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Saturday Sports In Elmwood

1A Cross Country Sectional at Maple Lane Country Club

10:30 AM Girls Sectional ---- 11:15 AM Boys Sectional

Elmwood IL Weather Saturday --- Elmwood Trojan Fence Logo

2A First Round Playoff ---- Elmwood High School

North Fulton Wildcats vs Elmwood/Brimfield Trojans at 2:30 PM

Hanging at Rushings becomes Trojan Tradition

Brimfield players have found a hot spot in Elmwood, now incorporated into gameday traditions. Two Schools Two Towns: One Team

2A Playoff Bracket IHSA

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:36 PM

E/B Cross Country Runner --- Trent Parrish

Cross Country in Elmwood and Brimfield has had many winners for both the boys and girls teams. Trent Parrish may be the biggest winner ever, at least in the course he has run in his young life. He was featured in this PJ Star article by Jane Miller. Elmwood's Maple Lane Country Club will be host to the 1A sectional Saturday morning October 29th.


First Round Playoff Game Saturday Oct 29th

Current: Restaurant Options

E/B Trojans host the North Fulton Wildcats in the 2A first round. Game will be at Elmwood at 2:30 PM. A rematch from week 8 when the Trojans traveled to defeat North Fulton 54 to 6. If the Wildcats don't turn the ball over 4 times in the first half, this game maybe closer. IHSA Playoff Info Sunday, October 23, 2011 3:52 PM

Elmwood/Brimfield Trojans Undefeated 9 - 0

E/B began fast and kept going to finish the regular season undefeated. The Trojans had the running clock going in the first half. Playoff pairings will be announced tomorrow night. The TV show available on Dish 449, Direct TV 666, and Mediacom 22.

E/B Trojans team and fans: the playoff pairings show party will be Saturday night from 7-9pm at The Hick'ry Stick in Elmwood. The cost is $6, which includes bbq sandwiches and chips. All are invited.

Friday, October 21, 2011 11:41 PM

Curbside Recycling for Elmwood

recycling symbol

Post cards were in the mail this week. The cards need to be returned to City Hall by October 28th if you want to participate. for info: 742-8373 ask for Leigh Ann

Geppetto's Closes Doors Permanently

Geppetto's closed this week, it has been for sale. I will miss the lasagna. Hopefully, this will serve as an incentive for those working on economic development in Elmwood. Existing business needs are always important in rebuilding any local economy.

Current: Restaurant Options

Fundraiser for Elmwood Business Women

"Enjoy the City" coupon books, Carol Trotter 742-3333

Coupons are for businesses in the Peoria aarea, use a couple of coupons and get your money back. Groupon has nothing on the Elmwood Business Women.

Uncle Al's Pecans and snacks Diana Ladd 742-8608

Harvest Home Fundraiser -- Yates City

October 20th 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Open faced pork dinner

October 22nd Bags Tournament

Starts at 4:30 pm

All at the Yates City Community Center


Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:56 AM


Link to Feature on E/B

Ch 19 & 25 E/B -- 8 & 0

I once wrote about the hope for a perfect season for E/B. It didn't happen, so it makes this year very special. Good luck Friday Night.

A Most Special Friday Night Opener

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 11:53 PM

Small Business Start Up Loan Fund Created

A revolving loan fund is being established in Elmwood. PJ Star Article - Colleen Callahan, state director for USDA Rural Development, brought a check to Elmwood Friday that the city is using to establish a revolving loan fund. The fund started by a check for $99,000 made available through the federal agency’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.

Start-up businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $25,000 at a reduced interest rate. The fund will be administered by the city with the advice and consent of an advisory committee made up of local leaders. The city council will be the final arbiter of all lending decisions. Loan funds can be used for building construction or reconstruction as well as repairs, equipment and working capital.

Links of Involved Partners with Elmwood Recovery

Economic Development Council of Central Illinois

Il Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Monday, October 17, 2011 10:09 AM

Coach Hollis and E/B Trojans Featured Wednesday

WEEK and WHOI channels 19 and 25 do combined sports coverage, they will feature an interview with Coach Hollis. Scheduled to air on Wednesday October 19th. A remarkable team preparing for the final regular season game which is always Senior Night.

Todd Hollis Elmwood IL E/B trojans

Video Highlights from Friday

E/B Trojans traveled to North Fulton won 54 to 6

The NF Wildcats were expecting a closer game, as was most everyone else. The opening kick off to NF was fumbled and recovered by the Trojans. E/B took advantage and went up 6 to 0. E/B kicked every extra point the first five successfully. North Fulton lost two fumbles and two interceptions in the first half. The four first half turnovers opened the door for the E/B Trojans and they went into the end zone five times in the first half. The Trojans took a 35 to 6 lead into half, scoring the fifth td with 11 seconds on the clock.

