSH-HOUR DURING TONIGHT’S RUSH-HOUR DURING TONIGHT’S RUSH-HOUR
    BECAUSE DURING TONIGHT’S RUSH-HOUR
    BECAUSE OF DURING TONIGHT’S RUSH-HOUR
    BECAUSE OF THE DURING TONIGHT’S RUSH-HOUR
    BECAUSE OF THE TRAIN BECAUSE OF THE TRAIN BECAUSE OF THE TRAIN
    DERAILMENT. DERAILMENT. DERAILMENT.
    >>DERAILMENT.
    >>NO DERAILMENT.
    >>NO ONE DERAILMENT.
    >>NO ONE WAS DERAILMENT.
    >>NO ONE WAS HURT DERAILMENT.
    >>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN DERAILMENT.
    >>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE>>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE>>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE
    TRAIN>>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE
    TRAIN JUMPED>>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE
    TRAIN JUMPED THE>>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE
    TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS>>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE
    TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT>>NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THE
    TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT
    IS TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT
    IS AFFECTING TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT
    IS AFFECTING A TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT
    IS AFFECTING A LOT TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT
    IS AFFECTING A LOT OF TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS BUT IT
    IS AFFECTING A LOT OF PEOPLE IS AFFECTING A LOT OF PEOPLE IS AFFECTING A LOT OF PEOPLE
    ALONG IS AFFECTING A LOT OF PEOPLE
    ALONG HIGHWAY IS AFFECTING A LOT OF PEOPLE
    ALONG HIGHWAY 90. ALONG HIGHWAY 90. ALONG HIGHWAY 90.
    >>ALONG HIGHWAY 90.
    >>THE ALONG HIGHWAY 90.
    >>THE CLEANUP ALONG HIGHWAY 90.
    >>THE CLEANUP IS ALONG HIGHWAY 90.
    >>THE CLEANUP IS STILL>>THE CLEANUP IS STILL>>THE CLEANUP IS STILL
    UNDERWAY>>THE CLEANUP IS STILL
    UNDERWAY GOING>>THE CLEANUP IS STILL
    UNDERWAY GOING ON>>THE CLEANUP IS STILL
    UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT>>THE CLEANUP IS STILL
    UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW. UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW. UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    >>UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    >>Reporter: UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    >>Reporter: WE UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    >>Reporter: WE START UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    >>Reporter: WE START WITH UNDERWAY GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    >>Reporter: WE START WITH GOOD>>Reporter: WE START WITH GOOD>>Reporter: WE START WITH GOOD
    NEWS. NEWS. NEWS.
    THE NEWS.
    THE CROSSINGS NEWS.
    THE CROSSINGS HERE NEWS.
    THE CROSSINGS HERE AT NEWS.
    THE CROSSINGS HERE AT BROOK THE CROSSINGS HERE AT BROOK THE CROSSINGS HERE AT BROOK
    STREET THE CROSSINGS HERE AT BROOK
    STREET AND THE CROSSINGS HERE AT BROOK
    STREET AND EASTERN THE CROSSINGS HERE AT BROOK
    STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE CROSSINGS HERE AT BROOK
    STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE
    ONE STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE
    ONE BEHIND STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE
    ONE BEHIND ME, STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE
    ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE STREET AND EASTERN AVENUE, THE
    ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE HAVE ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE HAVE ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE HAVE
    REOPENED ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE HAVE
    REOPENED SINCE ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE HAVE
    REOPENED SINCE WE ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE HAVE
    REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED ONE BEHIND ME, THOSE HAVE
    REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED THAT REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED THAT REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED THAT
    ALL REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED THAT
    ALL THE REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED THAT
    ALL THE CROSSINGS REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED THAT
    ALL THE CROSSINGS IN REOPENED SINCE WE CHECKED THAT
    ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN
    THOSE ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN
    THOSE 2 ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN
    THOSE 2 POINTS ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN
    THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN
    THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE ALL THE CROSSINGS IN BETWEEN
    THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS
    HERE THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS
    HERE ALONG THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS
    HERE ALONG THE THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS
    HERE ALONG THE U.S. THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS
    HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY THOSE 2 POINTS ALONG THE TRACKS
    HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90 HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90 HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90
    ALTERNATE HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90
    ALTERNATE ARE HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90
    ALTERNATE ARE STILL HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90
    ALTERNATE ARE STILL CLOSED, HERE ALONG THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90
    ALTERNATE ARE STILL CLOSED, BUT ALTERNATE ARE STILL CLOSED, BUT ALTERNATE ARE STILL CLOSED, BUT
    SOME ALTERNATE ARE STILL CLOSED, BUT
    SOME MORE ALTERNATE ARE STILL CLOSED, BUT
    SOME MORE GOOD ALTERNATE ARE STILL CLOSED, BUT
    SOME MORE GOOD NEWS. SOME MORE GOOD NEWS. SOME MORE GOOD NEWS.
    THERE SOME MORE GOOD NEWS.
    THERE IS SOME MORE GOOD NEWS.
    THERE IS NO SOME MORE GOOD NEWS.
    THERE IS NO DANGER SOME MORE GOOD NEWS.
    THERE IS NO DANGER TO SOME MORE GOOD NEWS.
    THERE IS NO DANGER TO THE THERE IS NO DANGER TO THE THERE IS NO DANGER TO THE
    PUBLIC. PUBLIC. PUBLIC.
    THAT PUBLIC.
    THAT IS PUBLIC.
    THAT IS BECAUSE PUBLIC.
    THAT IS BECAUSE THIS PUBLIC.
    THAT IS BECAUSE THIS KANSAS THAT IS BECAUSE THIS KANSAS THAT IS BECAUSE THIS KANSAS
    CITY TRAIN TRAIN WAS TRAIN WAS CARRYING TRAIN WAS CARRYING SAND. TRAIN WAS CARRYING SAND.
    ABOUT TRAIN WAS CARRYING SAND.
    ABOUT 1:00 TRAIN WAS CARRYING SAND.
    ABOUT 1:00 THIS TRAIN WAS CARRYING SAND.
    ABOUT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON TRAIN WAS CARRYING SAND.
    ABOUT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON IT ABOUT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON IT ABOUT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON IT
    HEADED ABOUT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON IT
    HEADED WESTBOUND ABOUT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON IT
    HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH ABOUT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON IT
    HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH SUGAR HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH SUGAR HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH SUGAR
    LAND HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH SUGAR
    LAND WHEN HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH SUGAR
    LAND WHEN AT HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH SUGAR
    LAND WHEN AT BROOK HEADED WESTBOUND THROUGH SUGAR
    LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET
    SOMEHOW LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET
    SOMEHOW A LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET
    SOMEHOW A SET LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET
    SOMEHOW A SET OF LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET
    SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET
    SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON LAND WHEN AT BROOK STREET
    SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE
    OF SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE
    OF THOSE SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE
    OF THOSE CARS SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE
    OF THOSE CARS CAME SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE
    OF THOSE CARS CAME OFF SOMEHOW A SET OF WHEELS ON ONE
    OF THOSE CARS CAME OFF THE OF THOSE CARS CAME OFF THE OF THOSE CARS CAME OFF THE
    TRACKS. TRACKS. TRACKS.
    THAT TRACKS.
    THAT TRAIN TRACKS.
    THAT TRAIN THEN TRACKS.
    THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED TRACKS.
    THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED THOSE THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED THOSE THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED THOSE
    WHEELS THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED THOSE
    WHEELS FOR THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED THOSE
    WHEELS FOR QUITE THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED THOSE
    WHEELS FOR QUITE SOME THAT TRAIN THEN DRAGGED THOSE
    WHEELS FOR QUITE SOME WAYS, WHEELS FOR QUITE SOME WAYS, WHEELS FOR QUITE SOME WAYS,
    DAMAGING WHEELS FOR QUITE SOME WAYS,
    DAMAGING CONCRETE WHEELS FOR QUITE SOME WAYS,
    DAMAGING CONCRETE AND WHEELS FOR QUITE SOME WAYS,
    DAMAGING CONCRETE AND SINGLE DAMAGING CONCRETE AND SINGLE DAMAGING CONCRETE AND SINGLE
    SYSTEMS DAMAGING CONCRETE AND SINGLE
    SYSTEMS — DAMAGING CONCRETE AND SINGLE
    SYSTEMS — SIGNAL DAMAGING CONCRETE AND SINGLE
    SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
    I SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
    I AM SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
    I AM TOLD SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
    I AM TOLD IT SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
    I AM TOLD IT EVEN SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
    I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED SYSTEMS — SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
    I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED A I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED A I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED A
    SMALL I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED A
    SMALL GRASS I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED A
    SMALL GRASS FIRE I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED A
    SMALL GRASS FIRE THAT I AM TOLD IT EVEN STARTED A
    SMALL GRASS FIRE THAT WAS SMALL GRASS FIRE THAT WAS SMALL GRASS FIRE THAT WAS
    QUICKLY SMALL GRASS FIRE THAT WAS
    QUICKLY PUT A A CITY A CITY SPOKESPERSON A CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS A CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE A CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE
    ENGINEER A CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE
    ENGINEER FIGURED A CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE
    ENGINEER FIGURED OUT A CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE
    ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT A CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE
    ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS
    HAPPENING ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS
    HAPPENING AND ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS
    HAPPENING AND STOPPED ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS
    HAPPENING AND STOPPED THE ENGINEER FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS
    HAPPENING AND STOPPED THE TRAIN HAPPENING AND STOPPED THE TRAIN HAPPENING AND STOPPED THE TRAIN
    AT HAPPENING AND STOPPED THE TRAIN
    AT THAT HAPPENING AND STOPPED THE TRAIN
    AT THAT POINT. AT THAT POINT. AT THAT POINT.
    SUGAR AT THAT POINT.
    SUGAR LAND AT THAT POINT.
    SUGAR LAND POLICE AT THAT POINT.
    SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN AT THAT POINT.
    SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME AT THAT POINT.
    SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME IN SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME IN SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME IN
    TO SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME IN
    TO BLOCK SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME IN
    TO BLOCK THE SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME IN
    TO BLOCK THE CROSSINGS SUGAR LAND POLICE THEN CAME IN
    TO BLOCK THE CROSSINGS WHILE TO BLOCK THE CROSSINGS WHILE TO BLOCK THE CROSSINGS WHILE
    CREWS TO BLOCK THE CROSSINGS WHILE
    CREWS DID TO BLOCK THE CROSSINGS WHILE
    CREWS DID THOSE TO BLOCK THE CROSSINGS WHILE
    CREWS DID THOSE REPAIRS. CREWS DID THOSE REPAIRS. CREWS DID THOSE REPAIRS.
    THOSE CREWS DID THOSE REPAIRS.
    THOSE REPAIRS CREWS DID THOSE REPAIRS.
    THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE CREWS DID THOSE REPAIRS.
    THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE CREWS DID THOSE REPAIRS.
    THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE A THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE A THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE A
    UNION THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE A
    UNION SPECIFIC THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE A
    UNION SPECIFIC — THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE A
    UNION SPECIFIC — UNION THOSE REPAIRS CONTINUE WHILE A
    UNION SPECIFIC — UNION PACIFIC UNION SPECIFIC — UNION PACIFIC UNION SPECIFIC — UNION PACIFIC
    SPOKESPERSON UNION SPECIFIC — UNION PACIFIC
    SPOKESPERSON SAYS UNION SPECIFIC — UNION PACIFIC
    SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY UNION SPECIFIC — UNION PACIFIC
    SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL
    INVESTIGATE SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL
    INVESTIGATE TO SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL
    INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL
    INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL
    INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY
    THIS INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY
    THIS TRAIN INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY
    THIS TRAIN DERAILED INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY
    THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY
    THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY INVESTIGATE TO FIGURE OUT WHY
    THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE
    TRAIN THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE
    TRAIN CAME THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE
    TRAIN CAME UP THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE
    TRAIN CAME UP AND THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE
    TRAIN CAME UP AND IF THIS TRAIN DERAILED AND WHY THE
    TRAIN CAME UP AND IF THE TRAIN CAME UP AND IF THE TRAIN CAME UP AND IF THE
    WARNING TRAIN CAME UP AND IF THE
    WARNING SYSTEMS TRAIN CAME UP AND IF THE
    WARNING SYSTEMS WERE TRAIN CAME UP AND IF THE
    WARNING SYSTEMS WERE WORKING WARNING SYSTEMS WERE WORKING WARNING SYSTEMS WERE WORKING
    PROPERLY. PROPERLY. PROPERLY.
    IN PROPERLY.
    IN THE PROPERLY.
    IN THE MEANTIME, PROPERLY.
    IN THE MEANTIME, THE PROPERLY.
    IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY PROPERLY.
    IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY HAS IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY HAS IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY HAS
    NOTIFIED IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY HAS
    NOTIFIED SEVERAL IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY HAS
    NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS
    ALONG NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS
    ALONG THE NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS
    ALONG THE TRACKS NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS
    ALONG THE TRACKS AS NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS
    ALONG THE TRACKS AS WELL NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS
    ALONG THE TRACKS AS WELL AS NOTIFIED SEVERAL EMPLOYERS
    ALONG THE TRACKS AS WELL AS THE ALONG THE TRACKS AS WELL AS THE ALONG THE TRACKS AS WELL AS THE
    SKEETERS ALONG THE TRACKS AS WELL AS THE
    SKEETERS BASEBALL

    Unused Railroad Crossing Activated 1st Time in Years
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    Unused Railroad Crossing Activated 1st Time in Years

    August 22, 2019


    Ladies and gentlemen this might be the
    last time you guys might ever hear this Crossing activated this is obviously
    a malfunction. I don’t know if it was caused by Hurricane Irma but
    yeah this crossing here is unused right it’s the CSX S line Homestead
    subdivision milepost 60.67 got a safe tran systems signal base it’s an ungated
    gated crossing but you can see that the lights are going off now obviously uh
    there hasn’t been a train here for years this is track view Southwest as you
    can see over there there’s our shrubs covering the tracks this is track view north-east You can hear that E dinger Then you got the relay case there. safe tran signal base as well I’ve never
    heard this crossing activated before so my first time and this will probably be
    the last time cuz as I said CSX hasn’t sent a train here in years nor do they
    have any plans to there’s actually been talks of them trying to sell this line
    or do something with it but yeah as you can see this this rail here is from 1926
    was which was when the line was originally built 1925 no no 1926 it was that’s the year was built in 1926
    to promote tourism to homestead which is just about maybe 10 15 miles down that
    way see what else can I tell you about the
    line yeah it was originally built for for passenger trains that was
    discontinued in about sixties or seventies then it was
    Freight This is an agricultural area here so there’s no industry other than
    strawberries and avocados and as you can see there’s a nursery there this is what
    it’s what it mostly is the nurseries and mangos avocados limes fruits vegetables
    things of that nature let me give you one last shot as I said
    this is not gonna be, you’re not you’re probably not ever going
    to see us again so this will be the way we sign off on this video a tribute to
    this crossing this is Southwest two hundred and thirty second street alrighty
    guys please follow me on instagram railrol82, please subscribe or like thank
    you for viewing over and out

    Bizarre discovery: Cow tongues left on railroad tracks in Sebastian
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    Bizarre discovery: Cow tongues left on railroad tracks in Sebastian

    August 22, 2019


    WITH LIVE, LOCAL, LATE BREAKING NEWS. GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY I AM FELICIA RODROGUEZ. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. BIZARRE DISCOVERY SHUTS DOWN RAILROAD TRACK. ERIN GUY IS HE IS SHERIFF OFFICE REMEMBER DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR THE WOMAN WHO LEFT UNUSUAL PACKAGES RIGHT THERE ON THE TRACKS. ERIN? LIKE YOU SAID THEY ARE TRYING TO FIND SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OFFERING $1,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND. THEY ARE BEING LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO DROPPED OFF SUSPICOUS PACKAGE ON RAILROAD. LET’S SHOW YOU SOME PICTURES RIGHT OFF THE TOP. SOMEONE SAW ANOTHER PERSON LEAVING PACKAGE ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS AT ROAD LYNN ROAD. NOW, SHERIFF OFFICE TOOK IT VERY SERIOUSLY WHAT THEY FOUND WAS PACK WANT WIRE, INSIDE THEY FOUND COW TONGUES WITH NAILS AND PINS INSIDE. HERE 9-1-1 THAT JUST CAME INTO THE NEWS ROOM OF THE PERSON WHO SAW SOMEONE LEAVING THE PACKAGE. THERE IS WITH A WOMAN WHO GOT OUT OF HER CAR SHE HAD A WEIRD THING ON HER HEAD LIKE MAYBE SHE WAS A CANCER PATIENT. SHE WAS PUTTING STUFF ON THE RAILWAY TRACK AND GOING UP TO — CAME BACK AND AS WE COULD SEE STUFF LAYING ON RAILROAD TRACK. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. IF IT IS JUST RETURN BUT IT IS JUST IT REALLY WEIRD. WHILE THIS MAY SOUND UNUSUAL TO YOU AND I HERE AT THE SHERIFF OFFICE THEY HAVE HEARD OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. DEPUTIES SAY THIS RELIGION THAT COMBINES CHRISTIANITY AND WEST AFRICAN BELIEFS AGAIN THEY ARE TRYING FIND ANY ONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WHO MAY HAVE LEFT THIS THEY ARE ASKING YOU TO

    We Are Monticello
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    We Are Monticello

