Strasburg is generating more activity “right in the middle of everything.” The east-central Illinois village sits between Mattoon, Effingham, and Shelbyville and is creating more events of their own.

October through December is one of the busiest times of the year for Straburg events. Strasburg Coummunity Action Netwok (SCAN), along with other organizations in town, are working together for the betterment of the village.

Santa’s Brigade & Breakfast will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Social Hall/Gym in Strasburg on Saturday, Nov. 9. The All You Can Eat Pancake & Smoke Rope Sausage Breakfast will be from 6-11 a.m. It is a free-will donation. The Holiday Market will be from 7-11 a.m.

“There will be vendors in the hallway and the gym,” said Justin Krile, president of SCAN.

Angie Edwards, is in charge of fundraising for SCAN, and has been organizing Santa’s Brigade & Breakast since 2012.

“It’s been going on for 12 or 13 years,” Edwards said. “We raise an average of about $3,000 a year. All the money raised goes to SCAN for different projects in town.”

She said they are working on getting new playground equipment for the park, applying for grants to improve the park, working on pavilions and the ball diamond. They have been working on upgrading mailboxes around town and improving the overall appearance of the community.

The Annual Santa’s Brigade Breakfast comes on the heels of another successful SCAN event, “Burn-Out in the ‘Burg,” that took place Oct. 12.

Edwards and her husband are also organizers of the “Burn-out in the ‘Burg.” “Burn-out in the ‘Burg” is a car show with much more. They held an exhaust competition and this year built a venue for the “Burn-out Competition.”

“We had a huge turn-out this year,” Krile said. “We had about triple the attendance. We raised about $4000.”

Krile mentioned others events coming soon.

There will be an American Legion Christmas Auction on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Community Building.

The first of three Christian Grandparenting Workshops will be held on Nov. 3 from 4-5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

On Dec. 7, Strasburg has its “Year-End Celebration.” There is a freewill donation soup supper from 4-6 p.m., followed by the Celebration.

Presidents of each community organization will give the highlights of the year, along with the Strasburg Mayor, Cinda Held. The Annual Volunteer of the Year Award will also be presented.

The Christmas Cantata will be held Sunday, Dec. 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.

The Strasburg Lion’s Club will host “Santa Claus Coming To Town” on Dec. 14 at the Community Building from 9:30-11 a.m.

John Curtis can be reached at

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