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MARCH 2009 Volume 2 Issue 3


FIREMAN’S ANNUAL PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST The Ashland Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at the firehouse. Serving hours will be from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. This event is one of two fundraisers conducted by the fire department to help generate funds for the maintenance and improvement of fire service to the community. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Advance tickets are available from any firefighter. The Ashland Volunteer Fire Department recently installed a new generator to power the firehouse in case of emergency. The generator is a diesel engine that automatically starts when electrical power is interrupted to the firehouse. The generator supplies enough electricity to sustain the firehouse for a prolonged period. If the area is struck by a natural disaster such as a tornado, ice storm, earthquake or severe thunderstorm, the firehouse would serve as a base for emergency operations and a shelter for those without a place to stay. This generator has been partially paid for through our fundraisers, your donations and memorials, and any other outside funds collected over the last three years. The Village of Ashland has pledged the balance of the funds needed to complete the purchase. It is our hope that this equipment will never be needed, just like a fire truck. However, if our community is struck again by a damaging natural disaster, we will be better prepared to serve and protect our citizens.

Chili Cook-Off Results 1st Place - Jeff Cosner 2nd Place - Jeff DeGeal 3rd Place - Jim Noel There were 10 participants in the cook-off.

Be sure to “polish up” your recipes for next year!

March School Schedule 5th ............. Elementary Concert 7th ............. IHSA Solo/Ensemble 13th ............. End of 3rd Quarter ............. Junior High Concert 14th ............. PTO Family Fun Night ............. Senior High Concert 17th ............. St. Patrick’s Day ............. BB @ Bunker Hill - 4:30 pm ............. SB @ Bunker Hill - 4:30 pm 19th ............. BB @ Carrollton – 4:30 pm ............. SB @ Carrollton - 4:30 pm 18th ............. A-C School Board Meeting 21st ............. BB @ IL Central ............. Regional Science Fair @ LLCC 23rd ............. Student Council Food Drive ............. SB @ Rushville - 4:30 pm ............. BB @ S. Fulton - 4:30 pm 24th ............. Student Council Food Drive ............. BB @ Greenfield - 4:30 pm ............. SB @ Greenfield - 4:30 pm 25th ............. Student Council Food Drive 26th ............. Student Council Food Drive ............. BB @ Calhoun - 4:30 pm ............. SB @ Calhoun - 4:30 pm 27th ............. Student Council Food Drive ............. SB @ Pleasant Plains - 4:30 pm 30th ............. Student Council Food Drive ............. BB @ Lewiston - 4:25 pm ............. SB @ Auburn - 4:30 pm 31st ............. Student Council Food Drive ............. BB @ West Central - 4:30 pm ............. SB @ West Central - 4:30 pm


CHURCH DIRECTORY BEREA CHRISTIAN CHURCH Minister Edward J.Moretto Youth Minister, Diann L. Hoagland 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 Rev. Howard Chartier Sunday School - 9:00 am Sunday Worship - 10:00 am The Community Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first Sunday of each month @ 4pm. Questions should be directed to Sally Miller at 320-9271. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Rev. L. Wayne Mollohan Youth Minister, Alice Kern Sunday School - 9:30 am Sunday Worship - 10:30 am Wednesday Night Youth Group-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. Roosevelt Smith 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am Wednesday Prayer Service - 6:30 pm Choir Practice - 7:30 Youth Second Saturday - 10am - 2pm NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. Pastor Terry Beauchamp Sunday Worship - 8:00 am Sunday School - 9:30 am 2nd Service - 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study - 5:45 pm (meal) Lesson until 7:00 pm

ANNUAL WORLD DAY OF PRAYER The annual World Day of Prayer will be observed Friday, March 6th, 2009 at the Ashland United Methodist Church. All churches in Ashland and Pleasant Plains are invited to attend. A lite lunch will be served at 12 noon with the prayer service following at 1:00pm. The service is written by the WDP Committee from Papua New Guinea with a main text of “In Christ There Are Many Members Yet One Body” (Romans 12:3-21). There is no charge for the lunch, but the free will offering will be taken during the prayer service.