    August 22, 2019


    MY NAME IS KIMBERLIE KRANICH.
    I AM JOINED BY LINDSEY MOON, AND WE ARE JOINED LIVE IN THE STUDIO.
    THIS IS MONTICELLO NIGHT ON YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION W.I.L.L.
    WE ARE JOINED BY OUR GREAT VOLUNTEERS, AND WE WILL SHOW YOU STORIES FROM AROUND THE MONTICELLO
    AREA, RIGHT, LINDSEY?>>THAT’S RIGHT.
    WE WILL HOP ON THE POLAR EXPRESS, MOVE TO THE RHYTHM OF MARCHING STAGES, AND THESE STORIES
    ARE TOLD BY YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. BEHIND ME ARE SOME OF THE MORE OF 70 RESIDENTS
    WHO HELP MAKE THE PROGRAM YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE.
    IF YOU DIDN’T PARTICIPATE, YOU PROBABLY KNOW SOMEONE WHO DID.
    LOOK FOR THEIR NAMES IN THE CREDIT.>>WE ARE LIVE TWEETING TONIGHT’S SHOW.
    HASH TAG, WE ARE MONTICELLO. THIS IS OUR FIRST EPISODE OF “WE ARE” SERIES.
    IF YOU ARE FROM MONTICELLO, YOU CAN BE PROUD THAT YOUR TOWN SAID YES.
    >>WHAT MAKES MONTICELLO SPECIAL? STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT.
    >>FOR STORIES TOLD
    BY OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. WHERE KINDNESS MEETS BEAUTY AND INNOVATION.
    THIS IS “WE ARE MONTICELLO”. SUPPORT FOR “WE ARE MONTICELLO” ARE PROVIDED
    BY KIRBY MEDICAL CENTER, VALUE BASED ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO PROGRESSIVE HOSPITAL, OUTPATIENT
    AND SPECIALTY SERVICES. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT KIRBY’S VALUE BASED
    PHILOSOPHY, KIRBYHEALTH.ORG. AND PRAIRIE FIRE GLASS, GALLERY WITH MIXED
    MEDIA BY LOCAL ARTISTS, AND THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS.
    I AM HOPE WOLFE. I AM INTERESTED IN THE MONTICELLO AG STORY
    AS PART OF “WE ARE MONTICELLO”. MY HUSBAND HAPPENS TO BE A PRIVATE PILOT,
    AND HE OWNS A PLANE. JULIE GAUREY WENT UP IN HIS PLANE AND SHE
    FOUND THE FARMS AROUND MONTICELLO. IT WAS OUR WAY OF SHOWING THAT MASSIVE FARM,
    HOW CLOSE IT IS TO THE TOWN OF MONTICELLO, AND THE VOLUME OF ACREAGE THAT IS INVOLVED
    AND THE COLORS.>>MY HUSBAND, RON, AND I OWN AND OPERATE A
    SMALL ORCHARD. WE HAVE 350 TREES THAT WE GROW.
    AND OF THOSE 350 TREES, WE HAVE 80 VARIETIES OF APPLES.
    HEIRLOOM APPLES ARE AT LEAST 100 YEARS OLD. RON AND A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS RETIRED, AND
    WE HAVE BEEN A FRIEND FOR 30 YEARS, LOANS ME HER HUSBAND ONCE A WEEK, AND THAT IS DUANE.
    DUANE COMES AND HELPS RON PICK APPLES, AND HE TAKES MY PICKING BAG, AND I AM GLADLY GIVING
    IT UP. EVERY APPLE THAT WE GROW AND WE PICK, AND
    WE SHARE WITH THE CUSTOMER, HAS A DIFFERENT FLAVOR OR IT HAS A DIFFERENT TEXTURE, OR IT
    HAS A DIFFERENT TASTE. TERRY LIVES A MILE NORTH OF THE ORCHARD.
    HE AND HIS SONS ARE FARMING. APPROXIMATELY 3500 ACRES OF CORN AND SOYBEANS
    IN FIVE COUNTIES. HE, ON A WHIM, BOUGHT A BUFFALO OR A BISON
    AT AN AUCTION. NOW HE HAS 38 BUFFALO, MOMS AND BABIES.
    AND THEY HAVE BABIES EVERY SPRING. HE DOES HARVEST THE BUFFALO AND PROCESSES
    THE MEAT AND SELLS FRESH BUFFALO MEAT TO THE PUBLIC.
    >>THE TOPFLIGHT GRAIN ELEVATOR IS ONE OF MANY THAT TOPFLIGHT OWNS IN THE MIDWEST.
    THE ELEVATOR IS 180 FEET TALL. SCOTT IS THE MANAGER AND OPERATOR OF THE LOCAL
    TOPFLIGHT GRAIN ELEVATOR. THE BUSHELS OF CORN THAT THEY PROCESS THROUGH
    THAT ELEVATOR AND STORE IN THE STORAGE AND THEN THE SHIPPING OUT IS PHENOMENAL.
    WE ARE TALKING IN THE BILLIONS OF BUSHELS. AND FROM MONTICELLO, IT SHIPS BY RAIL TO THE
    MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND THEN FROM THERE, IT GOES TO NEW ORLEANS.
    AND FROM THERE, IT GOES ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE FARMERS MARKET IS HELD IN MONTICELLO ON
    THURSDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 3 TO 6 P.M. THEY HAVE BAKERIES.
    THEY HAVE SOAP MAKERS. THEY HAVE CANDLES.
    THEY HAVE FRESH GARDEN PRODUCE. THEY HAVE MELONS AND MUMS AND ANYTHING THAT
    THEY CAN PRODUCE AT HOME, AND IT IS JUST ANOTHER OUTLET FOR THE FARMING PRODUCE AND THE PRODUCTS
    THAT ARE FOUND HERE IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS. MONTICELLO IS A RESULT OF AGRICULTURE, AND
    AGRICULTURE IS A PRODUCT OF MONTICELLO BECAUSE OF THE LOCAL SUPPORT FROM THE BANKS, FROM
    THE LOCAL SUPPORT FROM THE PEOPLE AND THE FARMERS LIVE CLOSE BY, AND THEY ACCESS MONTICELLO
    FOR THEIR BASIC NEEDS. SO THEY ARE SO INTERTWINED THAT YOU COULD
    NOT SEPARATE.>>I AM TAYLOR NEWMAN, AND I AM HERE TO TELL
    YOU ABOUT ALL FLOWERS IN TOWN AND HOW THEY MAKE MONTICELLO UNIQUE.
    FLOWER LADY, KAREN, HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE CITY FOR SEVEN YEARS.
    >>PROBABLY MY FAVORITE THING IS IN THE SPRING WHEN YOU GET TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT
    TO PUT TOGETHER AND I GUESS IT IS THE GIRL IN ME THAT LIKES TO GO SHOPPING.
    SO I LOVE TO GO LOOK AT ALL THE FLOWERS IN THE SPRING AND JUST SEE THAT ONE THING THAT
    YOU GO “OH, MY GOSH, THAT IS GORGEOUS!” AND YOU MAKE THAT YOUR CENTERPIECE, AND THEN
    YOU BUILD EVERYTHING ELSE AROUND THAT. I LOVE THAT GOING IN AND PICKING THAT “WOW”
    THING OUT!>>IN THE SPRING, I SHOP WITH KAREN TO GO GET
    THE FLOWERS, AND THEN WE PLANT THEM. WE HAVE TO PLANT ALL THE POTS AND FLOWERS
    THAT ARE IN THE GROUND AND PUT ALL THE POTS OUT AROUND THE SQUARE AND AROUND TOWN.
    THEN ALL SUMMER, I HAVE TO WATER THE POTS AND ALL THE REST OF THE FLOWERS.
    WE HAVE A TRUCK THAT WE TAKE, AND IT HAS A HUNDRED GALLON TANK IN THE BACK, AND WE FILL
    UP THE TANK. WE START ON THE SQUARE BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE
    IS UP THERE. WE GET A LOT OF COMPLIMENTS FROM PEOPLE.
    PEOPLE STOP US ALL THE TIME, WHETHER THEY ARE THIS THEIR CAR OR WALKING AROUND, WALKING
    WITH THEIR DOG, WALKING WITH THEIR KIDS, THEY THANK US FOR WHAT WE DO FOR THE CITY.
    I LOVE TAKING CARE OF THE FLOWERS. IT IS A NICE SUMMER JOB TO HAVE, AND PEOPLE
    REALLY APPRECIATE IT. THE COMMUNITY IS SO GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE DO,
    AND IT MAKES IT WORTHWHILE GETTING UP AT SIX A LITTLE BETTER.
    I MY NAME IS KATHLEEN PIATT. I WILL SHARE SOME STORIES FROM THE PAST OF
    PEOPLE WHO WERE PART OF THE HISTORY OF OUR COMMUNITY.
    MY HUSBAND, DON, IS SIXTH GENERATION DESCENDANT FROM JAMES A. PIATT FOR WHOM THE COUNTY IS
    NAMED. JAMES A. PIATT TRAVELED HERE FROM INDIANA,
    TRADED HIS TIN WARE AND $18 CASH FOR THE HAWORTH CABIN WHICH WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CABINS IN
    THE AREA. THE CABIN IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN USED AS A CHURCH.
    IT SERVED AS A SCHOOL. IT WAS A COMMUNITY CENTER.
    TRAVELERS SAID THERE AS THEY PASSED THROUGH THE COMMUNITY.
    IN 1837 ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, THERE WAS A BIG BARBECUE PICNIC CELEBRATING THE NEW — THIS
    NEW COMMUNITY AND PLOTS WERE BEING SOLD AT THE BARBECUE.
    CLARINDA WAS A DAUGHTER OF AN EARLY PIONEER. AT THE AGE OF 17, CLARINDA, IT IS SAID, RODE
    HER HORSE THROUGH VERMILLION COUNTY THROUGH THE NIGHT, CROSSING SEVERAL RIVERS TO LAY
    CLAIM TO SOME LAND IN THE COURTHOUSE. SHE WAS DEPARTING IN THE BACK END OF THE COURTHOUSE,
    AS HER RIVAL WAS ALSO TRYING TO LAY CLAIM ENTERED THE COURTHOUSE.
    SO AT 17, THIS YOUNG LADY WAS SO COURAGEOUS AND WAS SO DETERMINED TO BE PART OF THE HISTORY
    AND THE FUTURE OF THIS LAND THAT SHE TOOK THAT KIND OF RISK AND SHOWED THAT KIND OF
    COURAGE. SO SHE MARRIED WILLIAM HART PIATT.
    WILLIAM AND CLARINDA WERE THE FAMILY WHO DONATED THE PROPERTY ON WHICH OUR COURTHOUSE NOW STANDS
    IN THE CITY SQUARE MONTICELLO SQUARE. PEOPLE ARE PROUD OF ITS HISTORY.
    AND THERE ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT CAN TRACE THEIR MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY
    BACK TO THE EARLY PIONEERS, EARLY FAMILIES. TO ME, IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE I SEE THE SAME
    AND SENSE THE SAME PIONEERING SPIRIT IN SOME OF THESE PEOPLE.
    THERE ARE SO MANY MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SO WILLING TO SERVE ON BOARDS AND ON COMMITTEES
    AND ON FOUNDATIONS AND INVEST IN MONTICELLO AS A COMMUNITY AND HAVE THAT COMMITMENT AND
    APPRECIATION OF NOT JUST THE PAST, BUT ALSO THEIR PART OF WRITING THE FUTURE OF THE COMMUNITY.
    >>MY NAME IS BRIAN FULLERTON, AND I WILL TALK ABOUT ALLERTON PARK AND RETREAT CENTER.
    HAVING LIVED OTHER PLACES IN THE COUNTRY BEFORE, I RECOGNIZED, BUT HAVING GROWN UP HERE IN
    CENTRAL ILLINOIS, I RECOGNIZED THAT THERE CAN BE A LACK OF NATURAL BEAUTY AND CULTURAL
    BEAUTY IN AN AREA THAT IS MOSTLY FILLED WITH CORN AND SOYBEANS.
    I FEEL THAT ALLERTON PARK AND RETREAT CENTER REALLY PROVIDES THAT NATURAL BEAUTY, TREES,
    AND WOODS AND TRAILS, RIVERS. THE SCULPTORS ALONG THE TRAILS ARE WONDERFUL.
    I AM A BIG FAN OF WATER, AND TO BE ABLE TO RUN AND HIKE ALONG THE RIVER, THERE IS AN
    AMAZING OPPORTUNITY. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TREASURE THAT WE HAVE
    HERE IN MONTICELLO, AND BECAUSE IT IS A TREASURE AND A GIFT GIVEN TO US BY MR. ALLERTON, I
    FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT WE VOLUNTEER TO KEEP THAT TREASURE RUNNING AND LOOKING NICE.
    I LOVE THE MANSION. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL STRUCTURE.
    I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK THERE FOR A SHORT TIME.
    THE HOUSE IS THE ESTATE OF ROBERT HENRY ALLERTON. HE DONATED THAT AND 1500 ACRES OF WOODLAND
    SURROUNDING THE PROPERTY TO UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IN 1946.
    THE UNIVERSITY OPENED THE HOUSE UP AS A RETREAT CENTER IN 1948 AFTER DOING SOME CONVERSIONS
    TO THE FACILITY. AND THE WOOD LANDS HAVE BEEN RUN AS AN OPEN
    PARK, FREE TO THE PUBLIC SINCE 1946.>>I VOLUNTEER ONCE A WEEK IN THE GARDENS,
    AND I HELP MAINTAIN THE GARDENS. I AM NOT A GARDENER.
    I TOLD THEM WHEN I STARTED, I AM NOT A GARDENER. I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING.
    YOU TELL ME WHAT TO DO, AND I WILL DO IT. ANYBODY THAT FEELS LIKE THEY WANT TO VOLUNTEER,
    DON’T FEEL LIKE ARE YOU AND EXPERT. I AM LIVING PROOF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE.
    I WAS TALKING TO MY SON, AND WE WERE PICKING OUT WEEDS, AND IN SPECIES, AND HE SAID IT
    DOESN’T SOUND LIKE MUCH FUN. I CAN’T SAY I THOUGHT IT WAS FUN. BUT SOMEBODY
    HAS TO TAKE CARE OF THE PARKS, AND YOU HAVE TO DO THE FUN THINGS AS WELL AS THE ONES THAT
    AREN’T SO FUN.>>VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATE IN MANY CAPACITIES
    AT ALLERTON. MANY VOLUNTEERS HELP TO MAINTAIN THE GARDENS.
    THEY MONITOR THE TRAILS FOR ANY NECESSARY UPDATES.
    THEY PROVIDE TOURS WITHIN THE MANSION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
    THEY WORK AT THE VISITOR’S CENTER TO HELP PEOPLE ON THE WEEKENDS FIND THEIR WAY THROUGHOUT
    THE PARK. THERE IS A NUMBER OF DEER HUNTER VOLUNTEERS
    THAT DO HOURS SPLITTING WOOD, HELPING SET UP FOR WEDDINGS AND OTHER EVENTS.
    >>I HAVE COME HERE THE LAST 25 YEARS, EVER SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN THE AREA.
    IT IS ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES WE BRING GUESTS WHEN THEY COME TO VISIT US BECAUSE WE LOVE
    THE PARK. WE LOVE THE RESOURCES HERE.
    WE DRIVE AN HOUR, BUT, AGAIN, IT IS SUCH A UNIQUE NATURAL RESOURCE.
    WE FEEL IT IS WELL WORTH OUR TIME AND EFFORT TO COME HERE TO ASSIST WITH THIS.
    >>LIKE MANY GIFTS, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT YOU RESPECT THEM AND TREAT THEM WELL, AND
    THOSE VOLUNTEERS I THINK HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THAT AND APPRECIATION FOR THE PARK AND
    THE FACILITY AND WANT TO KEEP IT LOOKING NICE AND RUNNING SMOOTHLY FOR MANY GENERATIONS
    TO ENJOY. MY NAME IS ALLISON ALLENDER.
    I AM TALKING ABOUT THE MARCHING SAGES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.
    THEY HAVE BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS, AND A GREAT TRADITION HERE
    AND WE ARE PROUD OF THEM. WE TRY TO PROVIDE A LOT OF EXCITEMENT TO THE
    CROWD AND ENERGIZE THEM. IN BETWEEN THE QUARTERS, WE TRY TO PLAY SONGS
    THAT WILL PUMP THE STUDENTS UP. WE TRY TO SHOW OFF WHAT PEOPLE DON’T SEE AT
    A MARCHING BAND COMPETITION. NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE COME TO A BAND OR CONCERT,
    BUT THEY GET A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING. WE ARE PROUD AND WE TRY TO DO OUR VERY BEST
    BECAUSE WE ARE COMPETITIVE MARCHING BANDS. ASIDE FROM OUR ROLE IN FOOTBALL GAMES, AND
    BASKETBALL, PRETTY MUCH SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER, WE ARE ON THE MARCHING BAND FIELD
    AS WELL COMPETING VARIOUS PLACES AND THE STATE AND COUNTRY.
    BUT IN 1978, IT SEEMS KIND OF ROSE TO THE TOP BECAUSE OUR BAND WENT TO A NATIONAL COMPETITION
    AND WON. FROM THAT POINT ON, IT HAS JUST FUELED THAT
    EXCITEMENT AND INTEREST IN THE MARCHING BAND. WE HAVE A LOT OF THE PARENTS THAT WON THAT
    NATIONAL TITLE THAT HAVE THEIR CHILDREN IN THE BAND AT THE MOMENT.
    IT IS GREAT. WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD SUCH A HIGH PERCENTAGE
    OF THE SCHOOL HERE IN BAND. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS YEAR WE HAVE SLIGHTLY OVER
    500 PEOPLE, AND WE HAVE ALMOST 1340 IN THE BAND.
    OFTEN — 130 IN THE BAND. OFTENTIMES IN SCHOOLS, KIDS ARE PULLED CHOOSING
    BETWEEN ATHLETICS AND BAND OR DRAMA AND BAND. HERE WE WORK HARD TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY
    SO THE KIDS CAN DO EVERYTHING. IT IS AMAZING TO BE ABLE TO ALL WORK TOGETHER
    AND HAVE THAT PASSION AND HAVE THAT EXCITEMENT AND TO DO YOUR BEST AND KNOW THAT EVERYONE
    AROUND YOU HAS DONE THEIR BEST AS WELL, AND THAT EXCITEMENT OF WALKING OFF THE FIELD KNOWING
    YOU COULDN’T HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB AND HAVE THAT HUGE GROUP BEHIND YOU IS JUST AMAZING.
    I WOULD DESCRIBE MONTICELLO AS A SMALL TOWN THAT DOESN’T ACT LIKE ONE.
    I THINK WE STILL HAVE THE CULTURAL BENEFITS OF A LARGER COMMUNITY.
    WE ARE VERY EDUCATED POPULATION, AND I THINK WE REALLY TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT WE DO HERE AND
    WE TRY AND MAKE IT BETTER EVERY DAY. I THINK YOU CAN’T ASK FOR BETTER THAN THAT.
    >>THERE IS MORE TO COME AS WE HOP ON THE POLAR EXPRESS AND HEAR THE STORY OF A CHRISTMAS
    BUS TOUR, AND MEET BARBARA BRUCE, AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR MONTICELLO AND W.I.L.L. BY
    MAKING A PLEDGE NOW. THANK YOU.
    (APPLAUSE).>>ALL RIGHT.
    WE ARE HERE LIVE IN THE STUDIO AT W.I.L.L. BECAUSE THIS IS MONTICELLO NIGHT.
    GOOD EVENING. I AM KIMBERLIE KRANICH.
    BEHIND ME ARE SOME OF THE VOLUNTEERS FROM MONTICELLO WHO MADE THE STORY THAT YOU JUST
    WATCHED. THIS IS “WE ARE MONTICELLO”.
    THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENING. THIS IS THE START OF A NEW SERIES CALLED “WE
    ARE.” MONTICELLO RESIDENTS STEPPED UP AND SAID YES
    TO COLLABORATING WITH US TO BRING YOU THE STORIES OF THEIR TOWN. THIS IS “WE ARE MONTICELLO”.
    STORIES ABOUT MONTICELLO TOLD FROM THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE THEMSELVES.
    WHERE ELSE THAN YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION WILL YOU SEE A SHOW LIKE THAT?
    WE ARE ASKING YOU TO CONTRIBUTE AND THANK THE PEOPLE OF MONTICELLO WHO MADE THESE STORIES,
    SUPPORT THEIR STORIES AND SUPPORT THE STATION THAT BROUGHT YOU THIS PRODUCTION.
    “WE ARE MONTICELLO”. GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW.
    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM 50 OF YOU AROUND MONTICELLO AND AROUND THE AREA WHO WANT TO HAVE PROGRAMS
    LIKE THIS ON THE AIR. 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    BEHIND ME ARE THE VOLUNTEERS THAT HELP. 70 PEOPLE IN MONTICELLO STEPPED UP AND SAID,
    YES, WE WANT TO TELL THE STORIES, AND W.I.L.L. WILL HELP US DO THAT AND PUT THEM ON THE AIR
    FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT.
    THAT’S OUR FIRST CALL OUT OF 50. CALL 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    MAYBE YOU WANT A COPY OF THE SHOW FOR YOURSELF. LIND I WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET THAT.
    >>I AM LINDSEY MOON, A PRODUCER AT W.I.L.L. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS SHOW SINCE JULY.
    IT IS ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BY THE 70 OR MORE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED US PRODUCE THIS PROGRAM.
    IF YOU SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION, WE KNOW WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL BRING YOU
    A SHOW LIKE THIS. GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW.
    244-9455. IF YOU ARE ENJOYING THE PROGRAM TONIGHT, THERE
    IS A WAY YOU CAN GET A COPY BY CALLING IN AND PLEDGING YOUR VITAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
    72-DOLLAR LEVEL, YOU CAN GET A DVD OF TONIGHT’S PROGRAM.
    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TWO COPIES, ONE FOR YOURSELF AND ONE FOR SOMEBODY AT CHRISTMAS, YOU CAN
    PLEDGE AT THE $120 LEVEL. IF YOU’D LIKE TWO COPIES OF THE DVD, AND COPY
    OF THE BOOK, “IMAGES OF MONTICELLO.” THAT’S AT THE 144-DOLLAR LEVEL.
    IF YOU VALUE THE PROGRAMMING YOU SEE ON W.I.L.L., GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW.
    IT IS YOUR SUPPORT AND THE SUPPORT FROM THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN YOUR COMMUNITY THAT HAVE
    MADE THAT PROGRAM POSSIBLE. LATER IN THE PROGRAM, WE WILL HEAR A LOT MORE
    ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN YOUR TOWN AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM A SUCCESS.
    WE WILL GO ON A RIDE ON THE POLAR EXPRESS AND HEAR ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND SOME
    OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY HAVE DONE TO VOLUNTEER.
    GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW. LES SCHULTE WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THE REST
    OF THE PROGRAM AND HOW ELSE YOU CAN BE A MEMBER AND SUPPORT W.I.L.L..
    THANKS, LINDSEY. YOU CAN BECOME A FRIEND OF W.I.L.L. TONIGHT
    DURING “WE ARE MONTICELLO” WE HAVE TONS OF YOUR NEIGHBORS RIGHT HERE IN THE STUDIO, JOHN,
    AND LINDSEY, AND JULIE ARE TAKING CALLS RIGHT NOW.
    LET’S KEEP THEM BUSY. CALL (217)244-9455 OR MAKE THE PLEDGE ONLINE,
    WILLPLEDGE.ORG. LET’S HEAR FROM YOU RIGHT NOW, AND BECOME
    A FRIEND OF W.I.L.L. REMEMBER, IF YOU MAKE THAT CONTRIBUTION AT
    THE 72-DOLLAR LEVEL, YOU CAN GET A DVD OF THE PROGRAM THAT YOU ARE WATCHING TONIGHT
    OR THE 120-DOLLAR LEVEL, THAT IS TWO DVDS. HERE IS THE THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT BECOMING
    A SUSTAINING FRIEND OF W.I.L.L. YOU CAN MAKE JUST A COMMITMENT TO W.I.L.L.
    OF SIX DOLLARS A MONTH, SIX DOLLARS A MONTH, $72, YOU CAN GET THANK YOU GIFT OF DVD COPY
    OF THE PROGRAM, MAYBE YOU CAN BUMP IT UP TO TEN DOLLARS A MONTH AT 120-DOLLAR A YEAR COMMITMENT
    TO W.I.L.L. JUST TEN DOLLARS A MONTH AND PICK UP TWO DVDS
    AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS TO YOU. IT STARTS WITH YOUR CALL AND YOUR PLEDGE OF
    SUPPORT. RIGHT NOW, DURING “WE ARE MONTICELLO” COME
    ON, LET’S HEAR FROM YOU ALL OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN THE MONTICELLO AREA.
    CALL (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG. IT IS QUICK.
    IT IS EASY. WE WANT TO KEEP ALL OF THESE PHONES GOING
    RIGHT NOW. LET’S HEAR FROM YOU.
    (217)244-9455. KIMBERLIE?
    >>YES, LES, AND WE ALREADY HAVE EIGHT PHONE CALLS.
    EIGHT PEOPLE CALLING OUT OF 50. THAT MEANS THE LINES MIGHT BE BUSY.
    IF YOU ARE CALLING AND TRYING TO MAKE A PLEDGE, BE PATIENT AND CALL BACK.
    OR GO ONLINE, NO LINES THERE, WILLPLEDGE.ORG AND YOU CAN MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE
    STORIES OF MONTICELLO TOLD BY MONTICELLO STORYTELLERS THEMSELVES AND SUPPORTED BY THIS PUBLIC TELEVISION
    STATION, W.I.L.L. WE WORK WITH THE TOWN FOR THREE MONTHS.
    WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THE GENEROSITY OF MONTICELLO. YOU HEARD IT IN THE MARCHING BAND, HOW MUCH
    THEY PRACTICE AND HOW MUCH THEY GIVE TO MONTICELLO. AND WE HAVE NAMES HERE.
    STEVE WITT FROM MONTICELLO. STEVE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE. WE WANT
    TO READ ALL THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO CALL IN. YOU WILL SEE ALL THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE WHO
    MADE THIS SHOW, AND WE WANT TO READ ALL THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THE STATION
    RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE A GOAL OF 50 CALLS.
    WE HAVE AT LEAST EIGHT RIGHT NOW. THAT’S A GREAT START.
    YOU CAN CALL IN AND WE CAN THANK YOU RIGHT NOW ON AIR BY CALLING IN WITH YOUR PLEDGE.
    CALL 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG. YOU CAN GET YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF THIS SHOW,
    AND A COPY FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE AND GIVE TO THEM.
    THESE STORIES ARE VERY PRECIOUS TO US. WE HAVE SOME OF THE STORYTELLERS IN THE ROOM.
    YOU SAW THE FLOWER LADY STORY, ALLERTON PARK VOLUNTEERS ARE HERE, MAUREEN.
    AND HE IS WATCHING ON TV ON CHARTER STREET. CALL 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    LINDSEY WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET A COPY OF THIS SHOW FOR YOURSELF.
    >>IF YOU WATCHED THE FIRST PART OF THIS SHOW, AND THOUGHT, WOW, I AM SO GLAD PBS PROGRAMMING
    IS MAKING THIS SHOW POSSIBLE. IF YOU PLEDGE AT THE 72 DOLLAR LEVEL, YOU
    CAN GET A P COY OF THE DVD. WE WILL SEND IT TO YOU.
    HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE THERE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET A COPY TO YOURSELF AND
    SEND ONE TO A FRIEND, CAN YOU MEN AT THE 120-DOLLAR LEVEL.
    IF YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE THIS EVENING, YOU CAN GET A COPY OF THE DVD, AND
    “MONTICELLO” BY MAUREEN HOLTZ WHO IS IN THE STUDIO WITH US TONIGHT.
    COMING UP, WE WILL HEAR MORE STORIES ABOUT MONTICELLO.
    THIS PROGRAM HAS ONLY BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.
    THEY ARE THE ONES WHO WENT OUT AND PITCHED THESE STORIES.
    THEY BROUGHT THEM TO US AND SAID THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT MAKE MY TOWN SPECIAL.
    IF YOU VALUE THAT SORT OF PROGRAMMING FROM YOUR STATION, CALL AND GIVE A PLEDGE RIGHT
    NOW. WE ARE COMING ON THE END OF THE YEAR, AND
    IT IS YOUR CONTRIBUTION THAT WILL KEEP THIS GOING THROUGH 2014.
    GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW. (217)244-9455.
    THE PHONES HAVE BEEN RINGING OFF THE HOOK FOR THE LAST FEW MINUTES, AND WE ARE SO EXCITED
    TO HEAR FROM YOU. IF YOU CAN’T GET THROUGH, TRY AGAIN AND MAYBE
    YOU COULD ALSO GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG AND CONTINUE WATCHING THE PROGRAM IN A FEW
    MINUTES. LES SCHULTE WILL TELL YOU HOW ELSE YOU CAN
    SUPPORT THE STATION.>>IT IS EASY TO MAKE THAT PLEDGE, LINDSEY.
    ALL WE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO RIGHT NOW IS GET INVOLVED JUST FOR A FEW MINUTES AND GOING
    BACK TO THE PROGRAM SHORT LIFT NUMBER TO CALL IS (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE AT WILL PLEDGE.ORG.
    WE WANT TO THANK DEBBIE HINES FROM MONTICELLO. WE WANT TO THANK DAVID AND ANN BECHTEL FROM
    CHAMPAIGN. AND JEANIE HADLY FROM MONTICELLO.
    YOU ARE SUPPORTING YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NEIGHBORS WHO HAVE HELPED MAKE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE.
    THIS WAS A REAL COMMUNITY EFFORT IN PUTTING THIS SHOW TOGETHER.
    WE REALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE CITIZENS OF MONTICELLO.
    THEY WENT OUT. THEY WORKED AND THEY RECORDED PROGRAMS AND
    FILMED PROGRAMS THAT THEY THOUGHT WERE IMPORTANT TO THEM, THINGS ABOUT MONTICELLO, YOUR CITY,
    THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO THEM. THEY PUT TOGETHER A GREAT SHOW.
    WE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE FIRST SEGMENT. YOU WILL ENJOY ALL OF THE STORIES COMING UP,
    BUT IT TAKES YOUR INVOLVEMENT ALSO. IT IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO KEEP PROGRAMS
    LIKE THIS ON THE AIR HERE ON YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION TO GIVE W.I.L.L. THE RESOURCES TO
    GO OUT AND HELP MAKE THESE PROGRAMS AND PRODUCE THESE SHOWS.
    DO YOU THINK THIS IS IMPORTANT TO YOU THAT WE HAVE THESE STORIES ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY
    IN ON YOUR PUBLIC STATION. NOW WE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO YOUR PART AND
    CALL 244-9455 OR GOING ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG. REMEMBER, MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OF $75, PICK
    UP A DVD COPY OF THE PROGRAM “WE ARE MONTICELLO” AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS TO YOU.
    >>THAT’S RIGHT, LES. THE PHONES ARE RINGING, AND THAT’S REALLY
    GOOD NEWS. AGAIN, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE DOING
    THIS. THIS IS THE FIRST EPISODE IN “WE ARE” SERIES.
    MONTICELLO SAID YES. WE THANK THE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN WHO SAID
    WE WILL MAKE STORIES FOR YOU AND TELL THEM IN OUR OWN EYES AND PUT THEM ON THE AIR FOR
    ALL TO SEE. THERE ARE 21 STORIES IN THE SHOW, 21 STORIES,
    AND OVER 70 PEOPLE WERE PART OF MAKING THOSE STORIES.
    WE WANT YOU TO CALL RIGHT NOW AND SUPPORT THE STORYTELLERS OF MONTICELLO AND THE STATION
    THAT BRINGS THOSE STORIES. 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    WE WANT TO HAVE 50 PLEDGES IN THE FIRST BREAK. WE KNOW MONTICELLO CAN DO THAT.
    YOU ARE A VERY GENEROUS COMMUNITY. AS WE WORKED WITH YOU AND TALKED WITH YOU,
    AND ALL THE FOOTAGE YOU SHOT, THE GENEROSITY, THE WARMTH, THAT NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL, CARING