North Fulton broke a long run in the first half setting up a first and goal. E/B went off sides moving the ball even closer. The Trojan defense stepped up, no gain on the first, a QB sack on the second down set ball back on the 17, NF was turned away without a score. With E/B already up on the scoreboard this was a real momentum boost for the Trojans. The Wildcats were able to break out for some big runs but were only able to score once. A slant pattern left a NF receiver wide open for NF's only score of the evening. E/B came out in the second half continuing the dominant performance. The Trojans soon pushed the score up to a 40 point lead and the running clock brought a quick end to the game. E/B's underclassmen kneeled out the game rather than try for another td after a long run took them near the goal line. A dominating performance: great line play, tough defense, big runs and successful passing. Some nights are good nights for football. It was about as good as it gets for the Trojans, tonight. E/B looks to finish next week at home against the Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon Spartans. They have the opportunity to complete an undefeated season the first time ever for the E/B Trojans. Trojans versus Spartans a true classic match up. Friday, October 14, 2011 10:21 PM


E/B Trojans vs North Fulton on Radio 107.9

Elmwood Brimfield Trojans Football Helmet

IHSA Link ---- Playoff Outlook Page

The Trojans are assured of a playoff spot if you would like a playoff t-shirt or sweatshirt here is the order form. (Link)

Friday, October 14, 2011 9:08 AM

Heartland Outdoors Lampe's Anniversary

About a year ago Jeff and Monica Lampe decided to take a big leap. Jeff left the PJ Star, he and Monica became the owners, editors, writers, and eveything else for the outdoors publication Heartland Outdoors. I guess you have to say you are what you drive.

Elmwood IL Heartland Outdoors



It is great to have this venture running in Elmwood. If you have an outdoors type in your house or in the extended family, send them this link, give them a subscription for Christmas, or steal a copy of Heartland Outdoors and put it in their truck. I'm guessing the person who popped into your mind has a truck.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:06 PM

Those Darned Cats!

Elmwood made Luciano's column in PJ Star - read it here

There are more cats in the world than anyone needs, I have to co-exist with one myself. Feral cats are just as much a nuisance as any other wild animal population. Hopefully, a reasonable solution can be worked out.

I decided to add a feline perspetive. I interviewed my cat. I do not know if Ginger feared retaliation by the feral cats or felt sympathy for them, but she refused to provide a comment.

Maybe we should have kept the Foxes

Fox Elmwood IL

Sunday, October 9, 2011 12:05 PM

E/B Trojans go to 7 and 0 on the Season

E/B made short work of a homecoming victory against the Havana Ducks. The Trojans were up 27 to 0 by the end of the first quarter. Winning the game 46 to 6 for the Trojans seventh victory of the season. Billy Bean and Brady Westart both rushed for over 100 yards in the game. E/B leading the Prairieland Blue division will travel to Spoon River Valley to take on the North Fulton Wildcats. North Fulton is 6 and 1 leading the Prairieland Black division. A tough game on the road next week.

Elmwood Brimfield Trojans Football Helmet


The Trojans are assured of a playoff spot if you would like a playoff t-shirt or sweatshirt here is the order form. (Link)

Trojan Football Web Site -- Trojan Facebook Page


Have You Watched This Video?

Friday Night Highlights E/B near end of highlights

Sunday, October 9, 2011 3:39 PM

Overexposed, the Cost of Compassion

The video docementary team that came to Elmwood will present their documentary on Saturday Microsoft Theater in the Seattle Public Library at 2 PM. Web info Here

Friday, October 7, 2011 3:36 PM

Homecoming Floats

Elmwood High School Elmwood IL

Elmwood High School Elmwood IL

Elmwood Homecoming

Elmwood Homecoming

Elmwood IL

Wind unkind to this one, but a nice warm day for a parade.

Elmwood Schools in Farm Week

Channeling wind energy into classrooms

An article in Farm Week a well circulated paper in the Illinois Agricultural communnity by Kay Shipman web article here

Wind for Schools is being developed and administered by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University (WIU) and the Center for Renewable Energy and College of Education at Illinois State University (ISU). The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is funding the program with a two-year grant.

