News Briefs

Breese scavenger hunt
    The Breese Scavenger Hunt will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. at Bent Oak Golf Course in Breese.
    Put together a team of four for an exciting night. Your team will solve clues which will lead you to various businesses around town. The first team to make it back to the clubhouse at the end of the night with all of the clues is the winner. Cash prizes for first, second and third place finishes. $10 per person. Sign up your team on Facebook @Breese Scavenger Hunt or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4-H open house
    The Clinton County 4-H program will host an open house at the Clinton County Extension Office at 1163 N. Fourth Street in Breese on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a parent breakout session at 6 p.m.
    You can talk to current members about their 4-H experience, try some fun 4-H activities and sign up for the 2018-2019 4-H  year.
    All new members and second year members in attendance will receive a 4-H T-shirt.
    Let us know you are coming: For more information call (618) 526-4551.

Second sign-up for Breese Scouts
    A second sign-up for the Breese Scouts will be on Monday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Breese Activity Center on S. Fourth Street.  Registration is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through high school.  Cost is $15.  Students are not required to attend.  There will be a “New to Scouting” parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. with the first Pack meeting on Oct. 1. Check out the Pack Facebook Page at Breese Pack 225 for more information.

Trivia night fundraiser
    A trivia night fundraiser to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and  the Love You More Foundation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the American Legion in Aviston. To reserve a table call April at (618) 401-9230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MVRBC blood drives
    Upcoming area Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) blood drives are:
    Friday, Sept. 21: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, 400 N. Pleasant Ave., Centralia, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, Oct. 4: HSHS Holy Family Hospital, 200 Healthcare Drive, Greenville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Wednesday, Oct. 10: St. Joseph’s Hospital, 12866 Troxler Ave., Highland, 2 to 6 p.m.
    Monday, Oct. 15: American Legion, 575 N. Main, Breese, 3 to 7 p.m.
    Friday, Oct. 19: Elementary District 12, 777 Memorial Drive, Breese, 3 to 7 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 27: Masonic Lodge, 721 Ninth Street, Highland, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Monday, Oct. 29: Jim’s Formal Wear, 804 E. Broadway, Trenton, 2 to 5 p.m.

Director sought
    Hard Road Theatre Productions is currently accepting director applications for the 2019-2020 season until Nov. 1. If you have any interest in directing a show with Hard Road, it is strongly suggested you complete the simple online application form found under the “Seeking Directors for 2019-2020” entry on the website ( 
    Even if you don’t want to direct next season, but are interested in directing in the future, fill out the form and let them know. All submissions will be reviewed and vetted. 
    Hard Road Theatre Productions is a nonprofit theatre company committed to providing the Metro-East area with high-quality, live theatre productions. There is no payment or stipend for directors. 

ARC blood drive Oct. 2 at Memorial East, Shiloh
    The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Memorial Hospital East Community Room (second floor) in Shiloh.
    You must be 16 years of age or older to donate; feeling healthy and well the day of the blood drive; and provide a photo ID. 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).

 CLANS to meet Sept. 20
    The Carlyle Lake Area Nature Society (CLANS) will host their quarterly meeting and annual fall potluck on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Olympic Pavilion by the Carlyle Sailing Association at Hazlet State Park north of Carlyle.
    CLANS members and guests are invited to gather at 5 p.m. with a potluck meal at 5:30 p.m. Those attending should bring a dish to share, drinks and serving utensils. Table service will be provided.
    Members generally have scopes set up and anyone interested can meet earlier to bird watch.
    The meeting agenda will include routine reports and plans for future activities.
    For more information, visit the Carlyle Lake Area Nature Society Facebook page or contact president Gail DeVilbis at 322-2108, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Medicare open enrollment
    Open enrollment season to make changes regarding Medicare is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. One of the changes you are able to make is to your Medicare Part D Drug plan.
    You should have received a booklet titled “Annual Notice of Change” from your current prescription drug plan. They are required by law to inform you of changes they will make to your plan for the upcoming year. In that booklet you will find your current plan information and how it is going to change in 2019.
    If you would like assistance in finding the most cost-effective plan that covers your medications, you can call Clinton County Senior Services for an appointment, 594-2321.
    Clinton County Senior Services has two SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) counselors who are available to assist you. SHIP is a free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. SHIP’s mission is to educate, advocate, counsel and empower people to make informed health care benefit decisions.
    We also have information regarding Federal and State programs for lower income clients. “Extra Help” through Social Security can pay the monthly drug plan premium and reduce the cost of your medication at the pharmacy. If your income is below $18,210 ($24,690 for a couple), please call for information about how we may be able to assist you.