    FOR EACH OTHER, CAME OUT REAL CLEARLY. IT WILL COME OUT THROUGHOUT THE SHOW OVER
    AND OVER AGAIN. HELP US KEEP DOING THIS WITH OTHER TOWNS AND
    LET MONTICELLO SET THAT BAR REALLY HIGH BY SAYING YES RIGHT NOW TO MAKING A PLEDGE TO
    THE STORIES OF MONTICELLO AND THE STATION. 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG. LIAM AND EMA LEAN
    FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE. THERESA COLEMAN.
    WE WANT TO READ EVERYONE’S NAME ON THE AIR. GIVE US A CALL 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    THE MOMENTUM IS PALPABLE. PHONES ARE RINGING.
    OH, ANOTHER ONE, LINDA HOWARTH FROM MONTICELLO. LINDSEY HAS SOME THINGS TO TELL YOU.
    LINDSEY, TAKE IT AWAY.>>THANKS, KIMBERLIE.
    WE ARE LIVE IN THE STUDIO MAKING OUR DEBUT IN THE NEW SERIES CALLED “WE ARE.”
    WE CAME TO MONTICELLO, AND PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN WONDERFUL IN HELPING US
    GET THIS PROJECT OFF THE GROUND OF WE CAME TO THE FIRST MEETING AND TENS OF PEOPLE CAME
    WITH NEW EXCITING IDEAS. I MOVED HERE AND LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT THE
    AREA FROM THE RESIDENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. IF YOU VALUE WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN TONIGHT ON
    THE PROGRAM SO FAR, GIVE US A CALL. IF YOU LIKED WHAT WE HAVE SEEN, THERE IS A
    WAY FOR YOU TO GET A PROGRAM. IF YOU PLEDGE AT THE 72-DOLLAR LEVEL, CAN
    YOU GET A COPY OF THE DVD TONIGHT AND IF YOU FEEL LIKE MAYBE YOU WANT A SECOND COPY TO
    GIVE ONE TO A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR, PLEDGE AT THE 120-DOLLAR LEVEL AND GET TWO DVDS.
    WE HAVE PEOPLE TO THANK TONIGHT. JULIE AND JEFF CLOTFELTER.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL TO HEAR FROM YOU THIS
    EVENING. HERE AT W.I.L.L. WE TRY TO BRING YOU THINGS
    THAT WILL EXPOSE YOU TO NEW IDEAS. WE ALSO VALUE COMMUNITY AND HOME TOWN AND
    SORTS OF THINGS THAT REALLY MAKE MONTICELLO A UNIQUE PLACE TO LIVE.
    SO THAT’S WHY WE HAVE PUT SO MUCH EFFORT AND TIME INTO HELPING BRING THIS PROGRAM TO YOU
    THIS EVENING MADE BY THE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. LES SCHULTE WILL TELL YOU MORE HOW EASY IT
    IS TO PLEDGE TO W.I.L.L.>>(217)244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    I WAS LOOKING OVER HERE BECAUSE CHRIS JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE.
    YOU KNOW HAD A WHAT THAT MEANS? IT MEANS IT IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO CALL THIS
    RIGHT NOW AND MAKE THAT PLEDGE OF SUPPORT. LET’S KEEP HIM BUSY.
    CHRIS DIDN’T COME INTO HERE TO CHAT WITH WHATEVER HE IS CHATTING WITH.
    HE CAME IN HERE TO TALK TO YOU. (217)244-9455.
    WE WANT TO THANK DENNIS PONCHAS, FROM WHITE HEATH.
    WE HAVE ANONYMOUS, THANK YOU, MR. ANONYMOUS FROM MONTICELLO.
    AND STEVE MITZEE FROM MONTICELLO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    JOIN THEM RIGHT NOW AND CALL THAT NUMBER. IF YOU THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM IS A GREAT
    REPRESENTATION OF YOUR COMMUNITY, MONTICELLO, JOIN US IN HELPING US BEING ABLE TO MAKE SURE
    WE CAN PRODUCE MORE PROGRAMS LIKE THIS FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA.
    STEP UP AND SAY WE ARE PROUD OF MONTICELLO. WE LIKE THE WORK.
    WE ARE PROUD OF THE WORK THAT OUR NEIGHBORS HAVE DONE, AND WE WANT TO SUPPORT THEM.
    CALL (217)244-9455. MAKE A 72-DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION RIGHT NOW AND
    YOU CAN PICK UP A THANK YOU GIFT AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS.
    DVD COPY OF THE PROGRAM. AT THE 120-DOLLAR LEVEL, JUST A TEN DOLLAR
    A MONTH COMMITMENT, TWO COPIES. THANKS TO DAWN JOHNSON FROM MONTICELLO.
    THANK YOU, DAWN. AND LINDA FROM MONTICELLO.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS RIGHT NOW
    IN SUPPORTING “WE ARE MONTICELLO” WITH YOUR CALL.
    CALL RIGHT NOW. KIMBERLIE?
    >>YES, LES, THE PHONES ARE RINGING. THIS IS GREAT.
    I THINK TIM IS FREE NOW. YOU CAN CALL AND TALK TO TIM BECAUSE TIM,
    AFTER THIS BREAK, HE HAS TO LEAVE. HE HAS TO PICK UP SOMEBODY AT THE AIRPORT.
    IF YOU WANT TO GET HIM TO WORK, GIVE A CALL RIGHT NOW.
    244-9455 OR IF YOU CALL AND IT IS BUSY, EITHER CALL RIGHT BACK OR GO ONLINE WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    WE HAVE GOT SOME GREAT STORIES COMING UP. WE HAVE STORIES ABOUT BUSINESS.
    WE HAVE GOT THE THEATER COMING UP. WE HAVE THE RAILROAD MUSEUM AND POLAR EXPRESS.
    WE HAVE A VERY TOUCHING STORY ABOUT LORI SPAINHAUR, AND CHRISTMAS BUS AND WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT
    A WONDERFUL SPECIAL NEIGHBORHOOD IN MONTICELLO. WE DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS THAT.
    WE WANT YOU TO CALL IN. WHEN YOU PLEDGE, YOU ARE SAYING THANK YOU
    MONTICELLO FORETELLING THOSE STORIES. THANK YOU TO THE STATION, W.I.L.L. FOR BRINGING
    THOSE STORIES TO YOU, AND YOU CAN GET A COPY OF IT FOR 72-DOLLAR PLEDGE.
    WE WILL SAY THANKS AND GIVE THAT TO YOU. HEY, IF YOU CAN AFFORD LITTLE BIT MORE, $20,
    WE WILL SEND YOU TWO COPIES AND YOU CAN GIVE ONE AWAY.
    IF YOU CALL IN RIGHT NOW, THAT’S A VOTE, A VOTE FOR THIS GREAT WORK, OF THIS PARTNERSHIP
    OF W.I.L.L. WORKING IN YOUR COMMUNITIES TOGETHER AND MAKE THESE STORIES AND BROADCAST THEM
    ACROSS THE REGION. 244-9455 IS THE NUMBER TO CALL OR WILLPLEDGE.
    WE WANT TO READ EVERYBODY’S ON THE AIR. HERE IS MORE.
    BRIAN MURPHY. LINDSEY HAS MORE TO READ.
    CALL IN RIGHT NOW. 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    >>THE PHONE HAS BEEN — I AM STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO A PHONE BANK, IT HAS BEEN RINGING
    AND STARTLED ME A FEW TIMES. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.
    GOOD TO KEEP THE ENERGY UP AROUND HERE. IF YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE PROGRAM, AND THIS
    IS SOMETHING YOU VALUE. GIVE US A CALL.
    (219)244-9455. IF YOU ARE MAYBE, THINKING, THIS IS A WONDERFUL
    PROGRAM, AND I’D REALLY LIKE TO GIVE IT TO SOMEONE AS A GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS.
    IF YOU CALL IN AND MEN YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS PROGRAMMING AS A THANK YOU GIFT, WE WILL SEND
    YOU A COPY OF THE DVD AT THE 72-DOLLAR LEVEL, CAN YOU GET ONE COPY AND YOU CAN WATCH IT
    AND REVISIT SOME OF THE STORIES AND THE THINGS THAT MAKE MONTICELLO UNIQUE OVER AND OVER
    AGAIN. THE PHONE JUST RANG AGAIN RIGHT NEXT TO ME.
    IF THAT’S YOU CALLING, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE.
    LET’S KEEP THE PHONES BUSY. WE WANTED 50 PLEDGES THIS HOUR, AND WE ARE
    HALFWAY THERE I WOULD SAY FROM LISTENING TO THE PHONES RINGING BEHIND ME.
    IF YOU CALL AND YOU FEEL YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE AT THE ONE DOLLAR LEVEL, 120, TWO DVD, AND
    $144, DVD, AND “MONTICELLO.” FROM MAUREEN HOLTZ WHO IS IN THE STUDIO.
    IT IS YOUR DOLLARS AND IT IS YOUR SUPPORT THAT MAKES PROGRAMS LIKE THIS POSSIBLE.
    IT IS REALLY EASY TO PLEDGE, GIVE US A CALL AT (217)244-9455.
    MAKE SURE TO CALL NOW SO WHEN WE RETURN TO THE PROGRAM HERE IN JUST THREE MINUTES, YOU
    WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH IT. LES SCHULTE WILL TELL YOU MORE.
    >>(217)244-9455 IS THE NUMBER TO CALL AND MAKE THAT PLEDGE RIGHT NOW DURING “WE ARE
    MONTICELLO”. WE WANT TO THANK RICK HIGHSLOPE, FROM HIGHSLOPE
    BACKHOE BUSINESS. HE IS CHALLENGING OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS TO
    CALL IN AND MAKE THEIR PLEDGE OF SUPPORT TONIGHT. WHY DON’T YOU TAKE HIM UP ON THAT CHALLENGE.
    CALL (217)244-9455 AND MAKE A TEN DOLLAR A MONTH CONTRIBUTION TO W.I.L.L., THAT’S JUST
    120-DOLLAR A YEAR COMMITMENT. IF YOU DO, MAKE 120-DOLLAR A YEAR PLEDGE OR
    PUT IT OUT AS SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP, JUST TEN DOLLARS A MONTH, YOU CAN PICK UP TWO COPIES
    OF THE PROGRAM “WE ARE MONTICELLO” AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS TO YOU.
    KEEP YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS BUSY. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF LINES OPEN RIGHT NOW.
    I BELIEVE CHRIS IS WAITING TO TAKE A CALL. WE GOT LINE OPEN OVER THERE.
    CALL (217)244-9455. WE WANT TO THANK PHYLLIS AND CAROL BLANKENBERG
    OF MONTICELLO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PLEDGE OF SUPPORT.
    THESE PROGRAMS REALLY ARE ONLY POSSIBLE ON YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION.
    WE REALLY ENJOY WORKING WITH THE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN MONTICELLO AND MAKING THIS PROGRAM
    POSSIBLE. WE CAN DO MORE OF THESE PROGRAMS WITH YOUR
    HELP AND WITH YOUR SUPPORT. THAT’S WHY WE ARE TAKING A MOMENT RIGHT NOW
    BEFORE WE GO BACK TO THE PROGRAM. WE HAVE SOME GREAT STORIES COMING UP ON MONTICELLO
    THAT YOU WANT TO STAY TUNED FOR. BUT RIGHT NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE
    A PLEDGE AT (217)244-9455 FOR LOCAL PRODUCTIONS HERE ON W.I.L.L.
    CALL (217)244-9455. KIMBERLIE?
    >>THAT’S RIGHT, LES. ALL THE PHONES ARE BUSY AGAIN.
    EVERYONE IS ON THE PHONE TAKING CALLS. CALLIE IS ON THE PHONE.
    TIM SAID, CAN YOU BELIEVE I AM ON THE AIR? YES, I CAN BRIEF IT BECAUSE MONTICELLO IS
    GENEROUS. NOT ONLY DID YOU HELP MAKE THE STORIES, BUT
    CAME DOWN TO COME DOWN AND TAKE THE PLEDGES, JULIE AND JEFF CLOTFELTER.
    THERESA COLEMAN, BRIAN MURPHY FROM MONTICELLO. THANK YOU.
    KARATE KIDS OF MONTICELLO. THANK YOU.
    AND PHIL AND CAROL BLANKEN BERG, THANK YOU. DENNIS PONCHES, THANK YOU.
    ALSO WANT TO THANK BILL AND MARGARET BATEMAN FROM MONTICELLO.
    WE HEARD FROM LLOYD, WAX, THEY MADE A PLEDGE. THAT’S AWESOME.
    LLOYD AND DONNA WITT. PATRICK SLEVIN FROM MONTICELLO.
    THOMAS AND HEIDI EPPERSON. SHE STEPPED UP AND IS ONE OF HER STORIES.
    SHE TOLD THE STORY ABOUT KIRBY HOSPITAL WHICH IS COMING UP.
    WE DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS THAT. WE WANT YOU TO CALL NOW.
    WE WANTED TO HAVE 50 CALLS. WE WILL FIND OUT IN THE NEXT BREAK.
    HELP US MAKE IT BY CALLING (217)244-9455. BOB AND JUDITH MUNSON.
    I WILL PASS IT OVER TO LINDSEY. IF YOU CAN’T GET THROUGH, GO TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG
    AND MAKE YOUR PLEDGE THERE OR KEEP CALLING. VOLUNTEERS FROM MONTICELLO LOVE TO BE BUSY.
    244-9455. LINDSEY?
    >>THANKS, KIMBERLIE. THE PHONES HAVE BEEN RINGING AND WE ARE SO
    HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU. IF YOU ARE WATCHING THE FIRST PART OF THIS
    MONTICELLO, YOU CAN WATCH IT NEXT. STAY TUNED.
    WE HAVE A REALLY GREAT STORY. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE PHONE WITH EDWINA,
    AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK PEOPLE WHO CALLED TO PLEDGE,
    PAT HUDSON FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU SO MUCH. JOHN AND ANN NATION, THANK YOU ALSO FOR CALLING
    AND BEING A PART OF TONIGHT’S PROGRAM. WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU.
    THIS IS THE FIRST PART OF ONGOING SERIES WE ARE STARTING CALLED “WE ARE.”
    IF YOU ARE NOT FROM MONTICELLO, AND YOU WANT US TO COME TO YOUR TOWN, CALL THIS AND MAKE
    YOUR PLEDGE OF SUPPORT, (217)244-9455. PHONES HAVE BEEN BUSY, IF YOU CALL IN RIGHT
    NOW YOU CAN MAKE A PLEDGE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE SHOW AND WOULD
    LIKE TO GET A COPY, CAN YOU PLEDGE AT THE $27, OR SUSTAINING MEMBER, PLEDGE A FEW DOLLARS
    A MONTH, YOU CAN GET A COPY OF THE DVD, AND YOU FEEL LIKE MAYBE TWO COPIES, PLEDGE AT
    $120, OR ONGOING TEN DOLLARS A MONTH AND GET TWO COPIES OF THE DVD.
    IF YOU CAN GIVE MORE THAN THAT, WE’D ARE LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
    AS A THANK YOU GIFT, WE WILL SEND DVD, AND COPY OF THE BOOK “MONTICELLO” YOU WILL SEE
    ABOUT THE HISTORY, AND PHOTOS FROM THE PIATT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WHO HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL.
    WE WILL GO TO LES SCHULTE, AND HE WILL TELL YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO PLEDGE.
    >>THANKS, LINDSEY. WE HAD A NICE COMMENT COMING IN FROM FACEBOOK,
    I LOVE LOCALLY PRODUCED SHOWS ON TOMORROW TOWN PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE AREA.
    THAT’S WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS SHOW. WE CAN DO OTHER PROGRAMS ON OTHER HOME TOWNS
    IN OUR COMMUNITY. WANT TO THANK JOHN AND ANN NATION FROM MONTICELLO.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WANT TO THANK YOU WHEN YOU CALL AT (217)244-9455.
    CALL RIGHT NOW.>>WE CAN STRETCH A LITTLE BIT, IF WE NEED
    TO. (217)244-9455 OR CALL THAT NUMBER OR MAKE
    A PLEDGE ONLINE.>>I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT DOING BUSINESS
    IN MONTICELLO. FILIPPO’S IS ONE OF THOSE AMERICAN DREAM STORIES.
    ROSA AND PHILIP CAME FROM SICILY 40 YEARS AGO WITH THE PURPOSE OF OPENING PIZZA RESTAURANT.
    THEY LOVE MONTICELLO. PHILIP SAID HE LIKES MONTICELLO, BUT PHILIP
    AND ROSA STILL WORK THERE. THEIR KIDS STILL WORK THERE, AND GRANDKIDS
    ARE ACTUALLY GROWING UP IN THE RESTAURANT. IT IS KIND OF NICE.
    PEOPLE REMEMBER PHILIP, AND YOU CAN GET THEM FROZEN TO GO.
    VILLAGE WARDROBE IS ONE OF THE NEWER BUSINESSES. IN ADDITION TO CONSIGNMENT, HAS NEW TOYS,
    MELISSA, AND DOUG TOYS, TOMORROW AS THE TANK, AND TOYS KIDS LOVE.
    THEY HAVE BOUTIQUE NEW CLOTHING LINE AS WELL. WE HAVE BARBER BRUCE, LOCAL BARBERSHOP IN
    MONTICELLO OVER 50 YEARS. FATHERS WHO BRING SONS WHO BRING THEIR SONS,
    AND HE GETS TO SEE EVERYBODY GROW UP ALL THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.
    HE STEERS AWAY FROM POLITICS AND RELIGION, BUT HE LISTENS, AND THAT’S KIND OF NIGHT.
    YOU HAVE PEOPLE COMING FROM OUTLYING COMMUNITIES JUST FOR THE BARBER BRUCE.
    THIS WAS A JOHN DEERE BUSINESS ON THE SQUARE, IT BURNED DOWN ACTUALLY.
    IT STILL HAS BEEN A GENERATION AL BUSINESS. IT IS STILL LOCATED IN MONTICELLO, AND STILL
    JOHN DEERE HARD CORE. WITH HEATH’S, YOU KNOW EVERYBODY, AND YOU
    GO AND STILL HAVE THE ONE ON ONE SERVICE THAT IS FABULOUS.
    YOU CAN GET YOUR JOHN DEERE TOYS OR GO BUY YOUR COMBINE.
    I ALSO THINK OUT OF THE BLUE POLISH POTTERY. THEY GO TO POLAND AND BUY THE POLISH HAND
    PAINTED POTTERY. IT WAS ONE ROOM, AND EXPANDED TO ANOTHER BUILDING.
    THEY HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SHOW ROOM. IT IS MICROWAVEABLE. IT IS DISHWASHER SAFE, IT IS PRETTY MUCH EVERY
    DAY USE. IT IS GORGEOUS.
    STEEPLE GALLERY IS MUST STOP PLACE WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO DO WORK, THEY HAVE WI FI
    TO SET UP YOUR LAPTOP. CAN YOU GET COFFEE.
    YOU CAN GET BAKED GOODS. IT IS A NICE QUIET ATMOSPHERE, BUT ALSO VERY
    SOCIAL. IT STILL LOOKS LIKE A CHURCH.
    IT STILL HAS THE STEEPLE. JIM IS THE OWNER OF STEEPLE GALLERY.
    HE OWNED THE BUSINESS IN MONTICELLO FOR SEVERAL DECADES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.
    HE IS ALWAYS THERE TO LISTEN, AND HE IS VERY CASUAL AND MAKES GREAT COFFEE.
    >>I CAME TO MONTICELLO TEN YEARS AGO. I AM VERY PROUD AND HONORED TO BE A PART OF
    THE CITY WORKING FOR ET CITY AND ALSO OWNING A BUSINESS IN TOWN. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE JUST
    OVERWHELMED WITH THE SUPPORT THAT THE COMMUNITY PROVIDES US.
    >>MY NAME IS CARL SEIBENS, AND I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE MONTICELLO THEATER ASSOCIATION.
    WE WERE FORMED IT SEEMS LIKE A HUNDRED YEARS AGO.
    IT IS 1975. WE HAVE BEEN DOING PLAYS ALMOST CONTINUOUSLY
    EVER SINCE THAT. AFTER WE STARTED IN THE PHOENIX THEATER, THE
    PEOPLE WENT TO THE SHOWS AND SAID “BOY, THESE ARE GOOD.”
    SO NOW WE ARE DOING PRETTY WELL. WE INVOLVE ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE FROM IN TOWN
    AND ALSO WE GET MEMBERS WHO COME IN FROM AS FAR AWAY AS ST. JOSEPH AND DECATUR AND CHAMPAIGN.
    WE TRY TO GATHER A LOT OF PEOPLE TOGETHER SO WE CAN DO A SHOW.
    WE ALWAYS HAVE HAD VOLUNTEERS. WE HAVE A CORE OF PEOPLE THAT THE ONES THAT
    YOU GO TO AND SAY “COULD YOU HELP ME DO THIS, THAT, OR THE OTHER.”
    BUT THEN THEY WILL SAY “YOU KNOW, I KNOW SOMEBODY WHO –” AND THEN THEY WILL BRING IN SOMEONE
    ELSE. IT TAKES PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO MAKE CLOTHES TO
    BE THE COSTUME PERSON, PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO SEARCH THROUGH YOUR GARAGE SALES TO GET PROPS.
    PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO BUILD THINGS TO DO THE SET.
    THE PEOPLE THAT WORK ONSET ARE GOOD AT MAKING THINGS LOOK BETTER THAN THEY REALLY TRULY
    ARE. I TELL PEOPLE I’D RATHER ACT THAN EAT, AND
    YOU CAN SEE I AM PRETTY FOND OF EATING. HERE IS PLACE YOU CAN COME AND SEE A TOPNOTCH
    PERFORMANCE OF PLAYS THAT YOU DON’T NECESSARILY SEE AT THE OTHER PLACES.
    >>I AM JOHN SUDO, CURRENTLY ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MONTICELLO RAILROAD MUSEUM.
    I AM HERE TO DISCUSS THE MONTICELLO MUSEUM IN MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS.
    WHEN FOLKS COME OUT AND RIDE THE TRAIN, THEY GET TO SAMPLE WHAT IT WAS LIKE PARTICULARLY
    BACK SAY IN THE 1930’S, 1940’S, AND SOMETIMES EVEN FURTHER BACK THAN THAT WITH THE STEAM
    LOCOMOTIVE, WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO ACTUALLY RIDE A TRAIN, AND NOT ONLY EXPERIENCE THE TRAIN
    RIDE, BUT SEE HOW THE RAILROAD IMPACTED THE COMMUNITY.
    WE HOSTED UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT RAIL TECH CLASS, AND WE HAD APPROXIMATELY
    70 STUDENTS. WE REBUILT STATE STREET CROSSING IN DOWNTOWN
    MONTICELLO. WE HAD 20 MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS ALONG WITH 70
    OF THE STUDENTS. IT IS BASICALLY A LABORATORY FOR THE UNIVERSITY
    TO COME OUT HERE AND EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE STUDYING CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES THAT THEY LIKE
    TO LOOK BACK AND BEGIN WITH THE BASICS IN RAILWAY TRACK ENGINEERING.
    MONTICELLO RAILROAD MUSEUM BEGAN IN 1966, AND IT WAS REFERRED TO AS SPUR.
    IT WAS SOCIETY FOR PRESERVATION OF RETIRED RAIL FANS. WE HAVE TWO RAILROAD DEPOTS.
    WE HAVE THE DEPOT DOWNTOWN WABASH DEPOT. WE HAVE NELSON CROSSING OUT AT THE MUSEUM
    OF WE ARE ONE OF THE VERY, VERY FEW MUSEUMS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY THAT HAS TWO DEPOTS.
    WHEN FOLKS GET ON THE TRAIN, THEY ARE LEAVING AT POINT OF DEPARTURE, AND THEY ARRIVE AT
    A DESTINATION. THAT’S PART OF OUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE,
    IS THEY GET TO SEE AND INTERACT WITH THE UNIFORM TRAIN CREWS. MUSEUM IS EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
    FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. WE HAVE OUR MUSEUM SEASON RUNS TYPICALLY MAY
    THROUGH OCTOBER AND USUALLY EVERY MONTH WE HAVE SOME TYPE OF SPECIAL EVENT THAT WE FOCUS
    ON. THE POLAR EXPRESS IS, BY FAR, OUR MOST POPULAR
    EVENT OF THE YEAR. THIS YEAR WILL BE OUR SIXTH YEAR THAT WE HAVE
    RUN THIS EVENT. WE STARTED OUT — WE SELL TICKETS IN JUNE,
    JUNE FIRST. THE FIRST YEAR WE DID THE EVENT, IT TOOK UNTIL
    ROUGHLY AFTER LABOR DAY. IN 2013, WE WERE PLEASED AND SURPRISED MANY
    OF US AT THE MUSEUM THAT WE SOLD 3600 TICKETS IN ONE HOUR 40 MINUTES.
    STEAM LOCOMOTIVE 401 WAS RESTORED ENTIRELY BY THE VOLUNTEERS AT THE MUSEUM.
    TOOK ROUGHLY 15 YEARS AND OVER HAVE HALF MILLION DOLLARS.
    WE HAVE EXTREMELY DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS NOT ONLY FOCUSED BUT HAVE THE TALENT WHO RESTORE
    AND OPERATE THIS STEAM LOCOMOTIVE. WE HAVE NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM
    THE COMMUNITY. IT IS AT TIMES OVERWHELMING.
    WE DO THIS AS VOLUNTEERS, BUT SEVERAL OF US HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND WE HAVE VERY PROFESSIONAL
    AND DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS, AND WE JUST ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO WORK AT THE MUSEUM AND THEN BE PART
    OF THE COMMUNITY OF MONTICELLO.>>I AM EMILY WHITENER, I AM THE PRINCIPAL
    OF WHITE HEATH SCHOOL IN MONTICELLO SCHOOL DISTRICT.
    OUR STORY IS EMILY SPAINHAUR FIGHTING LEUKEMIA. LILY FOUND OUT SHE HAD LEUKEMIA IN JULY OF
    THIS YEAR. SHE IS COMING INTO SECOND GRADE AND WOULD
    HAVE BEEN COMING TO WHITE HEATH SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME.
    AND, INSTEAD, SHE HAD TO GO TO MEMPHIS TO ST. JUDE’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TO HAVE THREE
    ROUNDS OF CHEMOTHERAPY.>>MRS. WHITENER LET ME KNOW, OUR PRINCIPAL
    LET ME KNOW WE WOULD HAVE A STUDENT IN OUR CLASS BATTLING LEUKEMIA, WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING
    NICE TO BENEFIT HER FAMILY. I HAD SEEN THAT THE ALEXLEMONADE.ORG STAND
    HAD RAISED A LOT OF MONEY THROUGH LEMONADE STAND.
    WE KNEW LILY’S BIRTHDAY WAS COMING AUGUST 30.
    WE DECIDED TO PUT TOGETHER A LEMONADE STAND IN HER HONOR.
    >>A THIRD GRADE TEACHER, BRITTANY GRAY, BROUGHT IN THE STAND, AND SHE INVITED HER FIANCE,
    BREAK RANSOM, A PROFESSIONAL VIDEOGRAPHER, FAMILIES MADE DONATIONS, VERY GENEROUS DONATIONS.
    >>WHAT HAPPENED AT THAT TIME THE LEMONADE STAND?
    >>WE RAISED OVER $2,000.>>OH, MY GOSH!
    HOW DID YOU RAISE THE $2,000.>>WE ASKED THE WHOLE SCHOOL TO BRING MONEY
    FOR LILY.>>WE WENT OUTSIDE AND WE ALL WORE PURPLE SHIRTS
    AND SPELLED HER NAME “LILY” ON HER BIRTHDAY.>>WE ALSO WERE ABLE TO TAKE SOME VIDEOS OF
    THE KIDS SENDING GOOD WISHES TO LILY, TELLING HER HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
    WE HAVE A LOCAL PARENT IN MONTICELLO WHO IS ONE OF THE MANAGERS OF THE CHILI’S RESTAURANT
    IN CHAMPAIGN. WHEN SHE HEARD ABOUT LILY, SHE WANTED TO DO
    SOMETHING, AND TO HELP OUT AND SUPPORT LILY. CHILI’S DOES THE SEPTEMBER FUNDRAISER FOR
    ST. JUDE’S. THEY INVITED US TO COME OUT SEPTEMBER 23 TO
    SUPPORT LILY, AND THE KIDS — ALL THE 100% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM ALL THE MEALS THAT EVENING
    WOULD GO TO ST. JUDE’S. THE KIDS WERE ABLE TO DECORATE CHILI PEPPERS
    WITH LILY’S NAME ON THEM AND MAKE DONATIONS TO ST. JUDE’S IN HER HONOR.
    >>IN MONTICELLO, A LOT OF FAMILIES HAVE BEEN HERE FOR GENERATIONS.
    WE KNOW EACH OTHER’S PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, AND WE HAVE A REAL SENSE OF A FAMILY COMMUNITY.
    SO WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT A CHILD SUFFERING LIKE THIS, WE ALL FEEL A LITTLE BIT HELPLESS AND
    FEEL WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO SHOW LILY OUR SUPPORT AND SHOW HER FAMILY THAT WE ARE
    THINKING ABOUT THEM. WE DO HAVE A MONKEY.
    WE HAVE A STUFFED MONKEY SITTING IN HER CHAIR, CALLED “MONKEY IN HER CHAIR.”
    AS LONG AS LILY IS OUT OF HER CHAIR, THE MONKEY IS WITH US.
    WHEN LILY IS WELL ENOUGH TO COME BACK TO OUR ROOM, SHE WILL TAKE THE MONKEY HOME, AND WE
    WILL HAVE LILY IN OUR ROOM.>>I AM KATHLEEN FOSTER.
    I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT LAST SEASON’S CHRISTMAS BUS.
    I HEARD ABOUT IT. THE NATIVITY SCENE AT MCDONALD’S WHERE I WENT
    WITH MY EXERCISE GROUP, AND THE LUTHERAN MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GROUP WAS THERE.
    THEY WERE MAKING THEIR PLANS. I HEARD ABOUT IT.
    THE IDEA CAME TO ME, WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO TAKE SENIOR CITIZENS ON A BUS TO SEE THE NATIVITY
    SCENE? EVERYBODY WANTED TO HELP.
    I WAS GIVEN A FREE BUS.>>IT IS A COMMUNITY THING.
    WE ARE PART OF THE COMMUNITY, A WE WANT TO BE A PART OF IT FOREVER.
    THE DRIVERS VOLUNTEERED, BOB MUNSON WAS THE TOUR DIRECTOR, AND KENNY JENT WAS THE DRIVER
    AND WE TOOK THEM ALL OVER THE CITY AND LET THEM HAVE THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE.
    >>A LOCAL FARMER SAID CAROL FARMS WILL — A LOCAL FARMER “CAROL FARMS” WILL BUY THE
    GAS. THERE WAS A SCENE AT THE LUTHERAN CHURCH.
    THE WHOLE THING, IT MEANS SO MUCH. THEY HAD DONE SO WELL WITH THAT, THEY HAD
    THE ANIMALS, AND THE PEOPLE DRESSED IN THE CLOTHING THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WORN AT THAT
    TIME. IT WAS JUST VERY IMPRESSIVE.
    IT WAS REALLY VERY GOOD.>>AFTER THAT, WE CAME BACK INTO TOWN AND WENT
    TO SOME NEIGHBORS OF MINE, THE LINDSEY’S WHO HAD VOLUNTEERED TO COME ON THE BUS WITH SANTA
    CLAUS HATS AND SERVED EVERYBODY A CUP OF HOT CHOCOLATE.
    THEY HAVE A DISPLAY IN THEIR YARD. USUALLY MUSIC IS PLAYING BEHIND IT.
    I THINK WE ARE A GREAT TOWN. I AM PREJUDICED, YES, I AM.
    BUT I LIVE THERE, AND I KNOW AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE, AND EVERYBODY IS NICE.
    >>MY NAME IS KATIE FULTON. AND I HAVE LIVED IN MONTICELLO FOR 11 YEARS
    WITH MY HUSBAND, AND WE FEEL SO STRONGLY ABOUT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND HOW IT HAS SUPPORTED
    US AND HELPED US THROUGH SO MANY REALLY GREAT AND REALLY NOT SO GREAT TIMES IN OUR LIVES
    AND BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR “WE ARE MONTICELLO” AND OTHERS TO KNOW US AND KNOW OUR COMMUNITY
    AND OUR NEIGHBORS. WE LIVE ON NORTH CHARTER STREET IN THE OLD PART OF TOWN.
    THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL ROW OF HOUSES ON HISTORIC STATE STREET, AND WE LIVE BEHIND THAT.
    WE ARE A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE PEOPLE WAVE AND SAY HELLO TO EACH OTHER.
    THERE IS A LOT OF NEIGHBORHOODS IN MONTICELLO THAT ARE VERY SIMILAR TO THAT.
    THERE ARE 24 OF US ALTOGETHER IN OUR LITTLE AREA WE LIKE TO CALL OUR EXTENDED FAMILY.
    AND THERE ARE MANY CHILDREN RANGING FROM ONE YEAR OLD UNTIL 16.
    THERE LIVES AN OLDER COUPLE, JACK AND JUNE MACGREGOR WHO HAVE LIVED THERE FOR DECADES.
    THEY WELCOME US INTO THEIR HOME AND BACKYARD. THEY ARE OUR CENTRAL FOCUS.
    OUR NEIGHBORS CAN’T SHOVEL THEIR OWN SNOW, OR IF SOMEONE IS PREGNANT, THEY CAN’T DO SOMETHING
    PHYSICAL, THEY WERE ABLE TO DO, AND THAT’S THE TIME WHERE NEIGHBORS PICK UP THE SLACK
