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  • Bonkers for Birds
  • Up periscope
  • KC-Trenton seeks entrepreneurs
  • Holiday postpones NB work session
  • Incremental launch planned for New Baden medical facility
  • Time Marches On
  • Bray - Obit
  • Werner - Obit
  • Dewese - Obit
  • Lange - Obit

  • Bonkers for Birds


    This group of Wesclin Middle School students will soon have their studies of various birds published in a Field Guide put out by the United States Army's Corps of Engineers as part of its Bonkers for Birds program. The Corps recently presented the program to schools around the region, following which Wesclin fourth and fifth grade teachers assigned students with researching particular species of birds and presenting reports on them. The best project from each classroom was selected to be part of the Field Guide, which will also include entries from other participating schools. The students have also been invited to attend an awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14 at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, followed by an eagle watching event entitled Masters of the Sky. From left, Katie Doll, who researched the Mississippi Kite; Piper Robinson, Northern Shoveler; Meghan Gilbert, Ruddy Duck; Evan Jones, Common Loon; Olivia Wiggins, Prairie Chicken; Avery Huffman, Spotted Sandpiper; Audrey Brown, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo; and Aisley Toennies, Lark Sparrow.


    Up periscope


    THESE FREEBURG BOWLING FANS MAY OR MAY not be Navy veterans, but they understand the principles of the periscope and put them to good use when the Midgets visited Baden Bowl last week for a match with Wesclin. The periscopes allowed the observers to see over the cluster of bowlers, scorers, coaches, and officials that typically inhibit spectators at bowling matches.


    KC-Trenton seeks entrepreneurs

    Kaskaskia College's Trenton Education Center is actively recruiting potential inhabitants for business incubators in its newly expanded and renovated facility.

    The business incubators are coordinated through the college's Small Business Development Center, and designed to jump-start early-stage and new companies by providing business support, office space, computers and telephones, fixtures, meeting space access, and janitorial services.

    Start-ups have 24-hour access to the building, where each incubator provides about 115 square feet of equipped office space. Incubators in other KC locations have proven most valuable to computer, telephone, and internet entrepreneurs, sales representatives, counselors, consultants, writers, publishers, and insurance and financial services providers.

    Interested applicants should contact Small Business Development Center director Steve Groner at 545-3260, sgroner@kaskaskia.edu




    Holiday postpones NB work session

    New Baden's village board work session was delayed for a day this week in respect to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The postponement pushed the meeting past the Sun's deadline for this week, so here's a preview of items trustees were expected to discuss Tuesday evening.

    Aside from committee and special meetings, New Baden trustees convene twice a month, for a regular 'voting' meeting the first Monday of each month, and for a 'committee as a whole' work session on the third Monday. Trustees are prohibited from voting at the work sessions, but typically discuss progress on ongoing projects and set the table for the regular meeting, where voting action is appropriate. Both meetings are open for the public to observe and a time is reserved for public comment, but residents with questions or complaints for the council are encouraged to call Village Hall ahead of time for a place on the board's agenda.

    Here's the rundown for Tuesday night's meeting:

    Trustees discussed the final details of a contract with internet service provider (ISP) Wisper to place a satellite antenna on the village's elevated water tower. After some negotiation over the terms of the contract, the two parties have reached an agreement, and the board is expected to vote on the matter at its February regular meeting. Wisper provides residential and commercial internet service via a wireless network of towers in the region.

    Having just completed repairs to crumbling concrete on One-Stop Drive (the stubbed-in street between McDonald's and the new Casey's store), trustees took up a discussion of ways to mitigate future deterioration. Village administrator Lyndon Joost suggested two potential options: restriping the street with a center-turn lane to discourage tractor-trailer parking, or designating the street as no parking. Joost advised trustees that McDonald's prohibits tractor-trailer parking on his lot, so the city's policy could have the adverse consequence of pushing such parking to the Casey's lot.

    Police chief Mike Riley presented information on upgrades and changes to the city's emergency notification system. Public safety trustee Mike Mavrogeorge has made a number of suggestions for improvements to the system, including the addition of two additional sirens, and changes in the activation protocols.

    The village and YMCA officials have begun negotiating an agreement for operation of the pool this coming summer. The Y managed the pool last summer, the first time its operation was outside village control, and board members will begin a discussion of whether they want to continue that arrangement, resume village management of the pool, or follow some other course.

    Eric Hull from Western Junction has approached the village about staging a rodeo at New Baden Park June 27 and 28, the same weekend as the June Jamboree. The rodeo has traditionally taken place in Mascoutah.

    A change in state law requires that every elected official have a dedicated email address posted on the village website to provide direct access for constituents. The village has begun setting up the accounts, and trustees will begin monitoring them for correspondence.

    Love's is targeting April 2 as its opening date, pending modifications to Illinois Route 161 and Richter School Road. The travel stop is under construction at the intersection of Route 161 and Interstate 64 on New Baden's west end.




    Incremental launch planned for New Baden medical facility

    HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese announced last week that its new medical facility in New Baden is nearing completion, with health services becoming available incrementally over the next two months.

    Located at 211 East Hanover Street in New Baden, the facility will offer the following services to the residents of New Baden and surrounding communities:
    • Scheduled physician appointments
    (currently available);
    • X-Ray, Physical Therapy and
    Lab testing (scheduled for the
    end of February); and
    • Immediate Care 365 walk-in medical visits (scheduled for the beginning of March).

    "This facility will be unique to the area," said Brian Moeller, hospital Director of Communications and Philanthropy. "Our goal is to bring greater access to health care options to the communities we serve, with hours that suit today's busy schedules," he said. "Opening these services in stages allows us to ensure the best possible care is being provided in all areas."

    While the physician's office will have regular business hours, Immediate Care 365 will be open and X-ray and Lab services will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, with holiday hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Physical Therapy services will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with additional days added as needed.




    Time Marches On


    -1915-

    Dan Witt was the first citizen to pay his taxes for 1914 when Collector Skinner opened his office Tuesday.

    Mary Catherine, wife of Geo. Gerardi, died Sunday evening.

    The Columbia Hotel, purchased by John White, has been remodeled and put in first class shape.

    Jacob Vaninger and family moved their household goods to their farm recently purchased southeast of town.

    -1925-

    W. Ginzel, aged 80 years, died at his home in Round Top, Texas on Jan. 25. He was a brother of Moritz Ginzel.

    The residence of Mrs. J. B. Roedler in the western part of town, was considerably damaged by fire Friday morning.

    The Hertenstein Merc. Co., the oldest business firm in New Baden, will retire from business.

    Mr. and Mrs. Tony Andres of Aviston are mourning the death of their daughter, Ruth.

    -1935-

    Mrs. Eldred Spies underwent and operation for appendicitis at the Aviston Hospital Tuesday.

    Ben Hilmes, 39, brother of Herman Hilmes, died at his home at Damiansville, Tuesday morning.

    Mrs. Arthur Schneider underwent and appendectomy Tuesday morning.

    Elizabeth Dillman of Aviston passed away Sunday after a brief illness.

    Born to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Baer of Summerfield a daughter on Jan. 24 at Highland.

    -1945-

    Roy Dressel was installed as Worshipful Master of the Trenton Masonic Lodge.

    About 125 men met Wed. evening and organized the Trenton Chapter of the Illinois Chapter of the Illinois Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. Arnold Ebel was elected president.

    A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Athmer last Wednesday.

    C.A. Stroot, aged about 63 years, a well know merchant of Aviston for many years, died Monday evening.

    Corp. Delbert Witt and Jewel Howell were united in marriage on Jan. 26.

    -1955-

    Mrs. Anna Geers, nee Stoff, died Jan. 29 in St. Louis where she had been a resident for years.

    Charles Clayton, St. Louis Globe-Democrat writer, spoke on good soil conservation practices at the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.

    Miss Clare Lohman became the bride of Jerome Hustedde in St. Francis Church, Aviston Saturday morning.

