- Written by: Kelly Jo Ross - Breese Journal Reporter
When Cheryl Kampwerth of Breese came up with an idea last summer about pet services for weddings, it was something she wasn't really sure of.
She needed something to do. After retiring from working at Scott Air Force Base and taking care of her ailing mother, she needed something to do to pass the time.
Since the Kampwerth's love their furbabies so much, Cheryl saw an opportunity and thought to start a pet service for weddings. Especially since her daughter, Bailey, had their dogs available for photographers at her wedding in 2019.
Cheryl asked her husband, Dan, what he thought about the pet services.
"That is the dumbest idea I ever heard," Dan had said at the time. "Nobody is going to have someone pay to bring dogs to a wedding when they have family."
Now, Dan is eating his words, Cheryl laughed. "He now says, 'I take it back.'"
Furever There, LLC provides services so your pets can be part of your big day, without the stress. The company started last May, and since then, they had 10 weddings booked last year, that many booked this year and more to come.
Cheryl and Bailey are no strangers to pets — they both have volunteered for the Clinton County Humane Society. They both have rescue pets, whom they love very much.
After reaching out via social media to see if there was a need for wedding day pet services, the mother-daughter duo started working together to get the business up and running, including a name, Facebook page, and insurance.
- Written by: Bryan Hunt - Breese Journal Editor
Carlyle City Administrator Joel Laws and Parks Director Ricky Huge led a Jan. 5 informal meeting on what's needed to build a new city pool.
The presentation, held at Case-Halstead Public Library's Maddux Room, also aimed at forming two volunteer subcommittees, for a capital campaign and a sales tax referendum.
Participants were also tasked with coming up with a slogan for the referendum.
Burbach Aquatics Inc. of Platteville, Wisconsin, has been tabbed to develop the city's vision for a new pool.
Construction cost is estimated at $4,300,500 and a line item available at the meeting featured costs as low as $15,000 for a public address system to as high as $343,000 for design fees, permits, soil borings, site surveys and reimbursables.
Laws briefly referred to the city's parks and recreation master plan, created in 2019 with volunteers throughout the community.
The plan generated needed data and analysis for the city's parks system and included a survey of needs for that system.
The plan also laid the groundwork for future projects, like a new pool.
Approximately 250 people attended the 16th annual Black Tie and Talent Show on Jan. 8 to see $15,000 in scholarships awarded to Clinton County youth.
The event is sponsored by the Aviston Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1239 and hosted by Hidden Lake Winery.
The program has awarded over $163,250.00 in scholarships to Clinton County youth since its inception.
Last year's program was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event co-chairman Jim Kues spoke about the community service efforts of the county's youth and the values of shopping locally.
He said this program’s main funding is from small businesses in Clinton County.
SAL members Kues and co-chairman Craig Timmermann thanked everyone for attending.
Kues thanked the judges from the Aviston American Legion down-select contest, the SAL wives for decorating the winery's Champagne Hall, and the SAL members for the food and decorating and the winery staff for their accommodations. He thanked winery owners Steve and Angela Gorazd for their donations to the program. Steve Gorazd spoke about the Josh Melton Memorial Statue at the winery and the fundraising efforts to rebuild the statue.
SAL Commander Greg Riechman spoke about the SAL as an organization and its scholarship program.
The event judges were Dr. Robert Hart Baker of Belleville, Kathy Barkau of Okawville and Connie Kuhn of Okawville, who all have backgrounds in music, theater and pageants.
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