    AND WORK TOGETHER TO GET THEM DONE. THE GREAT THING ABOUT THESE KIDS BECAUSE THEY RANGE
    FROM LITTLE ITTY BITTY ONE YEAR OLD TO 16 YEAR OLD IS THEY GET VERY CREATIVE WITH STUFF.
    WE WILL GO THROUGH TIME PERIODS WHERE IT IS ALL ABOUT SWINGING ON THE SWINGS OR DIGGING
    IN THE SAND, BUT JUNE, OUR WONDERFUL NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A SPECIAL ED TEACHER
    FOR DECADES, SHE LIKES TO BRING OUT DIFFERENT THINGS. SHE WILL JUST BRING OUT BOXES, VERY
    LARGE REFRIGERATOR BOXES AND JUST DUMPED THEM IN THE YARD AND DIDN’T TELL THE CHILDREN WHAT
    TO DO WITH THEM. SHE PROVIDED SCISSORS AND MARKERS AND MAGAZINES, AND THEY ENDED UP CREATING
    THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD. I BELIEVE WHEN PEOPLE ARE TOGETHER AND HAVING
    A GREAT TIME, IT REALLY WELCOMES OTHER PEOPLE AS WELL.
    SO OUR NEIGHBORS SOMETIMES WE WILL SAY THEY ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE A FEW PEOPLE OVER,
    AND IT TURNS INTO A PARTY WITH 70 PEOPLE, AND 30 CHILDREN RUNNING AROUND IN THE YARD
    BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT WE CAN PULL THINGS OUT OF OUR FREEZERS AND THROW TOGETHER POTLUCK
    FOOD AND HAVE A CELEBRATION THAT REALLY JUST STARTED AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAYBE SPEND AN
    HOUR OR TWO TOGETHER AND FIVE HOURS LATER WE ARE ALL STILL TOGETHER IN THE DARK, IN
    THE BACKYARD, ENJOYING EACH OTHER’S COMPANY ON THE PORCH OR BACKYARD.
    MONTICELLO HAS INCREDIBLE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND PEOPLE WHO BRING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND
    CREATE AN EXTENDED FAMILY. I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THAT FIRSTHAND
    AND WOULD WELCOME YOU HERE.>>STICK AROUND FOR MORE STORIES FROM YOUR
    FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AS WE KEEP PACE WITH THE KIRBY DERBY, MONTICELLO ARTISTIC TALENT
    AND DINE AT LOCAL RESTAURANTS. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR MONTICELLO AND W.I.L.L.
    BY MAKING A PLEDGE NOW. THANK YOU.
    >>ALL RIGHT. (APPLAUSE).
    WHAT A TERRIFIC SHOW THIS IS. “WE ARE MONTICELLO” MADE BY PEOPLE BEHIND
    US AND MANY, MANY OTHERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROGRAM.
    IF YOU APPRECIATE THIS SHOW, AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A COPY OF YOUR OWN, WHY DON’T YOU
    THINK ABOUT CALLING IN RIGHT NOW. (217)244-9455 OR GOING ONLINE TO WILL PLEDGE.ORG
    AND MAKE A 75 DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION, PICK UP A COPY OF “WE ARE MONTICELLO” DVD, OR BECOME
    A SUSTAINING FRIEND AND PICK UP TWO COPIES OF THE SHOW.
    THOSE WERE GREAT STORIES IN THE LAST SEGMENT. STORY ON THE THEATER, I AM A COMMUNITY THEATER
    BUFF MYSELF. THAT’S A TERRIFIC STORY.
    MONTICELLO HAS A TERRIFIC THEATER COMPANY AND WONDERFUL HISTORY.
    RAILWAY MUSEUM, TERRIFIC. STORY ON THE CHRISTMAS BUS WAS VERY, VERY
    INTERESTING. I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THIS YEAR
    ON THE CHRISTMAS BUS, THEY HAVE 91 SENIORS SIGNED UP, 50 MORE THAN LAST YEAR TO RIDE
    THE TWO MOTOR COACHES DONATED BY THE MONTICELLO BUS SERVICE.
    WE WANT TO THANK CHARLIE MONTGOMERY WHO PASSED ON THIS INFORMATION.
    CHARLIE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING MAKE THAT STORY.
    YOU CAN SEE THESE ARE YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHO ARE MAKING THE PROGRAM FOR YOU.
    CALL (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG AND SAY YOU APPRECIATE THIS SHOW AND GIVING
    W.I.L.L. THE RESOURCES TO DO MORE LOCAL PROGRAMS. IF YOU APPRECIATE LOCAL SHOWS, LOCALLY PRODUCED
    PROGRAMS ON YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION, CALL THAT NUMBER, MAKE THAT PLEDGE OF SUPPORT.
    (217)244-9455. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE MONTICELLO STORY WHEN
    YOU CALL IN TONIGHT. LINDSEY?
    >>THANKS, LES. THAT’S RIGHT.
    IF YOU ARE LIKE KATIE FULTON, AND THE BEST — ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WHERE YOU LIVE IS
    YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, CALL IN AND TELL US WHERE YOU LIVE IN MONTICELLO AND WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT
    YOUR NEIGHBORS. WE WILL READ YOUR COMMENTS ON THE AIR IF YOU’D
    LIKE TO CALL IN AND PLEDGE YOUR VITAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
    ON “WE ARE MONTICELLO”. COMING UP, WE WILL HEAR A LOT OF GREAT STORIES.
    IF YOU HAVE EVER RUN IN THE KIRBY DERBY, WE WILL HEAR ABOUT THAT.
    WE’D LOVE FOR YOU TO CALL IN TO TELL US WHY YOU HAVE RUN IN THE RACE.
    IF YOU HAVE YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE PROGRAM SO FAR, THERE IS A WAY TO WATCH IT AGAIN AND
    AGAIN, BY MAKING A CONTRIBUTION. IF YOU PLEDGE AT THE 7 2DOLLAR LEVEL, IF YOU’D
    LIKE TO BECOME A SUSTAINING MEMBER AND BE A FRIEND OF W.I.L.L. AND GIVE ONGOING GIFT,
    ONLY SIX DOLLARS A THE WHO, YOU CAN GET A COPY OF TONIGHT’S PROGRAM.
    WE CAN SEND THAT TO YOU AS A THANK YOU GIFT. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU LIKE THE PROGRAM A HOME
    LOT MORE AND WOULD LIKE TWO COPIES TO GIVE TO SOMEBODY ELSE FOR CHRISTMAS, CALL IN AND
    BE A FRIEND OF W.I.L.L. TEN DOLLARS A MONTH, BECOME A SUSTAINING MEMBER
    AND GIVE ONGOING CONTRIBUTION, $120, JUST TEN DOLLARS A MONTH, TWO COPIES OF THE DVD.
    IF YOU REALLY LOVE MONTICELLO, THERE IS THIS WONDERFUL BOOK WE DISCOVERED BY AUTHOR MAUREEN
    HOLTZ, PIATT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL BY PROVIDING HISTORICAL PHOTOS.
    WE HEARD FROM KATHLEEN PIATT ABOUT THE RICH HISTORY OF MONTICELLO.
    NO ONE ELSE BRINGS YOU PROGRAMS LIKE THAT. IT IS ON YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION.
    KIMBERLIE KRANICH WILL TELL YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO PLEDGE AND SUPPORT THESE PROGRAMS.
    >>THAT’S RIGHT, LIPSEY. IT IS REALLY EASY TO PLEDGE.
    YOU WILL HAVE TO PLEDGE ONLINE BECAUSE ALL EIGHT PHONES ARE ENGAGED!
    ALL THE VOLUNTEERS ARE TAKING YOUR PLEDGES RIGHT NOW AT 244-9455.
    DON’T GIVE UP. HANG IN THERE WITH US OR PLEDGE ONLINE, WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    KEEP CALLING. WE WANT TO THANK PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY CALLED.
    THIS IS WHAT THIS NIGHT IS ABOUT, CELEBRATING MONTICELLO THROUGHOUT EYES OF ITS RESIDENTS,
    ITS STORYTELLERS AND THIS STATION W.I.L.L. THAT HELPED BRING IT TO YOU.
    CALL THIS AND MAKE A PLEDGE. SHOUT OUT TO THE FULTON’S AND THE CHARTER
    STREET NEIGHBORHOOD AND JACK AND JUNE, I KNOW THEY ARE HAVING A VIEWING PART.
    74 PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. CHEER ON.
    YOU ARE HAVING CALLING. TELL US ABOUT THE VIEWING PARTY YOU ARE HAVING
    RIGHT NOW. WE WILL THANK YOU ON THE AIR.
    21724494 A 55. I WANT TO THANK JOANNE, AND THOMAS, FROM MONTICELLO,
    MIKEL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE. DONNA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE. YOU CAN
    CALL IN AND TELL US WHY YOU LOVE MONTICELLO AT 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG OF WE ARE LIVE
    TWEETING, LISA BRALTS, HASH TAG “WE ARE MONTICELLO” TELL US WHY YOU LOVE YOU LOVE MONTICELLO,
    TELL US, AND WE WILL READ IT ON THE AREA. WE HAVE A GOAL.
    WE WANT TO HAVE 60 CALLS DURING THIS BREAK. WE GOT 36 PLEDGES LAST BREAK.
    THAT’S A TREMENDOUS START. IT IS LIKE BEING AT A FOOTBALL GAME, NO CONCUSSIONS.
    NO CONCUSSIONS, ISN’T THAT GREAT! (LAUGHING) 244-9455, OR WILLPLEDGE.
    >>244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG. LET’S GET THOSE PHONES GOING RIGHT NOW.
    I BELIEVE WE HAVE A COUPLE LINES OPEN. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?
    THAT MEANS IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO CALL (217)244-9455 AND JOIN YOUR
    FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND SUPPORTING A PROGRAM ABOUT YOUR TOWN.
    “WE ARE MONTICELLO” THESE ARE TERRIFIC STORIES COMING UP IN THE NEXT SEGMENT, BY THE WAY.
    NICE STORY, GREAT STORY ON KIRBY HOSPITAL. WHAT A WONDERFUL MEDICAL FACILITY THAT IS
    IN MONTICELLO JUST, RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN MONTICELLO, FAITH IN ACTION IN MONTICELLO,
    AND ON HABITAT, THAT’S JUST COMING UP IN THE NEXT SEGMENT.
    YOU WILL WANT TO WATCH THOSE STORIES. MONTICELLO, DOING THIS STORY, WE HAVE FOUND
    THE MONTICELLO PEOPLE ARE SO WARM AND THEY JUST REALLY APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THEY
    LIVE IN THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY. IF YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MONTICELLO STORY, CALL
    (217)244-9455. MAKE YOUR PLEDGE.
    TELL US YOUR FAVORITE MONTICELLO STORY. WE WANT TO THANK KELLY AND BRIAN FINNETT OF
    MONTICELLO, AND BERNIE AND LINDA MYLER OF MONTICELLO, ALSO BRIAN AND KATIE FULTON.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALLS AND YOUR PLEDGES. IF YOU APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE A
    PUBLIC TELEVISION IN YOUR STATION THAT WANTS TO PRODUCE LOCAL PROGRAMS ABOUT OUR COMMUNITIES,
    LET US KNOW THAT WITH YOUR CALL, YOUR PLEDGE OF SUPPORT RIGHT NOW.
    LINDSEY?>>THANKS, LES.
    YOU KNOW EARLIER LES MENTIONED IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE SOME LINES OPEN.
    YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS AN OPPORTUNITY? SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION.
    WHEN IT COMES TO HOME TOWN AND HIGHLIGHT WHAT IS WONDERFUL ABOUT MONTICELLO.
    WE SO ENJOYED BEING A PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY EVEN FOR THE BRIEF WHILE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE
    TO PUT THIS PROGRAM TOGETHER. IT IS REALLY THE PEOPLE AND THE VOLUNTEERS
    FROM YOUR TOWN THAT MADE THIS POSSIBLE. WE DIDN’T FILM MOST OF THE FOOTAGE FOR THIS.
    YOU DID, AS VOLUNTEER VIDEOGRAPHER PERCENT. IT WAS WONDERFUL WORKING WITH EVERYONE FROM
    THE COMMUNITY. IT IS SUCH A VALUABLE EXPERIENCE OF THE J
    LIKE THE PROGRAM IS. IF YOU LOVE MONTICELLO, GIVE US A CALL AND
    SUPPORT W.I.L.L. AND MONTICELLO AT (217)244-9455. THERE IS LOTS OF PHONES OPEN.
    THAT MEANS THERE IS TIME FOR YOU TO CALL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A PLEDGE AT THE
    70-DOLLAR LEVEL OR BECOME A SUSTAINING LEVEL, SIX DOLLARS A MONTH, WE WILL SEND YOU A COPY
    OF THE DVD TO SAY THANK YOU AND THE PROGRAMMING WE TRY TO BRING YOU EVERY DAY.
    W.I.L.L. WAS FOUNDED ON THE BELIEF WE CAN DO MORE.
    FOR US, MORE MEANS HIGHLIGHTING AND SPENDING TIME ON THINGS THAT MAKE EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS
    A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE. ONE OF THOSE PLACES IS MONTICELLO.
    IF YOU CAN PLEDGE AT THE 144-DOLLAR LEVEL, WE WILL SEND AWE COPY OF THE DVD AS A THANK
    YOU AND A BOOK CALLED “IMAGES OF AMERICA MONTICELLO” THAT HAS WONDERFUL HISTORICAL PHOTOS ABOUT
    THE COMMUNITY OF WE HAVE GOT A COUPLE OF PEOPLE IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT THAT HELPED US FILM
    THE FOOTAGE FOR THE PROGRAM. KIMBERLIE KRANICH WILL TELL YOU HOW EASY IT
    IS TO BECOME A PART OF THE W.I.L.L. FAMILY BY PLEDGING NOW.
    >>YOU CAN PLEDGE 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG. WE HAVE HAD ONLINE PLEDGES.
    MAX, AND MARILYN OLSON, THEY ARE ONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS.
    I WANT TO THANK JIM AND MARLEASE. THIS IS GREAT.
    IT IS AN EXPERIMENT, WE ARE STARTING A SERIES CALLED “WE ARE.”
    MONTICELLO SAID YES. THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE PROWLED OF BEING THE
    FIRST TO SAY YES, AND YOU ARE MONTICELLO RESIDENTS, THE ONES WHO SAID YES.
    THANK YOU. THANK THEM FOR SAYING YES AND CREATING THESE
    STORIES THAT YOU ARE ENJOYING. (217)244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE DVD. YOU CAN GET THAT IF YOU MAKE A PLEDGE OF $75,
    WE WILL SAY THANKS AND SEND THE DVD TO YOU. IF YOU HAVE A FRIEND YOU WANT TO GIVE ONE
    TO, MAKE $120 PLEDGE, WE WILL GIVE YOU TWO DVD, AND AT THE 144-DOLLAR LEVEL, WE CAN GIVE
    YOU THE DVD AND MONTICELLO BOOK. MAUREEN HOLTZ, SHE WROTE THIS BOOK.
    WHY DID YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN “WE ARE MONTICELLO”? BECAUSE I DISCOVERED SO MANY
    WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT MONTICELLO WHEN I WAS WORKING ON THE BOOK.
    I VOLUNTEER AT ALLERTON PARK. I JUST THINK IT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE.
    >>GREAT. MAUREEN, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO THE
    PEOPLE OF MONTICELLO WATCHING?>>IF YOU HAVEN’T CALLED IN ALREADY, PLEASE
    CALL IN NOW, TO 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG. THANK YOU MAUREEN.
    LES, WHAT DO WE HAVE MORE NAMES TO READ?>>COMMENT IN FROM TWITTER, IT SAYS THIS IS
    DAWN ON TWITTER. PLEDGING ONLINE NOW WHERE I PARTAKE MOST OF
    MY MEDIA. THANK YOU, DAWN.
    FUD YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE A TWITTER OR GO TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG BUT YOU CAN ALSO PICK UP THE
    PHONE AND CALL (217)244-9455 AND MAKE THAT PLEDGE OF SUPPORT.
    PUBLIC TELEVISION IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF MEDIA. IT IS THE KIND OF MEDIA THAT IS REALLY A REFLECTIVE
    OF OUR COMMUNITIES. WE LOVE DOING LOCAL PROGRAMS.
    WE LOVE LOCAL SHOWS. WE LOVE DOING MID-AMERICAN GARDENER.
    WE LOVE DOING A PROGRAM LIKE ILLINOIS PIONEERS, AND WE REALLY LOVE MAKING PROGRAMS LIKE “WE
    ARE MONTICELLO” WHERE WE CAN REALLY REFLECT WHAT OUR COMMUNITIES IN OUR AREA ARE ALL ABOUT,
    WHAT LIVING HERE IS ALL ABOUT. IF YOU APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THERE IS COMMUNITIES
    LIKE MONTICELLO, WHATEVER YOUR COMMUNITY, AND YOU WANT TO LET US KNOW THAT YOU KNOW
    WHAT, WE LIVE IN A REALLY WONDERFUL AREA OF THE COUNTRY.
    WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE OUR STORIES TOLD. CALL (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    SUPPORT PROGRAMS LIKE “WE ARE MONTICELLO” TONIGHT MAKE 72 DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION, YOU CAN
    GET A DVD COPY OF THE PROGRAM AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS.
    LINDSEY?>>THANK YOU, LES.
    THAT’S ONE OF THINGS I THINK MAKES PUBLIC BROADCASTING SPECIAL.
    THE FACT WE CAN TELL STORIES AND SPEND THE TIME ON THE STORIES THAT THEY DESERVE SO WE
    CAN TELL THEM IN THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD BE TOLD.
    THAT’S WHAT ONE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT’S BEEN WONDERFUL ABOUT THIS EVENING’S PROGRAM
    IS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT THE TOWN OF MONTICELLO AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE
    IN IT. IT HAS BEEN HEART WARMING UP TO HEAR ABOUT
    HOW THE TOWN TAKES CARE OF ITS SENIORS. WE WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT COMING UP IN
    THE PROGRAM. IF YOU ARE A PART OF THAT COMMUNITY, AND YOU
    WANT TO SUPPORT THAT COMMUNITY AND THAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY, THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WE
    TRY TO BRING YOU HERE AT W.I.L.L. TV. CALL AND MAKE A PLEDGE NOW AT (217)244-9455.
    MOST OF THE PHONES ARE BUSY RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE HEARD FROM INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
    TONIGHT. THANK YOU.
    YOU CAN ALSO GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG. FOR SIX DOLLARS A MONTH, YOU CAN BECOME A
    SUSTAINING MEMBER AND MAKE ONGOING PLEDGE TO W.I.L.L. AND SEND YOU A COPY OF “WE ARE
    MONTICELLO” AS A THANK YOU GIFT. IF YOU’D LIKE TO PLEDGE AT THE TEN DOLLAR
    A MONTH, WE WILL SEND YOU TWO COPIES. IT WILL BE THERE HOPEFULLY BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
    SO IF YOU WANT TO GIVE ONE TO FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR, YOU CAN DO THAT.
    MAYBE YOU’D LIKE A BOOK WITH HISTORICAL PHOTOS. 144-DOLLAR LEVEL, WE WILL SEND A COPY OF THE
    DVD AND SOFT COVER OF THE BOOK. I HAVE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO THANK.
    ANGIE ELSEN, OF COLDWELL BANKER. MY MOM WORKS FOR COLDWELL BANKER.
    IF YOU ARE PART OF THAT FAMILY, GIVE US A CALL NOW.
    (217)244-9455.>>THAT’S RIGHT, LINDSEY.
    THE PHONES ARE RINGING. I HAVE GOT A LOT OF NAMES TO READ.
    I LOVE THAT. KEEP ME BUSY.
    I WANT TO READ NAME AFTER NAME. SO MANY PEOPLE IT TOOK TO MAKE THAT SHOW,
    AND SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WATCHING. IT IS A TEAM EFFORT. WE ARE THANK EACH OTHER,
    SUPPORTING EACH OTHER. THAT’S WHAT MONTICELLO IS ALL ABOUT.
    DANIEL FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE. SHARON FULSCHER, GENE STODARD, AND
    PEOPLE IN MATTOON, MACK WHITE THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING “WE ARE MONTICELLO”.
    GENE AND CARA GERMAN, AND WILLIAM AND ELAINE TRACY FROM MONTICELLO.
    THAT’S AWESOME. W.I.L.L. TV HUGE REGION OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS.
    WE CAN’T POSSIBLY TELL STORIES OF ALL OF THE WONDERFUL TOWNS IN THE COMMUNITY.
    BY PARTNERING WITH YOU AND COLLABORATING WITH YOU AND ASKING YOU TO TELL THE STORIES OF
    YOUR TOWN, WE CAN DO THAT TOGETHER. WE CAN COVER THE REGION AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT
    WHAT IS SPECIAL AND UNIQUE RIGHT WHERE WE LIVE.
    THAT’S A COLLABORATION WE ARE SUPPORTING. YOU ARE CALLING RIGHT NOW WITH YOUR PLEDGE
    AND SAYING THANK YOU TO THE MONTICELLO STORYTELLERS THAT BROUGHT YOU THIS GREAT PROGRAM, AND THERE
    IS MORE TO MANY COULD. YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE STATION THAT BROUGHT
    IT TO YOU, PUBLIC TELEVISION, W.I.L.L. WE LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY.
    WE CARE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY, AND WE CARE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY.
    THAT’S WHY WE SPENT THREE MONTHS WITH YOU, HEARING YOUR STORIES AND NOW WE ARE PUTTING
    THEM OUT TO THE COMMUNITIES IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS TO SEE.
    CALL IN NOW AND TO SUPPORT “WE ARE MONTICELLO”. (217)244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    >>THAT’S RIGHT. 20 CALLS IN SO FAR DURING THIS BREAK.
    LET’S SEE IF WE CAN GET FIVE, TEN, 15 MORE CALLS THIS RIGHT NOW.
    WE CAN DO THAT IF YOU TAKE A COUPLE OF MINUTES BEFORE WE GO BACK TO THE PROGRAM AND MAKE
    THAT CALL (217)244-9455 OR ONLINE AT WILLPLEDGE.ORG AND MAKE A PLEDGE, WHATEVER AMOUNT FITS IN
    YOUR BUDGET. 72-DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION, WE HAVE OUR WAY OF
    SAYING THANKS WITH A DVD COPY OF THE PROGRAM “WE ARE MONTICELLO”.
    ELIZABETH, DANIEL AND DOUGLAS FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL AND YOUR
    PLEDGE OF SUPPORT. YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS HELPED MAKE THIS
    PROGRAM. YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ARE HERE ANSWERING
    THE PHONES TONIGHT. AND THEY ARE WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU.
    PUBLIC TELEVISION IS A REAL PARTNERSHIP. IT IS A REAL COLLABORATIVE EFFORT.
    IT TAKES PEOPLE TO MAKE PROGRAMS AND IT TAKES PEOPLE TO WATCH PROGRAMS.
    IT TAKES PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THOSE PROGRAMS. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO RIGHT
    NOW IS JUST MAKE A COMMITMENT OF SUPPORT TO YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION, W.I.L.L. SO
    WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE THESE PROGRAMS FOR YOU.
    THAT LEVEL OF SUPPORT, REALLY, THAT’S UP TO YOU.
    YOU DECIDE. IT IS THE GREAT THING ABOUT PUBLIC TELEVISION.
    YOU CAN DECIDE THE VALUE OF THIS SERVICE, THE VALUE OF THESE PROGRAMS, AND THEN MAKE
    A CALL AT (217)244-9455. GET INVOLVED.
    SUPPORT YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION AT (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE AT WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    LINDSEY?>>THANKS, LES.
    ALL THE PHONES ARE BUSY RIGHT NOW. THAT DOESN’T STOP YOU FROM GOING ONLINE TO
    WILLPLEDGE.ORG TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION. THERE ARE SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT ALREADY HAVE.
    AG CREATE SOLUTIONS THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTRIBUTING TO W.I.L.L. AND BEING A FRIEND
    OF THE STATION. CURT AND GLORIA FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU
    FOR YOUR PLEDGE. I’D ALSO LIKE TO THANK JUNE AND JACK MA GREG
    OR, PART OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT, THANKS FOR CALLING IN AND SUPPORTING W.I.L.L.
    IT WAS WONDERFUL TO LETTER ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN PRODUCING THE PROGRAM.
    THEY CALLED THIS AND MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO W.I.L.L. JUST LIKE YOU CAN.
    WE WILL GET BACK TO THE PROGRAM IN A FEW SECONDS. GIVE US A CALL AT (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE
    WILLPLEDGE.ORG MANY WE WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT THE KIRBY DERBY, RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES,
    AND SOME OF THE SUPPORT THE CITY GIVES TO ITS ELDERS.
    THAT’S ONE OF THE REALLY WONDERFUL THINGS TO HEAR ABOUT MONTICELLO.
    GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW TO GET BACK TO THE PROGRAM.
    (217)244-9455.>>
    >>MY NAME IS TERRY NORMAN, I AM THE OWNER OF THE MAIN STREET PUBLIC IN MONTICELLO.
    IN THE TOWN ITSELF, WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 18 RESTAURANTS.
    IT ALLOWS THE COMMUNITY TO STAY IN TOWN TO KEEP OUR MONEY IN TOWN WHICH IS IMPORTANT
    TO THE WEALTH AND GROWTH OF THE COMMUNITY. WHEN WE ORIGINALLY BOUGHT THE PUBLIC BEING
    WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE IT WAS MORE OF A BAR ENVIRONMENT.
    IT ABSOLUTELY IS NOT. IT IS MORE OF A FOOD RESTAURANT ENVIRONMENT
    BUT MORE OF A FAMILY. WE CATER, WE PRIDE OURSELF AND CATERING TO
    FAMILIES WHILE THERE MAYBE PEOPLE DRINKING AT THE BAR.
    YOU CAN SEPARATE YOURSELF AND NOT EVEN BE YOU IN THE BAR IF YOU ARE IN THE RESTAURANT
    AREA. THREE RAVENS IT IS ACTUALLY VERY SIMILAR IN ATMOSPHERE AND IN WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER
    IN TERMS, THEY HAVE MORE DINNER SPECIALS WHEREAS WE HAVE MORE OF LUNCH SPECIAL.
    AGAIN, LOCALLY OWNED. WE COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER.
    BRAD DOES A TOTAL PORK MENU, AND WE DO A TOTAL BEEF.
    HE WILL DO HIS PORK CHOPS AND BARBECUE PORK AND WE WILL DO RIBEYE.
    CARMONA’S IS NEW. IT IS HOME SOMETIME COOKING, COUNTRY FRIED
    STEAK, CHICKEN, MEAT LOAF TYPE OF MEALS. BROWN BAG HAS BEEN THERE AS LONG AS I HAVE.
    THEY DO SOUPS AND SPECIALTY SANDWICHES. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE WHEN A CUSTOMER REALLY
    LOVES SOMETHING OR EMPLOYEE COMES IN AND DEVELOPS A SANDWICH SPECIFIC TO THEM, SHE WILL ACTUALLY
    EVEN NAME THAT AFTER THE PERSON. VERY UNIQUE BUILDING IN THAT YOU HAVE THE MAIN AREA WHERE
    YOU GO IN AND ORDER, AND IT IS LIKE A SEPARATE ROOM WHERE YOU WOULD GO INTO AND EAT.
    BUT SHE HAS CALENDARS AND CARDS AND FUN THINGS TO GO AND LOOK AND BROWSE WHILE YOU ARE WAITING
    FOR YOUR FOOD. IT IS COKED TO ONE OF THE OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES
    WHERE YOU CAN EVEN KIND OF EXCHANGE AND GO BACK AND FORTH.
    AGAIN, EVERYTHING IS WELL OPEN. WHEN YOU COME INTO MONTICELLO, YOU HAVE A
    SENSE OF OWNERSHIP, SENSE OF BELONGING, THE COMMUNITY PULLS TOGETHER.
    YOU WALK DOWN THE STREET, AND PEOPLE JUST GREET YOU AND SMILE, AND IT IS JUST A VERY
    WARM PLACE TO LIVE.>>I AM HEIDI EPPERSON. I WORK AT KIRBY MEDICAL
    CENTER AS MARKETING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR.
    WE HAVE BUILT A NEW HOSPITAL OFF THE INTERSTATE. IT IS CALLED KIRBY MEDICAL CENTER NOW.
    WE HAVE BEEN OPEN SINCE SEPTEMBER 29 OF 2012. NOT MANY SMALL — SINCE SEPTEMBER 29 OF 2011.
    NOT MANY TOWNS HAVE A HOSPITAL LIKE THIS TO GO TO.
    IF YOU WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRIVE 30 MILES TO AN EMERGENCY
    ROOM OR TO A HOSPITAL. IT IS RIGHT HERE IN TOWN.
    >>KIRBY IS THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN PIATT COUNTY. IT HAS A HUGE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON MONTICELLO.
    >>WE HAVE A LOT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS THAT ARE FOCUSED ON HEALTHY LIVING.
    WE HAVE THE KIRBY DERBY LIVE WELL PROGRAM. KIRBY DERBY IS 5K, 10K RACE THAT STARTED SEVEN
    YEARS AGO. EVERY YEAR IT HAS GROWN.
    WE ARE OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE THIS YEAR, AND WE INCORPORATE A TRAINING PROGRAM AND HAVE
    PEOPLE FROM ALL OVERCOMING TO BE INVOLVED IN RACE.
    >>MONTICELLO IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY AND IT GIVES THE RUNNERS A CHANCE TO SEE THAT PLUS IT BRINGS
    A LOT OF PEOPLE IN TOWN THAT HELPS BUSINESSES ON THAT DAY.
    THE RACE RAISES MONEY FOR KIRBY FOUNDATION. THIS LAST YEAR WE ARE GOING TO BE BUILDING
    A WALKING WELLNESS WALKING PATH, WALKING TRAIL AROUND KIRBY MEDICAL CENTER.
    KIRBY MEDICAL CENTER HAS BEEN AROUND 70 YEARS, AND WE HAVE TREATED THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS
    OF PATIENTS OVER THOSE YEARS. OUR FOCUS AND I THINK THE INTENT OF THE KIRBY
    FAMILY WAS THAT WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE CARE AND ADVANCE THAT TYPE OF CARE AND GROW AS
    THE COMMUNITY NEEDS US TO.>>MR. AND MRS. KIRBY’S DAUGHTER WAS RESPONSIBLE
    FOR GIFTING THE ORIGINAL HOSPITAL TO THE SO THAT FAMILY SET ATONE IN MONTICELLO OF GENEROSITY
    AND GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY. AND I THINK THAT TRICKLED DOWN AND ENCOURAGED
    THE TATMAN SISTERS TO DONATE THE GROUNDS FOR TATMAN VILLAGE.
    IT MAKES MONTICELLO A UNIQUE PLACE.>>MY NAME IS COPPER, AND I AM HERE TO TALK
    ABOUT THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND HOW WONDERFUL IT IS.
