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February 2011 — Volume 4 - Issue 2


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TRIVIA NIGHT The Ashland Community Club will sponsor a trivia night on Sat., Feb. 19 at the Baptist Fellowship Hall. Food, including sloppy joes and hot dogs, will be available from 5 p.m. The games will begin at 6 p.m. with questions by Tom and Leigh Ann Allen. There will be an entry fee of $10 a player, with a limit of ten per team. Hey, high school students, come challenge the adults - it will be a good practice for the SAT and ACT college tests! Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

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Thursday Feb 3, 2011 Fantastic 3BR 2BA ranch in popular Virginia Gym Walnut Valley subdivision with an Sponsored by the attached 2 car garage and gas fireplace. ACV Booster Club Large privacy fenced back yard with above ground pool, deck and beautiful landscapDinner Starting at 5:00 PM ing. Nice floor plan with laundry area Menu: Chili, Loaded Baked Potato off of the garage Soup, Hotdogs, Chilidogs and Desand large formal serts. dining room PROFESSIONALS Full meal deal for $5.00 and $5.50. off the kitchen. Call We will have Biddy Basketball games start2475 West Monroe Dawn for your pri- Springfield, IL 62704 Stremsterfer ing at 5:00 before JV & Varsity Games and Realtor®, vate show- (cell) 217-741-1865 one game between games. With some speBroker ing today! Associate cial dance performances during halftimes.

“We’re Back!” Yes, Berea Christian Church‘s annual fundraiser is back in business, hoping to share fellowship and good eats with our loyal supporters and new friends. So please, make plans to attend the annual Berea Christian Church OYSTER SOUP and CHILI SUPPER on Saturday, February 26 from 11 A.M. until 7 P.M. This all-the-soup-you-caneat supper also includes homemade pie, crackers, pickles, and a beverage. Ticket cost for the supper is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 – 12, and is free for children 4 and under. Tickets are available from church members or may be purchased at the door. Carryout is available. Please bring your own containers. Berea Christian Church is located 6 miles south of Ashland on Route 123.

Prairie Skies Library February 2011 Author Taylor Pensenaue Speaking on the Depression Era Pleasant Plains Branch Feb. 16th, 6:00 pm Free Book Giveaway The Grainery, Pleasant Plains Feb. 22nd, 1:00 pm “Big Read” Book Discussion „The heart is a Lonely Hunter‟ Ashland Branch Feb. 28th, 7:00 pm March 2011 Jazz Band Pleasant Plains Branch March 1, 6:30 pm Sound Celebration Chorus Ashland Branch March 16th, 7:30 pm

The public may have noticed a lot of work taking place at Ashland Library Building. The library building has been around for a long time and needed both some structural and cosmetic work. It had some leakage problems. In the past year several improvements have taken place. The building has received new plumbing and a new hot water heater. A rail has been installed inside the sloped entrance to the building, to assist our less mobile patrons. Both exterior and interior repairs of the south wall have also occurred. Sealant was applied, roof repaired and corner tuck pointing installed. A new surface on the underside of the front overhang has also taken place, repair of the outside lighting, including the light that shines on the flag pole. We also have a new sign on the front of the building. The Board & Staff thank you for pardoning our mess as we continue repairs inside & out.

Robin S. Krone, Library Director Prairie Skies Public Library District 125 West Editor, Ashland, IL. 62612

February 2011 Relationship vs. Rule Friends, Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 When Jesus spoke to people, He often used parables that incorporated familiar everyday situations so His listeners could better identify with the spiritual principles He wanted to share. In Jesus’ day, a yoke had two distinct meanings. The first was the wooden harness used to link oxen together to plow a field. The second was a slang term referring to Jewish laws and traditions. The Jewish people were burdened by trying to be yoked to the Ten Commandments, as well as the numerous additional laws dictated by their religious leaders. Trying to follow that many rules would be exhausting for anyone. So Jesus let it be known that relationship – not rule following is the key to obedience. The relationship you are seeking should be with Jesus. When you choose that relationship with Jesus, you then want to follow the Ten Commandments because Jesus is your loving example to do so. The important words here are have to and want to. If you choose no relationship with Jesus, you feel like you have to follow the Ten Commandments to get to heaven, this is the burden. When you choose that relationship with Jesus, you then want to be obedient to God and it becomes a privilege to please Him. The rest Jesus offers is a quiet strength and companionship that helps you continue moving forward without burning out physically, mentally, or emotionally. Walking side by side with the world’s greatest teacher, sharing your load, is a journey that leads to joy. When times are difficult, picture Jesus walking beside you as a reminder that you are not alone. Pray to him honestly about the help you need and He will support you and ease your daily burdens. Have a great February! See you in March! What Would Jesus Do? WWJD B.G. Romans 6:14 John 15:9-10

