06-27-2013

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US HOUSE VOTES TO NAME BRIDGE “STAN MUSIAL VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE”

The United States House of Representatives recently voted to name the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.”  Congressman John Shimkus was one of the 16 co-sponsors of the legislation, which passed the House on a vote of 395-2.  Shimkus said it is appropriate the bridge be named the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge” as it will honor Musial’s service to his nation, the sacrifice of countless other veterans in the St. Louis area, and Cardinal Nation.  Like many other young men and women of his generation, Stan Musial put aside his career when he was drafted into the United States Navy during World War II.  Shimkus said this legislation is a fitting tribute to a player who will always be remembered in the heart of Cardinals fans as “The Man.”  The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate for a vote.


Congressman John Shimkus addressing the U.S. House of Representatives
in regards to the proposed "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge"

 

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BOND COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT SELLS SURPLUS VEHICLES

The Bond County Sheriff’s Department sold two additional surplus military vehicles.  Last summer, the Sheriff’s Department received several demilitarized US Government vehicles from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.  According to Bond County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Leitschuh, two dump trucks were recently sold for approximately $28,000.00 for the pair.  Last year, approximately $6,000.00 was used from the drug forfeiture fund to bring the vehicles to Bond County.  Earlier this year, the Sheriff’s Department sold a surplus generator, semi-truck, and a tire mounter/de-mounter.  According to Deputy Leitschuh, this brings the total profit to approximately $58,000.00, which will be put back into the drug fund.  For more information, call the Sheriff’s Department at 664-2151.


BENJAMIN MILLS CHAPTER OF DAR CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

The Bond County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated their 100th anniversary.  Karen Bauer-Reelitz, a member of the Bond County DAR, said to commemorate the anniversary, the group marked the grave of the daughter-in-law of the man for whom the chapter is named, Benjamin Mills.  Benjamin Mills never came to Bond County. He died in Kentucky.  His son came to our area in 1827 with his family and homesteaded an area there.  Mary Trotter Mills was the woman whose grave they marked.  Many people are descendents of the Mills family line.  Several of the charter members of the Bond County chapter of the DAR were descendents of Benjamin Mills, which is how the chapter got its name.  For more information on the chapter or to inquire about membership, call Karen at 664-2722.

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ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL OF BREESE AUXILIARY OFFERS MANY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The St. Joseph’s Hospital of Breese Auxiliary recently presented $80,000.00 to the hospital and invites you to get involved in raising their next gift.

Funds are raised by the 400-plus member organization in a variety of ways, including gift shop sales, silent auctions, sales of quilts and used books, bake sales, a walk-a-thon for scholarships, and other activities.  St. Joseph’s Hospital of Breese Auxiliary volunteers collect paper for recycling, clean and repair stuffed animals for pediatric patients, provide computer support, assist staff, serve at hospital functions on and off campus, and serve as Eucharistic Ministers.  The Auxiliary also sponsors larger-scale events, such as a holiday bazaar, a golf tournament, and a book fair.

For information about the St. Joseph’s Hospital of Breese Auxiliary or hospital volunteer opportunities, call 526-5351.

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