Friday, October 7, 2011 2:06 PM

Without vision we steer a rudderless course

Elmwood CUSD #322

The Elmwood Board of Education and Administration are seeking people willing to participate in two strategic planning sessions. The sessions would review and create mission and vision statements for the district. Review and discuss goals and objectives.

Elmwood Trojans Elmwood IL

Community, parent, and student involvement will be needed to enhance the vision and mission for our schools as they continue to challenge students to be prepared for the future.

If you would like to participate on Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011 and Thursday Nov. 3, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 9 PM contact Ami Naumann, District Office Secretary. Ami Naumann -- 742-8464 -- deadline Oct 17, 2011 to register.

Friday, October 7, 2011 11:57 AM

Roadhouse Re-Opens

A little outside of Elmwood a restaurant called the Roadhouse had run for many years. Re-open October 7th with old favorites on the menu. People often said an event would be at the Roadhouse without any directions. I will remedy that tendency with an embedded google map.

View Larger Map

Hours: Fridays 5 PM - 9 PM Saturdays 4 PM - 9 PM, & Sunday 4 PM - 8 PM

4903 N Stone School RD -- Sally and Scott Selman 309 742-2111

Friday, October 7, 2011 11:23 AM

Homecoming Game Oct. 5th at 7pm

The Havana Ducks are flying in to take on the E/B Trojans on Homecoming week end. The Ducks are 1 and 5 this season. Undefeated E/B is the favored team, but each game is won after the kick off not in pre-game expectations. school web site for info Parade begins Friday at 2:15 PM at the school around Central Park back to the school.

Elmwood Trojans High School IL

Visitors are greeted by the new colorful Trojan Logo

Trojan Country Elmwood IL

Kiwanis Peanut Day


Downtown this morning peanuts, pumpkins, gourds, and sunshine.

Elmwood Il Kiwanis Peanut Day

Wares for sale on a great morning

Elmwood IL Emporium gourds helmets

Elmwood Emporium


E/B Trojans Undefeated now 6 & 0

E/B dominated from the start going up 40 to 0 at the end of the first half. This meant a running clock in the second half. The final score was 47 to 0. The quick no huddle offense has really carried the Trojans this season. Next week E/B will play host to the Havana Ducks at 7 pm on Whitney Field. Friday, September 30, 2011 9:54 PM


Spoon River Drive this week end & Next

Spoon River Drive

Spoon River from Wolf Covered Bridge IL

Friday, September 30, 2011 10:11 AM

Elmwood and Brimfield Schools

Are among several schools recieving the Bright Star Award. PjStar

Is Theatre` more your thing?

Ok, I am a believer in never leaving Elmwood, except for a football game. I know others have far more refined tastes. I would not want anyone to think living in Elmwood limits the easy opportunity to assuage your culture gene. Here are just a few attractions near us during October.

Ragtime Bradley University

A Bradley University Production of Ragtime

Ragtime, the Tony Award-winning musical, is an epic tale of a young America played out in song and dance that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life at the turn of the twentieth century.Ragtime intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair and what it means to live in America.

Thursday, September 29 - 8:00pm
Friday, September 30 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 1 - 8:00pm
Sunday, October 2 - 2:30pm


The Heartland Festival Orchestra and Five Points Washington
present a
special Family Matinee Performance of
Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Washington IL Five Points Theater

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 2:00 pm at Five Points Washington – all tickets $10

Beethoven Lives Upstairs is a dramatic and musical portrait of the mysterious and difficult Mr. B.  The production offers a glimpse into the relationship between the man and his world, the man and his music, all through the eyes and ears of a child.  A wonderful opportunity to experience a live orchestral concert with professional actors from Chicago-based Classical Kids Live!



OCT 22 2011 - 7:30PM

The Orpheum Theater -- Galesburg IL

Orpheum Galesburg IL


Peoria Civic Center Theater

Wicked Peoria IL Civic Center

WICKED will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on October 12-30, 2011. Show times are as follows:

Week 1
Wed. Oct. 12 - 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 13 - 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 14 - 8 p.m.
Sat. Oct 15 - 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 16 - 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Week 2
Tues. Oct. 18 - 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 19 - 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 20 - 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 21 - 8 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 22 - 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 23 - 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Week 3
Tues. Oct. 25 - 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 26 - 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 27 - 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 28 - 8 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 29 - 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 30 - 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $42 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at


New Store to Open Soon

In the location where Fuego was located on 110 East Main ST a store called Every Little Thing will open soon.