BHS to meet Sept. 26
    The Breese Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Breese Activity Building, beginning at 7 p.m. There are several items open for suggestions and discussions that are on the agenda.
    All members and anyone in the community who has an interest in the history of the area are invited to attend. Officers and board members are encouraged to attend the meeting.
    We have several projects planned which need the help of able people besides those who are members. We welcome anyone to come forward and join us in our endeavors.
    Following the meeting we have a “Remember When” segment which is always interesting.
    For additional information about Breese Historical Society call president R. Joe Richter at 420-4873 or 526-7048.
    The October meeting will be held at Eversgerd Fort near Germantown and is open to all. We welcome anyone who might want to join us to a great tour and entertainment and food for this annual adventure. The date and time will be discussed at the Sept. 26 meeting, so plan to attend and present your suggestions. You are all important to us.

Fall quilt bingo
    A fall quilt bingo will be held Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia Parish Center in Bartelso. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Quilts, cash awards for ties, attendance prize, refreshments, paper cards only. Sponsored by Ladies Sodality.

Fall chicken and roast beef dinner Sept. 30
    A fall chicken and roast beef dinner will be held in the St. Dominic parish center at 345 N. Clinton St. in Breese on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fried chicken, roast beef, homemade dressing, homemade pies and desserts. Adults $10, children 6-12 $5, under 6 eat free, carryouts. For delivery call 526-4342 during dinner hours to order your meal.

Girl Scouts to host registration event Sept. 20
    Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership and success.  Whether she’s hiking in the woods, programming a robot or working with city hall to develop a community garden, a Girl Scout can choose from an exciting array of experiences to suit her interests at every age.  Outdoor adventure, STEM exploration, community service, travel, lifelong friendships and positive female role models are just a few of the many opportunities that Girl Scouts has to offer. 
    Girls in grades K-12 and their parents are invited to discover more about Girl Scouting at Girl Scout registration on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Breese Public Library. Contact: Rose Detmer at (618) 660-9894 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
    Adult volunteers and leaders are also needed to assist newly formed girl troops.   
    Volunteer opportunities are diverse, flexible and can be tailored to meet personal availability and interests. The cost to join Girl Scouts is $25 and financial assistance is available for girls and volunteers who qualify. 
    To learn more, visit Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ website, 

Spaghetti dinner
    Bartelso CHFS (Catholic Holy Family Society) will host a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 am. to 2 p.m. at St. Cecilia Parish Center in Bartelso. Adults $7, seniors $6, children $4, children under 6 eat free, carryouts. Proceeds donated to Bartelso Volunteer Fire Department.

St. Bernard wurstmarkt
    The St. Bernard Men’s Club will host a wurstmarkt on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in St. Bernard Parish Center at 206 N. Broadway in Albers. Cafeteria style, whole hog pork sausage and roast beef dinners. Adults $11, children (6-12) $6 and children under 6 eat free. Basket raffle benefits St. Bernard Faith Formation program. Mass with bluegrass music and grandparents/godparents blessing at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Church. 

Movie night at museum
    The Clinton County Historical Society will show the movie, “Fly Away Home,” at its museum in Carlyle this Friday, Sept. 21.
    This 1996 drama is about a father and a daughter reunited after her mother’s death. She withdraws from life until she parents a flock of orphaned Canadian geese. Together, she and her dad attempt to lead the geese south with the assistance of her father’s invention.
    The plot dramatizes the experiences of Canadian Bill Lishman’s Operation Geese Migration program. This is an uplifting family film which received five-star ratings and several family film awards. Noted film critic Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs up and noted “the beautiful photography was worth the price of admission.” 
    Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m. A silent auction will be held before the movie and during intermission. Popcorn is provided, but please bring your own beverage. Admission is free.

