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December 2013 Volume 7 - Issue 12


SCHOOL DATES TO REMEMBER December 5 Elementary Winter Concert

517 W. Mechanic Ashland

December 10 Jr High Winter Concert

Reduced! $89,900

December 11 High School Winter Concert December 20 Dismiss 11:30

Great 4BR 2BA ranch with over 1600 sq.ft. on a corner lot offering many new updates. Totally remodeled kitchen with new tile flooring, cabinets, and countertops in `05. Roof, siding and exterior doors were replaced in `09. On demand water heater was installed in `07. Fenced back yard with nice outdoor area for relaxing on the deck or in the hot tub that stays. Original hardwood floors in the living room with a new fireplace that was installed in `09. Seller is offering a home warranty.

Dawn Stremsterfer Realtor®, Broker Associate

Dec 23 - Jan 3 Winter Break

Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-741-1865 2475 West Monroe Springfield, IL 62704 (cell) PROFESSIONALS 217-741-1865 BUYER NEEDS… Buyer A: $≤100,000, Springfield, garage and basement Buyer B: $≤200,000 ≥2 acres, Pleasant Plains School District. Buyer C: $≤50,000, Springfield, ≥ 2BR, ≥1000 sq. ft.

PROFESSIONALS 2475 West Monroe Springfield, IL 62704 (cell) 217-652-6193

Ann Martin Real Estate Broker 100% Club Member Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-652-6193 Fax: 217-787-8957

Buyer D: $≤115,000 Ashland, 3BR, w/large garage, 2 bath Buyer E: $≤400,000 w/acreage in Cass, Sangamon or Menard County. ≥4BR, ≥2BA Buyer F: $≤120,000 Springfield, 3BR (large master preferred), ≥2BA, garage. Buyer G: $≤150,000 Ashland, 3BR, w/basement Call if you would consider selling a home that meets the above criteria!

CHURCH DIRECTORY BEREA CHRISTIAN CHURCH Minister Edward J.Moretto Sunday Christian Education Hour - 9:30 pm Sunday Worship - 10:30 am Wednesday Eve. Prayer Mtg. - 7:00 pm We’re Open On Sunday!! CHURCH OF CHRIST Minister Jimmy Coyle Sunday School - 9:00 am Sunday Worship - 10:00 am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Rev. David L. McHenry 476.3678 Sunday School - 9:30 am Sunday Worship - 10:30 am ASHLAND COMMUNITY ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Eve. Baptist Church Hall - 7 - 8:30 pm

LADIES PRAYER BREAKFAST December 7 - Richland Creek January 4 - United Methodist *All ladies of Ashland and Pleasant Plains communities are invited to attend.

ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH Father Chris Brey 476.8856 Ashland Sunday Mass - 9:00 am Beardstown Sunday Mass - 11:00 am Sunday (Spanish) - 12:30 pm Virginia Saturday - 5:00 pm UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Pam Hoffman 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. Pastor Darin Peterson Ph. 217-675-2124 Sunday School for all ages @ 9:15-10:15 am Worship Service @ 10:30 am YOUTH4TRUTH Monday evening @ 6:30 pm Saturday’s Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ 8:00 am

Bradley J. Ross August 2, 1961 November 19, 2013 Bradley J. Ross, 52, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at St. John’s Hospice.

“For where two or three are gathered in my He was born Aug 2, 1961 to name, there am I in the midst of them.” Henry H. “Herbie” and Shirley J. (Burris) Ross. Mathew 18:20 Bradley was formerly employed as a truck driver. THANK YOU……..THANK YOU……..THANK YOU

He is survived by his mother, Shirley; a brother, Once again the “Churches” of Ashland have come together Stephen W. Ross; several cousins; best friend, and made a memorable Thanksgiving for thirty families Tim Kelly; and his caregivers, Leland Rhodes RN for 11 years, Jane Pond LPN for 8 years and The donation of turkeys from the youth group in BeardsBev Byers LPN for 7 years. town - Dollar Generals generous donation of candy - the He was preceded in death by his father in 1987 donation of time from all who bring it to the Catholic Hall and a sister, Georgina Rae Ross in 1959. to the two special persons who sort - and to all of the persons who deliver it to the homes, and especially to the Service were held at noon Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 families that gratefully receives the baskets. at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home with Pastors But most of all a great big thanks to the donations of cash David and Linda Gessaman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. that make it all possible. IT COULD NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU!!!!

The Ross Family were formerly from Ashland

Holiday Greetings from the Adventure Club. Watch for upcoming trip information for the year 2014.




