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July 2011 — Volume 4 - Issue 7

Schuyler County Fair Rushville June 29 - July 4


Morgan County Fair Jacksonville July 6 - July 10 Christian County Ag. Fair Taylorville July 12 - July 17

Cass County Fair Virginia July 18-July 23 Menard County Fair Petersburg: July 19-July 24 Mason County Fair Havana: July 25-July 29

Illinois State Fair Springfield Aug 12 - Aug 21 DuQuoin State Fair DuQuoin Aug 26 - Sept 5

SELLERS WANTED! Dawn has several buyers seeking property with the following criteria. Please call if you or someone you know has a house that is NOT currently on the market that meets the needs of these buyers.

Home For Sale by Owner 315 South Saratoga Ashland, Illinois (217)971-8570 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!





≤ $110,0 00 ≤ $100,0 00 ≤ $85,00 0 ≤ $50,00 0

A-C Central School District, ≥3BR





Pleasant Plains Schools, ≥3 BR Sangamon Co/Menard Co. ≥ 1 Acre Ashland, Pleasant Plains, Tallula, Petersburg


≤ ≥ 5 Acres, ≥ 3 BR, ≥2BA $290,0 00 PLEASE CALL IF YOU ARE THINKING OF SELLING! 217-741-1865 Dawn Stremsterfer Realtor®, Broker Associate Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-741-1865

PROFESSIONALS 2475 West Monroe Springfield, IL 62704 (cell) 217-741-1865

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

Sunday, July 10th

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 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- 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

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. Wednesday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Coming This Summer! VBS 2011 July 24-28 at First Baptist Church

Ages 4 yrs to 4th Grade

Amity Nail Spa 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL

Lana J. Pfaffe, Nail Technician It’s a Fabulous, Fun, Fantastic, Flip-Flop Summer at Amity Nail Spa. Get free nail art or a free pair of flip-flops with every pedicure! (while supplies last) Call for an appointment today! 217-416-7615

PORTA/AC Football will hold their 2nd annual golf outing Saturday July 9 at Shambolee Golf Course. A shotgun start at at 1 p.m. is planned. Entry for the outing is $60 per person. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, 4 drink tickets and dinner. The event will also include door prizes, a silent auction and numerous on the course contests. Anyone interested in playing in the outing should contact a high school football player or Coach McMahan at 971-7213 or PORTA – AC Open House

MATT GREER President

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


Propane LLC 220 N. Yates - Ashland Office: 1-866-225-8126

We would like to thank everyone who attended the PORTA-AC Open House on Thursday Evening. The turnout was outstanding from both AC and PORTA families. The evening was filled with tours of the facilities, which included classrooms, gym, fitness center and Industrial Arts areas. The Athletic Boosters were available and selling PORTA wear and by all accounts had a very fruitful evening. Families had the opportunity to see some of their children in action on the Volleyball court and football field, as camps were in sessions during the Open House hours. Additionally, Parents and players were able to talk with individual coaches in a relaxed atmosphere. At the evening’s end four family full season passes were given away as Door Prizes. We are please to announce the winners were Kent and Laura Keeney, Porscha Stone, Amy Thompson and Kerry Johnston, congratulations. In general the evening was very positive and a great first step to introducing AC families to their counterparts in PORTA. We look forward to a positive, growing relationship in the future that will benefit the children of both districts.

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

Garrett Savage - Bob Savage Ron Ahlers - Salesman cell: (217)691-5492


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

Remodel Kitchen & Baths Replace Roof & Room Additions

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.

BC Carpentry


Handyman Service 416-5424

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

Serving Ashland for 12 years All aspects of carpentry Decks - Replacement Windows and Doors Pressure Washing

Closed Sundays & Mondays


Junctions 123 & 125 - Ashland, Illinois 62612 Monday - Saturday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Allen’s Market - Since 1960 Thank You” for 51 years of business!

Sundays and Holidays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

―The people who shop with us confer an honor upon us.‖ We strive to always be worthy of that. If at anytime we fail, we would welcome your complaints. Your complete satisfaction is our complete satisfaction. The days are getting shorter already. Enjoy great sandwiches and ice cream now!

