Pike County Color Drive 2014 – October 18 & 19

It’s that time of year again for the great Pike County Color Drive! This is the 26th year for the Color Drive and each year brings amazing things to see, do and eat. Be sure to visit the Pike County Color Drive’s official website at www.pikecolordrive.com and visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE.  This year’s event is October 18 and 19.  Download your own 2014 event map and brochure on their website or by clicking 2014 Pike County Color Drive Map Brochure.

Radio coverage can be heard on WBBA FM 97.5 with commentary by Pittsfield Rotary Club.  Listen in your vehicle or even online!  The following events are ones found on Facebook and submitted to Pike County Happenings.  We hope to see you out as we also provide running coverage on our Twitter page!  This year PCH can be found in the southern part of the county beginning in Nebo and following Illinois 96 all the way to New Canton!  Follow us on our adventure around the river as we weave in and out of some of the most beautiful areas in our county.  Last year’s trek around the northern side was so much fun, we just had to do it again!  Follow us on Twitter by clicking HERE.


Here are just a few of the events happening around the county this weekend that aren’t included on the brochure.  Be sure to check them out!

Nebo will be serving their famous fish sandwiches and selling apple butter this weekend! There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, hay scramble and several vendors. Be sure to stop by the welcome booth for your stamp!

Lots to see in this small, idyllic town! Don’t pass through without stopping for some delicious food and great finds with antiques and finds at the old Odd Fellows Hall just west of the park and the great food vendors. Something for everyone in this picturesque spot!

Pleasant Hill:
Annual Color Drive Tent Service at the Pike County Fairgrounds Sunday, Oct 19 at 10 am. Join together with our church family for a time of praise and worship at the Pike County Fairgrounds as our community celebrates The Pike County Illinois Fall Color Drive

The Pearl Community Center will raffle a quilt and gift card at the Color Drive Oct 19. For more information, call Julia Hatcher at 217-829-4260 or Lois Stewart at 217-829-4430. The proceeds will be for purchasing Christmas lights.

Nucci’s Pasta House is ready to serve the hungry visitors to town! Help them celebrate their first year open during the Pike County Color Drive by stopping by for some delicious Italian food! Be sure to check out their website for their full menu, updates and specials by clicking HERE.

Be sure to stop by the Baylis Baptist Church on Saturday for some great food in a controlled environment we are also an official stop so get your card punched, Thanks see you on Saturday.

Many new vendors this year! Eagle Creek Carving Company will be back with chainsaw carving demonstrations.

Pittsfield FFA will be selling chili on the square.

East Pike Fire Protection District will be selling pork and BBQ brisket sandwiches on the square.

G-P FFA will be serving pork chops, ribeyes and pork burger sandwiches Saturday, Oct 18 and Sunday, Oct 19 at the Western Illinois Fairgrounds in Griggsville. They will also be serving biscuits & gravy each morning for breakfast along with coffee. Proceeds go to support the G-P FFA Leadership program and National FFA Convention. Drive-up and take out service will be available.

G-P FFA will host it’s 8th annual antique tractor show at the Western IL Fairgrounds Oct 18 & 19. Voting will take place Sunday and plaques will be awarded at 3:30. Tractors need to be in place by 9 am each day. Show one or both days. Call Chris Miller, Ag instructor, at 217-430-6970 for questions and more.

The Skinner House on North Stanford St. will be open Saturday, Oct 18 from 9 am to noon. Tour the historic house and museum room which contains Nellie Grant items and Page Hatch hand carved decoys. Homemade apple dumplings will be available.



Operation Christmas Child – November 17-24 – Pittsfield, IL

Your Church LogoOperation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, is underway.  Fill a shoebox with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies, add $7 shipping, and you can demonstrate God’s love for children in need.  Impact a child’s life somewhere in the world from right here in Pike County.  Shoeboxes are delivered all over the world in areas that are extremely poor, war torn, and in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  For detailed instructions on packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org or contact local coordinatiors Bob and Karla DeVries at 217-723-4036.  Shoeboxes can be dropped off during National Collection Week, Nov. 17-24 at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene Family Center.

Harvest Fest 2014 – Oct 11 – Pittsfield, IL

paog halloweenBe sure to swing by the Pittsfield Assembly of God for their Harvest Fest 2014 on Saturday, October 11 from 5-8 pm. Lots of fun for everyone! Cost is only $10 per family.  Who doesn’t love a great hay ride and maze? Be sure to snag a Caramel apple for us!

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.

Free Amplified Phone Program Available – Oct 14-15 – Pittsfield, IL

check this out buttonIllinois has a free amplified phone program. West Central Illinois Area on Aging will be at the Pike County Senior Services office in fellowship hall First Christian Church Tuesday and Wednesday, October 14-15 so anyone can try out several different amplified phones to see which best suits their needs.

There is no age limit or income limit and the phones are free. When placing a request for phone, persons need a statement from doctor showing they are hearing impaired. Call Connie, 217-285-6150 to make appointment or for more information. Those having an amplified phone four years are entitled to a new phone. Call Connie and come see new and improved phones.

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

Republican Fall Fund Raiser – Oct 14 – Pittsfield, IL

politicsThe Pike County Republican Fall Fund Raiser will be held Tuesday, October 14 at the Crossroads Center, 125 W. Jefferson St in Pittsfield. Doors open at 6 pm and event begins at 6:30 pm. Keynote speaker will be State Rep. Jil Tracy. Tickets are $25 per person, sponsors are $100. Please call for reservations – Robert Browning 217-236-7025 or 217-257-3001.

Drive-Thru Flu Shots – Oct 17 – Pittsfield, IL

check this out buttonHead to Illini hospital on Friday, October 17 for their Drive-Thru Flu Shots! They will be available at two different times, 11-1 and 5-7. Simply pull into Illini’s main entrance at 640 W. Washington. They will meet you at your car, you sign a consent form and they will administer your shot. Quick and easy, plus you drive away protected against the flu! The cost is only $15, cash or check only.

Join the Girl Scouts, Volunteer Today!

girl scoutsJoin the Girl Scouts today! Girl Scouts is here to inspire girls to roll up their sleeves, help their community and even earn badges and awards! Any girl in grades K-12 can become a Girl Scout. Adult volunteers make the Girl Scout program possible for girls. Locally, Girl Scouts is currently looking for Daisy (K-1 grades) and Junior (4-5 grades) troop leaders for the Griggsville area. To find out more information, contact Erica Douglas at 217-222-1030 or email edouglas@girlscouts-gsci.org

Volunteers Needed for Operation Christmas Child – Sept 26 – Pittsfield, IL

operation xmas childJoin the fun and have an inspiring evening with the launch of Operation Christmas Child. Come and learn how simple, gift-filled shoeboxes deliver the hope of the Gospel to children all over the world. The event will be held on Friday, September 26 from 7-8:15 pm at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene Family Center, 227 W. Washington St. in Pittsfield. It will include questions and answers time, door prizes, fun and fellowship. Bring your family and friends to hear how God has impacted lives for eternity through this ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. For further information please contact Bob and Karla DeVries at 217-723-4036.