    SANGAMON RIVER IS A BACKDROP FOR A LOT OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT GO ON.
    THE CITY IS BUILT AND MAINTAINED AS A WALKING PATH BETWEEN THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND THE OUTER
    PARTS OF THE CITY LIMITS THAT CROSSES THE SANGAMON RIVER.
    IT IS A BEAUTIFUL WALKING AND BIKING PATH. WE ALSO HAVE WON ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CITY,
    AND THAT’S A PRAIRIE WALK. IT IS A GOOD WAY TO SEE ILLINOIS, CENTRAL
    ILLINOIS, THE WAY IT USED TO BE. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL WALK.
    CITY OWNS AND OPERATES A DRIVING RANGE THAT IS INEXPENSIVE AND REALLY ACCESSIBLE TO THE
    CITIZENS. THE KIDS REALLY LEARN TO SWIM THIS SUMMER
    BY GOING EVERY DAY TO THE MONTICELLO POOL AND AQUATIC CENTER.
    NIX PARK, PLAYGROUND WAS BUILT SEVERAL YEARS AGO IN HONOR OF 12 YEAR OLD BOY WHO PASSED
    A WAY MUCH TOO YOUNG BY HIS PARENTS WHO FUNDED A LARGE PART OF IT AND NAMED IT NICK’S PARK
    IN HONOR OF THEIR SON. IT IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT BECAUSE A LOT OF
    THE COMMUNITY GETS TOGETHER, THE PARENTS, AND GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER WHILE THE KIDS
    PLAY ON THE COMMUNITY BUILT PLAYGROUND. I MOVED FROM SAINT AUGUSTINE FLORIDA, AND
    YOU WOULD THINK THAT A RESIDENT OF SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA, WOULDN’T MOVE NORTH.
    YOU WOULD LEAVE ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL BEACH AND WARM WEATHER.
    BUT THE PEOPLE HERE ARE WONDERFUL. THEY HAVE THE TIME TO BE NICE AND TO GET TOGETHER
    AND HAVE FUN AND JOIN IN ON PROJECTS. IT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE.
    >>MY NAME IS JULIE GLOUY. I AM THE DIRECTOR OF FAITH IN ACTION.
    SO I AM HERE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE FAITH IN ACTION SERVICES AND VOLUNTEERS.
    FAITH IN ACTION IS AN OUTREACH OF THE PIATT COUNTY NURSING HOME. IT IS A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION,
    AND WE BEGAN SERVING THE AREA IN 1998. IT IS A HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION
    THAT REACHES OUT TO SENIORS. BASICALLY THE SENIORS BENEFIT BY THE SERVICES
    PROVIDED BY FAITH IN ACTION BECAUSE THEY CAN REMAIN INDEPENDENT IN THEIR OWN HOME WITH
    JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HELP. WE HAVE 226 VOLUNTEERS, AND WE HAVE REACHED
    OUT TO OVER 632 CARE RECEIVERS THAT ARE ACTIVE THIS YEAR.
    >>THERE WE GO! LAY DOWN THERE A LITTLE BIT.
    >>THIS IS WHERE A VOLUNTEER WILL ACTUALLY GO INTO THE SENIOR’S HOME AND TALK ABOUT CURRENT
    EVENTS, MAYBE WHAT IS INTERESTING, NOT ONLY TO THE SENIOR, BUT AS WELL AS THE VOLUNTEER.
    >>FAITH IN ACTION PARTNERS WITH SEVERAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT GROUPS TO
    FAMILIES AND SENIORS IN OUR AREA.>>BREATHING AND PULL BACK.
    >>FAITH IN ACTION PROVIDES SOME OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS SUCH AS STRONG FOR LIFE.
    IT IS A LOW IMPACT EXERCISE PROGRAM THAT WE PROVIDE TO SENIORS IN OUR AREA.
    >>SET YOUR END DOWN, GUYS.>>WE WILL DRAG IT THIS WAY.
    >>FAITH IN ACTION HAS BUILT OVER 45 RAMPS. LAST YEAR, THEY BUILT 55.
    WE HAVE A CREW OF 19 MEN THAT THEY DONATE THEIR TIME AND THEIR SERVICE FOR THIS PROJECT.
    I THINK THEY DONATE THEIR TIME BECAUSE THEY LOVE BEING TOGETHER.
    THEY HAVE BUILT FRIENDSHIP AMONGST THEMSELVES. BUT ALSO THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK
    TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. WE HAVE A VOLUNTEER THAT COMES INTO OUR OFFICE
    ON TUESDAY’S AND THURSDAY’S, AND SHE HAS A LIST OF SENIORS SHE CALLS.
    SHE HAS MADE 2,000 CALLS THIS YEAR. FAITH IN ACTION EACH YEAR PUTS TOGETHER A
    CATALOG OF CLASSES AND SEMINARS THAT WOULD BENEFIT, NOT ONLY THE FAMILIES, BUT ALSO SENIORS.
    MONTICELLO IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO FAITH IN ACTION.
    WITHOUT THE VOLUNTEERS, WITHOUT THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT, FAITH IN ACTION WOULD NOT BE IN EXISTENCE.
    WE HAVE 226 VOLUNTEERS, AND JUST THIS YEAR, THEY HAVE DONATED OVER 3500 HOURS TOWARDS
    THIS COMMUNITY, AND THEY HAVE DRIVEN 27 — OVER 27,000 MILES.
    I AM MAX OLSON. I AM HERE TO TELL ABOUT THE PIATT COUNTY CHAPTER
    OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL.>>MY NAME IS LARRY MC CLURE.
    I HAVE BEEN WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PIATT COUNTY SINCE THE BEGINNING.
    WE HAVE BEEN BUILDING HOUSES ALL OVER THE COUNTY, AND THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR NINTH
    HOUSE THAT WE ARE COMPLETING IN MONTICELLO RIGHT NOW.
    >>IT IS LOCATED 828 NORTH WALNUT STREET HERE IN MONTICELLO.
    ALMOST ALL OF THE WORK IS VOLUNTEER. OVER 90%.
    OF COURSE, I THINK EVERYBODY REALIZED THAT THE AIM AND GOAL OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS
    TO PROVIDE A GOOD AFFORDABLE HOME FOR PEOPLE THAT OTHERWISE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO OWN THEIR
    OWN HOME. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT RAISING MONEY, AND
    ONE FELLOW, HIS NAME WAS TOM DEAN, I’D LIKE TO MENTION HIS NAME.
    HE WAS THE INSTIGATOR. SO THEY STARTED CUTTING WOOD, SEASONING IT,
    SPLITTING IT, AND SELLING FIREWOOD. THAT GROUP, VERY DEDICATED PEOPLE, HAVE GIVEN
    HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IN PIATT COUNTY OVER $150,000.
    THAT’S A LOT OF WOOD. THE MORE I GET AROUND — WELL, PARTICULARLY
    SEE OTHER SMALL TOWNS, I AM OVERWHELMED. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
    WE HAVE GOT A WONDERFUL SCHOOL. EVERYTHING IS WELL KEPT UP, EVEN THE OLDER
    PARTS OF TOWN ARE VERY WELL KEPT. OF COURSE, THAT’S PART OF THE REASON, YOU
    KNOW, WE HAVE TO HELP TO REJUVENATE NORTH WALNUT STREET.
    BUT, YES, LONGER I LIVE HERE, THE PROUDER I AM.
    >>STORIES FROM MONTICELLO CONTINUE AS WE SEE SENIORS AT MAPLE POINT GIVING BACK READ
    WITH CHILDREN AT THE LIBRARY AND SHOW OFF OUR SAGES PRIDE.
    SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR MONTICELLO AND FOR W.I.L.L. BY MAKING A PLEDGE NOW.
    THANK YOU.>>
    (APPLAUSE). I AM LINDSEY MOON, PRODUCER AT W.I.L.L.
    I HOPE YOU ARE AT HOME ENJOYING THE SHOW JUST AS MUCH AS WE ARE IN THE STUDIO.
    WE ARE HAVING A LOT OF FUN. CALL IN RIGHT NOW AND MAKE A PLEDGE AT 244-9455.
    WE HAVE GOT A LONG LIST OF PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE, AND I’D LIKE TO THANK A FEW OF THEM.
    PAUL IN VIRGINIA, THANK YOU SO MUCH. DAN AND BARB CAROL, TIM AND MOLLY TRACY, KATHY
    MC DOWELL AND SUE GIBSON THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT THE W.I.L.L.
    IF YOU ARE SITTING AT HOME, AND YOU ARE LIKE MAX OLSON, THE LONGER YOU GIVE IN MONTICELLO,
    YOU ARE PROUD OF THE COMMUNITY. NOW IS THE TIME TO PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR MONTICELLO
    AND SO W.I.L.L. W.I.L.L. IS A VITAL SERVICE.
    YOU CAN THINK OF IT AS A UTILITY, CELL PHONE BILL, WATER BILL, CALL AND MAKE AN ONGOING
    GIFT TO W.I.L.L. TO KEEP PROGRAMS LIKE MONTICELLO ON THE AIR.
    THIS IS FIRST TIME WE ARE DOING THIS PROJECT. WE’D REALLY LIKE TO EXPAND IT AVERAGE HIGHLIGHT
    PLACES THAT ARE GREAT PLACES TO LIVE. GO TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG TO MAKE A PLEDGE OR CALL
    244-9455. ANY PLEDGE LEVEL IS GREAT, AS LONG AS YOU
    MAKE A PLEDGE AND BE A PART OF THE VITAL MEMBERSHIP THAT KEEPS THIS STATION RUNNING.
    WE WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY. THAT’S RIGHT.
    LINDSEY. THE VOLUNTEERS IN OUR STUDIO TO TAKE YOUR
    CALL. AT (217)244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    I WAS WATCHING JULIE, SHE HASN’T SEEN THE WHOLE STORY.
    SHE IS WATCHING IT AND SMILING. WERE YOU SMILING WHEN YOU SAW THAT WOOD BEING
    CHOPPED AND ALL THE MONEY RAISED FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.
    WE ARE SMILEING IN THE STUDIO BECAUSE YOU ARE SUPPORTING W.I.L.L. AND THE STORYTELLERS
    OF MONTICELLO. CALL 244-9455 OR WILL PLEDGE.ORG.
    IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE TO HAVE THE ENERGY, THE COLLABORATION, THE GENEROSITY OF MONTICELLO,
    COLLABORATION OF W.I.L.L. IT IS WONDERFUL.
    WE ARE SO HAPPY TO BE HERE. CALL THIS RIGHT YOU NO.
    AS LINDSEY SAID, ANY PLEDGE IS OKAY. ANY AMOUNT WE LOVE, WE ARE THANKFUL FOR IT.
    244-9455. THANK YOU TO WESS AND MAGGIE FROM MONTICELLO.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE. CAROL SYVERSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH. SHE LIKES
    DOWNTOWN ABBY AND COOKING SHOWS. JOHN HENDRICKS, AND GEORGE ANNE LINDA INTEREST
    MONTICELLO. THEY ARE ENJOYING THE SHOW.
    SOME OF YOU ARE WATCHING THIS PRERECORDED. YOU CAN STILL MAKE A PLEDGE.
    IF YOU ARE WATCHING THIS PRERECORDED WILLPLEDGE.ORG.>>COMING UP, IN THE SECTION SEGMENT, MONTICELLO
    SAGES. IT WAS PRODUCED BY MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL
    STUDENT. IT IS A WONDERFUL STORY.
    SHE DID A GREAT BE JO. YOU WILL WANT TO CATCH THAT.
    THERE IS A STORY ON THE LIBRARY. STORY ON MAPLE POINT ON EDUCATION IN MONTICELLO
    AND THE ARTS IN MONTICELLO. WONDERFUL STORIES ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY.
    THE COMMUNITIES HERE IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS, THEY ARE THE BEST.
    IF YOU ARE APPRECIATING THIS PROGRAM, AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A COPY OF IT FOR YOUR
    OWN, MAKE A $72 CONTRIBUTION RIGHT NOW AT (217)244-9455.
    WE’D BE HAPPY TO SAY THANKS WITH DVD COPY OF “WE ARE MONTICELLO” IF YOU CAN MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
    AT 120-DOLLAR LEVEL, TWO DVD COPIES. IF YOU CAN MAKE A CONTRIBUTION AT 144-DOLLAR
    LEVEL, CAN YOU HAVE THE TWO DVD “WE ARE MONTICELLO”, AND THE MONTICELLO BOOK BY MAUREEN HOLTZ,
    A WONDERFUL BOOK. THESE ARE OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS WHEN YOU
    MAKE THE PLEDGES AND CONTRIBUTIONS AT THE DIFFERENT LEVELS.
    YOU DECIDE WHAT THIS PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION MEANS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND THE PROGRAMS
    YOU WATCH, THE SERVICES THAT YOU SEE AND THE FACT THERE IS A TELEVISION STATION IN YOUR
    COMMUNITY THAT WILL PRODUCE PROGRAMS ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY.
    IF THAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU CALL THIS NUMBER, 217244 # 455 OR GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    MAKE THAT CALL AND MAKE THAT PLEDGE OF SUPPORT AT (217)244-9455.
    LET’S KEEP ALL THESE PHONES BUSY.>>THANKS, LES.
    LET’S KEEP THE PHONES BUSY. CALL (217)244-9455.
    WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LOST CALLS THIS BREAK. WE’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM 50 PEOPLE.
    WE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU THIS HOUR. WE HEARD FROM INCREDIBLE NUMBER SO FAR
    THIS EVENING. LET’S KEEP THAT GOING.
    WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT, FOR THE SUPPORT YOU GIVE TO THE STATION AND BEING
    ONE OF OUR FRIENDS. IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE THE FRIENDSHIPS AND SENSE OF COMMUNITY THAT
    PEOPLE IN MONTICELLO HAVE FOR THEIR TOWN AND THE PRIDE THEY HAVE IN THE SCHOOL.
    IT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MARCHING SAGES AND ABOUT THE VALUE THAT
    THE COMMUNITY PLACES ON ACADEMICS IN THE STUDENTS. WE WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT COMING UP IN
    THE NEXT SEGMENT. IF YOU ARE A PART OF THAT, AND YOU HAVE BEEN
    A MARCHING SAGE, GIVE US A CALL. IF YOU ARE ALUM OF MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL,
    CALL IN AND TELL US WHY YOU ARE PROUD TO BE PART OF THAT GROUP.
    WE’D LOVE HEAR FROM YOU. MAYBE YOU ARE SIGNATURE AT HOME WATCHING SHOW AND CHECKING YOUR COMPUTER,
    AND ON FACEBOOK, GO TO HASH TAG “WE ARE MONTICELLO”. WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU WHAT STORIES YOU
    LIKED THIS HOUR AND WHICH ONES YOU ARE HOPING TO SEE IN THE NEXT SEGMENT.
    GIVE US A CALL AND PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT AT (217)244-9455.
    ANY LEVEL OF SUPPORT IS WONDERFUL, BUT IF YOU CAN PLEDGE AT THE 72-DOLLAR LEVEL, SIX
    DOLLARS A MONTH TO BECOME A SUSTAINING FRIEND OF THE STATION.
    ONGOING CONTRIBUTION. WE WILL SEND AWE COPY OF THE DVD AS A THANK
    YOU AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND TELL THEM WHY YOU LOVE MONTICELLO.
    GIVE US A CALL (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    KIMBERLIE?>>WE HAVE FRIENDS IN MONTICELLO, PEOPLE YOU
    PROBABLY KNOW. YOU KNOW TIM AND ANN MARTIE, THANK YOU FOR
    MAKING THEIR PLEDGE. IF YOU ARE THEIR NEIGHBOR, WHY DON’T YOU CALL IN AND MAKE A PLEDGE FOR
    THE STORY ON YOUR TOWN. ANN AND JOEL HERSH.
    PHONE LINES ARE BUSY, BELINDA ONLINE. SHE HAS A STORY ON THE ARTS, GREAT ARTS COMMUNITY
    IN MONTICELLO. SAGES IS COMING UP, SAGE PRIDE AND AUDREY
    IS IN OUR STUDIO, SHE AND OTHER STUDENTS HELPED MAKE THAT STORY.
    WE HAVE KATHLEEN PIATT. YOU HEARD HER STORY EARLIER ABOUT THE HISTORY
    OF MONTICELLO. SHE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE PRIDE AND THE PIONEERS SPIRIT OF MONTICELLO WAY
    BACK WHEN IT WAS FOUNDED CONTINUES TO THIS DAY.
    SO MANY OF YOU KNOW EACH OTHER. OTHERS HAVE MOVED IN THE COMMUNITY AND DECIDED
    TO STAY. SOME MOVED AWAY AND CAME BACK.
    IT DRAWS PEOPLE TOGETHER, GENEROUS PEOPLE. CALL RIGHT IN NOW AND MAKE A PLEDGE.
    244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE. LET ME THANK BARB ELLIS FROM HAWORTH.
    THANK YOU, GARY AND MARLENE BORETON, YOU HELPED WITH THE STORY ON THE CHRISTMAS BUS, THANK
    YOU. DON STOLE OF MONTICELLO, JUSTIN PERCIN ACTION
    FROM CISCO, AND TIM AND SHELLY STOCK FROM MONTICELLO.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGES. WE GO BACK OVER TO LES.
    >>THERE HE IS!>>HERE I AM!
    >>HERE YOU GO, LES. I HAVE TO GET DOWN ON ONE KNEE, BUT PROBLEM
    I WON’T BE ABLE TO GET BACK UP AGAIN. I AM HERE WITH JULIE AND CALLIE, AND THEY
    HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN PRODUCING MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT YOU ARE WATCHING TONIGHT.
    JULIE, YOU HAVE A SPECIAL REQUEST, DON’T YOU?>>I AM ASKING MY SISTER TO CALL IN AND I
    HOPE SHE GETS LINE NUMBER FOUR BECAUSE I WILL TAKE YOUR CALL!
    (LAUGHING) JULIE SAID WHAT DO WE DO IF THE PHONE RINGS WHILE WE ARE TALKING, AND SHE
    SAID DO YOU NOT WANT THE MONEY? OF COURSE, WE WANT THE MONEY!
    SHE IS SO CUTE. JULIE, I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE PROGRAM
    — THE STORIES THAT YOU PRODUCED FOR THE PROGRAM. YOU WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN SEVERAL OF THEM.
    WHY DO YOU THINK MAKING PROGRAMS ABOUT MONTICELLO WAS IMPORTANT THIS.
    WELL, I THINK IT REALLY KIND OF TIES THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER.
    I LOVE DOING THIS SEGMENT. “WE ARE MONTICELLO” AND I LOVE DOING THE VIDEOGRAPHY.
    I FOUND A NEW CAREER, I THINK. I LOVED IT!
    I LOVED IT!>>CALLIE, YOU PRODUCED SEVERAL OF THE STORIES
    ALSO. WHAT WAS IMPORTANT ABOUT DOING THESE STORIES?
    >>IT WAS NICE TO GET A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON EVERY POSSIBLE ASPECT, AND I AM SURE HUNDREDS
    MORE WE DIDN’T EVEN THINK OF FOR SHOW. IT IS NICE TO HEAR ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FROM
    THE COMMUNITY, AND OF COURSE, BOAST ABOUT MONTICELLO BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW IT IS GREAT.
    >>IT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL TO GET THE RESPONSE WE HAVE BEEN GETTING SO FAR.
    YEAH, I LOVE HEARING FROM PEOPLE I KNOW, HINT HINT AND KEEP THE CALLS COMING.
    GREAT. THANK YOU.
    >>HOW ABOUT THE FAITH IN ACTION?>>ALL THE FAITH IN ACTION VOLUNTEERS NEED
    TO CALL ME. I LOVE TO TALK ON THE PHONE, AND I WILL TAKE
    YOUR CALL! (LAUGHING).
    >>CALL (217)244-9455 OR IF YOU HAVE TO, YOU CAN GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG AND MAKE A
    PLEDGE THERE, TOO.>>THANKS, LES.
    I THINK ONE OF COOLEST THINGS ABOUT THE STORY THAT JULIE WAS ABLE TO HELP WITH IS SHE WENT
    UP IN A PLANE TO SHOOT SOME OF THE FOOTAGE. IF YOU WERE THAT PILOT, THANK YOU SO MUCH
    FOR DOING THAT BECAUSE I THINK IT IS ONE OF THE SPECIAL THINGS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.
    ALSO, I HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATING WITH CALLIE ALL NIGHT, AND SHE REALLY WANTS TO HEAR FROM
    HER MOM! (LAUGHING) GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW (217)244-9455.
    I HAVE OTHER PEOPLE TO THANK, AND YOU CAN BE ONE OF THEM.
    VICKIE FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
    HAZEL SMITH, WONDERFUL TO HEAR FROM YOU. KATHY AND STEVE MILLS, THANKS FOR SUPPORTING
    “WE ARE MONTICELLO” AND W.I.L.L. BRAD AND ROBIN MITCHELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    FOR CALLING IN. YOU CAN BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.
    WE HAVE GOT SOME LINES OPEN. THAT MEANS IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO CALL.
    AS LES SAID EARLIER IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY. I HAVE BEEN TOLD IT IS PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA
    TO TAKE THOSE. GIVE AWES CALL RIGHT NOW AT (217)244-9455
    OR YOU CAN GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG. THIS PROGRAM WAS PUT TO GO BY MORE THAN 70
    VOLUNTEERS FROM MONTICELLO THAT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE PLEASURE TO WORK WITH
    OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS AS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHOOT THE FOOTAGE AND DO THE INTERVIEWS.
    IT IS THE VOLUNTEERS THAT MADE THIS SHOW POSSIBLE, AND IT IS ALSO PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO MAKE EVERY
    PROGRAM ON PUBLIC TELEVISION POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT IS YOUR SUPPORT THAT HELPS BRING YOU SHOWS
    LIKE THIS. YOU WON’T SEE A SPECIAL LIKE THIS HIGHLIGHTING
    YOUR HOME TOWN ON ANY OTHER STATION. GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW AND SHOW YOU VALUE
    THAT PROGRAMMING AS MUCH AS WE VALUE BRINGING IT TO YOU.
    YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE NEXT PRODUCTION. GIVE US A CALL.
    (217)244-9455. KIMBERLIE?
    >>THAT’S RIGHT, LINDSEY. GIVE US A CALL.
    YOU ARE, LINDSEY, WE HAVE 70 PEOPLE THAT HAVE CALLED IN AND MADE PLEDGES SO FAR.
    THAT’S AWESOME! 70 PEOPLE!
    I BET WE CAN GET A HUNDRED. I BET A HUNDRED WHO LIVE IN MONTICELLO AND
    SURROUNDING AREA WILL CALL IN AND PLEDGE THEIR SUPPORT TO THIS SHOW.
    THIS LOCAL PRODUCE PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RESIDENTS IN MONTICELLO AND W.I.L.L.
    WE SPENT THREE MONTHS TOGETHER. WE HELPED YOU TELL THOSE STORIES, A WE PUT
    IT TOGETHER. AND HERE WE ARE TONIGHT, A CLIMAX OF A WONDERFUL
    RELATIONSHIP. AND IT WILL CONTINUE ON.
    CALL IN RIGHT NOW 244-9455 WILLPLEDGE.ORG. CAN YOU PLEDGE FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH, THAT’S
    REALLY GREAT, A SUSTAINING MEMBER, YOU DECIDE HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO PLEDGE. WE TAKE IT OFF
    YOUR CREDIT CARD OR WITHDRAW FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, EVERY MONTH, MONTH AFTER MONTH.
    YOU DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT. YOU CAN STOP IT AT ANY TIME.
    BEING A SUSTAINER IS A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THIS STATION YEAR AFTER YEAR, MONTH AFTER
    MONTH. 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    WE HAVE GREAT STORIES, WITH STORIES ON THE ARTS. WE HAVE STORIES ON THE LIBRARY.
    MAPLE POINT BEING SAGES PRIDE, THERE YOU CAN SEE IF YOU MAKE A PLEDGE OF $72 WE CAN SAY
    THANK YOU OF DVD “WE ARE MONTICELLO”. IF YOU CAN PLEDGE A LITTLE BIT MORE, WE CAN
    SAY THANK YOU BY SENDING YOU TWO COPIES FOR A PLEDGE OF $120.
    YOU KNOW WHAT, ANY AMOUNT IS APPRECIATED BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT THAT DOES, IT SAYS, HEY, THIS
    WAS GREAT, WORKING WITH RESIDENTS OF A TOWN HELPING THEM TELL STORIES OF THE TOWN AND
    SHARING THEM WITH THE REGION IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS THAT ILL WILL WHICH WILL COVERS.
    I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING BETTER THAN THAT. I LOVE TO BE A STORYTELLER.
    I WAS ONE OF THE PRODUCERS ON THIS, AND I HAD SUCH GREAT FUN, MEETING ALL OF YOU, TELLING
    THESE STORIES, AND THESE STORIES LIVE IN ME. CALL 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    >>POINT WELL TAKEN. WONDERFUL STORIES COMING UP, WONDERFUL STORIES
    WE HAVE SEEN TONIGHT ABOUT THE TOWN OF MONTICELLO AND WHY IT IS SUCH A GREAT COMMUNITY AND WHY
    IT IS SUCH AN ASSET TO OUR AREA. IF YOU FEEL THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT WE TELL
    THESIS, AND NOT ONLY TELL THEM, BUT DOCUMENT THEM, THAT’S WHY WE THINK YOUR SUPPORT RIGHT
    NOW IS SO VITAL TO CALL OUR PLEDGE LINE RIGHT NOW AT (217)244-9455 OR MAYBE GOING ONLINE
    TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG AND MAKING YOUR CONTRIBUTION THERE.
    REMEMBER, MAKE 72-DOLLAR A YEAR CONTRIBUTION TO W.I.L.L. AND YOU CAN PICK UP A COPY OF
    “WE ARE MONTICELLO” AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS TO YOU, THE DVD.
    IF YOU MAKE 120-DOLLAR A YEAR CONTRIBUTION, THAT’S JUST TEN DOLLARS A MONTH, IF YOU WANT
    TO PUT THAT ON SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP PLAN, AND THAT’S TWO COPIES OF THE DVD “WE ARE MONTICELLO”.
    AGAIN, THESE ARE JUST OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS TO YOU FOR GETTING INVOLVED, SUPPORTING YOUR
    COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTING THE STORIES ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY, THE STORIES THAT W.I.L.L.
    CAN TELL WITH YOUR HELP AND WITH YOUR SUPPORT. WHEN WE DO A PROJECT LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW WHAT,
    WE FIND OUT THAT NOTHING IS DONE ALONE. NO COMMUNITY REALLY SURVIVES ON ONE PERSON.
    NO COMMUNITY IS A COMMUNITY WITH JUST ONE PERSON OR ONE FAMILY.
    IT TAKES ALL OF US TO MAKE THAT COMMUNITY WORK, TO MAKE THAT A GREAT PLACE TO BE.
    IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO MAKE A GREAT PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION.
    YOU ARE PART OF THAT COMMUNITY WHEN YOU CALL (217)244-9455 AND MAKE YOUR PLEDGE OF SUPPORT.
    >>LES IS RIGHT. IT DOES TAKE A COMMUNITY JUST LIKE THE COMMUNITY
    OF NEIGHBORS THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THIS EVENING ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL IT IS FOR THEIR
    NEIGHBORHOOD. IF YOU ARE PART OF ONE OF THOSE PLACES AND
    YOU THINK IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE. I HAVE MINE BECOME PART OF OUR’S HERE AT W.I.L.L.
    AND GIVE US A CALL AT (217)244-9455. I HAVE A FEW PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO THANK, WILL
    AND TERRY CARNI FROM MONTICELLO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE.
    I’D LIKE TO THANK CRAIG AND MARY CHAMBERS FROM DANVILLE.
    IT IS SO GREAT TO HEAR FROM DANVILLE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE DONE THIS.
    “WE ARE” PROGRAM. WE WANT COME TO YOUR’S NEXT.
    SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO KEEP THIS GOING. IF YOU ARE SITTING AT HOME AND WATCHING THE
    PHONES RING AND THINKING “MAN, I AM GLAD ALL THOSE OTHER PEOPLE ARE CALLING IN TO MAKE
    THEIR GOAL. ” I HAVE BEEN WHERE YOU ARE AND I KNOW WHAT
    YOU ARE THINKING. WON’T YOU BE THE NEXT ONE TO CALL?
    NOW IS THE TIME. CALL IN AT (217)244-9455 OR CAN YOU GO ONLINE
    TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG. WHILE YOU HAVE GOT YOUR COMPUTER OUT, IF YOU
    ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ENJOYS SOCIAL MEDIA.
    WE ARE ARE TAKING YOUR TWEETS HASH TAG WE ARE “WE ARE MONTICELLO”.
    TELL US WHY YOU LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY AND WHY YOU HAVE PRIDE IN MONTICELLO.
    AFTER BEING A PART OF THIS PROGRAM, I AM NOT FROM THERE, OF PRIDE AND AM PROUD OF YOU.
    TELL US WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT BEING FROM THERE. LATER ON IN THE HOUR, WE WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT
    MAPLE POINT AND HOW THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE ARTS.
    KIMBERLIE WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THAT. 244-9455.
    >>THAT’S RIGHT. LINDSEY, YOU SAID YOU ARE PROUD OF MONTICELLO,
    AND YOU ARE NOT FROM THERE. ME, TOO.
    I FEEL I AM A PROUD SAGE, AND I DIDN’T GO TO THE HIGH SCHOOL.
    JUST THAT IDEA OF WHAT A SAGE IS, AND IT IS SUCH A UNIQUE MASCOT MANY WE WILL HEAR THAT
    STORY COMING UP NEXT. MOLLY DELANEY, OUTREACH DIRECTOR, SHE WAS
    GOING TO GO HOME. SHE LIVES IN PAXTON SHE IS IN THE BREAK ROOM,
    AND SHE CAN’T LEAVE. WE ARE ASKING IF YOU IF APPRECIATE THIS SHOW,
    CALL THIS AND MAKE A PLEDGE, SUPPORT THE STORYTELLERS FROM MONTICELLO AND THE STATION BRINGING YOU
    THIS PROGRAM. 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    RENEE NICHOLSON FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE.
    RON FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR’S. ED AND MICHELLE “GREAT QUALITY PROGRAM.
    I COULDN’T AGREE WITH YOU MORE.” SUE AND JENNY GAULTZ.
    OH, I HAVE SOME MORE. KEVIN AND LAURA HELLER FROM MONTICELLO.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH. MORE NAMES, DAVID TURNER PETERSBURG.
    DAVID, THANK YOU. RICHARD AND PAM WHITTIG FROM MONTICELLO.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH. IF YOU CAN PLEDGE $72, WE WILL SAY THANK YOU
    BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF THIS SHOW, YOUR VERY OWN DVD.
    LET’S SAY YOU CAN PLEDGE A LITTLE MORE, 120-DOLLAR GIFT, CAN YOU HAVE TWO DVDS.
    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE DOING “WE ARE” SERIES.
    WE WANT TO DO IT AGAIN, AND WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, AND SAY YES.
    (217)244-9455. WE HAVE OVER 80 PLEDGES.
    WE’D LIKE TO HAVE OVER A HUNDRED. LES WILL TELL US MORE HOW YOU CAN DO THAT
    I — YOU DO THAT BY PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALLING (217)244-9455.
    KEEPING THESE PHONE VOLUNTEERS BUSY. THESE ARE YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FROM
    MONTICELLO WHO HAVE COME IN TONIGHT TO ANSWER THOSE PHONES AND TAKE THOSE PLEDGES OF SUPPORT.
    WE WANT TO THANK BRIDGET FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU, BRIDGET.
    DERICK AND LIN BOONE FROM MONTICELLO. DERICK AND LIN, KAREN FROM URBANA.
    WE WANT TO THANK TINA AND CHARLIE FROM MONTICELLO. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
    CALLING IN AND MAKING THOSE PLEDGES OF SUPPORT. REMEMBER WE JUST SAW THE GIFT LEVELS ON SCREEN.
    AT THE 72-DOLLAR LEVEL, YOU CAN GET A THANK YOU GIFT TO YOU A DVD COPY OF THE PROGRAM.
    AT THE 120-DOLLAR LEVEL, TEN DOLLARS A MONTH ON SUSTAINER PLAN, TWO COPIES OF THE DVD,
    AND 140-DOLLAR LEVEL, TWO COPIES OF THE DVD, AND MAUREEN HOLTZ “BOOK “MONTICELLO.”
    STILL AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THOSE PLEDGES, (217)244-9455, OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    >>I AM AUBREY BROWN, JUNIOR AT MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL.
    I SHOT VIDEO OF THE SAGES.>>BEING A SAGE MEANS GOING BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
    AND HAVING SAGE RAGE.>>TO BE A SAGE IS TO HAVE SCHOOL SPIRIT, LOVE
    EACH OTHER AND BE A FAMILY.>>A SAGE, BEING THE OWL, PROMOTES WISDOM AND
    HOW EDUCATION REALLY PLAYS A BIG PART IN OUR SCHOOL.
    >>THAT’S A REALLY — COOL AND UNIQUE MASCOT NAME FOR YOUR SCHOOL BECAUSE IT REALLY SOUNDS
    LIKE YOU ARE FOCUSED ON ACADEMICS. I WOULD SAY THAT MONTICELLO AND MOST HIGH
    SCHOOLS IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHOULD BE LIKE THIS, BUT CERTAINLY MONTICELLO IS — HAS NUMBER
    ONE FOCUS ON ACADEMICS. THAT’S THE MONTICELLO SAGES.
    >>OUR KIDS TAKE OWNERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE BUILDING, AND TRUE MEANING OF BEING A
    SAGE IS SOMEONE WHO IS INVOLVED AND LOVES THEIR SCHOOLS AND LOVE EACH OTHER. OUR STUDENTS
    FIT THAT MOLD. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THEM.
    I AM PROUD TO BE A SAGE BECAUSE THE STUDENTS ARE GREAT AND WELL BEHAVED.
    I AM SO PROUD BECAUSE THE TEACHERS ARE HARD WORKING AND HARD WORKERS.
    >>BEING A SAGE IS YOU ALWAYS HAVE A STRONG TEAM OF TEACHERS BEHIND YOU SUPPORTING YOU
    IN ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS.>>EVERY DAY IS THE BEST DAY TO BE A SAGE!
    I AM MYSELF INTO MY EDUCATION. I REALLY WANT TO GET GOOD GRADES, GET INTO
    A GOOD COLLEGE, AND THAT’S REALLY AWESOME THAT THE SAGES WOULD EVEN ADVERTISE THAT IN
    THEIR MASCOT, THAT EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT.>>BEING A SAGE ISN’T JUST IN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL
    AND SCHOOL YEARS. IT IS THROUGHOUT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE THROUGH
    — UNTIL THE DAY YOU SIGH YOU ARE A MONTICELLO SAGE.
    IT IS JUST AN ATTITUDE.>>I THINK IT IS A VERY TIGHT NIT GROUP, GROUP
    OF INDIVIDUALS, AND I AM REALLY HAPPY THAT I AM HERE INSTEAD OF A BIG CITY BECAUSE EVERY
    ONE WILL BE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING BAD HAPPEN TO YOU.
    THERE ARE SO MANY FUNDRAISERS FOR PEOPLE IN NEED, AND IT IS JUST A GREAT TOWN TO LIVE
    IN.>>MY NAME IS KAREN STEGER, YOUTH SERVICES
    COORDINATOR AT ALLERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY. MY STORY IS ABOUT THE LIBRARY ITSELF.
    LIBRARY HAS BEEN HERE FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS. I THINK IT IS A GREAT PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO
    COME TOGETHER. A LOT OF PEOPLE COME IN EVERY DAY.
    THEY CHECK ON NEWS. MAYBE THEY CHECK ON GOSSIP AND SEE WHAT IS
    GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY. WE HAVE STORY TIMES WEEKLY FOR BIRTH THROUGH
    FIVE. THEY ARE SPLIT UP A LITTLE BIT.
    SINCE WE LET SIBLINGS COME, THEY ARE ALL KIND OF A MIX.
    IN A SINGLE WEEK, WE HAVE 60 AND 80 KIDS THAT COME TO THE THREE DIFFERENT STORY TIMES IT
    A GREAT WAY TO INTRODUCE BOOKS TO KIDS. THAT YOUNG AGE IS REALLY HARD FOR THEM TO
    SIT THROUGH A LONG BOOK. MAYBE IT IS SINGING A SONG WITH A STORY WE
    READ. IT INCORPORATES THE DIFFERENT BOOKS WE READ,
    OTHER THINGS THAT KIDS LIKE TO DO. WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD ARCHIVE THAT HAS IF
    YOU WERE BORN IN THIS AREA, THEY CAN PROBABLY TRACE YOUR ROOTS BACK VERY FAR.
    IT IS A REALLY GOOD COLLECTION. THE LIBRARY IS A WAY TO — I THINK IT IS A
    WAY TO TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS AND KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
    IF THE LIBRARY WASN’T HERE, IT WOULD BE MISSED. THERE IS ENOUGH PEOPLE THAT COME IN JUST TO
    READ THE NEWSPAPERS. IT IS MORE THEY MAYBE JUST WANT TO BE OUT
    WITH OTHER PEOPLE. THEY JUST WANT TO BE IN THAT KIND OF COMMUNITY
    SETTING. IT IS KIND OF A LITTLE COMMUNITY WITHIN A
    COMMUNITY.>>MY NAME IS CAROL OLSON.
    I AM THE DIRECTOR AT MAPLE POINT. OUR STORY FOCUSED ON THE SUPPORT WE RECEIVE FROM THE
    COMMUNITY AND WAYS WE TRY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.
    MAPLE POINT IS A SUPPORTED LIVING FACILITY FOR OLDER ADULTS.
    WE ASSIST WITH ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING FOR THOSE WHO NEED SOME ASSISTANCE, AND MAPLE
    POINT IS A PART OF THE PIATT COUNTY NURSING HOME’S NETWORK OF SERVICES.
    WHEN MAPLE POINT STARTED, IT WAS BUILT WITH A LOT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT, A LOT OF DONATIONS
    CAME IN TO ASSIST US IN GETTING MAPLE POINT STARTED.
    WE HAVE 30 APARTMENTS. WE TYPICALLY HAVE ABOUT 32 RESIDENTS.
    THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS US BY VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME FOR DIFFERENT PROJECTS, ASSISTING
    WITH ACTIVITIES, COMING INTO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT FOR OUR RESIDENTS.
    WE HAVE A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS THAT COMES IN TWICE A MONTH TO DO MANICURES FOR OUR RESIDENTS.
    WE ALSO UTILIZE THE FAITH IN ACTION PROGRAM. THEY DO A LOT OF TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE
    FOR OUR RESIDENTS. CHURCH SERVICE IS PROVIDED THROUGH DIFFERENT
    LOCAL MINISTERS AND PASTORS THAT VOLUNTEER TIME TO PROVIDE CHURCH SERVICE FOR MAPLE POINT
    AS WELL AS THE NURSING HOME. WE TRY TO GIVE BACK IN A VARIETY OF WAYS.
    ONE OF THE PROJECTS WE DO IS BOOKMARK FOR THE LIBRARY.
    RESIDENTS WILL MAKE THOSE, AND THEN DELIVER THEM TO THE LIBRARY.
    WE ALSO DO SERVICE PROJECTS FOR WILLOW TREE MISSIONS FOR THEIR RESALE SHOP, JUST A VARIETY
    OF THINGS THEY NEED ASSISTANCE WITH. WE ALSO ARE DOING A PROJECT, OUR MEN’S GROUP
    IS MAKING BUILDING BLOCKS THAT WE ARE GOING TO DONATE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS FOR THE KIDS.
    WE ALSO HAVE A RESIDENT WHO VOLUNTEERS AT LINCOLN SCHOOL TO ASSIST CHILDREN WITH THEIR
    READING. I INTERVIEWED PAM COURTWRIGHT, SHE IS A JOB
    COACH THROUGH MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL FOR THEIR WORK PROGRAM.
    >>THE STUDENTS THAT COME HERE ARE FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL, AND THIS IS A WORK PROGRAM WHICH
    THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SKILLS, NEW SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THEM POSSIBLY GET
    JOBS IN THE FUTURE.>>WE HAD SOME STUDENTS THAT WORKED AT MAPLE
    POINT LAST YEAR IN OUR ACTIVITY DEPARTMENT AND IN HOUSEKEEPING.
    SHE SPOKE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT PROGRAM.>>IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THEM JUST TO GAIN THE
    WORK EXPERIENCE, TO LETTER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE AT A JOB ON TIME AND TO PERFORM THE
    DUTIES THAT THEY NEEDED TO GET DONE IN THE TIME THAT THEY WERE ALLOWED.
    I LOVE GETTING TO KNOW THE RESIDENTS THERE AND BEING A SMALLER ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY,
    YOU JUST GET TO KNOW EVERYBODY. IT IS LIKE A LITTLE COMMUNITY WITHIN A COMMUNITY.
    I JUST LOVE JUST INTERACTION WITH EVERYBODY. I MY NAME IS BRANDON HYSSOM, I AM A BOARD
    MEMBER ON THE MONTICELLO EDUCATION FOUNDATION. I WOULD LIKE TO TELL THE STORY OF THE FOUNDATION.
    WE ARE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO ENRICH AND ENHANCE THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
    OF THE STUDENTS AT MONTICELLO SCHOOLS. IT DOES THAT PRIMARILY THROUGH CLASSROOM GRANTS,
    FOR SUMMER TUTORING AND SCHOLARSHIPS. I AM CINDY QUICK, THIRD GRADE TEACHER AT WHITE
    HEATH ELEMENTARY. I RECEIVED THREE DIFFERENT GRANTS THROUGH
    IMEF. FIRST ONE I WROTE, I RECEIVED A SMART BOARD
    FOR OUR CLASSROOM WHICH IS AN AMAZING TOOL TO HAVE, INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARD IN YOUR CLASSROOM.
    ONE OF THINGS WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO DO IS PROMOTE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, AND SO WHEN THEY
    HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TO THE BOARD AND ACTUALLY ENGAGE THEMSELVES ON THE MATERIAL
    ON BOARD IT MAKES FOR A WONDERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
    BECAUSE I LOVE THAT SO MUCH, I WROTE A GRANT THIS PAST YEAR FOR THE RESPONSE SYSTEM WHICH
    IS A REMOTE CLICKER SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS VIA A REMOTE, AND I GET
    IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK HOW THEY ARE DOING IN MULTIPLE CHOICE OR SHORT NUMERIC.
    IT IS WONDERFUL TO HAVE IN THE CLASSROOM.>>WE CAME INTO THE SCHOOL, AND LIFE SKILLS
    RECEIVED A GRANT FOR EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO RUN THE SAGE’S CAFE.
    THE SAGE’S CAFE IS A CAFE THEY SET UP IN THE SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO GET COFFEE
    AND HOT CIDER AND HOT CHOCOLATE. AT THE SAME TIME, IT PROVIDES THE LIFE SKILL
    STUDENTS TO PRACTICE A VOCATION.>>AS A PARENT, I THINK HAVING AN ORGANIZATION
    LIKE MONTICELLO AREA EDUCATION FOUNDATION IS VERY REASSURING TO KNOW THAT OUR KIDS ARE
    GETTING A GREAT EDUCATION. THEY ARE GETTING TO EXPERIENCE SOME OPPORTUNITIES
    THAT MAYBE THEY WOULDN’T BE GETTING IN OTHER DISTRICTS WHERE THEY DON’T HAVE THE AVAILABLE
    FUNDING TO DO SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS.>>MY NAME IS BELINDA BECCU.
    I AM A RETIRED ART TEACHER, MEMBER OF THE MONTICELLO COMMUNITY AND BOARD MEMBER OF THE
    MONTICELLO AREA ARTS COUNCIL. THE ARTS IN MONTICELLO ARE VERY UNUSUAL FOR
    A TOWN OUR SIZE. IT IS VERY UNIQUE. OUR SCHOOLS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY RICH IN
    THE AMOUNT OF ART THAT THEY OFFER TO OUR STUDENTS. ONE OF ARTISTS FROM MONTICELLO THAT WAS NOT
    ONLY AN ARTIST BUT A TEACHER WAS FRANK MUHLA. HE WAS THE FIRST WHO WANTED TO DECORATE THE
    GYM AND BRING THE ALUM BACK, AND WHERE THE KIDS SHOWCASED THEIR TALENTS WITH HOMECOMING
    THEME AND INDIVIDUAL PAINTINGS. ARTS COUNCIL CAME ABOUT IN 2007.
    WE HAD A BIG FUNDRAISER WHICH WAS CHAIRS FOR THE ARTS. WE SELECTED DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE
    ARTS THAT PEOPLE COULD GO AHEAD AND SPONSOR A CHAIR, AND WE HAVE OVER 30 CHAIRS, EACH
    ONE REALLY CELEBRATES THE DIFFERENT KIND OF ART.
    THE MONEY WE CREATED FROM THAT FUNDRAISER THEN WENT TO FURNISH OUR STUDIO AND TO BUY
    SUPPLIES AND START OFFERING CLASSES. PAINT THE TOWN IS YEARLY EVENT THAT WE COLLABORATE
    WITH THE CITY OF MONTICELLO, AND WE HAVE AREAS OF THE DOWNTOWN STREETS THAT WE CHALK OFF,
    LARGE SQUARES. DIFFERENT PEOPLE PAY FIVE DOLLARS. WE PROVIDE
    ALL THE PAINT THEY CAN PAINT WHATEVER THEY WANT ON SQUARE.
    IT IS FOR ALL AGES. EACH YEAR WE GET QUITE A VARIETY OF PEOPLE
    THAT PARTICIPATE. WE HAVE EXCEPTIONAL AMOUNT OF ARTISTS THAT
    WORK IN MONTICELLO AND GALLERIES. CORY ART GLASS IS A WONDERFUL BUSINESS IN
    TOWN. IT IS A HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM.
    IT IS LIN AND CHRIS CORY. THEY DO BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS AND LEADED
    GLASS PROJECTS. PAPER CRANE IS A GALLERY, LINDA MACKINTOSH
    IS THE ARTIST. SHE DOES SEVERAL DIFFERENT ARTS, HAND PRINTING,
    TIE DIE SCARFS, AND QUITE OFTEN USES VARIETY OF MATERIALS INCLUDING SILK.
    LARRY ZEIMER’S GALLERY IS OWNED BY LARRY AND HIS WIFE, CAROL.
    LARRY HAS BEEN VERY WELL-KNOWN WATER COLOR ARTIST IN MONTICELLO.
    MANY PEOPLE HAVE COLLECTED NOT ONLY HIS ORIGINAL WATER COLORS, BUT LIMITED EDITIONS PRINTS
    OF WATER COLORS. PRAIRIE FIRE GLASS IS ALSO A GALLERY AS WELL
    AS A STUDIO. THE ARTIST IS JIM DOWNY.
    HE DOES A VARIETY OF GLASS PROJECTS AND DISPLAYS OTHER ARTISTS’ WORK IN HIS GALLERY AS WELL.
    GABE BRIDWELL IS A LOCAL RESIDENT, A GRADUATE OF MONTICELLO. AND HE IS A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
    THAT HAS WORKED IN CARTOONING AND COMICS, AND HE HAS DONE GREAT WORK FOR COMPANIES LIKE
    DISNEY, MARVEL. LOCAL ARTISTS BRING A GREAT SENSE OF PURPOSE
    AS FAR AS ART IS IMPORTANT IN OUR DAILY LIVES THAT YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU LOVE AS AN OCCUPATION.
    YOU CAN ENRICH OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES WITH YOUR ART.
    AND I THINK, TOO, THAT IT IS AN EXAMPLE FOR KIDS GOING THROUGH SCHOOL THAT, YES, I CAN
    CHOOSE A CAREER IN THE ARTS AND I THINK THAT ANY TIME WE HAVE WORKING ARTISTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY,
    THINK THEY ARE GREAT ROLE MODELS. OVER A HUNDRED OF YOU CALLED IN THIS EVENING.
    THAT’S INCREDIBLE. I HAVE A FEW PEOPLE I WANT TO MENTION BEFORE
    WE LEAVE, JAMES AND LINDA AYERS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION.
    MARILYN, ANN, THANK YOU FOR CALLING IN. I AM SORRY IF I MISS PRONOUNCED YOUR NAME.
    WONDERFUL TO HEAR FROM YOU. YOU CAN STILL BE A PART OF THIS EVENING’S
    SHOW. IT WASN’T US THAT MADE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE.
    IT WAS YOU THAT MADE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE BY YOUR VITAL SUPPORT, OR BECAUSE IT WAS YOUR
    FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHO WERE THE ONES WHO FILMED THE FOOTAGE FOR THIS SHOW AND WHAT
    MADE IT A SUCCESS GIVE US A CALL AND SUPPORT MONTICELLO AND W.I.L.L.
    (217)244-9455 OR GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG OF HERE AT W.I.L.L. WE TRY TO BRING YOU DIVERSE
    PERSPECTIVES AND INTRODUCE YOU TO NEW THINGS. ONE THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT MONTICELLO IS
    THAT THERE IS AN AMAZING COMMUNITY AND GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE PRIDE IN WHO THEY ARE
    AND WHERE THEY ARE FROM. THAT’S VALUABLE, AND WE WERE SO HAPPY TO BE
    ABLE TO BRING THAT STORY TO MONTICELLO RESIDENTS AND EVERYONE IN THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.
    WE WANT TO COME TO YOUR TOWN NEXT. CALL THIS AND PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THAT POSSIBLE.
    YOU CAN DO THAT BY CALLING (217)244-9455. IF YOU CAN PLEDGE AT JUST SIX DOLLARS A MONTH
    AND BECOME A SUSTAINING MEMBER OF THE STATION, WE CAN SEND YOU A COPY OF TONIGHT’S PROGRAM,
    AND LES WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THAT.>>(217)244-9455 IS THE NUMBER TO CALL OR IF
    YOU’D RATHER MAKE THE PLEDGE ONLINE, GO TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    IF YOU DVR’ED AND WATCHING DIFFERENT TIME THAN SCHEDULED, YOU CAN GO TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    AT 72 DOLLARS, A COPY OF THE “WE ARE MONTICELLO” — SHOW YOU JUST FINISHED, OUR WAY OF SAYING
    THANK YOU. JUST SIX MONTHS A AMONG.
    IF YOU PLEDGE AT THE TEN DOLLAR A MONTH LEVEL, $120, TWO DVDS, AND IF YOU CAN MAKE A PLEDGE
    AT THE 144-DOLLAR LEVEL, YOU CAN HAVE TWO DVDS, PLUS THE BOOK BY MAUREEN HOLTZ, A MONTICELLO
    RESIDENT, ABOUT MONTICELLO. AGAIN, THESE ARE JUST OUR WAY OF SAYING THANKS
    TO YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUR PUBLIC TV STATION OR RADIO, CAN YOU DO THAT, TOO.
    PUBLIC TV STATION OR MAKING THAT PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT AND TELLING US HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE
    YOUR HOME TOWN MONTICELLO AND THE TOWNS IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS.
    THESE FOLKS FROM MONTICELLO HAVE BEEN WITH US ALL NIGHT ANSWERING YOUR PHONE CALLS, TAKING
    YOUR PLEDGES OF SUPPORT. IT HAS BEEN A TERRIFIC EVENING OF SUPPORT.
    YOU MADE IT SO WHEN YOU CALL IN AND MAKE THAT PLEDGE OF SUPPORT.
    OVER 70 PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED. IT TOOK W.I.L.L. TIME TO EDIT THE PROGRAM,
    AND IT TAKES YOU, BEING INVOLVED, MAKING THAT CALL, MAKING THAT PLEDGE AT (217)244-9455
    TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS.>>THAT’S RIGHT, LES.
    WE WANT TO DO OUR VERY BEST TO THANK EVERYONE WHO MADE A PLEDGE.
    THANK YOU LEE WINSTON, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE, JAMIE AND MELISSA CHITWOOD, THANK
    YOU. JEFF AND MARY BUTLER FROM MONTICELLO, THANK
    YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE. LANCHOR FAMILY.
    THANK YOU. NOT ONLY DO YOU LOVE “WE ARE MONTICELLO”,
    BUT ALL THE OTHER SHOWS. DR. LEWIS IN MONTICELLO, THANK YOU.
    TIM AND JODY ALLEN FROM MANSFIELD MADE A PLEDGE. THANK YOU, THEY SUPPORTED “WE ARE MONTICELLO”
    AS WELL. WE HAVE GOT MORE. WE WANT TO GET THROUGH ALL
    THE NAMES AND THANK ALL OF YOU WHO MADE A CONTRIBUTION I AM SURE WE ARE AT 110, 115
    PLEDGES BY NOW. 244-9455, WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    I HAVE GOT MORE PEOPLE TO THANK. I WANT TO THANK DIANA AND MARTIN FROM MONTICELLO,
    LINDA AND LARRY AND DONNA AND JERRY DAVIS FROM MONTICELLO. THANK YOU FOR CALLING IN
    AND MAKING YOUR PLEDGE OF SUPPORT. IT WAS MONTICELLO AND THE RESIDENTS OF THE
    COMMUNITY THAT MADE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE. IT IS YOU THAT CAN MAKE THE NEXT PROGRAM POSSIBLE.
    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE DONE THIS PROGRAM, WE’D ROOF LOVE TO KEEP IT GOING, AND LOVE
    TO FEATURE YOUR TOWN. MAKE YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
    IT IS VITAL TO THE PUBLIC RADIO AND TELEVISION STATION FOR YOU TO CALL AND PLEDGE RIGHT NOW.
    (217)244-9455. I THINK IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS CAN YOU
    THINK ABOUT IF YOU WALKED INTO A RESTAURANT, AND YOU HAD A WONDERFUL MEAL AND SOMEBODY
    SAID “YOU KNOW, JUST PAY WHAT YOU THINK THAT THIS WAS WORTH.”
    THAT WOULD BE GREAT! (LAUGHING) AND FOOD WOULD PROBABLY BE A LOT
    CHEAPER. BUT THAT’S WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY HERE AT W.I.L.L.
    IS SAY PAY WHAT YOU THINK THIS IS WORTH. SO IF YOU WATCHED THIS PROGRAM AND IT WAS
    VALUABLE TO YOU AND YOU LEARNED MORE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY AND TOOK PRIDE OF THOSE STORIES
    OF YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND YOU, CALL AND MAKE YOUR PLEDGE.
    WE HAVE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE CALL. THE SUPPORT HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING FOR THIS
    PROJECT OF WE ARE SO THANKFUL WE STARTED IN MONTICELLO.
    IT HAS BEEN YOU THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE, MORE THAN 70 VOLUNTEERS A PART OF THIS SHOW.
    IT WAS REALLY OUR PLEASURE TO COME AND PRODUCE THIS SHOW.
    IF YOU ENJOYED IT THIS HOUR, IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU TO CALL.
    IF YOU ARE WATCHING AS RECORDED VERSION OF THE SHOW, STILL CALL AND PLEDGE AT (217)244-9455
    OR GO ONLINE TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG. LES SCHULTE WILL TELL YOU HOW EASY THAT IS.
    >>IT IS EASY TO MAKE THAT CALL AND MAKE THAT PLEDGE OF SUPPORT.
    THIS HAS BEEN A COMMUNITY EFFORT. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED.
    I AM HERE WITH TAYLOR AND AUBREY. WHERE DID I GO?
    OH, THERE I AM! (LAUGHING) MAYBE I WILL GET BACK UP HERE FOR
    A HE CAN IS. I DISAPPEARED.
    HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? IT IS MAGIC!
    THEY HELPED MAKE THE PROGRAM. AUBREY IS ON PHONE RIGHT NOW.
    WE CAN’T TALK TO HER. SHE IS TAKING A PLEDGE. BUT TAYLOR, YOU WERE
    INVOLVED IN THE FLOWER.>>FLOWER PROJECT.
    >>HOW WAS IT MAKING THAT PROJECT AND WORKING ON IT?
    >>IT WAS GOOD. I LIKED IT.
    KAREN WAS GONE. THAT IS MY BOSS, WHO IS THE FLOWER LADY.
    I WAS THE LUCKY ONE THAT GOT INTERVIEWED FOR THAT.
    YES, IT WAS NICE.>>WHY DO YOU THINK MAKING A R TO I LIKE THAT
    IS IMPORTANT IN A PROGRAM LIKE “WE ARE MONTICELLO”?>>KAREN AND THE REST OF THE PEOPLE, WE PUT
    A LOT OF WORK INTO THE FLOWERS. I THINK IT WILL GET RECOGNIZED.
    FOR A TOWN OUR SIZE, IT IS IMPRESSIVE I THINK HOW MUCH THE FLOWERS THAT WE HAVE AND THEY
    LOOK GOOD.>>WONDERFUL STORY.
    OHHH, AUBREY ON THE PHONE AGAIN. WE WILL CATCH HER NEXT TIME AROUND.
    MAKE A CALL AND MAKE THAT PLEDGE OF SUPPORT AT (217)244-9455 OR IF YOU’D RATHER MAKE THE
    PLEDGE ONLINE, GO TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG. (217)244-9455.
    KIMBERLIE?>>HERE I AM, LES.
    ALL BEWILDERED BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY CALLS COMING IN.
    SUPPORT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE FOR THIS
    PARTNERSHIP, THIS COLLABORATION. IT IS SO MUCH FUN TO WORK WITH PEOPLE THAT
    TELL STORIES. WE TELL STORIES ALL THE TIME, TO WORK WITH
    OTHERS, TO TELL YOUR STORY IT WAS EVEN MORE FUN. WE ARE REALLY HAPPY WITH THE RESPONSE.
    IF YOU HAVEN’T CALLED IN, PLEASE DO SO RIGHT NOW.
    YOU SEE MAUREEN TAKING A CALL. (217)244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.
    IF YOU ARE WATCHING ON TAPE, YOU CAN STILL MAKE IT ONLINE DID WILLPLEDGE.
    WHEN YOU MAKE THE PLEDGE, SAY YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE “WE ARE MONTICELLO”.
    WE WILL COUNT THAT IN THE NUMBER OF PLEDGES WE GOT FOR THE OVER ALL PROGRAM.
    244-9455. WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    THE ARTS IN MONTICELLO ARE RICH. I WAS BLOWN AWAY HOW MUCH ARTS THERE ARE IN
    THE SCHOOLS IN MONTICELLO. NO WONDER WHY THERE ARE PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
    LIVING IN MONTICELLO. PRAIRIE FIRE GLASS THAT MAKE PUMPKINS OUT
    OF BLOWN GLASS OR TEACH CLASS, ON THE CHAIRS, PAINT THE TOWN, IT IS AMAZING.
    YOU SAID YES TO CREATE THESE STORIES TOGETHER AND SHOW THEM ON W.I.L.L. SO THE WHOLE REGION
    CAN SEE THEM. 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG IS THE NUMBER TO
    CALL. WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CALLS IN.
    THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF TIME LEFT. WILLPLEDGE.ORG OR 244-9455, AND HOW ABOUT
    THE STORY ON MAPLE POINT, SENIORS GIVING BACK OR ABOUT LIBRARY.
    LIBRARY HAS BEEN THERE A HUNDRED YEARS! A HUNDRED YEARS.
    W.I.L.L. HAS BEEN AROUND 90 YEARS. WE WANT TO KEEPING AROUND.
    WITH YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT, WE CAN DO THAT. 244-9455, OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG.
    LINDSEY?>>THANKS, KIMBERLIE, THE SUPPORT HAS BEEN
    OVERWHELMING THIS EVENING FROM PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU WHO HAVE CALLED INTO PLEDGE THEIR
    SUPPORT FOR MONTICELLO AND W.I.L.L. AND PUBLIC BROADCASTING.
    I HAVE I HAVE SEVERAL I WANT TO THANK. VIC AND LORI, FROM MONTICELLO, THANKS FOR
    MAKING YOUR SUPPORT. I AM GLAD YOU TUNED IN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT
    YOUR COMMUNITY. BRAD CAR FROM SPRINGFIELD, THANK YOU FOR CALLING
    IN. NICOLE FROM ARCOLA.
    LYLE AND BECKY, AND JEFF ENSON FROM MONTICELLO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING PART OF THIS
    SHOW. IT WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE
    YOU AND MORE THAN 70 VOLUNTEERS THAT FILMED THE FOOTAGE FOR THE PROGRAM TONIGHT.
    MOST OF THE FOOTAGE FROM THE FILM YOU SAW IS FROM PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.
    IT IS CALLED “WE ARE,” AND WE WANT TO COME TO YOUR HOME TOWN NEXT.
    CALL AND MAKE A VITAL CONTRIBUTION. YOU CAN DO SO BY GOING TO WILLPLEDGE.ORG OR
    CALL 244-9455. WHEN WE WENT TO MONTICELLO, AND SAID WE WANTED
    TO DO THIS, THIS WAS SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. THERE WAS SO MUCH EXCITEMENT IN THE STUDIO.
    THANK YOU AND BEING A PART OF IT. MORE PEOPLE TO THANK.
    MELISSA GLASSAU, AND JENNIFER AND ELAINE FROM MONTICELLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION.
    WE WILL GO OVER TO LES, AND.>>(217)244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG. BEFORE
    WE LEAVE, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU, AUBREY BECAUSE YOU WERE INVOLVED IN THE SAGES STORY, CORRECT.
    >>I WAS.>>AND HOW WAS IT MAKING THAT STORY?
    AGAIN, WHY DID YOU THINK THAT STORY WAS IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE?
    >>THE SCHOOLS ARE ALL VERY IMPORTANT. I MEAN MONTICELLO WOULDN’T BE MONTICELLO WITHOUT
    ALL THE SCHOOLS, THE SAGES, JUST WONDERFUL.>>YOU LIKE BEING A SAGE?
    >>OH, I LOVE IT.>>IT WAS A GREAT STORY.
    IT ADDED SO MUCH TO
    THE “WE ARE MONTICELLO” PROGRAM. THANK YOU.
    YOU ARE WELCOME. BACK OVER TO KIMBERLIE.
    >>WE ONLY HAVE 33 SECONDS LEFT BEFORE YOU GO TO ANOTHER PROGRAM.
    SO WE WANT TO THANK YOU. WE WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY.
    WE HAVE HAD OVER 120 CALLS.
    WE NO LATER AND ADD THEM UP. 120 PLEDGES.
    THANK
    YOU SO MUCH, MONTICELLO, AND EVERYBODY AROUND. 244-9455.
    THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS.>>THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS!
    (APPLAUSE). THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE BACK NEXT TIME.
    REMEMBER, 244-9455 OR WILLPLEDGE.ORG. THANK YOU.
    >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. WONDERFUL!