220 N. Yates - Ashland Office: 1-866-225-8126 Garrett Savage - Bob Savage Ron Ahlers - Salesman cell: (217)691-9631


A Full Service Bank 400 E. Buchanan St. P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467 PH. 217.476.3325 FX. 217.476.3342


Amity Nail Spa 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL

415-0558 108 W. Editor Street Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3354

Lana J. Pfaffe, Nail Technician

Jeffrey A. Donnan - Kay Handy Ora Lee Campbell - Kristen Arthalony

Other Locations: 116 State Street Beardstown, IL 62618 217.323.3018 Debbie Jones 815 W. Clinton Rushville, IL 62681 217.322.6230 Kala Peacock

979 Clocktower Drive Springfield, IL 62704 217-726-9885 Stacey M. Hester


They Come To America: The Cost of Amnesty BLACK & WHITE COPIES - 10 CENTS EACH COLOR COPIES - 30 CENTS EACH

The 9-12 meeting will be showing Dennis Michael Lynch- film "They Come To America: The Cost of Amnesty". The film will be shown at 220 N Yates St. at the Illini Propane Office on Friday, December 13th at 7pm. The public is invited to come and see this eye opening documentary.

Smith Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Kathie G. Smith 111 North Hardin Ashland, IL 62612 (217)476-3547 Office Hours by Appointment Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Support you’re A-C Central Senior class. 1/8 page ads for the yearbook can be purchased for $20. For information email: We are also hosting a meats, cheese, and chocolate fundraiser for the yearbook. These make great Christmas gifts! If you would like to support the yearbook in this way go to and enter our group number 31714. Thanks for your continued support!

Prentice Farmers Elevator 2303 Elevator Avenue Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3516 or 1.800.255.8659 James R. Blakeman, Manager 4 locations to serve you: Prentice, Philadelphia, Strawns Crossing, and Tallula.

Sheri Wingo A-C Central Yearbook Adviser

Dealers in Grain, Seed and Kent Feeds.

There are a lot of products (household cleaning wipes, personal hygiene and paper towels) on the market that are labeled “flushable” but most are not “degradable” and end up tangled in our sewer pumps. Unlike toilet paper, some contain plastic and other materials that don’t dissolve quickly in water. We are asking residents to only flush biologic waste and toilet paper. Additionally, we have noticed more grease in the waste water. Please refrain from washing grease down your sink drains because it forms “grease balls” as it rolls down the pipes and plugs the sewer grates. Your help in these matters would be greatly appreciated. The financial costs associated with both of these issues is quite large. There will be a Christmas decorating/lighting contest again this year. First prize will be $50 with $10 prizes for honorable mentions. The judging will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm.

Christmas tree clean-up will be the 6th thru 10th of January. Please have your tree free of ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. If you are in possession of a stray dog, please call the county sheriff’s office (217/452-7718) and ask them to contact Jim Birdsell. If you see a street light out, call the Village office (217/476-3317) and we will contact Ameren CIPS for repair.

Water $27.50 $14.75 $ 1.05 $39.00

First 1,000 gallons Per 1,000 gallons after first 1,000 EPA Testing Fee Minimum monthly charge

Sewer $10.45 $ 4.40

E-mail: Facebook: Village of Ashland

Village of Ashland Board Members & Staff:

Terry Blakeman, Mayor Jim Birdsell, Chief of Police Ron Cave, Public Works Director Phyllis Sutphin, Village Treasurer Vanessa Doellman, Village Clerk Kitty Mau, Deputy Clerk

Kelly Sutphin-Gutmann, Trustee Fadra Birdsell, Trustee Stan Fulton, Trustee Greg Pettit, Trustee Frank Wallace, Trustee Dave Troxell, Trustee

ASHLAND VFW POST 3546‌ Meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday at the Firehouse. AMERICAN LEGION POST 498... Meets monthly at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday at the Firehouse.

DUPLEX APPARTMENT FOR RENT 604 S. Sylvan, duplex for rent. 1-bedroom, updated. $475 per month. No Pets — OR buy entire duplex for $300 per month. Call Julie or Donn at 217-652-1449 for details.

RPA Farmers Co-op Email us: RPAFARMERS@CASSCOMM.COM 3090 Richland Elev. Rd. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

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December Anniversaries 8 - Brett & Jackie Kesselring 2 - Forrest & Carol Duncan 29 - Don & Kaye Parsons

December Birthdays 02 - Shawn Eskew 05 - Julie Jokisch 06 - Travis Wallbaum 09 - Jim Heather 10 - Alex Gardner 16 - David Bryant 15 - Dena Mae Davin 18 - Harry Blakeman 18 - Ramona Douglass 20 - Cheyenne Kesselring 25 - Baby Jesus 28 - Jim Handy 30 - Charlee Ratliff 31 - Kelsey Gardner

The Ashland Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone in our community for their support of the recent fundraiser. All profits from this event will be set aside for the purchase of a new fire truck. We will be updating the "thermometer" in the village square periodically, so check out the progress. Our goal is $250,000. This will upgrade our 41 year old pumper with a 7 to 8 year old replacement. This will probably take many years to complete, but with your continued help, we believe it's an attainable goal. Thanks again for your continued support.

