Talk Of The Town

bilbruckCarlyle School District Superintendent Dustin Bilbruck (left) displays some of the masonry choices that board of education members had to choose from, during their May 20 meeting at the high school library. Board president Aaron Heinzmann looks on. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)     The Carlyle School District Board of Education, at their  May 20 meeting, approved the purchase of a new flooring system for the high school's Harriss Gymnasium.
    The district voted to go with the bid of $145,000 from Missouri Floor Company of St. Louis.
    The board passed on a less expensive bid from a Wisconsin company, for what they feel is a much better flooring system.
    Bids were let and were due to be opened on May 5.
    There was a base bid called for, to take the current wood off the top of the floor and put new maple wood down.
    In addition, there were two alternate bids called for, for two types of modern flooring systems.
    Two companies put in single bids for the alternate bids, Bilbruck said, hence two different prices being shown.
    The Missouri Floor bid was about $30,000 more expensive, which was the system the district's architect recommended.
    The school will be replacing the original flooring in the gym, which was installed when the gym was built in 1954-55.

legioncarsAttendees social distance outside of their vehicles at the Memorial Day services Monday at New Baden American Legion Post 321. (Photo by Kelly Jo Ross)    In the first of its kind, American Legion Post 321 in New Baden held a Memorial Day service Sunday afternoon with attendees socially distancing in their vehicles.
    The service was held Sunday in front of the Legion, with attendees having been asked to stay in or around their vehicles, while Legion members held their program.
    Normally, the service is held at the village park.
    Julie Cronk, Legion service chaplain, said during the program that she  finds the social distancing "ironic."
    "I find it ironic that while in the middle of a Memorial Day weekend remembering those who died for the sake of freedom, yet we are under government-imposed orders restricting our first amendment rights due to the coronavirus," she said.  "This Memorial Day weekend will be different for many of us — our service cannot be held at our village park. It will be an abbreviated service and we will not gather  or share lunch at the Legion."
    Thelma Miller, commander of Post 321, said that Memorial Day is a day we put aside to remember the majesty of America and her children, who rest in places such as Arlington National Cemetery, nearby Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, our own New Baden Village Cemetery, Resurrection and Greenmount cemeteries and cemeteries all over the world.

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