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The Positive Parenting Program – Sept 17, 24 & Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 – Pittsfield, IL

Hobby Horse House and Tracy Foundation presents The Positive Parenting Program.

Parenting is the most important and challenging job you will ever have!  All parents have questions and concerns about their own parenting skills.  The Positive Parenting Program is excited to share evidence-based practices to enhance parenting and nurturing skills, using curriculum from the Nurturing Parenting Program.

This class is free open to any parent wanting to enhance their own parenting skills and share some of their struggles and accomplishments.  We are excited to offer this course and assist parents in skill-building, utilizing support and discussing how to nurture themselves and their children throughout their lives.

Next class sessions will be held on:  September 17, 24 & October 1, 8, 15, 22.  All classes are on Thursday afternoons and include daycare and lunch/snacks.  Transportation is available for those within the Pike County, IL area.

Location:  Pittsfield Community Center at 224 W. Washington in Pittsfield.  To register contact Ericka or Birdie at 217-243-7708 or by fax 217-243-5557.

Crime Stoppers – September 3

Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to rural Hull August 15 to a property located on 285th Ave.  The property owner reported suspect(s) had attempted to forcefully enter a building on the property.

If you have any information on this, or any other crime taking place in Pike County, call Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500.  All calls are anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you will be eligible for up to a $1000.00 reward.

Fall Festival Schedule of Events – Sept 3 to 5 – Pittsfield, IL

6:00 PM Opening Ceremony with Parade Marshall Announcement
6:00 Vendors Open
6:30 Prince/Princess Pageant
7:30 Junior Miss Pageant
8:30 Miss Pittsfield Pageant

Noon – Some food vendors and vendor booths open for lunch.
6:00 PM All Vendors Open
6:00 Baby Contest
7:00 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant
8-10:00 Avenue Beat on Stage

8:30 AM Parade Registration
9:00 Vendors Open
11:00 Grand Parade
1:00 PM Parade Awards
2:00 Richard Landry – Magician
3:00 KIDS ONLY!!! Canvas on the Courtyard
5:00 Canvas on the Courtyard (Adults)
7:00 Talent Showcase
Closing Ceremony with raffle drawings immediately following Talent Showcase

G-P Athletic Boosters sponsoring Kelly Miller Circus with Tiger Meet & Greet! – Oct 5 – Griggsville, IL

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Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters are sponsoring the Kelly Miller Circus Monday, October 5.  Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, witness the raising of the big top, followed by a special Tiger Meet and Greet.

Activites will begin at 7:30 am and the tent will be raised at 9 am.  Guides will be furnished for school groups and anyone attending.

The traditional “old style” circus will present performance at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  Support the Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters – buy your tickets in advance and save.  Tickets can be purchased at Griggsville City Hall, Farmers National Bank (all 4 branches) and online at

Tickets can be purchased at Farmers National Bank of Griggsville.  Adults (ages 12 and up) are $12 and children (ages 2-11) are $6.  The last day to purchase will be on October 2nd.


From the Kelly Miller Circus website: The circus travels on a fleet of 36 vehicles and requires an area of 350’ by 350’ to set up on. The colorful circus big top has a seating capacity of 1100 and is made of waterproof vinyl. The tent is 120’ by 120’ and is 40’ high and is supported by more than a quarter of a mile of heavy gauge aluminum tubing as well as several miles of rope, steel cable and chain. In 2007, another exciting chapter in its history began when the show was purchased by John Ringling North II. Mr. North’s great uncles were the famous Ringling Brothers, his grandmother, their only sister. Born into this most famous of circus families, John grew up on the “Greatest Show on Earth”, learning circus operation from his father Henry Ringling North, and Uncle John Ringling North. He is dedicated to the circus, always seeking ways to improve it. Mr. North can be seen at most performances watching the show with a critical eye.

Visit Kelly Miller Circus on Facebook or their website at

PHS Homecoming Parade Marshal Nominations Needed

PHS Student Council decided last year it would be a neat component to the annual Homecoming Parade to include a parade marshal who has the special honor of leading the parade as it travels from the high school to the court house square.

Last year the first ever parade marshal was Carolyn Casteel, and she possessed many qualities we are looking for to be the perfect parade marshal. This year we would like to ask the faculty, students, and the community for their input on who should lead our 2015 Homecoming parade. Individuals nominated should be actively involved in the Pikeland School District supporting extracurricular activities and athletics.

Please email your nomination to: or call 217-285-6888 by September 10.