Elmwood IL Every Little Thing

Facebook Page Children's items will be their focus. Monday, September 26, 2011 11:12 AM

Farmington Farmers host E/B Trojans

Sept. 30th at 7 PM in Farmington

Great Photos of the Knoxville game from Galesburg You may find your child and want to buy one. Even one of "the fumble" ----- 88 shots of band, players, coaches, and action.

E/B Trojans the fumble Knoxville

Great Photos of the Game

Help Your School with Your Ideas

The school district is conducting a survey to help improve our educational system. It will make Elmwood a better district if it best serves the needs of everyone. It can only serve the needs of everyone if everyone is a participant, so please take a moment to offer your input. Click the link

Elmwood Il Elmwood CUSD 322 IL


E/B Trojans 21 Knoxville 20 --- E/B 5 - 0

Great Photos of Game

Games don't get closer than this one, E/B came away the winner as the two point conversion attempt was stopped. Only 45 seconds remained after the kick off was recovered, then E/B knelt out the clock. The Trojans are 5 and 0 and are on the path to win the Prairieland Blue Division.

E/B came out and did a good job moving the ball. Billy Bean had some big runs, but the Trojans do not rely on one ball carrier. The Trojans use multiple backs I have heard, Westart, Harkness, Cluskey, and McCormick the qb all called on big runs. E/B went up 14 to 0, but Knoxville is a powerful team. They began to grind away moving the ball on carry after carry. The Blue Bullets pushed in a TD and the extra point on a run. This brought the score to 14 to 8 in the second quarter. E/B came back and scored another TD on a long pass from McCormick to Ingersoll(?). (I didn't write this down, and my knowledge of the kids isn't what it was a few years, ago.) E/B kicked all their extra points successfully this came to be an important factor. Knoxville came back and tried to score again before half time, as the clock ran down several passes went awry keeping the score 21 to 8.

The Easter Seal presentation was held and then it was time for the second half. E/B had played great defense stringing out the option, cutting runners at the line, and pressuring the quarterback, but I think Knoxville was beginning to wear the Trojans down. Both teams had some great plays in the second half, it all came down to the 4th quarter. The two point conversion failed after a Knoxville TD making the score 21 E/B 14 Knoxville.

E/B took the kick off needing to move the ball and run the clock, but time came up short for both teams at the end. E/B had a good run but a chop block was called this resulted in a 15 yard walk off from the line of scrimmage. Looking at 2 and 25, E/B on a good run got back most of yards lost to the penalty. E/B on a 3rd and about 10 attempted a pass but threw an interception. This set up the heart stopping late game drama. Knoxville worked the short field and scored a TD with less than a minute on the clock. This TD made the score 21 to 20. Knoxville went for two and the win. Knoxville first tried to draw the Trojans off side, but E/B was very disciplined. The Blue Bullets came back out after a time out and tried to rely on their power running attack to get the win. A Knoxville back countered to the right zone. The ball came very close to the goal line, but came out and E/B recovered. The final score 21 to 20.

A tremendous victory, a hard loss, but thank you to both teams; it was a great game to watch. E/B seems to like to play close games. Next week the Trojans play at Farmington against the Farmers. Farmington is 3 and 2 with a win over Havana tonight. A great rivalry renewed next Friday. Friday, September 23, 2011 10:41 PM

Galesburg Register Game Preview

Travis David game summary Controversial Finish

Aaron Frey Bullets big test ...

E/B did not play Havana as the Frey article states, that score was from the Beardstown game.

HOI TV Preview


Game highlight is from Beardstown game where key fumble return by Westart helped Trojans in the first half.

E/B Trojans vs Knoxville on Radio 107.9

Elmwood Il Trojan Helmet

CD 107.9 FM will have Knoxville at Elmwood-Brimfield live at 7:00pm followed by Havana at Farmington tape delayed with the broadcasts available online at Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:45 PM

An reminder to remember we are neighbors, not rival clans.

Knoxville vs Knoxville

E/B Trojans 54 -- Rushville-Industry 6

E/B 4-0 meets Knoxville 4-0 Friday Night at Elmwood

Restaurant Options

Knoxville defeated Farmington 40 to 7

Black Out Night for Easter Seals -- Conference Championship at stake

Yes, a big game!

Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:26 PM


Whitney and Potts Returns to Offices

After 2010 tornado the law office had to be extensively remodeled. This forced a move to Elm Haven on East Main and Rose. Whitney and Potts Law Offices are back in their longtime home at 116 W Main ST. Almost all businesses still operating have returned to their original storefronts or new permanent locations. The Home Shopper operating across from Elmwood Foods on Hawthrone is the one I am unsure as to whether they are still planning an eventual return.

