Category Archives: Community Resource

Back to School Immunizations – Pike County, IL

Pike County Health Department will offer Back to School Immunization clinics in August.

Clinics will be held on the following Mondays:

  • August 3rd: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 10th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • August 17th: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 24th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm

These are walk-in immunization clinics with no appointment needed.  Clinics will be held at the health department, located at 606 West Adams St. in Pittsfield.  Please bring your child’s Medicaid/KidCare card with you to the clinic.  If you have private health insurance, please contact your insurance company before coming to the clinic to determine insurance coverage for immunizations and to verify that Pike County Health Department is in your insurance network.

There is a new vaccination requirement for the coming school year.  Students entering 6th grade (age 11) must receive a meningitis vaccine.  Students entering 12th grade must show proof of two doses of meningitis vaccine at school entry.  Only 1 dose of meningitis vaccine is required for school entry if the 12th grade student received their first dose of meningitis vaccine at 16 years  of age or older.

Contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department at 217-285-4407, ext. 124 for more information.

 

EPIC Star Raft Informational Meeting – Aug 8 – Pittsfield, IL

EPIC will use the Star Raft model to build community connections for people with developmental disabilities in Pike County.
But… why do you care?  What does that mean anyway?
In sailing, boats have a specific way to tie up in the harbor so that all the connected boats can share what they have on board and share where they are anchored.  The boats connect in a circle (or Star Raft) and I can move from boat to boat to enjoy a different view — where another boat is anchored.  I can share what I have on board and others can share with me.  Boats can leave or enter the circle without the rest of the circle coming undone.
 
In the Star Raft model, we build community in the same way.  We bring people together with purpose so that they can share what they have on board — their skills, talents, interests.  And they can share where they are anchored — by inviting others to the places in the community where they ‘belong’.  
 
A simple example:  One person in the group would like to explore an interest in gardening.  Someone says, “I know the lady who owns the local nursery.  Maybe we could visit with her a bit.”  Someone else says, “I can bring my spade and some seeds.  I would enjoy spending an hour tomorrow helping you do some planting at your place.”  Someone else says, “I belong to the Garden Club.  Come with me to our next meeting.  I’ll introduce you to the others.  Perhaps you’d like to join.”
 
By very simply bringing people together with purpose, we can build community connections in a meaningful way for people with developmental disabilities.  Those connections then lead to an improved quality of life in unpredictable and creative ways that are highly individualized.  
 
By the way, the Star Raft model works with any group of vulnerable people living on the edge of the community.
 
Please view the short preview attached, share the information, and plan to join us for a day with David Wetherow on Saturday, Aug 8th in Pittsfield.  Bring a friend, a colleague, a neighbor…  Click here for details and registration.  Registration is not limited to Pike County residents.  All are welcome.

Art At Free Press Coffee Shop – Pittsfield, IL

Free Press Coffee shop will be hosting Canvas & Coffee on July 31.  Call 285-6110 to register.

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.

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 www.pathfacilitatortraining.evenbrite.com. 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 http://www.pathoverview.eventbrite.com.

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, micheleiamc@gmail.com, 217-473-6450 or Carrie Martin, Grant Facilitator, jncmartin2@gmail.com, 217-242-9833.

FREE EPIC Training Events to Build Community and Plan a Good Life

As part of “EPIC:  Everyone in Pike Included and Contributing”, two training opportunities are being offered to Pike County residents for FREE.   EPIC is a new inclusive community initiative underway in Pike County.

With grant funding from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, EPIC will engage the support of consultants and other agencies to provide training on community inclusion, person-centered planning, supportive housing, customized employment, inclusive education, and the Star Raft model of community networking.

For citizens with developmental disabilities, EPIC will create person-centered plans based on their hopes, dreams, and gifts. Using the Star Raft model, each individual’s Star Raft group will support that person to live out their plan, thereby increasing community connections, participation, contribution and overall quality of life.  Simultaneously, EPIC will equip and empower the community to welcome, engage, and support citizens with developmental disabilities to participate and contribute.

On July 15-17th, Pike County residents interested in facilitating person-centered planning sessions for individuals are invited to 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.  The event will be held July 15-17th at the JWCC Perry Ag Center.

On August 8th, David Wetherow, expert in community building and Star Raft founder, will host a gathering of self-advocates, family members, and community partners to learn and practice an exciting set of tools for invitation, setting direction, circle development, managing direct supports, and navigating safely and joyfully towards a good life.  The event will be held August 8th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Findley Place Community Room, 400 W. Jefferson in Pittsfield.

Both events are free to Pike County residents, CEUs and CPDUs are available, and online registration  can be found at http://www.iamcinc.evenbrite.com/. Pike County residents are urged to register promptly to ensure availability of space as both events are offered for a fee to registrants from outside Pike County as well.  Many more training opportunities on a variety of topics will be planned over the course of the one-year grant.

EPIC staff are eager to speak to community groups about the project.  Civic organizations, businesses, churches and other groups are invited to schedule a speaking engagement.

For more information about EPIC, please contact Michele Westmaas, Project Coordinator, micheleiamc@gmail.com, 217-473-6450 or Carrie Martin, Grant Facilitator, jncmartin2@gmail.com, 217-242-9833.

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Pike County IL Health Department Classes & Clinics

The Pike County Health Department offers many services to our area.  Be sure to visit their website by clicking HERE to view all their services and contact information.

 

⇒ PCHD is offering an 8 hour Illinois Food Manager’s Certification Class at the Courtyard Cafe, at 128 E. Adams St. in Pittsfield, with two sessions:  Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 9 from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Application forms may be downloaded from their website (link above) or for more information contact Chelsea Hayden at 217-285-4407, ext. 116.

⇒ PCHS will be having summer immunization clinics for meningitis vaccinations: July 6, July 20, August 3 and August 17.  For more information contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department at 217-285-4407, ext. 124.

American Pickers coming to Pike County

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of American Pickers, may be returning to Pike County.  They are looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items.  They only pick private collections; no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.

They will film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the state this summer.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique picking on history.  The show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business as they embark on a road trip in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one of a kind vintage memorabilia.  The two men are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory and learn about American history while on the road.  They are looking for interesting characters with interesting and unique items such as vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

If anyone has a large collection or know someone who has; email name, phone number, address and description of the collection and photos to:  americanpickers@cineflex.com or call 855-oldrust.

 

*Story courtesy Pike County Express.  Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pikeexpress, their website at pikecountyexpress.com/ or pick up their paper at most any business in Pike County!