    Matthew S. Henry – Extractive Fictions: Energy and Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
    Articles, Blog

    Matthew S. Henry – Extractive Fictions: Energy and Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene

    August 22, 2019


    All right, I would like to welcome you
    into this session in which we’re going to have one of our graduate students
    present his work, but I wanted to start off by talking just for a
    second about the environmental humanities at ASU. The environmental
    humanities at ASU got established in 2009 with an undergraduate certificate,
    but we’ve essentially been very much on the map ever since 2009, and so, if you
    look out in the world at ASU’s reputation in the environmental
    humanities is quite strong. There are tens of thousands of environmental
    humanists that are networked around the world through various institutions,
    including the Humanities for the Environment. Humanities for the
    Environment is headquartered at ASU, we’re the North American Observatory, and
    so we’re networked into all of these professional organizations. In 2015 we
    established the Environmental Humanities Initiative, and since since that took off
    we’ve had a series of lectures that have included Jonathan Bate, Mary Evelyn
    Tucker, Amitav Ghosh, and Michael Hume so we’re bringing in both scientists and
    humanists to talk about the ways in which w’ere essentially networking
    across all of the disciplines: the science and social sciences, and the
    humanities. In 2015, Matt Henry came and talked to me about
    the possibility of working in environmental humanities, and I invited
    him to come to the 2015 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
    Conference, which was in Moscow, Idaho. He came to that conference, he saw the
    possibilities, and essentially, since that time, he has just taken off in the field,
    and I’m gonna tell you a little bit about his accomplishments, and then tell
    you the talk the title of this talk, and why this talk is one of his
    accomplishments. He is a BD English and Environmental Humanities, and
    he’s working with Claudia Sadowski Smith and I on his dissertation. His
    dissertation is entitled Hydra Narratives: Reading Water in the
    Anthropocene, and it explores the ways in which the US and post-colonial writers
    and artists are framing the environmental crisis connected to
    research source development, especially of water in terms of social and economic
    justice. Now, at ASU we’re sort of a powerhouse in environmental justice, we
    have several faculty that work in environmental justice, and we’re quite
    proud of Matthew because he is pioneering what is coming to be
    called the energy humanities, and this talk too that he’s given today as part of
    that sort of innovation in the energy humanity but this isn’t his only work.
    His most recent scholarly and creative work has appeared in Aisle,
    which is the premier journal of the environment humanities that’s the
    interdisciplinary studies of literature and environment, and he’s also published
    in aerial, a review of international English literature in Oxford University
    Press blogs, in high country news, and he won, I think, second place in a short
    story competition that was called Everything Change: An Anthology of
    Climate Fiction. He’s currently serving as a member of the Standing
    Committee on activism for the Association for the Study of Literature
    in an Environment, so he’s already networking in the field and establishing
    himself as a figure, and he is also the literary editor for the ASU Climate
    Features Initiative, which is the climate fiction contest of which he won a prize.
    Today he’s gonna talk to us about extractive fictions, and this is a test
    run for a talk that he was invited to go at the Stanford University Environmental
    Humanities Project. So let’s welcome Matthew Henry. Thank you, Joanie, for
    that introduction and thanks everybody for being here. I know it’s a very
    busy time in the semester, so thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule.
    What is until last day of the semester coming to
    join me. So, before I begin with my talk here, which is a portion of a chapter of
    my dissertation, I wanted to give you a little bit of an aside as to what
    inspired this specific work is something I probably hadn’t even think I’ve shared
    with with Joanie and Claudia, but when I decided to start writing about energy
    and extraction in my dissertation, I started researching, but I was repeatedly
    drawn to the region of northern and central Appalachia, and this was for two
    reasons. One, energy is very central to the cultural imagination in Appalachia,
    but another reason is personal. The first fourteen years of my life, I grew up in
    and around the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Tennessee, southern Virginia,
    western Pennsylvania, and also New Hampshire, and growing up around my
    extended family, I learned from my great grandfather that he began working in a
    coal mine when he was 14 years old after he dropped out of middle school. He
    worked with his father for four years in a coal mine, and his father, who had been
    mining long before that, eventually settled with a local coal company near
    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania after contracting black lung disease. Later on, my mother, my
    paternal grandfather grandparents, unfortunately signed a natural gas, or
    signed a lease to have natural gas drilled underneath their land in the
    same area. After coal sort of died out in the region, and part of the reason was to
    help pay for my grandmother’s leukemia bills, and so this has always been the
    idea of energy, and Appalachia always been a very personal one for me, and
    especially starting to work on this project, and thinking about how its
    influenced my family’s history on so in writing this I sort of approached it
    thinking about my own experiences in Appalachian. So, with that, I’ll begin, and
    I look forward to your questions afterwards.
    Okay. In Ann Pancake’s 2007 novel Strange As This Weather Has Been, Bant,
    a teenager living in the heart of Appalachian coal country and southern
    West Virginia, surveys a ruined hollow above her family’s property after a flash
    flood. “Anymore,” she notes, “it seemed there was too much water or too little,
    the temperature too high or too low. “Strangest weather has been,” people would
    say. and she knew. The weather was linked to the rest of this mess, but
    [she] wasn’t sure how’ such extreme climatic flux, symptomatic of global
    warming, can be linked to modernity’s continued appetite for fossil fuels. This
    includes coal extracted from places like West Virginia, home to the highest
    concentration of active coal mines in the United States. Yet “the mess” to which
    Bant refers is not the local manifestation of climate change, but instead the
    human and environmental costs of coal extraction: flash floods, coal slurry
    mudslides, acid mine drainage, forest dead zones, black lung disease, increased
    cancer rates, and crippling poverty. Extraction, in the novel, is not merely
    framed as the crucial link within a chain of causality in which fossil fuel
    consumption drives global environmental change. Instead, coal development and
    its socio-ecological costs are cast as part and parcel of the Anthropocene,
    the proposed recently epoch in which the human species represents the
    primary causal agent behind rising global temperatures, declining
    biodiversity, and drastic changes to major earth systems. Strange as This Weather
    Has Been is less concerned with strange weather than with a grotesque climate of
    environmental and economic precarity in communities that have historically
    functioned as key nodes in the extractive economy. Pancake’s novel, which I’m going to refer
    throughout this talk to as Strange for brevity’s sake, exemplifies what I call
    “extractive fictions,” a phrase I use to refer to cultural
    productions that map and narrativize the socio-ecological
    impacts of energy extraction on nearby communities. In this
    talk, I will examine Strange and related work that, by rendering visible the
    ecological and cultural impacts of energy development, challenge the
    deep-seeded role of extraction as a cornerstone of regional cultural
    identity and the mythos of fossil fuel development as a path to economic and
    social progress. I will close by highlighting instances in which artists
    are collaborating with scholars, scientists, architects, and engineers to
    envision what I call “post-extraction futures.” I highlight
    two reclamation art projects in northern
    Appalachia – the AMD&Art Park project in Vintondale, Pennsylvania and
    artist-activist John Sabraw’s toxic art initiative – that literally and
    metaphorically reverse processes of extraction through a combination of
    innovative water reclamation techniques, visual art, landscape architecture, and
    memorial. In doing so, they prompt a community-centered epistemological
    shift away from extraction culture. Extraction, by definition, is an act of
    removal. In the context of large-scale natural resource development, it refers to
    “capitalism’s fundamental logic of withdrawal… without corresponding deposit
    (except as externalities of non-value in the form of pollution,
    waste, climate change, illness, and death” (“Extraction”). This is a
    really nice definition used to frame a recent conference at the University of
    University of California Santa Cruz, a two-day conference on extraction, and I
    think it really communicates what I’m what I’m looking at here in this project.
    Extractive fictions attend to these externalities, and ideologies
    driving extraction (often referred to as
    “extractivism”), as much as they do to the fetishized resource
    itself. Whether that’s coal, natural gas, or oil. And, because extraction
    disproportionately takes place in or near poor, ethnic minority, and indigenous
    communities, such communities are often relegated to an afterthought, subject
    to a heightened risk of environmental degradation and economic volatility
    related to underenforced environmental regulations, corporate cost-cutting, and
    volatile energy markets. By highlighting these issues, extractive fictions
    represent what Joni Adamson has called “the literature of environmental justice,”
    or works that “redefine environmental issues as social and economic justice
    issues and that address these concerns as basic human rights”.
    As such, extractive fictions reinforce central tenets of the environmental
    justice movement: that there is a correlation between healthy
    environments and quality of life; that “traditional” environmental issues, such
    as air and water quality, are entangled with social justice issues including
    poverty, race and gender politics, and civil rights; and that ecological crises are
    often rooted in historically exploitative social systems. Extractive fictions
    challenge these systems by portraying communities located adjacent to
    extraction sites as “sacrifice zones,” or geographical regions designated
    as expendable in the name of a so-called “greater good,” often articulated
    in terms of economic growth or national security. Expendability is often directly
    correlated to a community’s racial, ethnic, or economic marginality.
    In The Tainted Desert (1998), Valerie
    Kuletz coined the phrase “geographies of sacrifice” to
    describe the disproportionate effects of Cold War-era nuclear testing and
    hazardous waste disposal, in the name of nuclear deterrence and energy
    development, on indigenous communities in the southwestern United States. The
    concept of sacrifice zones also inspired Adamson’s theorization of environmental
    justice literature, particularly in her analyses of the ways in which native
    writers like Simon Ortiz and Leslie Marmon Silko have responded to the
    effects of coal and uranium mining, and nuclear testing and waste dumping,
    on native communities located in contaminated landscapes like Black
    Mesa and the Four Corners region, which the Nixon administration
    sought to designate a National Sacrifice Area in 1972. By approaching energy from the
    perspective of extraction, I also hope to advance existing conversations on the
    cultural significance of energy in the Anthropocene. My term “extractive fictions”
    borrows from Amitav Ghosh’s notion of “petrofiction,” a term he famously coined
    in his 1992 review of Saudi writer Abdul Rahman Munif’s Cities of Salt (1984),
    a novel that fictionalizes the colonization of a Bedouin oasis
    community by U.S. oil prospectors and the emergence of the modern Arab
    petro-state. Ghosh laments what he views as a dearth of literature dedicated
    to exploring what he calls the “Oil Encounter,” the collision of
    Euro-Western geopolitical interests, petroleum-driven capitalism,
    and local communities impacted by extraction.
    Ghosh’s essay has in part inspired the formation of the
    energy humanities, sampling at which you’ll see here on the screen, an
    emergent interdisciplinary subfield that seeks to delineate, in the words of
    Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer, energy’s “critical role in shaping existing
    social structures, lived and material infrastructures, and even cultural
    practices” , and I’m gonna be talking a little bit about that in a moment. The
    field, which has focused much of its critical attention on oil, has engendered
    a variety of critical perspectives on energy as a cultural artifact that is best
    understood by mapping its aesthetic and discursive legacies in literature, art,
    film, photography, popular media, and other mediums. Like petrofiction, extractive
    fictions represent a critical means of delineating energy’s embeddedness within
    the cultural imagination of modernity. However, there is one key difference:
    extractive fictions explore energy at the point of extraction, where energy-driven
    environmental degradation is most acutely felt. Given the inherently
    transnational character of energy systems, any attempt to narrativize
    extraction should proceed from what literary critic Stephanie LeMenager
    has called “commodity regionalism,” or a regional approach to energy studies
    that “activates vital historical and ecological frames… such
    that we can see and sense them” (12-13).
    There presently exists a substantial body of literary fiction,
    poetry, film, and visual art that attend to the regional implications of extraction,
    however, here I chose to focus on Appalachia because of its
    originary status in the US energy economy – the world’s first oil well was
    drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859 – and the historical and perhaps
    unparalleled role extraction has played in regional identity formation. And so
    this is, I think, it really has a quotation from Jennifer HEI’s recent
    novel about hydraulic fracturing in western Pennsylvania: “In light more than
    most places, Appalachia is what lies beneath.”
    I think this exemplifies what we’ll be talking about in terms of the importance
    to energy in Appalachia. ] Ann Pancake’s Strange as This Weather
    Has Been explores the cultural politics and ecological impacts of mountaintop
    removal, which I’m going to be calling this MTR for the rest of the talk as an
    abbreviation. It takes place in West Virginia, southern West Virginia.
    Drawing on interviews with residents negatively affected by MTR, the novel
    follows an impoverished family of six living in a landscape one
    reviewer aptly described as “Vesuvian” (Pendarvis n.
    pag.). Pancake’s protagonists daily contend with the
    effects of MTR, including dynamite blasts that crack building foundations, chemical
    runoff, and the constant threat of flooding. The novel begins in the wake
    of the “May flood,” in which a collapsed impoundment dam sent coal slurry
    gushing through Yellowroot Hollow, threatening fast-food worker Lace;
    her husband, an out-of-work coal miner named Jimmy; and their four
    children, Bant, Corey, Dane, and Tommy. The flood drastically alters the
    physical and psychic topographies of the community, washing away lawns and homes
    and exacerbating widespread economic anxieties. Much of the novel’s plot
    revolves around tensions between Lace, who becomes involved in anti-MTR activism,
    and Jimmy, who urges her to move the family elsewhere to pursue a livable
    future. Little background on mountaintop removal mining or MTR, this practice of
    removing coal gradually replaced subsurface mining operations after a
    1990s amendment to the Clean Air Act, which lowered nation-wide emissions
    standards. Southern West Virginia happens to be abundant, and what’s considered to
    look cleaner burning low sulfur coal, and mountaintop removal mining happens to be
    the most economically viable way of removing that coal, however ironically
    MTR is actually led to what many people refer to as
    decapitation of what was once a very lush mountainous region. It involves
    whether the process involves a literal removal of mountaintops to access
    hard-to-reach coal seams forests are clear-cut, topsoil is stripped, and underlying earth and rock are
    blasted intensively to remove “overburden,” which is then placed
    into a “fill,” an area used for waste disposal. Coal seams are then plundered
    using a dragline, a piece of machinery that can approach twenty stories
    in height (Burns 5-7). Impacts include erosion, water contamination, stream
    sedimentation, alteration of seasonal water cycles, and the threat of mudslides
    and flash-flooding due to the ubiquity of structurally-questionable impoundment
    dams. To give you an idea of what an impoundment dam looks like. In the vast
    scale of this operation, this is the brushy fork in town an impoundment dam
    in West Virginia. It’s 900 feet tall, which is taller than Hoover Dam. This one
    at the time of this photo being taken held a capacity of 25 thousand acre-feet
    of not just water, but debris from mining chemicals used to treat coal etc. This is
    what it looks like when one of these collapses after, say, a period of
    particularly strong rains. This is in Tennessee after a coal slurry spill,
    which wiped out a neighborhood near the Tennessee Valley Authority fossil plant.
    So, images to keep in mind as I continue to talk about Pancake’s novel. The
    ecological effects of MTR importantly tend to mirror patterns of economic
    decline in Appalachia Because MTR has become increasingly
    dependent on mechanization and uses only a third of the workers required to
    extract the same amount of coal from subsurface mines, it has put
    many local miners out of work. Combined with coal companies’
    anti-unionization efforts and increased dependence on out-of-state contract
    labor, coal mining employment levels declined, in large part due to MTR, by
    more than fifty percent between 1975 and 2010 (Scott 4). Other
    factors, including regulatory pressures and cheaper
    alternative energy, have contributed to a modest overall
    industry decline, further rendering coal workers vulnerable. Rich in resources
    but impoverished, Appalachia arguably bears a “resource curse,” a central
    feature of extractive capitalism in which resource-rich regions of the
    world are nonetheless plagued by poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation.
    the phrase resource curse is often used in relation to economies in Latin
    America that this Venezuela would be one that, though rich in resources, tend to be
    just plagued by economic crises and social crises. a quick note on these
    these maps and charts, here on the left-hand side, you’re looking at the
    poverty rate in southern West Virginia, and
    the location of mountaintop removal mine sites, and there are several similar maps
    that show not just poverty, but also increased cancer rates. Exodus is from
    towns or people moving away and other issues on life expectancy, and so it’s
    really, there’s a pretty strong correlation between the presence of
    these mines and a decline in quality of life, and pancake’s novels that
    dual interest in rendering the visible impacts of MTR on humans and nonhumans
    is apparent in its cover art. this is on the cover of the novel on the
    one edition that’s out which bears a photo of Appalachian artist Jeff
    Chapman-Crane’s mixed-media sculpture The Agony of Gaia. Composed of both
    natural and artificial materials like clay and Styrofoam, the sculpture was
    designed to raise awareness and narrativize the impacts of MTR. The sculpture
    features the figure of a woman, signifying Gaia, Greek goddess of the
    earth, lying in the fetal position, hands covering her weeping face. Her bare
    flesh forms the features of a partially strip-mined mountain: her arms and neck,
    still covered with trees, give way to a lower body devoid of vegetation, scarred
    with roads and crawling with draglines and bulldozers. Engraved at the base
    of the sculpture is a poem written by Chapman-Crane decrying the “flesh of
    fallen trees/ the bone-gray mounds of granite stones” and the “stagnant blood
    of/mud-choked mountain streams”. The violence of MTR, here, is represented as a
    simultaneous affront to landscapes and human bodies, ecologies and communities.
    By framing coal as ecologically and socially harmful in Strange, Pancake
    writes against what Rebecca Scott has called “culture of extraction” that
    has long pervaded the coalfields of Appalachia. In a place where the extractive economy
    has become synonymous with prosperity and central to regional cultural
    identity, Scott writes, coal “can either be told as an exemplar
    of an American story of progress and technological development or as a story
    of social injustice and conflict” (28). The former, often used as symbolic of
    American exceptionalism, has been a key part of president Trump’s economic
    nationalist rhetoric, and when she has promised to end a so-called
    “war on coal,” waged by federal regulatory overreach on poor
    rural coal communities. Yet this deep-seeded regional affinity for
    extraction is complicated by longstanding cultural stereotypes of
    Appalachia as a region predominately populated by “hillbillies, white trash,
    and other poor whites,” an assumption reified and reinforced in the national
    and international and regional cobras of cultural representations that reproduce
    tropes of social backwardness and moral abjection. Such
    (mis)representations have served TO stigmatize Appalachians on “quasi-racializing
    terms” (33), as deviating from the idealized figure of the productive,
    patriotic (white) American citizen. Here it’s implied these
    competing characterizations Appalachian either America’s “heartland” (137) or
    as cultural backwater – “create the conditions of possibility for some
    of the most dangerous environmental exploitation in the
    United States” (63). Though Pancake’s protagonists
    hail from a coal family, they are not unabashed coal
    apologists or ignorant hillbillies, but instead victims of crippling poverty and
    environmental degradation associated with MTR. Lace’s father, a former coal
    miner, has recently died of black lung disease, while her husband Jimmy spends
    his days idly, unable to find work after recovering from a mining injury.
    Water, in Strange, simultaneously signifies ecological degradation and the
    erosion of the region’s deep-seeded identification with coal extraction.
    Polluted streams and ponds are ubiquitous, contributing to the novel’s deployment
    of what Lawrence Buell called “toxic discourse,” a mode of
    writing pervaded by a “fear of the poisoned world” (639).
    The most textured descriptions of toxicity occur
    in sections of the novel that follow Lace’s mechanically-inclined son Corey,
    for whom exploring nearby streams littered with industrial debris is “like
    walking the aisle of a Wal-Mart.” By likening a romp in a polluted stream to a gleeful
    journey through Wal-Mart, Pancake emphasizes a central paradox of
    extraction culture: coal’s simultaneous fetishization by, and exploitation of, the
    working poor. Throughout the novel, Corey and his younger brother Tommy move about
    this newly-discovered “playground” in search of metal scrap, splashing about in
    the toxicity of a “pigshit-colored creek” and ponds with “water opaque as mustard
    and colored like the inside of a sick baby’s diaper” (213). In a moment of
    dramatic irony, the region’s perceived expendability is affirmed during
    a literal scene of sacrifice in which Corey crashes his bicycle into a
    chemical-laden catchment pond and drowns (343). Other characters experience this
    horror through trauma associated with industrial disaster. Avery Taylor
    repeatedly reflects on his childhood experience as a survivor of the
    real-life Buffalo Creek flood that took place in Logan County,
    West Virginia in February 1972. The Buffalo Creek
    flood, triggered by a collapsed impoundment dam, sent a 130
    million-gallon torrent of coal slurry gushing through Buffalo Creek
    hollow, devastating sixteen coal towns, killing more
    than 125 people, and displacing more than 4,000 (Stern ix).
    The responsible party, Pittston Mining Company, claimed the
    flood was caused by unexpectedly heavy rains
    (Stern 10-16), but a judge sided with victims in a civil suit, awarding them $13.5 million.
    Avery’s recollections of the novel of Buffalo Creek fixate on water. Washed
    miles downstream, he recalls taking stock of his surroundings after regaining
    consciousness on an unfamiliar hillside: “[t]he waters have peeled the railroad
    right off the ground, scattered ties everywhere, then
    coiled up the rails into lassoes. Water did that, [he] thinks”
    (224). His mother, Mrs. Taylor, is also preoccupied with water, her
    constant reminisces about Buffalo Creek ending with a refrain that another
    “wall of black water” (75) will return on Judgement Day (113). Her flood-related trauma
    transverses generations, too, as Lace’s emotionally-sensitive twelve-year-old
    son Dane, who cooks and cleans for Mrs. Taylor, begins to “feel the weight.
    The water hovering overhead” (76)
    after listening to Mrs. Taylor’s sermons warning of
    impending apocalypse. The novel’s Avery sections provide
    important insight into Pancake’s intended
    historical contextualization as a contextualization of the novel of
    the novel’s fictional events at one point
    Avery recalls a time in college when to cope with lingering trauma from Buffalo
    Creek, he exhaustively researches similar mining catastrophes. One of the cases
    he notes is the Aberfan, Wales disaster of 1962, “the only one
    more deadly than the one he lived through” (236). The events
    of Aberfan were eerily similar to the Buffalo Creek flood: a “spoil tip” – a
    pile of castoff rock, soil, water, and other byproducts of coal mining –
    collapsed at Merthyr Vale Colliery and roared down a mountainside, flattening
    part of the small Welsh village of Aberfan and killing 144 people, including 116
    children inside Pantglas Junior School. Like Buffalo Creek, the responsible party
    – the National Coal Board – blamed unseasonably heavy rains
    and a previously unknown natural spring situated
    directly beneath the spoil tip. They were more successful:
    no one was arrested, fined, or fired, and compensation amounted to a meager 500£
    for parents of deceased children. Interestingly, counsel for the
    victims of the Buffalo Creek flood sighted Aberfan in their case and won.
    On October 28, 1962, approximately one week after the Aberfan incident,
    Welsh poet Keidrych Rhys published the short poem “Aberfan:
    Under the Arc Lights” in The Spectator. In
    the opening lines, Rhys expresses anxiety towards the
    return of rain, which prompted the dam’s collapse: “Ask what was normal in green
    nature and/ its pain:/ Will rain undermine our homes and us/ again?” (n.pag.).
    The spirit of Rhys’ pervades Strange, driving the protagonists’
    increasing alienation from a mountainous landscape with which they have long
    felt a deep kinship. As Scott notes, a significant aspect of Appalachian
    identity arises from a deep sense of indigeneity, or what she describes as “other
    ways of relating to the land” (10), that conflict with the cultural role of
    extraction. Though problematic for obvious reasons, the term “indigenous” has
    often been used metonymically to refer to the supposed primitivism of early
    European settlers in Appalachia who have traditionally lived “close
    to the land” through subsistence lifestyles (227-28 n5).
    While this construction simultaneously enacts
    an erasure of native culture in the area and further marginalizes rural
    Appalachian communities, anti-MTR activists often make claims of
    indigeneity as the environmental ethos driving their yearning for a pre-extraction
    past (212-13). In the novel, Bant and Lace identify with the forests and mountains of an idealized Appalachia
    where they spend time foraging and fostering a kinship with what they
    call “the deep of here” (36). Lace marvels at how, living in the
    Appalachian hills, you can “[g]row up shouldered in them, them forever around
    your ribs, your hips… giving you always, for good or for bad, the sense of being
    held” (99). After the May flood, however, reverence gives way to anxiety, as they
    frequently remark about the “threat of rain” (100, 244) or impending
    precipitation (108, 109, 160). When Lace
    visits friends in a nearby community, she describes it as a
    “beautiful painting that had been ripped in two” (272) by floods, dynamite
    blasts, and livestock deaths. When Bant discovers a second impoundment dam
    perched on the edge of the artificially flattened mountaintop above her home, she
    imagines the next flood: “water, muck, and poisons, more trees and trash… Our house
    would be the first to go” (354). In a momentary to bid to numb
    the pain of loss, she tells herself “I don’t care” (355).
    Here, alienation becomes anguish, as Bant
    experiences intense feelings of “ecological grief,” an expression that has
    gained increasing traction in the field of environmental studies to describe “the
    grief felt in response to experienced or anticipated ecological losses, including
    the loss of species, ecosystems and meaningful landscapes
    due to acute or chronic environmental change”
    (Cunsolo and Ellis 275). Eventually, though, Bant resolves to join her mother Lace in the fight against MTR, opening up the possibility of
    reconnecting with, and possibly resurrecting, the sacrificed landscape around
    her. This activist turn punctuates the novel’s critique of Appalachian
    extraction culture. Both Bant and Lace fit the “non-traditional”
    profile of anti-MTR protesters as white women, first-time activists from
    coal families who espouse community values, who have no broad
    environmentalist agenda beyond remediating local environmental
    and public health issues, and who have come to these
    insights through their own life experiences, and are
    thus first-hand witnesses to the impacts of MTR
    (Barry 84-113). While Strange does not explore the
    complexities of anti-MTR activism in any great depth, the novel, in Heather
    Houser’s words, “conceives as activism a process of making visible” (108), ultimately
    serving a documentary and diagnostic purpose in which an acknowledgement of
    extraction’s problematic impacts on humans and non-humans, and
    subverting extraction’s centrality to the regional cultural imagination,
    represents an important first step towards the remediation of environmental
    injustices underlying modern energy systems. To close, I would like to call
    attention to the ways in which artists are collaborating with scholars,
    scientists, architects, and engineers to envision what I call “post-extraction
    futures,” or the conditions of possibility for remediation of
    environmental and social injustices associated with energy
    extraction, through environmental art. The
    idea of post-extraction futures connects to the existing impetus
    within the energy humanities to explore the potentialities of energy transitions
    and post-fossil fuel futures, such as ideas advanced by the University of
    Alberta’s Petrocultures Research Group in their collaborative essay
    collection After Oil (2016). In it, the group emphasizes the critical
    role of the humanities in envisioning alternative energy futures through
    literary texts, visual art, performance, and scholarship (41-54). While environmental
    justice literature, such as Pancake’s novel which I just talked about, can
    accomplish some of this work using language, narrative, and scenario-imagining,
    visual, embodied, and community- centered art can be more
    immediately transformative. As Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin, and
    Kirsten Wehner write, museums, exhibits, and other forms of public art represent a
    form of “material storytelling” with “the capacity to reshape and
    recreate our place in the physical universe” (5,
    italics in original). For marginalized communities, writes Giovanna
    di Chiro, public art can be socially transformative because it “engages the
    aesthetic dimensions of the imagination, those places in the mind that resist
    colonization, are potentially regenerative, can “experience freedom” (185).
    Moreover, environmental art can also be physically transformative, offering
    artists and community members the opportunity to “nurture the spirit by
    transforming one’s neighborhood from an “industrial sacrifice zone” to a
    place of beauty and vitality” (285). While artists have long responded to
    environmental change, recent trends, during what art historian William Fox has
    called the “third stage” of art in the Anthropocene, have developed an
    aesthetics of physical intervention into and remediation of natural systems. Two
    public art initiatives in Appalachia fit this description by combining
    memorial, post-extraction aesthetics, and innovative water reclamation
    technologies to transform extractive sacrifice zones. The AMD&ART Park
    project in Vintondale, Pennsylvania was conceived as a community-engaged
    approach to reclaim the abandoned Vinton Colliery site, which
    has for decades been releasing acid mine drainage (AMD), or groundwater
    tainted with sulfuric acid and iron oxides, into nearby watersheds.
    The park was completed in 2005 under the direction of historian and
    preservationist T. Allan Comp and involved collaborative efforts by
    landscape architects, artists, historians, hydrologists, and input from
    residents to create a 35-acre walkable park and water treatment system.
    Water is cleansed using passive water treatment methods: contaminated creek
    water nearby is first pumped into a limestone-lined pond, which
    naturally filters dissolved iron from water, and is then discharged
    downhill into other ponds where it is treated further. So looking here on this
    map, water is taken here from Black Creek, redirected into this pond, and then
    the water progressively cleanses then discharged downhill into other ponds where
    it is treated further. A thousand trees were strategically planted beside the ponds
    so that in the fall, changing leaves, depending on tree species,
    would mimic the changing color of water as it is progressively
    cleansed during its journey downhill. So, right here you have a bunch
    of trees being planted just right here along each pond so it kind of looks like
    this replete with a wetland section bearing colliery ruins, a trail lined
    with memorials to Vintondale’s coal mining heritage, and a garden, the
    park is designed to “symbolize the success of local residents in healing these
    waters and this whole site, not only by finishing a job unknowingly abandoned
    by past generations, but also by developing a new community asset for
    their families and their families’ futures” (“Liability
    to Asset” 420). As the lead designer for AMD&Art
    Park, Comp has emphasized the importance of an approach to reclamation
    that considers the complex cultural and historical forces shaping a region
    alongside environmental issues at hand. “AMD is more than just a water problem,” he
    insists. “[I]t is deeply emblematic of the economic and environmental
    abandonment throughout Appalachian Coal Country”
    (“Liability to Asset” 416). While scientific approaches to
    reclamation can be materially effective, Comp argues, approaching degraded
    environments as “cultural artifacts” enables a more
    community-based approach to reclamation (“Science” 63-4).
    The siting of AMD&Art Park reflects these ambitions:
    Vintondale has long been defined by coal, both in its heyday as a company town
    controlled by Vinton Coal Company and its decline after the
    last underground mine closed in 1950, sparking
    an exodus and plunging the town into decades of
    slow economic decline (“Liability to Asset” 418-19).
    By acknowledging local history and working with the community
    to remediate its worst effects, the project became an opportunity
    for “civic healing” (“Liability to Asset” 416)
    that mobilizes citizens to prioritize healthy environments and
    communities over economic development. Here’s just a quick picture of something
    memorial work here at the park up note here on the bottom is the entrance to
    the coal mine which is closed by a marble mural depicting some of the coal
    miners that that once worked in this mine. There’s also a baseball diamond you
    can see up in the left hand corner and then a a title map here which is lined
    by historic photos such as that one up in the top right-hand corner Artist-activist John Sabraw and
    environmental engineer Guy Riefler, both professors at Ohio
    University, have taken a similarly innovative approach to
    confront the legacies of Appalachia’s extractive economy. Riefler, who
    researches industrial pollution, developed a way to filtering iron oxides
    from AMD, converting it into usable pigments, and returning clean water to
    streambeds. While refining the process, he began collaborating with Sabraw, who
    has long used natural materials in his own artwork and specializes in pigments.
    Sabraw began to refine and incorporate Riefler’s pigments into his paintings,
    resulting in collections like “Chroma” which has been featured in galleries
    across the United States and garnered substantial media coverage as
    “toxic art” (Chalasani). In his artist’s statement, Sabraw explains that
    the goal of his work is to understand the “underground excoriations” that are
    coal mines and the ways in which they affect human-nonhuman relations (“Current Body of Work”). So
    I’m going to play you a very brief video clip here just to show you how this
    process works because it’s fascinating, and then I will close just about me so this is acid mine
    drainage pollution from coal mining, it is a worldwide problem, and kills aquatic
    life in nearly 1300 miles of streams in Ohio alone, but with your help we can
    clean up this toxic sludge by turning this pollution into non-toxic pigments
    and paints. Here’s how we do it. Water leeches out of coal mines, and at first,
    it is clear, but it actually contains high levels of sulfuric acid, and heavy
    metals, such as iron. We neutralize the acidity by adding a base, which causes
    the dissolved iron to begin to crystallize, turning dark green, then we
    add oxygen, and the crystals become iron oxide, turning orange over time. The iron
    crystals settle to the bottom, separating clear, clean water on top,
    which can be returned to the stream as it is now safe for aquatic life. The
    separated non-toxic iron oxide can be set out to dry, and once dry, we can grind
    this 90% pure iron oxide into a powdered pigment. Our pigment from Assam and
    drainage can be used just like any other pigment to make many kinds of paints, and
    if we keep this pigment to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes this deep red and
    this beautiful violet is the result of heating to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This
    color is so interesting that gambling artist colors is making a limited
    edition of it as an oil paint and we want to share it with you. This paint can
    be used just like any other oil paint mixed with thickening mediums for
    impasto work. Okay, so that’s sort of a sample of what John Sabraw is doing about recently okay so that video was from Johnson brothers.
    reasons I don’t have to come over here do it manually
    his recent Kickstarter campaign which just ended last week in which he and his
    friend guy Riefler teamed up with a hydrologist to design and build a
    pilot treatment and processing facility in the small town of
    Corning, Ohio. They hope to prove scalability of the process and,
    through commercial partnerships, sell the paint that they’re generating
    through halves of mine drainage and reinvest the proceeds into a stream
    reclamation they they met their goal of 30 thousand dollars I think they
    raised something like thirty three thousand and this here is a result of
    some of the art that’s being created using this paint Johnson bra actually
    paint this one it’s part of his chroma collection which has been featured in
    the galleries all over the United States. I recently spoke with John Sabraw on
    the phone actually had an interview with him a couple weeks ago and he insisted
    that the wall was the wall around the treatment plant was the crux of
    the project from a community engagement perspective which I think is really
    interesting now. He says the team has worked with the community on a
    one-on-one basis because there’s some skepticism as to what these folks were
    doing on their local creek, but he found that by doing so people became more open
    to allowing this plant to be built in this wall, to be built around it
    mainly because they talked to the community about how they were going to
    bring the creek back to the way it was before it was polluted. When a lot of the
    local residents used to fish or swim in it, and it was a sort of central part of
    the community so in working in conjunction with his students Saburo
    hopes to design a wall that he says will educate and celebrate the town and while
    the wall will definitely tell the story about how pollution got there will
    have the scientific process and make a case for the necessity of the plant it
    will also celebrate the history of Corning which is also like Benton Dale a
    thriving coal town and the mid-1950s when the minds began to
    close down nearby and what’s Sabraw told me towards the end of our conversation
    really struck me he says he hopes to connect the town’s past to a more
    livable and prosperous future and he said he hopes to emphasize that the wall
    around it which will he historicizing coal in the region is it viewed as a
    tombstone for their town but rather it’s something that they might look forward
    to so here’s a brief there are a little bit of an overview it’s still in its
    very early stages some proposed wall design concepts it’s not a huge plan
    combat this is these are some of the ideas and he’s actually just working
    with his undergraduate graduate students this one on the right here was designed
    by his graduate students submitted about a week ago to end so he’s sort of
    crowdsourcing online ideas for this project and taking them sort of
    very democratic approach to so if extraction has historically entailed the
    sacrifice of communities in Ecology’s then amnion art Park and Johnson Brahe’s
    toxic art initiative initiative ants restorative visions to the future each
    acknowledges a polluted industrial past but literally through water reclamation
    propels communities into an alternative post extraction future as such they can
    be viewed as ecological counter monuments in the spirit of memory
    studies scholar James E Young’s characterization of Holocaust monuments
    in Germany her memorials in Germany has brazen painfully self-conscious memorial
    spaces conceived to challenge the premises of their very being unlike
    traditional monuments which are built to withstand the physical ravages of time
    in homage to some perpetual truth young writes the counter monument celebrates
    its own physical impermanence the canoe the contingency of all meaning and
    memory as ecological counter monuments AMD and art park and john sarah’s toxic
    art initiative memorialize extraction in Appalachia as
    not as emblematic of some bygone era of progress even in a region economically
    decimated by its decline but rather as an impermanent replaceable practice the
    pollute of effects of which are extracted if you will from landscapes
    poisoned by energy coal each by functioning as a balm for the scars of
    extraction offers hope and a roadmap for and more equitable energy future beyond
    cultures of extraction

