Community Build Day tentatively set for Sunday, April 26.
A Community Build Day for Hannah’s Playground — an accessible playground to be built at Northside Park in Breese — is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The committee is looking for builders as well as people to help serve refreshments. Some heavy lifting may be required during the building process. Children under the age of 18 are welcome to help, but must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian. A separate children’s landscaping day will be held as well although a date has not yet been set.
To sign up for Community Build Day, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4fa4c29a5f49-community or follow the link on the Hannah’s Playground Facebook page.
The link is also posted at www.hannahsplay ground.com. Please note that the date and time are subject to change.
The public is invited to spend an hour at Pritchett Cemetery, north of Boulder, this Saturday, April 18, when a special service will be held at 11 a.m. to honor Samuel P. Dixon, the last Civil War veteran buried in Clinton County. In 2008, Dennis Hermann, a Civil War historian from Swansea and founder of his Civil War history living regiment, paired with Judy Pariseau, a historian from Breese, to locate and appropriately mark the final resting place of the last Civil War soldier buried in each county/parish in southwestern Illinois.
Hermann will serve as master of ceremonies at Dixon’s services and will offer a bit of history about the soldier.
Samuel P. Dixon was born on May 11, 1844. He died in 1939 at the age of 95.
Through research it was determined that Dixon still has descendants living in the area. They will be in attendance on April 18 along with members of the Clinton County Honor Guard, who will present the Colors, play taps and provide a patriotic 21-gun salute.
The public is invited to attend (please bring your own lawn chairs) and any Civil War re-enactors are asked to attend the ceremony in their Civil War attire.
You can reach Pritchett Cemetery by going north on Boulder Road through the town of Boulder, past the Methodist church and around the curve for one mile. There is a green road sign that says Pritchett Road and another sign that says Pritchett Cemetery on the right hand side of the road pointing to the road to the left. This cemetery is about .8 mile from the Clark Cemetery Road.
April is Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention Month and S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) advocates want to educate the public about sexual assault and child abuse awareness. Statistics show that a large percentage of sexual assaults go unreported and 90 percent of children who are assaulted are assaulted by someone they know. In addition, one out of every three females and one out of every six males will be sexually abused before the age of 18. S.A.F.E. has five medical/legal advocates who provide advocacy in the nine counties they serve: Bond, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Marion, Washington, Jefferson and Wayne. The advocates establish networking agreements which include protocol procedures with hospitals and law enforcement agencies in the nine counties. When a person presents themselves as a sexual assault survivor at a hospital emergency room or law enforcement department, S.A.F.E. is called to provide advocacy. Pictured are advocates of S.A.F.E. and Clinton County advocates who posed for a photo outside the Clinton County Courthouse. Last Friday, there was a “Start By Believing” event at St. Mary School in Carlyle. There were survivor testimonials, guest speakers, an art showing, musicians, and special artwork that was auctioned off. There was also a Clothesline Project, where victims are able to paint on a T-shirt and express their feelings on the shirt, which were viewed to the public. For more information, call the Centralia S.A.F.E. office at (618) 533-0475 or the crisis hotline at (800) 625-1414. Also, check out the website at www.safecrisiscenter.org.
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