Lucky’s is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ashland’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 30, 2011

Norm Bryant Enterprises RPA Farmers Co-op Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums Email us: RPAFARMERS@CASSCOMM.COM Richland

3090 Richland Elev. Rd. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677


Pleasant Plains


Carpet Cleaning Car Interior


300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612




108 W. Editor Street Ashland, IL 62612 217.476.3354

Jeffrey A. Donnan - Kay Handy Ora Lee Campbell

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

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

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

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

Adventure Club July 31, 2011 Conklin Dinner Theatre 400 E. Buchanan St. P.O. Box 467 Ashland, IL 62612-0467 PH. 217.476.3325 FX. 217.476.3342

Designed by Kaitlyn Pratt Daughter of Rhonda Pratt Mrs. Kesselring’s 5th Grade Class

A Full Service Bank

Wallbaum Development Inc. Plumbing - Heating - Air Conditioning Backhoe - Trenching 115 W. Freemont St. PO Box 136 Ashland, IL 62612

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

Phone: (217)476-3595

BITS-N-PIECES THANK YOU… thank you to the Eskew family for a wonderful job at the Ashland Cemetery. I used to have to go out and trim around the stone myself and you do such a neat job, I now no longer have to do that. I appreciate your hard work and great job. - Lorene Ratliff THANK YOU… Thanks for everything; cards, flowers, visits, calls and everything else you did for me. I am home now & I am so happy to be here. Love to all. - Ann Schaddel SENIOR SAINTS... Sunday, August 7th, 2011 @ 2:00 pm; Jacksonville Theatre for Footloose. Call 476-8848 for advanced tickets by July 15th. Senior Saints Ice Cream Social at Sue Pschirrer’s on July 17th at 5:00 pm. Bring chairs and either sandwiches, dessert or ice cream. Call 476-8848 or 4768284. Need head count. FOR SALE… 2-inch Transfer Water Pump - with 5 hp motor - with 30 feet of discharge hose - used 6 hours. Asking $175. Call 217-825-8093

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. FOR OUR FRIENDS… There are no words to express how important you are to us and how very grateful we are to all of you. Your prayers, well-wishes and support are absolutely precious. For everyone who was able to attend the benefit, it was wonderful to see you all and we were blessed by your visit...for those who could not attend, but helped anyway, thank you. It is great to be a part of a community that rallies behind their own. Please know that God is with us each and every day and carries us all through the difficult times. God Bless You All - Darren, Victoria, Sara & Drew DeGroot A/C CENTRAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION... Registration will be held on July 13 at Ashland and July 14th in Chandlerville from Noon - 7:00 PM both days

―Guys and Dolls‖ at the Muni Tyler Stephenson, Ashland High School Class of 1981 Graduate will be in the Muni Opera Show at Lake Springfield, July 1,2,3 & 6-10.

The Cass County Food Pantry extends the love of the community and of Christ to those in need. We provide boxes of food for more than 300 families in the county each month. Summer is a difficult time for the food pantry, donations are low and it can be difficult to find help packing boxes. But, you can help! Watch for food drives and other opportunities to donate to the food pantry, or create your own opportunity. Call Joanne at 217-4735638 to make a food or money donation, or to get more details about offering your time and talents to the food pantry.

July Birthdays

July Anniversaries

6 - Gailen Thornley 6 - Jon Lewis 6 - Bob White 7 - John Gutmann 7 - Phyllis Aggertt 9 - Marge Showalter 10 - Gloria Rhoads 13 - Helen Blair 14 - Missy Eskew

15 17 17 17 17 18 18 19 20


Dawn Hoagland Cheyenne Gain Paula Wester Bell Father Chris Marilyn Davin Brock Pettit Brandi Fulton Tolley Linda Devlin Tyler Kern

21 21 21 23 25 25 27 29 30


Kendra Swain Kris Gardner Kelly Gutmann Margie Harris Frances Nordsiek Amanda Rhoads Adalaide Boston Chase Cosner Bob Heather

1 - George & Bobbie Boehner 2 - Bill & Johanna Betters 17 - Jim & Liz Wallbaum 18 - Pat & Patty Davis 20 - Tom & Lois Walbaum 25 - Kendra & Dave Swain 29 - John & Betty Gutmann 31 - Scott & Samantha Boston

Enjoy delicious, refreshing soups and salads on the third Thursday of the month, starting April 21st LI I H C at the Ashland First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (221 W. Washington St., Ashland IL) Time: A delicious soup and salad bar will be offered to individuals 60 years of age or older from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations: Reservations are highly encouraged but not Necessary (217) 479-4619.


