Barry Food Pantry Closed week of Nov 24-29 & Toys for Tots Dec 6

Groceries in Brown Paper BagThe Barry Food Pantry, 6030 Decatur Street in Barry, will be closed the week of November 24-29. They will not be open any days of this week. Barry Food Pantry will have a “Toys for Tots” fish fry fundraiser with Santa Claus to visit the American Legion Hall in Barry on December 6 from 4-7 pm.

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.

“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.

Barry UMC Bake Sale – Oct 31 – Barry, IL

Your Church LogoBarry United Methodist Women’s bake sale is 9 am – 12 pm on October 31 at First National Bank of Barry. Come out and purchase some delicious treats!

Western Community Center Extended Hours – Barry, IL

the YThe Western Community Center YMCA located at 1400 Mortimer St in Barry Illinois will be open for member use from 4:00 am until 11:00 pm seven days a week for active members beginning September 15.

Members will enter through the side entrance, where there is a card reader that opens the door. There will be a desk staff available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am – 11:00 am and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am – 11:00 am and on Saturday by appointment only. Staff will be available to give tours, set up memberships as well as provide equipment orientation.

Extended hour access cards will be ready for pick up during the current staffed hours, 6:00 am – 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, beginning September 10. For questions or to learn more about the Western Community Center YMCA, contact them at 217-335-3030, by email at, or visit

Lego Donation – Barry, IL

public library button Barry Public Library is planning a Lego activity and would like to have donations of used Legos. Please check your closet and see if you have any you would like to donate. Bring them to the library, or if you are in the country, library staff will figure out how to pick them up.

American Legion Stag Supper – August 14 – Barry, IL

AmerLegioncolorEmblemBarry American Legion will have its monthly stag supper and meeting Aug. 14.  Supper will be at 6:30 p.m., with meeting following.  Planned menu will be fried chicken.

Don’t Get Rid of Your Prom Dresses!

Pageant Flyer colorLadies, if we can have your attention for a moment. Please don’t get rid of your gorgeous prom dresses once prom season is over. You can wear it again (your parents will love that they’re getting their money’s worth out of your dress lol)! Keep that dress and wear it in the Pittsfield Fall Festival in August! You know you looked amazing in it once, so make sure to wow everyone one more time before you move onto the next year’s fashion!

Keep an eye on the local papers, Pike County Happenings, the Pittsfield Fall Festival Facebook page, and listen to WBBA to stay up to date on Fall Festival info. This is a great pageant to be a part of, don’t be shy, own that catwalk!

Wine & Cheese Festival – April 5 – Barry, IL

wine and cheeseIf you’re looking for something fun to do, why not head over to Barry, IL on Saturday, April 5th for the Wine and Cheese Festival! There will be 20 different types of cheese to try out paired with wine. This is a great event to go to if you’ve been wanting to learn how to pair your wines, what type of wine would you like if you’ve never tried it, and a chance to relax with great music by Mike and Kathy.

There is a $5 cover charge, be sure to bring your ID! See you at the Collver Family Winery at #2 Rooster Way in Barry!

Congrats to the WJHS Choral Students

jhpccWJHS Choral Students Attend PCC JH Choral Festival

On Tuesday, March 18th several members of the Western Jr. High School chorus attended the annual Jr. High Pike County Conference choral festival in Payson at the Payson-Seymour Jr.-Sr. High School. Students rehearsed for the afternoon and then preformed in the evening. This year’s director was Dr. H. Todd Evans of Pikeland Community Schools. The pieces that were preformed include Bonse Aba (Victor Johnson), A Pocketful of Rhymes (arr. Sally K. Albrecht), Home (arr. Alan Billingsley), She Sings (Amy F. Bernon), and My America (arr. Joyce Eilers)

Pictured from left to right Brianna Ervin, Easton Carlen, Sadie Ward, Lauren Woodward, and Kali Kuntz.