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Fall Fest Sept. 29
    Save the date! The Breese Optimist Fall Fest is Saturday, Sept. 29, at North Side Park in Breese.
    The event will include a chili cook-off, home brew contest, craft fair, touch-a-truck, bounce houses, petting zoo, live music and more.
    The organization is still accepting teams for the chili cook-off. There will be $2,000 in prizes with a top prize of $500.
    For more information go to or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

D.A.R.E. Jeep ride
    The Albers Police Department will host a Jeep Fun Run (open to all other vehicles) on   Saturday, Sept. 15. Funds raised benefit the Albers Elementary School D.A.R.E. program educating youth on the harmful effects of drugs, violence and the prevention of bullying.
    There will be designated stops along route with a random colored chip drawn by each card holder at each location. Each colored chip will have a value.  Score card will be tallied at the end of the run.  Top 10 scores receive cash prizes.
    Start of run / registration open 7 to 10 a.m. at Robertson Auto Body in Albers.  End of run at American Legion in Albers. $10 per score card. Score cards must be turned in by 6:30 p.m. to be eligible for prizes.
    Raffle drawings, attendance prizes, 50/50 drawing,  food and drinks available at the end of the ride. Custom run decals available from Robertson Auto Body.
    Preregister by Aug. 14 and receive a free T-shirt with every four score cards purchased. 
    Preregister by Aug. 14 for entry in bonus drawing for a golf package getaway for two at French Lick Resort and two passes to Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park in French Lick, Indiana.
    Preregistration and donation/payment for T-shirts must be delivered to Albers Village Hall or Robertson Auto Body by 4 p.m. on Aug. 14.
     Pre-event T-shirt sales $12 each (by Aug. 14), day of event $15 each.
    Preregistration  forms available at Albers Village Hall, Robertson Auto Body or on Facebook at 
    Drivers/vehicle owner must be 18 years of age or older.

Blood drive Aug. 7 at Memorial Hospital East
    The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Memorial Hospital East Community Room at Shiloh.
    You must be 16 years of age or older to donate; feeling healthy and well the day of the blood drive; and a photo ID is required. Lunch is provided to all donors.
    Appointments are recommended but not required.
    To make an appointment visit and enter sponsor code MemorialBelleville or call 1-800-REDCROS (733-2767).

Babysitting class
    Memorial Hospital will hold a Babysitting 101 class on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Memorial’s Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center, Community Conference Room, 4700 Memorial Drive in Belleville.
    This is a great introduction to the basics of babysitting. The class, conducted by an instructor from Children’s Hospital, will cover the business of babysitting, child development, safety/first aid, fun and games.
    There is no specific age requirement; any child considering babysitting may attend. A 28-page workbook and light snack will be provided.
    The cost of this program is $30 and registration is required. To register or for more information call (314) 454-KIDS (5437) or 800-678-KIDS (5437), then press 3.

Book Bazaar donations
    Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is accepting donations through Oct. 30 for its annual Book Bazaar in the Auxiliary Warehouse, located behind Medical Office Center - Two on the campus of Memorial Hospital Belleville on Tuesdays as well as the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8 to 11 a.m. There is a large “Book” sign located above the door.
    Books, DVDs, CDs, records, audiobooks, magazines, cookbooks, yearbooks, games and puzzles are all accepted. 
    For more information, call Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at (618) 257-5545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Department expanding lab hours
    The Clinton County Health Department is expanding laboratory hours to include Mondays. Services will be provided Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 8 a.m., and Fridays beginning at 6:30 a.m. Visit to check out prices on common lab services. For additional lab prices, call (618) 594-2723,   ext. 320.

QF membership banquet
    Quail Forever North Egyptian Illinois Chapter 3263 inaugural membership banquet is this Saturday, July 21 at 5 p.m. at A Fair Barn event venue in Salem.
    Tickets: Single $25 (includes meal and beverage); couples $45; age 20 and under $10. Annual membership may be purchased for $35.
    Raffles, silent and live auctions. Sponsorship packages available. For information call (618) 267-6286, (618) 407-5903 or (618) 267-6215.

