Watch Santa come to town at 6 p.m. in the Celebration of Lights parade; holiday lighting display, fireworks and more to follow at Northside Park.
Ready or not ... the holiday season is upon us. The Christmas spirit will be shining this Saturday, Nov. 29 in Breese as the Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade. (In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved to Sunday, Nov. 30). The parade, which begins at 6 p.m. (line up between 5 and 5:30 p.m.), brings Santa Claus into town. Entries will line up on North Broadway Street, near City Hall, and travel Main Street to Northside Park where Santa will “flip the switch” to turn on the new and improved Celebration of Lights display at the park.
Breese has been lighting up its park for several years; however, a Lighting Committee was formed last year to expand and improve the lighting display.
“I’ll never forget that night,” William Parker of Belleville said last Thursday at the Clinton County Courthouse. William was just 17 years old on April 8, 1957 — the night his father, former Clinton County Sheriff Daniel Parker, was killed in the line of duty when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver while he was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
Sheriff Parker was just 56 years old and had worked with the sheriff’s department for 37 years. He left behind his wife Bessie, who worked in the County Clerk and Treasurer’s offices for 23 years, and his teenage son.
Now 57 years later, William Parker and his family returned to Clinton County to remember and honor Sheriff Parker and two other local law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty: Breese Police Chief Frank Wieter in 1927 and Chief Deputy Sheriff Robert K. Hooker in 1940.
William Parker commented, “On behalf of myself and all of my family, from the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate so much this wonderful thought and tribute that you made to my dad and to the rest of these gentlemen. It’s just a wonderful tribute to be paid to someone and thank you all so much for your thoughts and generosity.”
The 10th annual Aviston Sons of American Legion Black Tie and Talent Show will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston.
This formal event is a talent and glamour contest where over $8,000 in scholarships will be given to eight college-bound contestants. Tickets are $40 each and include happy hour, four-course meal, talent contest and late night entertainment.
Interested contestants can try out at a down select competition at the Aviston American Legion at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19. A three-minute speech on a topic of the contestant’s choice and a talent demonstration is required. Any Clinton County resident who will attend college or trade school full time in 2015 can enter the contest.
For tickets or entry information call Jim Kues at 228-7008 or Craig Timmermann at 830-7737.
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