E-Newsletter - December 3, 2010
Rotary Club has kicked off their annual Tree Of Lights campaign.
are collected throughout the Christmas season, then 100 percent of the proceeds
are donated to local worthy causes. “This year our goal is to raise $38,000,”
said Rotarian Bill Wirth. Those wishing to contribute to the campaign, can drop
off their donation at any local Waterloo bank. A running tab of the collection
is on display at the Monroe County Courthouse grounds.
second annual Lighted Christmas Parade is this Saturday,
at 5 p.m. The parade kicks off at Rueck Road and travel south on Main Street to
Cherry Street (City Hall). The last float will be Santa Claus pulled by a
horse-drawn carriage. Santa will be dropped off at his hut in front of City Hall
where he will visit with children following the parade.
The Waterloo Optimist Club is once again selling real Christmas trees just in time for holiday decorating. Lots are open at Diehl Florist on Rogers Street and Celebration Station along North Market. All of the proceeds are used to fund programs benefit local youth programs.
Dayne Wittenbrink stopped by the office with her newborn twins.
Marie and Charlie Leighton Wittenbrink-Row were born Nov. 11 at St. John Medical
Center in St. Louis. Proud parents are Dayne Wittenbrink and Dustin Row of
Columbia. Grandparents are Dayne Wittenbrink of Red Bud and Debbie and Dan Row
Eight Red Bud Students Named Illinois State Scholars
Red Bud High
School Principal Sarah Imhoff has announced that eight of her students have been
named 2011 Illinois State Scholars. They are Torie Ramlose, Holly Mayberry,
Chelsea Curten, Matt Hooten, Trenton Guebert, Kollin Liefer, Jake Caswell and
The three grand prize winners of the Columbia Christmas Cruise are Debbie Geist of Columbia, Don Gallagher of Columbia and Wendy Wright of Waterloo. They each won a 22-inch flat screen TV, DVD player and a movie bundle. Wendy Luther was the lucky winner of a dozen cupcakes provided by Dear Diva Desserts.
Waterloo School Superintendent James Helton and his wife Marilyn are recovering from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in late November. They were on their way to Chicago to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary when they collided with a semi-tractor truck which pulled into their path. Jim returned to the office today, Dec. 3 to say hello to his staff and mention they are doing well and on their way to a full recovery.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Lansing is on the mend after suffering several wounds while partaking in K-9 unit use training. During the training, he was accidently attacked by the Granite City Police Department’s K-9 unit. Lansing’s dog Sari was not injured and is loyally at Lansing’s bedside tending to him while he recovers.
Columbia Public Library’s annual Holiday House Tour is Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the library at 281-4237 or Kathy Habermehl at 281-4613.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!
Santa Claus is planning on making stops around the area just in time for Christmas. St. Nick will be in downtown Waterloo (at the Courthouse Square) every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. now through Christmas. The hut is sponsored by the waterloo Chamber of Commerce. Children in Red Bud can stop visit Santa at the Ziebold Building at the four-way from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. He will also be at the Ruma Village office Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Columbia during the city’s Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade heads along Main Street beginning at 5 p.m. Santa will then be at City Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19.
A brunch with Santa Claus will be served Sunday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Ridge Golf Course in Waterloo. In addition, Santa will be at the First National Bank of Waterloo’s downtown Waterloo location on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Maeystown’s Old-Fashioned German Christmas will be Sunday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. German customs and music, as well as traditional music of the season, will be featured. Featured activities for the day will include free carriage rides from 12 noon to 2 p.m. St Nikolaus will greet visitors from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Featured music will begin with the Band Room Brass strolling ensemble from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The Valmeyer High School mixed ensemble will sing carols throughout the town from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sharing their talents on hammered dulcimer will be Carl Seavers and Jim Abbott in the Rock Mill from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The String Connection will provide music in the Corner George Inn ballroom at 1:30 p.m. and again at 2:15 p.m. At 3 p.m., there will be a German Carol Sing in the ballroom accompanied by Mardy Eisloeffel on accordion, followed by a traditional carol sing at the mill at 4:30p.m. as the village weinachtsbaum (Christmas tree) is lighted.
The St John Adult Choir will serve stew, bratwurst and hot dogs at the corner of Main and Mill. The Maeystown Women’s Club will provide a Taste of Christmas dessert sampling in the basement of the Rock Mill. The Village Kaffeehaus will also have gluhwein, sausage and cheese platters , coffee and wine. The Sweet Shoppe will sell baked goods and candies. The Maeystown General Store and Georgia Mae’s Antiques will be open throughout the day, and the Preservation Society Rock Mill Museum will be open with displays about Maeystown’s history.
activity this year is a puppet show at St John UCC. Performances are scheduled
for 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Children will also be able to
participate in making an ornament to take home. Homemade candy will be for sale
with the proceeds to benefit the church’s Sunday School. For more information,
contact David Braswell at 618-458-6660.