    Working On The Railroad | Bob The Train | Songs For Kids
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    Working On The Railroad | Bob The Train | Songs For Kids

    August 22, 2019


    “Let’s sing the Railroad song, With Bob the Train!” I’ve been working on the railroad All the live-long day. I’ve been working on the railroad Just to pass the time away. Can’t you hear the whistle blowing, Rise up so early in the morn; Can’t you hear the captain shouting, “Dinah, blow your horn!” Dinah, won’t you blow,
    Dinah, won’t you blow, Dinah, won’t you blow your horn? Dinah, won’t you blow,
    Dinah, won’t you blow, Dinah, won’t you blow your horn? Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah Someone’s in the kitchen I know Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah Strummin’ on the old banjo! Singin’ fee, fie, fiddly-i-o Fee, fie, fiddly-i-o-o-o-o Fee, fie, fiddly-i-o Strummin’ on the old banjo. Singin’ fee, fie, fiddly-i-o Fee, fie, fiddly-i-o-o-o-o Fee, fie, fiddly-i-o Strummin’ on the old banjo.

    Superb Modular Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale of York Railway in Pennsylvania
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    Superb Modular Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale of York Railway in Pennsylvania

    August 22, 2019


    [Pilentum Television] [The World of Model Trains] Pilentum would like to present
    this wonderful modular model railroad layout of a local short
    line in York, Pennsylvania. This model railway was
    built by Denis Arrufat. The York Rail, a subsidiary
    of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., and its freight
    trains gave inspiration to Denis to create a
    city limits layout based on scenes found along
    the original tracks. Doing rail transport
    modelling in this way is always a challenge
    for railway modellers: Houses, streets, facades, dirt and
    garbage on the roads as well as rust on the locomotives, cars,
    trains and coaches must be modeled. Finally, it is a special
    way of model railroading requiring a careful
    operation in weathering. With emphasis Denis built an
    authentic reproduction of this railway line serving the local
    industries in York, Pennsylvania. The realistic atmosphere is amazing,
    for example, graffiti on the freight cars, rusty locomotives,
    broken fences, dirty tank cars, etc. To underline the impression
    of reality, Pilentum has added some original
    sounds and railway noises.

    The Sark Football Team and Hovercraft Enthusiasm: Citation Needed 7×02
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    The Sark Football Team and Hovercraft Enthusiasm: Citation Needed 7×02

    August 22, 2019


    This is the Technical Difficulties,
    we’re playing Citation Needed. Joining me today, he reads books y’know,
    it’s Chris Joel. Hello. Everybody’s favourite Gary Brannan,
    Gary Brannan. ♪ I’m in the old-fashioned bustle
    my grandmother wore! ♪ He is, you know. And the bounciest man on the internet,
    Matt Gray. Willkommen, YouTube! In front of me, I’ve got an article from Wikipedia,
    and these folks can’t see it. Every fact they get right is a point
    and a ding and there’s a special prize for particularly
    good answers, which is… And today, we are talking about
    the Sark football team. Okay. Island off Jersey! Yeah, have a point. Have a point for that straight away. – Do they play football?
    – Is it about their… aagh! Yeah, but American football. On a boat in Greenwich. – What?
    – What? Cutty Sark… No? Already? Shall I leave? Yes. Yes, Sark is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Okay, fair enough. What are the Channel Islands? Let’s start really, really far out. Are they… some islands…
    in the English Channel, Tom? Yeah, you’re not getting a point for that. – What?
    – What? You’re not getting a point
    when I gave you the title! I don’t understand the question, then. There’s something special about, sort of,
    how they… Oh, are you asking me what they’re called? Oh, Jesus f***. There’s one called Jersey,
    there’s one called Guernsey, – Go on.
    – …and there’s one called St Helen’s? No. – No.
    – St Helen’s is near Wigan! You’re thinking of St Helena, and that’s
    on the other side of the planet. Okay, yes… Alderney. Alderney is the other one, yes. Does one of them have a capital
    of St Helena of Guernsey? AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes! Yes. I’m getting something right. That’s my job! And the thing is, you’re wrong,
    it’s Saint Helier. When you say, “What are the Channel Islands?” my standard answer is usually,
    “Occupied France.” Yes, and have a point. Absolutely, they were the only bit… Did you just give a point for that? Well, that’s one of the questions I was
    going to ask. They were the only bit of the United Kingdom,
    well, UK territory, that was actually taken by Germany in the
    Second World War. They were invaded in 1940, or ’41. I forget the year. I wasn’t there, why the f*** am I like that?
    Honestly. In 1940, but in terms of Britain,
    what are they? Crown territory. Yes. Have the point, they are a crown dependency, but they are not part of the United Kingdom. ♪ Tax haven, wider than a mile… ♪ Oh, sorry, I thought you were
    going for Goldfinger, there. – Same tune.
    – They are the same song. And they are the same people that live there! Is Sark the one where you don’t have any
    motor vehicles? Is it still bicycles and horses and carts? Oh, yes, absolutely right. Sark is the one where cars are banned. Ladies and gentlemen, the Gary Brannan
    General Knowledge Edition. The, “Gary’s mum and dad have been on
    holiday to the Channel Islands,” edition, and I sat through the photos. I need some slides… So was that just, “And this is not a car,
    and this is not a car, and this is not a car… “This looks like a car, but in the back… “very large hamster wheel.” “This looks like a car.” Pull up the bonnet: horse. Miniature horse? Yes. Oh, cracking, want one. Isn’t Sark one where it is technically still
    run by a lord? – Feudal.
    – Feudal, I think it is something like that. Oh, he’s getting all the points today, yes. He’s on home turf here, come on. Obscure crown territory facts, bring it on. It was considered the last feudal state in
    Europe until 2008, when they reformed it, but yes, that will… You own the island, therefore
    you own the people. Yeah, pretty much. Oh, please say they had a Communist revolution. I know they didn’t but, you know? – The horses.
    – A horsey uprising! ‘The Reform’, it’s referred to… That sounds more ominous than it
    ought t’be, really, doesn’t it? ‘The Reform.’ It is all capitalised. And if you didn’t like the idea,
    would that be Sark snark? Jesus. Yes? No, it’s sark-asm. When you’re negative about it. Oh, guys, that deserved more,
    sark-asm, it really did. There are a lot of old laws still in place. They didn’t have divorce until 2003. Was it separation of bed and table? I don’t know what that is. That is the way you could organise a form
    of divorce pre-divorce being allowed. You were allowed to live apart
    by the church courts. Mensa et thoro. Oh yeah, come on, it’s all in here somewhere! I mean, I’m… Because you’ve just basically told me the
    entire first paragraph of a completely different Wikipedia article I haven’t loaded. So, yes. Third time in three shows, by the way. But how can you now get divorced on Sark? You can murder the other person. Not technically a divorce. I reckon that was always an option,
    you know, mate. Oh! Leave.
    Get divorced, come back. Yes. You can now get divorced in Guernsey
    and come back to Sark. “Those liberal Guernsey b******s,”
    they probably think. Having been out on islands like that, when I was on holidays a few years ago
    I went out to one of the Hebridean islands. I went to Coll, which is a similar kind of thing,
    very small island. They have a very slightly larger neighbour,
    Tiree, who they see as being stuck up, because A, they have the Co-op,
    and B, they have the policeman. And what happens is when the policeman gets
    on the boat to come over, they phone up the island, and everyone hides
    their non-registered cars and stuff until the policeman has left. And now you’ve just ratted all of them out. Yeah! Get over there,
    policeman from Tiree, come on! But by the time he’s got there, they’ll
    have hidden them again. Hidden the cars, yes. Somewhere on that island, the phone’s just… “Oh, we said not to tell anyone!” “Gary, we told you…!” We briefly mentioned the economy, what is
    Sark’s economy driven by? Horses! Sarcasm. Tourism. Yes, and you also said that earlier,
    financial services. Eh, kids? It has… a low amount of tax,
    let’s say that. How long do you have to live there? It’s got to be over a number of years, probably. I’m guessing owning a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny
    fraction of a bit of land counts as living there. Three months in a tax year. Okay, fair enough. If you’re there for 91 days, you’re good. You’re a resident, you get their tax laws if you want them. Don’t do this, I’m really crap at tax stuff. Do they have to be… I’m rapidly figuring out if I can do this, the answer is almost certainly no,
    but I’m thick as mince. Don’t let me near this. Just a sec. This means all your tax savings could be spent
    on getting a hovercraft there, and then you could get a hovercraft there, and that would be fun, because it’s a hovercraft. It is quite a long way away. Tom, Tom, Tom, please can I have
    a go on a hovercraft? What we’re saying is we all want a go on
    a hovercraft. And I think I can arrange that, but… Ooh! Smash cut to… I’m more worried about Matt’s tax advice
    system here, which is – “Yes, we can save you money for a hovercraft.”
    – Hovercraft, hovercraft, hovercraft. Like, it’s not the worst tax advice
    I’ve ever heard, but… If we did, we could do a show on a hovercraft,
    it would be ‘on air’, because it’s… It’s a golf clap. It’s a golf clap. It’s a good four. I’m not biscuiting that. The legal system on Sark
    also has something called… er, I’m going to try and pronounce French
    again here, which is never great. Oh great. The Clameur de haro. Clammy arrows? Is that along the lines of the hue and cry
    for a criminal, or something like that? Oh, it’s connected to hue and cry. I’ll absolutely give you a point for that. Yes, for apprehending a felon,
    or something like that, no? Ah, not in this case, but
    what is the hue and cry? Hue and cry is an ancient thing where in a
    community you would be responsible for raising the hue
    and cry if someone had committed a crime and was passing through your community. It’s, “All pile on,” basically, in a
    legal term. Right, so it’s like the law, but on a small island where the law operates
    like American football. This is not on Sark. I should point out for a hue and cry, all able-bodied men, upon hearing the shouts,
    were obliged to assist. Oh, that sounds like so much fun. This is the hue and cry, though, this is not
    Clameur de haro. A-r-r-o-w? No, h-a-r-o. Oh. This is kind of the opposite. This is not going to catch someone,
    this is to stop someone. Ignore someone. I was going to say, professionally ignoring
    crimes. Wait, tax haven! “Hovercraft, what hovercraft?” “It’s disguised as a barn, officer!” No, it’s disguised as a load of money. Is that a formal way of saying, “Geroff my land!”? Yeah, go on. It’s not, “Get off my land,” but yes,
    it is a formal Thing that you Do. This is annoying me, because I half know this. It’s some kind of judicial process where you effectively bring someone
    in front of the king to adjudge on a land case or
    something like that, isn’t it? It is, it’s a very specific process. The procedure is performed on one’s knees. Steady everyone. Before at least two witnesses, in the presence of the wrongdoer, and in the location of the offence. All right? The Criant, the person complaining, with his hand in the air must call out, “Hear me, hear me, hear me. “Come to my aid, my prince,
    for someone does me wrong.” – Yes.
    – That’s a hell of a safe word. Try speaking that through the orange, yeah! Followed by reciting what well-known thing
    in French? Lord’s prayer. Yes, absolutely right. It’s been done recently, this. – Yes it has.
    – This is why I’ve heard of it, it’s because it’s in
    some kind of land dispute, and it’s something like a hedge or a garage
    or something like that, and the guy is basically on the verge of
    losing the case, and as one final, basically, legal dick move
    just dropped to his knees and did that. And everyone went,
    “Oh, s***, that’s still enforced.” That kind of thing. What happens after the
    Lord’s prayer is recited? What does the person they are challenging
    need to do? Based on what’s already gone before, presumably
    adopt a backwards crab position, walk in a circle on a full moon, but any other time of the year, you have to
    go completely rectilinear, and shout something, yeah,
    let’s go with Latin. It is significantly simpler than that. Most things are! There are people in this room with doctoral
    theses that were easier to complete than that. Do they just go, “Right”? Yes, that’s basically it. They just have to stop what they’re doing. Regardless of whether they are legally entitled
    to do it or not, if that is used they have to stop
    and it goes to adjudication. Wouldn’t you if someone got on their knees
    and did all of that? Yes, to be fair, yes. Yeah, but only to watch! As the bulldozer rumbled towards them, yes. And if you call without a valid reason,
    you pay a fine. If you call and, er… How much is the fine? I’m going to say this, is it one that’s
    been set a long time ago? Yeah, two guineas! It’s either ludicrously cheap,
    or ludicrously expensive. It doesn’t actually say. It just says, “a penalty”. Oh. You just have to take a free kick. Hang on, didn’t we start on
    the football team, like, 20 minutes ago? Yes. Where I was going to bring this back to in
    a little while, but we got onto the legal system of Sark at
    some point, so. Hold your horses! Yes! Thank you. What, they have to take a set of penalties,
    and it’s best of six or something? Yes, I’m going to pass it to you. Every time the other team scores,
    the entire Sark team does that. Well, that would be quite difficult. What’s the population of Sark, roughly? Don’t forget some of them are only there
    91 days of the year. Well this is what I’m trying to
    factor in here. Though they probably send the butler
    to play for them. I was going to say something like 150, but
    when you count actual residents, if it’s so easy, it could be in the thousands. It’s about 600 people. So, as you can imagine, the Sark football
    team does not have a lot of people who are highly qualified to play football. – Correct.
    – Are any of them horses? The Sark football team are all human. Starting at base principles here. Who do they play against? Other football teams. Yes. I’m not giving you a point for that. (F*** you!) Oh, is it the Channel League? Anyone who wants to come over and play them. Hang on a minute. Hang on chaps, do we know seven other people? I’m getting an idea here. Yes, same. Hovercraft? From what I’ve heard of this team, do we
    need another 11-minus-4 people? Ah, good idea. You’re absolutely right, I’m going to
    give you a point for islands as well, because their international matches were in
    2003. There’s four of them listed here. They’ve done international matches? Against Gibraltar, the Isle of Wight, Greenland,
    and a place… I’m going to mispronounce the vowel in this,
    called Frøya. Frozen yoghurt? That’s ‘froyo’…! They lost 2-1! They lost to Sorbet United. Absolutely done over by Yop, yeah. So they had these four matches in 2003. How did they do? All conclusive losses. Yes. Boom. How conclusive? Very. Yes, I’m going to… Like, double digits. Yes. Was it because Gibraltar
    are a full nation now? So Gibraltar must have pasted at least 20,
    or something like that. 19-0, I’ll give you a point for that. It was 20-0 against the Isle of Wight. 20! Full FIFA member, Isle of Wight, love it. Greenland, 16-0 against Sark. Frøya, 15-0 against Sark. They still tried! Lads… “No, no, we’re going to do it today.” They still turned up. Which is more than the England side do(!) Lads, we could do this. I’m sorry, we could be the first team to
    go over and get beaten by Sark. Yes! Yeah. Goes on the list. – Yep.
    – We would get in all of the Sark papers(!) – We would.
    – We would. Dibs on goal. Oh, no, I’m ex-keeper. – Yeah, Gary is, actually…
    – I don’t care, I called dibs first. Well, that’s fair. For one thing, we don’t want an ex-keeper. We want somebody who’s not going to bother
    in goal so they win! Pull me up front! To be fair, that is how it also works in the
    England team. “Dibs keeper”! Right, I’ll book the hovercraft. We can, no, I am genuinely up for this s***. I will do this. Put it on the list. I would love to have that, as the first team
    to lose profe… We’re not from an island,
    that’s the only problem. We’ll go and stand on
    that one in Peasholm Park, put up a flag, take a picture and… Oh, yeah! Do you have a phone number for… Sark? I reckon they have more than one phone,
    you know? Shall we ring them now? “Lads, lads, the phone’s ringing!” Entire town. “Yes?!” What happens is, he takes the message, sounds a bugle for the lord to come down and
    be read the proclamation. “Hue and cry!
    The mainland have challenged us to football.” “A duel of footer, you say?” He says, in his big chair in his hall, as
    I imagine he still has. Shall I ring Sark now? – Yes!
    – Yes. – Do it.
    – There’s no signal, there’s no signal. It’s a genuine thing, right? You’ve been playing good people,
    it hasn’t worked out. We’re s***, right? And we know we are! Yeah!
    ♪ We’re… ♪ We’re Peasholm Park United, take it on. And on that, congratulations, Gary, you win
    the show. Whoo-ah! You win a bright orange thing for a large
    mustelid to bounce on in isolation. It’s a tangerine wolverine quarantine trampoline. So, do enjoy that. With that, we say thank you to Chris Joel. Oh! Yeah. To Gary Brannan. To Matt Gray. Good-bye-bye YouTube. I’ve been Tom Scott,
    we’ll see you next time.