An estimated 375 casserole dinners were delivered to Cosgrove’s Kitchen in East St. Louis last week to help feed the hungry. The food was prepared and donated by the parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle, St. Boniface in Germantown, St. Cecilia in Bartelso and St. Theresa in Marydale along with donations from the Works of Mercy at Mater Dei High School and Carlyle Healthcare Center. Packaging and delivering the dinners last Wednesday were (from left) Skeets Dumstorff, John Krebs, Tom Frerker and Deacon Rich Bagby. Cosgrove’s Soup Kitchen was established more than 30 years ago and has been an important ministry serving those suffering from the effects of poverty: children, the elderly, the homeless, the mentally and physically disabled and the working poor. It is the only facility in the East St. Louis area that offers a free noon meal six days a week, 52 weeks a year. According to Deacon Bagby, the local parishes have been donating casserole dinners to Cosgrove’s Kitchen for the past nine years, and there are 14 parishes throughout the Diocese of Belleville that participate in the annual food drive. “We’re able to feed hundreds of people who otherwise might not eat,” Bagby said. “This is also a project that brings the area parishes together for a good cause.” Anyone interested in making a cash donation or donating pans or ingredients for the food drive, can contact one of the parishes listed above. Special thanks goes out to Germantown Groceries for storing the casseroles prior to delivery to Cosgrove’s Kitchen.
indoor/outdoor seating and will be accessible from land or water.New restaurant will offer
By next year, boaters on Carlyle Lake — and lake enthusiasts in general — will have the option of dining on the water’s edge. Ed “Bug” and Jean Kleber of Carlyle have announced their plans for the construction of “The Fish House” restaurant to be built on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake.
Construction of the new 3,300-square-foot restaurant is slated to begin this week with completion set for Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2015), just in time for the start of next year’s Lenten season.
Bug Kleber, who is co-owner of Community Title and Escrow in Breese and Highland and co-owner of the Highland Equity Fifty-Five Real Estate office in Highland, is somewhat familiar with the ins and outs of running a restaurant — a fish house, in particular.
Bug’s father, the late Ed Kleber of Carlyle, (along with Bob Hartung Sr. and Bob Hartung Jr.) opened the original Fish House restaurant in August 1985 on Route 50 in Carlyle, just east of the Kaskaskia River.
The business was shut down three years later after the building was destroyed by fire, deemed to be arson.
The village of Beckemeyer now has a new police officer. Jason Renth was hired last Monday for the full-time position for the Beckemeyer Police Department.
Renth said that he was originally from Nashville but has lived in the Clinton County area for the past 12 years or so.
He graduated from the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy and previously worked in Venice as a police sergeant/detective for five years and had been a part-time police officer in Germantown for three years.
Renth is no stranger to the village of Beckemeyer. He previously lived in Beckemeyer for about five years until 2009. He now resides in Germantown but is looking for a home in Beckemeyer.
Renth is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the village and is excited about his new position with the village of Beckemeyer.
Welcome aboard Jason!
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