Crusens Opened During Fall Festival

Restaurant Options

I started a little restaurant review, if you would like to send a comment or review, email me (

Crusens Elmwood IL

Mon. - Sat 11 AM - 2 AM --- Sun. 11 AM - 12 AM

Kitchen Closes One Hour Before Closing

Crusens Elmwood IL

118 South Magnolia ST ---- 309 742-2100

Crusens Elmwood Illinois

Sandwiches, Wraps, Pizza, Salads -- Specials


Uptown Cafe In Full Blown Trojan Mode

Uptown Cafe Elmwood IL

Restaurant Options

Uptown Cafe Elmwood IL


Uptown Cafe Elmwood IL

Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:45 PM


Scout Popcorn

Elmwood IL Scouts

Elmwood Scouts Popcorn

More Info

Elmwood IL Scouts

Sunday, October 9, 2011 3:21 PM

St Patrick's Trivia Contest - Oct 15th

Plan a fun night and ply your wits against the sharp minds of our community. Details on Facebook

Come Join Us!
Dinner Starts at 6
Game begins at 6:30
$15 gets you in the door, dinner & game
Trivia Elmwood IL

Teams of 8 or less.

(form your own or let us know you want to play and we will find you a team!)
Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd
9 regular rounds 1 speed round

Also a 50/50, table decoration contest, door prizes, heads or tails game, & free answer dots!

St Patrick's Church



8th Annual Fireman's Dance October 8th

Elmwood Fire Department IL

Maple Lane Country Club will once again come alive for the Fire Department Fundraiser. This year with the West MacQueen Street Band

Donations and Ticket Sales

Elmwood Fire Department

PO Box 763

Elmwood IL 61529

"help department get a rescue truck"

Questions or info call Asst. Chief Robert Tannock 309 303-2412


Fall Festivals near Elmwood

Festivals where you can go and not have to do anything, but enjoy yourself.


Jubilee State Park - Brimfield IL

Colonial Trade Faire

September 23 - 25

The Faire will include characters from Colonial history, such as British soldiers, colonists, hunters, Native Americans, trades and crafts people who will give a first-hand look at the daily life at that time. Public participation is the goal at this event.

The event will open at 8 a.m. on Sept. 23 for a special School Day when approximately 8,000 students and teachers from local schools will attend. On Sept. 24 and 25 the event opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Price of admission is $10 per car.


Bishop Hill

September 24 - 25


Bishop Hill Carver

...or Ag Days if you're not Swedish.

My mom and I took all 4 kids to Bishop Hill on Sunday. It's one of our favorite festivals they have there and we try to get there every year. The kids love it. The adults love it. It just happens that this particular weekend, everyone was out of town or busy, so it was just the kids, mom, and me. It's so fun for the kids.
They get to hear stories..

Bishop Hill Brick Maker


Not Swedish or Colonial; How About Magical?

Hogwarts Peoria Park District

Click for more info

Join the Peoria Park District as we create the magical world of Harry Potter. While visiting Hogwarts you will be sorted into houses and attend many of the same classes that Harry and his friends take. After some magical activities, we’ll have a movie showing.

Wizard in the Park

Facebook Page of Event


This Week End -- September 16 - 17 180 years in Knoxville

The anniversary will carry a historic theme to demonstrate frontier worship in the early 1800s. Including a revival meeting, a Peter Cartwright recreation, native American worship performance, historic parade, pie baking contest and gospel music concert.

Celebration 180 years as a church and a community

Peter Cartwright Knoxville IL

Circuit riding preacher Peter Cartwright’s ministry with a portrayal of his sermons at the town square at 2:30 p.m on the 17th.

Galesburg Planet

Sept. 17th Parade at 1 PM

The Knoxville Museum will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. It offers a collection of rare and well-preserved frontier artifacts including the horse drawn buggy that transported Abraham Lincoln to his famous debate with Stephen Douglas at Knox College.


Fall Festival Parade

A Movie Themed Parade on a Beautiful Elmwood Day

Click for Photos

Saturday, September 10, 2011 4:31 PM


Elmwood/Brimfield Football

E/B Trojans Friday Night Game in Rushville

against the Rushville-Industry Rockets

E/B on Facebook


Trojans win over Tigers 35 to 15

Elmwood/Brimfield notched their 3rd victory. It was an important win remaining undefeated in the early season. Trojans tied atop Blue Division of the Prairieland with Knoxville.

