For the first time in the event’s 12-year history, organizers have to break through the ice in preparation for Saturday’s Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake.
Be a fan of brrr-avery at noon this Saturday, Feb. 28 and join more than 500 people who have signed up for the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake. As the Breese Journal went to press on Wednesday morning, organizers from Special Olympics Illinois were working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake to determine the best way to break through the five inches of ice at the lake’s Dam West Recreation Area.
“This year will most likely be the first time EVER that we have to cut a hole in the ice to plunge,” said Chris Freimann, director of Area 12 for Special Olympics Illinois.
Last year, at this time, there was a sheet of ice at the plunge site that was several inches thick. Organizers had considered erecting large inflatable swimming pools for the plunge; however, heavy rain and warmer temperatures did the trick and the lake water was flowing by the morning of the event.
On hand this year to promote the Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake will be radio personalities Mason & Remy from iHeart Media.
Veterinary Services Ltd. in Breese is under new ownership. After practicing with Dr. William Greenwald since 2012, Dr. Emily Wood has purchased the practice from Dr. Greenwald. Dr. Wood graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 2002. After practicing for 3 years in Kansas, she moved to Carbondale where she practiced at a small animal hospital for 3 years. She then took a 3-½ year break from veterinary medicine to care for her children.
Presently, Dr. Wood, her husband Eric and their two children, Nora and Sophia, reside in Okawville along with Champ, a Boston terrier and Shelby, a beagle.
Veterinary Services Ltd. is a full-service small animal hospital, providing preventive, medical, surgical and dental care. They feature in-house laboratory equipment, radiology and anesthetic monitoring equipment.
Dr. Wood has special interests in surgery, internal medicine and behavioral medicine. She strongly believes in preventive care to prolong pets’ lives.
Veterinary Services Ltd. has served the veterinary needs of Breese and the surrounding area for over 50 years. The business was established in 1960 as a general veterinarian practice by Raymond Husmann, DVM, and Byford Wood, DVM (no relation to Dr. Emily Wood). As Clinton County saw a decline in its dairy farm agricultural base, the public need for veterinary service changed from general practice with an emphasis on dairy cattle to a full-service small animal hospital.
Dr. Emily Wood and the staff of Veterinary Services look forward to continuing this service for many years to come.
Freezing temperatures and icy roads did little to dampen the enthusiasm at Jodie’s Daycare during their open house and ribbon cutting on Saturday, Feb. 21. The new daycare center is located at 5940 Red Bud Dr. in Albers, next to The Home Nursery just outside of Damiansville. Jodie’s Daycare is owned by Jodie and Marshall Lucas of Albers. The couple has two children, Hayley and Conner.
Jodie operated a home daycare center for four years, but soon discovered she was outgrowing the space. She said it was a big decision to move from home daycare to daycare center.
“I loved the children I cared for and I certainly loved the fact that I could stay home with our son Conner,” explained Jodie. Their daughter Hayley is a second-grader at Albers Elementary, and Conner will be 2 on Feb. 28.
“But there was a part of me that wanted more, and we were certainly utilizing a large majority of space in our house just for the daycare. We had to make a decision to either cut down on the number of children I baby-sat or expand into a center,” she said. “It’s been a lot of work, a lot more than I ever anticipated, but it’s been worth it.”
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