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April 2011 — Volume 4 - Issue 4


205 Hawkeye Way Springfield $114,999 Fantastic 3BR 2BA ranch in popular Walnut Valley subdivision with an attached 2 car garage and gas fireplace. Large privacy fenced back yard with above ground pool, deck and beautiful landscaping. Nice floor plan with laundry area off of the garage and large formal dining room PROFESSIONALS off the kitchen. Call 2475 West Monroe Dawn for your pri- Springfield, IL 62704 Stremsterfer Realtor®, vate show- (cell) 217-741-1865 Broker ing today! Associate

#9 Horseshoe $119,000 Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a really nice home priced way under appraised value. This home features 3 bed, 2 baths, and family room w/ fire place. Full basement, large lot, and close to school. It is now only $119,000. The taxes have been protested. Contact Ann NOW!

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Home For Sale by Owner

April 16 Ashland City-wide Garage Sale

315 South Saratoga Ashland, Illinois (217)971-8570

May 28th Ashland High School 125th Annual Banquet May 30th Memorial Day Program June 4—6 Virginia Barbeque June 24—26 Ashland Community Days

ReMax Professional

Very nice three bedroom, two bath home in Ashland. The open floor plan includes a family room, living room, and dining room. Beautiful hardwood floors! Privacy fencing in the backyard. Above ground pool installed in 2009. This home is nicely maintained. Call for a private showing! Asking $119,000 Make an offer!

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 476.3678 Sunday School - 9:30 am Sunday Worship - 10:30 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

2011 Lenten Services Schedule 4/03 - Ashland First Baptist Church Terry Beauchamp 4/10 - New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Dave Hutton 4/17 - Peter Cartwright United Methodist John Sheppard 4/22 - Pleasant Plains Church of Christ Keith Masten Good Friday 7:00 p.m.* 4/24 - Richland Creek Baptist Church Pat Hutton Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m.* * All other services are on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. There will be no food served after the Good Friday service.

April 2011 “A SERVANT’S HEART” Friends, Below is a section of the book, “100 Favorite Bible Verses”. I hope you enjoy and learn as much as I did from reading this. In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. - Phillippians 2.5 NCV Modern culture encourages individuals to fight for their rights, push their way to the top, and always look out for number one. Jesus demonstrated a different way to approach life, with the attitude of a servant who lays aside his rights for the benefit of others. In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul challenged the Philippians to make a counterculture choice and to follow Jesus’ example. To understand what it means to have the attitude and actions of Jesus alive and working within you, read the Gospels. Note how Jesus treated people. Note his patience, his compassion, and his sacrificial perspective on life. He voluntarily put earthly limitations on his heavenly form in order to bless others. He continually asked his Father for “thy will,” not “my will,” to be accomplished. Out of anyone who ever lived on this earth, Jesus had more reason to demand that others put him on a pedestal than anyone else. He deserved to be honored and served. Instead, out of an attitude of humility, he chose to be the servant of all. Your attitude influences your decisions and actions, and ultimate, the effect they have on the lives of others. A selfish, self-centered attitude will eventually lead to self-destruction. A humble, Godcentered attitude will lead to deeper personal peace and a greater positive impact on the world around you. It also will bring joy and honor to God, who dearly loves you. Help keep your attitude in check by keeping this in mind. Love is the motivation behind the attitude that you are asked to emulate. The closer you draw to God, the deeper your love will grow and the more like Jesus your attitude will become. Have a great April! See you in May! What Would Jesus Do? WWJD B. G.

