As Illinois Jaycees president, Breese resident Tricia Buehne is banking on success in 2015. “I am excited to bring fun and enthusiasm to the Illinois Jaycees,” said Buehne.
Buehne joined the Highland Jaycees in January 2001 and a mere 14 years later, she is now the 84th state president of the Illinois Jaycees.
She was nominated by a fellow Jaycees member and was later elected to president of the Illinois Jaycees. Vanessa Birchler with the New Baden Jaycees is the programming vice-president.
As of Jan. 1, Buehne and Birchler both took office.
“So far, we’ve been doing a lot of traveling and meeting other presidents and members of area chapters,” said Buehne.
Currently, there are 58 chapters in the state of Illinois and 1,525 Jaycee members.
The local chapter, Gateway Region, covers as far north as Alton/Godfrey to southern DuQuoin.
“This year, I want to focus on raising money in our local communities and have fun while we are doing it,” Buehne said. “I want us to focus on working together as a team; it will bring people closer and make great friendships down the road.”
Buehne recognizes that there is hunger all over the world, however, she’d like to try to battle the hunger issue locally.
“There are kids who only get food at school,” she said.
She is also involved with Camp New Hope, which is a camp at Lake Mattoon for those age 8 and older with developmental and physical disabilities.
Each year, Dr. Renato Rivera and his staff team up for their Bohol mission trip to his birthplace in the Philippines. And this year is no different.
Rivera and his team are thrilled to be able to make a difference in the lives of others.
Next month, Dr. Rivera and his staff will be traveling to the Philippines.
Since 2006, Dr. Renato Rivera of Breese and a team of other doctors and staff from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese travel to Bohol, an island in the Philippines, to perform free surgeries for the needy.
On Feb. 14 Dr. Rivera, general surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital since 1972, will once again travel to his homeland and perform surgeries.
“God has blessed me with good health and I like to give back to others,” Rivera continues to say.
Other staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital will be joining Rivera for the surgical and medical mission trip, including his wife Dr. Linda Rivera and Pamela Palme, CRNA.
“We just don’t realize how lucky we are and I like to give back,” Rivera said.
Disembodied voices and footsteps from the attic; cold spots; lights turning on of their own accord in the middle of the night; doors slamming open by some unseen hand; the smell of a “talc” perfume and electrical equipment malfunctioning within the small family cemetery in the backyard. These are all reports that have been researched at the old Creole House in Prairie du Rocher. And, just one of the many topics that are discussed in the “Haunted History of Southern Illinois” — a Community Education Class taught by Mary Essen of Carlyle at the Kaskaskia College (KC) Trenton Education Center.
“We don’t just sit around and tell our own ghost stories,” Essen said. “I like to talk about history, historical buildings and cemeteries — places people can go see.”
There’s the curse of Kaskaskia Island, the history and mystery of the Original Springs Hotel in Okawville, the Three Mile House near Edwardsville which burned down in 1985 and more.
“When I talk about southern Illinois, it’s from Clinton County and about a 100-mile radius around the county,” Essen said, adding that the last class had guest speakers from the Clinton County Paranormal Research Group, and one of the upcoming classes will hear from Bruce Cline of the Little Egypt Ghost Society of Carbondale and author of “History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois.”
“I try to add new material to every class,” Essen said. “So I’m constantly researching and learning more.”
“Haunted History of Southern Illinois” is a four-week class which meets for two hours every week. The cost is $40 for adults and free for anyone 60 or older.
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