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CEMA, the unsung heroes of Collinsville emergencies

By   /  September 20, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

Collinsville Emergency Management Agency vehicle / Photo by Roger Starkey

In Collinsville, there is a group of unpaid men and women who can be called upon at any time to respond to the scenes of emergencies, right alongside police and fire fighters. Most of these people spend their days at jobs. There is a nurse, a couple of truck drivers, some business owners, some are […]

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Behind the booth: Junior Service Club fries up ravioli for charity at Italian Fest

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Toasted Ravioli / Photo By Timothy Boyd via Wikimedia Commons

Barb Kusmierczak is all too familiar with what it takes to run an Italian Fest booth, having been in charge of Junior Service Club’s booth for the last 10 years and having worked with her son’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout booths before that. “It was kind of funny, this year at the food safety […]

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With jokes and a song, personalities shine at Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest Pageant

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest 2014, Gabriella Hill and Andrew Hilmes / Photo by Lexi Cortes

The newly crowned Little Mister Italian Fest said there’s one change he would like to make to his title. “Leave out the ‘little’ thing,” he said. “I’m 8 years old, come on.” Andrew Hilmes, 8, was the oldest contestant in this year’s Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant, held Saturday. Gabriella Hill, 7, won […]

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The Italian Fest event lineup features a crawling contest and Budweiser Clydesdale

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Italian Fest

Collinsville’s 31st annual Italian Fest begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, with the opening ceremonies on the Venezia Stage, including a performance of classic Italian songs by area-native Bailey Jo Hutton. After graduating from Edwardsville High School, Hutton was accepted to John Hopkins Peabody Institute in Maryland where she is currently a sophomore. Hutton […]

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