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Jared Burke Foundation inaugural banquet Feb. 21 at the Germantown American Legion — all proceeds to benefit physically challenged hunters, allowing them to go on hunts that may otherwise be impossible.

    Family and friends of the late Jared Burke, who was killed in a hunting accident at the age of 16 during the November 1999 deer season, are introducing the newly organized Jared Burke Foundation. The foundation was formed in Jared’s honor to promote hunter safety and to enable disadvantaged Jaredburkefoundationhunters to turn their outdoor adventures into lasting lifetime memories.
    Fittingly, the foundation’s slogan is “Turning Outdoor Adventures Into Lifetime Memories.”
    The foundation will host its inaugural banquet and fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Germantown American Legion.Doors open at 5 p.m. for the fundraiser with dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 each or $50 per couple. Sponsor packages are available for $250. All tickets include a chicken dinner and draft beer. (All donations are tax deductible).
    Over 20 guns will be given away along with an abundance of hunting gear. There will be games, raffles and live and silent auctions.
    All proceeds will benefit physically challenged hunters, enabling them to go on hunts that may otherwise be impossible. The Jared Burke Foundation will be seeking any individuals or families who would be interested in taking one of these adventures.
    Spearheading the effort is Jared’s brother John Burke of Bartelso and other family members. Although remembering that tragic day in 1999 is painful, John often shares the story of Jared’s fatal accident with young hunters at local hunter safety courses to stress the importance of safety in the outdoors. In John’s own words:

Breese native Josh Sedivy and his wife Krissy have left their “normal life” behind to spend the next two years trekking around the globe. Via their blog — — they invite you to join them on the adventure.

3970.colorKrissy and Josh ride camels in the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech in November.    September 16, 2014: “A few months after our crazy decision to leave it all behind:  the jobs, the cars and most of our worldly possessions, we’re sitting in Barcelona, Spain …  WE’RE SITTING IN BARCELONA, SPAIN!!!”
    And so begins the story of the adventures of Breese native Josh Sedivy and his wife Krissy who, for the next two years, will be traveling around the planet, eating new foods, meeting new people and living the life that many people only dream about.
    They’re calling themselves the “Wanderlust Duo” and the words above are from the first entry in their travel blog ( which they started to allow friends, family and like-minded venturers to follow them on their journey.

    As part of a community health needs assessment process, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and the Clinton County Health Department are asking area residents for their input.
    Through Saturday, Feb. 14, a Clinton County Community Health and Wellness Survey will be available for completion. To obtain representation from a wide range of the area population, residents of Clinton County and surrounding communities are asked to provide their thoughts in the brief online survey that can be found on the hospital’s website,
    Printed copies also will be available and can be returned to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, information desk/switchboard; Clinton County Health Department in Carlyle; and public libraries in Breese, Carlyle, Germantown, New Baden and Trenton.
    Surveys also can be returned to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, c/o 2015 Health and Wellness Survey, P.O. Box 99, Breese, IL 62230.
    Residents are asked to complete one survey per household, either online or on paper. Responses are confidential and anonymous.
    The University of Illinois Springfield’s Survey Research Office is conducting the survey for St. Joseph’s Hospital, in partnership with the Clinton County Health Department. For more information about the survey, contact the UIS Survey Research Office at (217) 206-6591 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">


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