Isaiah 26:3

John 3:16-17 Proverbs 3:5-6

*Excerpts from “100 Favorite Bible Verses” 2005

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Feb. 1 ......... ACV HS BBB vs Plains 6:15 ACV JH VB vs. St. Agnes 6:15 ACV 6th Gr BBB @ Spfld Christian 6:00 Feb. 3 ......... ACV HS GBBvs. N. Greene 6:15 Pack The Place & Senior Night ACV 6th Gr BBB vs. Athens 6:00 Feb. 5 ......... ACV HS BBB vs Pleasant Hill 6:15 ACV 8th Gr VB @ Athens Tourney Feb. 7 ......... ACV JH VB vs. Greenview 6:00 ACV 6th Gr BBB vs. New Berlin 6:00 Feb. 8 ......... ACV HS BBB @ Winchester 6:15 ACV JH VB @ Havana 6:15 A-C Central PTO Mtg @ Ashland 7:00 pm Feb. 10 ........ 2:11 pm Dismissal P/T Conferences ACV 6th Gr BBB @ N. Greene 6:00 Feb. 11 ........ NO SCHOOL – P/T Conferences ACV HS BBB @ Routt 6:15 Feb. 13 ACV Booster Mtg 7:00 @ Va City Hall Feb. 14 ........ ACV JH VB vs. Athens 5:00 Feb. 15 ACV HS BBB vs. Porta – Senior Night ACVJH VB @ Plains 5:30 ACV 6th Gr BBB vs. Brown County 6:00 Feb. 17 ........ ACV JH VB @ Illini Central 6:15 ACV 6th Gr BBB @ Athens 6:00 Feb. 18 ........ 11:30 am Dismissal – SIP Day ACV HS BBB @ Calvary 6:15 ACV JH VB @ Plains 5:30 Feb. 21 ........ NO SCHOOL – President‘s Day Feb. 22 ........ ACV JH VB @ Spfld Calvary 5:45 ACV 6th Gr BBB @ Our Saviours 6:00 Feb. 23-28 ... ACV 6th Gr BBB @ Havana Tourney Feb. 24 ........ ACV JH VB vs. St. Aloysius 6:15 Feb. 25 ........ ACV 6th Gr BBB @ Brown County 6:00

Ashland Community Days Celebration June 24, 25 & 26 2011

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 Howard Chartier Sunday School - 9:00 am Sunday Worship - 10:00 am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Rev. David L. McHenry Sunday School - 9:30 am Sunday Worship - 10:30 am Youth Group - Third Saturday of month - 9:00 am Choir Practice - Wednesday - 7:00 pm 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. Patricia Hutton 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am Wednesday Prayer Service - 6:30 pm Choir Practice - 7:00 Youth Second Saturday - 10am - 2pm NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. Pastor Terry Beauchamp Sunday‘s 1st Service @ 8:00 am Sunday School for all ages@ 9:10-10:00 am New Adult Singles Ministry @ 9:10 - 10:00 am at 308 West Washington, Ashland 2nd Service - 10:15 am YOUTH4TRUTH @ 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesday Corporate Prayer @ 7:00 pm Saturday‘s Men‘s Prayer Breakfast @ 8:00 am

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Ashland Baptist Church News A big THANK YOU to all who had any part in the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Baptist Church. The turn-out for all the activities was superb—the help and support of the entire community was wonderful. We are all blessed! ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING The annual business meeting of the Baptist Church will be Sunday, Feb., 6. A potluck dinner will follow the morning service and the meeting will start around 1:00 pm. All members of the church are urged to attend.

World Day of Prayer 2011 Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 4, 2011. The women of Chile have written the service around the theme How many loaves have you? They Ask us to enter a process that draws us into the Bible, into the context of Chile and into the real situations of our lives and communities. Together, we are asked to respond to what we have and how we can share it with others. In this past year, Chile has been challenged by a devastating earthquake and the collapse of a mine in which many miners were trapped. Again we are reminded to share our bread and to receive the bread that is shared with us. On March 4, 2011, let us reach out our hands and hearts to touch the lives of sisters and brothers in Chile and around the world. This year‘s service will begin with lunch at noon followed by the service at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 4, 2011. It will be held at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Come join the women of Chile in prayer and song to support women‘s ecumenical ministries toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness.

