Monday, December 10, 2012

Carriage House Weddings

Sharing the newly remodeled building with Promark Advertising, Inc. is Carriage House Weddings. The business is owned by Janet Ramsey.  Janet has wedding decorations for sale or for rent. She will help you design your wedding exactly as you picture it, plus she will deliver, decorate, and clean up afterwards to help make your day perfect. A full service business! She also has decorating items and gifts for sale. Find her at 4 N. Frontage Road on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 to 5, or by appointment.

Call 217-343-8522

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas Trees at Doctor Wright's House

This is a press-release sent to me by Linda Schmidt and I am going to share it with everyone:

"Christmas songs add to the holiday spirit of the tenth annual Christmas Trees at Dr. Wright’s House. The Altamont Community Choir is one of the groups and individuals scheduled to share Christmas music during the event. On November 24 & 25 and December 1 & 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. volunteer guides tell about the three generations of the Wright family who lived in the 1889 home. Each of the eighteen rooms is decorated with a tree. Members of the Altamont Chamber of Commerce were invited to provide trees which may feature their business.

“Bone-appetit” is decorated by Heidanes Hidden Timbers, a boarding and grooming facility for dogs and cats, located southeast of Altamont. Every year guests look forward to seeing another creative tree featuring a pet theme decorated by the Heiden family. This year’s unique tree with dog bones is in the upstairs south bedroom. (photo)
“The Nativity Tree” is decorated by Hanson’s Woods. Mike Hanson is the Altamont craftsman who makes nativities and tree ornaments from many types of wood. (photo)
Come to Altamont for a taste of Germany. “German Gingerbread Cookies” made at The Cookie Jar, an Altamont bakery, decorate the tree in the pantry. More of the German Gingerbread Cookies will be for sale along with the Dr. Wright House tree ornaments. (photo)
A & H Implement Co. is again sponsoring “The Joy of Giving Tree” decorated by the Whoo Hoo Sisterhood. After helping Cheryl Hoffmeister decorate the A & H tree for a couple of years, Jolene Arend had the idea of inviting guests to select one “decoration” from the tree. Since 2008 Jolene’s friends continue the giving tree as a memorial to her. Come and see what treasures decorate the tree this year.
Some of the other 18 trees are “God Keeps His Promises” by Open Arms Enrichment Center at the Lutheran Care Center and “Knitted with Love” by the First United Methodist Church. 
During the event raffle tickets will be available for the tree donated by the Midland States Bank. The house museum is located at N. Main Street and West Jackson Avenue in Altamont. The fundraiser will help provide operating expenses for The Wright House Property, Not for Profit. Adult admission is $6 and student admission is $1. For more information about the Dr. Wright House Museum phone 618-483-6397 or see 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shop Small Saturday

Saturday, November 24, is Shop Small Saturday! Altamont has quite a few shopping establishments! Start at The Home Center then head North! There are several antique stores to peruse. Don't forget Blossom Paradise, The Altamont Pharmacy and Clarkson's Furniture! Stop in the Library to see Santa from 10 to noon. End your shopping with lunch at one of our downtime restaurants-- Mater's, The Open Door, or Joe's Pizza and Pasta . After lunch head to Wright's Mansion to tour the house-- it will be filled with Christmas Trees decorated by local businesses! Remember, by shopping local we support our community!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Promark Advertising, Inc.

 Promark Advertising, Inc. is located at the I70 exit in the former Fostoria building. Newly remodeled, the building has a fresh, welcoming feel. Dawn Burrow, owner, can help you design any advertising item you are interested in.

She works with a large number of vendors in order to offer a huge selection of items-- from shirts and jackets to caps, mugs, pens, awards, uniforms and more.

For more information, or to contact Promark:

Ph: 618-483-6025  
Fx: 618-483-6164

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat will be Wednesday, October 31 from 6pm to 8pm.  Make sure to visit Wright's Mansion--volunteers will be there to hand out candy!

Also, the Christian Church will be hosting their annual Trunk or Treat at the same time.

