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A new development in our small town

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The small town of Taylorville is about to see the opening of something which is usually only found in much larger communities. Gowin Parc is a facility which offers care to those who suffer from Alsheimer’s Disease. Today the Taylorville Kiwanis Club were treated to lunch and a pre-opening tour of the Taylorville, Illinois facility. Here is their website: http://www.gowinparc.com/


The rank of Eagle Scout is awarded to two local youth!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

We hear so many discouraging and disparaging things about our young people. Taylorville has two young men who have completed the merit badge and community service requirements to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Tim Schaeffer and Justin Huber are but two of the outstanding young folks we have here in our Central Illinois community. Congratulations to these two fine young men.

10/20/2012 9:43:00 AM
Taylorville Scouts complete community service projects and achieve rank of Eagle

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TAYLORVILLE — Two local scouts, Justin Huber, son of Vern and Tina Huber, and Tim Schaeffer, son of Don and Cathy Schaeffer of Taylorville, were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony held Oct. 6. For his Eagle Scout project, Huber chose to repair a bridge along the Chief Illini Trail in Shelbyville. Pictured are Justin Huber (left) and Jim Jachino, Justin’s uncle who assisted, standing on the completed bridge.

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TAYLORVILLE — Tim Schaeffer works to lay landscaping fabric along the Wetlands Nature Trail. Schaeffer’s Eagle Scout project was to clear, repair and update the Wetlands Nature Trail located at Lake Taylorville. He was recognized on Oct. 6th during an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

TAYLORVILLE — Justin Huber, son of Vern and Tina Huber of Taylorville, and Tim Schaeffer, son of Don and Cathy Schaeffer of Taylorville, were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Both Scouts are members of Troop #68. The Eagle Scout is the highest award in Boy Scouts. In order to achieve Eagle rank, a Scout must be active in his troop for a period of six months after becoming a Life Scout. A Scout must also earn a total of 21 merit badges, and is required to serve for at least six months in a position of responsibility in the troop. The Scout must also plan, develop, lead and implement a service project that will benefit the community. The Scout is also required to take part in a unit leader conference, and finally, must pass an Eagle Board of Review.

For his Eagle Scout project, Huber chose to repair a bridge along the Chief Illini Trail in Shelbyville. Huber chose this project after his Boy Scout Troop had attempted to hike the trail, only to discover that it was inaccessible due to the complete destruction of the bridge. By working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the guidance of his uncle, Jim Jachino, and the assistance of troop members and leaders, Huber was able to reconstruct the bridge during this past summer.

Schaeffer’s Eagle Scout project was to clear, repair and update the Wetlands Nature Trail located at Lake Taylorville. Schaeffer had visited the trail with his high school ecology class in 2011, but much of the trail was inaccessible due to overgrowth and erosion. During this past summer, Schaeffer organized work crews consisting of Scouts, leaders, family and friends to clear the overgrowth, reset landscaping timbers, lay landscaping fabric and apply wood chips on the trail. He also added a picnic table and landscaping for the table. Schaeffer hopes that school groups and visitors to the lake will use the trail to learn more about the wetlands. Alan Jackson of the City of Taylorville Lake Department was instrumental in assisting Schaeffer with his project.

Both Huber and Schaeffer plan to continue their participation in Scouting. Both young men began as Tiger Cubs in Cub Scouts, and have remained active in Scouting since that time.


“Chillifest” is spelled with 2 L’s because there are 2 L’s in Illinois

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Fall is a fun time here in the middle of the US and the very middle of Illinois. The leaves turn yellow, gold and red, there is the smell of smoke from the fireplace in the air and that wonderful aromatic soup called “chilli” sounds like a bone and body warmer this time of year. Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 are the dates for the 27th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce “Chillifest” which is held on the Historic Taylorville Square. Compete as a chili or salsa cook, dine on Award Winning Chilli, participate in the events and enjoy the music on the stages. Two days of homey fun and frolic. Visit the Chillifest webpage http://www.chillifest.info/content/?id=2012 and see all of the official activities and then go to http://www.marketstreetinn.com/events.html and check out what else is happening this weekend too.  If you are staying with us this is also the 2nd Saturday of the month and that means that at 2 PM the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast BYO Taste and Share Wine Event happens.  Most folks also bring a snack to share with the others who attend.  If you are staying at the inn we supply your wine.  Of course, consumers of other beverages also attend and enjoy.

