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lake    Testing at Carlyle Lake has shown that the water meets all state and federal regulations for safe public use.
    Analysis by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers June 23 showed good water quality in 10 samples taken at four separate locations, according to Joe Smothers, Natural Resource specialist at Carlyle Lake for the Corps’ St. Louis District.
    As some popular recreation areas are impacted by high water, the water quality in Carlyle Lake has become a hot topic on social media.
    “We’ve had numerous calls from the public with questions about water quality at the lake, and we want people to know we are monitoring bacteria levels at Carlyle Lake to ensure the safety of our visitors and the overall health of the lake,” said Smothers.
    The Corps monitors water quality weekly; this is above the Illinois Department of Public Health state guidelines that call for Carlyle Lake to be tested for E. coli every two weeks. To ensure the water at Carlyle Lake meets all state and federal regulations and is suitable for human and aquatic life, the Corps also does its own testing to protect water quality at the lake.
    “If samples indicate unsafe levels of any of the parameters monitored, immediate action is taken to protect our visitors’ health and well-being,” Smothers said.
    In addition to E. coli bacteria, the Corps monitors for nitrogen, phosphates, pesticides, suspended solids, dissolved oxygen, pH levels, and more than a half dozen other parameters that impact water quality.

VVAmemorialatAviston    A dedication ceremony is set for this Sunday, July 5 at 1 p.m. for the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Aviston Park. The memorial is a tribute to all Vietnam veterans and recognizes the 18 soldiers from Clinton County who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
    In June 2014, the village of Aviston celebrated its 150th anniversary. As part of their program, organizers contracted the Vietnam Traveling Wall to be set up at the town park. Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter #269 in Clinton County assisted in erecting the wall, participated in the opening and closing ceremonies and guarded the sacred wall during its stay.
    After the ceremonies were finished, the VVA also assisted in disassembling the wall. The VVA and Aviston officials received numerous compliments on their efforts. The managers of the Traveling Wall considered the Aviston display as one of the top displays throughout their tenure and said it looked like it belonged there as a permanent installation.
    After such a moving and significant effort, VVA Chapter #269 decided to leave a lasting memorial commemorating their effort, including the recognition of the 18 local soldiers killed in Vietnam.
    In June of 2015 this memorial was established. It includes a swamp chestnut oak tree that was planted in its youth and will grow tall and strong like VVA Chapter #269 that planted it. A significant feature of this tree will be its fall foliage which will be a deep reddish brown color that represents the blood that was shed by the 18 fallen heroes on the "Wall."
    The tree also has been landscaped to include a black stone monument to commemorate this effort. To recognize the 18 soldiers an engraved brick for each is permanently included in the perimeter of the landscaped circle. This will be a place in Clinton County where the families, other veterans, and the general public can go to pay their respects to the soldiers who were lost in the Vietnam War.
    Families, friends and veterans are welcome to attend Sunday’s short ceremony. Flags will be erected behind each of the soldier's bricks and the dedication will also include a POW/MIA brick with a POW/MIA flag that is set slightly back from the other bricks. In future years, the flags will be put up prior to Memorial Day and taken down on Flag Day, June 14.
    The tree was donated by Joe Langenhorst and the landscaping was donated by Craig Petermeyer of Outdoor Creations. 
    The public is invited to help the VVA Chapter dedicate this memorial. Please bring your lawn chairs and stay and visit awhile. 
    The Clinton County veterans who gave all while serving their country in Vietnam are Gerald Schmidt, Ronald Tebbe, Walter Koehler, Dennis Peek, Mickey Grable, Dennis Wobbe, Daniel Rosen, Norman Toennies, Norman Eversgerd, Ralph Ortmann, John Wike, Marlin Eversgerd, Herbert Langenhorst, Ralph Wellinghoff, Billy Jackson, Junior Floyd Roniger, Stanley Mensing and Theodore Wolters.

JennyRakersJenny Rakers    Legacy Place, a locally owned and operated assisted living community, is proud to announce their newest executive director, Jenny Rakers. She began her role in March and has been managing and overseeing all operations of the Legacy Place community in Breese, including memory care. 
    “Jenny is a strong and dedicated worker and I’m thrilled to have her managing the Breese location. She is driven, kind-hearted and passionate about her role at Legacy Place, which makes her a perfect fit. The residents adore her,” said Michelle McKinney, president and co-owner of Legacy Place. 
    Rakers has worked with Legacy Place since the Breese location opened in August 2014, starting out as the lead resident care assistant and administrative support. She quickly took to her responsibilities and went above and beyond what was expected in her position. Before coming to work at Legacy Place, Rakers worked in the skilled nursing care environment for over 18 years.
    “I love coming to a place where it doesn’t feel like a job, but more so a lifestyle. Caring for individuals and making them a part of the Legacy Place family is more than rewarding for me. I’m excited to start my new journey as executive director, but more importantly excited to play a major role in the care of our residents,” said Rakers. 
    For more information about Legacy Place in Breese, call Jenny Rakers at (618) 526-9600 or email jrakers@live For additional Legacy Place information, visit
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    Legacy Place offers a unique senior living experience unmatched in the area. It is a community created of extraordinary people, both residents and staff. The Legacy Place mission is to serve residents with the utmost care and respect in an elegant environment for the most affordable price. Legacy Place communities are located in Breese, Highland and Waterloo and offer independent living, assisted living and memory care. When you enter the doors of Legacy Place, you’re not just a resident ... you’re a family member.


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