Salute Our Veterans


Get out for a night of fun and support our Veterans at Metamora Grade School’s 5th Annual Salute Our Veterans Night!  The activities kick-off at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13th with a silent auction and the MTHS varsity boys basketball team will run drills and hold a scrimmage.  The 7th grade and 8th grade MGS games will follow at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.  Halftime entertainment includes a half-court shot contest and cheer squad and dance team performances.  

Wear your red, white, and blue to the game!   Support our Veterans and help raise money for the Peoria Area Honor Flight.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast


All are invited to the Knights of Columbus delicious all-you-can-eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, November 10th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s School. 

Cost is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids 5-12 and under 5 is free.  Menu includes pancakes, fresh sausage, applesauce, coffee, milk, and orange drink.

Homemade Fruit Pie Sale


If you enjoy the homemade pies during Old Settlers Days you will not want to miss this opportunity!  St. Mary’s is gathering their bakers together for a special fruit pie sale.  There will be no late sales so you will need to pre-order and pre-pay by Monday, November 4th.  The cost is $18 a pie and pie pick-up is on Saturday, November 16th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Choose from apple, cherry, peach, gooseberry and rhubarb (limit one per person for gooseberry and rhubarb). Stop by St. Mary’s School or church rectory for an order form, print the form off the St. Mary’s School Facebook page, or call the school at 367-2528.

Craft & Vendor Show


The Germantown Hills Middle School PTO 41st Annual Craft and Vendor Show is Saturday, November 2nd at the school from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

With 100+ crafters and vendors within 25,000+ square feet, there is something for everyone!  Lunch and baked goods will be available for those who get hungry while shopping.   Visit their Facebook page for more information or email


Holiday Food Drive


Three area churches have again joined forces and are calling for all churches in our community to join in on the Community Holiday Basket! One hundred baskets were distributed in 2018 to those in need, along with monetary gift cards to the Metamora and Spring Bay Food Pantries, and the Snackpac Program.  

The baskets consist of staple items, perishables and hygiene, and paper products. Every donation counts in helping make another family’s holiday a little brighter.  Checks can be made out to Community Holiday Basket Drive. Donations may be taken to or mailed to Commerce Bank, One Englewood Dr., Metamora, IL 61548.

Anyone who lives in the Metamora Township High School district or attends the schools in our district, in need, would be eligible for a basket.  Contact Lisa Obery at 309-657-5394 or email her at If you email, be sure you receive a confirmation reply to assure you are on the list.   All names are kept confidential. If applying on behalf of a family, please contact the family first to ask if they are willing to accept a basket.  

The sorting and filling of these baskets will occur on Wednesday, November 20th, with the help of the MTHS boys basketball team and other volunteers.  Basket pick-up is Saturday, November 23rd between 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Christian Union Church in Metamora.

The Chairmen for this year are Lisa Obery, St Mary’s Catholic Church, along with the help of Gary Salm from Christian Union Church and Eric Potter of Metamora Mennonite Church.

Snyder Village News


Snyder Village Honored

Snyder Village was recently honored at this year’s Best of the Best Awards Ceremony.  “Peoria’s Original Community’s Choice Awards” allow the public the opportunity to vote for their favorite businesses and services in dozens of categories.  Snyder Village was nominated in two categories, Best Retirement Community and Best Assisted Living Center, claiming first place in both categories.  

Snyder Village’s therapy department, Professional Therapy Services, was also nominated and awarded first place for Best Physical Therapy.

Holiday Bazaar

Snyder Village will host a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 23rd from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m the SV Center  at 1200 E. Partridge Street in Metamora.  This fun event will feature many great vendors selling handmade crafts, artwork, holiday decor, jewelry, handcrafted gifts, and more.  A complimentary lunch will be served and campus and cottage tours will be offered from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, proceeds from this event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association - Illinois Chapter.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit or their Facebook page  at for more information. 

Save the Date!



Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual “A Village Christmas on Sunday, December 1st from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Visit nearly 20 businesses and organizations around the square in Metamora as they offer festive crafts, activities, and treats!  Bring all the generations in your family out for a great day to kick-off the Christmas season.

Come back to or visit the Metamora Area Business Association (MABA) page on Facebook for more details as we get closer to the date of the event.


The St. Mary's Cookie and Candy sale is set for Saturday, December 14th.  Look for more details in the December issue.


Free Preview on digiMAX


November 8th - 18th

Grab a blanket, stay warm, and enjoy an 11-day FREE Preview of all STARZ® channels on digiMAX!  The free preview starts at 6 a.m. on Friday, November 8th and ends at midnight on Monday, November 18th.  STARZ® offers a variety of genres for the entire family, including STARZ® Cinema, STARZ® Comedy, and STARZ® Kids & Family.

November Windows 10 Update


People have been nervous about Windows 10  feature updates that come out every six months because the last two have been far from trouble-free.  The November 2019 update, version 1909, is scheduled for November 20th.  It appears this version will only take a few minutes to install, and it is likely to be the smoothest update in recent history.

Here are two articles to give you more details on what to expect:

Interesting Christmas Gift


TikiTunes is an award winning, one-of-a-kind, indoor/outdoor Bluetooth speaker that looks like a tiki torch, but cooler!

It’s made from the highest quality materials, packs an impressive sound and is a great conversation piece that’s sure to have your friends say “Wow! Where did you get that?!”

And it’s not just a pretty speaker, the sound quality is impressive with surprisingly punchy bass for its size and you can easily pair two speakers together for true stereo sound.

The warm LED light flickers just like real flames and it works with or without music.