Cost: A suggested donation of $4.00 is asked to cover the cost of the meal. No person will be denied a meal due to a monetary contribution less than the suggested donation. More of a donation is also welcome! FR FR ESH UI T D LA A E S GS C TU IXIN T LE / F W



Sponsored by: Prairie Council on Aging’s Bread of Love Program (217) 479-4619

“Dependent Independence.” Edward J. Moretto, Minister, Berea Christian Church On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote these words to his wife Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” He was close; he only missed it by two days. He also had some good suggestions for the celebration. “Solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty,” sounds like a good idea. Some, however, might seek to nip those in the bud today under the guise of “separation of church and state,” which is not found in the eventual Constitution. Parades, shows, games, etc. might be acceptable, but some would not permit others (in their independence) to celebrate with “guns” or “bonfires.” “Guns kill people,” they say, though I’ve never seen one jump off a gun rack and kill anybody. Bonfires might require a municipal “permit” (a nice way of saying “tax”), said permit itself being an infringement on one’s independence [yet in our great independent nation one does not need a permit to burn the American flag]. In spite of some of our most pernicious restrictions, this country is still the best there is. For that reason, we celebrate Independence Day. But there is a way in which some celebrate independence which can be even more dangerous than “illegal” fireworks, guns, and bonfires. Note John Adams’ remark concerning “solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” Is it possible to carry independence too far? Should we ever be independently dependent? What about dependence on God? What about dependence on God for the very air we breathe? And what about this? Every Sunday, churches across the country and around the world hold services of “solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty,” yet some studies indicate that church attendance is dropping off. Guess who’s absent? It’s not the non-Christian. One wouldn’t expect the non-believer to participate in a “solemn act of devotion.” It’s the professing Christian who is absent! Much earlier than July, 1776, Jesus sacrificed His life so that the world could be independent of “the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2) In that sense, every day is a day to celebrate independence from that law, by declaring our dependence on the One Who made that sacrifice. Declaring our dependence on Jesus Christ in life and in solemn acts of worship should be seen as our realization of who we are and Whose we are. While we’re celebrating our political independence, we ought to take time to celebrate our dependence on our God Who loved the world so much that He gave His onlybegotten Son. We celebrate that dependence every Sunday in thanksgiving and praise. It takes about an hour or two, one day a week and Ashland does not lack for churches. I like this quote from the late Tony Snow, former White House press secretary. “If you think that Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands down.” In the life of the Christian, every day is Dependent Independence Day; every day is Thanksgiving Day.

2011 Cass County Fair MONDAY, JULY 18 8-9:30am: 4-H and Jr. Home Economics Check In 9:00am: Dog Obedience Show (Showring); Cloverbud Circletime (Stage) 10:15am: 4-H Conference Judging (by club) Indian Creek - 10:15am Philadelphia - 10:30am Lucky Show Right - 10:45am Circleville - 11:00am River Valley - 11:15am Clover Clan - 11:30am Clover Clan Swine - 11:45am Union Corner - 12 Noon (Jr. Home Economics Judging resumes after lunch) 11:00am: Small Pets Show (Rabbit Barn) 7:00pm: Cass County Fair Queen & Little Miss Cass County Fair Contest; Crowning of Cass 4-H Royalty, Presentation of Cass County 4-H Scholarships

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 7:30am: All other Rabbits in place 8:00am: Rabbit Show; Breeding Swine Show 2:00pm: Livestock Judging Workshop (follows Swine Show) 6:30pm: Pedal Tractor Pull weigh in begins 7:00pm: Pedal Tractor Pull 9:00pm: Family Movie Night *FREE*

TUESDAY, JULY 19 7:00am: All breeding swine, sheep and goats to be in place 8:00am: Weigh Sheep; Poultry Exhibits to be in place 8:30am: Weigh breeding swine 9:00am: Horse Show Registration; Poultry Show; All Cattle to be in place 9:30am: 4-H/Jr. Horse Show, followed by Open Youth Horse Show (Heartland Saddle Club) 10:00am: Weigh Steers 1:00pm: Sheep Breeding Show, followed by Wethers and Goats 5-8pm: Market Pen and Fryer Rabbits in place 6:00pm: 4-H Pool Party

FRIDAY, JULY 22 8:00am: Swine Showmanship Contests, followed by Market Swine and Barrow Show Noon: Projects released from Home Economics Building; DeWayne Sweatman Super Showmanship 6:00pm: Texaco Country Showdown (Register at WJVO/WJIL)

THURSDAY, JULY 21 7am: All Market Swine to be in place Scan sheep and steers for Carcass Class 7:30am: Weigh Market Swine 10am: Beef Breeding Show 1:00pm: Steer Show 3pm: Livestock Judging Contest (follows Steer Show) 6pm: Kids Games (Sack Race, Obstacle Course, Bale Bucking, Home Run Derby, Slip and Slide) *FREE*