1 Peter 2: 21 John 13: 14,15 Philippians 2: 5-8

Mark 10: 43-45 John 13: 34

A-C Central FFA Looking For Spring Plants & Perennials! Do you have a flowerbed that is getting a little too crowded with those perennials? The A-C Central FFA is looking for spring plants and perennial donations that we can use at the school and for our spring sales. This winter there was a frost in the greenhouse and we are a little short on plants this year and we hope you can help. All donations will be welcomed! Donations can be dropped off at the greenhouse or call Jennifer Waters at 217-476-6025 or e-mail Thank you for your continued support of our greenhouse project. The spring sale will be held April 16th in conjunction with the town garage sales from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A-C Central Middle School Math-A-Thon Sets a Record Raises over $2,400 The middle school students at A-C Central (grades 5-8) have raised $2,413.10 for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This is the largest amount ever raised! This hospital treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, regardless of financial need, and conducts research to find cures. There were 51 students participating this year. That is outstanding for a school of our size. Over the last twelve years, A-C Central has raised $15,947.20 for this great cause. The Math-A-Thon sponsor is Carrie Jo Donnan. The following student raised over $250: Izeyar Lincoln $264. She is getting a portable MP3 stereo speaker with FM scan radio, a certificate, t-shirt, one ticket to Six Flags, and a backpack. The following students raised $125 up to $250: Kolby Vandenbergh $186 (game set), Hoaby Hoagland $125 (dartboard), Paul Price $125 (FM radio), and Logan DeFord $125 (dartboard). They will receive a certificate, tshirt, one ticket to Six Flags, a backpack and a special prize of their choice mentioned above. The following students raised $75 up to $125: Phillip Wessel $109, Grace Danner $85, Austin Cuba $80, and Brock Pettit $77. They will receive a certificate, t-shirt, one ticket to Six Flags and a backpack. Phillip Wessel donated his ticket and backpack back to the children at St. Jude’s. The following students raised $35 up to $75: Carrie Allen $60, Destinee Jones $57, David Miller $55, Hailey Allan $40, Brandon Eskew $40, Dee Eilers $38, Hallie Greer $35, Erin Kelly $35, Chenoa Butler $35, Cheyenne Kesselring $35, Jessie Millner $35, Samantha Koehler $35, Bailie Devlin $35, Christopher Nicholas $35, Nicole Newcomer $35, Briley Eilers $35, Jewel Reed $35, Kayla Witherell $35, Nicolle Correll $35, Andrew Gleason $35, Alexis Brewers $35, Kyle Winkelman $35, Megan Anderson $35, Braden Eilers $35, Alexandria Simmons $35, Hannah Ratliff $35, Jennifer Adkins $35, and Robert Tungate $35. They will receive a certificate, t-shirt, and one ticket to Six Flags. Carrie Allen donated her ticket and Brandon Eskew donated his t-shirt and ticket back to the children at St. Jude’s. Be sure to check the expiration date of the Six Flags ticket. If possible, the tickets can be donated back to the 8th grade class for them to use on the 8th grade field trip.


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ACV HS JV Gsb @ Porta 4:30 ACV HS Bbb Redbird Classic ACV HS Gsb vs. Griggsville-Perry 4:30 ACV HS Bbb/Gsb @ Brown County 4:30 ACV HS B Track @ Rushville 4:00 ACV HS Bbb/Gsb vs. Brown County 4:30 ACV JH Track @ Greenfield 4:00 ACV HS Bbb @ Rushville 4:30 ACV HS Gsb @ Porta 4:30 ACV JH Travl @ Waverly 9:00 ACV Athletic Booster Mtg 7:00 @ Va City Hall ACV HS Bbb vs. Beardstown 4:30 ACV HS G Track @ New Berlin 4:00 A-C PTO Mtg 7:00 @ Ashland ACV 5th/6th Track @ Williamsville 3:45 ACV HS Bbb/Gsb @ NewBerlin 4:30 ACV HS G Track @ Jacksonville 4:00 ACV JH Track @ Waverly 4:00 11:30 Dismissal – SIP Day Virginia Prom IHSA Organizational Contest HS Musical 7:00 ACV HS Gsb @ Rushville Tourney ACV HS Bbb @ Lutheran Tourney HS Musical 2:00 ACV HS Gsb vs. South Fulton 4:30 ACV JH Track @ Havana 4:15 ACV HS Bbb/Gsb vs. Triopia 4:30 ACV JH Track @ ISD 4:00 ACV HS Bbb/Gsb @ Athens 4:30 ACV HS G Track @ Greenfield 4:00 ACV Bbb/Gsb @ Triopia 4:30 ACV HS G/B Track @ Rushville 4:30 NO SCHOOL – GOOD FRIDAY ACV HS Gsb @ Beardstown Tourney ACV JH Track @ Rushville 10:00 NO SCHOOL – SPRING BREAK ACV HS G/B Track @ Carrollton ACV HS Bbb/Gsb vs. Routt 4:30 ACV HS G/B Track @ ISD 4:00 ACV JH Track @ Porta 4:00 ACV HS Bbb vs. Plains 4:30 ACV HS G Track @ Greenfield 4:00 ACV HS Bbb/Gsb @ Routt 4:30 ACV HS G/B Track @ ISD 4:00 IESA Organizational Contest ACV HS Gsb @ Plains Tourney ACV HS Gsb @ Plains Tourney

