FIRST ILLINOIS BIRDS TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
According to state public health director Dr. Damon T. Arnold, two birds in Illinois have tested positive for West Nile virus. A house sparrow collected in Lanark, in Carroll County May 8 and a cowbird collected in Belleville, in St. Clair County May 10, both tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Dr. Arnold said, “Although most cases of West Nile virus are mild, the virus can still cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease.” To reduce your chances of contracting the virus, take steps to lessen the likelihood of getting mosquito bites. Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors, and apply insect repellent. Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding and in communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, report areas of stagnant water to municipal agencies. Additional information on West Nile virus may be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website.
KID FIT CLUB 2010 AT ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL IN BREESE
Registration continues for Kid Fit Club 2010, a program offered by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese for kids ages 10-14 who may need help achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. Sessions will be from noon – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 7-July 16 at the St. Joseph-Breese Helathplex. The fee is $100.00 for the six-week program with family discounts available and registration is due Friday, May 28. For more information or to register, call 526-5630.
KENNETH B. YOUNG
Kenneth B. Young age 79 of rural Keyesport passed away Saturday May 15th at his home. Funeral services will be Wednesday the 19th at 11AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville. Burial will be in Payne Cemetery in Keyesport with graveside military rites by VFW Post 6368. Friends may call Tuesday after 4PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Memorials are suggested to Our Redeemer Luther Church, and the Young Funeral Home in Greenville is handling the arrangements.
William J. “Bill” Berndsen, age 77 of Breese, passed away Friday, May 14th. A Funeral Mass for 77 year old William “Bill” Berndsen will be Wednesday at 10am at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8pm and Wednesday from 8 to 9:30am at Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.
Violet R. Sumner, age 80 of Highland, passed away Saturday, May 15th at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. Funeral services for 80 year old Violet Sumner will be Tuesday at 11:30am at Goodbread Cemetery in Gorham, IL. Burila will be in Goodbread Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7pm at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra. Memorials may be made to the family.
Dorothy E. Micheel, age 85 of Germantown, passed away Saturday, May 15th at Breese Nursing Home. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for 85 year old Dorothy Micheel will be Tuesday at 11am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8pm and Tuesday from 9 to 10:45am at Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Anda E. Donnelly, age 92 of Highland, passed away Saturday, May 15th at Highland Healthcare Center. Funeral services for 92 year old Anda Donnelly will be Tuesday at 10am at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8pm at Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Tuesday from 9 to 10am at Evangelical United Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
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