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You can help the hungry in our area this Christmas sea- son by dropping off canned and dry goods at any of First National Bank's locations (two in Carlyle and one in Aviston) for distribution to the Matthew 25 and Green Bean food pantries here in the county... The weather- men seem to agree that cold weather and potentially snow are headed our way by the end of the week, but this last unseasonably warm- weekend gave lots of local folks the chance for one last outdoor fling. Festival of Trees this week at New Baden civic center Zion UOO plans three-day Christmas event Start your holiday season off with a walk through the New Baden Festival of Trees forest. The Festival of Trees is a fun-filled event for kids and adults alike. Walk amid dozens of beautiful and uniquely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths displayed by local families, businesses, and organizations of the area. The Festival of Trees by Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden, will be at the New Baden Civic Center Decem- ber 5 through 7. The forest will be filled with over 70 Christmas trees and wreaths, with over 30 to be raffled off. Each tree has its own flair, with entries that include "The Mu- sic of Christmas," "Looking for Santa," --see Festival of Trees, page 3 Sugar Creek fireman Mark Brown and his dog Gus demonstrate the proper technique for using the new pet oxygen masks purchased by the fire department. The masks will be car- ded by Sugar Creek Ambulance Service personnel. Sugar Creek emergeni00y00services now have access to pet oxygen masks Acting on an inquiry from resident bulance Service agreed to carry one kit Lynn Haas, Sugar Creek Fire Depart- on each of its ambulances. The kits will ment recently bought two pet oxygen be used in the event of a fire call where mask kits with money raised through its raffe ticket sales. Sugar Creek Am- --see Pet Oxygen Masks, page 3 Heather Hooks, Mike May and Patty Bassler of West Gate Bap- tist Church are among more than thirty-five musicians from various churches in the Trenton community who will perform at Sunday's annual Christmas Candlelight Concert. Community Christmas Concert Sunday at St. John UCC More than 35 vocalists, instrumentalists from four Trenton churches will pe#orm The forty-eighth annual Christmas Candlelight Concert is set for Sunday, December 8, at 4:15 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ. This annual concert is a joyful event celebrat- ing the music of the season by community musicians who have been preparing for several weeks. The pub- lic is invited to attend and may extend the blessings of the concert if they desire to bring canned goods to ben- efit the Green Bean Food Pantry. A collection basket will be located at the con- cert entrance. A large combined choir will include singers from churches in the community including Grace Communi- ty Baptist Church, St. Mary Catholic Church, West Gate Baptist Church, and St. John UCC. The adult choirs from West Gate Bap- tist and St John will sing and soloists will be Kurt Wehrle and Alan Zurliene. Maggie and Bonnie Arent- sen, Heather Hooks, and Mike May will perform spe- cial duets. Instrumentalists include Joan Witte, harp; Buddy Ferguson, trumpet; and Madeline Moylan, flute and keyboard. Bonnie Ar- entsen will accompany the /- combined choirs and per-'-[ form an organ prelude and recessional. Other accom- panists will be Mary Klein, Kalei Swagger, and Karen Koch. The combined choir will be directed by Karen Koch. Possibility seems remote for traffic control at new school complex Wesclin school district has investi- gated the possibilities of controlling traffic near the high school campus as the new building draws closer to completion. There has been concern related to traffic issues that might arise as a result of the new building being lo- cated west of Highway 160 on Wesclin Road. Wesclin business manager Paul Tockstein has investigated the pro- cesses for reducing the speed limit near the high school entrance or estab- lishing a left turn lane at the entrance to reduce the risk for accidents. Tockstein presented his report to the Wesclin school board at its regu- lar meeting last month. The news was not especially optimistic. According to the Illinois Depart- ment of Transportation (IDOT), the process for reducing the speed limit on a state highway involves a traffic study where current speed trends are observed. The only way IDOT will re- duce the speed limit, Tockstein said, is if current traffic already travels slow- er than the speed limit. There is a possibility that the new high school may cause traffic to slow somewhat, in which case it may be best to wait to request the study un- til students begin attending the new school. The prospect of having a left turn lane installed appears even more re- mote. A study would again be required, and could cost up to $1 million. The school could pay for the study them- selves, or ask Sugar Creek Township to request a study paid for by the state. In order to qualify for the study, the location must be in the top five percent in the state in terms of acci- dent ratio, which the Wesclin locale is not. Even if the study were granted and the project approved, it would be at least two years before it would be installed. Sugar Creek Financial Corp. announces conversion plan Tempo Bank parent will shift from mutual to fully public company Trenton, Illinois--Sugar Creek Financial Corp. (the "Company") (OTCBB: SUGR), the parent compa- ny for Tempo Bank (the "Bank"), an- nounced today that its Board of Di- rectors, together with the Boards of Directors of Sugar Creek MHC (the "MHC") and the Bank, have unani- mously adopted a Plan of Conversion and Reorganization (the "Plan of Conversion"). Pursuant to the Plan of Conver- sion, the MHC will sell its major- ity ownership in the Company in a "second-step" stock offering. Simul- taneously, the Company, which is currently in the mutual holding com- pany structure, will reorganize to a fully public stock holding company. As part of the conversion and re- organization, the Bank will become a wholly owned subsidiary of a new holding company, which will be named Sugar Creek Financial Corp. Upon completion of the conversion and reorganization, shares of com- mon stock of the Company held by the MHC will be canceled and those shares held by persons other than the MHC will be converted into shares of common stock of the new holding company pursuant to an exchange ratio intended to preserve the per- centage ownership interests of such persons. In the stock offering, depos- itors of the Bank with qualifying de- posits as of September 30, 2012 will have first priority to purchase the shares of common stock of the new holding company. The conversion and reorganiza- tion will be subject to approval of the Bank's depositors and certain borrowers, the stockholders of the Company (including the approval --see Tempo Bank, page 3 NEW 7 WEST CHEF JOE METZGER Expanded food service at center of changes to 7 West by Amanda Richardson There's a new chef at an old landmark in Trenton, and Joe Metzger has plans to improve the lunch dining experience at 7 West Bar and Grill. "There are a lot of chang- es coming up for 7 West," Metzger said last week. "Changes for the better." Metzger plans to re-em- phasize the food service at the decades-old Trenton tavern in the unique build- ing at 7 West Broadway in Trenton. Metzger grew up in Trenton and graduated from Mater Dei High School before leaving the area in 1985 to attend the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach. Metzger headed to Flori- da based on the advice of a local chef he admired and who was trained in classic Italian cuisine. "There are more menu op- tions available to the pub- lic in coastal regions than there are inland," Metzger said in explaining his deci- sion to train in another re- gion of the country. "Since the coastal regions attract more tourism, there are a wider variety of res- taurants with food from many different cultures. That's what I wanted to learn, and why I left for Florida. I wanted to broad- en my horizons and learn new techniques." he said. He has decided to feature a small, flexible menu that will be posted on a chalk- board, which will allow him to gauge the success of vari- ous dishes and make chang- es if they are warranted. "When you go to ares- --see 7 West, page 3