Pittsfield Police Department School Patrols Announced

pch back to schoolPittsfield Police Chief Kenneth G. Yelliott announces directed patrols
will be conducted on school routes during the 2014 – 2015 school year.
The first full day of school activities take place on Wednesday, August
20, 2014. Pittsfield Police will conduct additional patrols on school
routes. The routes are identified as Piper Lane, South Jackson Street,
South Monroe Street, South Madison Street, South Memorial Street, and
Clarksville Road.
Officers will focus on violations of child restraint, graduated license,
electronic communication devices, speeding, and safety belts. The
public is reminded the speed limit on these streets is 25 mph.
The routes will be busy prior to opening, open lunch period, and
dismissal times of the schools with drivers of parents transporting
children, teenage drivers with recently obtained drivers licenses, school
teachers, school buses, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. The purpose of
this enforcement effort is to enhance road safety and to reduce the risk of
crash injuries.

Hillcrest Holiness Camp Meeting – August 4 thru 10 – Kampsville, IL

Church Event ButtonCome join an old fashioned Camp Meeting this August 4 thru 10! Evangelist Rev. Bob Lothernore will lead services with Song Evangelist Mark Murphy. Services are Monday-Sunday, 7 pm. Sunday morning service at 10:30 am and Sunday missionary service at 1:30 pm with Matt & Joy Burke of Uganda!

Located 4 miles west of Kampsville, IL on Route 96.

For more information or questions please call Carol Freesmeyer at 618-653-4680 or Jeremy Freesmeyer at 217-257-8474.

Milton Christian Church Fun Day – August 10 – Milton, IL

Your Church LogoHave fun with Jesus and the Milton Christian Church on August 10! There will be snacks, games, music, water games, 9-square and more. For ages 4-12 years old. The fun will begin at 5 pm and last until 8 pm. Grand prize will be awarded to one lucky winner!!

Griggsville-Perry School Year 2014-2015 Back to School Info

pch back to schoolGriggsville-Perry schools will open for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, August 20, 8:30 am for first full day of school.

August 20 – August 29: School will begin at 8:30 am and dismiss at 2:30 pm.

September 2: Regular daily hours (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) will begin.

Pre-K classes will meet in Griggsville-Perry Elementary school building located in Griggsville. All Pre-K students must have up-to-date immunizations, including chicken pox, physicals and lead screenings. First day of Pre-K is Thursday, August 21. Pre K screenings (for students not screened last spring) will be conducted 9-11 am on Monday, August 18 by appointment only in Griggsville. Appointments may be made by calling the school office 833-2352 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday. There is a mandatory parent meeting Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 pm in the music room at Griggsville school. This is for all new and returning Pre-K parents. At least one parent must attend. Childcare will be provided in the Pre-K room.

Kindergarten students must have a physical, dental exam, vision exam, immunization record, social security number, and certified birth certificate on file before entering school. To enroll, students must be five years of age before September 1, 2014. Kindergarten is a full-day program, which also begins Wednesday, August 20.

Grades K-4 and 9-12 are requested to register in the Griggsville building Tuesday, August 5, 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, Augusdt 7 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Grades 5-8 are requested to register at Perry building. Registration is Tuesday, August 5 from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The law requires all students from out-of-state and those entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, Sixth and Ninth grades have current school physicals.

Kindergarten, second, and sixth graders must have dental exams. Kindergarten students need a vision exam on a state vision form done by an actual eye physician; 6th – 12th grade must have a TDAP shot and either 2 Chicken Pox shots or proof of having the disease before. These must be turned in before or on August 20 (1st day of school) or student will not be allowed to attend school until it is taken care of. It is necessary for all students to have their immunizations updated by August 20, 2014.

Registration fees (all fees include all technology fees, lab fees, and fine arts fees):

High School – $60

K-8th grade – $50

Ag shop fee – $15

Driver’s Ed – $100

Each student in grades 5-12 will be required to purchase a P.E. uniform. Cost of this uniform is $20. There are no waivers for the cost of this uniform.

