News Briefs

Rummage and bake sale
    St. Augustine Parish in Breese is holding its annual rummage and bake sale on Thursday, June 6; Friday, June 7 (1/2 price add day); and Saturday, June 8 ($3 brown bag all day). The bake sale will be on June 6 and 7 and lunch and sodas will be available. 
    Donated items may be dropped off at the parish center from May 27 to June 2.

Annual chicken dinner
    The 50th annual buffet style chicken dinner will be held Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Gertrude Church in Grantfork. Offerings include dressing and homemade pie. There will also be a quilt raffle and the country store will be open for visits.
    Admission is $5 for children (K - age 10) and $11 for adults. For carry-outs call 675-3384.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s
    Pedaling for Parkinson’s is planned for Saturday, June 8, at Aviston. Proceeds will benefit American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), Greater St. Louis Chapter.
    Registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. at Aviston Vintage Hall. Helmets are required.
    Lunch will be available at the Street Party beginning at noon.
    Routes are up to 5-mile family ride, 10 miles or 25 miles.
    Cost is $30 and includes the ride and T-shirt; $35 if received after May 1.
    Submit your check (payable to ACIC), along with your name, street address, city, state, ZIP, email address, telephone number and T-shirt size to: Lynn Huegen, 499 W. Third St., Aviston, IL 62216, or drop it off at Aviston Village Hall. 

GHS meeting May 23
    Germantown Historical Society will hold their annual meeting Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. in the Germantown Legion Hall basement.  Photos of school students and historical buildings, religious items (some in German) will be among the many items that will be on display.   

Kickball tourney June 8
    The 11th Annual Brody  Kick’n 4 Kidz kickball tournament is Saturday, June 8, at the OCYA Ballpark in Okawville. 
    The entry fee is $100 per team. Each team may not have more men than women, and no more than eight players on the field at one time.
    First place will receive $300, second - $150, third - $100, fourth - $50, and fifth/sixth - $25.
    Team entries must be received by June 1; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Dan or Kristen Miller at (618) 363-2471.
    Food and beverages will be sold (no carry-ins allowed) throughout the day. The event also will have a DJ, silent auction, raffle and bounce houses.
    Proceeds will be given to:
    • A 4-year-old boy from O’Fallon who is friends of the Miller family. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Ganglio-neuroblastoma in 2018 and had a bone marrow transplant in March.
    • RaeAnne Toennies of Germantown, 14-year-old daughter of Adam  Toennies and Nikki Toennies. In late December, Rae was diagnosed with staphylococcal pneumonia, a bacterial infection, and continues to recover from the effects of the infection.

Fraud and Crime Prevention June 13
    Carlyle Chief of Police Mark Pingsterhaus will take part in a Fraud and Crime Prevention program at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in the Maddux Room.    
    The public is welcome to attend the free program and learn from professionals how to protect themselves, their children and the elderly from financial and identity abuse.

Bike Safety Day this Saturday in Breese
    Breese Police Department, in conjunction with Breese Optimist Club will provide a Bicycle Safety Course this Saturday, May 25 at the Breese Police Station. 
    Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the course begins at 10 a.m. The course is free and open to children in preschool through eighth grade.
    Don’t forget to bring your bike and enter the drawing for a new one!

Clinton County Connection
    Thank you to everyone who came to the last Clinton County Connection meeting!   
    Mark your calendars for the next monthly meeting to be held Tuesday, June 11 from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at Turf Bar & Banquet in Breese. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month.
    We are always looking for speakers so if you know of someone please have them contact us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on  Facebook.

St. Anthony’s Parish Picnic
    St. Anthony’s Church in Beckemeyer will hold their annual picnic on Saturday, June 29. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. in the hall regardless of weather. Chicken and mostaccioli with homemade dressing will be available.
    Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m., and the Quilt Bingo starts at approximately 7 p.m.
    Kids stands, bounce houses,  penny raffle, cake wheel, basket stand, refreshments, food and much more will also be available.

Wesclin Golf Scramble
    The Wesclin High School golf team benefit golf scramble will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle.  Cost for the 4-person scramble is $65 per player and includes golf, lunch, soft drinks and water. Sponsors and businesses can help support the golf team with a $100 hole sponsorship.
    To register a team or for additional information call Mark Wessel (618-972-2028) or Zach Peters (618-691-8736).

St. Rose Development Club kickball, bocce ball and tractor and truck pull - CANCELLED
    Due to the weather and standing water at St. Rose Park, the St. Rose Development Club’s Kickball, Bocce Ball, and Tractor & Truck Pull activities are cancelled this Sunday, May 26.

Pops concert June 1
    The Heartland Community Chorus announces its annual “Pops” concert: “Pops with Friends.” The concert will feature popular standards like “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and “You Raise Me Up,” and livelier pieces such as “Stand by Me” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
    Individual members of the chorus will shine in solos and ensembles, and the entire group will dazzle with its fine musicianship.
    One performance only — Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. at Highland Elementary School in Highland. Tickets are $15 per person, with free admission for youth age 16 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at FCB Bank, Highland, from a chorus member, or at the door.

CC Historical Society book sale/open house
    The Clinton County Historical Society is continuing its book sale during its open house on Saturday, June 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at its museum in Carlyle. There are plenty of new and gently used books available including history books, biographies, novels, cookbooks, self-help and inspirational books, and children’s copies.
    After shopping, spend the afternoon exploring Judge Sidney Breese’s historical home. Articles on display include vintage wedding dresses, furniture, kitchen items and appliances, toys, military items, historical books, postcards, photos, genealogy files, and the judge’s bench from the original Clinton County Courthouse.
    Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Pinta and Nina at Grafton
    On Friday, May 31, the Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, will open in Grafton. The ships will be moored at The Loading Dock, 401 Front Street until their departure early Monday morning, June 10.
    The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”
    The Pinta, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the 15th century.
    Both ships tour together as a “sailing museum” for the purpose of educating the public and schoolchildren on the “caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.
    While in port, the public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission is $8.50 for adults; $7.50 for seniors; $6.50 for students age 5-16; and children age 4 and younger are admitted free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.
    Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is a minimum of 15 participants; $5 per person; and no maximum amount.
    Visit the website www.nina 

Breese Historical Society to meet May 29
    The Breese Historical Society monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at Breese Activity Center. All members and guests are welcome to attend and bring ideas and suggestions.
    “Remember When” will follow the business meeting. This is a very informative and interesting session where everyone is free to offer any story, activity or what it might have been like in years past.
    For additional information contact R. Joseph Richter, president, at (618) 420-4873 or (618) 526-7048.

Kickball tournament
    In conjunction with the Relay For Life of Clinton County’s Relaypalooza event, Bailey’s Bunch team is hosting a kickball tournament beginning at noon on Saturday, June 8, at Breese Northside Park.
    Entry fee is $100 per team with each team required to have at least eight members (must have equal or more women than men). First place will be awarded $250, second place $100, and third place $50.
    To sign up a team,  call or text Jordan at (618) 971-9520. All proceeds benefit  Relay For Life of Clinton County. 

Bags tournament
    Relay For Life of Clinton County is hosting a bags tournament in conjunction with their Relaypalooza event on Saturday, June 8, at Breese Northside Park. The tournament begins at 3 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. registration.
    Entry fee is $30 per team for each two-player team. First place will be awarded $200, second place $70, and third place $30.
    The tournament will follow ACA Official Game Rules. To sign up a team, call or text Laura at (618) 304-5278.
    All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Clinton County. 

    Doc Reitz “Bang-O-licious” will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston.
    Reitz will play from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday Funday at The Blue Room in New Minden.

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