Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NEW Before & After School Care Refer a Friend Program

We’re excited to announce that we have added a new referral component to our Before & After School Care Program. You can earn a certificate good for five FREE days of After School Care or 10 FREE days of Before School Care for every person you refer to the program who joins and pays for a minimum of five days of After School Care or ten days of Before School Care. That’s a $70 value!

We have added a “Referred By” line to our registration form so be sure to tell your referral to put your name there so we can issue your certificate.

So many parents have told us what a great program we offer, and thank us for providing quality care for their children. Now you can earn FREE days in the program for telling others!

Thank you for spreading the word about the great Before & After School Care program at Pearce.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Annual Pool Maintenance Scheduled at Pearce.

Pearce has scheduled its indoor pool for annual maintenance. The pool will be closed August 4 through 18.

Pearce has partnered with Chillicothe Park District’s Shore Acres Pool to offer water aerobics classes and lap swimming during the shutdown. On August 4, 7, 9, and 11, Aqua Fit will be offered from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. and Aqua Fit Gold from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. These classes will be free and open to the public.

Lap swimming will be available from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on August 4 and again on August 7-11. The cost to participate is $3.

In case of inclement weather, the pool will be closed.

Local Group Participates in RAGBRAI

There has been a very dedicated group of people cycling in the Pearce Cycling room each Tuesday evening since early this year led by personal trainer Michelle Manjak. The group has a very targeted focus: train for a long summer bicycle ride.  

In fact, a 468-mile bike ride across the state of Iowa. RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. This year, the event begins Sunday, July 23.

Heading into its 45th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. The event attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries

The RAGBRAI route averages 468 miles and is not necessarily flat.  It begins somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River. Registrants are limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day riders.

“Michelle is a great motivator,” said Mark Cosner, Pearce member and RAGBRAI participant. “During our training sessions with her, she led us through lots of interval training to prepare for the hills. People don’t think of Iowa as hilly, but it is.” The group also worked on breathing technique for both active and passive recovery. “One of the benefits of intensive training is developing a callous on your backside,” added Mark. “That really helps when you’re riding about 70 miles each day.”

Mark was instrumental in rounding up a group of local people to participate together including Pearce members Troy Schmick, Aaron Clay, Steve Reginald, Dan and Emily Terpstra, and Pearce members and employees Rob Ordaz and Laura Hedden. Pearce Board members Dave Vojta and John Calhoun, along with his wife Lisa, are also riding. Other locals include Tom Fenelon and Mike Featherstone, who is riding in his fourth RAGBRAI this year. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Today we wish Pearce senior Evona Nelson a happy 98th birthday! We captured her picture while she was upstairs in the senior room playing hand and foot, one of her favorite card games.
Evona spends winters at her home in AZ, enjoying the company of her Canadian boyfriend. They go dancing 5 nights each week and he brings her flowers every day.
While she is at her home in IL, she drives alone to see family in MN and check on the farm she owns in IA.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Free Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

A free diabetic retinopathy screening for persons with diabetes, or those at risk for diabetes, will be held on Wednesday, July 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pearce The screening is coordinated by the Chillicothe Lion’s Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation, and is made possible through generous donations.

The quality of life for people with diabetic retinopathy and other retinal disorders, such as macular degeneration, is dramatically impacted. Since early detection of such disorders is critical, persons with diabetes or those 55 or older are encouraged to take advantage of this free screening.

Persons wishing to join the Lions in their fight against the effects of vision and hearing loss should contact the Chillicothe Lion’s Club President Mike Mahoney at (309) 274-5451.


It's not only going to be hot Thursday and Friday, it's dangerous. Pearce will again offer free public swimming from noon to 4 on Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July Senior Potluck

Pearce will host the monthly senior potluck at noon on Tuesday, July 25. All seniors are invited to bring a side dish and their own table service and join in the fun. Fried chicken and drinks are provided. This month, entertainment will be provided by the Accordion Club.