News Briefs

Recycle your electronics
    Your unwanted electronics can be dropped off at the Breese Boy Scouts recycling center located just east of V&H Recreation in Breese every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Fishing derby at JCP
    The fifth annual Matthew Deien Memorial Fishing Derby and Bingo Day for people with disabilities and their families will be held on Sunday, May 19. All ages are welcome. The outing is sponsored by Deien Chevrolet and Bernard Wempe. 
    This event will be held from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Breese JC Park on Germantown Road in Breese. Dinner will be served at 3:15 p.m., and drinks will be provided throughout the afternoon.
    Fishing poles and bait will be furnished. Volunteers will be available to help anyone who needs assistance.

Community Carnival
    The community is invited to help the residents and staff of Faith Countryside celebrate National Nursing Home Week! 
    Faith Countryside in Highland is hosting a community carnival/fundraiser on Friday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 100 Faith Drive. Ardy the Clown, photo ops, fortune teller, a vendor fair, silent auction, police dog demonstrations and more.
    For questions or to be part of the fun call Amanda Passmore at 651-3208.

Rummage and bake sale
    St. Augustine Parish in Breese is holding its annual rummage and bake sale on Thursday, June 6; Friday, June 7 (1/2 price add day); and Saturday, June 8 ($3 brown bag all day). The bake sale will be on June 6 and 7 and lunch and sodas will be available. 
    Donated items may be dropped off at the parish center from May 27 to June 2.

Annual chicken dinner
    The 50th annual buffet style chicken dinner will be held Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Gertrude Church in Grantfork. Offerings include dressing and homemade pie. There will also be a quilt raffle and the country store will be open for visits.
    Admission is $5 for children (K - age 10) and $11 for adults. For carry-outs call 675-3384.

Breese Poppy Day
    On May 17 and 18, members of the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of Legion will be at local businesses collecting donations for veterans.
    Donators will receive a cloth poppy to wear as thanks. 

Swing for Sydney Volleyball
    Calling all volleyball players! Come out on May 19 and join us for a fun day of volleyball to help raise awareness for teen suicide and mental health.
    On April 4, 2018, the village of Albers lost an amazing young woman who dedicated her young life to teaching and training volleyball to children. Sydney Irizarry was more than a mentor to hundreds of children in our area. Her passion and love taught all of our kids about sportsmanship, determination and teamwork. Sydney touched so many lives and we want to honor her in the only way we know.
    This year, we are hosting our 2nd Annual “Swing For Sydney” volleyball scrimmage on May 19 at the Belleville Sportsplex. You do not have to be on a team. All ages are welcome. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    All proceeds benefit the Swing for Sydney Foundation to help:
    —support initiatives designed to increase awareness and enhance the response to suicide. 
    —develop and distribute tools and resources to stop suicide. 
    There will be a raffle and T-shirts sold at the event. 
    Cost: $100 per team of 10 players, or $10 per player. If you need a team, please give us a call. We will make sure we find you a team.
    To register, mail your information to:
        Swing for Sydney Foundation
        PO Box167
        Albers, IL 62215
    Please include your name, phone number, team name, age group and members. 
    Checks should be payable to the Swing For Sydney Foundation. 
    To make a freestanding donation, contact Andres Irizarry at (618) 920-6288, Joe Carroll at (618) 920-6189 or stop by First Federal Bank in Mascoutah to make a direct donation. To donate online, please use the PayPal link: 
    For questions and scheduling, call (618) 920-6288 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Pedaling for Parkinson’s
    Pedaling for Parkinson’s is planned for Saturday, June 8, at Aviston. Proceeds will benefit American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), Greater St. Louis Chapter.
    Registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. at Aviston Vintage Hall. Helmets are required.
    Lunch will be available at the Street Party beginning at noon.
    Routes are up to 5-mile family ride, 10 miles or 25 miles.
    Cost is $30 and includes the ride and T-shirt; $35 if received after May 1.
    Submit your $30 check (payable to ACIC), along with your name, street address, city, state, ZIP, email address, telephone number and T-shirt size to: Lynn Huegen, 499 W. Third St., Aviston, IL 62216, or drop it off at Aviston Village Hall. 

GHS meeting May 23
    Germantown Historical Society will hold their annual meeting Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. in the Germantown Legion Hall basement.  Photos of school students and historical buildings, religious items (some in German) will be among the many items that will be on display.   

Wesclin Golf Scramble
    The Wesclin High School golf team benefit golf scramble will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle.
    Cost for the 4-person scramble is $65 per player and includes golf, lunch, soft drinks and water. Sponsors and businesses can help support the golf team with a $100 hole sponsorship.
    To register a team or for additional information call Mark Wessel (618-972-2028) or Zach Peters (618-691-8736).

St. Anthony’s Parish Picnic
    St. Anthony’s Church in Beckemeyer will hold their annual picnic on Saturday June 29. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. in the air conditioned hall regardless of weather. Chicken and mostaccioli with homemade dressing will be available.
    Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m., and the Quilt Bingo starts at approximately 7 p.m.
    Kids stands, bounce houses,  penny raffle, cake wheel, basket stand, refreshments, food and much more, will also be available.

Kickball tourney June 8
    The 11th Annual Brody  Kick’n 4 Kidz kickball tournament is Saturday, June 8, at the OCYA Ballpark in Okawville.        The entry fee is $100 per team. Each team may not have more men than women, and no more than eight players on the field at one time.
    First place will receive $300, second - $150, third - $100, fourth - $50, and fifth/sixth - $25.
    Team entries must be received by June 1; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Dan or Kristen Miller at (618) 363-2471.
    Food and beverages will be sold (no carry-ins allowed) throughout the day. The event also will have a DJ, silent auction, raffle and bounce houses.
    Proceeds will be given to:
    • A 4-year-old boy from O’Fallon who is friends of the Miller family. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Ganglio-neuroblastoma in 2018 and had a bone marrow transplant in March.
    • RaeAnne Toennies of Germantown, 14-year-old daughter of Adam  Toennies and Nikki Toennies. In late December, Rae was diagnosed with staphylococcal pneumonia, a bacterial infection, and continues to recover from the effects of the infection.

Belles HCE unit to meet
    Town & Country Belles HCE unit will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at Immanuel UCC in Carlyle.
    Join the group for informative ideas and socializing.

Fraud and Crime Prevention June 13
    Carlyle Chief of Police Mark Pingsterhaus will take part in a Fraud and Crime Prevention program at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in the Maddux Room.    
    The public is welcome to attend the free program and learn from professionals how to protect themselves, their children and the elderly from financial and identity abuse.

State fishing finals at Carlyle Lake May 17-18
    The Illinois High School Athletic Association State Bass Fishing Finals will be held at Carlyle Lake on Friday and Saturday,  May 17 and 18, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weigh-in each day will be at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Dam West Boat Ramp.
    This is the 11th year of the IHSA State Bass Fishing Finals; a two day fishing tournament held at Carlyle Lake. Approximately 300 high school anglers from 66 high schools around Illinois will compete to be crowned the Bass State Fishing Finals champion.
    Allowing high school students to participate in bass fishing as a sport has opened up doors for the youth of Illinois.  Not only do they get to be active and spend time in the outdoors, some of them move on to compete at the collegiate level and possibly make a career out of the sport. 

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