2009 LENTEN SERVICES PLANNED The Ashland/Pleasant Plains Ministerial Association has scheduled the following Community Lenten Worship services for 2009. Each service will begin at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome. Please plan to attend as we anticipate the death and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Mar 1 Mar 8 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 5 Apr 10 Apr. 12

Ashland United Methodist Church Ashland First Baptist Church Berea Christian Church Ashland Church of Christ New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church Good Friday Service - P. Plains Church of Christ 7:00 p.m.* Easter Sunrise Service – Richland Creek Baptist Church - 6:30

* Refreshments to follow each service with the exception of after the Good Friday service.

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Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:30 am Bible Study - Monday 7:00 pm

Beat the Easter rush! Come to Church this Sunday!

Events at First Baptist Church Youth Group - meetings at 7:00 pm each Wednesday for elementary and junior high age children. All Around Easter - As part of the Easter celebration, we will be hosting a program called “All Around Easter”. This program is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 29 beginning at 3:00 pm. The program is a series of site activities to emphasize the various aspect of the Easter season. The community is invited and it is a family event. Look for some interesting characters from a circus ringmaster, to a waiter, or a pair of farmers! Plan to stop by before you attend the Lenten service at New Beginnings Church. Family Movie Night - Look for Family Movie Night to return in late March or early April. Trivia Night - The second FBC sponsored Trivia Night is scheduled for Saturday, March 28. Food is “bring a dish to share” and will be ready at 6:00 with trivia activities beginning at 7:00. No reservation is required and your price of admission is a non-perishable food item to donate to the Cass County Food Pantry. Don’t miss this fun evening - there are lots of new categories that are sure to interest you. Questions may be directed to Tiffany Roe at 502-4682. Crocodile Dock - where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light. Yes, that’s right, it is time to plan Vacation Bible School. The dates are July 19-23 from 6:00-8:30 pm each evening, so mark your calendars now. We will also be serving a light supper again this year at 5:30 for the kids and volunteers. We need lots of volunteers to make this week a success - so, if you’d like to help, please call Alice Kern at 899-1978.


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7th Grade: Cerys Boston, Natane Butler, Summer Taylor. Parrish Smith, Heather Gleason, Maddie Elder, Kaitlin Throgmorton, Austin Fields

8th Grade: April Leinberger, Carmen Savage, Stacey Eskew. Kyuss Buker, Zach Fields, John Eilers, Bradley Birdsell

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Helping others is a basic scouting principle and the A-C Central High School Junior & Senior Parents are impact of providing for “those without” cannot be hosting a post prom party at the Springfield Racquet measured. The food collected will be donated to & Fitness Center after the prom on May 2, 2009. the Ashland Food Bank and distributed to those with the most need. We are all aware of the Prom night is one of the most exciting and memora- economic situation here and across the nation. ble nights for high school students: however, it can People need help, and now is the time to step up be one of the most dangerous. Our goal is to proto the plate. vide a safe, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment. Students that attend the post prom party are Scouts will pick up the bags of food on Saturday, locked in for the night, thus providing a fun and safe March 14th between 9:00 – 12:00. Food can also place for our students and peace of mind for parbe dropped off at the Ashland Methodist Church ents. from 9:00 – 12:00 on Saturday, March 14 th. For The party will feature fun activities, food, entertainment, and prizes. Each year we have almost every junior and senior registered to attend along with their guest. We have such high attendance because students look forward to the event each year. The success of this event largely depends upon the effort put forth by many individuals and organizations. The post prom party is funded by donations from businesses, friends, and families. In order to provide our students with a safe fun environment, monetary donations are needed. Any amount is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to: A-C Central High School Post Prom, and mail to: Melissa Mohr, 2334 Hwy 23, Ashland, Illinois 62612 “P.S. I LOVE YOU” A-C CENTRAL’S STAR 2009 VALENTINE’S DANCE On February 14th 2009, the Students Teaching About Resistance (STAR) organization hosted the annual dance. The theme for this year’s dance was “P. S. I Love You.” Decorations and music were selected to correspond with the theme, while officers and committee members created a night for students to enjoy a healthy lifestyle choice opportunity to dance the night away. Students initiated an open invitation to students from Virginia High School to attend our mid-winter dance. A coronation was held at 7:15 with the announcement of the 2009 Prince Cameron Hager and Princess Grace Johnson crowned by the 2008 Prince Jacob Keeney and Princess Taylor Jacobs. Brock Thompson returned from IC as the 2008 King to crown Brett Stuhmer as the 2009 King and Kaylie Honkala returned from Millikin to crown Jeni Rives as the 2009 Queen. Refreshments of homemade cookies and punch were provided for the students at 9:00. Todd Schroder’s D. J. Service of Springfield provided music for the occasion.