Press Release from Becky Canty

A-C Central High School located in Ashland, Il has been awarded for the second year in a row the for the Illinois State Board of Education’s Academic Improvement These students raised less than $35: Brittany Smith $30, Kara Osborn $27, Quinlan Mahoney $20, Kobe Turner $15, Kendra Escudero $15, BritAward. This award honored 93 schools for substantial tany Graham $14, Lexi Carlock $12, Lauren Pinney $10, Kirby Cowman $10, Emily Koch $10, Cadence Smith $5, Taylor Hamblin $5, D’Arcy Buker gains in test score over the past few years. A-C Central $3.10, and Julia Peters $1. They will receive a certificate. was only one of 18 high schools that earned this award All students who participated receive extra credit in math and have Caand was also named to be one of the Ten Most Improved sey’s pizza for lunch at school. High Schools. Earlier this year, A-C Central High School Thanks to everyone who has made a contribution. You are truly was honored for being one of the top 100 High Schools making a difference in the lives of children around the world. by the Chicago Sun Times. A-C Central’s High School Principal is Mr. Dan Williams.

Co. Gardner Construction 2878 Panther G rove Road Ashland, IL 6261 2

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Remodel Kitchen & Baths Replace Roof & Room Additions

BRITTANY STRIBLING NAMED FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH AT A-C CENTRAL Congratulations to Brittany Stribling for being selected Student–of–the–Month for February at A-C Central High School. Miss Stribling is the daughter of Beverly and Shawn Stribling of Ashland. Brittany 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 National Honor Society, FFA, Spanish Club, S.T.A.R., and Natural Helpers. Brittany is also a member of the Volleyball team as well as the Cheerleading squad. Miss Stribling plans on attending the University of Illinois at Springfield majoring in Accounting. Congratulations to Brittany Stribling on this significant honor!


NEAL’S BARBER SHOP Ashland, IL 62612 Hours: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday - Saturday

Closed Sundays & Mondays

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.

Dealers in Grain, Seed and Kent Feeds.

MADALYN ALLEN NAMED JANUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH AT A-C CENTRAL Congratulations to Madalyn Allen for being selected Student–of–the–Month for January at A-C Central High School. Miss Allen is the daughter of Jennifer and John Allen of Ashland. Madalyn 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 National Honor Society, FFA, Spanish Club, S.T.A.R., Natural Helpers and Yearbook. Madalyn is also a member of the Volleyball and Softball team as well as the Cheerleading squad. Away from school Madalyn is active in her church Youth Group at the First Baptist Church in Ashland. Miss Allen plans on attending Illinois College majoring in Business and also wants to play Volleyball on the college level. Congratulations to Madalyn Allen on this significant honor! 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!

Ashland Community Days Celebration - June 24, 25 & 26 2011 DON'T MISS IT! Be sure to be here when Ashland comes alive for the annual Ashland Summer Days on June 24-26. Of course, the Saturday parade will be a highlight of the weekend, followed by an I.T.P.A. sanctioned tractor pull, which Cowmans tell us has a couple of new classes. Saturday night will find Hip-Bone Sam and his friends on stage, followed by CONFEDERATE RAILROAD, a popular Nashville recording group. Make plans now for the volleyball tournament--get your teams organized--it's only four months away! The Ashland Community Club will soon be selling chances on tickets for a Cubs/Cardinal game week-end get-away package. The money from this will help support our celebration. Get involved-offer to help. Give us your ideas. Let's make this year's celebration the best one yet!!

Prairie Skies Library

Coming soon to Prairie Skies PLD 2011 SUMMER READING PROGRAM


Propane LLC 220 N. Yates - Ashland Office: 1-866-225-8126 Garrett Savage - Bob Savage Ron Ahlers - Salesman cell: (217)691-5492


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

Smith Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Kathie G. Smith

Wallbaum Development Inc. Plumbing - Heating - Air Conditioning Backhoe - Trenching 115 W. Freemont We Do It All St. In Just 1 Call! PO Box 136 Ashland, IL 62612 Jim - Todd - Travis

Mark these dates on your calendars: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11 & 18. Programs will be held on Mondays at 10:00 AM in Ashland and 1:00 PM in Pleasant Plains. This year’s theme is ―A Midsummer’s Knight Read‖.