Flash, one of the founders of this event just won the International Chili Society 1st prize for Green Chili or Chili Verde.

 

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10/8/2012 2:27:00 PM
Taylorville’s Hall earns world title, green chili

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) —  Bob Hall of Taylorville has claimed title, once again, to the best green chili in the world. Hall has been named the world champion in the the green chili division at the International Chili Society World’s Chili Championships in Charleston, West Virginia. Hall won the title also in 2009.

After winning the ‘09 title, Hall credited friends, Don Marsango, Wally Hiel and the late Bill Gasper, all Taylorville natives, as the inspiration for him to compete in chili cookoffs.

In 1986, Hall, along with Marsango and Gasper, started the Chillifest held annually in Taylorville.

Hall, and friends, went to the Association of Commerce and Industry, now known as the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, for assistance with underwriting the event.

The trio made chili and sold it to fund the first Chillifest. Chili sales still fund the event 23 years after inception.

The Chillifest will be held this Saturday and Sunday on the Taylorville square.

The ICS recognizes the Chillifest as the Chillinois Regional, and the winners of all three divisions on Saturday and Sunday qualify to compete in next year’s world championships.

Bob Plager of Littleton, Colo., has been crowned the top maker of traditional red chili. Plager was presented a $25,000 check after beating out dozens of others Sunday at the ICS signature event in Charleston.

Carrie Lentz Parker of Leesburg, Va., finished second and Plager’s wife, Kathy, was third. Last year’s world champion, John Jepson of Merced, Calif., finished fourth.

World champions crowned in other events earlier included Jerry Buma of Northbridge, Mass., in salsa, and Tom Pardikes of Plymouth, Mich., in homestyle chili. Buma also won the red chili world event in 2007.

The world championships also were held in Charleston in 2009. The contest heads to Palm Springs, Calif., next year.

The championships take place every October and were started by H. Allen Smith, of Decatur, IL.


It is County Fair time in Christian County, Illinois

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

We are going to make this the simplest blog yet by just adding a link to the Christian County Fair website.  The fair runs from July 10 through July 15.  Come and attend and have lots of fun.


Just in time for Independence Day — The Declaration

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

 

The United States Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776


Building facelift on our National Registry historic town square

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Brenda and Gary Spurling, owners of Spurling Title Service have embarked on a facelift of their location on the South Side of the Taylorville, IL Town Square. The Square and a block or so in each direction have long been designated on the National Registry of Historic Places and restoration of many of the building facades are taking place.

Facelift for an old building

Please note the date on the peak of the facade as being 1892. This building and the Market Street Inn were both built in the same year, only 400 years after Columbus discovered America.

The pressed metal facade has been scraped of loose paint and is being painted in a complementing color scheme. Prior to this the building front was all white which is still visible in the lower right corner.
If you note the building to the left, a brick structure, you will see a facelift which was accomplished several years ago by Brett Mason.

Architectural enthusiasts will find cast iron facades by Mesker Brothers and Capitol Iron Foundry in our historic district as well. We love it when folks walk and gawk at the remaining beauty of our square. 


Ring in the New Year at the Market Street Inn!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Start your evening with hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine.

Walk to the One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Club just two blocks away for dinner and live music.

Dance the night away to a great live band that will be playing all your favorites from Rock, Blues and Country.

Return to your King or Queen Suite to soak in a double whirlpool tub to cap off your romantic evening!

Linger over your candlelight breakfast at fireside on New Year’s Day & have late check out after watching the football games  on large screen TV in parlor.

Call your innkeeper today at (217) 824-7220 to take advantage of our two night New Year’s Weekend special at 10% off in a double whirlpool room.


Here is a Unique Event!!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

The lovely and little known persimmon is the focus of a festival, known as the Persimmon Party, held annually on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Society in Taylorville, IL.  This is a unique event in that it is one of only 3 such festivals for the persimmon in the U.S.  Persimmons seemingly have diminished in importance and usage to the American public over the years and cultivation of the trees is not as prominent at it once was even though the tasty fruit has many important food and medicinal properties.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimmon .

 

 

Every year, when the persimmons ripen, members of the Chrisitan County Historical Society http://www.taylorville.net/Historical_Society.htm gather and “pulp” the persimmons and package and freeze the pulp and have it waiting for the folks who attend the Persimmon Party to purchase and take home to use in delectable dishes for their table.  What a great addition to your Thanksgiving Dinner.  This year the Annual Persimmon Party will be November 12 and 13, 2011.  What a great time to come to Taylorville for fun , food and festivities.  There are always a variety of foods, made from the persimmon pulp, to sample maybe including Persimmon Drop Cookies and Persimmon Pudding as shown belowCookies and Persimmon Pudding as shown below.  The Christian County Historical Society has two Persimmon Cookbooks for sale to provide ideas about how to use the persimmon pulp you purchase during your visit.

