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November 2012 Volume 6 Issue 11

NOTICE - ASHLAND SENIORS Don’t forget the Senior Citizens Dinner sponsored by the Ashland United Methodist Women. It will be on Thursday the 15th of November at noon and held at the St. Augustine Catholic Hall. This is the 32nd year we have been able to offer the dinner as a gift to the Seniors of the community (Seniors serving Seniors). Reservations are not necessary but are requested. Please call Pat Houser at 476-3460 or Eleanor Cosner at 452-3409. Carryout service is available if you are unable to come to the Hall.If a ride is needed, ask when you make your reservation. The Cass County Health Department will be there again this year to do blood pressure checks. We want to thank them for the services they provide and thank the Catholic Church for the use of the Hall.

A-C CENTRAL PRESENTS PHOBIA FACTORY Can you tell the difference between shrieks of laughter and screams of fright? Phobia Factory reminds audiences of Total Recall and Inception and gives them plenty of slaphappy, action-packed opportunities to experience both! Four students (Carrie Allen, Cerys Boston, Alexis Brewers, Ryan Woodard) visit the “Phobia Factory” at the local mall where they meet computer geek Al Armer (Ty Kesselring), quirky Dr. Kildare (Parrish Smith), and sweet Nurse Tartle (Allyson Quick). Using a virtual reality system called the “Cortex,” the teens have a chance to face their fears in a supposedly safe environment…until something goes hysterically wrong with the program! Virtual characters include Arachnia (Molly Betters), Creepy Crawly Worms (Cheyenne Barrett, Kayla Moffitt, Kyle Winkelman), Fashion Police (Alex Brue), Hungry Crows (Hailey Allan, Kylee Fields, Sabrena Reek), Lone Stranger (Austin Fields), Mommie Dearest (Cadence Smith), Santa Claustrophobia (Hoaby Hoagland), Scary Clowns (Jackson Allen, Sidney Donnan), Xenophobia (Tiffani Homer), and Virtual Counterparts (Quinn Allen, Kristin Irlam, Hannah Miller, Lauren Pinney, McKenzie Stephens). Come support Amanda Hoffman and her hard-working actors and crew members as A-C Central High School proudly presents Phobia Factory. Performances are Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

108 N. Charles Street Ashland, IL $74,900 Character abounds in this unique 2BR 1BA home! Many nice features including; original hardwood floors, open living/dining/office area, covered front porch, several built in shelves & drawers, walkup un-finished attic, and large landscaped back yard. Numerous updates; ‘12 A/C unit,`10 water heater, `04 kitchen counters & cabinet fronts, some windows, `96 furnace and much more. Possible 3rd bedroom off of master bedroom. Sq.ft. believed to be accurate but not warranted. $74,900 with $4900 roof allowance. Dawn Stremsterfer Realtor®, Broker Associate Office: 217-787-7215 Direct: 217-741-1865

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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

PRAIRIE SKIES PUBLIC LIBRARY LAP SIT PROGRAMS Mondays at 10:00am Ashland Location Mondays at 1:00pm Pleasant Plains Location NOVEMBER THEME MONKEYS Curious George Bananas for Treats Amity Nail Spa 116 N. Yates Ashland, IL Lana J. Pfaffe, Nail Technician

Enhance your natural nails with one of the 14-day wear gel polishes! Beautiful Hands, Beautiful Feet, Beautiful You!!

ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH Father Chris Brey 476.8856 Ashland Sunday Mass - 9:00 am Beardstown Sunday Mass - 11:00 am Sunday (Spanish) - 12:30 pm Virginia Saturday - 5:00 pm UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Pam Hoffman 476.8858 Sunday Worship - 8:45 am Sunday School - 10:00 am Wednesday- Choir Practice - 7:00 NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH, s.b.c. Pastor Terry Beauchamp Sunday School for all ages@ 9:10-10:00 am 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

THANK YOU I wish to thank all the participants attending the Community Bible Study. The attendance has exceeded my highest expectations. We continue to welcome any and all participants of any denomination and those who do not attend a church. All you have to have is an interest in studying the Bible and what it means for you in our World today. A big thank you to the ministers who have been participating as resource persons and contributors in our discussions, Rev. Howard Chartier, Rev. David McHenry, and Rev. Ed Moretto. A tremendous thank you to the congregation of the Baptist Church for allowing us to use their facility to host the Community Bible Study. We continue to meet each Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. Donald Parsons

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.