Phone: (217)476-3595

111 North Hardin Ashland, IL 62612 (217)476-3547 Office Hours by Appointment Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday a.m. by Appointment


A MESSAGE TO THE KIDS WHO USE OUR FINE PARKS Several of us senior citizens take time out of our lives to help keep the town we love cleaned up a little. One of the biggest problems we have is how trashy the parks are after several (not all) teens throw bottles, cans, candy wrappers, beer cans, sandwiches boxes, and everything else they can throw on the ground. There are barrels in both parks, but evidently they don’t know what they are for. Some of us older folks think maybe if these kids want to hang out in the parks maybe one of the parents should be with them. Oh, wait, these kids who trash the parks parents would say ―My kid wouldn’t do that!‖ This is part of the problem with these kids today. All you teenagers that use the parks PLEASE USE THE BARRELS!

For those of you who couldn’t make the Firemen’s Reunion last Sunday, you missed it! You missed a lot of laughs from us old guys. The meal was TERRIFIC and FREE. Some of the older guys had stories from the past and the firemen on the department now had a lot of laughs at the way it was run back then. It was interesting how the first fire truck came about, and how far the department has come since then. It is really hi-tech! I believe, and this is just my opinion, that we have the best fire department anywhere! I want to thank everyone who came and the present fire department who brought this about!

Thanks from all the old geezers and geezerettes!



Old Sale Barn, can stand no more... Due to the deterioration of the Ashland Sale Barn, the current owners, Kent & Karen Gutmann are having to tear it down. ―It saddens us tremendously to have to do this, but it simply must be done.‖ With record-breaking snow fall this year, the building just could no longer stand the test of time.


Amity Nail Spa & Tease Tanning & Hair Salon

Come celebrate Amity’s 1st Anniversary and Tease Tanning’s re-opening with us!! Amity Nail Spa 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL Phone: 217-416-7615 Lana J. Pfaffe, Nail Technician


Various vendor booths

Tease Tanning & Hair Salon 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL Call: 217-476-3764 for appointments Tammy & Shawn Eskew Owners

Junctions 123 & 125 - Ashland, Illinois 62612

SPRING IS ALMOST HERE!!! The Garden Center & Lucky’s both opening in mid-April, come see us! “Thank You” for 51 years of business!

Allen’s Market - Since 1960 Monday - Saturday Sundays and Holidays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm 7:00 am to 8:00 pm


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

2011 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 Schleyhahn (First Baptist) 476-8829 Becky King (New Beginnings) 891-3454 Betty Higgason (Ash. Church of Christ) Elaine Roth (St. Augustine Catholic) 476-3984

Contact Rich Edwards 476-3577 or cell 371-3793


RPA Farmers Co-op


Email us: RPAFARMERS@CASSCOMM.COM Richland Office 3090 Richland Elev. Rd. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 217.626.1551

Pleasant Plains Office 300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 217.626.1331

Ashland Office 220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3318

April 14 - 15 Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky


108 W. Editor Street Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3354

Reservations with final payment due two weeks before trip.

Jeffrey A. Donnan - Kay Handy Ora Lee Campbell Designed by Brock Pettit Son of Greg & Robin Pettit Mrs. Kesselring’s 5th Grade Class

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

A Full Service Bank

Norm Bryant Enterprises Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums


Located at West Central Bank 400 East Buchanan, PO Box 467 Main: 217-476-3653 - Fax: 217-476-3342 Email:

Carpet Cleaning Car Interior

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

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

Other Locations: 117 S. Front Street Virginia, IL 62691 217.452.7717 Kristen Arthalony

210-A Washington St. Beardstown, IL 62618 217.323.3018 Debbie Jones

815 W. Clinton Rushville, IL 62681 217.322.6230 Kala Peacock

BITS-N-PIECES SENIOR SAINTS… Sr. Saints will be attending the Jacksonville Theater for the performance of ―Spelling Bee‖ on Sunday May 1st. Tickets are $13:00 in advance. RSVP by April 18th to 476-8848

ASHLAND VFW POST 3546… Meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday at the Firehouse.

