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Full service blog site created to serve the residents of Pike County, IL. Our goal is to help our residents stay aware of the events & opportunities available to them.

Schock Replacement Primary – July 7

The primary for the special election to replace former congressman Aaron Schock is Tuesday, July 7.  All regular polling places will be open 6 am to 7 pm per the county clerk’s office.

There will be two Democrat candidates and three Republican candidates on the ballot.


*Information courtesy Pike Press and journalist Justin A. Cobb.  Be sure to check out the Pike Press’s Facebook page by clicking HERE or their website by clicking HERE.

5th Annual Sturbie Bowl – July 19 – Pittsfield, IL

sturbie bowl

The 5th Annual Sturbie Bowl flag football tournament will be held on July 19 at 10:30 am at the high school practice field located at 201 E. Higbee St. in Pittsfield.   Participants who register by July 9 are guaranteed a T-shirt.  There will also be a non-competitive 5K.  The Sturbie Bowl raises money for the Max Zumwalt Scholarship fund.

Registration forms for both the 5K and football tournament are available from DeeDee McDonald.

Be sure to visit their event Facebook page by clicking HERE for more information.


*Photo credit: Sturbie Bowl event Facebook page

Youth Golf Camp – July 6-10 – Pittsfield, IL

Old Orchard Country Club, located at 40570 243rd Avenue, Pittsfield, IL 62363, will be hosting a youth golf camp from  July 6 to  July 10 from 8-9 am for ages 6-13.  Please contact Old Orchard for more infomation at 217-285-9041.

Save A Lot 4-person Golf Outing – July 11 – Pittsfield, IL

Save A Lot 4-person golf outing will be July 11 at the Old Orchard Golf course at 40570 243rd Avenue, Pittsfield, IL 62363.  Cash prizes, hole prizes.  To sign up, call 217-491-2494.  Money raised will go to Pike County 911 and Pittsfield Lions Club.

Higbee Reunion – July 24 – Pittsfield, IL

The Higbee School reunion for all former students and teachers who attended Higbee School will be at The Dome on Madison in Pittsfield on Friday, July 24.  Meet and greet starts at 4 pm.

Local Grant Seeks to Improve Lives of People with Disabilities

Do you care about quality of life and opportunities for people with disabilities? Do you believe that people with disabilities should be in charge of their own lives to the greatest degree possible? Would you rather look for strengths and gifts than focus on deficits? Do you have a creative streak and like to have fun? EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included & Contributing is looking for you! Consider joining us as a PATH Facilitator.

PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) is a gently facilitated graphic planning process. PATH is useful for community development, business development, civic enterprises, congregational growth, mobilizing groups, finding futures for marginalized youth, and more.

As a trained PATH Facilitator, you will support individuals to invite family, friends, and community partners to help build a picture of a positive and possible future, map out a clear action plan, and make agreements that will support the journey.

PATH Facilitator Training will be held July 15-17 at Perry Ag Center. This is an intensive, active, three-day experience. Lunch is provided, as well as a PATH kit containing all the materials needed to be a practicing PATH facilitator. Space is limited to 15 participants. CEUs and CPDUs are available and registration can be found at Pike County residents are urged to register promptly to ensure availability of space as this event is offered for a fee to registrants from outside Pike County as well.

“Path Overview: Learn the Basics of PATH” is being offered Tuesday, July 14th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Pike County Farm Bureau for those interested in knowing more about the process without becoming facilitators. Registration can be found at

EPIC is a project of the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives funded by a grant from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. For more information about EPIC, please contact Michele Westmaas, Project Coordinator,, 217-473-6450 or Carrie Martin, Grant Facilitator,, 217-242-9833.

List of VBS in Pike County, IL for 2015

The following is a list of Vacation Bible Schools that will be held in Pike County, IL for the summer of 2015.  If your church is not listed and you’d like to be included on this list, be sure to send your information to:


Wisdom and Our Wise Lord
United Methodist Church Baylis
July 6-10
6:30-8:30 pm

“Off the Map”
Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield
July 6-9
6-8:30 pm
July 10th VBS picnic & pool party, 6:30-10 pm

Camp Courageous
“Equipping for Life”
Pittsfield United Methodist Church
July 12th, 5-8 pm
July 13th, 5:30-8 pm

3-2-1 Bible Academy
Barry Baptist Church
July 20-24
6:30-8:30 pm

Pittsfield First Christian Church
July 20-24
6-8:15 pm

“Bible Blast to the Past”
Chambersburg Christian Church
July 26-30
6-8 pm
Closing program August 2nd, 9:45 am

The Crossing Pittsfield
August 9th Pool Party, King Pool 6-8 pm
August 10-12
Registration 5:30 pm
6-8 pm

VBS Nebo Church of the Nazarene – JUly 6-10 – Nebo, IL

Vacation Bible School will be held at the Nebo Church of the Nazarene Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm nightly with Big Blast Ministries tractor and wagon pickup starting at 6 pm.

VBS Calvary Baptist Church – July 6-9 – Pittsfield, IL

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Calvary Baptist Church, located at 180 S. Franklin St. in Pittsfield, will host Vacation Bible School, July 6-9, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  A family picnic and pool party will be held at King Park on July 10, from 6:30 to 10 pm.  All children from Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate.


Be sure to visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Class of 1970 Reunion – July 11 – Griggsville, IL

A reunion for the Griggsville Class of 1970 is being held Saturday, July 11 from 5 to 8 pm at the Red Apple Room at 40570 243rd Avenue in Pittsfield.  Social time will be 5-6 pm and the meal will begin at 6 pm.  Class members are asked to contact Mary Dunmire at 217-473-3430 for reservations asap.  Any questions call Mary.