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God’s Creation! God created the Heavens and Earth - all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: "Light!" And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning - Day One. God spoke: "Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!" God made sky. He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was: he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning - Day Two. Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning - Day Three And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. It was evening it was morning – Day Four.

And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." It was evening, it was morning - Day Five



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Colleen Morrow celebrated her 98th birthday on December 29, 2010 at Walker Nursing Home in Virginia, IL. Colleen formerly resided in Pleasant Plains and then in Ashland before becoming a resident of Walkers. Several family members attended her birthday celebration: Phyllis Stevens, daughter, Eunice Watkins, Sister, and Marshall Jokisch, grandson-in-law. Colleen was surprised with a special guest, her great-grandson, Airman Logan Jokisch, who was home on leave for Christmas. Colleen‘s family provided a beautiful pink and white birthday cake for the residents, staff and guests. Everyone enjoyed cake, punch and visiting with one another.

Congratulations to Dan Devlin for being named Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Cross Country Class AA Boy‘s ―Coach of the Year‖. Way to go, Coach! Dan Devlin, formerly of Ashland, is the son of Linda Devlin, and the late John Devlin.

NOW PAY ATTENTION all of your former Ashland Fired Dept. people! We are going to have a get-together in March. It will be a free dinner like in the old days. Hopefully you can all make it to relive our good times together. It will start at 3:00 pm on March 19, 2011 at the firehouse. The dinner will be at 5:00 pm. If you have any suggestions or comments, get in touch with Jeff or Chuck on the Fire Dept. or contact Bob Sutphin at 971-3807.

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STEAK BLOW-OUT February is a tough month to sell steaks. It isn‘t exactly cookout season. During the month of February, we will be selling a variety of steaks at red hot prices. Remember, we sell ONLY USDA choice beef at all times! This is one way of saying “thank you” for 51 years of business!

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two or three come together in My name, I am there with them.” Matthew 18:20

2011 February 5 - Ashland United Methodist March 5 - New Beginnings Christian Fellowship April 2 - Richland Creek Baptist Church May 7 - Ashland First Baptist **Prayer Breakfast meets on the first Saturday morning of the month from September - May @ 9:00 am with the host church providing breakfast and devotions. If your group has a conflict in schedule, please arrange to trade dates with another group and notify the rest. Contacts: Call contact person from each church to change schedule or start prayer circles in case of emergency or during the summer months as needed. Dorothy Taylor (AUMC) 476-3581 Marcia Masten (Richland Creek) 691-5469 Glenda Schleyhad (First Baptist) 476-9929 Becky King (New Beginnings) 891-3454 Betty Higgason (Ash. Church of Christ) Elaine Roth (St. Augustine Catholic) 476-3984

BITS-N-PIECES 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. ASHLAND U-HELP... Any student may apply for up to $500 loan with an interest rate of 3%. Applications are available at West Central Bank in Ashland. SENIOR SAINTS… Game night—February 26th at 6:00 pm to be held at the Baptist Church Hall. Bring finger foods and your favorite games. FOR RENT… One bedroom apartment for rent downtown Ashland. Call Gary Smith at 816-7333 for more information. GARAGE SALE… Ashland annual spring city wide garage sales to be Saturday, April 16th. Call John Jones at 476-3914 HOUSE CLEANING… Weekly or monthly house or office cleaning. Call 476-8204. RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE… A rally and press conference in the rotunda of the State Capital in Springfield will be held Thursday, February 10th at 8:00 am. This is for the proposal of the Visitation Interference Bill (hereafter know as the Steven Watkins Bill). This is to help others get what Steven wasn‘t able to.