ASHLAND WOMAN'S CLUB WOMEN OF THE ASHLAND COMMUNITY & SURROUNDING AREA Are you bored? Are you looking for a little fun? Are you in need of some intellectual stimulation in your life? Join the Ashland Woman's Club The club meets the first Tuesday of every month (September to May), 1:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Hall. A cultural program is followed by light refreshments. Membership is only $10 for the year. The club was organized in 1898, provides scholarships to area students and supports many local organizations and charities. The ladies play bridge and pinochle throughout the year.

WALLBAUM DEVELOPMENT INC. ASHLAND, IL 115 W. Freemont St. PO Box 136 Ashland, IL 62612

Plumbing - Heating Air Conditioning Backhoe - Trenching

We Do It All In Just 1 Call! Jim - Todd - Travis

Phone: (217)476-3595

Some of the upcoming programs will be: December 3 Winter Olympics February 4 Your Health - Cass County Public Health Educator & Nurse May 6 Spring Luncheon - Noon (reservations required) Contact Judy Mills 476-3469 if you have questions.

Gardner Construction Co


2878 Panther Grove Road Ashland, IL 62612

Cell: 217-341-3415 Leave Message 217-476-8135

Remodel Kitchen & Baths Replace Roof & Room Additions

ALLYSON QUICK named Student of the Month at A-C Central Congratulations to Allyson Quick for being selected Student – of – the – Month for October at A-C Central High School. Miss Quick is the daughter of Gary and Claudia Quick of Ashland. Allyson is a leader both in and out of the classroom as evidenced by her involvement in various school activities. She is a member of the Honor Roll, Marching, Pep and Concert Band, Natural Helpers, STAR, Student Council, FFA, Project 2000, Foreign Language Club, Scholastic Bowl, National Honor Society, Fall Play Cast, Spring Musical Cast and is on the Swimming team.

LADY JAYS HAVE TWO SELECTED TO ALL CONFERENCE TEAM Sydnee Henry was selected to the Sangamo Conference 2nd Team and Kaitlin Throgmorton was selected to the Honorable Mention Team. Congrats, ladies!

Away from school Allyson enjoys volunteering at New Salem, tutoring students, weekly Bible meetings, and her piano, horn, guitar and voice efforts. Miss Quick is undecided at this point as to a college choice and major area of study.

Parrish Smith of A-C Central Hs-FFA FFA named national finalist in 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair at 86th National FFA Convention & Expo INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Nov. 18, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Parrish Smith, a member of the A-C Central Hs-FFA FFA Chapter from Ashland, Illinois, was a national finalist in the 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo and sponsored nationally by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta. FFA members can compete in the national agriscience fair in one of six categories: • Animal Systems • Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems • Food Products and Processing Systems • Plant Systems • Power, Structural and Technical Systems • Social Systems To qualify for the National FFA Agriscience Fair, students must be in grades seven through 12, conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report. All national participants are selected as the state winner at their state agriscience fairs and earn national competition eligibility after being placed in the top 15 within their respective categories. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Ty Kesselring named Student of the Month at A-C Central Congratulations to Ty Kesselring for being selected Student – of – the – Month for September at A-C Central High School. Mr. Kesselring is the son of Jackie and Brett Kesselring of Ashland. Ty is a leader both in and out of the classroom as evidenced by his involvement in various school activities. He is a member of the Honor Roll, is President of the Marching Band, a member of Natural Helpers, STAR (Treasurer) and Student Council. He has been a cast member of the Fall Play and Spring Musical each year and has been selected to the IMEA All-District Band for 2012 and 2013 as well as the IMEA All-State Band in 2013. Away from school Ty enjoys weightlifting, reading fiction and playing video games. Mr. Kesselring is undecided at this point as to a college choice and major area of study. Congratulations to Ty Kesselring on this significant honor!

Merry Christmas NEAL’S BARBER SHOP Ashland, IL 62612 217.741.3874 Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 am - 1:00pm Closed: Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Norm Bryant Enterprises Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums Furniture

Carpet Cleaning

Cell (217) 741-3758 Phone: (217) 476-3508

Car Interior

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

New Construction Remodeling Gutters

Happy Holidays CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS Community food baskets for the Christmas holiday will be offered again this year. If you would like to donate to the program, please contact any member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department or call (217) 473-9147. Thank you!


Our community Toys for Tots program is in full swing. Drop off a new toy at the boxes located all around town. For other donations, contact any member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department or call (217) 473-9147. Thank you! We also need donations of money to help buy gifts or gift certificates for Jr. High & High School Age Kids.

