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Avon3Volunteers met Saturday morning at the Avon Theater in downtown Breese to remove the marquee that was damaged by fire Friday evening. The board of directors from Clinton County Showcase, which owns the historic theater, met Wednesday night to discuss options for replacing the marquee. Some historic elements have been salvaged including the large neon “A.” The CC Showcase production of “Little Shop of Horrors” continues this weekend. Showtimes are Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.
and 8 p.m. 

    The large neon “A” that has illuminated the entrance to the historic Avon Theater in downtown Breese for over 50 years is gone — at least for now. 
    The theater’s time-honored neon marquee was removed Saturday morning after a fire broke out Friday evening in the framework of the marquee.
    The Avon Theater, which opened as the Grand Theater in 1914 before being remodeled and changed to the Avon in 1939, is now home to the community theater group Clinton County Showcase.
    Showcase actors were preparing for the opening night of their current production “Little Shop of Horrors” at around 7 p.m. on Friday when crew members observed smoke emitting from the marquee.
    Laurie Klostermann, executive director of Clinton County Showcase, said the marquee lights had been turned on shortly before the  smoke was noticed.
    While the cause has not been determined, Klostermann said the group’s maintenance director, Rob Persing, believes it was an electrical problem possibly brought on by water or the presence of bird nests in the wood framework.

fallfestThe Sugar Creek Fire Department narrowly beat out Breese EMS to win the “Chili Pot” traveling trophy for a year and all the bragging rights that go with it. Pictured, left to right, are: Brian Drees, Jim Orschell, Dennis Moss and Steve Davis.         Hot chili, home brew,
hoisting a half liter and more

    The Second Annual Breese Optimist Fall Festival held Saturday, Oct. 11 at North Park in Breese has come and gone, but once again the event left lasting memories for all ages.
    With a gloomy and rainy day off school on Friday incubating cases of cabin fever, all of the worrying about the weather for Saturday was for naught as it turned out to be a perfect day for a festival. 
    Folks of all ages enjoyed the Run and Play 5K for Hannah’s Playground, an accessible playground to be built at the Breese park. There was a chili cook-off, a home brew contest, live music all day, the
    Touch-A-Truck, bounce houses, many vendor and craft booths and a large selection of craft beers presented by Excel Brewing Co.
    The day began with the Run & Play 5K. With seven musical acts spread along the race route, the runners didn’t even need to bring headphones. 
    Those musical acts then migrated to the main stage where they proceeded to play all day. Later Knoisemaker and the Silent Partners, The Fights and L8R Dayz wrapped up the evening on the mic.
    Excel Brewing stepped up in a big way to make the event a success, bringing the Camping World NASCAR Truck with driver Justin Jennings and several of his crew members out to the Touch-A-Truck. Excel also brought their beer trailer with six wonderfully crafted beers for the beer lovers in all of us. Adding to the event was a hayride to the Excel Brewery for tours where over 100 people got to see the inner workings of the Breese brewery. 
    The night was capped by a stein hoisting with 15 folks flexing their muscles to see who could hold up a half liter of Excel Oktoberfest the longest. A special thanks goes to Excel head brewer Rod Burguiere, Excel chief Bill Meier and sales meister Greg Bridwell for helping make this Fall Fest a wonderful experience for all. 

fredbird1Fredbird is shown here razzing resident Henrietta Eilers.     While the St. Louis Cardinals were en route to San Francisco on Monday for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Giants, Cardinals mascot Fredbird was rallying with the residents at the Breese Nursing Home. 
    St. Louis Cardinals mascot “Fredbird” visited residents and staff at Breese Nursing Home on Monday afternoon, handing out Cracker Jacks, popcorn and “Cardinal Red” Kool-Aid. Fredbird had impeccable timing with his visit to the nursing home, considering the Cardinals’ run in the National League Championship Series with the San Francisco Giants. He entertained the residents, even dancing with some.
fredbird2Breese Nursing Home staff pose for a picture with Fredbird.   Fredbird did a fine job of getting everyone excited for the playoff competition. As of Journal press time on Wednesday morning, the Giants held a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the NLCS best-of-seven series with Game 4 set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday. 

RosaryRallycolor    A public square Rosary Rally was held last Saturday at Trenton City Park. Sponsored by America Needs Fatima, the nationwide goal for the 2014 Rosary Rally was to have 12,000 rallies across the country on Oct. 11. According to organizers in Trenton, at last count, the goal was surpassed with 12,629 rallies held nationwide. In Trenton and across the country, participants turned to God, through his Holy Mother, asking for His urgent help. The rallies celebrated the 97th anniversary of Mary's apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, and focused on the importance of prayer and conversion. To learn more about America Needs Fatima, visit or


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