February Anniversaries 14 - Stan & Jeanne Fulton 20 - Kevin & Vicky Schoonover 28 - John & Vonnie Bailey

Belated 50th Wedding Anniversary Congratulations to Bill and Glenda Schleyhahn who celebrated on Jan. 3rd

ASHLAND WOMAN‟S CLUB… The Ashland Woman‘s club will meet February 1, 2011, at 1:30 pm in the Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Kate Worman Becker will present a program about the Prairie Pallet Art Galery, located in Petersburg, IL. All women are invited to attend to learn about this new local gallery and to enjoy the fellowship of others from our community. ASHLAND FOOD PANTRY… The Ashland Food Pantry, supported by churches, organizations, and individuals in the Ashland area, is located at the Ashland United Methodist Church, 300 W. Editor Street, Ashland, Illinois. This service provides for EMERGENCY food needs only. There are no set hours of operation and the service is available by appointment only. If you have an EMERGENCY food need, please call Pat Houser (during daylight hours) at 476-3460. Arrangements will be made to accommodate your need. RECYCLING DUMPSTER CONCERN… We are privileged to have a recycling bin for our use. I do not know why people abuse it. If you take your things to be recycled and the bins are full, the kind and right thing to do is to take them back home—DON‘T PILE IT BY THE TRAILER, come back later and check to see if the bins have been emptied. The Village employees take care of empting the bins as soon as they can, so let‘s not make their job harder by leaving a mess for them. Thanks. -Eleanor Cosner

February Birthdays 1 - Kaitlin Throgmorton 2 - Kaeleah Wilder 2 - Carolyn Deppe 5 - Debbie Greer 6 - Nance Bryant 7 - Cynthia Gutmann 9 - Graham Rieken

12 - Abraham Lincoln 15 - John Cosner 16 - Bill Schleyhahn 16 - Connor Hanauer 17 - George Jokisch 17- Julie Roland 17 - Forrest Duncan

22 - George Washington 22 - Elliott Thornley 22 - Jim Davis 24 - Julie Hultquist 25 - Stacey Eskew (16th) 25 - Bill Gruen 27 - Ron Plattner 27 - Dan Laraker

The Power of Prayer by Edward J. Moretto, Minister, Berea Christian Church Have you ever thought about the power of prayer? Of course you have. Christians are taught about that power from the time they were little ones in Sunday School or Christian Education classes. We are taught to spend much time in prayer. Paul (1 Thessalonians 5:17) tells us to pray “continually.” (NIV). The King James Version puts it in stronger terms. There we read that we should “pray without ceasing.” Impossible? Of course, in the strict sense of the words, but you get the picture. The idea is never to give up using the Christian’s secret weapon of prayer. At the same time, praying without ceasing is not that difficult if one views that piece of Pauline advice as to “never give up on the power of prayer.” Paul does not advise that we walk around with our hands folded twenty-four hours a day, eyes closed, deep in “make-the-world-go-away” prayer. We’d walk into walls, trees, and any other obstacle in our paths. I’m also sure that Paul did not intend for us to do as those preachers who preface their calls to prayer by saying, “Every eye closed, every head bowed, let us pray.” I’d like to think that I can pray (without ceasing) by using every available moment for prayer. What it’s all about is maintaining a clear channel, 24/7, to God Who is my strength, the One from Whom comes my ever-present help. (Psalm 121:1-2) The early Church prayed to be equal to the tasks set out for them. They didn’t pray, “Lord, give me something I can handle!” That’s limiting God. They prayed for the strength, the power, the faith to do whatever God would have them to do. So should we. Ever see a church with problems and having a difficult time solving them? Know why? Churches, because they are made up of people, often try to solve their problems like people do. They try to solve all their difficulties with human resources and human ingenuity. They use board meetings, trustee meetings, and committee meetings. (A camel is a horse designed by a committee.) They talk to themselves (not a good idea) and to one another. They need to talk to God. It’s His Church. Prayer is talking with God. Pray without ceasing.

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Looking for the perfect Valentine gift? The Pleasant Plains Community Club‘s annual dinner and raffle is Saturday, February 19, 2011. Your $100 ticket includes prime rib dinner for two, drinks for two, dessert for two, entertainment, silent auction PLUS a chance to win $5000 and other cash prizes. Win some Presidents on President weekend. Call 891-6243, 414-3229 or 652-8299 to reserve your ticket. One ticket will be drawn in an early bird drawing on January 4 so get your ticket in the barrel!! Join us for a fun, exciting evening.