A-C CENTRAL SCHOOL CALENDAR DECEMBER 20th - End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester - Early Dismissal 11:05/11:10 (Elementary), 11:30 (MS/HS) 23rd - Jan 3 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break JANUARY 1st- 3rd - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break 10th - Early Dismissal 11:05/11:10 (Elementary), 11:30 (MS/HS)-SIP DAY 20th - NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Jr. Day FEBRUARY 7th - Mid-Term for 3rd Quarter 13th - Early Dismissal 1:45/1:50 (Elementary), 2:11 (MS/HS)-Parent/Teacher Conference 14th - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conference 17th - NO SCHOOL - We will observe President's Day MARCH 14th - End of 3rd Quarter-Early Dismissal 1:45/1:50 (Elementary), 2:11 (MS/HS) 17th - 21st NO SCHOOL-Spring Break

Bradley Honor Band Three talented young ladies represented A-C Central at the 2013 Bradley University Frosh/Soph Honor Band. The girls were selected on their past music accomplishments. Students from 40 schools across central Illinois participate in this prestigious event. The young musicians have the pleasure of working with Dr. David Vroman from Bradley University for 2 rehearsals and then present a concert to the public in conjunction with the Bradley Symphonic Winds. Erin Kelly, oboe player from A-C Central, along with Emily Koch, clarinet player and Alex Brue a flute player were members of this years group. The girls attended rehearsals on Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 in Peoria. They presented a concert in the Dingledine Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. The honor band performed John Philip Sousa’s THE THUNDERER, THE COWBOYS by John Williams, Tschesnokoff’s SALVATION IS CREATED, and closed their program with Samuel Hazo’s Novo Lento. It was an outstanding concert. L to R: Alex Brue, Erin Kelly, Kim Webster & Emily Koch CONGRATULATIONS A-C CENTRAL BAND STUDENTS

Several students from A-C Central High School and Junior High were selected for the honor of participating in the Illinois Music Education Associations All-District Bands. Auditions for this honor were held on Columbus Day. Students from all across Illinois prepared selections and performed basic skills and music excerpts for judges. Those scores determined who would participate in the All-District organizations. The All-District festival was held on the campus of WIU in Macomb on Saturday Nov. 2, 2013. Students from all over west central Illinois gathered to come together to rehearse and present concerts in Western Hall. The talented young musicians got the opportunity to work with very talented clinicians and conductors. The JH band was directed by Mr. John Heath, retired from Batavia HS. John is a past ILMEA president and a very active conductor and clinician. HS students got the pleasure of working with David Maccabee who is currently the director of bands at Unity Township HS in East Moline. Junior High School selectees were: Hannah Ratliff, daughter of Mike and Jenny Ratliff of Ashland. Hannah is a flute player in the A-C Central JH Band and is active in band, choir, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, and Student Council. Izyer Lincoln, daughter of Yarvo Roberts of Ashland. Izyer is also a flute player and active in band, choir, basketball, volleyball, softball and Student Council.

MS pic L to R: Hannah Ratliff, John Heath, Kim Webster & Izyer LIncoln HS pic L to R: Sabrena Reek, Hoaby Hoagland, Kim Webster, Ty Kesselring, Cerys Boston & Allyson Quick

High School selectees were: Sabrene Reek, daughter of Sheila Reek. Sabrena is a Junior flute player and is active in band and participates as a member of the PORTA swim team. Ty Kesselring, son of Jackie and Brett Kesselring of Ashland. Ty is a Senior bari-sax player and is active in band, fall play, musical, STAR, and Student Council. Ty is a member of 2012 ILMEA All-District as well as an ILMEA All-State participant in 2013. Cerys Boston, daughter of Samantha and Scott Boston of Ashland. Cerys is a Senior and plays the trumpet in the A-C Central Band and is active in band, fall play, musical, STAR, Project 2000, Natural Helpers, Foreign Language Club, Student Council, Scholastic Bowl 4H, youth group, & FFA. Cerys is a 2012 member of the ILMEA All-District Band. Allyson Quick, daughter of Gary and Dee Quick of Ashland, is a Senior french horn player from Ashland. Allyson is active in band, fall play, musical, Natural Helpers, STAR, Project 2000, Foreign Language Club, FFA, Student Council and swims on the PORTA Swim Team. Allyson was a member of the 2012 ILMEA All-District Band. Hoaby Hoagland, son of Dawn and Ron Hoagland of Ashland, is a Junior tuba player from A-C Central. Hoaby is active in band, fall play, musical and Scholastic Bowl and Natural Helpers. Congratulations to all students selected… JOB WELL DONE!

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December 2013 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

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December 2013 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

Ashland Scoop, Ashland, IL, Newsletter