The fundraising effort for Hannah’s Playground, an inclusive playground planned for Northside Park in Breese, has reached the $200,000 mark. Angie Wuebbels, committee member, notes that this is the “money in the bank” total and does not include pledges or in-kind material donations. Wonderful support and generosity from throughout the area has allowed the fundraising effort to be at approximately two-thirds of the total goal.
“Currently, there are three play components remaining to be sponsored, but Club Level sponsorships, which provides general funding for items such as the base surfacing, fencing, and the like, are still needed in order for us to meet our total fundraising goal and begin building as soon as possible,” said Wuebbels.
For up-to-date sponsorship information and to make a donation, visit hannahsplay ground.com.
Additional fundraising events are planned for this year. On Saturday, April 5, Hannah’s Playground committee is hosting a Totally Awesome ‘80s Party with music by The Hair Syndicate. The event will be held at Breese Knights of Columbus Hall with doors opening at 7 p.m. and music from 8 to midnight. Tickets are available at the door — $15/single or $25/couple — and includes all-you-can-eat fried chicken and cupcakes. A cash bar is available and attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks.
The Bartelso Knights of Columbus and Bartelso Fire Department presented The BackStoppers, Inc. with a check for $4,000 from the proceeds of their breakfast held on Jan. 12. Pictured, from left, are: Mike Gebke of the Knights of Columbus; Jim Rickhoff, representing the Bartelso Fire Department; retired Chief Jim Silvernail and Chief Ron Battelle of The BackStoppers; Brian Eversgerd and Aaron Gebke, Knights of Columbus. The BackStoppers is a greater St. Louis area charity that provides financial and emotional support to the families of public safety workers who died while on duty.
With extreme winter weather still lingering, the Breese City Council has opted to open the city’s designated leaf dump slightly later than usual.
The leaf dump (for leaves only) will be open from March 25 through April 13 on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. As in the past, the leaf dump is located on the Dan Jansen farm, south of Breese on Breese Road.
A city vehicle and a city employee will be at the site during the designated times to assist with the disposal of leaves.
It was also reported that Waste Management will begin their yard waste program on Tuesday, March 18 for residents who are paying for the service.
Also, it was noted that city crews will pick up limbs on the first Monday of every month through November; however, residents must contact City Hall in advance to have their limbs picked up.
A zoning hearing is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 at City Hall to hear a request for a zoning variance from Michael Macke. Macke is requesting a variance to allow a setback of 6 feet from his west property line on a corner lot with a required 25-foot setback provision. The property is located at 420 South Third Street.
The council gave its blessing to Tracy Smith of Breese Dental Care who requested permission for the dental office to hold a 5K run/walk on May 31 to benefit Clinton County Relay For Life.
Authority was also given for All Saints Academy to hold its annual 5K run/walk on April 12. Both events are being coordinated with the Breese Police Department.
In final business, the council extended congratulations to the Central Lady Cougars basketball team which ended its season 32-1 winning the regional and sectional titles and to the Central Cougars basketball team for winning the Mater Dei Regional.
It’s March and that means two things: spring is right around the corner and it’s the start of the local auction season. One of the largest annual sales will be held this Saturday, March 8 at St. Augustine’s gym in Breese. You’ll find tools, appliances, antiques, furniture and more. There is a semi-load of new furniture from a local warehouse, 10 wagons of tools, a large assortment of beer signs and lights, and much more. Pictured right: two of the many volunteers who have worked countless hours preparing for the auction, chairman Mark Huelskamp and Cody Richter. At left: Emma Huelskamp arranges a display of vintage toys. See more photos of auction items on page 6A and the auction advertisement on page 7C.
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