Eskew Racing Go-Karts Eskew Racing packed up the go-karts and ventured down to DuQuoin, IL on Feb. 22nd to race in the Midwest Indoor Kart Series. It was their first time at that track and boy was it a fast one! Brandon was accompanied by his good friend, Alex Rueter of Winchester for Alex's first time ever on his new gokart. They would both make the feature in Brandon Eskew and Alex Rueter the Jr. Clone class with Brandon finishing 4th in his heat and Alex 5th in his. Mike Myers didn't fare so well on the #22 kart, spinning out on the last lap and having to run the semi. He would not make it out of the semi, finishing 3rd with only the top two moving on to the feature. Brandon finished 7th and Alex 9th in the feature. Not as good as they had hoped, but the boys had a really great time! Brandon would again like to thank his Dad for all he does for him and Uncle Shawn for letting him drive his kart as well as Paul Rueter from Marshall Chevrolet in Winchester. CARE GROUP MEMBERSHIP DRIVE To fund support of the upcoming consolidation referendum in April, the CARE Group is holding a membership drive. In support of the Committee of Ten‘s goal of passing the consolidation referendum between A-C Central and Virginia School Districts, the funds collected will go toward promotion materials such as fliers, posters, yard signs and postage costs. We will be offering 2-year memberships to the CARE Group for individuals, for a family or business. The CARE Group is a strong supporter of the consolidation referendum between our school districts. We hope you agree that passage of the referendum in April will provide the foundation to create an outstanding school district in which to educate our children of eastern Cass County. The CARE Group thanks you for your continued support.

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The A-C Central PTO is asking the community members of Chandlerville and Ashland to start and continue clipping Box Tops for Education. This is a great way to bring additional funding to our schools. The money earned from Box Tops goes straight into A-C Central classrooms! You can help by clipping Box Tops from products you purchase and dropping them off at the following locations: A-C Central Middle/High School Office – Ashland A-C Central Elementary Office – Chandlerville Allen‘s Market – Ashland West Central Bank – Ashland Peoples State Bank – Chandlerville Cheryl‘s Best Cafe – Chandlerville The A-C Central PTO appreciates your support!

A-C CENTRAL POST PROM RAFFLE 3 Chances to win!! 2 whole processed hogs 1 whole beef ribeye (18-20 steaks) Tickets: 1 for $1 OR 6 for $5 Tickets Can Be Purchased: * at Most ACV Sporting Events * from Junior & Senior High Parents * or contact: Cheryl Keyes at 473-4538 or Dana Jokisch at 473-8174 Drawing to be held on March 20, 2011 (at the March Fundraiser Dinner WATCH FOR FURTHER DETAILS FOR THE MARCH DINNER!)

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The Ashland Scoop Committee would like to offer the newsletters by subscription. This would be great for out-of-town people who can‘t make it in to pick one up. It also would be make a great gift for those relatives who have moved away and want to keep up with local news. Cost is $20.00 per year. Newsletters will be mailed out the first week of each month.

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ACV Athletic Boosters will Sponsor a Valentine Dinner to Benefit A-C Central Post Prom Activities WHEN: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM WHERE: A-C CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA MENU 10 oz. Ribeye Dinner Chicken Breast Dinner Kids Meal

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Dinners Include: Baked Potato, Lonzerotti Salad, Green Beans, Dinner Roll and Tea or Lemonade Kids Meal Includes: Hotdog, Mac & Cheese, Cookie (Carry-outs Available)

The A-C Central PTO is gearing up for the annual Family Fun Night event. It will be held on Saturday, March 26th at the Elementary School in Chandlerville. There will be a meal from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We will have a silent auction and bingo from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All of the money raised goes directly into the classrooms to benefit the children at A-C Central. We are asking the community members of Ashland and Chandlerville to help support this event by making a monetary donation or by donating a service you would provide. You could make a donation of $5.00 or donate a service that could be auctioned off or awarded to a winner at the event. Examples of services to be donated would include painting a room, cleaning a house, mowing a law, a hair cut, a manicure, snow removal, etc. If any community member is interested in supporting this event, please complete the section below and submit it directly to the A-C Central Elementary Office, Attn: PTO, 191 South Bluff Street, Chandlerville, IL 62677. All donations will be acknowledged with a receipt from the PTO committee. The PTO greatly appreciates the support of both communities!