First Annual Pike Co Fire Depts Trap Shoot in Memory of Paul Craig – August 29 – Summer Hill, IL



Come to Hopewell Winery on Saturday, August 29 for the First Annual Pike County Fire Departments Trap Shoot in memory of Paul Craig.  The money raised from this year’s trap shoot will go to the North Pike Fire Department in Paul Craig’s name for the memorial garden Paul had started.

The event fee is $25.00 per person; this cost covers the clays and a meal.  For those that do not wish to participate in the shoot, the meal will cost $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids.  All ages are welcome but only those 21 or over are allowed in the winery, kids are welcome outside.  Event is sponsored by G&M Electrical & Cooling and Save A Lot.

For those interested in participating in the trap shoot, you need to be signed up at least by August 19th if they do not have the 100 participants allowed.  Sign up by contacting Chris Sitton on Facebook or at Save A Lot.  Those shooting will need to be at the winery no later than 9:30 am on Saturday, August 29 for the safety meeting and registration.  Participants will sign in, pay and receive their gun tickets if they desire to purchase them for the raffle.  Those who will be shooting have been asked to drink no alcohol before or during the shoot, alcohol will be allowed after the shoot per Hopewell policy.  Security will be on premises.

This event will also feature a gun raffle, prizes and a hidden gnome to find as well as buckets to vote for your favorite fire department. The winning department will win dinner for their department at one of their meetings, the second place department will receive a $50.00 donation and the third place department will receive a $25.00 donation.  All departments will also be allowed to keep any funds raised in their vote bucket.

Shirts are being designed . They will have trap shoot design and in memory of Chief Paul Craig . They will be Harley Orange and black lettering . We will have them available the day of shoot but if you’d like to order one to wear for that day please contact Chris Sitton and get your order in . Shirts will 20.00 for adults and 10.00 for kids.

The menu will be pulled pork , brisket and smoked turkey and Cucumber Salad -Baked Beans and cookies and brownies.  The meal if you aren’t shooting trap will be $7.00 and kids $5.00 . If you plan on coming to just eat and attend the raffles come on out and have fun!

This event will have many wonderful items for raffle including a $500.00 meat bundle that will fill a freezer.    Be sure to visit this event’s Facebook page to check out all the raffle prizes and for updates by clicking HERE.

Hull 88th Annual Picnic – August 14-16 – Hull, IL

88th Annual Hull Picnic Shirt Design by RShonhart

Join the fun August 14-16 in Hull as they celebrate their 88th Annual Picnic with this year’s theme of Watermelon Crawl!

Events begin on Friday, August 14 with the Jr Miss Hull and Miss Hull contests beginning at 6 pm.  The Howells will be cooking in the park with lots of food and drink available.

Saturday gears up early at 7 am with the registration for Hull of a Race ( with race beginning at 8 am.  Motor Show registration is from 9-12; be sure to contact Scott Meyer at 573-541-4020; and awards will be given at 3 pm.

Be sure to check out the Hull Picnic on Facebook by clicking HERE and check out the attached flyer!


Ribbon Cutting & Job Fair at Revolution Cannabis – August 15 – Barry, IL

Revolution Enterprises invites you to join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marking the historic commencement of operations at Revolution Cannabis – Barry IL. The ceremony will take place in front of the 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility just off Highway 4 north of Route 72 on Saturday, August 15.

The Revolution Cannabis Job Fair will take place beginning at 11:30 am at the Barry YMCA. There will be a light luncheon with catering from Stroemer Foods. All are invited to learn about the available jobs and meet the Revolution Cannabis team.


Saturday in Barry– the ribbon cutting ceremony is being held at 10:30 a.m. outside the cultivation center facility, which is located north of Rt. 72, just off Highway 4.

The job fair will be held afterward, at 11:30 a.m., at the YMCA in Barry, located at 1400 Mortimer St. The job fair goes until 4:00 p.m.


Be sure to visit the event’s Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Visit ACE Revolution’s Facebook page HERE and their website 

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Chambersburg Christian Church 101st Annual Chicken Dinner – August 27 – Chambersburg, IL

The Chambersburg Christian Church will hold it’s 101st Annual Chicken Dinner on Thursday, August 27.  Serving will begin at 4:30 pm.

Carryouts will be from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Those wanting a carryout after 4:30 pm will need to get a number and then go through the line.  The menu will be fried chicken, potato salad, slaw, corn, baked beans, 5-cup salad and lot of pies and cakes.  Homemade ice cream will also be available.  Everyone is invited to come and share in food and fellowship.

Bethel Church Homecoming – August 16 – Pike County, IL

The Bethel Church Homecoming will be held Sunday, August 16 at the Bethel Church between Griggsville and Detroit.  Dinner is 12:30 pm with the service set to begin at 2 pm.  Bring a covered dish.