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SM/kLLf OWN N EWSP/kPE~:~' S ,:.1 [ VV C O f/\ $7 Si-tELTON V',,% gS584 I Trenton's Answer to the New York Times ] Printed on recycled newsprint Volume 135, Number 25 Trenton, Illinois, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 USPS 638-200 The Cracker Barrel Vitamin D deficiency is on the rise in southern Illi- nois, where we haven't seen more than a peep of the sun in days. The good news is it's not snowing... Kurt Wehrle may have spent Sunday icing his hand after keeping score for two McKendree and two Wesclin basketball games Saturday. If Kurt doesn't get enough roundball action this year, it won't be because he didn't try... Christmas activities are ratcheting up in western Clinton County, and Santa visits, breakfasts, Limo Lunch TOP COOKIE DOUGH SELLERS from Trenton and New Baden Elementary Schools were treated to a 'limo lunch' last week as a reward for selling 20 or more items in the schools' fundraiser. Students were picked up by All About You Limo Service and taken to Four Corners restaurant in New Baden for pizza and ice cream. From left with the limo driver, Tyler Horstmann, Elayna Jackson, Ava Sohnrey, Paige Cayson, Cara Palmer; Trenton Elementary principal Angi Woll, Madisyn Schulte, Jorja Wernle, Carson Richter, Jack Herndon, Nathan Shellenberg, Meadow Hatter, and New Baden Elementary principal Jamey Rahm. concerts, and other holiday fare are advertised and pub- licized in this week's Sun... Filing starts next week for April's local election, so it won't be long before we know how the ballot will shape up... With any luck we'll sail through the New Year with the same moderate tempera- tures we're enjoying now. I'm dreaming of a brown Christ- mas... Our deadlines are go- ring to get all weird again the week of Christmas when it's likely we'll publish on Tues- day to allow for Wednesday mail delivery, and perhaps the same schedule for New Year's. More details to come; just suggesting advance planning if possible. Community Christmas Conce Sunday Many musically talented individuals will 'come to ether on Sunday, De- cember 14 at 4 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ to present the 50th annual Trenton Community Christmas Concert:' Festive choirs from West Gate Baptist Church directed by Patty Bassler and St. John UCC directed by Amanda joined by individuals from Grace Community Baptist and First I combined community choir numbers L Koch. Several soloists will also Schoene, Alto; Heather Hooks, Soprano; and Violin. A Wesclin French horn trio of Megan Washburn, Maddie;Henderson, and Nicole Fuhler will perform carols, and Bonnie Arentsen and Amy Page will and organ. instrumentalists will acompany on guitar, drum, violin and trumpet: The public is invited to the concert, to be followed by a reception. mm Monday marks the first day for ill- board and library board, and Wesclin Jones to fill the mayor's old seat on ing election petitions for the April school district board of education, the council. 7, 2015 municipal (non-partisan) Trenton's city council members are Dan Kohlbrecher's four-year seat elections. Potential candidates were elected based on geographic wards, will be up for election in Ward 2, invited to begin circulating peti- with two elected council members while Lori Zurliene has two years tions starting September 23, 2014. from each of three wards. Five of the remaining on her term. Completed petitions must be filed six council seats are up for election Dan Rosen, also an appointment between the opening of business on in April. to the council, is Ward l's only rep- December 15 and the close of busi- In Ward 1, seats held by council-resentative. His seat, for a two-year ness on December 22 to be placed on men Scott Westbrook and Brent term, along with a four-year term the April ballot. Woods will be elected. Westbrook's for the vacant seat from Ward 1, will In western Clinton County, there seat is for a four-year term. Woods' both be up for election. are seats available on the Trenton seat is for two years. Woods was ap- city council, New Baden village pointed to the council by mayor Kyle --see Petitions, page 3 Illinois State Scholars THESE WESCLIN SENIORS HAVE BEEN named Illinois State Scholars for their outstanding academic work over the course of their high school careers and their scores on standardized tests. Illinois State Scholars represent about the top ten percent of high school seniors statewide. From left, Rachel Washburn, Alyssa Boulanger, Justin Goff, Allyson Isenhower, Mike Thoele, Kita- na Caesar, Garrett Becherer, Zoe Christopher, Brandon Kattenbraker, Abbigaile Gustafson, Madyson Locke, and Rachel Ford. TIF expiration allows re venue capture without raising tax rate New Baden's village board ment financing (TIF) district executed a lengthy agenda expiring this year. Money in a little under an hour that had been directed into Monday night, ratifying a the TIF--that is, taxes gen- number of measures the erated by increases in prop- board had discussed in pre- erty assessments--can now vious work sessions, be redirected to other taxing Prior to the meeting, the districts, including not only board had a hearing on its the village but schools, fire tax levy, since this year's and ambulance districts, li- levy is about 15 percent braries, townships, road dis- higher in actual dollars than tricts, and others. last year. The increase will A homeowner whose as- yield the village an addition- sessment did not change al $50,000 in local property will not see an increase in taxes this year, although the dollar amount paid for the rate for the individual village purposes, although taxpayer will not change, that doesn't necessarily The village is able to cap- mean his or her total tax bill ture this additional revenue won't increase. The property as a consequence of New Baden's original tax incre- --see NB Board, page 3 1 85% of donations stay here The Salvation Army Kettle for donations will be located at Trenton IGA from Monday, December 15 through Friday, December 19. Eighty-five per cent of the money collected is retained for Trenton distribution and 15% is sent to the Sal- vation Army Headquarters for wider distribution. Those who would like to donate by check have the option of depositing a check in the kettle, and the Salvation Army ill acknowledge your gift and issue a receipt. The Salvation Army drive is coordinated locally by the Trenton Council of Churches, which includes Grace Com- munity Baptist, First United Methodist, West Gate Bap- tist Church, St. Mary Catholic Church and St. John United Church of Christ. Each church is providing volunteers for one day of the fund-raising drive. Volunteers may sign up through their churches. Trenton American Legion Post 778 and its Sons of Ameri- can Legion (SAL) Squadron are teaming up to raise funds for a family the groups jointly "adopted" for the holiday season, along with expenses related to sending local high school students to Boys State each summer. Boys State is a mock legislative session where teenagers learn about the legislative and political processes. Post 778 and its SAL squadron will have a "12 Days of Christmas" with drawings beginning December 21 and --see Post 778, page 3