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co ~* J> m o~ [ Trento0's Answer to the New York Times J Printed on recycled m Volume 130, Number 12 Trenton, Illinois, Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Hard at Work TRENTON'S TRENTONFEST COMMITTEE MET LAST WEEK to begin final preparations for the festival, this Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 at Trenton Park. A special 9-11 com- memoration will kick off this year's event, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Saturday's highlights include breakfast, a 5K run/walk, the D.A.R.E. Bike Ride to the Lake, a firemen's muster, a big parade in the evening, and the usual food, refreshments, and entertainment. New to this year's TrentonFest is a vintage tractor show Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. TrentonFest committee members who'attended last week's meeting were, front row, from left, Angle McVey, Sue Quitmeyer, Brent Woods, Phil Schmitt, Pete Schumacher, Marilyn Lee, and Renee Harpstrite; back row, Doug Denaro, Pat Callahan, Dave Meddows, Brian Drees, Randy Ritzheimer, Nathan White, and Dave Quitmeyer. TrentonFest is jointly coordinated by Trenton's Park Boosters and the Trenton Pool Foundation, with support from many local organizations, businesses, and individuals. A flyer is included in this week's Sun including a schedule of events. 1 q A special 9-11 ceremony will Local veterans groups will also Trenton's Nut House Club will Izzy the Grizzly, mascot for the midnight, There will be a short kick off tile two-day TrentonFest at the Trenton Community Park this weekend, with Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken visiting to offer his remarks on the service of soldiers, police, fire, ambulance, and other emergency personnel. The 9-11 commemoration will participate in the ceremony, serve breakfast starting at 7:30 Food and refreshment stands a.m., and the TrentonFest 5-ki- will open at 4 p.m. Friday, andlometer run/walk starts at 8 a.m. carnival rides will be available Lunch service starts at 11 a.m. from 6 to 11 p.m. Local band Lev- This year's TrentonFest will fea- el 5 will entertain from 8 p.m. to ture a new event, a vintage trac- midnight, tor show that begins at noon. Saturday's activities start early, Tractors will be on display until with registration for the Trenton 4 p.m., and awards will be given for the oldest tractor in the show, and for the 'people's choice.' A Firefighter's Muster pitting area fire iepartments against one an- other in a series of competitions starts at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., the full Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team, and St. Louis Blues mascot Louie. Parade line- up is on South Main Street in Trenton. The procession will trav- el north on Main to Third Street, then turn east toward the park, where the route differs slightly live auction at 9:30 p.m. Trenton's Chamber of Commerce will have an 'early bird' drawing in its Citi- zens for Trenton fundraiser at 10 p.m., and Trenton's Park Boosters organization will pick a winner in its raffle of a Polaris Sportsman 500 four-wheeler. start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sep- tember 11, the eighth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States that tragically took thou- sands of American lives. One of the silver linings of the 9-11 cloud Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program bike ride start- ing at 7 a.m. Four different routes are available for riders, from 11 miles to 62 miles round-trip. Pre- registration is available through from prior years. The parade will turn right at Pin Oak, then left on Park Street, ending near the for- mer Trenton VFW building on the east end of the park. All weekend long, there will be great food, great music, wine, i beer, and margaritas, games,t stands, and special attractions. 1 TrentonFest is coordinated by the Carnival rides crank up at 6 Trenton Park Boosters and the ! p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., the Ai- Trenton Municipal Pool Founda- I was a renewed appreciation for the city's website,, menu becomes available at the nad Drum & Bugle Corps will tion, with the support of many t emergency services workers, and or by contacting Trenton D.A.R.E. food stand, entertain on the park grounds, other local organizations and 1 day s ceremony will focus on officer Chris Joellenbeck. Persons TrentonFest's parade starts at along with a Gateway Two-Cylin-people. Proceeds benefit Trenton the public's appreciation for their may also register the day of the 5:30 p.m., with eighty-two entries der Club display. Nudge will en- Community Park. I contributions, ride. so far. The parade will includetertain the crowd from 9 p,m. to i, ii~ Tlie Cracker Barrel Monday holidays never feel Iike holidays to us, the nature Of deadlines being what it is, but hopefully the campers and barbecuers and revelers of Labor Day sur- vived to work another day... It's an activity-filled week- end, headlined by Trenton- Fest Friday and Saturday., There .will be some inter- esting items up for bid at Saturday's verbal auction, including a pie a month from Berkemann's Baker's Dozen in New Baden, two sets of four Cardinal tickets for the current season, a swim party at Trenton Pool, and other items... If you're plan- ning to ride the New Baden D.A.R.E. motorcycle ride this Sunday, might as well do it on a full stomach. Visit the NB American Legion break- fast beforehand, 8 to 11:30 at the legion home. All you can eat. Trenton's city council last week already overtime hours, employees ricer who works the holiday is usu- the holiday pay policies in most ratified a personnel benefit that receive 2.5 times their regular pay ally adjusted to prevent overtime, similar municipalities. pays employees who work on cer- for the hours worked, along withOther city employees usually work However, prior city ordinance tain holidays to earn 1.5 times the regular"straight time" holiday holidays only in the case of an only called for: employees to re- their regular pay for those hours, benefit, emergency, ceive an additional one day's pay in addition to the normal "straight That case is rare, since police of- According to Trenton police chief for the time worked, rather than time" pay they receive for the holi- ricers are the only city employees Mike Jones, police have been paid 1.5 days pay. day. who typically work holidays. In according to that formula for many If the holiday hours worked are such cases, the schedule for the of- years, and it also coincides with --see Trenton Council, page 3 .yes major eve Participation has grown tenfold since the first ride 12 years ago This Sunday will mark the quette State Park in Grafton," 12th year riders have gathered said New Baden Sergeant in New Baden for the D.A.R.E. Scott Meinhardt. "This year Benefit Motorcycle Ride, and a we're expecting around 750 lot has changed over those 12 people, between bikers and years, passengers. Our ride is one of "The first year we had about the largest on this side of the 60 riders, and they were most- river. ly friends and family of mem- This year's route covers bers of the department. Our only stop was at Pere Mar- --see Motorcycle Ride, page 3 Riders gather in Steeleville, one of the stops on last year's D.A.R.E. Motorcycle Ride.