News Briefs

Fish fry at Germantown
    A fish fry will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday in Lent  at the American Legion Hall in Germantown.
    Proceeds will benefit youth sport activities.

Fish fry at Albers
    The Friends of the Cougars fish fry will be held every Friday during Lent at the American Legion Hall in Albers.
    Proceeds from the fish fry support the Cougars athletic programs at Albers and Damiansville elementary schools.

Quilt bingo March 21
    A spring quilt bingo sponsored by St. Cecilia Ladies Sodality will be held Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at St. Cecilia Parish Center in Bartelso. Quilts, cash awards for ties, attendance prize, refreshments, paper cards only. 

Glo Bingo
    This isn’t your grandma’s bingo! Come on out to Community Link’s Glo Bingo on Friday, March 29, at the American Legion Hall in Breese. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m.
    Admission is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door, and includes six bingo cards, glow dauber and glow hat. Additional bingo cards cost $5 each. Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be given out.
    There will be a cash bar and you can bring your own snacks. Must be 18 years or older to attend.
    For reservations, call Kathy Steinmann at (618) 526-8800. Sponsored by Team B.E.S.T.

Omelet breakfast
    St. John’s UCC in Breese will hold their omelet breakfast on Sunday March 31, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the church hall.
    The menu includes all-you-can-eat omelets made the way you like, pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and milk.
    Carryouts are available, as is delivery within the city of Breese.  Prices are $8 for adults, $4 for children age 5 to 11, and no charge for children age 4 and younger.
    To request delivery or if you have any questions call the church office at 526-4319.

Buddy Walk May 4
    Come out to Northside Park in Breese on Saturday, May 4, to help Community Link educate, advocate and celebrate Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities during its 13th Annual Buddy Walk.
    The theme this year is “May the Fourth Be With You,” and the T-shirts will be black with white lettering. You must register to receive a T-shirt. The deadline to register to be guaranteed a T-shirt is Friday, April 5.
    The registration fee for the walk is $15 and includes a T-shirt; the 5K is $25, and also includes a Buddy Walk T-shirt (there is no additional cost to walk). Go to to register online.

Chicken & beer dance
    A chicken & beer dance featuring the Jorrells will be held Saturday, March 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion in Okawville. Chicken and draft beer served while supplies last included with ticket price: $25 individual, $40 couple. Chicken served at 10 p.m. For more information call 243-6545

Memories of Elvis
    Memories of Elvis featuring Steve Davis and guest appearances by Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline is planned for Saturday, April 6, at the American Legion in New Baden. Tickets for the show and chicken dinner are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Doors open for seating and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., show starts at 7.
    The Boy Scouts fried chicken fundraiser, fried chicken dinner with two sides, bread and dessert, $9, will be served from 5 to 8 p.m.
    You can purchase tickets for just the dinner or purchase Elvis tickets and the dinner is included. To purchase tickets, pick up at the Legion; or for tickets by mail, call Brittany at (618) 980-4624, and leave a message. Sorry, no credit cards; cash or check only.

CEO meeting at KC Trenton Education Center
    Educators and community leaders are invited to a meeting about the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program for area youth.
    The meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center, 520 E. Broadway in Trenton. Lunch will be provided.
    This program is designed to teach youth about entrepreneurship by exposing them to business leaders in the community. 
    This meeting will go a little deeper into the details of what it would take to bring this program to our community. Those who were not able to attend the initial meeting can go to and see a short video that better explains the program and purpose.
    Please RSVP to George Evans,  president, Kaskaskia College, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (618) 545-3010; or to Amy Troutt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kindergarten registration March 21 at Germantown
    Germantown Elementary 2019-2020 kindergarten registration is planned for Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the school office.
    Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2019.
    Due at time of registration are a copy of the child’s certificate of live birth, Social Security number, and three proofs or residency.
    Physical/immunizations, dental exams, and eye exams are required by the first day of school 2019.

