G-P Pancake Breakfast – Nov 15 – Griggsville, IL

School Events and Activities BoardThe Griggsville-Perry school will be having a pancake breakfast on Saturday, November 15th from 8-11 AM. Free will donation. Proceeds will go to purchasing gifts for the Christmas Program. This program is designed to assist families within the district that are in need during the holiday season. If there are questions or comments, contact Jessica Bunch at bunchj@griggsvilleperry.org, or at 217-833-2352. Thank you for your support.

LIHEAP Enrollment Information

liheapDuring the month of October, qualifying customers can apply for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) prior to general enrollment period. General enrollment period for all other qualified customers begins November 1. Under an income guideline for LIHEAP, a household’s combined monthly income for 30 days prior to application may not exceed 150 percent of federally established poverty level as shown below. For more information or to locate a local application agency, call 1-877-411-9276.

Illinois LIHEAP Income Guidelines:

Family Size 30-day Income Annual Income
1 $1,459 $17,235
2 $1,966 $23,265
3 $2,474 $35,325
5 $3,489 $41,335
6 $3,996 $47,385
7 $4,504 $53,415
8 $5,011 $59,445

Another program available is Nicor Gas Sharing Program, which provides one-time grants to qualified residential customers. To receive a Sharing grant, customers are required to meet income guidelines and apply in person at local Salvation Army offices. Those who have been approved for Sharing grant, Salvation Army makes payments to Nicor Gas on their behalf.
New guidelines for Nicor Gas Sharing Program:

  • Customer must have good faith payment of $100 within past 60 days of application date
  • Must meet current financial guidelines
  • Must fall within 150-250 percent of poverty level
  • Maximum grant of $350 for persons 64 or younger
  • Maximum grant of $400 for persons 65 or older
  • Maximum grant up to $6350-$400 or balance of customer’s bill if less than above-mentioned amounts

Required documentation:

  • Applicant’s ID
  • Utility bill in applicant’s name
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of $100 payment within 60 days prior to application
  • Signed application

For more detailed information about programs available to Nicor Gas customers, visit www.nicorgas.com

Saukee Nation 5K Red and Black Color Run – Oct 11 – Pittsfield, IL

Saukee runThe first annual Saukee Nation 5K Non-Competitive Run/Walk will be held on October 11th at 9 am. Cost is just $25 and everyone who signs up by October 3rd will receive a free T-Shirt. This will be a color run, so be ready to get covered with the Saukee Colors. Sign up forms are available on the Saukee Nation Facebook Page. Call 217-473-6290 or 217-491-3522 for more information.

Visit this event on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Pike Co. Historical Society, VFW & American Legion All Wars Museum

historyThe Pike County Historical Society along with the VFW and American Legion are working to develop an All Wars Museum at the former VFW building in Pittsfield. Your attendance at a meeting to be held at the Pittsfield American Legion on Tuesday, Sept 23 would be appreciated. Input and support from veterans of any of the American wars, as well as from their family members, will be necessary to develop a meaningful and educational setting for bringing together information about how American freedoms have come about and what must be done to preserve those freedoms for future generations.

Please attend this meeting, bring ideas and think about volunteering time!!!

Pike County Job Fair – August 26 – Pittsfield, IL

jobJohn Wood Community College, Pike County Economic Development Corporation and the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois will sponsor a Pike County job fair at the Pike County Farm Bureau Tuesday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will help attendees learn how to prepare for an interview, effectively communicate during an interview, create a resume’ and complete online employment applications. Several area businesses will be at the fair to meet with individuals seeking employment. Those interested in talking with employers are encouraged to bring a resume’ and other supportive materials.

The first two hours of the job fair will be focused on helping participants prepare themselves to apply and interview for jobs. A welcome and overview of the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois workNet program will kick off the event at 9 a.m. Representatives from Manpower will provide tips on how to prepare for a job interview at 9:15 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. staff from JWCC will help attendees learn how to complete general and online job applications. At 10:30 a.m., participants can have their resume’ reviewed or create one with the help of Two Rivers Regional Council and Workforce Investment Act professionals.

Companies seeking new employees will meet with individuals who attended the morning’s various workshops at 11 a.m. The job fair will open to the public at noon.

The event is free and open to anyone who needs help preparing for a job interview. The Pike County Farm Bureau is located at 1301 E. Washington in Pittsfield.

More information is available from Gina Sheurman, executive director of the Pike County Economic Development Foundation, at 217.440.5101 or gsheurman@pikeedc.org.

County Highway 6 Closed

County Highway 6 will be closed periodically the next two weeks while crews work to replace culverts.  Work began Monday and is closed from the junction of County Highways 6 and 9 to 340th St. from approximately 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Updates will be announced on WBBA and are available on website http://www.pikehighway.com under the press releases, according to Pike County Highway Department.

Pittsfield Police Department School Patrols Announced

pch back to schoolPittsfield Police Chief Kenneth G. Yelliott announces directed patrols
will be conducted on school routes during the 2014 – 2015 school year.
The first full day of school activities take place on Wednesday, August
20, 2014. Pittsfield Police will conduct additional patrols on school
routes. The routes are identified as Piper Lane, South Jackson Street,
South Monroe Street, South Madison Street, South Memorial Street, and
Clarksville Road.
Officers will focus on violations of child restraint, graduated license,
electronic communication devices, speeding, and safety belts. The
public is reminded the speed limit on these streets is 25 mph.
The routes will be busy prior to opening, open lunch period, and
dismissal times of the schools with drivers of parents transporting
children, teenage drivers with recently obtained drivers licenses, school
teachers, school buses, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. The purpose of
this enforcement effort is to enhance road safety and to reduce the risk of
crash injuries.