more information, contact Richard Gutmann at 741 -3977, 404 W. Editor, Ashland. Ladies’ Prayer Breakfast Schedule 2009 Mar. 7 - New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Apr. 4 - Ashland United Methodist May 2 - Ashland First Baptist “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.” - Phillipians 4:6 *Meet each month @ 9:00 am - Each group responsible for making arrangements if schedule change is needed.* Contact person for each church: Dorothy Taylor - Methodist - 476-3581 Marcia Masten - Richland Creek - 691-5469 Glenda Schleyhahn - First Baptist - 476-8829 Becky King - New Beginnings - 891-3454 Betty Higgason - Church of Christ - 476-3824 Elaine Roth - St. Augustine - 476-3984

Prairie Skies Public Library District March 30 Ashland Tea, 7:00, Samantha Boston March 31 Pleasant Plains Tea, 7:00, Samantha Boston Summer Reading Program Begins June 8 - July 13 in Ashland, 1:00 - 2:00 June 9 to July 14th in Pleasant Plains, 1:00 - 2:00 The theme this year is “Reading on The Wild Side” Watch for exciting programs. Ashland Location Hours: Mon / Wed: 9 am - 7 pm Tues / Thurs / Fri: 9 am - 5 pm Sat: 9 am - 2 pm

Pleasant Plains Location Hours: Mon / Wed / Fri: 9 am - 5pm Tues / Thurs: 9 am - 7 pm Sat: 9 am - 2 pm

METHODIST CHURCH SECOND SATURDAYS Second Saturday is open to all children in the community who are between 3 years of age (potty-trained, please) and 5th grade. Lunch is served. We meet from 10:00-2:00 in the basement of the Methodist Church at 300 W. Editor.

March 14 St. Patrick’s Day April 11 Easter May 9 Mother’s Day

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EXTRA, EXTRA! SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! 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 $1.50 per month, or $18.00 per year.

Please send requests to: Ashland Scoop c/o Printers Ink PO Box 193 Ashland, IL 62612 Newsletters will be mailed out the first week of each month.


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BITS-N-PIECES OLD-FASHIONED SQUARE DANCES… Many of you learned to square dance in school, or at Yatesville years ago--or last summer. Some of you have never tried it. It's never too late to learn or get better at it. It's wonderful exercise and the people you meet are great. Come join us in Jacksonville, at Nichols Park Pavilion, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 1st, or April 5. Bringing a partner is not necessary-there are always extras. Jim Davis calls to the music of Judy, Lois, and Friends. BIG BAND DANCE NIGHT... The Ashland V.F.W. and American Legion are joining forces to sponsor a Big Band Dance fund-raiser on March 21 at 7pm at Yatesville School. Judy Kaye and Friends will be playing the hits of the 40’s and 50’s (and a few newer tunes!) For only $5 each, you can dance or listen and visit with your friends! Refreshments will be available. Come join the fun! ASHLAND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEETING... There will be a meeting of the Ashalnd High School Alumni on Sunday March 29th at 2pm. The meeting will be held at Yatesville School. Plans will be made for the upcoming Alumni banquet to be held on May 23rd. (Memorial Day weekend) SENIOR SAINTS SPAGHETTI DINNER... Senior Saints spaghetti dinner will be at Catholic Hall in Virginia, March 7th, 2008. This event is put on by the Masons. We will leave Ashland at 5:30. Sue Pschirrer has tickets. CORN BEEF AND CABBAGE SUPPER... A corn beef and cabbage supper will be held on March 21st at the Baptist Hall. Bring a dessert or salad. Call 476-8848 for reservations. LOOKING AHEAD… Pleasant Plains Spring Break - March 16th - 20th A.C Spring Break - April 10th - 17th SUMMER DAYS IN JUNE!!! The Ashland Summer Days will be earlier this year - June 26-28. The Community Club is busy securing entertainment, setting the schedule, etc. Friday will open with the Little Miss and Mister Contest, Baby Contest, and the First Citizen Award, as well as entertainment on the stage. The parade, truck pull, and kids games will be part of the Saturday fare. A Coors beer tent will be running on both Friday and Saturday nights, with Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters on the stage for Saturday evening. If you have something you would like to see as a part of the celebration, please let one of the Committee know or come to the next meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building.

