PCEDC hosts Inventor and Small Business Expo – Feb 28 – Pittsfield, IL

Pike County Economic Development Corporation invites all small business, entrepreneurs, and inventors in PIke County and the surrounding area to the third annual Inventor and Small Business Expo Saturday, Feb 28.

This free event will be held at the Pike County Farm Bureau in Pittsfield.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am and those attending will have a chance to talk with professionals, network with other entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as view products from local businesses.

This event has been developed to provide an opportunity for local inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to access technical assistance and exposure for their products and business.  The day will include sessions on Business Planning, Patent Information, Your Business Online, International Trade and more.

We hope you will join us for a portion or all of the day’s events.  If you are interested in displaying products or things from your business or have any questions about the activities, please feel free to contact Pike County Economic Development Corporation at 217-440-5101 or by email at gsheurman@pikeedc.org

Benefit Lunch for Matt & Terri Allen – Feb 22 – Milton, IL

There will be a benefit lunch for Matt & Terri Allen to help with medical expenses on Sunday, Feb 22 from noon to 2 pm in the Milton Christian Church Annex.  For more information or to help out call Kim Bristow at 217-320-2306 or 285-4053.

Crime Stoppers – week of Feb 11

Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a farm shed located in rural Pittsfield February 4, to a report of theft.  Notable items taken were tools, air tools, and tailgate fitting a 1960s Chevrolet pickup.  If you have information on this or any other crime taking place in Pike County call Crime Stoppers, 217-285-1500.  All callers remain anonymous and if information provided leads to an arrest, you will be eligible for a cash reward.

Pikeland Preschool Head Start free vision, hearing & developmental screening – March 3-6 – Pittsfield

Pikeland District #10 Preschool, Early Childhood and PACT Head Start programs free vision, hearing and developmental screening is March 3-6 at Pittsfield United Methodist Church.  Screening, along with parent information determines eligibility for these programs.

Parents of children 2 1/2 – 4 years of age, who live in Pikeland Unit #10 district are invited to schedule a developmental screening appointment.  PACT Head Start serves limited income families.  If you feel your child may be eligible for this program, bring proof of income and proof of child’s birth date.  Tax returns for 2014, W-2’s and/or check stubs serve as income verification.  Birth certificate, medical card or immunization record verifies birth.

Call South School, 285-2431, for an appointment.

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper – Feb 21 – Pittsfield, IL

Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a spaghetti supper 4-8 pm, Feb 21 at St. Mary Parish Hall in Pittsfield.  TIckets are $8 for adult; $4 for children.  Advance tickets are $7 for adult and can be obtained from any Knights of Columbus member.

For more information call 285-4321.

Over $4000 in Health Scholarships Available From Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County

The Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County (HWFPC) is now accepting applications for their Health and Wellness Scholarships in an amount exceeding $4000 dollars. Applications may be obtained from any Pike County High School Guidance Counselor, by calling HWFPC at 217-285-6080 or by email at ichcf@aol.com. The deadline for submitting Scholarship applications is April 15, 2015.

“Our John Teuscher Health Occupation Scholarship was created in 2005 to help alleviate the expense burden for Pike County seniors seeking to pursue careers in health related fields as well as to assist in addressing shortages of health care workers”, stated Patricia McIntosh, HWFPC Executive Director. “Since then the need has compelled us add several additional scholarships benefitting Pike County individuals already in the workplace or currently enrolled in college.”

HWFPC Scholarships currently available encompass the following:

  • John S. Teuscher Health Occupation Scholarship: two scholarships available to graduating Pike County Seniors, this scholarship provides $1000 toward a degree in a health profession.
  • Allan A. Seiler Fitness and Wellness Scholarship: one scholarship available to a graduating Pike County Senior, this Scholarship offers $300 toward a degree in a fitness or wellness related profession.
  • John S. Teuscher Continuing Education Scholarship: one $1000 Scholarship available to an individual already in college or other accredited institution pursuing a degree in a health field. This scholarship may be received for up to 3 successive years.
  • John S. Teuscher Workforce Retraining Scholarship: one $1000 Scholarship available to individuals who are in currently in the workplace and seeking additional education or supplementary training toward a health degree or certificate. This scholarship may be received for up to 3 successive years.
  • Merlyn Barton Nursing Scholarship: through a bequest from the Merlyn Barton estate, two $200 Scholarships are awarded annually. This Scholarship is only available to individuals employed by Illini Community Hospital who are seeking to become a Registered Nurse or who are already pursing certification as a Registered Nurse.


As Pike County’s only not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to solely serving the health and wellness needs of its residents, the Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County has remained committed to seeking to understand Pike County’s most pressing health needs and funding programs that: improve lives through better healthcare; enrich lives through healthier communities; empower lives through better health education; and generate a higher state of wellness.