The ghosts and goblins invaded the Virginia Downtown Square on Halloween and everyone was ready to ward them off with lots of candy and goodies. Virginia School's PTO sponsored Trunk or Treat and despite the drizzly cool conditions, turnout was fantastic. Seven cars were decorated for the contest while others chose to hand out candy inside City Hall where it was nice and dry.
Joanie Bell from Cass Communications handed out approximately 150 treat bags and that, combined with other PTO participants and local merchants, the trick or treater's filled their bags and pumpkins to the brim. First prize went to Amy Reynolds with Teresa Blair winning second prize. Thanks to everyone who joined in to make this a successful fundraiser and a fun, safe Halloween for all the children who came.
The PTO's next fundraiser is Bingo Night on November 15 in the school cafeteria. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. with Bingo at 6:30. Bring a non perishable food item for the Cass County Food Pantry to exchange for a bingo card. Enjoy an evening of family fun, win prizes and support the local food pantry and PTO. For more information, contact Bridget Krause at 452-3087.
The Dime Store has had a temporary facelift. As has been previously reported, the façade of the former Byus' Dime Store was being pulled down by the connecting roof joists. Funding was made available to install bracing before the front of the building collapsed. Iron beams have been installed to provide support and the façade will be sandwiched between bracing inside and out in an effort to maintain the historic front while awaiting demolition and reconstruction. The fundraising continues to match the $100,000 to finish this project. Thank you for the wonderful community response so far in helping push toward this goal.
Shopping for the Needy Children's Fund is just around the corner. They are projecting 50-60 children will be a part of Petefish Skiles & Company's Angel Tree program this year. Angel information which includes age, grade & gender, will be available at the bank after Thanksgiving and the rest is simple. Pick an angel, purchase an educational toy and return it wrapped with the tag on the outside to the bank for distribution. The Needy Children's Fund purchases warm clothing for the same children. If you have a child, newborn through high school senior that you would like to participate, applications are available at the Cass County Health Department or the Virginia High School.
The shopping is conducted by volunteers from VHS National Honor Society and the Virginia Christian Women's Fellowship. If you or your organization would like to assist, meet at the Beardstown Walmart at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 2 to receive shopping instructions.