Birthdays & Anniversaries March Birthdays 1 - Dorothy Taylor 11 - Rev. Roosevelt Smith II 6 - Carl Wester 17 - Jim Briggs 9 - Tom Heather Jr. 19 - Bev Spicer 10 - Diane Heather-Boehme 20 - Stan Fulton 4 - Eddie Troxell 29 - Amber Millburg

March Anniversaries 1 - Bob & Jean Briggs 9 - Steve & Phyllis Aggert 22 - Gailen & Monica Thronley 29 - Scott & Mickey Anderson - 40th

V.F.W 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 WOMENS CLUB… Meets the first Tuesday, 1:30pm - in the Baptist Church Hall. Guests are always welcome. Plan now to attend on April 7th at 1:30 pm when Mark McDonald will be speaking. He produces Illinois Stories for PBS Channel WSEC TV. ASHLAND U-HELP Any student may apply for up to $500 loan with an interest rate of 3%. Applications are available at the State Bank of Ashland. VILLAGE OF ASHLAND NEWS - Village Board meeting will be March 11th at 7 p.m. - City wide spring yard sales are April 18, 2009. ONE MINUTE EACH NIGHT We have never been more desperate than now for God to heal our land. During WWII, a group was organized who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect. There is now a group organizing the same thing here in America. United States needs prayer now more than ever!!! If you would like to participate: each evening at 8:00 PM Central time, stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, for peace in the world, the upcoming election, that the Bible will remain the basis for the laws governing our land and that Christianity will grow in the U.S. Most people know the power of prayer. We here in Ashland do!! Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Pass this on to anyone you think will want to join us. May God Bless You!!! CHESS CLUB - 7:00 PM EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AT ASHLAND CHURCH OF CHRIST Open to everyone - young and older, those who want to play & those who would like to learn to play. PLEASANT PLAINS COMMUNITY CLUB DOLLAR-A-MONTH RAFFLE The Pleasant Plains Community Club is selling DOLLAR-A-MONTH raffle tickets which are $12.00 each. A monthly prize of $500 will be given away the first Tuesday of every month beginning Feb. 3, 2009 and continuing through January 2010. The drawn ticket will be returned to the barrel and given the chance to win again. Soooo, a person could win 12 times! Contact any Pleasant Plains Community club member or call Ann Tapscott at 652-8299, Shirley Theilen at 415-2976 or Debbie Hill at 415-0540. GET YOUR WINNING TICKET TODAY!!! THANK YOU!!! We would like to thank the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response to a fire at Dennis Noel’s house on January 25th. The AVFD members are a dedicated bunch of volunteers. They have the latest equipment and they are well trained to used it! Thank You!!! Jim, Sue, Dennis Noel

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$10 each

To purchase your ticket, mail this completed form and a check payable to A-C Central Bleacher Fund to: A-C Central CUSD #262, Golden Lottery Daily Drawing, P.O. Box 260, Ashland, Il 62612

PRIZES: $500 - St. Patrick’s Day, March 17; $250 - March 1 and 31; $100 - Sundays, March 8, 15, 22, 29; $50 - all other days in March Name____________________________________________ Address__________________________________________ City______________________State________Zip_________ Phone___________________________

Prizes for winning numbers will be mailed weekly. For more information, please call the A-C Central Unit Office at (217) 476-8112. All proceeds used to pay for new bleachers at the Ashland complex. Winning numbers determined by the Illinois State Lottery EVENING Pick 3 Drawing for the Month of March, 2009 Each $10 ticket has up to 31 chances to win and could win more than once!

