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12th annual Buddy Walk set for Saturday, May 5 at Breese Northside Park; register by April 13 for a T-shirt in your size

9884Scenes from the 2017 Buddy Walk    Last year, more than 1,600 5K runners and walkers participated in Community Link’s Buddy Walk and they’re anticipating a larger crowd this year.
    “We raised more than $143,000 last year ranking us No. 1 in Illinois and 20th in the nation for money raised. That’s simply amazing. We wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of our community,” stated John Huelskamp, executive director at Community Link.
    On Saturday, May 5 at Breese Northside Park, Community Link will host its 12th annual Buddy Walk from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    This 1-mile walk for Down syndrome awareness was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to 220 walks in 2017.
    In addition to the 1-mile walk and 5K run and its usual craft/vendor marketplace, children’s corner and silent auction, Community Link has added new features to this year’s Buddy Walk. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, families from their First Step program will host pico de gallo and guacamole making demonstrations along with sharing their favorite recipes.
    Community Link will also have bingo, a beer stand, margarita stand and live music starting at 12:30 p.m. Musicians Glenn Harris and Michael Bovenzi, also known as The Love Brothers, will play acoustic covers of top tunes from the '60s and '70s.

Tricia BuehneTricia Buehne    The Illinois Jaycees selected Tricia Buehne as an honoree of its Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois awards program.  The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) program annually recognizes young people throughout Illinois who excel in their chosen fields, endeavors and show a great commitment to their respective communities.  
    Buehne, 38, of Breese, is being recognized in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.
    Buehne is active in many community and professional organizations. She is a board member and ambassador for the Highland Chamber of Commerce and served as its president in 2016. In addition, Buehne has been active in the Jaycees since 2001 and has been a past president of both the Highland and Illinois Jaycees as well as past national vice president of the United States Junior Chamber. She also serves as a board member for St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland and on the St. Rose Catholic Church picnic planning committee.
    Buehne is a vice president and mortgage lender at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Highland. She is an affiliate member and secretary of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors; affiliate member of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois and a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest Illinois and serves as secretary of its Professional Women in Building Council.  In addition, she belongs to the Clinton County Connection Group.

    “Giving back to my community has always been important to me,” said Buehne. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized with an award given to so many amazing people."

7996At left: in a scene from the 2017 Miss Clinton County Fair Pageant, new queen Sara Loepker is crowned by retiring queen Madeline Wieter. The 2018 pageant will be held Saturday, July 21, and the application deadline for 2018 contestants is May 19.    Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Miss Clinton County Fair and Little Miss Clinton County Fair Pageant contestants.
    The 2018 Clinton County Fair Pageant will be held on July 21. The rules and application for the pageant are available on the website clintonco, a copy is also available at Traditions Portrait Design, 1041 Fairfax Street, Carlyle.
    Miss Clinton County Fair applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and reside in Clinton County. The application deadline is May 19. An information meeting will be held on May 16 at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle at 6:30 p.m. for anyone wanting additional information.
    A limited number of spots are still available for the Little Miss Clinton County Fair program. Entry forms are available on the website or at Traditions Portrait Design.
    Little Miss participants must be between the ages of 4 and 6 and reside in Clinton County. The first 16 entries with completed entry form and entry fee of $60 will be accepted. Completed forms should be mailed or dropped off at Traditions Portrait Design in Carlyle.
    With the limitation on Little Miss participants each year, the committee must insist that this is a one-time experience.

Community garden benefits local food pantry

Beckman TessaTessa Beckman5726Gardening for Good Health was a Girl Scout Gold Award project by Tessa Beckmann of Germantown aimed at growing fresh produce to benefit St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Tessa Beckmann of Germantown has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Tessa created a large garden for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Germantown to help provide fresh produce to families in need.
    "My sister did a project while in nursing school on food deserts that interested me," she explained. "Food deserts are where there are little to no fresh fruit and vegetables available. I realized that recipients of food from the pantry only receive boxed or canned goods and I wanted to be able to get fresh produce to families who could not afford to buy it for themselves."

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