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RonKnapp JimKnappMusic filled the air on Saturday. Ron Knapp of Glen Carbon and Jim Knapp of Greenville jam out with the Knapp brothers. A moment of silence was held for Kenneth Knapp who passed away earlier in the week.     Good folks gathered in Beckemeyer this past Saturday, Aug. 22, to celebrate the 5th Annual Jim Knapp Memorial Little Pig Cookoff at BCDC Park.
    Festivities kicked off at 3 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony performed by Beckemeyer Legion Honor Guard followed by the national anthem, performed by the District 12 Elementary Marching Bobcats. 
    Jim Knapp Jr. of Greenville gave a reflection on his father and the contributions from so many good people who helped to shape — and continue to shape — BCDC Park. There was a moment of silence for Kenneth Knapp, who unexpectedly passed away earlier in the week.
   The Knapp family did a balloon release in Kenny’s memory.  
    Music once again filled the air with live performances by the Jim Miller Band, Davis Brothers Band, a small special set from The Legendary Knapp Brothers, Riverside Tavern Revival, Feedback, and Wrath of Khan. 
    Bryan Duncan of Breese came out on top in the Bags Tournament. Cory Melton of Beckemeyer took second place, and Randy Pulver of Beckemeyer won third prize. 
    Placing first in the Egg Toss competition as the newly crowned grand champions were father-daughter team Jay and Karly Wessel of Beardstown. The father-son team of Mark and Malone Brown of Troy, took second place, and Brooke Deiters and Quentin Jones of Carlyle placed third. 
    As a new feature this year the Vendor Fair featured over 25 local entrepreneurs displaying their wares.  

trainingRobert Buesking of Adult Protective Services speaks to trainees.    It is easy to lose your patience standing in line behind an elderly woman who seems to be taking forever to write a check. The woman may actually have an invisible illness associated with getting older, such as arthritis or a visual impairment that could make it impossible to do the day-to-day tasks that are easy for most people.
    An “Elder Sensitivity Training” was held earlier this month at Community Bank of Trenton to enable its employees to better understand these issues experienced by our elderly neighbors and family.
    Fourteen bank employees participated. 
    Key presenters for the session were Robert Buesking from the Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurse Association, the agency that provides Adult Protective Services for Clinton County and assistant state's attorney Jessica Book from the Clinton County State's Attorney's Office.
    Buesking introduced the topic by challenging trainees to complete the Myths of Aging quiz. Participants then discussed the issues presented in the quiz.
    The training included a visual impairments activity using glasses that imitate eyesight after a stroke, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Another activity involved trainees wearing thick rubber gloves that simulate how it feels to have arthritis. Trainees were asked to thread a needle while wearing these gloves and to imagine how difficult this would make counting out change or writing a check.
    Assistant state's attorney Book discussed the issue of financial abuse of the elderly. She and Buesking shared behaviors and activities that trainees might observe that could protect their clients from becoming financial abuse victims.
    Elderly Sensitivity Training is a statewide project of the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council to familiarize trainees with issues that elderly clients may have and to make them more comfortable working with this population.
    Contact Brenda Benton, local coordinator, 4th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, at (618) 533-1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a presentation/training for your agency, business or community group.

MarceleanddaughterDeb Stratmann visits her mom, Marcele McCollom in Legacy Place Memory Care.    One year ago, Legacy Place emerged as the newest assisted living community in Breese and the first in Clinton County to have the added feature of a secured assisted living memory care wing. They celebrated their anniversary Aug. 16 with a carnival themed party.
    Bright colored balloons adorned all of the tables with red and white canopies hovering over all of the delicious carnival food, everything from corn dogs and cheesy nachos to pretzel sticks and watermelon.  
    The community was filled with residents and family members reminiscing of their time at Legacy Place and of laughter from the grandchildren and great-grandchildren participating in the carnival games. 
    The "tattoos," Ring Toss and Bozo Bucket Bonanza were a hit, but as for the knock-out excitement of the day it was a tie between the outside train rides around the community and the balloon “gal.” 
    The little ones were on cloud nine chugging along in the train and enjoyed all of the character balloons and balloon hats that included Ninja Turtles, puppy dogs and even the Little Mermaid. Wafting through the air was the aroma of fresh popcorn and real cotton candy made by the Legacy Place staff. It was a true carnival experience but most of all a celebration of a great first year!
    “We began our Legacy Place journey with a clear destination in mind and that was to offer the very best senior living in Breese and the surrounding area. We were guided by our passion to accommodate the growing needs of all the wonderful people we serve while preserving the security, integrity and reliability of the traditional assisted living community and remained focused on top-notch care,” explained Michelle McKinney, co-owner and president of Legacy Place.   


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