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 815 W. Clinton Rushville, IL 62681 217.322.6230 Kala Peacock

ADVENTURE CLUB Christmastime in Peoria December 11, 2012 (see flyer on next page)

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

116 State Street Beardstown, IL 62618 217.323.3018 Debbie Jones 979 Clocktower Drive Springfield, IL 62704 217-726-9885 Stacey M. Hester

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Enjoy delicious, refreshing soups and salads on the third Thursday of the month at the Ashland First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (221 W. Washington St., Ashland IL) 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 are highly encouraged but not necessary (217) 479-4619. 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! Sponsored by: Prairie Council on Aging’s Bread of Love Program (217) 479-4619

Norm Bryant Enterprises Distributor of Fine Quality Vacuums


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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:

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

608 W. Franklin Ashland, IL 62612

Darrin Smith Owner

16693 Newmansville Avenue Petersburg, Illinois 62675

Monday - Saturday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Ph: (217) 971-4571

Prentice, Philadelphia, Strawns Crossing, and Tallula.

Dealers in Grain, Seed and Kent Feeds.

MATT GREER President

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

Junctions 123 & 125 - Ashland, Illinois 62612

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

Holidays are coming——gift cards from Allen’s make a great gift for anyone and come in all sizes.

Election packets are now available at the Municipal Building for those wishing to run for local office during the April 9, 2013 election. Petitions can be circulated from September 25, 2012 until December 24, 2012. Those up for election are 3 Trustee positions and the Village President/Mayor. Recently, there have been reports of items taken from unlocked vehicles. Please keep your vehicle doors locked, even when parked at your residence. If you have any information regarding such activities or believe you have been a victim, please call (217/476-3317). There are a lot of products (household cleaning wipes, personal hygiene and paper towels) on the market that are labeled “flushable” but most are not “degradable” and end up tangled in our sewer pumps. Unlike toilet paper, some contain plastic and other materials that don’t dissolve quickly in water. We are asking residents to only flush biologic waste and toilet paper. Additionally, we have noticed more grease in the waste water. Please refrain from washing grease down your sink drains as it forms “grease balls” as it rolls down the pipes and plugs the sewer grates. Your help in these matters would be greatly appreciated. If you are in possession of a stray dog, please call the county sheriff’s office (217/452-7718) and ask them to contact Jim Birdsell. If you see a street light out, call the Village office (217/476-3317) and we will contact Ameren CIPS for repair.

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

Water $27.50 $14.75 $ 1.05 $39.00

Sewer $10.45 $ 4.40

E-mail: 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 Vanessa Doellman, Village Clerk Kitty Mau, Deputy Clerk

Kelly Sutphin-Gutmann, Trustee Fadra Birdsell, Trustee Stan Fulton, Trustee Terry Blakeman, Trustee Frank Wallace, Trustee

FOR SALE…….. M.T.D. Snow thrower. Runs good - 2 cycle $75.00 or B.O. Contact Dave King at 4151509 Congratulations… Elmer & Mary (Heather) Kenney of Davenport, Iowa would like to announce the recent marriage of their daughter, Kari Jo Heather, to Gordon Mathew Porter on August 11, 2012 in New Lenox, Illinois. Kari is the Grand Daughter of the late Thomas & Alta Heather. She has three children, Tyler, Savannah, & Dakota. Gordon has 2 children, Kelsey and James. They recently moved to Earlville, Illinois where they currently reside.

November Anniversaries 02 - Norman & Nance Bryant 07 - Chuck & Spring Selby 17 - Marshall & Julie Jokisch 24 - Bob Phyllis Sutphin 24 - Wayne & Phyllis Stevens

November Birthdays 04 - Bridgett Bell 05 - Kayla Farmer 09 - Denny Keeney 15-Alice Reiser 16– Jill Coy 17 - Kramer Wilder 18 - Tonya Wallbaum 21 - Mick Keeney 21– Helen Blair 24 - Lonnie English 26 - Dacia DeGroot Grimm 27 - Marshall Jokisch 28 - Kay DeGroot 29 - Kent Keeney 30 - Phyllis Stevens 30 - Chris Devlin 30 - Christopher Devlin

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. SENIOR SAINTS…. Senior Saints are having Thanksgiving dinner at the Baptist All on November 13th at 6pm. Reservations and money due by the 8th of November. Cost is $12.50 per person. Call 476-3927 for reservations. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS…. Both our mail carriers, Dennis West and Sherry Murphy have retired. We thank them for their many years of mail delivery, no matter what the season! Best wishes for happiness in the next phase of your lives from the people of rural Ashland.

