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  • Welcome to TrentonFest
  • Northland Acres paving bids opened
  • Tips for preventing WNV
  • Property crime details remain under wraps
  • Time Marches On
  • Ritzheimer - Obit
  • Feldmann - Obit
  • Daiber - Obit

  • Welcome to TrentonFest

    TRENTONFEST COMMITTEE MEMBERS invite the community to attend this year's event September 5 and 6 at Trenton Park. From left, Brent Woods, Dave Meddows, Paul Elsing, Larry Litteken, Aaron Hoerchler, Chris Deiters, Phil Schmitt, Kyle Jones, Jake Brandmeyer, Jarrod Tobin, Jason Heinzmann, Pete Schumacher, and Brian Kuhl.

    Trenton's Park Boosters and other community volunteers met last week to finalize plans for this year's TrentonFest, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6 at Trenton Park.

    The festival opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday when food and refreshment stands start serving, with carnival rides running from 6 to 10 p.m. An Antique tractor weighted pull will be the feature entertainment Friday night, and starts at 6:30 p.m. Bad Larrys will provide the musical entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight.

    Saturday's schedule of events starts early, with bicycle riders in the Trenton Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) fundraising bike ride beginning registration at 7 a.m. Trenton's Nut House Club will serve breakfast on the park grounds starting at 7:30 a.m. the first event of the day is the Deien Chevrolet 'Wifflepalooza' wiffle ball tournament, which will be relocated this year from the main baseball diamond to the smaller diamonds on the southern side of the park.

    Food stands open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch service (full menu service starts at 4:30), and an antique tractor show begins at noon. A washer tournament starts at 12:30. The TrentonFest parade rolls through town starting at 5:30 p.m., following the usual route from South Main north to Third Street, then east toward the park. The Ainad Drum and Bugle Corps will play on the park grounds immediately following the parade. Carnival rides start up at 6 p.m. Saturday. Southern Illinois Green Iron Club will stage a vintage tractor plow pull starting at 7 p.m. Rough Ryders will be the musical entertainment Saturday, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. At 10 p.m., Trenton Chamber of Commerce will draw the 'early bird' winner in the Citizens for Trenton drawings, and the park boosters will select the winner in their Henry Goldenboy rifle raffle. There will be a silent auction Saturday night, ending at approximately the same time as the drawings.

    Northland Acres paving bids opened

    Trenton's city council will likely vote next Tuesday to award a contract to Rooter's Asphalt for resurfacing streets in the Northland Acres subdivision.

    The Beckemeyer-based firm was the only bidder on the project, although project engineer Justin Venvertloh of Thouvenot, Wade, and Moerchen (TWM) Engineers reported that six companies pulled plans during the bid process.

    "It's the middle of the construction season," said Venvertloh, "plus IDOT just had a major letting and I assume a lot of asphalt companies were busy preparing bids for that. But we got a good bid, and these guys do good work."

    Rooter's will be awarded a contract for about $240,000, which is about $10,000 below the engineering estimate for the work. Venvertloh explained that the project will be completed with as little disruption as possible for subdivision residents. "They'll use the millings to create temporary ramps at driveways to allow access," he said.

    The project should begin in three to four weeks.

    In other business from Monday night's council work session:

    City administrator Doug Brimm revived a proposal from the past to allow sidewalk dining and drinking on Broadway in Trenton, based on conversations he has had with the new ownership of downtown bar and restaurant 7 West on the topic of storefront improvements that could be financed with tax increment financing.

    Brimm distributed drawings of several potential ideas for refurbishing the location to council members in what he described as preliminary proceedings.

    City attorney Tim Palen explained that city code already provides for the use of outdoor, public space with a special use permit, but said the ordinance must be amended to allow consumption of alcohol outdoors.

    Brimm said he had experience with similar uses of sidewalks while working in Collinsville. Brimm said he hopes to promote the use of TIF money in improving storefronts in the district and revitalizing downtown.

    A previous owner of 7 West brought a similar idea to the council several years; that proposal was rejected.

    After learning that the payback for a $750,000 solar energy system will be 19 years, Trenton mayor Kyle Jones said on Monday that powering the new wastewater treatment facility with 'green' energy doesn't make sense from a financial standpoint.

    Jones said the city could likely receive a state grant for a third of the project cost, but would still need to add about ten percent, or $500,000, to a loan through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) that will pay for the construction of the new plant.

    Nonetheless, the mayor said his administration will continue to look for environmentally-friendly ways to cut costs. The city pays about $30,000 per year to power the sewer plant, a figure that would have been cut by about two-thirds through the use of the solar panels, which augment traditional electricity sources.

    City attorney Tim Palen updated council members on rercent legislative activity, including changes in the rules for driving non-highway vehicles (golf carts, in Trenton's case) and amendments to a law that caps the amount governments can charge for water 'tap-on' fees.

    The law regarding non-highway vehicles once did not allow crossings of state highways at any time, but has since been revised to allow those crossings, said Palin, provided the speed limit on the state highway is not more than 35 miles per hour. Trenton's code, which followed state law in prohibiting such crossings, will be re-written to allow them.

    The 'tap on' fee legislation was authored by 54th district state senator Kyle McCarter in reaction to outrageous fees being charged by Caseyville Township. The sweeping legislation once included all water suppliers, but after furious reaction from municipalities who feared the loss of revenue would drive water rates upward, Governor Pat Quinn issued an amendatory veto which exempts municipalities from the cap. The amended bill is expected to be approved by the Illinois congress, said Palen.

    Tips for preventing WNV

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2014. The Chicago Department of Public Health reported a woman in her 70's falling ill in July.

    Since May 20, 2014 the Clinton County Health Department collected and tested 118 mosquito samples, all of which were negative for West Nile virus. A bird collected in Trenton on July 29, 2014 also tested negative for WNV.

    West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include practicing the three "R's" – reduce, repel and report.

    REDUCE exposure
    • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
    • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
    • Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Change water in bird baths weekly.

    • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535.Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

    • Contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. Contact the Clinton County Health Department, 618-594-2723 to report a dead bird.

    Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website.

    Property crime details remain under wraps

    Residents in Trenton and New Baden suffered property-crime sprees in recent days in unrelated cases. Arrests have been made in both instances, but neither suspect has been officially charged, and Clinton County states attorney John Hudspeth has advised the police departments in the communities to withhold the alleged scofflaws' names.

    In New Baden, about two dozen cars were affected by a crime-spree overnight Tuesday, August 19 into Wednesday, August 20. According to New Baden police chief Mike Riley, the suspect entered most of the automobiles and stole items and criminally-damaged others when frustrated by locked doors. The suspect etched an ‘anarchy' symbol on about a half-dozen vehicles, according to Riley, including a pick-up truck owned by the village. New Baden police have recovered loose change, several sets of keys, and a GPS device, among other items. Tires were slashed on one vehicle. The suspect faces a number of potential charges, according to police.

    In Trenton, some residents reported the theft of items from garages, decks, and vehicles overnight Friday, August 15, and a suspect has been arrested, although police chief Mike Jones told The Sun he is unable to disclose information about the incidents, based on his conservations with the states attorney's office.

    Trenton mayor Kyle Jones referenced the crimes in remarks to Trenton's city council at its Monday night work session, in advising residents to make certain that their valuables are secure, doors locked, and garages closed. "These were fairly minor burglaries, and we're fortunate not to have a lot of violent crime," Jones said, "but residents need to be aware that this kind of thing goes on here and take the appropriate precautions."

    Time Marches On


    The public schools opened September 1, with an enrollment of 213 in the grades and 40 in the high school.

    Mrs. Katharine Emig, nee Schoene, died August 31 at the age of 51.

    The Ginzel Mercantile Co. warehouse was damaged about $200 by a fire Monday evening.


    Emmet Skinner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Skinner, and Miss Irene Ward of Ironton, Missouri, were married in St. Louis Saturday.

    Gervais Brefeld had the bone in his right arm near the wrist fractured Friday while attempting to crank a Ford truck belonging to his father.

