East Pike Lending Library, a lovely building with a special story

Pike County Happenings:

So glad we have this library and opportunity in Detroit. Susan has done a tremendous job!

Originally posted on Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl:


For the first time my husband and I took part in the Pike County Fall Color Drive. One of the towns along this gloriously beautiful countryside was the small burg of Detroit. We checked out a bake sale, a doll collection and spied a lovely old brick building with a table of books outside.

Curious I was drawn in by the beauty of the old building that Susan Manker and other residents have converted to a library for the community. The building was sold in the mid 1800’s and was once a grocery store and many other things.

Susan said that the community with a whopping population of around 83 was in need of a place where kids could see books for free without having to pay a fee, late library rates or drive a distance. So Susan and other community members collected donations to fill the shelves after revamping…

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Halloween at the YMCA – Oct 31 – Louisiana, MO

the YThe Twin Pike YMCA will have a Halloween party Friday, October 31 from 5-7 at the Y. A free T-shirt to the first 200 kids; food, fun, games, prizes, an obstacle course, and a costume contest will be some of the activities and offerings. All children must be accompanies by an adult. There is no charge for the party.

Due to the contruction, parking is available at Wallace Memorial Park with a free hayride to the YMCA. Age divisionsd and times for the costume contest are: ages 0-2 at 5:30 pm; ages 3-5 at 5:45 pm; ages 6-8 at 6 pm; ages 9-11 at 6:15 pm and ages 12-14 at 6:30 pm. No signups necessary.

Rotary Club seeks bids

Something Different buttonRotary Club of Pittsfield is seeking bids from those interested in serving a noon lunch weekly to approximately 35 attendees. Please contact Noelle Flesner at 217-491-5805 for more instructions and details. Bids must be received by November 10th and may be mailed to the Rotary Club of Pittsfield, PO Box 145, Pittsfield IL 62363.

Blood Drive – Nov 6 – Pittsfield, IL

Give-Blood-Give-LifeIllini Community Hospital 640 W. Washington St. blood drive is 2-5:30 pm Thursday, Nov 6. To schedule an appointment call Community Blood Center, 217-241-7550 or online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Use group sponsor code 60039 to schedule online. Eat and drink before donating and bring donor or photo ID.

Halloween Party – Nov 1 – Barry, IL

collver wineryHalloween isn’t just for kids! Grab your friends and head to Barry to the Collver Family Winery, 2 Rooster Way Barry, for their Halloween Party Saturday, November 1. Live music by Skyline Ridge from 2-4 pm and Avengers from 6:30-8:30 pm. Be sure to check out their website to stay up to date on everything at the winery! www.collverfamilywinery.com

Wine & Cheese Festival – Nov 8 – Barry, IL

collver wineryCome out and have a ball at the Wine & Cheese Festival Saturday, November 8 at Collver Family Winery, 2 Rooster Way, Barry. There will be wine, cheese and music by Mike & Kathy. $5 cover charge. Be sure to check out their website to stay up to date on info at the winery. www.collverfamilywinery.com

Holiday Bazaar – Nov 15 – Pittsfield, IL

Holiday Bazaar 2014The Annual Holiday Bazaar is 9 am to 3 pm November 15 at Crossroads Center in Pittsfield. A raffle will be held with proceeds to Operation Christmas Child.

Breakfast items, soup, sandwiches and desserts are available for purchase. Food proceeds go to Farm of the Child. For information call Wendy Cox at 217-248-7378. Click the photo to see all the fabulous vendors that will be participating this year!

Time to sign up for Relay for Life!

Relay for LifeIt’s that time again. Time to get ready and sign up for the 2015 Relay For Life. This year the Relay will be Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the courthouse in Pittsfield. Hours of Relay For Life has changed and it will now be 11 am to 11 pm. Also there is NO registration fee this year.

If you are interested in signing up or getting more info please come to our 2015 Relay For Life Kick Off Party. The Kick Off will be held Wednesday, November 5th at 6 pm at the Cardinal Inn in Pittsfield. IF you cannot attend and want more info call Event Chairs Brandy Allred at 217-779-9297 or Susan Manker at 217-370-5995. Thanks and hope to see you there!

Firefighter Fish/Chicken Fry – Nov 8 – Hull, IL

pch fire departmentThe Hull-Kinderhook Fire Protection District Fish and Chicken Fry is 11 am – 2 pm and 4-7 on Saturday, November 8 at the fire station, 320 W. Highway 106, Hull. Menu is fish, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, fried potatoes, assorted desserts. Drinks are coffee, tea, kool-aid and lemonade.

Free will donations accepted. Deliveries available within village limits of Hull or Kinderhook with a minimum $5 donation. For delivery call 217-432-5240. Funds raised go toward purchase of equipment, vehicles, and fire department training.

“Afraid of the Dark” – Nov 8 – Barry, IL

Afraid of the darkWestern High School to present a reading of “Afraid of the Dark”. A newlywed couple arrive at the family home for their honeymoon. It’s an isolated country estate belonging to his aunt and supposedly unoccupied. The groom confesses he’s been “afraid of the dark” ever since childhood. The lights suddenly go out! When they come on again, the couple find they’re surrounded by fantastical characters in this supposedly deserted house. Solving this mystery will require stepping out of their comfort zone and putting their foot down.

The cast includes: Wyatt Kroeschel as Chauncy Stone, Madison Martin as Lillums Stone, Adam Archambo as General Lee, Dominique Welch as Gridley, Jasmine Monroe as Mata Hari, Maggie Borrowman as Queen Elizabeth, Rachel Snyder as Mrs. Mayhew, Presley Fee as Tabitha, Mariah Goodwin as Karen, Morgan Frantz as JoAnn, Madaline Thompson as Alberta Stone, Sheblie Hubbard as Mrs. Bundy and Emma Raftery as Robinson

Preformances are Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Western High School Gym. Tickets will be sold at the door. $3.00 for Adults and $2.00 for students. Western Music Boosters will be selling concessions.