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

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.

Historical Society guest speaker Eric Dolbeare – Feb 19 – Pittsfield, IL

Pike County farmer Eric Dolbeare will speak at a Pike County Historical Society program Thursday, Feb 19 at the Cardinal Inn.  Dolbeare spent considerable amounts of time as an agricultural adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan during the period of 2008-2013 and had many interesting experiences.  He will speak in the west room of the Cardinal Inn at 6:30 pm.  You do not have to be a member of the Historical Society to attend.  All are welcome to dine from 5:30 to 6:30 pm or come for the 6:30 program.  Reservations are not necessary.

Blood Drives, 2 Locations – Feb 16 – Pittsfield & Pleasant Hill

Pike County Community Blood Drives are 11:30 am – 2 pm, Monday at Illini Community Hospital, 640 W. Washington Pittsfield and 4-6 pm at David Schrock’s House, 17652 County Hwy 11, Pleasant Hill.  For your convenience call blood center toll free to sign up at 1-866-GIVE-BLD. Walk-ins welcome and appreciated.  Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit organization is provider of life-saving blood for 15 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Passavant Area Hospital and Memorial Medical Center and St. Johns Hospital.

Pike County Business Highlight – Craig’s Collision Center – Pittsfield, IL

Photo courtesy Craig's Collision Center, website.

Photo courtesy Craig’s Collision Center, website.

Craig’s Collision Center was nominated by our readers as one of their favorite Auto Service locations in Pike County. Our readers say that the owner, Craig Martin is such a nice guy and he makes a great impression!  Craig’s Collision Center is located at 1256 W. Washington St. in Pittsfield and can be reached by phone at 217-285-1755.

Craig’s website states that they offer quality collision repair services to all makes and models and insurance work is welcome. Craig’s Collision Center has been highlighted at http://www.hotrod.com for their painting prowess on a 1959 Chevrolet Apache restoration (click HERE to view the article). According to Whitepages.com their hours are Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm.