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Pike County Pig Days – July 8 & 9 – Pittsfield, IL

For more than 25 years Pittsfield has celebrated Pike County’s large pork industry with their annual Pig Days festival. In honor of the pig there are activities such as longest pig tail contest and hog calling contests. There are arts and crafts, kids games, and live entertainment. And as you would expect, food stands offer some tasty pork specialties.

Event is to be held on the Courthouse Square in downtown Pittsfield. Friday 5 pm – 10 pm and Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm

Contacts: for General information & Vendor forms call the Charlie Gates at 217-285-4905; for the Little Miss Piglet and Little Mr.Pork Chop contests call Sharon Springer at 285-5760.

Murder Mystery Party – Oct 20 – Pittsfield, IL

Murder Mystery Kickoff Flyer

The Relay For Life of Pike County is holding a Murder Mystery Party Tuesday, October 20 for their 2016 Relay For Life Kick-Off!


All are invited to attend to learn more about Relay For Life, register a team for the 2016 event, and solve a murder! Enjoy some delicious refreshments, mingle with friends, and get involved in Pike County’s fight against cancer!


An Assassination in Hollywood Murder Mystery Party Relay For Life Kick-Off

Senior Citizens Center

220 W. Adams, Pittsfield, IL

6:00 PM

$5 suggested donation

EPIC Community Gathering – Oct 27 – Pittsfield, IL

EPIC Seeking Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included and Contributing is a local effort to improve lives for adults with developmental disabilities in Pike County. If you care about or are a person with developmental disabilities, you are invited to participate. The goal of EPIC is to help people do things they enjoy related to their interests and to connect to organizations, clubs, and other people with similar interests. Young people preparing to leave high school, adults living at home with family, those living in a group home, and those living on their own with or without support services can participate in EPIC to explore ways they may be more involved, active, and connected in the community.

“A friend of mine who is an adult with developmental disabilities in another community joined a nearby community choir. Her parents drove her to and from practices. Over time, she made friends with the other choir members. Now she is part of a regular carpool to choir practice and participates without her parents’ involvement — just like any other adult member of the choir,” says Michele Westmaas, EPIC Project Coordinator.

Westmaas, a Pike County resident for over 20 years, sees Pike County as the perfect community for this groundbreaking effort. “We are a close-knit, caring community,” says Westmaas. “We want our neighbors with disabilities to have a good life. With the right support and encouragement, Pike County citizens with disabilities could have a life like any other citizen – doing all the regular things of life in all the regular community places. When everyone is able to contribute their unique skills and talents throughout the community, we all benefit.”

The first monthly EPIC Community Gathering will be held Tuesday, October 27th at 6pm at Pittsfield Methodist Church, 222 N. Monroe. Families, individuals with developmental disabilities, and interested citizens are invited to celebrate successes, brainstorm burning questions, consider new ideas, and think about next steps. Everyone is invited to come together for punch, cookies, and connection!

People interested in participating in EPIC to explore ways they can be more involved, active, and connected in the community can call Michele Westmaas at 217-473-6450 or email micheleiamc@gmail.com or Carrie Martin, EPIC Grant Facilitator, at 217-242-9833 or email jncmartin2@gmail.com.

An online video at http://www.iambc.org/#!epic-pike/cye3 gives more information about what EPIC participants can expect. On that same webpage is a link to sign up for the EPIC online newsletter. Information related to the project is shared regularly on a Facebook page called EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included & Contributing. EPIC is a project of the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives (IAMC) funded by a grant from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Fall Festival Schedule of Events – Sept 3 to 5 – Pittsfield, IL

6:00 PM Opening Ceremony with Parade Marshall Announcement
6:00 Vendors Open
6:30 Prince/Princess Pageant
7:30 Junior Miss Pageant
8:30 Miss Pittsfield Pageant

Noon – Some food vendors and vendor booths open for lunch.
6:00 PM All Vendors Open
6:00 Baby Contest
7:00 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant
8-10:00 Avenue Beat on Stage

8:30 AM Parade Registration
9:00 Vendors Open
11:00 Grand Parade
1:00 PM Parade Awards
2:00 Richard Landry – Magician
3:00 KIDS ONLY!!! Canvas on the Courtyard
5:00 Canvas on the Courtyard (Adults)
7:00 Talent Showcase
Closing Ceremony with raffle drawings immediately following Talent Showcase

PHS Homecoming Parade Marshal Nominations Needed

PHS Student Council decided last year it would be a neat component to the annual Homecoming Parade to include a parade marshal who has the special honor of leading the parade as it travels from the high school to the court house square.

Last year the first ever parade marshal was Carolyn Casteel, and she possessed many qualities we are looking for to be the perfect parade marshal. This year we would like to ask the faculty, students, and the community for their input on who should lead our 2015 Homecoming parade. Individuals nominated should be actively involved in the Pikeland School District supporting extracurricular activities and athletics.

Please email your nomination to: mldavidsmeyer@pikeland.org or call 217-285-6888 by September 10.

Back to School Immunizations – Pike County, IL

Pike County Health Department will offer Back to School Immunization clinics in August.

Clinics will be held on the following Mondays:

  • August 3rd: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 10th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • August 17th: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 24th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm

These are walk-in immunization clinics with no appointment needed.  Clinics will be held at the health department, located at 606 West Adams St. in Pittsfield.  Please bring your child’s Medicaid/KidCare card with you to the clinic.  If you have private health insurance, please contact your insurance company before coming to the clinic to determine insurance coverage for immunizations and to verify that Pike County Health Department is in your insurance network.

There is a new vaccination requirement for the coming school year.  Students entering 6th grade (age 11) must receive a meningitis vaccine.  Students entering 12th grade must show proof of two doses of meningitis vaccine at school entry.  Only 1 dose of meningitis vaccine is required for school entry if the 12th grade student received their first dose of meningitis vaccine at 16 years  of age or older.

Contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department at 217-285-4407, ext. 124 for more information.


EPIC Star Raft Informational Meeting – Aug 8 – Pittsfield, IL

EPIC will use the Star Raft model to build community connections for people with developmental disabilities in Pike County.
But… why do you care?  What does that mean anyway?
In sailing, boats have a specific way to tie up in the harbor so that all the connected boats can share what they have on board and share where they are anchored.  The boats connect in a circle (or Star Raft) and I can move from boat to boat to enjoy a different view — where another boat is anchored.  I can share what I have on board and others can share with me.  Boats can leave or enter the circle without the rest of the circle coming undone.
In the Star Raft model, we build community in the same way.  We bring people together with purpose so that they can share what they have on board — their skills, talents, interests.  And they can share where they are anchored — by inviting others to the places in the community where they ‘belong’.  
A simple example:  One person in the group would like to explore an interest in gardening.  Someone says, “I know the lady who owns the local nursery.  Maybe we could visit with her a bit.”  Someone else says, “I can bring my spade and some seeds.  I would enjoy spending an hour tomorrow helping you do some planting at your place.”  Someone else says, “I belong to the Garden Club.  Come with me to our next meeting.  I’ll introduce you to the others.  Perhaps you’d like to join.”
By very simply bringing people together with purpose, we can build community connections in a meaningful way for people with developmental disabilities.  Those connections then lead to an improved quality of life in unpredictable and creative ways that are highly individualized.  
By the way, the Star Raft model works with any group of vulnerable people living on the edge of the community.
Please view the short preview attached, share the information, and plan to join us for a day with David Wetherow on Saturday, Aug 8th in Pittsfield.  Bring a friend, a colleague, a neighbor…  Click here for details and registration.  Registration is not limited to Pike County residents.  All are welcome.

Art At Free Press Coffee Shop – Pittsfield, IL

Free Press Coffee shop will be hosting Canvas & Coffee on July 31.  Call 285-6110 to register.

Young Eagle Airplane Rides come to Pittsfield – July 11 – Pittsfield, IL

Jacksonville EAA Chapter 137 will be at Pittsfield Penstone Airport on Saturday, July 11 for a Young Eagle event, which provides airplane rides to youth.  Children between the ages of 8 and 17 will be given an opportunity to have an introductory flight.

EAA is an international organization with 170,000 members that has given over 1.6 million Young Eagle rides.  Purpose of the program is to develop interest in aviation.

Rides will be given 9 am to 1 pm.  A parent/guardian needs to be present for registration.  EAA members that are qualified pilots, using donated aircraft, will provide the service.

This is the fourth year the Jacksonville chapter has hosted the event at Pittsfield.  They also provide Young Eagle rides two other times a year in Jacksonville.  In 2014 more than 80 rides were given in Pittfield.

For more information, local contact is Kim Curry, 217-833-2484.