    Bill Schubert and Neal Welz led Trenton's basketball team with 18 points each. Bassler tallied 16.

    -1965-

    Miss Theodora Collignon, native of Trenton, died Jan. 29 in St. Louis.

    Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sackett celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Jan. 24.

    Direct distance dialing will go into effect Sunday.

    William Huegen, a retired Albers businessman, died Saturday at the age of 76.

    Ralph Ethridge and his fiancee, Miss Lorene Buehne of St. Rose, will receive bachelor degrees at St. Louis University in February.

    Edward Fiedler of New Baden suddenly died Friday at the age of 57.

    Joe Schumacher, Tom Draper, and James Jansen were all born Jan. 4.

    -1975-

    Edward H. Heimann, retired insurance agent of New Baden, died Jan. 18 at the age of 81.

    Lebanon defeated Wesclin 73-66 to win the Wesclin Invitational basketball tourney. Kurt Klein scored 22 points for Wesclin.

    Mrs. Adell DeLong, nee Peek, died in Palo Alto, Calif. at the age of 49. The funeral was held in Aviston.

    Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sackett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 26.

    Kevin Wiegmann won second place in the VFW sponsored Voice of Democracy contest held at WIBV for the 14th District.

    Blood bank goes over the top with 127 donors.

    Damiansville hopes to be incorporated as a village so that they will be ready for the expansion resulting from the location of the mine to be operated by Monterey Coal Company.

    The new year is here and on Wednesday, Jan. 26 the Clinton County E.M.T. Association will hold its first meeting for 1983, starting at 7 p.m., in the Gold Room at St. Joseph Hospital, Breese. Dr. Johnathan Osborn will be the guest speaker and credit hours will be given. The general public is invited along with E.M.T. and other medical personnel. Dues of $5 for the year will be due at this time.

    -1985-

    Beth Elmore of Trenton was selected to participate in the International 4-H Youth Exchange program which is sponsored by the National 4-H Council.

    Kecia Wright became the bride of Specialist 4 Brett A. Therion on December 14 at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

    Connie Toennies and Dale Beckmann announced their engagement.

    Bernard “Ben” H. Dierkes, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 22. He was born in Damiansville on June 24, 1902, the son of Herman and Maggie Wobbe Dierkes.

    Oliver D. Witt, who formerly owned and operated the mill in Trenton, died Thursday, Jan. 24 at the age of 83. He was born in Trenton on Dec. 8, 1901, the son of Anthony and Mary Ambros Witt.

    Vincent H. Koppers, 76, died Friday, Jan. 25. He was born Sept. 4, 1908 in Beckemeyer, the son of Henry and Della Wickham Koppers.

    -1995-

    Trenton police chief Tim Harris reminds residents that discharging BB guns in the city limits is unlawful.

    A person or persons drove an automobile through the back door and wall of Sue Wei's Four Seasons Restaurant Sunday night and stole $100 in cash from the Trenton eating establishment.

    Five generations gathered together: Albert Rakers, Paul Rakers Peek, Madison Thaggard, Kim Donoho Thaggard, and Bertha Huelsmann Rakers.

    Wesclin's Kristen Koch was named to the all-tournament first team at the Highland Invitational Tournament.

    -2005-

    Trenton Alderman are considering instituting a city prohibition against the possession of tobacco products by persons under 18 years of age.

    The Trenton Woman's Club is searching for photos for a photographic history of Trenton.

    Wesclin softball standout Angie Maue has committed to play her college ball close to home, at McKendree College for coach Evelyn Bean.




    Bray - Obit


    Bette Jo Bray

    Bette Jo Bray, 65, of Trenton, died Sunday January 18, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She was born in Highland, April 3, 1949, daughter of Cecil and Lucille Lewis, nee Alberternst, and they preceded her in death. Her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Virginia Bray, also preceded her. She married Harold "Butch" Bray on April 27 1970 at St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton and he survives at home. Also surviving are her children, Kurt (Lisa) Bray, Lisa Rowold, and Amy (friend Eric Stelfox) Bray, all of Trenton; four grandchildren, Kelsey and Lauren Bray, and Blake and Brooke Rowold; siblings Charlotte (Gary) Reymond of Trenton, Gary (Chris) Lewis of Aviston, Joe (Connie) Lewis of Germantown, and Janet (John) McDaniel of Albers; and sisters-in-law Diane (Robert) Schneider, and Janice (Keith) Vogt, all of Highland. Bette Jo had worked at the Western Clinton County Senior Services in Trenton as Dietician Manager and previously worked at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland as Dietician Manager. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening, flowers and was an avid bird watcher. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton and the Auxiliary to Trenton VFW Post 7983. The funeral was this morning (Wednesday) from St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, Father Joseph Rascher and Father Edward Schaefer officiating. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Trenton. Memorials to Trenton Park Boosters or the charity of the donor's choice will be received through Moss Funeral Home.

    Condolences to mossfuneralhome.com




    Werner - Obit


    Thomas Werner

    Thomas H. "Tom" Werner, 79, of Pocahontas, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis. He was born on Monday, February 18, 1935, in Highland, son of  Hugo E. and Hazel D. Werner, nee Floro, and they preceded him in death. Other precedents included two sisters, Lola Jean Malcolm and Virginia Virgin; two brothers, James Werner and Keith Werner; brothers-in-law Dick Malcolm and Harold "Doc" Virgin; and a sister-in-law, Jean Werner. He married Virginia E. Spihlman on Saturday, February 13, 1960, and she survives at home. Also surviving are three daughters, Angela A. Werner of Highland; Brenda S. Weiss of Highland; and Cynthia J. Fowler of Pocahontas; six grandchildren, Christina M. (fiancé Tyler Lorch) Werner-Schulz of Alton; Kayla A. Naggi of Barnhart, Missouri; Austin C. (significant other-Danielle Gibbons) Fowler of Scott City, Missouri; Chelsea L. Fowler of Jackson, Missouri; Kurt J. Weiss of Highland; and Kara C. Weiss of Highland; a great grandchild, Aiden M. Lorch of Alton; a sister, Betty (Dale) Malan of Sun City, Florida; and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Werner of Helena, Alabama. Mr. Werner was born and reared in Highland and graduated from Highland High School in 1953.  He served with the U.S. Navy from July 12, 1956 to June 13, 1958 with duty in Japan and Australia. He worked for Southern Illinois Railroad; Alton Box Board in Highland; and operated Greenville Bowl for eight years. He retired in 1998 as a general manager for Arnold Bowl in Arnold, Missouri. He had been a pre-need counselor for Hoffmeister Funeral Home in St. Louis. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and working puzzles. He scored a hole-in-one in golf and bowled a 300 game. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. He was a member of Greenville Country Club. There was a memorial service on January 10, 2015, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Private interment. Memorials to American Cancer Society will be accepted through the funeral home.




    Dewese - Obit

    Dorothy Dewese

    Dorothy F. Dewese, 87, of Carlyle, died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She was bborn April 25, 1927 in Collinsville, daughter of John and Ida Doren, nee Ukalavich, and they preceded her in death. Her first husband, Herman Rochell, died January 28, 1992. Her second husband, Lewis Dewese, died in 2009. A sister and other relatives survive. The funeral was Tuesday from Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Interment Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

    For full obituary and condolences, mossfuneralhome.com




    Lange - Obit

    Harlen Lange

    Harlen W. Lange, 80, of Hoffman, died Wednesday, January 14, at Carlyle Healthcare Center. He was born June 14, 1934 in Brookside Township, the son of Fred and Leona (Lueking) Lange. He married Wilma Michael on October 29, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman, and she survives. Children, grandchildren, siblings, in-laws, other relatives and friends also survive. Mr. Lange was a farmer, and a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hoffman. The funeral was Saturday from Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman. Interment Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

    For full obituary and condolences, nordikefuneralhome.com








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