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  • Record crowd for NB cook-off
  • Trenton will host first-ever Special Olympics Flag Football Tournament
  • Suspicious death under investigation
  • Time Marches On
  • Buscher - Obit
  • Kaufman - Obit
  • Mollet - Obit

  • Record crowd for NB cook-off

    Sunlight filters through the trees in front of the craft fair portion of the New Baden Chamber of Commerce Chili and Soup Cook-off Saturday at New Baden Park.

    It was appropriate that Saturday was what is known as a 'chamber of commerce day' in western Clinton County, since New Baden's Chamber of Commerce put on its annual Chili and Soup Cook-Off that day. Perfect weather, a record crowd, and the participation of 25 competitive brews combined to produce one of the best cook-offs in the decade-long history of the event.

    The chamber sold 1,330 armbands entitling purchasers to sample any of the soups and chilis entered in the competition, eclipsing the prior record by about 150. Along with the armband, tasters are presented with one ticket each for chili and soup with which to vote for their favorites.

    The chili competition produced a first-time winner in Clinton Manor's Jamaican Me Some Chili, garnering 208 of the 1,177 votes cast. Hogs & Heat's Happy Anniversary Chili was second with 129 votes, and New Baden's Fire Department placed third with its Smoke Eaters' Chili, which earned 109 votes.

    Two-time winner Sabrina Keleman took home a third first-place prize with Sabrina's Brew, judged by 307 tasters as the best soup in competition. Mrs. Potato Heads Potato Soup was second with 206 votes, and Tailgate Cooking for Kids was third with Tailgate Potato Soup, earning 190 votes.

    In addition to the competition, the cook-off also included a craft fair, blow-up attractions for kids, and a K-9 demonstration by New Baden police dog Fedor and officer Bruce Rapien.

    Trenton will host first-ever Special Olympics Flag Football Tournament

    Families, volunteers and spectators will be cheering on men, women, boys and girls--all Special Olympics athletes--as they compete in Flag Football on Saturday November 1. Special Olympics Illinois is hosting its first-ever Flag Football Tournament, presented by Prudential Financial, at Trenton Park.

    The public is invited to watch the competition and experience the joy of achievement by Special Olympics athletes as they embark on a new journey with a new sport. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 12:45 p.m. with competition immediately following. Approximately 150 athletes and coaches are expected to compete in Flag Football games, with brackets including two to four teams divisions. This is the inaugural season of Flag Football, as teams from all across the state compete to win gold.

    Athletes will compete in divisions by gender and ability levels with games consisting of twenty-minute halves with a running clock. The day will begin with a brief training and overview of rules for new coaches and athletes at 10 a.m., scrimmages for all athletes and coaches at 11 a.m., and a break for lunch. All teams, athletes, and sponsors will be recognized during Opening Ceremonies and will recite the Special Olympics oath: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

    Sponsors for the Special Olympics Illinois Flag Football Tournament include Prudential Financial, Community Bank of Trenton, Shop 'N Save, Trenton Park, and Peterson Health Clinic. Members of the Wesclin High School football team will serve as officials, scorekeepers, and lunch servers.

    Special Olympics Southern Regional Manager of Sports Training and Competition Justin Dunning commented on the generous support of the community, "Without the help of our gracious sponsors and volunteers this event would not be possible. Special Olympics is a remarkable human services organization which capitalizes on the tremendous attributes of amateur sports to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities in day-to-day living. The one-on-one training and year-round competition opportunities that Special Olympics offers are designed to build new skills, enhance self-esteem, celebrate abilities not disabilities, increase confidence, and develop social skills that will help the athletes lead full and independent lives. Special Olympics Illinois truly transforms the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. There is no better way to expand this great organization than with the addition of America's favorite game, Flag Football!"

    Please join the Special Olympics in welcoming the athletes and coaches to Trenton, Illinois on November 1, 2014.

    Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports and over 180 competitions for more than 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 18,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics promotes acceptance for all and changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact a local Special Olympics agency or the Special Olympics Illinois Area 12 office at 618-654-6680 or visit the website at

    Suspicious death under investigation

    Trenton police, the Clinton County coroner, and the Illinois State Police crime scene investigations division are collaborating on an investigation of an unusual death in Trenton.

    The decedent's body was found in a south side Trenton home on Monday, prompting the investigation.

    Trenton police chief Mike Jones said police must treat any death as a homicide until a definitive cause of death is determined.

    An autopsy has been ordered. Clinton County coroner Phil Moss will determine whether a cause of death can be decided independently by the coroner's office, or if a coroner's jury needs to be convened.

    Time Marches On


    The electric current will be turned off from noon until 3 o'clock instead of from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Specht a son on Sunday.

    Several boys from this area left to shuck corn in Iowa.

    The first frost of the season took place Monday night, Oct. 26.


    LafFollette carried the county over Coolidge and Davis but Collidge won easily on a national basis for president.

    The Halloween party and Mardi Gras, given by the Commercial Club, was a huge success with over 1100 people paying admission.

    Born to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Alberternst a daughter on Nov. 4.


    On Wednesday morning Miss Ann Markus of Aviston became the bride of Fred Mueller of near Trenton.

    The Kroger store has moved to the mordern building erected by Ben Schoene, store manager.

    The funeral of Mrs. Clara Schulte of St. Louis and formerly of Aviston was held in St. Francis Church Saturday morning.


    The wedding of Miss Elinor Strotheide, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Strotheide, and Ensign Charles Zahn was solemnized Thursday morning in St. Mary Church.

    Mrs. Henry Schneider, aged 68, died at her home Thursday afternoon.

    Mrs. Ed Bacher received a telegram Saturday notifying her that her husband was seriously wounded in action in Germany.


    Robert Riemann was elected president of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce with Dale Malan as vice president.

