Talk Of The Town

lemonade    Kudos to these young entrepreneurs — neighborhood kids in Vossclare Subdivision in Breese — who operated a lemonade stand last weekend raising $300 for Hannah’s Playground, a fully accessible playground to be built next year at Northside Park in Breese. Pictured, from left, are: Hayden, Ellie and Kayleigh Lampe, Avery Trame, Norah Lampe, Brody Zobrist, Barrett Lampe, Brayden Trame, A.J. Poettker and Dylan McMinn.
    These young neighbors from Vossclare Subdivision in Breese aren’t just spending the summer playing ball and swimming at the local pool. They’re doing something good for the community. The group spent five days running a lemonade stand, and on Monday, they reached their goal of raising $300. All of the money is being donated to Hannah’s Playground, a fully accessible playground being built next year at Northside Park in Breese. 


Served 41 years as a township trustee 

rusty floydSugar Creek Township Supervisor Tom “Rusty” Venhaus reads a proclamation from the United States House of Representatives honoring Floyd Sudholt’s 41 years of service as a trustee to Sugar Creek Township.    Sugar Creek Township trustee Floyd Sudholt vacated his seat recently after ill health forced him to move from his longtime home in Aviston to an assisted living facility in Breese.
    Sudholt had been a township trustee for 41 years. His son Bryan, of Aviston, will fulfill the balance of his father’s term, which expires in the spring of 2017.
    “When Floyd was first elected to the board in 1973,” said township supervisor Tom “Rusty” Venhaus, “the board met in Rusty Maue’s barber shop. First they got a haircut,  then they had their meeting.”
    As such, Sudholt’s career nearly spanned the lifetime of the current building occupied by the township. Trustees recently solicited bids for the current building, and have acquired property adjacent to the current site on which to construct a more modern facility.
    When the railroad canceled all the leases of railside property, one of which involved the current township property, Sudholt was instrumental in arranging for the township to buy the property. He was also very involved in building the road department shed, and in negotiations for the most recent property acquisition.


benhoffBruce Benhoff (center) of Benhoff Insurance Agency, Inc. in Breese is proud to announce the addition of two new licensed insurance producers. Chuck Gebke of Bartelso (left) started with Benhoff on June 1, while Jake Benhoff of Breese (right) has been with the agency since January. The two new agents look forward to serving the insurance needs of local residents at both Benhoff Insurance locations — 1267 N. Fourth Street in Breese and 7 S. Main Street in Trenton.    Bruce Benhoff of Benhoff Insurance Agency, Inc. in Breese is proud to announce the expansion of his business with the addition of two new agents and a second insurance office in Trenton.
    Chuck Gebke of Bartelso joined the agency in June, while Jake Benhoff of Breese has been with the agency since January. Both are licensed insurance producers.
    Prior to joining the Benhoff team, Gebke worked for 12 years as finance manager at K&J Chevrolet in Carlyle. 
    Jake Benhoff worked for the past 2-1/2 years as an account representative for State Farm Insurance in Mascoutah.
    Bruce Benhoff started his career in the insurance industry in April 1987 with Country Companies. It was early 1998 when he and his wife Cindy purchased Haag Insurance Agency in Breese and established Benhoff Insurance Agency.


FIRE 1454Firefighters from Breese, St. Rose, Aviston, Germantown and Beckemeyer were called to the Dennis Richter farm on St. Rose Road for a hay bale fire last Thursday.     Firefighters from Breese and surrounding towns fought a large hay bale fire last Thursday at the Dennis Richter farm on St. Rose Road in Breese.
    Breese deputy chief firefighter Steve Hellige said that the department was dispatched sometime after 11 a.m. on July 10 regarding a hay bale fire. 
    Over 40 bales of hay were on fire at the large farm and although firefighters were not sure what caused the fire, it appeared to Hellige that something could have sparked one of the bales of hay and it had spread throughout.
    Along with Breese, firefighters from St. Rose, Aviston, Germantown and Beckemeyer were dispatched to the scene. Carlyle Fire Department was on standby.



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