                                                                                                     

The Christian County Historical Society grounds are comprised of a variety of buildings of historical value including a Bee Castle and the original Christian County Courthouse in which Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit.  Please take the time to pay a visit to our Facebook Page and like us.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-County-Illinois-Historical-Society-and-Museum/137053123008672

Come to Christian County Illinois for fun, history and good times.  The county seat of Christian County is Taylorville, Illinois where you will find all sorts of restaurants, lodging and even more history.  We are located just 30 minutes from both Springfield and Decatur, Illinois.

 

 


Easter Parade (Promenade)

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Many years ago it was a tradition to Parade in one’s Easter finery along the Avenue and meet and greet and see and be seen by one and all.  Several inspired young ladies of fashion in Taylorville are recreating this tradition on Saturday, April 23 at 1:30 PM around the National Historic Registry Taylorville Square.  

Come and participate in our Easter Parade (Promenade_)

  Note!!!  This is not only for ladies of fashion but gentlemen as well.  Ladies, wear your Easter Bonnet and your finery and gentleman, wear your chapeau and fine suitings as well.  Don’t have a chapeau or a bonnet?  Go online and Google Easter Bonnet and Easter Parade and create your own.  What we want is participation.

The Taylorville Square is on the National Registry of Historic Places and has buildings dating back to the late 1800″s.  What a great place to meet and greet friends, both old and new.

Here are a couple of young ladies who have been hunting Easter Eggs in their beautiful attire.  Did I mention Easter Egg Hunt?  Yes, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the green of  the Courthouse Square sponsored by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club.  Eggs will contain various stuffings for the pleasure of the lucky who find them.  You might even expect a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Beginning at 1:30 PM is the Easter Promenade and remember, “This is not all about the girls!”  Men, come out and show your manhood by dressing up and parading with a finely dressed lady.  Or, perhaps, “Man’s Best Friend.”

 Of course, well behaved dogs are welcome, especially when attired in the finest of fashion.

After the Promenade, beginning at 2:30PM, there will be a wine tasting in the Shumway Room at One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Lounge.  Please come and enjoy.  Make a dinner reservation, go home and change and come back in your dancing  shoes to enjoy the sounds of The Big Shake Daddies.  You will be glad you did.

Easter is the Celebration of the Rebirth of Christ and what a great to do this.  Of course, folks from Miles Around and other well known cities are invited to join in and make this celebration the success it should be.  Happy Easter from the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.


Family does Christmas in Central Illinois

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Williams Family, who traveled from all over the US and from Spain and Scotland to spend an early Christmas with each other at

our Central Illinois Inn. What fun to have 23 fun folks gathering in our commons areas to reacquaint     with one another, tell stories of happenings since seeing each other last, telling the patriarch that he is going to be a grandfather once again and playing with and loving on the little children. Patriarch Williams will be 89 in January 2011 and is sharp and spry as is Matriarch Williams.

As innkeepers, we found it much fun to watch, listen and attempt to anticipate the wants and needs of the various members of all ages.  At breakfast on Saturday, one of the sisters-in-law gave one of our innkeepers a test on the names of everyone at the table.  He passed the test.  

Every Saturday morning, the Clock Keeper of our Courthouse Clock will take anyone who is waiting about 8 AM at the South Door of the Christian County Courthouse up into the clocktower while he winds the 7 Day Clock which faces the 4 points of the compass. The Clock Keeper is also very intimate with the engineering and architecture of the Christian County Courthouse and the changes which have been made in the past couple of years. He tells folks about the restoration of the art glass dome, the false ceiling which was removed to expose it once again to view from below and the removal of the second floor center to provide a view from the first floor all the way up.

Christian County Illinois Courthouse

Restored Art Glass Dome

The Clock Keeper also tells folks about the restored Tern and Bittern fountain on the Southwest Lawn and the 4 year old, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln and the “pig story” on the Northwest Lawn. The entire Williams Family enjoyed the small town hospitality which happens here in Taylorville in Central Illinois.

Just about all of the Williams Family

 We hope you come back someday, Williams Family.


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