GARAGE SALE… Ashland annual spring city wide garage sales to be Saturday, April 16th. Call John Jones at 476-3914

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.

GARAGE SALE... April 16, 2011 at 108 N. Alta Antique Tea Cart, Ladies 5-Speed Bicycle Gasoline Leaf Blower, Troy Electric Garden Tiller, Jig Saw, Puzzles, & Christmas Village Tools and lots of miscellaneous items.

The Annual Spring Card Party, sponsored by the Pleasant Plains Community Club, will be held on Thursday, April 7, beginning at 6pm. Get your friends together and call to reserve your table. This event will be held at the Pleasant Plains Community Club. Call 415-2976 and bring your friends and your favorite game to enjoy a fun evening.

April Anniversaries 5 - Jeff & Beth Cosner 6 - Harold & Marge Showalter 8 - Dan & Alice Kern 8 - Ron & Don Hoagland 14 - Homer & Carol Rieken 20 - JR & Kathie Blair

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

ASHLAND WOMAN’S CLUB… April 5th at Baptist Church Hall. The program will be ―The Hagg Sisters‖. THANK YOU… Thank you to Daniel Meyer (and Harold) of Allen's Market for recovering and returning our flash drive lost in their parking lot during the big snow. Your honesty does not go unnoticed! - The Masten family ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1961 REUNION The 1961 class of Ashland high School will be having their 50th year reunion with a social gathering at the Catholic Hall on may 28th at 3:00 pm. They will attend the 125th annual Ashland High School Alumni banquet at the AC Central Pete Gutman Memorial Gym that evening. They would like to extend an invitation to the classes before and after ours. Hope to see you there!!!

April Birthdays 1 - Eloise Quinley 1 - Rick Edwards 3 - Marilyn (Fulton) Holmes 4 - Donna Farmer 4 - Adam Blair 5 - Carolyn (Heather) McDonald 9 - Dick Gutmann 13 - Bill Blair 15 - Don Parsons 20 - Jeanne Fulton Holmes

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Brandon ―Crew Chief‖ Eskew Jane (Elliott) Speck Ethan Mayes Calvin Kelley Norman Bryant Dale DeGroot Amy Christison Brayden Pettit Carroll Houston

101 Yates Street

April, 2011


The City-Wide Garage Sale is April 16th. No Clean-Up Day has been scheduled so far The Village is looking into the cost of having rock sales this year; we’ll will let you know. If you see a street light out, the Village office (217/476-3317) and we will contact CIPS for repair. Utility Rates:

First 1,000 gallons Per 100 gallons after first 1,000 EPA Testing Fee Minimum monthly charge Total water, sewer and EPA for 3,000 gallons

Water $22.00 92.5 cents $ 1.05 $33.25 $60.05.

Sewer $10.20 41.5 cents

If you have any questions you would like answered in a public forum, please forward them to the Village office and we will try to answer them through this page in The Scoop.

Village of Ashland Board Members & Staff: Dave Handy, Mayor Jim Birdsell, Chief of Police Ron Cave, Public Works Director Alicia Hager, Village Treasurer Linda Stephenson, Village Clerk Kitty Mau, Deputy Clerk

Fadra Birdsell, Trustee Stan Fulton, Trustee Dave King, Trustee Nancy Kyrouac, Trustee Seth Thornley, Trustee David Troxell, Trustee