Fall festival at museum
    The Clinton County Historical Society is hosting its annual fall festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. at its museum in Carlyle.
    There will be museum tours, a basket auction, a $200 gas card raffle, and food for sale. Vendors will be selling antiques, honey, homemade soaps and lotions, candles, decorative signs, wreaths and rugs. Music will be provided by Clinton County’s own Bobby and the Buzzards.
    Everyone is invited to celebrate the fall season at the beautiful home of Judge Sidney Breese.

Auxiliary to host used book sale and bake sale
    With fall here and the holiday season approaching, the Auxiliary at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese will now have used books, puzzles, DVDs and occasionally baked goods for sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday in the hospital cafeteria hallway, excepting holidays, Auxiliary and hospital events.
    In addition, on Friday, Nov. 2, Volunteer Services will host a bake sale from 8 a.m. until sold out in the cafeteria hallway. 
    Also featured that day will be selected Christmas and craft items including wreaths, as well as used books, DVDs, puzzles, etc. The Auxiliary will not host a Christmas Bazaar this year.
    Seasonal items including scarves and wraps and many new items, quilts, tickets for the quarterly quilt raffles, selected used books, puzzles and other items are also available in the hospital Gift Shop.
    For more information, call 526-5351 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pork chop dinner Sept. 22
    A smoked pork chop dinner will be held at First United Methodist Church (751 Franklin Street) in Carlyle this Saturday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Adults $10, children 5-11 $7, children under 5 eat free, all carryouts $10. Menu includes smoked pork chop, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, applesauce and dessert.
    Fifty percent of net proceeds will be donated to Carlyle Fire Department — First Responders.

Fall Fest Sept. 29
    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 mist or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

White elephant sale
    St. John’s United Church of Christ in Breese will hold a white elephant sale on  Oct. 5 and 6.
    Call the church office (526-4319) to arrange a time for items to be dropped off or if you need to have them picked up.

50 year class reunion
    The Mater Dei High School class of 1968 will hold a class reunion to celebrate 50 years since graduation this Saturday, Sept. 22.  The event begins with a Mass at St. Augustine Church in Breese at 4 p.m., followed by tours of Mater Dei from 5 to 6.  The fun then moves to Breese  Knights of Columbus Hall for a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m.  Dinner, catered by Meyer Catering, follows from 7 to 8 p.m.  1960s music provided by DJ Jason Von Hatten will entertain from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 
    Reunion reservations and details can be made by calling Mary Clark Niemann at (618) 526-4602.  Talk to your fellow classmates, especially those who don’t have an email address and invite them to join you and others in the fun.

St. John’s UCC omelet breakfast
    St. John’s United Church of Christ in Breese will host an all you can eat omelet breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Menu includes omelets, bacon, sausage, pancakes, coffee, milk and orange juice.  Adults $8, children 5-12 $4 and children under five eat free.  For more information call the church office at 526-4319. 

Tour de Flames bike fun ride Sept. 30
    The Germantown Fire Department Auxiliary Tour de Flames bike fun ride, 5K or 20K ride is Sunday, Sept. 30, beginning at Schoendienst Field in Germantown. Registration and packet pickup 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., ride starts at 11 a.m.
    Register at https://TourDe or for more information visit www.german Email: tourde This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (618) 971-6368.

Four man golf scramble
    A four man golf scramble, sponsored by New Memphis Station Bar & Grill, will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville. 10 a.m. shotgun start, $80 per person, $320 per team. Bratwursts served at the clubhouse and dinner served at New Memphis Station Bar & Grill. Hole sponsorships are $100 and include a sign on the course and local newspaper recognition.
    All proceeds to benefit Ainad Compact Unit, Trenton Masonic Lodge 109.
    Contact Cliff at (618) 402-6140 or New Memphis Station at (618) 588-3000.

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