In the spirit of St. Francis, the Reverence for the Earth committee at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese is collecting unwanted holiday lights through Friday, Jan. 6.
Collection tubs are in the hospital's front lobby and Physician Office Building atrium, and in the HealthPlex lobby. Lights may be left on the strings, but they should be removed from any cardboard or plastic packaging and dropped loose — not in a box or bag — into the collection bins.
"Tons of holiday lights are discarded each year. Many curbside single-stream recycling programs cannot accept holiday lights," said committee chairperson Carl Kuhl. "We want to do our part to keep this recyclable product out of our landfills."
Waste Management is the recycling company that serves various communities in Clinton County including Breese. According to their website campaign, http://recycleof tenrecycleright.com/myths/, "Garden hose, rope, leashes, wire, holiday lights and string should never go in the recycle bin. These wrap around equipment and shut down entire recycling centers!"
In 2015, the hospital collected more than 1,000 pounds of holiday lights for recycling. This project is one small step toward a "greener" Christmas season.
’Tis the season to celebrate everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals as they rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Clinton County Showcase will present “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for six performances opening this Friday night, Dec. 2 at the historic Avon Theater in downtown Breese.
This is the tale of everyone’s favorite lovable loser, Charlie Brown. The story unfolds in the weeks leading up to Christmas where Charlie Brown is found seeking answers to the age-old question “What is Christmas about?”
His best pal — and blanket wielding philosopher — Linus helps Charlie Brown realize the true meaning of Christmas through his timeless telling of the Christmas story.
Show dates are Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11 with a 2 p.m. matinee.
In addition to “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the audience will be treated to two other Peanuts gang classics. Act One will be “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Act Two will feature “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” with the Christmas show as Act Three.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Clinton County Showcase at (618) 526-2866 (recorder in operation two weeks before each show). Please leave a message with the following information: your name/date of performance/number of tickets/telephone number. General admission tickets will be sold on the night of the performance at the box office.
Prices: general admission $12; students, seniors and active military $10. You can also go online and chose the seats you want at http://ccshowcase.com/tickets/.
Halloween cast members are: Charlie Brown - Hunter Wittenborn, Snoopy - Kaleigh Voegeli, Lucy - Hollyn Diamond, Linus - Robbie Klostermann, Schroeder - Landen Wittenborn, Pig Pen - Xander Voss, Frieda - Kenzee Wittenborn, Marcie - Gracie Powers, Peppermint Patty - Haley Haas, Sally - Kali Kuhl and Woodstock - Cooper Powers.
Thanksgiving cast members are: Charlie Brown - Spencer Powers, Snoopy - Serena Voss, Lucy - Brandi Hanson, Linus - Cameron Kretschmer, Schroeder - Landen Wittenborn, Marcie - Mackenzie Ebmeyer, Peppermint Patty - Alayna Lepore, Sally - Madison Ratermann and Woodstock - Izabella Wittenborn
Christmas cast members are: Charlie Brown - Tyler Woods, Snoopy - Laurie Klostermann, Lucy - Lisa Bowman, Linus - Steve Klostermann, Schroeder - Mike Klostermann, Pig Pen - Ken Voegeli, Frieda - Jennifer Morence, Marcie - Valerie Tebbe, Peppermint Patty - Patty Deutschmann, Sally - Saralyn Voltz, Woodstock - Sophia Sanders and Shermy - Brayden Wittenborn.
Crew members are: director - Paul Klostermann, choreography - Jill Klostermann, pit band - Anna Klostermann, Andrea Henze and Paul Klostermann, and tech crew - Sean Thomas and the Niemeyer brothers.
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