The month of March has kept the A-C Central FFA Chapter been quite busy! On March 4th, twentyfive female members of the chapter attended the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference at Illinois State University in Bloomington. While there, they met with female leaders in the agriculture industry and made connections for the future. Internship and scholarship opportunities were also provided for the students. Prior to the conference, Lauren Pfaffe, Morgan Wessel, Teagan Smith, Kelsey Handy, Haley Pfaffe and Danielle Bright appeared on News Channel 20 to promote the event and met with meteorologist Joe Crain for their interviews that aired at the end of February. Seven members also worked at the Illinois Products Expo in Springfield on March 5th to serve samples of Illinois Products, provide maintenance and work with the public. Pictured with the Schnuck’s shopping cart are Breann Knapp, Danielle Bright, Kelsey Handy, Teagan Smith, Parrish Smith, Rachel Smith and Carmen Savage. Members joined nearly 700 FFA members at the state capitol building on March 9th to provide agriculture commodity baskets and lunches to our legislators. Pictured are On this same day, members also delivered nearly forty flower arrangements to Walker Nursing Home in Virginia that were made by the A-C Central High School Horticulture Class and over 150 canned goods to the Cass County Food Bank from a previous food drive held in conjunction with local FFA chapters. On March 11th we headed to Moline to visit the John Deere Pavilion and Harvester Works Plant. While there we saw combines in the making and learned more about the history of the company. Pictured are the forty chapter members to visited the plant. Nine members of the chapter represented A-C Central at the District III Proficiency Awards on March 16th in Jacksonville. Pictured are Zach Fields - Equine Placement, Kelsey Handy Nursery Operations, Brandon Smith - Ag Education, Haley Pfaffe - Home & Community Development, Mrs. Waters, Jordan Keyes - Ag Mechanics, Stacey Eskew - Turfgrass Management, Teagan Smith - Environmental Science, Nathan Mahoney Swine Production Placement, and Morgan Wessel - Small Animal Care. Nathan, Teagan and Brandon were named winners for District III and will be eligible to compete in the State FFA Awards Contest at Urbana on April 2, 2011. Steps to this award include our winners winning the Chapter and Sectional FFA 14 Awards. Finally, the Envirothon team competed at John Wood Community College for the Region 8 Envirothon competition on March 23rd. Members included Kelsey Handy, Sarah Pherigo, Brandon Smith, Morgan Wessel and Teagan Smith. The team won the event for the second year in a row and will represent West Central Illinois at the state competition at Allerton Park in Monticello May 12-13th. Upcoming events include our annual plant sales on April 16th along with State Proficiency Awards, District III Public Speaking and Livestock Judging!

Troop 125 Boy Scouts and Pack 125 Cub Scout participated in Scouting for Food. They collected 190.5 pounds of food and supplies. We would like to thank everyone for your help.


Pack 125 Cub Scouts had their Pinewood Derby Race at the A-C Central Gym. 1st: Cole Fanning, 2nd: Drew DeGroot, 3rd: Alex Trissel, 4th: Carter Logue, 5th: Braden Eilers and 6th: Robbie Nation. Contratulations to all!

A-C Central 8th Graders Attend Reality Store The 8th graders attended the ―Welcome to the Real World‖ event on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at Hamilton’s in Jacksonville. The Store, organized by the University of Illinois Extension Office, is designed to help students learn how to budget their money in real life situations. They chose a profession and what type of car and house they wanted to purchase. Then they were faced with cost of living expenses: buying groceries, paying for insurance, etc., and even some unexpected expenses throughout the day. They wrote a check for every expense. At the end of the day, the goal was to have a positive balance in their checking account. It was a great experience for all of the students to start understanding the importance of budgeting their money.

It was a busy, busy day on March 23 for A-C Central Band members! Band members and their director Kim Webster participated in the Cass County Solo Ensemble Contest hosted at Our Saviors' School in Jacksonville. Students were required to prepare a selection and also perform scales and basic rudiments for a judge. The judge then scored the students and awarded a Division 1 or a Division 2 ribbon. Students participating in this years contest and their results are as follows: Austin Cuba – timpani solo – I Christopher Nicholas – snare drum solo – I Andrew Pherigo – snare drum solo – I Brock Pettit – snare drum solo – I Alexa Waters – clarinet solo – I Brittani Beddingfield – clarinet solo – I Emma Lynn – clarinet solo – I Ally Simmons – flute solo – I McKenzie Stephens, Kristin Irlam, Kylie Fields & Brittany Smith – flute quartet – I Erin Kelly – piano solo – I Adam Hoffman – bari sax solo – I Adam Barla – tuba solo – I Carrie Allen – flute solo – I Baylee Smith – keyboard solo – I David Miller – trombone solo – I Lane Newell – trumpet solo – I Kirby Cowman & Quinlan Mahoney – trumpet duet – I Tanner Stephens – trombone solo – I Megan Anderson – trombone solo – I Hoaby Hoagland – tuba solo – I Zach Kays – multiple percussion solo – I Chance Richardson – drum set solo – I Phillip Wessel – snare solo – I Kayla Witherall – trumpet solo – I Andrew Gleason – trumpet solo – I Ellen Force – snare drum solo – I TJ Crumley – snare solo – I Braden Eilers – tenor sax solo – I Jennifer Adkins – alto sax solo – I Ryan Woodard – tenor sax solo – I Briley Eilers – alto sax solo – I Sabrena Reek – flute solo – I Christian Warden – flute solo – I Alex Brue – flute solo – I McKenzie Stephens – flute solo – I Samantha Koehler – flute solo – I Erin Kelly – oboe solo – I Kristin Irlam – flute solo – I Haley Greer & Sarena Nicholas – flute duet – I Hannah Ratliff – flute solo – I Izeyar Lincoln – flute solo – I Cheyenne Kesselring – flute solo – I Lexi Carlock – flute solo – I Chenoa Butler – flute solo – I Logan DeFord – snare solo – I Danielle Ratcliff – clarinet solo – I Emily Koch – clarinet solo – I Quinn Allen – alto solo – II Eric Savage – tenor sax solo – II Molly Betters – baritone solo – II Jewell Reed – trombone solo – II Jared Curry – tenor sax solo – II A special thanks goes out to the accompanist for their time and talents: Cindy Bobbitt & Leighann Allen. You are super!!!