Paws to Pavement
    The Albers Elementary 5k will be held Saturday,  April 13.
    Paws to Pavement with 1m/fun run check-in from 4 to 4:45 p.m.; 5k walk/run check-in is from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
    Preregistration cost is $20 if received by Wednesday, March 27, with guaranteed shirt sizes. Race day entry is $25.
    For more information call the school office at 248-5146.

Carlyle HCE to meet
    Town and Country Belles (Carlyle HCE unit) will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Immanuel UCC in Carlyle.
    All ladies are welcome to join us for some Easter fun.

Christmas Tree Drop
    The annual Carlyle Lake Christmas tree drop has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The drop will now be held Saturday, March 23 at the Allen Branch boat ramp in Carlyle, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Rally for Rae trivia night
    Knights of Columbus Council 1382, Carlyle, will hold a Dr. Seuss dress theme trivia night on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the K of C Hall in Carlyle. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is expected to be over before 10 p.m.
    All proceeds (except bar sales) go to Rally for Rae!
    $15 per person, teams of up to eight per table. 10 rounds of 10 questions each, variety of topics, 20 percent videos.
    Raffles, attendance prize drawings and other 50/50 games available. Prizes for top three winning tables, best themed team and best costume.
    Bring snacks (not drinks) for your table. Free water available. All other drinks sold at bar.
    Optional mulligans can be purchased; 10 mulligans for $10, one per round.
    For a registration form and more information, contact Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (618) 226-3242 or (618) 772-5350; Columbian Club (KC Hall 594-2730); or go to newsletter.
    To help ensure prompt start time, return the registration form and payment by May 8 to: K of C Council 1382, ATTN: Trivia Night, 1471 Fairfax St., Carlyle, IL 62231 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and reserve a table (register by or on May 9) and come early to pay at check-in.

Annual wurstmarkt
    The annual wurstmarkt sponsored by St. Damian Holy Name Society is Sunday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the St. Damian Parish Gymnasium in Damiansville. Adults $10, children (6-10) $4 and children under 6 eat free. Dine in or carry out. Meat sales and raffle.

Spring fish sale
    Order forms for the Clinton County SWCD spring fish sale are available at the Breese USDA office and on Facebook at Deadline for fish orders is March 27.
    Spring fish sale pickup date is April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Breese USDA office.
    Call (618) 526-7815, ext. 3, with questions.

CC Connection to meet
    The Clinton County Connection monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Turf Bar & Banquet in Breese. Meetings are always held on the second Tuesday of the month.
    The organization is always looking for speakers, so if you know of any have them get in touch with Clinton County Connection (email or on Facebook). 

Breese Chamber to meet
    The Breese Chamber of Commerce will have a luncheon meeting at the Clinton County YMCA in Breese on Thursday, March 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Learn more about the Clinton County YMCA and its benefits to the community.
    A representative from The Retail Coach will present an overview of what will be taking place with retail recruitment and retention.
    RSVP by Monday, March 25, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (618) 526-4495.
    Chamber members are welcome to bring co-workers and/or friends, and encouraged to invite more businesses so they can learn about the Breese Chamber of Commerce.

Raffle winners named
    Winners of the raffle held in conjunction with the March 17 Aviston American Legion pork sausage and beef dinner were:  Judy and Andy Tebbe of St. Rose, $200;  Dave Deimeke of Aviston, 20-lb. ham; Don Lampe of Aviston, pork chop package; and Kevin Litteken of Aviston, pork steak package.
    Winning whole-hog pork sausage packs were Norb Albers and Sally Wojtowicz of Breese, Barb Maples of Mt. Olive, and Carey Strader, Peggy Timmermann, Randy Haselhorst, Cathie Schroeder, Brett Zurliene, Steve Schrage, Joann Dall and Matt Arnold of Aviston.
     Auxiliary raffle winners were Ralph Lampe of Aviston, a quilt, and Ron Ratermann of Aviston, a baby quilt.
    The fall dinner will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13.

Lenten fish frys
    Lenten fish frys are back every Friday during Lent at American Legion Post 1227 in Beckemeyer from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Eat in or carry out. Catfish, cod, shrimp, choice of potato salad, German potato salad, french fries, cole slaw or mac & cheese.

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