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General Lifestyle

Schenk making a difference locally

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon seems to attract people who really want to make a difference.

Linda Schenk is one such person. Her efforts to help her neighbors led to her winning the Volunteer of the Year Award in the Middle Tennessee Region for 1998 from Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare.

When she came to Lebanon 24 years ago with her husband Dr. Bill Schenk, an ophthalmologist, and two small daughters, Lindsey and Allie, she wanted something to do that would let her also stay at home with her girls.

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Column

My Majesty Strongly Suggests Mr. President Be Properly Addressed

By ANNE DONNELL

Dear Ms. Donnell: This may be a matter of grammar or manners. Since you have never used swear words in your column, I thought you might comment on this issue either way. It is about the way reporters address our President during interviews.  It seems they all say something like, "Good morning, Mr. Obama" to a sitting president, but say, "Good morning, President Bush" to a retired president. Why do they call the current president "Mr.," but call the former presidents, "President?" It seems perverse. I think it started during the Clinton years. What is the proper way to address the President of the United States, should I get the chance? (I probably should not get the chance.)
-Polite Pol, J.M.

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Guest Column

Water challenge at Nigerian Hospital

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

When we first went to Nigeria in 1978, the living quarters at the hospital had no underground water pipe system. Water to the homes had to be brought by buckets to a holding tank outside our house. It was then brought into the house through the tap, sand particles and all, into the lavatories, bathtubs and sink. The water had to either be filtered or boiled (a slow process) before it could be used for cooking. The only way to get a hot tub bath was to put a kettle on the stove and pour it into your bath water, not a very good system.

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Calendar

City of Lebanon to host annual Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Lebanon will be again be hosting the annual Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. until noon at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.  

“Thousands of children look forward to our annual egg hunt,” said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. “It’s great fun to watch them find the tons of candy and prizes that our community generously donates.”

The Egg Hunt is for all ages, newborn through adult. The first hunt will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. Local merchants are providing many prizes including lots of candy, several bicycles, games and other children’s toys. The free event includes the egg hunt, decorated egg contest and fire engine rides. Many prizes will be given for prize eggs found in each of seven groups, ages newborn to 23 months, 2 and 3 years, 4 to 6 years, 7 to 8 years, 9 to 10 years, and the “big kids” ages 11 to 111 years. Bags will be provided for children not having baskets.

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General News

Cities, county eligible for Federal stimulus funds

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Local governments and schools will benefit in several ways from funds available due to the federal stimulus programs.

Wilson County, Lebanon and Mt Juliet law enforcement agencies are each eligible to apply for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA.

The three local agencies are eligible for more than $150,000, with the county eligible for $73,834, Lebanon assigned $116,487 and Mt Juliet able to get $26,621. No local match dollars will be required for these grant awards, said Ben Stewart of the Greater Nashville Regional Council.

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Seniors' property tax freeze deadline nears

ByCONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Wilson County homeowners who are 65 or older, with an income of $33,360 or less per year, can have their property taxes frozen, said County Trustee Jim Major.

And if their income is less than $24,790 per year they can also receive a refund on the amount they do have to pay.

But the deadline to apply is fast approaching, and in Wilson County the application deadline is April 6.
 
More than 16,000 low-income Tennesseans age 65 and older have frozen their property tax rates since 2007, when the state constitution was amended, but they have to reapply each year to keep their tax rate frozen.

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