Halftime score Trojans 14 Beardstown 8

E/B Trojans 2-0 take on the Beardstown Tigers 2-0 at Elmwood on Friday at 7pm. This is an important early season test for the Trojans. Beardstown defeated E/B last year in Beardstown. E/B has defeated Peoria Heights 61-7, Abingdon 54-8 in the first two games. Beardstown has wins over Lewistown and South Fulton. E/B and Beardstown are both members of the Blue Division of the Prairieland Conference.

E/B Football

Elmwood IL Beardstown Trojans vs Tigers


Set up commeces tonight September 6th at 5 PM --- Festival starts Thursday evening. --- Weather even feels like Fall.

Schedule Here



Emily Webel to be featured as Family Blogger on September 6th

Confessions of a Farm Wife

Farm Mom meets City Moms on Blogher


Boil Order is Over

TV 25 - TV 19 Report

WCBU FM Report on Elmwood Water

Elmwood remains under a boil order after a fire hydrant was opened up in the village by one or more vandals. A police official says the act led up to 250-thousand gallons of water being spilled. That lowered the pressure of the hydrant to zero which could result in contaminants getting into the water system. The village decided to issue the boil order as a precaution. Police have no suspects in the case. wcbu-fm Monday, September 5, 2011 10:45 AM

An Opportunity This Morning

It is a beautiful Labor Day morning refreshing cool, there is no water because of an unfortunate act of vandalism, release of water is the cause of the problem. (this was my information; accounts for no water in the lines) I went to Elmwood Foods this morning, I got water and a few needed groceries. The ever helpful and accommodating staff helped me carry my water and groceries to the van. So support the local store. Also try a carmel apple now available at the check out.

While you are downtown, see if staring at the water tower will help to fill it with pure water. Also the carnival is setting up for Fall Festival this morning, you can watch trailers unfold into rides. I am now sipping my glorious coffee, fresh ground, fresh brewed (with pure water from Elmwood Foods), and just the right amount of cream. Monday, September 5, 2011 9:39 AM

Fall Festival 2011 Elmwood IL

Carnival coming to town setting up on East Main this morning.

Uptown Cafe Labor Day 2011

Uptown Cafe open this morning, until 2 pm.


Peoria County Emergency Services

Peoria County emergency services are calling all residents of Elmwood, notifying them of a boil order in Elmwood. Emergency services are reporting the cause as an act of vandalism. Monday, September 5, 2011 8:39 AM


Large Turn out at Aaron Schock Town Hall

Aaron Schock thanked the Elmwood community mentioning our tornado and recovery efforts. He momentarily slipped saying the tornado was two years ago. He went on to thank Richard Taylor, Mayor JD Hulslander for helping Elmwood begin recovery. He thanked his hosts John and Mary Foster owners of the Hick'ry Stick. Representative Aaron Schock's current district is spread across 20 counties. His new district outlines are displayed on the map I have placed below.

A big crowd turned out to hear Aaron Schock, he asked that the evening procede in a respectful manner. He calmly defended his positions on 2011 budget, Ryan Budget, Debt Limit deal. -- If you want to read a summary of his remarks click here


Hick'ry Stick Elmwood IL

A wonderful night and many people came out to the event.

PJ Star Article - Central IL TV News

Elmwood Schock Town Hall

Balcony seating held the overflow.

Monday, August 29, 2011 7:23 PM

Aaron Schock Listening Session at Hick'ry Stick

On Aug. 29, he'll host a 6:30 p.m. ice cream event at the newly opened Hick'ry Stick Restaurant at 118 E. Main in Elmwood.

Aaron Schock Elmwood IL

Aaron Schock represents the Illinois 18th Congressional District

Il 18th 2012 Map Elmwood IL District

Here is the map of the newly redrawn 18th district, Illinois lost a Congressional seat to Sun Belt states. Another summer of wildfires, dust storms, and record temps, maybe they will move back. Monday, August 15, 2011 11:58 PM




Uptown Cafe now Open

Elmwood Il Uptown Cafe

Opens at 6 AM in the morning for those looking for an early morning destination. The Uptown Cafe was formerly the J & G Cafe.

Main Street Diner

Open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM

Serving homemade: tenderloins, onion rings, and hoagie rolls, plus ice cream.


Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption

Are you aware of this Property Tax Exemption? If you or some you know qualifies make them aware of it. There are links to forms on Elmwood Township Assessors Page.