    Klutho, Niemeyer, Lehrter, Parker and Barcroft were elected to county office as the Republicans swept the county.

    Carol Faye Trippel was married to John Gordon Sebring of Dayton on Saturday evening, Oct. 30.

    Mrs. William Bingaman, 28, of Aviston died Oct. 31 in St. Louis.


    Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meyer of Mascoutah celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. 8.

    Marshall Kern, 58, of Belleville, husband of the former Catherine Quitmeyer, died Friday.

    A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Benedict Markus of Aviston on Oct. 23 and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Faitz on Oct. 26.


    Mrs. Mary Adams died Friday, Oct. 25, at the age of 47. She was the wife of W.P. "Pat" Adams.

    The Trenton Woman's Club gave $971.57 made from the Homecoming for the new Trenton Library.

    John Berger, 92, a former resident of this vicinity, died at his son's home in Delta, Colorado on Oct. 24.

    Sharon Santel, 17, was fatally injured early Saturday morning when her car struck a culvert on the Albers-Damiansville road.


    Miss Sondra Alexander became the bride of Mark Arentsen at a 2 p.m. Nuptial Mass on Saturday, Oct. 20.

    Harold C. Peters of Summerfield died Fri., Nov. 2, he was the son of Ferd and Rose Nowotz Peters.

    Mrs. Clara E. Heer, fomerly of Summerfield, died Saturday, Nov. 3 at Grange Nursing Home in Mascoutah. She was 109 years of age.


    This week's installment of the Trenton Woman's Club early recollections of Trenton was submitted by Loretta Cope-Strake.

    Trenton native Dan Dermody, a 33-year broadcasting veteran, was named the 1994 Illinois Country Music Association "Disc Jockey of the Year" at its fifth annual award show in Bloomington.

    Charles and Elinor Zahn, of Trenton, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    Ruth Ann Sunde, a Trenton native, has been awarded the exemplary civilian service by the Department of the Air Force. Sunde is the daughter of Charles and Norma Neimeyer, of Trenton and the wife of T-Sgt. Mike Sunde.


    Leah Marie Brueggemann and Curtis Robert Albers were married Aug. 7 in Trenton.

    Lisa Marie Peebles and Craig Steven Humphrey were married Oct. 16 in New Baden.

    Larry and Joyce Hall celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 18 at a surprise party given by they children.

    Christine and Matthew Mannhard of Trenton announce the birth of their son, Mitchell Maurice, born Oct. 12 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

    Laura C. Dulle, 85, of New Baden, died Monday, Oct. 25 at her home.

    Wesclin varsity football team qualified for the playoffs and won their first ever playoff game Friday over White Hall-North Greene County.

    Buscher - Obit

    Catherine Buscher

    Catherine A. Buscher, 93, of Trenton, died Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Aviston Countryside Manor. She was born January 19, 1921 in Beckemeyer, daughter of William and Louise Ripperda, nee Bach, and they preceded her in death. She married Herman Buscher on January 23, 1946 at St. Rose Catholic Church, and he died July 23, 1993. Other precedents included her daughters, Rita Marie Buscher and Ruth Ann Buscher; a son, Robert Herman Buscher; a sister, Wilhelmine Schroeder; brothers Alphonse, Vincent, John, Raymond, Edward, Joseph, Clarence, and Jerome Ripperda; and sisters- and brothers-in-law Ruth Ripperda, Virginia Ripperda, Alex Hood, John Buscher, Greg Buscher, Raymond and Irene Buscher, and Regina and Frank Wesselmann. Surviving are her sisters, Mary Ann Brueggemann of Belleville, and Josephine Hood of Troy; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Janet Ripperda and Elinor Ripperda of Highland, Margaret Ripperda of Pocahontas, Dorothy Buscher of Breese, and Alvin Schroeder of Bartelso; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Buscher was a homemaker and a retired seamstress from Artex in Highland. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and its altar sodality, Auxiliary to Trenton VFW Post 7983, and Trenton Senior Citizens. The funeral was Monday from St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton , Father Joseph Rascher officiating. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Trenton. Memorials to Auxiliary to Trenton VFW Post 7983 or Cystic Fibrosis Research will be received through Moss Funeral Home.

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    Kaufman - Obit

    Timothy Kaufman

    Timothy G. "Timmy" Kaufman, 47, of Belleville, formerly of Trenton, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at his home. He was born August 4, 1967 in Belleville, son of Oliver "Scoop" Jr. and Leona Kaufman, nee Papproth, and they survive in Trenton. Also surviving are a daughter, Bambi Harrawood of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; a brother, Scott (Geri) Kaufman of Highland; a sister, Shari (Karry) Major of Trenton; a sister-in-law, Sharon Kaufman of Trenton; nieces and nephews. He was preceded by a brother, Steve Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman was a landscaper and had a love for flower gardening. He enjoyed music and played drums in his own band. There will be a memorial visitation at a later date at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.

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    Mollet - Obit

    Melissa Mollet

    Melissa D. Mollet, 39, of Trenton died Monday, October 27, 2014 at her home. She was born in LaGrange, Illinois July 29, 1975, daughter of Christopher "Chris" and Elizabeth "Liz" Hasler, nee Kelsey, and they survive in Trenton She married Gary Mollet April 5, 2013 and he survives. Also surviving are her children Cyndel Hasler and Joshua Mollet, a brother Alan (Christine) Hasler of Villa Park, Illinois; nephews and niece Andrew, Jason and Megan Hasler; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, the Reverend R.A. Kelsey and Margaret Kelsey, nee Rupp; paternal grandparents Henry and Anna Hasler, nee Ostroski; and her aunts, Lois Zemke and Ellyse Hasler. Melissa was a waitress and worked a variety of retail positions. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Trenton. Private funeral services at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.

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