Upcoming Weekend Sports
Waterloo’s basketball team (0-3) hosts Jerseyville on Friday evening, Dec. 3. WHS is off to a slow start, but so is Jerseyville, who are off to an 0-5 record. Waterloo has only seven home games this year, so tonight’s game might be a good chance to see the team possibly get their first win. The WHS wrestling teams travels to Litchfield on Saturday for a match beginning at 12 noon.
Columbia’s boys’ basketball team is finishing up play this weekend in the Lebanon Tournament. They will play for fifth place against Alton-Marquette on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. The Eagles are led by Bryce Bastien who is averaging 17 points per game, Wilson Babb, 12, and Taylor O’Connor, 10.
The Gibault boys’ basketball squad is hosting Pinckneyville on Friday evening, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. The Hawks currently have a record of 2-1, with wins over Highland and Waterloo during their Thanksgiving tournament. The Lady Hawks’ girls’ basketball team has a record of 2-4 and hosts Marissa on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is at 1 p.m.
WJHS Junior Bulldogs Finish Second In Conference
Junior High School A-team girls’ basketball team is off to a great start. They
have a 10-3 record so far and finished the regular season in second place in the
conference. They are now gearing up for the Cahokia Conference Tournament which
begins Monday, Dec. 6.
Two Named To All-State Academic Team
Red Bud High
School football players Alex Phegley and Trenton Guebert have been named to this
year’s IHSA Class 2A All-State Academic Team. They were selected by the Illinois
High School Football Coaches Association.
Valmeyer High School FFA’s annual Poinsettia Sale and Toy Show is this Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school gym and FFA greenhouse.
Local Cubs fans mourning the loss of legendary third basemen broadcaster Ron Santo include Bill Rick, the Levendoski family and many of the folks at Fountain Inn. Santo, 70, passed away after an extended illness, including a lifelong battle with diabetes.
A World Of Difference Health Food Store in downtown Waterloo is having a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. They will feature recipes made with organic and natural ingredients. Free recipes, samples, special sales and attendance prizes will be offered throughout the day. Gift baskets will be on display and gift certificates will be available for purchase. A World of Difference is located at 127 N. Main Street. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-939-4144.
Monroe County Court Report
cases were adjudicated the week of Nov. 30 in Monroe County Circuit Court in
Waterloo, Judges Brian Babka and Dennis Doyle presiding:
John B. Niermann, 81, of Red Bud, died Dec. 2, 2010 at his residence. He was born Nov. 22, 1929 in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late William and Clara (nee Wiegard) Niermann. John married Connie Bachelier on in 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He owned and operated Niermann Construction in Prairie du Rocher and Red Bud for 35 years. In addition to his wife, Mr. Niermann is survived by his children Gerald (Terry) Niermann, of Waterloo and Debbie (the late Tim) Godier of Prairie du Rocher; brothers Earl (Evola) Niermann of Columbia, Robert (the late Evelyn) Niermann of Waterloo and Kenneth (Barb) Niermann of Red Bud; a sister, Dorothy (Merlin) Boyd of Urbana; grandchildren Jessica (James) Workman, Travis Niermann, Chrystle Godier, Candace “Pete” (Nick) Mudd, Gregory Godier and Andrea “A.J.”Godier; a step-granddaughter, Alex Feldker; and great-grandsons Bryce, Hayden and Timothy Donjon, Dalton Mudd and Jonathan Workman; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Tim Godier; granddaughters Bethany Ann Godier and Kaitlyn J. Niermann; a brother, Wilfred Niermann; and a sister, Hortense Roy. Mr. Niermann served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and was a member of the Knight of Columbus 1952 of Evansville, the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Post 622 and Carpenters Local 1361 in Chester. Visitation is Monday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. A funeral mass will immediately follow with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Niermann will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Church and Grade School.
Mildred Steibel, 92, nee Deterding, of Prairie du Rocher, died Dec. 3, 2010 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 3, 1918 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Stephen and Pearl (nee Allgire) Deterding. She married Clarence Steibel in 1940 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He died in 1975. Mrs. Steibel is survived by her children Rose Ann (Harry) Glenn of Prairie du Rocher, Wayne (Charlotte) Steibel of Ruma, Steve (Cheryl) Steibel of Red Bud and Sharon (Denis) Bagsby of Waterloo; a daughter-in-law, Bernice Steibel of Ruma; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dale Steibel; sisters Grace Ellner, Helen Hemmer and Goldie Shields; and brothers Norvel Deterding and Clifford Deterding. Mrs. Steibel was a cook at the Little Cupboard Restaurant in Prairie du Rocher. She was a member of the Altar Sodality and a former PSR teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, was a past-president of the Prairie du Rocher Senior Citizens and was an avid quilter. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud; Funeral is Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Father Daniel J. Jurek officiating. Mrs. Steibel will be buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to masses.