This exemption is a one-time $5,000 reduction in EAV on the principal residence of a veteran upon returning from active duty in an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United States. Although the exemption is only for a single year, a qualifying veteran can receive the exemption for another tax year in which he or she returns from active duty. Applicants must file Form PTAX-341, Application for Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption, with the chief county assessment office. Friday, August 19, 2011 12:51 PM

Janet Mottaz Forum letter from June 25th, 2011 (if you missed it)

Elmwood Illinois final home to Veterans of 8th Missouri

I ran across this web item Link in researching veterans topic. It is interesting that several local soldiers served in Missouri units. Illinois always filled the enrollment numbers for volunteer troops during the Civil War. Sometimes enrollments were full and Illinois volunteers joined Missouri units to get into the fight. Illinois troops were numerous in the West (Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama) Thinkyou have family members who served in Illinois regiments or fought at Vicksburg you may enjoy this post Vicksburg and Shiloh

Shiloh Battlefield

Aaron Schock Listening Session at Hick'ry Stick

On Aug. 29, he'll host a 6:30 p.m. ice cream event at the newly opened Hick'ry Stick Restaurant at 118 E. Main in Elmwood.

Aaron Schock Elmwood IL

Aaron Schock represents the Illinois 18th Congressional District

Il 18th 2012 Map Elmwood IL District

Here is the map of the newly redrawn 18th district, Illinois lost a Congressional seat to Sun Belt states. Another summer of wildfires, dust storms, and record temps, maybe they will move back. Monday, August 15, 2011 11:58 PM


Harvest Home Festival -- August 19th and 20th

The Yates City Harvest Home Festival will be this week end. The theme of the Yates City parade is "Take a look, it is in a book" If you are a clever crafty type person, unlike me, this is a two'fer opportunity. Elmwood Fall Festival Parade's theme is movies, many movies are based on books, so a careful choice of literary and cinematic efforts will cover both parades. If your kids have unused Harry Potter costuming you are all set. Here is the schedule

Welcome to Harvest Home Festival 2011

Friday August 19

4:30 pm - Food Stand Opens

5:00 pm - M & K Amusements (Inflatables)

5:30 pm - Baby Contest Registration

6:00 pm - Bingo begins

6:30 pm - Baby Contest

7:00 pm - Closer to Free (Contemporary Christian - Elmwood UMC)

8:00 pm - F-Sharp (Classic Rock)

Saturday August 20th

6:30 - 7:30 am - Gazebo Run registration

7:30 am - 1 mile walk/run & 5K race

9:00 am - Food Stand opens

10:30 am - Parade Registration (Gazebo)

11:00 am - Parade begins - THEME - "Take a Look, It's in a Book"

12:00 am - Vendor/Merchant booths open

12:00 noon - Parade winners announced

12:00 noon - M & K Amusements (Inflatables)

1:00 pm - Pedal Tractor Pull by Snyder Farms

1:30 - 4:30 pm - Book signing of "The Legend of White Sky" by Linda Edwards

6:00 pm - Bingo

6:30 - 9:30 pm - Cadillac Jack (


Festival booklets available at EZ Stop, Casey's (Elmwood) and County Market (Farmington)


Uptown Cafe to open Soon

The cafe on Magnolia will soon open, by end of August possibly. Shaun and Rita Jones are opening the cafe reportedly beginning at 6 AM in the morning for those looking for an early morning destination. The Uptown Cafe was formerly J & G Cafe.

Elmwood Il Uptown Cafe


The Main Street Diner closed for a short family vacation should open again this week and will continue to be operated by Josh Pumphrey. Monday, August 15, 2011 3:15 PM



Assessment notices will be arriving today?

Assessment notices will soon be sent for 2011. Assessments for 2011 are the basis for 2012 property taxes. The computerized market analysis based on all legitimate sales establishes trends for different types of residential property. Some of your questions may be answered on the Elmwood Township Assessors Page which has links to the county web site property look up, downloadable forms, appeal process. When reviewing an assessment determine if the property has appropriate exemptions, such as homeowners. This information is available on the county's web site property look up page. Decide if the assessment is a reasonable estimate of what a residential property would sell for on the market. An appraisal, assessment, or realtor's opinion is an estimate and all will vary, but each is predicting a value. Property taxes are the major funding source for our schools, fire protection districts, county and township government, and other entities depending on your district. Property taxes help the people closest to you provide the services we rely on everyday. Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:11 PM


Elmwood Presbyterians Groundbreaking Ceremony

On August 7. 2011 had a groundbreaking ceremony at 4PM to dedicate the beginning of their new church building. Pastor Gene Campbell officiated.

Elmwood First Presbyterian

The Elmwood First Presbyterian Church will be in the same block as their current church, which is north of Evergreen between Althea and Lilac Streets.

