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  • 10/16/14
  • Shimkus rep visits Trenton next week
    A staff member of U.S. Congressman John Shimkus will be in Trenton on Thursday, October 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Trenton City Hall, to meet with the Congressman's constituents. "These office hours allow you to meet face to face with my staff instead of over the telephone or having to drive to Maryville," Shimkus explained.  "The staff person will be able to handle any issue you may have regarding my office or the federal government." Those who cannot attend in person may contact Shimkus' local office at 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062, (618) 288-7190. More information on services offered by the Congressman's office is available on his website:  On the website you may sign up for a weekly e-mail newsletter or send a message to the Congressman.  Shimkus also maintains Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube (@RepShimkus) accounts, where regular updates are posted. Constituents requiring special accommodations should call at least 48 hours prior to the office hours.

  • 10/25/14
  • NB Chamber reprises cook off October 25
    Members of the New Baden Chamber of Commerce's Chili and Soup Cook Off Committee are busy with last minute details for the upcoming event, which will be Saturday October 25th from 3 to 7 p.m. This is the 10th cookoff, an event that began in 2005 as part of the village's sesquicentennial celebration and has grown steadily ever since. The cookoff is now one of the chamber's primary fundraisers. The event is a taster's choice competition with winners in two categories, Chili and Soup. The tasters in this case are the general public who pay $8 for an all-you-can-taste armband and ticket to vote for the Best Chili and Best Soup. Nearly 2400 votes were cast at the 2013 event. The winners receive a portion of $4500 in prize money put on the line by the Chamber. Over the last decade a certain amount of pride has escalated between teams as they have fought back and forth for those coveted votes. With the popularity of social media, boasting and rhetoric have reached a fevered pitch. Many teams come back year after year to defend their title. The Hogs 'N Heat Chili team has taken home the top award no less than six times and second place another three times in the Chili category. They are already signed up to put their reputation on the line again this year. However the head chef said he has some concerns about the barometric pressure forecasted for this year's event. He suggests that the imported beans he uses in his entry "cook better at higher air pressures thus infusing a more full bodied Chili taste into the bean." Although Hogs 'N Heat has finished in the money every year they have entered, they have been bested several times. Twice they were outvoted by the local favorites of Team Rakers with their "Best Damn Chili, Period" entry and once by the Sons of the New Baden American Legion. The Sons team took top honors in 2012 when in their first year of competition they beat both Hogs 'N Heat and Team Rakers with less than 30 votes separating the top three teams. Not to be outdone by the Chili crowd, newcomer Bri's Brewin' Crew busted the Soup category wide open in 2013 with a victory over previous 1st place title holders the Chicken Noodle Dandys and the Spud Muffins with their Tasty Tater Soup. The Brewin' Crew's 2013 victory was achieved quite handily by the new arrival to the competition when they outdid the others in the top 5 by over 100 votes. The Chicken Noodle Dandys group is not discouraged and has tossed their hat in the ring for the 10th consecutive year. Full bellies won't be the only attraction at the New Baden Park on the day of the event. A free admission craft and vendor fair features over 40 booths and will be open all afternoon. There will be numerous children's activities to keep the wee ones occupied. Food and drink sales begin at noon and continue until 10 p.m. As the evening progresses and the sun sets the historic "Hollow Log Bon Fire" will light the night. New in 2013 was a 21-foot wide screen broadcasting the St. Louis Cardinals 2013 run at the World Series title. It seems that the Cardinals are making a serious effort to be in the series again this year. Since Major League Baseball was unwilling to reschedule the World Series around the Cook Off, the committee has brought back the oversized TV to play the fall classic free to all. Since a specific time for game five of the series has yet to be announced, the committee has a backup plan of broadcasting the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Proceeds from the event are used throughout the community and region. Event entry is free as is entry to the park grounds during the event.

  • 10/25/14
  • Chili, soup cook-off October 25 in New Baden
    The October air in New Baden will again be filled with the aroma of Chili and Soup. New Baden Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 10th annual fall fest and Chili and Soup Cook-Off. As in the last years' Cook-Off, the event will be centered around the friendly Cook-Off competition. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 3-10 p.m. in the Village Park. The 2013 event boasted over 25 entries. The Chamber will offer a total of $3000 in cash prizes. Cash awards will go out in both the chili and soup categories and will be awarded to the top five as decided by the people's choice. Chefs both professional and amateur will be stirring up their versions of old time favorites in an attempt to win the coveted "Tasters Choice Award". The hearty brews will be served as all you can eat samples in small bowls. The tasters will then cast their vote for the best in each category. The competition is open to any group from any location and, best of all, team entry is free. Themed booths are encouraged by the committee, adding to the festive atmosphere and certainly drawing attention to the entry. The only cost to enter is the ingredients for your entry. A minimum of 15 gallons of each entry is required. Those wanting to taste and judge for themselves will receive an armband good at every booth along with two voting coupons, one for the best chili and the other for the best soup. The team with the most votes will be declared the winner. In conjunction with the cook-off there are many other activates being planned, including craft vendors, children's activities, a bonfire and more. Hay rides will circle the park all afternoon long. Carlyle radio station WDLJ will do a live broadcast from the grounds. There will be an inflatable party jumper for the children. Caramel apples, nachos and hot dogs, soda, hot chocolate, and beer are only a portion of the items available. The event is sure to have activities for all ages. Entry into the Chili and Soup Cook Off can be made by calling Teri at 334-3136 or email at, or by visiting

  • 11/09/14
  • Vets Memorial dedicated Nov. 9
    The new Veterans Memorial in the Trenton Cemetery will be dedicated on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. The memorial is located at the corner of East Third and Magnolia Streets. The public is encouraged to attend and join the Trenton Cemetery Association in celebration of the tribute to veterans past, present, and future.

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