Altamont Halloween Parade 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

About Town

Check out the windows at the State Farm office on Main Street.  Joan Lutz, artist in residence, has created Fall scenes for our enjoyment!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Halloween in Altamont

Published on October 8 2012 11:17 am
Last Updated on October 8 2012 11:17 am
Written by Greg Sapp
Altamont Masonic Lodge No. 533 is sponsoring a Halloween Parade and Haunted Trail. The Haunted Trail named “Panic in the Park” will be open Friday through Sunday, October 26th – 28th and on Halloween (October 31st)  dusk to 10 pm. The parade will take place Saturday, October 27th at 4:00 pm.
Parade Info:
The Altamont Halloween Parade is a great place to enjoy bands, floats, antique vehicles, horses, and, of course, people in costume. The parade will leave the High School parking lot and go west on Division, turning North on Main and ending at the W.C. Klitzing park located on Monroe Ave. between Main St. and Third St.
After the parade, visit Klitzing Park and listen to the band play while waiting for the parade winners to be announced. Afterwards, visit the haunted trail “Panic in the Park”. Later, eat dinner at one of Altamont’s restaurants.
For people who would like to participate, registration is “on-site” at the High School for floats, bands, vehicles, etc. and for people in costume register on the south side of the Division St. and Main St. intersection.
Bands, floats, and organizations will line up at the High School at 3:00 pm.
Children and adults in costumes will line up on Main Street, just south of the intersection of Division St. The costumed entries will join the parade at the intersection of Division and Main, and continue with the parade for approximately 5 blocks to the park. Parking will be available along Main Street (south of Division St.); in the parking lot across from the Living Museum; or in the National Bank parking lot. Costume judging will be done prior to the parade. Costumes will be judged by age groups of 5 and under,  6 to 9 years old, 10 to 14 years old, 15 to 18 years old, and Adult (19 and over).
The judge’s stand will be located at the triangle. There are categories for Costumes, Floats, Marching Bands, Horses, Horse drawn vehicles, and Antique machinery. Judging will be based on a Halloween or Harvest theme except marching bands which will be judged on sound, showmanship, and marching.
Organizations and Businesses are being encouraged to enter floats or walking groups. Get your employees or members to dress up. Horses and Riders, dress up like your favorite cowboy, like an Arab princess or maybe even the headless horseman.
After the parade refreshments and activities will be available at Klitzing park. Judges will announce the parade winners at the park. Float parking and parade participant pickup will be on Monroe Ave in front of the park.
Haunted Trail Info:
“Panic in the Park” will be open Friday through Sunday, October 26th – 28th and on Halloween (October 31st)  dusk to 10 pm.  Last years trail was a big success and this year will be even better with additional attractions.  Keep an eye on Klitzing park for clues to some of those additions, they’ll begin to appear in a couple of weeks as we begin to set up the trail.
Admission to the trail is $5.00 for adults/older children and only $3.00 for children 12 and under. Also, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and scary fun, don’t miss this screaming good time. Get in the Halloween mood or round out a night of trick or treating by visiting Panic in the Park at Klitzing park, corner of Monroe and Main, Altamont.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Total Texture

New to Altamont, Total Texture. Owned by Lori Klanke, the salon can be found at 108 N. Main Street. She is joined by fellow stylist Jessica Logsdon.  Hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday 9 to 5,  and Tuesday and Thursday 11 to 7.  Call 618-483-3448 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

About Town

I was afraid with the extreme weather we had this Summer that the Fall would be brown.  But with the rain we finally got and the cooler weather maybe we are going to get some color after all!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2nd Annual Garden Club Fall Festival

Altamont was blessed with beautiful weather for the Garden Club's Fall Festival held at Schmidt Park.  Temperatures hovered in the low 70's, which was perfect for sampling Chili provided for the Cook-off!  Pork burgers and hot dogs were also available.  This year the Garden Club included kids' games for a few hours and entertainment for the entire afternoon. A Vendor area was included for people to stroll through and of course, there was mums, pumpkins and hay bails available for purchase.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

About Town

A wooden bench sitting in front of Kull's Furniture Gallery.  Lynn said it was made by a wood crafter during the Threshermen's Show from a tree from his property.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mapping Meeting

There will be a Mapping meeting held on Oct. 23 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm --At the Baptist Church (behind Dollar General)   Different committees will present ideas that have been discussed for Altamont's future. Some goals are for events to be held soon and some are for future growth. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

