Talk Of The Town

RotaryLeft: First National Bank in Carlyle president Ed Carroll (left) presents Rotary Club Foundation chair Brent Maschhoff (right) with a donation for the club's annual Tree of Lights campaign. Middle: Melissa Blankenship (left) of US Bank presents Carlyle Rotary Club Foundation chair, Brent Maschhoff (right), with a donation for the club's annual Tree of Lights campaign. Right: Walmart manager Amy Jones (center) presents Tree of Lights chair Virgil Jansen (right) with a donation for the Carlyle Rotary Club's annual campaign with Rotary Club president Tom Guebert looking on.    The Rotary Club of Carlyle is pleased to announce it has exceeded its goal of $5,000 for its Tree of Lights campaign this year.  This “signature” project provides boxes of food to the needy and has been held annually for over 40 years. 
    Rotarians and some volunteers met on Dec. 17 to fill 134 boxes with nonperishables.  Then on Dec. 18, the boxes were distributed to families who received notice of eligibility.  Project chairman Virgil Jansen said, “While the number of families being served this year was down from previous years, Rotarians still take pride in offering this service at such a critical time of the year – the holidays.”
    Besides receiving donations from many businesses and individuals, the club also was the benefactor of three local foundations—The First National Bank in Carlyle, US Bank, and Walmart.  The Carlyle Rotary Club is grateful for all donations, big or small. 
    In addition to this signature project, local Rotarians continue to find avenues of service for the local community. Recently, handicap swings were installed at the two city parks with the help of the Citizens for
Carlyle Parks. 
    The Carlyle Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Old 50 Café in Carlyle and is open to anyone interested in volunteer service as we strive to provide “Service Above Self”– Rotary International’s motto.  For more information, contact Tom Guebert at 618-978-0883.
    About the Rotary Club of Carlyle: From its inception in 1927, the Rotary Club of Carlyle has served the community in many ways and remains dedicated to the ideals and purpose of Rotary International.  The Carlyle club is one of over 32,000 clubs throughout the world representing a cross section of professional and community minded people. 

    Right before the Carlyle City Council meeting was adjourned, a local developer offered to donate land for possibly keeping the Clinton County Health Department to stay in the city of Carlyle.
    At the Monday night council meeting, developer Duane Nordike brought up to the council about the possibility of donating 2.75 acres of land for the health department building.
    Recently, there has been several proposals to house a new site for the Clinton County Health Department. Sites that have been offered for the new building (believed to be approximately $1.5 million) include the site where buildings will soon be demolished on Fairfax Street in Carlyle and HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, which has a one-acre parcel at the hospital site. 
    In addition, a representative from Korte-Luitjohan had offered to sell their property on Franklin Street in Carlyle for the possibility of a new health department.
    Nordike offered to donate 2.75 acres of land on the west side of K & J Chevrolet, adding that he believes that there needs to be room to grow for the health department.
    "I would like to try to keep the health department with the County Seat," Nordike said, adding that he believes that there should be more acreage than the one-acre sites previously talked about.
    Although nothing has been set in stone, the council discussed the issue and agreed that the Health Department building should stay in Carlyle. No action was taken since the matter was not listed on the agenda for the city council meeting.
    In other news, the city held a brief discussion about leaf burning in the city. Currently, leaf burning times are from noon to dusk, however, recently, there was heavy smoke coming out of the north due to wet leaves being burned.
    "If you came in town from the north, the (smoke) was so thick, you could cut it with a knife," said Carlyle Mayor Judy Smith.
    Since then, Smith has received several complaints about leaf burning.
    "A heavy load of leaves takes the Street and Alley Department about two to three weeks to get rid of them," she said. "The city takes away the leaves as a free service, however, it takes time for the city to get to it at times."
    The council talked about having a leaf dump; however, some residents may take advantage of it and use the leaf dump to throw limbs and other trash.

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