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Calendar2955A sneak peek of a few images from the Heroes of Clinton County calendar, New Baden police officer Jeff Mavrogeorge.Local police, fire and emergency
personnel featured 
in calendar to
benefit Clinton County Relief Fund

    The heroes of Clinton County now have their own calendar for charity.
    Business owner Nicole Alemond of Perfectly Polished Salon in Trenton came up with the idea of a calendar of local heroes.
    “Everybody thinks of police officers as bad people, but could you imagine if police officers, firefighters or our local emergency medical services were not here?” Alemond asked.
   Alemond, whose own husband used to be a volunteer firefighter for Aviston, said  that she wanted to shed some light on the good of local emergency personnel.
Calendar3032A sneak peek of a few images from the Heroes of Clinton County calendar, Jacey Faulkner, Laura Thole and Nicole Voss of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.   She said that the idea of a calendar of local heroes stemmed from another calendar fundraiser that was produced in the
metro-east area earlier this year. 

   “Whether you loved or hated (that calendar) you got a reaction out of it,” she said.
    However, unlike the other calendar, Alemond wanted to just make it a calendar of Clinton County’s finest — with men and women involved in fire, police and emergency services.
    After speaking to other people in the area, the idea became more of a reality.
    “We literally put this together in two weeks,” Alemond said.
    Sixteen local heroes are featured in the 12-month calendar, beginning January 2015 and ending December 2015.
    The salon offered services to those who wanted and needed services for the calendar. Hillary Frost provided photography and Cambrin Loepker (of Fresh Pear Design) created the editing work. The calendar was then ready for the press ... well, not yet, but soon.

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evacuationdrill7evacuationdrill2Keeping the community safe

    When an emergency strikes, preparedness is the key. Aviston Countryside Manor recently held an evacuation drill coordinated with several area emergency personnel. Alarms were set off as if the nursing home was having a real fire. Ambulances and firetrucks were parked along the street, and 39 volunteer members of the community who posed as nursing home residents were evacuated to the Aviston American Legion.
    The drill offered a great opportunity for the Aviston Countryside  staff to learn what works in the facility’s emergency plan and what still needs work. Aviston Countrysid
e Manor expressed its appreciation to everyone who assisted with the evacuation drill, especially Clinton County Emergency Management Agency, the Aviston, Breese, Sugar Creek and Clin-Clair fire departments, Sugar Creek EMS, Aviston Emergency Response Agency, Clinton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and South Central Illinois Medical Reserve Corp. Also, a big thanks goes out to the Aviston American Legion for the use of their building as the evacuation site.

0221color    Nearly 550 riders and 375 motorcycles participated in the first ever Breese D.A.R.E. Benefit Motorcycle Ride, sponsored by the Breese Police Department, this past Sunday, beginning at Northside Park in Breese. Breese Police Chief Bob Fix said that the ride, which included stops in Keyesport, Pocahontas, Mt. Vernon and Odin, was successful and he hopes for an even bigger turnout next year. Funds from the event will go toward the D.A.R.E. and Keeping it R.E.A.L. programs at District 12 Elementary and All Saints Academy. 

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