Easter is around the corner. Egg hunts are scheduled… Chatsworth and Strawn have community events. Once ‘n Again’s hunt is store-wide on Friday (25th)!
Speaking of Chatsworth… did you hear about the Bluebird Project? This is something exciting, new and involves eggs, too. On Saturday, March 12th, a couple of our group attended a Bluebird Celebration for the community of Chatsworth. There is quite a story behind this and every community could use it as an example to bring its community together.
As you may remember, the old Chatsworth High School mascot was the bluebird. Earlier this year, someone donated 36 special “Gilbertson” bluebird houses to the community after hearing that a Chatsworth resident had a life time dream of consistently seeing bluebirds on her farm. Residents jumped on board, purchasing their own, and soon 80 bluebird houses were scheduled to be erected. The “Gilbertson” bluebird house is especially made for bluebirds with features that are good for fledglings, and also, they are very easily cleaned for multiple nesting each season.
Saturday’s (3/12) event celebrated the erection of these bird houses. Around 150 people attended, and the Chatsworth Citizen’s Advisory honored those students and teachers and other community leaders who were involved in getting the “Bluebird Project” off the ground. It was held at the American Legion in Chatsworth, and all the classes at the Elementary School participated in decorating the walls and the tables. Their artwork was very special – something to keep for a lifetime.
The Citizen’s Advisory Board, presented painted plaques for the students, teachers, and community leaders involved in the project. Certificates of Appreciation were handed out for all the Chatsworth elementary school classes in recognition for their hard work in preparing for the event.
“This project is a great example of communities coming together,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops group and owner of Heart’s Desire. “Besides local community involvement, students and teachers from Pontiac helped out with the erection. The Village of Strawn is also on board as Strawn’s elementary school mascot was also the bluebird prior to consolidation. Folks who have an interest in bluebirds came from Dwight, Campus, Odell, and Piper City besides the local communities in the Prairie Central district.
“There are already folks from Forrest and Fairbury who want to purchase bluebird houses and wish to jump on board to this project as well. I learned that the Chatsworth Corner Hardware is stocking the special Gilbertson bluebird houses for area residents who have an interest in these beautiful birds. Communities working together is exciting, and I believe it will reap tremendous benefits for all of us.” says Bobbi.
“Another great example of communities cooperating and putting together a great event is the SELCAS Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Saturday, March 26th from 7am – 1pm at Indian Creek Country Club. SELCAS serves Fairbury, Forrest, Chatsworth, Chenoa, Strawn, and Wing. Folks from all over come to volunteer and attend this event to support our ambulance service, which we believe is the greatest in the world!” Bobbi concludes. “Hope everyone will go to show their support. We live in some of the greatest communities in the world, too!”
As always, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics about our community, please stop by Heart’s Desire, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.