About Town

One of the little details I love on the Triangle are the "old fashioned" street lights.  They add a touch of nostalgia.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

About Town

Despite the dry weather and intense heat we had in July the hanging baskets around town thrived with the vigilant watering done by the Garden Club and a load of volunteers. Notice how dead the grass is around the pole (with the little bit of green directly underneath the basket!). I noticed signs of heat stress close up, but the flowers still looked amazing.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Effingham County Fair

It's Fair time again!  It started Friday night with a tractor pull and will end Saturday with the Demo Derby.  Because of the excessively hot weather, the Carnival won't be setting up until tomorrow (Monday).  But come on out and have some Fair food and check out the exhibits. And don't forget, there will be horse races every day this week.

About Town

A shot of the flag pole on the Triangle.

Friday, August 3, 2012

About Town

Do you know where/ what this is?  Tell me in the comments!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Old Oak Tree

I find it bittersweet to lose the Oak tree from Klitzing Park.  I spent hours playing under that tree when the old school still stood.  It's believed the old oak was at least 150 years old--it's been there longer than Altamont has been a town!  It was hit by lightening several years ago which caused damage to the top.  Then high winds a few weeks ago took out several high branches.  It was hoped the tree could be topped and saved, but time had exacerbated the previous damage and it was decided for safety reasons that the tree had to come down. The corner looks so "naked" now!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dollar General

Dollar General isn't new to Altamont, but it does have a new home and a new look.  The store has relocated to the south end of town. It can now be found off the Interstate across from Mcdonald's.  The new building means more floor space for coolers, freezers and an expanded grocery department.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Farmer's Market

 Altamont now has a Farmer's Market! You can find it at Klitzing Park each Saturday through the end of August from 8 to Noon.   Find a variety of fresh produce, baked goods and crafts, plus the Schuetzenfest will be selling bratwurst.  
(For anyone that would like to have a booth, it is $5.00 and you can set up after 7 o'clock.)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Full Bloom

Altamont is again in full bloom, thanks to the Altamont Garden Club.  I believe the flowers are arranged by Alwerdt's Gardens and the Garden Club waters then every day. They are all around The Triangle and down Washington Street.  The Garden Club will host a Fall Festival September 8.  Make sure to come out and support them if you can!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Orange and Black

Check out Altamont Homecoming Keepsakes to see our line of Alumni Reunion/Homecoming t-shirts, caps and drink huggies. Wear your school colors with pride!  T-shirts have a list of Altamont businesses on back.  The baseball caps are embroidered with the logo on front and "Altamont Homecoming 2012" on back.  Huggies are orange with black lettering, with "Go ACHS" printed on the bottom.  Limited supplies, so hurry!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Park Update

There is new play equipment at Klitzing Park! It was a little sad to see the old equipment go for sentimental reasons (at least for us "old" folks), but I imagine it was over 50 years old!  Time for our young people to have a safe place to play.  Altamont is known for it's nice parks.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Kull Furniture Galleries

Comprised of two Show Rooms, Kull Furniture Galleries is located at 114 and 118 W. Washington. The business has been owned and operated by Lynn and Debra Kull since 1983. The family business was started by Lynn's father, Woodrow, in 1937--a year after he opened Kull Funeral Home, also located at 114 W. Washington.

Find quality furniture, floor coverings, giftware, pictures, lighting and more displayed in over twelve thousand square feet of floor space! 618-483-6323

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Clarkson's Furniture

Clarkson's Furniture is located at 14 N. 2nd, on the Triangle. Owned by Roy and Carol Clarkson, the store has been in business since 1984. It has grown to include two showrooms (the other is located where the old Dime Store was) and a warehouse. Merchandise includes furniture for every room in the home plus accessories. Closed Sundays.

for more info, call 618-483-5144

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

You Know ...

you're in a small Mid-west town when there are tractors in the High School parking lot! Yup, it's FFA week!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mater's Diner

Mater's Diner, owned by Roy and Stephanie McCallister, can be found at 5 N. Main, across from the Triangle. The establishment offers everyone's favorite "Fair" foods--corndogs, funnel cakes, nachos and fried treats along with sandwiches and daily specials.

 Wednesday, and Friday 10:30 to 7
closed on Thursday and Sunday

"Loaded Twinkie"