News Briefs

4-H egg hunt

  •     The Clinton County 4-H Federation will host an egg hunt this Sunday, March 25 at 1 p.m. at North Side Park in Breese. Open to any youth ages 10 and under. Live animals to pet.

District 12 dinner auction

  •     Margaritaville, the annual District 12 dinner auction benefiting the Sports Boosters and PTC, will be held Saturday, April 28 at Buxton’s in Beckemeyer, with a $5,000 grand prize. Happy hour 5 to 6 p.m., dinner 6 to 7:30, reverse drawing starts at 7 p.m. Live and silent auctions.  To purchase tickets call 526-2978. $25 reverse drawing: does not include admission; $50 reverse drawing: reverse drawing, admission 1 adult, dinner and happy hour; $75 reverse drawing: reverse drawing, admission 2 adults, dinner and happy hour.

MVRBC blood drives

    Upcoming Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) blood drives:

    •     Wednesday, April 11, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland, conference/training rooms, 2-6 p.m.
    •     Monday, April 16, American Legion, Breese, 3-7 p.m.
    •     Thursday, April 19, Lebanon Lions Club, East Dee Street in Lebanon, 3-6:30 p.m.

St. Damian Wurstmark

  •     St. Damian Holy Name will host their annual Wurstmarkt this Sunday, March 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the St. Damian Parish gymnasium in Damiansville (Exit 34 off I-64). Adults $10, children (ages 6-10) $4, children under 6 eat free. Dine in or carryout. Meat sales, raffle.

Adult Easter egg hunt

  •     The Trenton Sportsman’s Cub will hold an adult Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24.  $20 per person,  price includes sandwich/chips and participation in egg hunt. Food served beginning at 6:30 p.m., egg hunt begins at 8. Prizes will be awarded. BYOB/drinks, must be 21 or older to participate. Tickets on sale on Trenton Sportsman’s Club Facebook page or website,

St. John’s Easter Bake Sale March 31

  •     No time to bake for Easter?   Let St. John’s Women of Faith in Breese do it for you.
  •     A Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon in the church hall.
  •     A wide variety of baked items will be available.   More information is available by calling 526-4319.

Free screening clinics for children, birth to age 5

  •     A free screening clinic for children from birth to age 5 is being offered by several Clinton County school districts and early intervention providers.

    The clinics will be held:

      •     March 22: Germantown Elementary, 1-7 p.m., 523-4253
      •     March 26: Carlyle Grade School, 1-7 p.m., 594-3766
      •     March 27: Carlyle Grade School, 9 a.m.-noon, 594-3766
      •     April 3: Centralia Field School, 1-7 p.m., 533-7122
      •     April 4: Centralia Field School: 9-11 a.m., 533-7122
      •     April 6: Centralia BCMW, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 532-4890
      •     April 10: Breese Elementary, noon-7 p.m., 526-7128
      •     April 11: Breese Elementary, noon-7 p.m., 526-7128
      •     April 12: Breese Elementary, 8 a.m.-noon, 526-7128
      •     April 24: Albers Elementary, 1-7 p.m.; 248-5146
      •     April 25: Aviston Elementary, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 228-7245
      •     April 26: Aviston Elementary, 9 a.m.-noon, 228-7245
      •     April 26: St. Rose Grade School, 9 a.m.-noon, 526-7484
      •     The clinic includes checks of infant-toddler language development, motor coordination and social skills. Preschool-age children also are screened for pre-academic skills, vision and hearing. The screenings take approximately 30 minutes, and parents are provided with immediate feedback about their children’s performance, as well as information about services for which their children may qualify.
      •     Early intervention, speech/language therapy, prekindergarten, Head Start and Early Childhood special education programs are all available free of charge to eligible children.
      •     Participation in the spring screening clinics is an excellent means to enroll children in school district preschool classes and Head Start for next fall when there may be waiting lists for these programs.
      •     The screening clinics are a cooperative effort between local school districts, Ron Daniels (regional superintendent of schools), Child and Family Connections #22, the Kaskaskia Workshop, CCRC Community Link, BCMW Head Start, Washington County Health Department, and the Kaskaskia Special Education District #801.

Game Night

      •     St. John’s United Church of Christ in Breese will hold a “game night” this Friday, March 23, starting at 7 p.m. in the church hall.  Board games as well as card games will be played.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Blood drive donors to receive free camping

    •     The American Red Cross in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a blood drive on Tuesday, March 27 at the Carlyle Lake Visitors Center from noon to 6 p.m.  
    •     The Red Cross works diligently every day to keep an adequate supply of blood available.  The need for blood is ongoing—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the U.S. a blood transfusion is needed every two seconds.  The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the gift of life to help meet the demand.
    •     The Corps of Engineers fully supports the efforts of Red Cross and will reward those donating blood with a certificate for one night of free camping at Carlyle Lake.  The certificate can be used at any standard, single capacity, non-reservable site at McNair, Boulder, Coles Creek, Dam East or Dam West campgrounds.
    •     For more information, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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