NOVEMBER IS FOOD FOR FINES MONTH During the month of November the Prairie Skies Public Library District will be accepting food donations in lieu of fines. The donations will be given to the local food pantry at each location (Ashland & Pleasant Plains) for use during the holiday season. Thank you! Prairie Skies Public Library District 125 E. Editor Ashland, IL 62612 Ph: 217.476.3417 (Ashland) Ph: 217.626.1553 (Pl. Plains)

RPA Farmers Co-op

Closed November 23rd

NEAL’S BARBER SHOP Ashland, IL 62612


3090 Richland Elev. Rd. Pleasant Plains, IL 62677


William Thomas “Chip” Stevens William Thomas “Chip” Stevens, 51, of Ashland, dies Sunday, October 7, 2012. He was born June 16, 2961, the son of William Wayne and Phyllis J. Morrow Stevens. He is survived by his parents of Ashland; two daughters, Kayla Nicole Stevens (Brad Yager) of Athens and Morgan Elizabeth Stevens of Athens; a step-daughter, Michelle Enlow Voudrie of Athens; one sister, Julie (husband, Marshall) Jokisch of Ashland; niece and nephew Whitney and Logan Jokisch, both of Ashland; a special uncle Raymond Stevens of California, and several cousins and aunts. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lewis Morrow and Joseph and Carrie Stevens. A funeral service was held Friday, October 12, 2012 at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland, with burial at Pleasant Plains Cemetery.



Pleasant Plains


300 N. Washington Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

220 North Niagara Ashland, IL 62612



J.R. Darnell

H. Edward “Red” Farmer Jr.

J.R. Darnell, 80, of Pleasant Plains, died on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at memorial Medical Center after a long illness. He was born on October 11, 1931 in Greensburg, KY to Anna Norine Darnell Blakeman. He married Eva Jean Willis in 1954 in Springfield. He was preceded in death by his mother and two sisters, Connie DaMotte and Corinne Batts. He is survived by his wife, Eva Jean; one daughter, Linda (Stan) Mullinix of Eddyville, KY; two sons, Jeff (Karen) Darnell of Ashland and Eric (Marian) Darnell of Springfield; two sisters, Mary Ann (Ron) Mowry of Ashland and Barbara Jo McClure of Pleasant Plains; five brothers, Elmer “Billy” (Della) Blakeman of Springfield, Paul (Kay) Blakeman of Beardstown, Harry (Ellen) Blakeman of Philadelphia, Jim (Linda) Blakeman of Ashland and Moses (Lola) Blakeman of Rochester; fourteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church and burial was at Pleasant Plains Cemetery.

H. Edward "Red" Farmer Jr., 82, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Ashland, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born May 27, 1930, in Jacksonville, the son of Harold E. and Helen Long Farmer. He married Donna M. Lael on June 6, 1954, in Jacksonville, and she survives. He is also survived by two children, Dwayne Farmer (wife, Vicky) of Ashland and Diane Nickel (husband, Jerry) of Alexander; six grandchildren, Kyle Anderson of Ashland who was raised in their home, Mandy Maltby (husband, Harold) of Ashland, Stacy Farmer of Springfield, Kayla Farmer of Ashland, Heather Hays (husband, Jason) of Ashland and Garrett Nickel of Ashland; four great-grandchildren, Chloe and Calla Maltby and Camden and Wyatt Hays, all of Ashland; two brothers, Gene Farmer (wife, Sue) of Arenzville and Gerry Farmer of Ashland; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Reggie Anderson; two sisters, Evelyn Allen (surviving husband, Harold of Ashland) and Virginia Watkins (surviving husband, Ray of Petersburg); and a sister-in-law, Betty Farmer. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Ashland, with burial and military honors at Ashland Cemetery.

Ladies Prayer Breafkast Schedule 2012 - 2013 2012

Valerie Escudero named Student of the Month at A-C Central Congratulations to Valerie Escudero for being selected Student – of – the – Month for September at A-C Central High School. Ms. Escudero is the daughter of Vahl and Sheril Escudero of Ashland. Valerie is a leader both in and out of the classroom as evidenced by her involvement in various school activities. She is a member of the Honor Roll, Secretary/Treasurer of the Senior Class, Student Council (Treasurer), STAR (Vice-President), Spanish Club, Art Club, National Honor Society, Science Fair, Project 2000, Pep, Concert and Marching Band and is a Drum Major in the A-C Central Marching Band. Away from school Valerie is involved with Big Brothers / Big Sisters, MADD, and the Epilepsy Resource Center as a volunteer. Ms. Escudero plans on attending Illinois College, majoring in Nursing with a minor in Business. Congratulations to Valerie Escudero on this significant honor!


