By Susan Young
The former Ben Franklin building has been recognized as one of Landmarks Illinois 2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places. Each year Landmarks Illinois recognizes ten properties across Illinois in hopes of bolstering local advocacy efforts and build support toward each properties eventual preservation. Efforts are continuing to raise the matching $100,000 and the last BBQ fundraiser brought in over $10,000 but there is a long way to go. The remainder of this year will bring many more fundraisers in hopes of reaching that $100,000 goal along with several grant applications. Grants to receive funds for brick and mortar projects are few and far between so that makes donations made by individuals so important. That was one of the things that impressed the staff at Landmarks Illinois, the total community support thus far. 100% support from friends of Virginia and its citizens is very impressive. Thanks to everyone to their past and continued support to help the old Ben Franklin rise into a new community center. Donations may be sent to Petefish, Skiles & Co. Bank, PO Box 18, Virginia, IL 62691.
This Saturday, April 29, the Virginia PTO along with the Title One Reading Program are bringing Magic Storyteller, Chris McBrien to Virginia's school. Dinner will be prepared by the Virginia FFA at 6 p.m. and PTO will host kids activities with the storytelling beginning at 7 p.m. This is fun for the entire family.
Start collecting your treasures because the Virginia City Wide Garage Sale is coming on May 3 from 8 a.m. until the last of the bargain hunters give up! If you would like your name on the garage sale list, contact Bev Saylor at City Hall, 452-7786.
Walker Nursing Home's Annual Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success with perfect weather and over 100 children plucking eggs and toys off the grass at the Virginia Park Sunday. The Christian Women's Fellowship helped stuff over 4,000 eggs and 300 bags of toys and the National Honor Society students along with Dee Fair placed them in the park. There were three age categories for the hunters, 1-3 years old, 4-6 years and 7-9 years. Each category has one gold egg with $10 tucked inside and a silver egg containing $5. The winners of the gold eggs were, Dace Morrow, 1-3; Drea Edwards, 4-6; and Gracie Otto, 7-9. The silver egg winners were Ollie Wheeler, 1-3; Marissa Kemp, 4-6; and Karley Kramer, 7-9. Thank you to the individual donors; Penny Davidsmeier, Mara Dobonye, Betty Eilers, Vickie Fanning, Jo Force, Donna Fox, Maynard & Elaine Harper, Susie Kleinschmidt, Wendy Lambert, Bob Rochester, Dave Rochester, Jan Schumm and Karen Thompson. Thank you to these business sponsors; Brandt Consolidated, Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home & Crematory, Cass Cable TV, Inc., Cass Communications, Cass Meats, Computer Concepts, East Side, Inc., Mike Finn Insurance Agency, First National Bank of Barry, Jeffrey Little, CPA, Little Man Heating & AC, Mecca Paramedics, Petefish, Skiles & Company Bank, Reynolds & Sons, Virginia Learning & Fitness Center, Curtis R. Wachter/Werner Enterprises & Walker Nursing Home. Thanks again to everyone who made this a successful and fun Easter Egg Hunt.