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Remember when sledding in Ashland was a popular sport? Most of the children and a few intrepid parents would venture down the only hill in Ashland. Brave mothers and a few fathers would pull the sleds with their offspring onboard to the hill. The Old Grade School Hill was alive with screaming kids, yelling parents and a parent guarding the street crossing at the bottom of the hill. If we were lucky someone would barricade the streets so we could fly through the intersection at breakneck speed! Often a small ―campfire‖ was started on a vacant property close by. Everyone warmed by the fire and dried their mittens. Some mothers would bring a thermos of hot chocolate that we all shared using the same cup as this was before Styrofoam was invented. No one seemed to suffer any ill effects from sharing since we all had the same germs anyway! After a hard day on the slopes would go home tired, cold, a bit damp and happy. The Radio Flyer sleds would be left in the front yard ready for the next trip. No sleds were stolen and no lawsuits were filed due to the occasional collision on the hill. Thank you Moms and Dads and my town for happy memories. - Liz Wallbaum

Drew Hoffman Student of the Month at A-C Central Congratulations to Drew Hoffman for being selected Student – of – the – Month for November at A-C Central High School. Mr. Hoffman is the son of Chris and Karen Hoffman of Ashland.

Teagan Smith named Student of the Month at A-C Central

Congratulations to Teagan Smith for being selected Student – of – the Drew is a leader both in and out – Month for December at A-C Central High School. of the classroom as evidenced by his involvement in Miss Smith is the daughter of Dawn and Peter various school activities. He is a member of STAR, Smith of Ashland. Concert, Marching and Pep Band, Class President, National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, Golf, Teagan is a leader both in and out of the classroom Basketball and Baseball. as evidenced by her involvement in various school Away from school Drew is involved as the broadcast activities. She is a member of FFA where she is the Sentinel, Student Council where she is the Treasannouncer for Cass Communications as well as working for Allen‘s Market in Ashland. urer, Spanish Club where she is also the Treasurer and she is also a S.T.A.R member. Mr. Hoffman plans on attending Western Illinois University, majoring in Broadcasting. Miss Smith plans on attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville majoring in Psychology. Congratulations to Drew Hoffman on this significant honor! Congratulations to Teagan Smith on this significant honor!

Beardstown Feb. 17th Elk‘s Club Ashland Feb 22nd Baptist Church Hall 400 E. Buchanan St. P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467

We would like to invite you all to an afternoon of good food and bingo. We will begin at 12:00 pm with lunch and then spend the rest of the afternoon playing bingo. You are welcome to join us either day or you can join us both days. Please invite all your friends to come and join us. The cost for the afternoon is $8.00 per person Please stop by any West Central Bank location (Ashland, Beardstown or Rushville) and sign up for a day of fun.

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Students and Teacher Thankful for Funding The middle school students and math teacher, Carrie Jo Donnan, from A-C Central would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions toward the purchase of a new Promethean Board and document camera in our math classroom. Cargill provided the opportunity and funded the project by donating $2,000. Other contributors included: West Central Bank of Ashland, Brandt Consolidated of Springfield and Petefish, Skiles & Co. Bank of Chandlerville.

We have already started using the board and are enjoying many benefits. Teaching and learning using the Promethean Board allows us to reach a new level of understanding because of the different learning styles of the students. It engages students in active learning and makes them excited about learning math. Thanks again for the funding and for this wonderful opportunity!

CASS COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION ESSAY WINNERS The 6th grade science classes participated in the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Essay contest. Christian Warden won first place for AC Central Jr. High and Cass County. She will be invited to attend a banquet to read her essay. Bailie Devlin placed second for A-C Central Jr. High and Emily Koch placed third for A-C Central Jr. High. Congratulations to all participants!!

Emily Koch, Christian Warden, Bailie Devlin


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Congratulations to the following students recognized for 2nd Quarter Outstanding Effort:

Kyler Walle, Emma Lynn, Carrie Allen, Riley Cowman, Julia Peters, Kristen Irlam, Cheyenne Gain, Brittany Graham, Taylor Hamblin, Nathan Bright

Briley Eilers, Dustin Noble, Sawyer Snyder, Connor Richard, Lauren Pinney, Lindsey Zulawski, Anna Henry, Kaylee Preston, Austin Cuba, David Miller, Gretchen Throgmorton

Taylor Miller, Briley Eilers, Kendra Escudero

Hallie Greer, Quinlan Mahoney, Jared Curry, Christian Warden, Emily Peters, Hezekiah Richmond, Erin Kelly, Bailie Devlin, Serena Nicholas, Samantha Koehler, Zach Kays

Baylor Smith, Brittany Peek, Ellen Force, Kaylan Davis, Grace Danner, Ally Simmons

February 2011 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

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