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


New Construction Remodeling Gutters


WEEK OF November 12—19

New Beginnings Christian Fellowship 204 E. Washington Street Ashland, IL 62612 Mon - Nov 12: 10am - 1pm, 4pm - 6pm Tues - Nov 13: 10am - 1pm, 4pm - 6pm Wed - Nov 14: 6am - 10am, 4pm - 8pm Thur - Nov 15: 10am - 1pm Fri - Nov 16: 4pm - 8pm Sat - Nov 17: 8am - 12pm Sun - Nov 18: 8am - 12pm Mon - Nov 19: 8am - 9:30am

OLD MANTLE FOR SALE Height: 48” Width: 78” Shelf 9 1/2’ Inside Opening is 32 inches high and 51 inches wide. Asking $500, OBO. Call 473-4175

Illinois Music Educators Associations All-District Festival Students from the A-C Central Band program recently auditioned for become part of the IMEA All-District Band. Students auditioned in Petersburg on Oct. 9 among 1900 other students vying for the same honor. These students prepared several selections and scales to perform for a judge. Students chosen to represent A-C Central for this honor include: HS: Cerys Boston on trumpet, Allyson Quick on French horn, Ty Kesselring on Bari Sax and Hoaby Hoagland on tuba. Represent ting the Junior Band are: Hannah Ratliff on flute, Lexi Carlock on flute, Erin Kelly on oboe, Emily Koch on clarinet, Kirby Cowman on trumpet & Quinlan Mahoney on trumpet. Congratulations student musicians for obtaining this honor….job well done!

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HandMade Greet ing Cards by Angel a Larrak er

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Phone: (217)476-3595

“ The Winding Road”

Simply “Alneta”

If you’re carrying the burden Of daily stress and strain And everything that you attempt Seems to be in vain. Life’s problems are so heavy You feel you must unload Then all your symptoms indicate You’re on The Winding Road. The Winding Road is treacherous There’s some that don’t survive It least to a downhill plunge So be careful how you drive. Around each curve, uncertainty Lies hidden from the view You’ll be faced with circumstance Without a single clue. If you are on The Winding Road You can exit just ahead Get over in the Right Lane Take a smother path instead. The Straightened Path is secure And you'll be safe and sound Footsteps are established there And you are certain where you’re bound. I once took The Winding Road And it brought me so much pain My life became unraveled Cause I went against the grain. But I cam to an off ramp From there I ceased to roam I got upon The Straightened Path, And thus, it led me home. © 1993

Alneta Knowles

A-C CENTRAL MARCHING KNIGHTS Members of the Marching Knights include: Drum Majors: Lauren Pfaffe, Caseelynn Johnston & Valerie Escudero Color Guard members: April Leinberger, Shelby Thornley, Stacy Eskew, Maddy Elder, Lexi Brewers, Sidney Donnan, Kendra Escudero, Kylee Fields, Cheyenne Gain, Brit Smith Banner Carriers: Lisa Jennings &Miriam Schildwachter Flutes: Carrie Allen, Courtney Bedtka, Alex Brue, Carlee Critchelow, Kristin Irlam, Bre Knapp, Sicely Nicholas, Sabrena Reek, Carmen Savage, McKenzie Stephens Clarinets: Hailey Allen, Brittani Beddingfield, Hannah Miller, Kayla Moffitt, Julia Peters Alto Sax: Jennifer Adkins & Briliey Eilers Tenor Sax: Ryan Woodard, Eric Savage & Quinn Allen Bari Sax: Ty Kesselring Trumpet: Cerys Boston, Riley Cowman, Kyle Winkelman, Craig Houchin, Joey Petefish Mellaphone: Allyson Quick Trombone: Joseph Ratliff, Megan Anderson, David Miller, Jewell Reed & Lane Wegs Baritone: Austin Fields, Molly Betters & Dalton Johnston Tuba: Hoaby Hoagland & Jackson Allen Percussion: Brian Koch, Kolby Vandenbergh, Eric Stroisch, Daerial DeGroot, Baylee Smith, Matt Bobbitt & Austin Cuba Director: Kim Webster

Beardstown Fall Festival

The Marching Knights from A-C Central High School participated in the Barry Apple Festival on October 6 in Barry Illinois. Bands that vary in size were broken into 3 classes and competed in categories of music, marching and maneuvering, overall picture and the captions of Drum Major, Color Guard and Parade Drumline. There was also a separate competition for Drumlines. Winners of the competition included: Class A Band: 1st Liberty Class B Band: 1st – A-C , 2nd – Beardstown, 3rd Payson Seymour Class C Band: 1st - Clopton MO, 2nd Winchester Drum Major Class A – Liberty Drum Major Class B – Payson Seymour Drum Major Class C – Clopton MO Overall Drumline – Liberty Drumline competition – A-C Central Grand Champion – A-C Central

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Remodel Kitchen & Baths Replace Roof & Room Additions

November 2012 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

Ashland Scoop, Ashland Illinois

November 2012 - Ashland Scoop Newsletter  

Ashland Scoop, Ashland Illinois