Enjoy the 47th annual Pig Day celebration, celebrating Pike County’s deep agricultural roots. The event, held on the courthouse lawn begins Friday night with the crowning of Little Miss Piglet, the girl age 4-6 with the longest braids and new this year, Mr. Pork Chop, a boy, the same age, dressed in farming attire, either past or present.
As part of “EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included and Contributing”, two training opportunities are being offered to Pike County residents for FREE. EPIC is a new inclusive community initiative underway in Pike County.
With grant funding from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, EPIC will engage the support of consultants and other agencies to provide training on community inclusion, person-centered planning, supportive housing, customized employment, inclusive education, and the Star Raft model of community networking.
For citizens with developmental disabilities, EPIC will create person-centered plans based on their hopes, dreams, and gifts. Using the Star Raft model, each individual’s Star Raft group will support that person to live out their plan, thereby increasing community connections, participation, contribution and overall quality of life. Simultaneously, EPIC will equip and empower the community to welcome, engage, and support citizens with developmental disabilities to participate and contribute.
On July 15-17th, Pike County residents interested in facilitating person-centered planning sessions for individuals are invited to an intensive, active, three-day experience. Lunch is provided, as well as a PATH kit containing all the materials needed to be a practicing PATH facilitator. Space is limited to 15 participants. The event will be held July 15-17th at the JWCC Perry Ag Center.
On August 8th, David Wetherow, expert in community building and Star Raft founder, will host a gathering of self-advocates, family members, and community partners to learn and practice an exciting set of tools for invitation, setting direction, circle development, managing direct supports, and navigating safely and joyfully towards a good life. The event will be held August 8th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Findley Place Community Room, 400 W. Jefferson in Pittsfield.
Both events are free to Pike County residents, CEUs and CPDUs are available, and online registration can be found at http://www.iamcinc.evenbrite.com/. Pike County residents are urged to register promptly to ensure availability of space as both events are offered for a fee to registrants from outside Pike County as well. Many more training opportunities on a variety of topics will be planned over the course of the one-year grant.
EPIC staff are eager to speak to community groups about the project. Civic organizations, businesses, churches and other groups are invited to schedule a speaking engagement.
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The Pike County Health Department offers many services to our area. Be sure to visit their website by clicking HERE to view all their services and contact information.
⇒ PCHD is offering an 8 hour Illinois Food Manager’s Certification Class at the Courtyard Cafe, at 128 E. Adams St. in Pittsfield, with two sessions: Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 9 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Application forms may be downloaded from their website (link above) or for more information contact Chelsea Hayden at 217-285-4407, ext. 116.
⇒ PCHS will be having summer immunization clinics for meningitis vaccinations: July 6, July 20, August 3 and August 17. For more information contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department at 217-285-4407, ext. 124.
The Pittsfield High School classes of ’76 – ’80 are holding a reunion on September 18 and 19, 2015, which is Homecoming weekend. Representatives from each class have sent out invitations, but if you failed to receive one and would like more information, contact Robin Capps Callendar at 217-285-5487 or Susan Frazier Shireman at 217-285-4054.
Calvary Baptist Church, located at 180 S. Franklin St. in Pittsfield, will host Vacation Bible School, July 6-9, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. A family picnic and pool party will be held at King Park on July 10, from 6:30 to 10 pm. All children from Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate.
A summer kids’ event called “Everest Vacation Bible School” will be at Crossroads Center in Pittsfield, 6 pm to 8:15 pm Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24.
At Everest VBS, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life and they will have an opportunity to join an international mission effort to provide bibles to kids in Thailand.
Everest VBS is for kids from 4 years old to kids entering 6th grade and is free. For more information and to register for this life-changing journey, call First Christian Church in Pittsfield at 217-285-4129 or visit www.fccpittsfield.org
Area businesses and individuals interested in placing an advertisement in the Pittsfield High School Athletic Program can contact the PHS Athletic Director, Don Bigley, at 217-285-6888 or by email: email@example.com
Advertisements will need to be turned in by Tuesday, August 4th.
To help meet the 2015-2016 new school requirements for meningitis vaccination, Pike County Health Department is highlighting meningitis vaccination during summer immunization clinics.
Immunization clinic dates are the following Mondays: June 15, July 6, July 20, August 3, and August 17. Additional back-to-school immunization clinics will be scheduled in August.
Beginning school year 2015-2016 all students entering the 6th and 12th grades will be required to show proof of recent meningococcal vaccination. All 6th graders will be required to show proof of one dose received on or after 11 years of age. All 12th graders will need to show proof of receiving two doses, unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age. In this case, only one dose after 16 years of age is required. This vaccination will prevent a severe form of bacterial meningitis and could save your child’s life.
State purchased vaccinations are available for children covered by KidCare or Medical Card, children who have no health insurance, and children whose insurance does not include vaccinations as a benefit.
Vaccinations are available for those with private health insurance coverage. You must call your health insurance company to verify Pike County Health Department is in-network and your insurance covers vaccinations, prior to coming. Most, but not all, insurance plans are accepted.
Get your child vaccinated now to avoid the back to school rush in August! For more information, contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department 217-285-4407, ext 124.
The Lincoln Days Civil War reenactment is this Saturday and Sunday at Lake Pittsfield. Come step back in time in historic Pittsfield as Union and Confederate forces prepare for battle at the 480 acre Lake Pittsfield site. This is a family oriented event, so take the kids. Hundreds of reenacters and civil war enthusiasts will gather for this annual event.
New this year is a program on the Ironclad battleship – the Virginia. .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 AM – ARTILLERY, CAVALRY, INFANTRY, NAVAL & CIVILIAN CAMPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
11:00 AM -GENTLEMEN’S & LADIES FASHION SHOW FOLLOWED BY THE CIVIL WAR TEA
12 NOON – PROGRAM ON THE IRONCLAD VIRGINIA
12:30 PM – 10TH ILLINOIS CAVALRY BAND IN CONCERT
2:00 PM – BATTLE REENACTMENT
3:00 PM PRESS CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT LINCOLN, GENERAL GRANT & GENERAL LEE
DUSK – NIGHT CANNON FIRING
9 AM – CAMPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
1860’S PERIOD CHURCH SERVICE & MEMORIAL
SERVICE HONORING CIVIL WAR VETERANS
NOON- CANDY CANNON
1:30 PM – BATTLE REENACTMENT
NAUVOO ON THE ROAD WILL BE PRESENTING PERIOD CRAFTS & CHILDREN’S GAMES ALL DAY SATURDAY.
THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
CIVIL WAR EMBALMING DEMONSTRATIONS
PRESIDENT LINCOLN WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOS
U S MARSHALLS WILL BE PERFORMING SKITS EVERY HOUR AND HOSTING A JAIL & BAIL EVENT – PRIZES AWARDED ON SUNDAY.
Fashion Show Video
Reenactors in Pike County Video
The Letter: A Civil War Tragedy Video
Are you ready for the 3rd Annual Glow Run non-competitive 5K? Race starts at the courthouse in Pittsfield on June 19. Registration is at 8 pm with race starting at 9 pm. Cost is $20 per person, $5 for children 12 and under. Be sure to register by June 9th to guarantee your t-shirt!
Register online at www.illinihospital.org. For more information call 217-285-5635.