    Erwin J. Hanke died at his home in St. Louis on August 31 at the age of 46.

    Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gerstner of Aviston are the happy parents of a baby girl.


    Delmar Bassler of this city and Miss Kathlyn Hays of Mattoon were united in marriage at Mattoon last Wednesday afternoon.

    Miss Loreen Ziegler has accepted a position as instructor in the schools at Roseville.

    After an active business career of 64 years, Charles Emig, Clinton County's oldest barber, this week closed his shop and retired from business.

    August Zimmermann of New Baden and Ms. Elizabeth Hinkamp of Breese were married Thursday morning in St. George Church, New Baden.


    Miss Mary Jane Eisenmayer has resumed her position as instructor in the Rantoul schools.

    Aviston High School opened with an enrollment of 146 and the grade school with 127.

    All plans are now complete for Lebanon to have a Class I airport located near the south city limits at the junction of Routes 43 and 50.

    John Kemper was seriously injured when his jack slipped while he was changing a flat tire.


    The Trenton Building and Loan Assn. will have an open house at their new building on West Broadway, September 13 through 19.

    Mrs. Nellie Louden died Wednesday at the Highland Hospital at the age of 74.

    Sideros Padfield, 74, former Summerfield resident, died of injuries sustained in a tractor accident Thursday at Ransom, Kansas.

    Miss Norma Jean Klein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steward Klein, was graduated from the Christian Welfare School of Nursing in East St. Louis.

    War was declared in Trenton last Wednesday and Thursday night and hundreds of starlings and blackbirds were killed to make the city safe for at least a little while.

    Daughters were born to Mr. an Mrs. Leonard Rule and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Ranz.


    Four lives were snuffed out Saturday night at intersection of two secondary roads southwest of Breese Saturday night. Fatalities were Miss Mary Lou Renschen, 15, of near Breese, Bernard H. Wiegmann, 71, his son Edmund Wiegmann, 28, and his son-in-law Alvin Thole, 34, all of R.R.1, New Baden.

    Jerry Hobbs, Michael Ethridge and David Winkler have enlisted in the Marine Corps.

    A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Henss Sunday at the Highland Hospital.

    Miss Andrea Billhartz became the bride of Herschel Wright September 5, in St. George Church, New Baden.


    Charles J. Spaeth of New Baden died August 30 at the age of 48.

    The 33rd annual Kuhn family reunion was held August 25 at Lindedale Park, Highland, with 128 members present. Jay Boulanger was elected president and Lois Zitzmann secretary-treasurer.

    Mr. and Mrs. William J. Spaeth will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Saturday.

    Enrollment in Clinton County schools dropped a total of 171 for the 1974-75 school year. There are 5,129 in elementary schools and 2,342 in high schools.

    The Sportsmen's Lake will be at about half capacity for eight to 10 weeks and there will be no fishing during this period.


    Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Bassler of Trenton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 2. Mrs. Bassler is the former Kathlyn Hayes.

    Wayland Johnson of Newtown, Connecticut was a visitor at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Johnson of Trenton.

    Wesclin School Dist. #3 had an overall enrollment of 1,434. Last year the enrollment was 1,398, 36 less than this year.

    Citizens for Trenton weekly drawings began September 1, with Tom Pennell, Trenton, being the first drawing winner. One down, nine to go.


    On Thursday, August 18, Ryan Bassler and his musical group, Lorenzo Music, appeared in video on the Conan O'Brien National television show.

    Ray and Elaine Sigler of rural Trenton won recently the regional bridge championships in St. Louis.

    Trenton received notification last week that the state will provide the city $17,910 in funding to assist with improvements to public buildings needed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

    Dick Holubek of Trenton accidentally grew what appears to be a tiny watermelon, but upon cutting the fruit open it appears to be a cucumber. Dick reports that even the most experienced local gardeners have never before seen such a cross between fruit and vegetable.


    The first block of South Adams Street in Trenton has been closed for the past several days, as workers from Rite-Way Excavating in Lebanon replace a dilapidated sewer line that runs several blocks to the south from Broadway.