SATURDAY, JULY 23 9:30am: Livestock Plaque Presentation 10:00am: Sale of 4-H Livestock 11:00am: Livestock Buyers Appreciation Dinner 7:00pm: Demolition Derby (admission charge)

THE RAIN AND SHINE OF ASHLAND DAYS The pride of the city shone brightly on the First Citizens Award Winners on Friday night. Our local firefighters and first responders – both past and present—were honored for all the time and effort they have given to keep us safe. Many of them—some with over 30 years on the department—joined the chief, Jeff DeGeal on stage to receive the award. We ALL offer a big ―WELL DONE‖ to these many wonderful volunteers. A large number of young ones came out for the Baby and Little Miss and Mister Contests. The judges had a difficult task, but finally chose these baby winners: Most outgoingWyatt Ratliff; Youngest citizen-Megan Claire Bright; Cutest outfit-Addyson Smock; ShiestTrey Ratcliff; Cutest hair-Ava James; Cutest smile-Colton Buker. Our 2011 Little Miss and Mister were Kalie Taylor and Wesley Creed. After the contest, many of the youngsters joined the Kesselrings on the basketball court for fun and games. The food vendors appreciated the crowd who enjoyed the variety of good food.

Saturday, the sun shone for the parade, which was well attended. Our thanks to Tammy Eskew for organizing it and Todd Warrick of WJVO for announcing. The sun didn’t last long, though. A few tractor classes made it before the rains began and the rest of the tractor and truck pull had to be cancelled. Ed Cowman, his family, and friends have taken care of the pull for the past 30 years. We appreciate the effort involved in this, as well as the ground that Judy Cosner so graciously allows us to use each year. The pedal tractor pull went on in fine style under the pavilion. A good crowd watched and cheered on the many classes of young people. Again, we thank all those who were there for the pulls. Hip-Bone Sam and his blues band were off to a great start, but the storm began and they were shut down. Confederate Railroad had to ―hit the road‖ without sharing any of their music with us. We hope their concert the next day in South Dakota wasn’t a ―wash!!‖

Sunday brought us some sun and one of the biggest car shows we have had in several years. There were many beautiful cars and a couple of vintage motorcycles to view. Jacksonville Good Time Cruisers and Vintage Iron Riders of Springfield are to be thanked for adding so much to our celebration. Tracy’s Dance Technics of Jacksonville brought students to our stage for an excellent demonstration of the various kinds of dances and gymnastic routines. Several of her students are from the Ashland area. Thanks to Tracy, these talented young people, and their parents. Winners of the drawings were: Harry Blakeman, the week-end get-away in St. Louis and Rosa Lema, the 50-50. Sunday ended with a vesper service at the Ashland Church of Christ. The Ashland Community Club, which over-sees all these events, thanks all of you who had any part in the week-end. New members and new ideas are always welcome. Call Judy Fulton to be put on the mailing list for the meeting notifications.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER Dine to make a difference

Darren DeGroot Benefit Saturday, July 16, 2011 6:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales When you present this flyer* to

4221 Conestoga Drive, Springfield *Flyer must be presented at the time of check out

101 Yates Street

July, 2011


Thank you to everyone who helped put the Ashland Celebration together. A special thank you to Harold Allen for donating from his garden shop the beautiful flowers filling the new flower pots. Thank you to Donny and Shelley Shive for volunteering their time to do the planting. Thank you Bob Sutphin for pruning, weeding and cleaning up the landscape. Thank you Hundman Lumber for providing the wood for benches. And of course a huge thank you to Ronnie, Larry, Jim, Owen and Curtis at the Village for all the very hard work they did getting everything set up and making it all look great. The Sewer Plant is continually experiencing clogged pipes due to ‘products’ being flushed. Despite product packaging that states “flushable”, please do not flush feminine hygiene products or diapers. Also, grease from soap and food builds up in the sewer system and has to be removed. (Please note that deceased goldfish are still flushable: ) Ameren will soon be in Ashland trimming trees that could interfere with electric lines. If you have any questions, please call 1-800/755-5000 or visit their website at July Board Meeting: July 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall. 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 FaceBook: Village of Ashland

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

Terry Blakeman, Trustee Fadra Birdsell, Trustee Stan Fulton, Trustee Seth Thornley, Trustee David Troxell, Trustee Frank Wallace, Trustee

July 2011 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

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