Illinois Math League Contest Results 2009 The A-C Central Junior High math students recently participated in the Illinois Math League Math Contest. The contest consists of a 30-minute test with 40 questions. The test is rather difficult and if a student achieves a score of 15 out of 40, that is commendable. The Math Contest sponsor is Carrie Jo Donnan. The top five scores in each grade are as follows:

6th Grade: Emma Lynn 21, McKenzie Stephens 18, Hoaby Hoagland 17, Shawn Green 16, Curtis Bright 16, Ryan Woodard 16, Kyle Winkelman 16, Sabrena Reek 16 7th Grade: Parrish Smith 21, Ethan Brue 20, Brian Koch 19, Craig Houchin 19, Allyson Quick 19 8th Grade: Jonas Volkman 22, Carmen Savage 21, Alli Jacobs 20, Jalen Leinberger 18, John Eilers 17, Levi Atterberry 17

“TEENS FOR TEAL” AT A-C JR. HIGH The A-C Central Jr. High Volleyball team hosted a “Teens for Teal” fundraiser Thursday, February 26th. The event was to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, and all the money raised will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Research in memory of Kelsey Vaughn-Turner. There were many events going on throughout the evening starting with a meal served by the A-C Central Boosters, a 50-50 raffle, volleyball serving contest, as well as the volleyball match between the Lady Knights and St. Aloysius Chargers. A total of around $2,000.00 was raised including the game admission that was also donated to the fund. A very special thank you to Carol Bedtka for organizing this event in memory of her mother, Marjorie Harper. Thanks also to the following people and organizations for helping us make this event possible: Printer’s Ink, the A-C Central Boosters, Allen’s Market, Verna’s Home Cookin’, Primo Designs, St. Aloysius School, Becky Canty, Deb Rogers, Dena Leinberger, and Kelsey’s family and friends.

6th Grade (l-r): Emma Lynn, Sabrena Reek, Curtis Bright, Hoaby Hoagland, Kyle Winkelman, Shawn Green, Ryan Woodard, McKenzie Stephens 7th Grade (l-r): Allyson Quick, Craig Houchin, Parrish Smith, Brian Koch; Not pictured: Ethan Brue

8th Grade (l-r): Alli Jacobs, Jalen Leinberger, Jonas Volkman, John Eilers, Carmen Savage; Levi Atterberry

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February 20, 2009

A-C Central Community Unit School District No.262 501 W. Buchanan St. / P.O. Box 260, Ashland, IL 62612 Mrs. Becky Canty, Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians of A-C Central Students: As you may have already heard, the Board of Education, after long discussion and serious consideration, decided to reconfigure attendance centers. Moving to the Chandlerville facility will be the Kindergarten through 4th grade. Grades 5-12 will be located in Ashland. Grades 5-8 will be considered our Junior High with sports being played in Chandlerville. The School Improvement Team of teachers has been meeting regularly since the beginning of the year - and based on the intensive study and research that was done this team determined that we could more effectively do a better job educating the students of the District with this type of configuration. Based on test scores and data, we needed to improve teaching and learning. The continuum of the curriculum in grades 5-12; implementation of the RTI program; enrichment and reinforcement classes; and utilization of our faculty and facilities to its maximum potential were all serious considerations. We are excited about this proposition—we are projecting that we will now be able to have computer classes for our elementary students; enriched math and science classes for our junior high students that will count as high school credit; physical education every day and a better overall targeted education for our students. We look forward to this exciting change for the betterment of the education of our students. We know that there are going to be some challenges - but we are confident that we can all work together to accomplish this most ambitious task. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation! Sincerely, Rebecca Canty Superintendent

March 2009 - Ashland Scoop  

March 2009 Edition of the Ashland Scoop, Ashland, Illinois

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