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StRoseFD    The St. Rose Fire Protection District held its annual appreciation dinner and awards presentation on Saturday, March 14, to honor its volunteer firefighters for their service to the community. 
    The event was held at the St. Rose Development Club and catered by Popeye's Chop House. 
    After the dinner was the awards ceremony, recognizing firefighters' years of service to the department. 
    Awards were also given to firefighters who retired with 10 or more years of service with the department. 
    Metal signs that were given as individual awards were made by Jolene Tucker. 
    Photos of additional award recipients first appeared in the March 26 edition of the Breese Journal. 
    They included the recognition of firefighters who had dedicated 30, 25, 22, 18 and 16 years of service to the volunteer fire department and the residents of St. Rose. 
    The department was formed and held its first meeting on Nov. 11, 1964. 
    The district today covers approximately 36 square miles.

MaschhoffKen Maschhoff    The COVID-19 pandemic has created unforeseen hardships for U.S. families. This is true even in the rural communities where The Maschhoffs raises pigs. 
    “Several days ago, I was buying gas and overheard a couple of people in Clinton County talking about how scary it was to see empty meat cases in the grocery stores,” says Ken Maschhoff, coowner and chairman of the board. “In reality, this is a supply chain issue that is in the process of being ironed out. However, Dave, Karen, Julie and I felt this was a great opportunity to help out those in our local communities who may be facing hardship.” 
    The Maschhoff family is providing pork for those in the local community who are unable to work or are facing financial hardships. A semi-full of fresh 14-lb. cooked and smoked boneless hams will be brought to a nearby location, courtesy of the Maschhoff family.
    On Friday, April 3, the family will work with local organizations to hand out one ham per family, while following CDC guidelines. Vouchers will be distributed by local food banks and food pantries directing families to one of the following pickup locations to claim their ham. “We want to do whatever we can to help in this time of need,” said Ken. 
    The locations are: 
    1. UCC Church (parking lot off 19th St.), 1970 Clinton St., Carlyle; 9 to 11 a.m. 
    2. House of Manna, 480 S. Fourth St., Breese; 9:30 to 10 a.m. 
    3. BCMW, 909 E. Rexford St. (parking lot), Centralia; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
    4. West Gate Baptist Church, 843 W. Broadway, Trenton; 10:30 to 11 a.m. 
    5. Nazarene Church, 227 W. Washington St., Pittsfield; after 2 p.m.

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