Answer Man

Faded lettering is what’s left of booming whiskey business

The faded lettering on the Exchange Club building in Belleville, Illinois, had the words “Age & Purity Make Sunny Brook Whiskey.” Answer Man Roger Schlueter looked into the story behind the phrase. Turns out it was an advertisement for Sunny Brook Pure Rye. The four Rosenfield brothers launched Sunny Brook Whiskey in 1891. It was a big seller until Prohibition.

BND Magazine

Local doodler teaches Zentangle in Belleville studio and home

Lois Holthaus, a member of Gateway Artist’s Guild, is teaching Zentangle classes at her home in Breese and Kathy Gomric’s art studio, Drawing Fantasies, in Belleville. The Zentangle method was created by Marie Thomas and Rick Roberts, of Providence, Rhode Island. Lois Holthaus traveled there for a three-day seminar in November and now is a certified instructor.

Metro-East News

Large donation to Memorial Hospital has ties to famous designer

Lance LePere and his husband Michael Kors, the famous fashion designer, have donated $750,000 to Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois, in memory of LePere’s parents, who were both passionate about the hospital. In recognition of this charitable gift, the hospital’s foundation named the breast health center at Memorial the Harold and Dixie LePere Breast Health Center.

BND Magazine

Owner hopes renovatedsaloon will turn Dupo into destination spot

Owner Mark Packer has renovated the Good Times Saloon on Main Street in Dupo, Illinois, and created a “better-than-bar-food” menu with appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizza and daily specials. He’s also building a 4,000-square-foot, open-air complex out back for live bands, horseshoes, washers and other activities.

Answer Man

Vice president Alben Barkley had ties to metro-east

Vice president Alben Barkley was the featured speaker at Washington and Lee University’s Mock Convention in 1956. Charlie Baldree, whose family lived in Waterloo, was a student at the Alexandria, Virginia, school. Barkley likely accepted the speaking engagement because he had a family connecton with the Baldrees. During the speech, the former vice president collapsed and died of a heart attack.


Belleville marathon underway; use alternate routes

The inaugural Belleville, Illinois, Main Street Marathon starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The 26.2-mile route begins and ends at Main and First streets in downtown Belleville. Mike Toolen, co-director of the race, said 190 runners have pre-registered and more than 550 volunteers are expected to help support the runners.

BND Magazine

Watch out for white snakeroot

Weed that grows in the Midwest produces a cumulative poison that causes diseases known as trembles in cattle and horses. Dairy products from animals that have eaten the plant are poisonous to man causing milk sickness. Abe Lincoln’s mom died from milk sickness. It’s easier to destroy the plant as a small seedling than after it matures. Gardening columnist also tackles the question of what’s causing a reader’s Rose of Sharon flowers to drop before blooming: squirrels.

BND Magazine

Fashion Attic in Columbia offers stylish bargains for women, kids

In this week’s shopping column by Suzanne Boyle, Fashion Attic in Columbia has a wide assortment of consignment clothing and accessories, including designer brand names, for women and children. Also, check out how to hide your laptop in a new jacket from SCOTTeVEST, get a pumpkin on sale at Eckert’s and visit the new web site for Peace by Piece in Belleville.

Answer Man

Why ballplayers leave index finger out of glove

Baseball players leave their index finger out of their glove because it’s the finger most likely to take a pounding. It’s behind where the ball slams into the glove. Repetitive trauma can cause irreversible damage. Keeping it out adds a layer of protection. Los Angeles Dodger former pitcher Orel Hershiser invented a little flap for the index finger that’s on the outside of the glove. Answer Man Roger Schlueter also explains how the “approved this message” statement came about at the end of political ads.


Relax with Zentangle art
Relax with Zentangle art 3:39

Relax with Zentangle art

Good Times Saloon in Dupo 1:20

Good Times Saloon in Dupo

Collinsville native sings tribute to R&B legend 2:43

Collinsville native sings tribute to R&B legend

Black cat wants to spend her 9 lives with you. 1:15

Black cat wants to spend her 9 lives with you.