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January – a month to remember PDF Print E-mail

The Christmas decorations have been put away for another year, company has safely made it home and now it is January.  Usually it is an uneventful month but not this year.
Kicking off the new year with bitterly cold temperatures and blizzard-like conditions will be something that is remembered for quite some time and make the temperatures for the coming week seem balmy as they rise to the upper thirties and low forties.

 
Volunteer firefighters are key to providing assistance at explosion PDF Print E-mail

Virginia is fortunate to have such a dedicated team of volunteer fire fighters.  That was evident Two weeks ago when the call came in about the explosion on Gridley Road.  It is like a huge Superman moment when upon hearing the cry for help, ordinary citizens waste no time transforming into firefighters to provide whatever assistance may be needed.  So thank you all for answering the call, your dedication to the community is greatly appreciated.

 
Snow brings Christmas spirit PDF Print E-mail

What a beautiful snowfall this past week! Really brings out the Christmas spirit in everyone. Last week, the Virginia High School Student Council sponsored a food drive for the Cass County Food Pantry. They spent three hours helping unload the truck and collecting over 600 food items and cash donations in the cold weather. Great spirit there!

 
Christmas in Virginia a success despite weather PDF Print E-mail

Cold temperatures and breezy conditions didn't deter the crowd from lining the square Friday evening to watch the Third Annual Lighted Christmas Parade in Virginia. The theme was "Christmas Vacation" and Sweatman Farms interpreted it literally with their first place float in the individual division. Onlooker's faces were lit up as brightly as their Griswold house as they drove around the square with the music rocking the crowd.  Petefish, Skiles & Company Bank took first place in the business division and the Virginia Brownie Scout Troop won the non-profit category.

 
Christmas coming to Virginia PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Carson

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Christmas in Virginia is this Friday evening starting at 4:30 p.m. The theme is “Christmas Vacation” with plenty of shopping and eating opportunities!
Vendors will open their doors all around the square and be sure to check out the shopping inside the new Cass County Food Pantry. Their entrance is now on the Main Street side of Doc Hollada's former building. Shop and eat your way around the square and take a break at 7 p.m. to watch the third annual Lighted Christmas Parade.

 
Save the Date. “Christmas in Virginia” is Dec. 6 PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Carson

“Christmas in Virginia” is just a week away and there are plenty of activities planned around the square. Save the Date, Friday, December 6 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. VHS FFA kicks it off with a brat-pork chop fry from 4 to 9 p.m. in front of IGA. Post prom will serve a soup supper with dessert at St. Luke Hall starting at 4:30 p.m.

 
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency visits Virginia Square PDF Print E-mail

Pies, Parades and Presents! It is all a part of the Christmas in Virginia celebration on Friday, Dec. 6. The Pie Auction will happen again immediately following the parade so fire up the oven and create the winning pie in either the fruit or cream pie category. Bring pies to Dr. Ugs Drugstore Café on Friday, Dec. 6 by 4:30 p.m. The categories are fruit and cream for adults and 16 and under. Please remember only one pie per entrant per category.

 
Ghosts and goblins satisfied. Next big event is Bingo night PDF Print E-mail

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.

 
Christmas in Virginia approaches PDF Print E-mail

It was recently posted on Facebook that there were only eight Fridays until Christmas, egads!
With that in mind, there are only five Fridays until Christmas in Virginia so pull out those family recipes to enter your favorite pie in the Pie Auction. If you did not attend this event last year, it was a fun time with the pie bidding frenzy as well as the trading of the pie slices among the folks in the café. It was a winning event all around! The judges will have their forks poised and their appetites ready for your pie when this year's entries are submitted.

 
Activities abound in Virginia PDF Print E-mail

Would you like a new to you car for only $10? Virginia's Square One, Inc. is selling raffle tickets to win a 1984 Oldsmobile Omega with only 65,000 miles for $10 a ticket. A lovely, well maintained car that would be perfect for that student driver going off to college or for mom or dad for that matter. Tickets can be purchased from any board member or at Petefish, Skiles & Co. Bank, Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe, Virginia Inn Antiques & Such and any local business displaying the poster in their window. The winner will be announced on February 22. All proceeds will go toward renovation of the Virginia Community Center.

 
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