Congratulations goes out to A-C Central Band members for a wonderful showing at the Illinois High School Associations State Solo Ensemble contest. This contest was held on Saturday March 5 at PORTA High School. Students are required to prepare a selection and then perform that selection and scales or rudiments for a judge. Results for the A-C musicians are as follows: Ty Kesselring – Tenor sax solo – I Allyson Quick – French horn solo – I Valerie Escudero – Flute solo – II Haley Pfaffe – Bari sax solo – I Clarinet Trio: Lindsay Allan, Maggie Allen & Lindsey Cole- I Balloon Ensemble: Faith Widdows, Lindsey Cole, Hannah Miller, Kayla Anderson & Allyson Quick – I Football Ensemble: Haley Pfaffe, Courtney Cave, Lindsay Allan, Sarah Pherigo, Brandon Smith, Cody Miller, Morgan Wessel & Maggie Allen – I Special thanks goes out to Cindy Bobbitt for accompanying the students on the piano! Congratulations to the students for a job well done! Your hard work has paid off!!!

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

EPA AWARD WINNERS Four sixth grade students at A-C Central Jr. High were selected to receive special awards from the Environmental Protection Agency’s poster and poetry contest. This contest was held for all 5th and 6th graders across the state of Illinois. The students prepared for the contest in Dena Leinberger’s Science class. Emily Koch was selected as one of the top 6 finalists in the Poetry/ Prose Contest and Phillip Wessel was selected as an honorable mention in the Poetry/Prose Contest. Emily will receive a $50.00 savings bond. Kirby Cowman was recognized in the top 50 for her Poetry/Prose and Erin Kelly was recognized in the top 50 for his Poster. All four students will be honored at a banquet in Springfield Saturday, April 2nd. Congratulations to all students! Cutline for picture: Erin Kelly, Kirby Cowman, Emily Koch, Phillip Wessel

Happy 90th Birthday Tom Kofoed 04/17/2011 Have a great day!! Love, Rita & Family

ATTENTION ALL WOMEN “A Women’s Seminar: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships” When: Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 - 11:30 am Where: The First Baptist Church of Ashland in the Christian Education Wing Provided by: The Crisis Center Foundation Sponsored by: The Young Adult Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church of Ashland Light refreshments and childcare are provided. Contact Cindy Smith at 217-883-1116 if you have questions.

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St. Augustine Church Saturday - April 23rd 12 noon - 3 pm ―Come When You Can Leave When You Must‖ Ecumenical Readings Silent Prayer & Meditation The A-C Central Yearbook staff has found copies of old yearbooks that we are offering for sale. We have the following hardback black and white yearbooks available for $20.00: 1952, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. We also have hardback color yearbooks available for $30.00 for 2007-2010. There are also a few paperback yearbooks for the junior high school from 2003 and the elementary school for 2002-2007 available for $5.00. Please contact Jennifer Waters at the high school 217-476-6025 or to make arrangements to get your copies! First come first served - some years we only have one book while other years have multiple books 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 $20.00 per year. Newsletters will be mailed out the first week of each month.


APRIL 11TH, 2011, 7-9 PM St. Augustine Church Ashland, Illinois PLEASE JOIN US ALL ARE WELCOME!

April 2011 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter`  

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