    Trenton's Dollar General Store recently received two "certificates of excellence" at the company's annual meeting in Mt. Vernon.

    Trenton resident Darlene Ewers was "mayor for a day" this past Friday, when she spent the day with Trenton mayor Margaret Conley.

    Ritzheimer - Obit

    Russell Ritzheimer

    Russell A. Ritzheimer, 75, of Trenton, died Monday, August 25, 2014 at his home. He was born January 18, 1939 in Trenton, son of Oscar and Clara Ritzheimer, nee Haas, and they preceded him in death. Also preceding him were two daughters, Connie Ritzheimer and Tracy Ritzheimer; a son, Rodney Ritzheimer; brothers Richard Ritzheimer and Raymond Ritzheimer; sisters-in-law Joanne Ritzheimer, Doris Ritzheimer, and Barb Rakers; and brothers-in-law Loren Holzinger and Roger Rakers. He married Sis Rakers on August 22, 1959 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, and she survives at home. Also surviving are his children, Randy (Ashley) Ritzheimer of Trenton, Wendy Schrage of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Jeff (Jeannie) Ritzheimer of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, Sheldon (Mike) Pagano, Reid Ritzheimer, Amanda (Chuck) Klausmeier, Julie (Chuck) Doolin, Simone Ritzheimer, and Celeste Ritzheimer; 3 great grandchildren, Hayden and Hunter Klausmeier, and Kane Doolin; his siblings, Emma Lou Holzinger of Highland, Roger (Katie) Ritzheimer of Breese, and Ralph (Bonnie) Ritzheimer of Breese; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Albin Rakers of Montgomery City, Missouri, Tom (Sharon) Rakers of Trenton, Arlene (Jim) Booker of Powhatan, Virginia, Lester (Nancy) Rakers of Trenton, Sharon (Ron) Gerstner of Trenton, and Gerri (Glen) Knoephlein of Montgomery City, Missouri. Mr. Ritzheimer was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from fuel maintenance for the United States Government, operated R & R Landscaping for over 20 years, and was a former co-owner of the Trenton House Restaurant. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Trenton, an active member of Trenton Park Boosters, and a former member of the Trenton Nut House Club. Friends may call on Saturday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Trenton. There will be a memorial service at the church at 1:00 p.m., the Reverend Mike Rucker officiating. Memorials to the Trenton Park Boosters will be received at the church or through Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.

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    Feldmann - Obit

    Mary Feldmann

    Mary E. Feldmann, 78, of Aviston, died Monday, August 25, 2014 at Aviston Countryside Manor. She was born May 10, 1936 in Aviston, daughter of Herman and Anna Feldmann, nee Timmermann, and they preceded her in death. Other precedents included a sister, Lucille Feldmann; and a brother-in-law, Charles Schrage. She is survived by two sisters, Antoinette Feldmann and Dorothy Schrage, both of Aviston; a brother, Henry (Mary Lou) Feldmann of Aviston; nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Ms. Feldman attended Aviston Grade School and graduated from Aviston High School in 1954. She started a career in banking that same year, at First National Bank in St. Louis. She retired from Boatman’s Bank in 1998. She was a member of St. Francis Parish and Altar Sodality in Aviston, and a charter member of St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary in Breese. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014 from St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston, the Rev. Dan Friedman officiating. Interment follows at St. Francis Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday, August 28, and from 8 until 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 29, at Hempen-Nordike Funeral Home in Aviston. Memorials to St. Francis Parish, St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary, or the charity of the donor’s choice will be received at the funeral home.

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    Daiber - Obit

    Michael Daiber

    Michael S. Daiber, 39, of Breese, died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at his home. He was born March 20, 1975 in Breese, son of Jackie (Roger) Schurtz, nee Deien, and Aaron Bradshaw, and they survive. His fiancé, children, stepchildren, siblings, other relatives and friends also survive. Mr. Daiber was a truck driver for Surmeier & Surmeier in Mascoutah and a volunteer for the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency. The funeral is this evening (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. from Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorials to the family will be received at the funeral home.

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