News Briefs

Car Show Thursday at Trenton Village
    All are invited to Trenton Village (980 E. Broadway) this Thursday, Sept. 14 for a Car Show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    The show is being hosted by Misfit Motorsports of Pocahontas and Carl’s 4-Wheel Drive of Bartelso with music by Johnny Cash impersonator “The Man in Black and the Ghost Riders Band.”

Breese Optimist Fall Fest set for Sept. 30
    Save the date! The Breese Optimist Fall Fest will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at Northside Park. 
    The event includes a chili cook-off, home brew contest, touch-a-truck, a craft and vendor fair, bounce houses, a petting zoo, live music and more. 
    Organizers are still accepting chili cook-off teams with $2,000 in prizes and a top prize of $500!
    Visit optimist or contact breeseopti This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Blood drive Sept. 14 at Carlyle Lake
    The American Red Cross, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center.
    The American 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 United States 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 will reward participants 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 campground.
    Donors who would like to schedule an appointment can visit and enter sponsor code: CarlyleLake.
    For more information about this and other events at Carlyle Lake, call (618) 594-2484 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Healing service
    A healing service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at the main church of The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville.
    All seeking healing, regardless of religious persuasion, are welcome.
    For information call 277-0416.

Clinton Co. Health Fair
    Western Clinton County Senior Services (519 N. Main Street in Trenton) is hosting a health fair on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
   Lunch will be served at noon and is open to the public.
    Please RSVP to (618) 224-9913. Cost is $5 for anyone age 60 or older, and $6 for those age 59 and younger.
    Lunch proceeds benefit the Senior Center.
    There will be 15 health care providers along with attendance prizes and games.

Blood drive Sept. 18
    A blood drive will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Breese, sponsored by Schuette’s Markets.
    To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-747-5401.
    Blood donations are for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, the provider of blood products to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
    More blood is needed due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Shooting match
    The Breese Rod & Gun Club annual shooting match begins at noon on Sunday, Oct. 1. It will be held at the scenic club grounds northeast of Breese along Rod & Gun Road (follow North Walnut Street north of Breese and make a right at Rod & Gun Road). 
    There will be still targets and trap shooting. 
    A drawing will be held around 4 p.m. There will be good food and cold drinks available.

Pork sausage dinner
    The Aviston American Legion invites you to their all you can eat fall pork sausage and roast beef dinner on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Dine in or carryout.   In addition to the meats, it includes sauerkraut and backbones, potatoes, vegetables, homemade pies and cakes, and beverages.

Highland DU banquet
    The Highland Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will  hold its 34th annual fundraising dinner this Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland; doors open at 5:30  p.m.  There will be raffles, live and silent auctions, and a buffet meal. Call D.U. chairman Randy Ammann at (618) 654-5711 for more information.

Kickin’ Out Cancer
    The Central Cougars and Carlyle Indians boys soccer teams are teaming up to help fight children’s cancer by playing a Kickin’ Out Cancer game on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Central High School  in Breese. All proceeds and gifts will be donated to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
    They are also selling T-shirts, long sleeve shirts and hoodies until Monday, Sept. 18. For more information contact a soccer player from either team or Iantha Kruep at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (618) 526-2541.
    They are also asking for donations of a new toy for admission to the game.  Following is a list of suggested items the hospital would like:
    Action figures, baby dolls, Barbies, birthday decorations, books, bouncy seats, cars, crayons, dinosaurs, DVDs – new releases (no rated “R” please), Fisher Price medical play kits, fleece blankets, fun socks, fuzzy posters, gift cards (Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Game Stop), glitter glue, hair bows, headbands, flower clips, hand-held electronics, hand-mold kits, Hot Wheels, infant clothes, journals, latex-free Band-Aids, makeup for teens, male body spray, manicure kits, markers, mobiles, model cars, My Little Pony, nail polish, Nerf basketball hoop (for doors), paint pens, plastic tea sets, Play-Doh kits, play mats, puzzles, rattles and links, remote control cars, Slumber Buddies, sound machine/sound spas, stickers, St. Louis Cardinals apparel, teen activity kits, teen jewelry, toddler toys – Little People, music toys, light-up toys,  tractors, trains, train tracks/racetracks, trucks, underwear (toddler – teen sizes), XBOX 360/PlayStation 3 games.
    See you at Central on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m.           

Rosary Rally 2017
    You are invited to Rosary Rally 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon at St. Augustine grotto in Breese as they join in prayer with many all over the world as they participate in the 100th year anniversary of the Rosary Rally.  For more information call Phyllis Berndsen at 526-4330. 

Cancer Mass
    St. Anthony of Padua Church in Beckemeyer will host the North Central Vicariate Cancer Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Confessions will be available prior to Mass; anointing of the sick will be offered during the Mass. Join them as they pray for those who suffer with cancer, for those who care for them and for a cure. All are welcome to attend.

Boy Scout rally
    Calling all boys in kindergarten through fifth grade from Breese, Beckemeyer and St. Rose. Join them for a night of free fun and activities with the Breese Boy Scouts at their annual sign up and rally on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Breese JC Park.  New Scout registration is $5.  For more information, check out the Greater St. Louis Council Scout website at or call Darlene Menietti at 526-2480.

