BSMCP Lenten Services – March 4 – New Salem, IL

The seven congregations of the Bright Star Parish (Oxville, Florence, Detroit, Griggsville, Perry, New Salem, and Baylis) would like to invite everyone in Pike County and beyond, Wednesday nights to host Lenten services in anticipation of Easter.  All worship celebrations begin Wednesdays at 7 p.m.  Services will be as follows: Perry UMC Feb. 18, New Salem UMC March 4, Detroit UMC on March 11, Oxville UMC March 18, Florence UMC March 25, and Griggsville UMC April 1.  If you have questions, contact Pastor Dave at 217-833-2575

Pike County Banquet – March 7 – Pittsfield, IL

Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Pike County Banquet Saturday, March 7, at the old JDL Building, Highway 54 North, Pittsfield.  This event will feature dinner, auction, and prizes.  Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.  Ticket order deadline is March 2 and will not be sold at the door.  To order tickets locally, call Doug Pruett at 217-242-1249 or WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471 or go online at  You may also call Brian Hill at 217-617-2129, Central State Bank 217-734-2356, or the Archery Shop at 217-285-1610.

BSMCP Passover Seder – March 31 – Griggsville, IL

The Bright Star Methodist Cooperative Parish (Oxville, Florence, Detroit, Griggsville, Perry, Baylis, and New Salem) invites everyone in Pike County to the Griggsville United Methodist Church for Passover Seder for Christians Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.  To make your reservations by March 22, call Pastor Dave at the Bright Star Parish office at 217-833-2575.

Annual Soup Day – March 7 – Barry, IL

Food buttonFirst Baptist Church, 900 Main Street in Barry, will host Annual Soup Day on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Chili, vegetable or chicken noodle soup, sandwich, dessert and drink will be served.  Free will offering, carry out, and deliveries, call 335-2355.

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

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.