Around The Town

Our Saviour School added a few new teachers for the school year: (Pictured left) Mr. Whelan, 5th grade teacher, is entering his 24th year of teaching. He lives in Petersburg with his wife, Krista, and 2 year old son, Tanner.

(Pictured middle) Mrs. Camacho is a mom to three active boys and eager to start teaching third grade at OSS. She has a Ms. Ed. in Secondary Education from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY and taught high school math in New York. 

(Pictured right) Mrs. Flynn, kindergarten teacher, lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of Illinois College and received her teaching certification from UIS.

Program on free speech September 15 to commemorate Constitution Day: The Jacksonville Area Museum program at Lovejoy Hall will serve as lead-in to Smithsonian exhibit coming to museum November 20.

Constitution Day will be commemorated in Jacksonville on Wednesday, September 15 with a program on free speech in America. The program, sponsored by the Jacksonville Area Museum, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Lovejoy Hall at 520 W. College and is free and open to the public.

Illinois College Professor Dr. Dane Wendell will present “Can Free Speech Last in America Today?” The program will serve as lead-in to the Smithsonian “Voices and Votes” exhibit coming to the Jacksonville Area Museum on November 20.

A Zoom link for those who wish to attend remotely will be posted prior to the event on the Jacksonville Area Museum’s Faceook page.

“Americans revere our First Amendment free speech rights, but we often have explosive disagreements about what those rights mean,” Wendell said. “The September 15 program will explore how new emerging issues in our politics today make our free speech rights more important than ever before.”

Some of the questions to be considered in Wendell’s presentation include: Should athletes be permitted to make political statements? Should social media companies be allowed to censor political speech? Should Critical Race Theory be taught in public schools? Join us for a discussion about what free speech should mean for Americans from all political backgrounds.

Wendell is on a mission to help students understand politics inside and outside the classroom. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago,Wendell studied politics at Rhodes College in Memphis, and he earned his PhD from Loyola University Chicago. He has published in several leading political science research journals on subjects including political psychology, neuropolitics, and the moral foundations of our political beliefs. He is currently an award-winning professor and teacher at Illinois College.

The Jacksonville Area Museum, which will officially open on September 25, will host the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street’s “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” exhibit from November 20 – December 25. “Voices and Votes” examines questions stemming from the leap of faith taken by the American revolutionaries who established a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy but in its citizens. Who has the right to vote? What are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens? Whose voices will be heard?

The Jacksonville Area Museum will use original artifacts, storytelling exhibits and the building itself, as well as items from the MacMurray collection, to show people of all ages and backgrounds why the Jacksonville community has been and continues to be one of a kind. It will be open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. following a September 25 grand opening. Visit or connect with the Jacksonville Area Museum on Facebook for more information or to find out how to become a museum member.

Jacksonville Children’s Foundation offering grants: If your organization would like to request grant funding, the grant request must be completed on-line at by October 8, 2021. Grant requests submitted after this date will not be considered for funding as per the Children’s Foundation policy.

Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distancing, the grant requests will still be presented in person, by a representative from your organization at the Annual Meeting on Monday, October 18th, 2021.

Once you have submitted your grant request online, you will receive a confirmation email with a time slot for your presentation and further instructions about how the social distancing and time slots will be handled. All presentations will be 5 minutes or less and one person per organization will be allowed. Our Annual Meeting will start at 6 p.m .in the Community Building at Community Park in Jacksonville. The board will review grant requests at the November/December meeting and both the requesting organization and the public will be informed of awarded grants in December with the checks being distributed in January 2022.

If your organization was awarded JCF grant money for 2020/2021, no in person report/summary is required this year.

If a representative from your organization would be interested in serving on the Board of Directors, they can email by October 1st, then voting for new members of the Board of Directors will occur through an email process that will occur on October 8th, 2021.

For information regarding the list of current Board members and Guidelines for Obtaining Funds go to

Harvest to Home is set for October 8 and 9 at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center: Harvest to Home returns to the Illinois Amish Heritage Center on October 8 and 9. Hours for the event are from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8 and from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9. Harvest to Home returns to expanded activities and demonstrations, including glass blowing, at the Center.

The purpose of the show is to teach attendees how crops were grown and harvested during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Amish continue using many of these methods in their farming operations today. The show continues to expand, and the 2021 show promises to be the biggest show yet.

The 2021 event will feature activities surrounding corn and different types of corn such as Broom, Dent, Flint, and Popcorn. Corn will be harvested using hand shucking and mechanical pickers pulled by horses and tractors. Corn shelling, using a Minneapolis Moline Corn Sheller, will demonstrate how corn is separated from the ear and cleaned. The cobs will be ground into livestock bedding using a cob grinder. Corn will be ground into livestock feed powered by horses. A grist mill will be in operation making corn meal and new this year will be a “check row” corn plot.

Wood and lumber demonstrations are a big attraction. This year, you will see saw-milling powered by gas and steam power, plus a buzz saw. Field demonstrations will feature horse and tractor plowing, corn stalk chopping and disking and preparing the field for the planting of wheat. There will be displays of antique farm machinery, tractors, early “hit and miss” gasoline engines, and miniature steam powered displays. Visitors will see blacksmithing demonstrations, horse shoeing, equipment powered by horse treadmills, broom and rope making. There will be buggy rides, a variety of children’s activities, a petting zoo and a “train” will transport show goers around the grounds along with a variety of children’s games.

Tours of the 1865 Moses Yoder home and the 1882 Daniel Schrock home will feature demonstrations and displays of the Amish way of life. These homes have undergone extensive restoration and provide a glimpse into the past. New attractions include a German Amish School and Amish workshop. A highlight each day will be the Parade of Power featuring horses and mechanical powered equipment with commentary provided to describe the items as they pass by.

Food will be served in the newly concreted pavilion. There will be full meals and sandwiches, plus a pancake, sausage, and liverwurst breakfast served on Saturday. You can also enjoy homemade ice cream, kettle corn, lemonade shakeups, crafts, exhibitors, “fall related activities” and much more. All funds are used for the continued growth of the Illinois Amish Heritage Center Campus. Everyone is welcome and invited to come out for a day of fun and learning for the entire family. The event is handicapped accessible and golf carts are welcome for those who choose to bring their own. Restroom facilities will be available.

The Illinois Amish Heritage Center is located on Illinois 133 nine miles west of Arcola or 3.5 miles east of Arthur on Illinois Route 133. The show entrance is on County Road 400E. For more information, call Jim Fleming at 217-791-1026 or online and be sure to like them on Facebook, Illinois Amish Heritage Center. This is an outside event and is completely reliant upon the weather. Decisions affecting activities may be made on site without notice of printed and broadcast announcements.

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