CCHS meeting, movie night
    The Clinton County Historical Society will show the film “Meet Me In St. Louis” on Friday, Sept. 15, at its museum.
    This 1944 classic romantic musical comedy focuses on four sisters living in 1903, the year before the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Starring Judy Garland, this favorite movie of many earned several Academy Awards and nominations.
    Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction before the film and during intermission. All ages are welcome. Popcorn is provided, but please bring your own beverage. Admission is free.

American Red Cross September blood drives
    The American Red Cross has announced blood drives scheduled for September in Clinton County.
    Sept. 14: Carlyle Lake Visitors Center blood drive, sponsored by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, noon-6 p.m. on the Bloodmobile; all presenting donors will receive a coupon for one free night of camping.
    Sept. 18: New Baden community blood drive, 2-6 p.m. at the Civic Center.
    Sept. 19: Beckemeyer community blood drive, 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Beckemeyer.
    Sept. 28: Carlyle community blood drive, sponsored by Carlyle Junior High School, 3-7 p.m. in the junior high cafeteria; any student who recruits a donor will receive a gift from the Red Cross.

Fall quilt bingo
    A fall quilt bingo will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 at St. Cecilia Parish Center in Bartelso at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30. Quilts, cash awards for ties, attendance prizes, refreshments, paper cards only. Sponsored by the Ladies Sodality.

Trivia Riot at District 12
     Bobcat Band/Chorus Trivia Night:  It’s “Trivia Riot!”  There will be trivia questions with video, audio/clips and more.  The Riot is the DJ who comes equipped with his own set of fun and questions. 
    The event will be this Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Breese District #12 campus big gymnasium and band room starting at 7 p.m.,  doors open at 6:30 p.m. 
    There will be two rooms of trivia going on simultaneously.  One room will be for adult trivia, the other room will be student trivia for grades 5-8. 
    An adult team can consist of 8 to 10 members.  Entry fee is $100 per team. A student team (grades 5-8) can consist of 4 to 5 members.  This entry fee is $10 per player. 
    In the adult trivia room, cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place. In the student trivia room prizes and gift certificates will be awarded appropriately to first, second and third place. 
    Light snacks and food will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. Carry in snacks are welcome. No alcohol or coolers. 
    Additional 50/50, heads/tails, birthday game, etc. will take place in the adult trivia room to benefit the music program.  Heads/tails and birthday game will be played in the student room as well. 
    All team registrations should be called in to 526-7128, ext. 101; give your team name or contact person and phone number. 

Breakfast at Albers
    A breakfast will be held at the American Legion in Albers this Sunday, Sept. 17 from 8 to 11:30 a.m., serving pancakes, sausage and/or ham with eggs and potatoes.

Uncork the Holidays
     Clinton County HCE presents “Uncork the Holidays” at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Carlyle on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., program at 7. This event includes a program on wine pairing and how to make sangria. Local vendors will display and sell their products, limited to only local wines, food and kitchen related items. 
    Also available for purchase are tickets for wine sampling, a raffle and penny raffle. Advance tickets are $5 for HCE members, $8 for nonmembers. Tickets at the door are $10. Send check to Diane Sinclair, 1051 Monroe, Carlyle, IL 62231. Your ticket will be held at the door. 

3-D bow shoot Sept. 17
    A 3-D bow shoot will be held at Trenton Sportsman’s Club, 14919 Sportsman’s Road, Trenton, this Sunday, Sept. 17 from 7 a.m. to noon.  For  more information visit www.trenton or visit them on Facebook. 

Omelet breakfast
    St John’s United Church of Christ in Breese will have an omelet breakfast this Sunday, Sept. 17 starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at noon featuring omelets made with ingredients of your choice, pancakes, sausage, bacon and drinks.  Adults $8, children 5-11 $4 and children 4 and under eat free.   More information is available by calling the church office at 526-4319.

White Elephant Sale
    St. John’s United Church of Christ in Breese will once again hold its White Elephant Sale in October.
    Household, furniture, garden, linen and other items (except clothing) are being collected at this time.
    If you have items you would like to donate call 526-4319 or 228-9025 for pickup or to arrange delivery to the church.

MVRBC blood drives
    Upcoming local Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) blood drives are:
    Friday, Sept. 15, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, gymnasium, 400 N. Pleasant Ave., Centralia, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Monday, Sept. 18, American Legion, 575 N. Main, Breese, 3 to 7 p.m.
    Thoughts on donating … There are many misconceptions about who is eligible and what the criteria are for donating. The best response to questions about eligibility is: call! If you’d like to donate, but don’t think you’re eligible, call! MVRBC is happy to answer any questions you have. Even if you think you know the answer, call and ask. Many rules have changed over time, and sometimes, simply with the passage of time, the answer changes. For example, certain cancers had a 10 year deferral period. Now, except for leukemia and lymphoma (which are permanent deferrals), after one year from the end of treatment, if the donor is symptom free, he/she is eligible. (Did you know that?)

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