Activity fees will be assessed of all students. They are: $20 for K-8, and $25 for 9-12. The activity fee pays transportation costs for field trips, helps fund special activities such as assemblies and guest speakers, and includes an all-sports pass for free admission to all regularly scheduled home contests. It does not allow free admission to any tournaments.

Regular lunch costs is $2.00 for students in grades K-4; $2.25 for students in grades 5-12; and adult prices are $2.75. Breakfast is $1.25 for grades K-12. Milk is $0.35. Griggsville-Perry schools have closed campus for lunch. Students will be allowed to charge only $25.00 in cafeteria costs at one time. After the $25.00 has not been paid, the student will bring a sack lunch until charges have been paid in full. There will be no charges allowed in the 2014-2015 school year until any charges from the 2013-2014 year have been paid.

All students participating in sports must have proof of insurance or a signed insurance waiver turned in to the office, a physical, and have paid the participation fees before starting any practices. Original forms for insurance waivers as well as the payment for participation fees must be turned in to the student’s home school office. NO EXCEPTIONS. A waiver of insurance must be signed and submitted to the office prior to practice. Participation fees will be a fee for each Jr High sport, $40.00 with a max per family of $80.00, and for each High School sport $60.00 with a max per family of $120.00.

The shuttle bus will leave Griggsville school campus at 7:50 am each morning to transport students to Perry building. Shuttle bus transportation will be provided from Perry to Griggsville at 8:00 am at Perry.

Homegrown Self-Serve at St. Mary’s Gardens

farmingLooking to bring a little nostalgia inot your life, look no further than the St Mary’s Parish in Pittsfield. This self-serve fruit and vegetable stand offers a variety of homegrown goodness during prime harvest season. According to Father Schulte the stand offers what is in season. “Currently you can find jet star tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, green and banana peppers, zucchini and eggplant,” said Father Schulte. The proceeds from the fruits and vegetables are used to fund various aspects of the Parish life. “This year the funds will more than likely be used to help offset cost of the renovations at the Parish.” This is the second year for the stand and is operated on the honor system.





*Courtesy Pike County Express*

Pike County Recycling Change of Location

pch recycleRecycling has been moved from the north side of Bowler’s Universe parking lot to the southeast corner. The time and days for collection will remain the same, every Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and the first Saturday of the month, April through November, 8:00 to noon. The rollouts are provided by Area Disposal. Please make sure all recycling is deposited inside the rollouts and not left outside. Recycling tubs are available for purchase if needed for $10 each.

Florence Bridge Closure

alertThe Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans to temporarily close the Florence Bridge on Saturday, July 26 from 8 am to 5 pm. The bridge will re-open upon completion of the repair work IDOT officials advise motorists to choose alternative routes during this period.

Exciting News about the East Pike Lending Library!

public library buttonThe East Pike Lending Library in Detroit is open 10 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am – 1 pm Saturday. There will be a ribbon cutting and fundraiser on Saturday, August 9 beginning at 3:30 pm. Come enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, drink and dessert for a free will donation.

Pike County Dental Clinic Now Accepting Adults!

dental clinic adultsPike County Dental Clinic now offers appointments for adults who have coverage through the Illinois Medicaid system. Effective July 1, 2014, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services reinstated covered dental services for adults. While the covered services have some limits, adults with Illinois Medicaid coverage are encouraged to call the Pike County Dental Clinic at 217-285-5311 to schedule an appointment.

Retirement Party for Peg Ratliff – July 27 – Griggsville, IL

Something Different buttonA retirement party is planned for Peg Ratliff, who is retiring from teaching at Griggsville-Perry School. The celebration is at the Griggsville Park, 12:15 pm. Come and join in wishing Peg good luck in her retirement!

Before the party, Bright Star Worship is 10 am and potluck is 11 am. Everyone is invited to the worship service. For more information, call parish office, 833-2575 or Pastor Dave at 217-779-8215.