Church picnic Aug. 4
    St. Anthony Catholic Church will hold their annual picnic and chicken dinner at the parish grounds in Lively Grove (on Route 153, four miles south of Route 15) on Saturday, Aug. 4. Serving for the chicken dinner begins at 4 p.m. and continues until 8. A quilt and cash bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. and other picnic attractions are also available. Polka Mass at 5 p.m.; evening music by Polka Connection.

MVRBC blood drives
    Why donate blood?
    During the school year, students may donate just to get out of class.
    Some donors are motivated by the “juice and cookies” given after the donation.  
    Some people donate because they think it’s the right thing to do.
    Regardless of why people donate, recipients (hospital patients) don’t really care! All they really care about is that someone took the time to donate, and that the blood they need, was there when it was needed.
    Let’s make sure it’s there when the next patient needs it. Donate today.
    Area blood drives include:
    Friday, July 20: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, auditorium, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Monday, July 23: Deien Chevrolet, Trenton, 3 to 6 p.m.
    Thursday, Aug. 2: Jim’s Formal Wear, Trenton, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Wednesday, Aug. 8: St. Joseph’s Hospital Conference/Training Rooms, Highland, 2 to 6 p.m.
    Monday, Aug. 20: American Legion, Breese, 3 to 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, Aug. 28: Kaskaskia College LLC Building, Centralia, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Wednesday, Aug. 29: Kaskaskia College LLC Building, Centralia, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Friday, Aug. 31: HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Heritage Room, Breese, noon to 4:30 p.m.

Yard sale July 20
    The activities department at Aviston Countryside Manor will hold a yard sale on Friday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds for activities for the residents. They would like to purchase a new stereo complete with record player, CD, cassette and Bluetooth. Donated items for the sale will be accepted in the activity room no earlier than July 17. Everyone is welcome to come and shop. 

New flagpole to be dedicated at Mater Dei 
    After approximately 60 years, Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese has a new flagpole. The new beautifully landscaped flagpole will be dedicated on Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m. via a solemn ceremony to include full military honors to honor all veterans that ever attended Mater Dei, past, present and future, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 
    This invitation is extended to the general public, all Mater Dei alumni and especially all veterans. 

Blood drive in Trenton
    Deien Chevrolet will host a blood drive with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center next Monday, July 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a voucher from MVRBC to redeem a $5 gift card to Amazon or Subway. 
    The drive will be held on MVRBC’s donor bus at the dealership, located at 555 North Madison, Trenton. 
    To schedule an appointment, email Cody Stein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit and use sponsor code 10856. MVRBC recommends that all donors eat and hydrate well before donating. Those who have donated blood since May 28, 2018 are not eligible to donate.

Poker run
    Greg’s Gang annual poker run to benefit Clinton County Relay For Life is Sunday, July 29, beginning at R Bar in St. Rose. Sign up from noon to 1 p.m. Run starts at 1. 
    Food and prizes at the end of the run. Prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. $10 per person, $5 for extra hands. 50/50 drawing.

Josh Toennies Memorial Golf Tournamentto benefit JBF
    Morning golf slots are still open for the Josh Toennies Memorial Golf Tournament set for Saturday, July 28 at Bent Oak Golf Course in Breese.
    Entry fee for a four-man team  is $400 which includes golf, cart, prizes, shirts, on-course contests, dinner after golf and a hole sponsorship sign. Shotgun start is at 7 a.m.
    To enter a team, sign up for a hole sponsorship for $100 or donate a basket for the silent auction, call Stan Toennies at 618-210-9790, Al Toennies at 618-210-9089 or Candi Toennies at 618-201-1672. 

Farm Heritage Days July 27-29 in Greenville
    The American Farm Heritage Museum’s Farm Heritage Days Show will take place at the museum site in Greenville on July 27-29. 
    This year’s featured tractors are J. I. Case and Sheppard Diesel, but all makes are welcome.   The annual four corners tractorcade will leave from St. Rose Park on Friday morning, July 27, at 10 a.m., and meet with tractors from other directions at the museum grounds around noon. 
    During the weekend, there will also be running demonstrations of the Fairbanks/Morse Diesel engine relocated from the Bartelso Sante Fe Levee District. 
    For information, call Darrell Strieker (618) 228-7464.

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