Don’t forget about the great clubs and groups you can join!

pch groups and clubsIt’s easy to forget that Pike County is full of amazing and fun groups and clubs for you to be a part of. You can always double check your favorite club in our “Area Clubs” menu button at the top of the page, but let us refresh your memory as to what’s out there!

Stamp Club: Every second Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Pike County Health Department in Pittsfield with Amanda Woodward

 

“Fill Your Box” Card-making Class: Meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 10:30 am at 416 E. Chestnut St. in Griggsville

Pittsfield Woman’s Club: Meets every 4th Thursday of the month at noon for lunch and a program at the Community Center. For more information or become a member, call Sandy Henry @ (217) 285-6480. All Pike County women are welcome.

 

Exercise Classes @ Senior Center: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15 pm for both men and women. For more information please contact the Senior Center @ (217) 285-4524.

GED Classes: Held at Michael’s D.O.G. House at 1635 Main St. in Nebo every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 pm. For more information please contact Carolyn Johns at (217) 734-2764 or come to the D.O.G. House any Tuesday night to get started.

 

Pike County Loss Support Group: Meetings are currently discontinued until fall. For more information please contact Larry at (217) 653-3700 or Vickie at (217) 285-6520.

Puzzlebox Autism Awareness Support Group: Meets the 3rd Monday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield. The group is designed to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders within the community and provide support for those affected by autism. Anyone affected is welcome to attend. Upcoming meeting dates are June 17 and July 15. For more information please contact Taylor Sweeting @ (217) 370-8142 or email Taylor at taylor.sweeting@yahoo.com

 

County Market Coupon Club: Meets Wednesday afternoons from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the County Market Cafe. No charge to join and coupons are traded each week, several rebate forms are also available each week. For more information please contact County Market at (217) 285-4453.

Belleview Community Church “Teen Drop-In”: Every 3rd Sunday night of the month for ages 12-18 at 5:30 pm.

 

12 Step Al-Anon Family Support Group: For alcohol and narcotic addiction meets every Monday at 8 pm at First Christian Church (225 N. Memorial, Pittsfield). Use the Breezeway entrance. For more information please call Betty at (217) 285-6191.

Addicts Victorious Support Group: Meets Tuesday nights 6 pm to 7 pm at the Church of the Nazarene Family Center.

 

Scrapbooking: Meets every 3rd Wednesday each month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Hull Community Center by Marie Woods.

Pittsfield Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star: Meets every 4th Monday at the Masonic Lodge at 7:30 pm.

 

T.O.P.S. Meeting: Meets every Tuesday at the Milton Christian Church Annex. Weigh-in from 6 pm to 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Group is open to the public. For more information please call Shanna Edison at (217) 723-4092.

Pittsfield Lions Club: Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Courtyard Cafe. For more information please contact Mike Graham at (217) 473-3791.

 

Breastfeeding Support Group: Meets monthly at the Pike County Health Department. Meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 10 am. Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. For more information please contact the Health Dept at (217) 285-4407.

Lady Tornadoes Softball Clinic – July 14 to 18 – Griggsville, IL

School Events and Activities BoardThe Lady Tornadoes will host a softball clinic July 14-18 at the Little League Diamond. This clinic will run from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening. The clinic will be for girls going into the 6th grade through 10th grades. Cost is $30 (includes a shirt). All proceeds go to the Lady Tornadoes softball fund. Entry forms can be picked up a the school office or call Robert Kennedy at 217-473-0651. Form and fees must be turned into the school office by Monday, July 7.

4th of July Activities – In and Around Pike County!

4th of july pchWhat better way to celebrate our freedom and independence than with a community celebration?! Let us help you get ready for this holiday with a listing of community events and activites that will be held in honor of this historic holiday!

Pittsfield:

Pine Lakes Jellystone Park – Fireworks show July 4. Gate opens at 8:30 pm. Entry Fee: $5.00 per car

Pleasant Hill:

4th of July Parade at 11 am will go through the town and end at the city park.  National Anthem at 1 pm, baby contest at 1:15, Little Mr & Miss contest at 2:15, Prince & Princess at 3, Jr. Miss & Miss at 4, Cheerleaders at 5, Lip Sync contest at 5:30, Miss Fire Cracker at 6:15, Fireworks at dusk.  Half Moon Petting Zoo will have pony rides.  Spring Creek and Pleasant Hill EMS will have a disaster relief trailer in parade and park to raise money.

Outside of Pike County:

Quincy 4th of July Fireworks will be held at the Illinois Veterans Home at 9:20 pm. Spectacular fireworks display on the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home. Refreshments will be available. The Concessions and Kids Zone will open at 5 pm. Pre-firework entertainment will be provided by the Quincy Park Band at 7:30 pm. Fireworks begin at dusk. Parking is limited, use the shuttle bus from Lot C at Quincy University at 18th & Elm Streets.

Louisiana, MO 4th of July Celebration. Come to the riverfront in Louisiana and enjoy food and fun during the afternoon and evening followed by the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Show at dusk!

Jerseyville 4th of July Fireworks will be at the American Legion at 9 pm. American Legion, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Come watch the fireworks in Jerseyville at the American Legion. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Grafton Independence Celebration will be on July 5th on Main Street at dusk.

Jacksonville 4th of July Blast will be on July 4 over Mauvaise Terre Lake at 9:30 pm.