Order of Service:



Hymn: Amazing Grace

Scripture: Psalm 127:1

Session Members Break Ground

Hymn: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Prayer of Blessing and Benediction

Elmwood Presbyterian

Elmwood First Presbyterian

First Prebyterian Elmwood

Session Members: Larry Cox, Amy Kepple, Fred Paige, Michael Shissler, Kathy Shoop, Marty Tarter, Pat Vaughan, Julie Barrett (clerk of session)

Service was followed with butter-finger ice cream desserts,. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon just as God planned it to be.

Monday, August 8, 2011 10:08 AM

The Tenth Concert of the Summer is Sunday

It seems only yesterday, we were wondering when summer would arrive. The tenth band concert of season will be Sunday August 7th at 8 PM. Elmwood Municipal Band If you were planning on taking your lawn chair, but haven't, go now.

As thoughts turn to school beginning, football, and Fall; it would be a great time to bring your talents or even your untalented self to Fall Festival Help make the 80th Fall Festival one of the best. Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:17 AM


PalaceTheater Opens

Article in PJ Star

Cars 2 currently playing follow schedule on Reynolds Web Site Load up the car with the kids and come see Cars 2.

Stuff from Around Area you may want to know

Now open at Main St. Diner for breakfast 7-10 Monday - Saturday and also serving dinner specials nightly

JFL football sign up August 2nd and August 3rd from 5 to 7pm in Brimfield Grade School Cafeteria need info call Kelli Arbogast 645-1395

Ice Cream Social to support the troops in Central Park, starting ahead of Municipal Band Concert starting at 6 PM fundraiser for EEBY Trop Care Boxes.

Cars 2 will be the opening movie in repaired Palace Theater starting Friday July 29th

Presbyterian groundbreaking ceremony on August 7th at 4 PM. Everyone welcome to help them kick off their new church.

Elmwood Tap trying to find people with photos of past times at the Elmwood Tap or Don's Palace as I heard it called.

School Registration times are approaching find information on these Local School Web Sites

Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:05 AM


Open meeting about City-wide Recycling

City Wide Recycling Meeting at Elmwood School Auditorium -- July 26th at 7 PM -- call City Hall 742-2351 if info needed

Assessment notices will be arriving soon

A report in the PJ Star yesterday, may focus some attention on the quadrennial assessment. Assessment notices will soon be sent for 2011. Assessments for 2011 are the basis for 2012 property taxes. The computerized market analysis based on all legitimate sales establishes trends for different types of residential property. Some of your questions may be answered on the Elmwood Township Assessors Page which has links to the county web site property look up, downloadable forms, appeal process. When reviewing an assessment determine if the property has appropriate exemptions, such as homeowners. This information is available on the county's web site property look up page. Decide if the assessment is a reasonable estimate of what a residential property would sell for on the market. An appraisal, assessment, or realtor's opinion is an estimate and all will vary, but each is predicting a value. Property taxes are the major funding source for our schools, fire protection districts, county and township government, and other entities depending on your district. Property taxes help the people closest to you provide the services we rely on everyday.

AG Land Elevator Relocating to Stone School RD

A hearing and debate at Peoria County Board meeting about location resulted in approval, here is PJ Star Article Ag Land currently operates at the south end of Magnolia ST in Elmwood.

Ag Land Elmwood IL

Ag Land Damaged bin after 2009 wind storm

Monday, July 18, 2011 9:18 AM

GroundBreaking Ceremony for United Methodists

Sunday July 10, 2011 was the official kick off to the new addition to the United Methodist Church on west main street in Elmwood Illinois. The church will be adding Sunday School and nursery facilities with this expansion.

Elmwood Methodist Building Committee

Building Committee

Finchams Elmwood Illinois

Kathryn Fincham member for 77 years holds seniority at the Elmwood United Methodist pictured with her son Gary.

Elmwood Illinois United Methodist

Webel family Emily is holding the youngest member. Youngest by only two hours the Millers had preemie twins delivered only two hours before the birth of Joe and Emily's new son. In the picture below the Miller twins also only seven weeks old are in the carriers on the right of the photo. They look like dolls.

Elmwood United methodist Illinois

Sketch United Methodist

Should look something like the architect rendering when complete.

Monday, July 11, 2011 1:34 PM



Hick'ry Stick Grand Opening July 1

Friday July 1st open at 5 pm close at 10 pm ---- 118 E Main St (former Parkview)

25% of opening night proceeds will be donated to Elmwood Restoration Fund.

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