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Join the Belleville Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee for our annual Government Officials’ BBQ on Wednesday, September 12 to thank all of our local government officials for their public service. RSVP by going online to or calling 618-233-2015. Presenting Sponsors:

Drink Sponsor: Kaskaskia Engineering Group Gold Sponsors: Impact Strategies & Illinois American Water Company


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, President Elect Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc. Edmond Brown, Vice President ELB Enterprises, Inc.

Justin Price, Second Vice President CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Kevin Richter, Immediate Past President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Carol Haffner-Meyer, Beacon Ministry David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Roger Wigginton, Don Rodgers, Ltd.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Chairman Mark Kern, St. Clair County Christine Spargur, Scott Air Force Base

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director Beth Tucker, Office Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital


Illinois American Water Company


Ameren Belleville News-Democrat Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.


Associated Bank Auffenberg Belleville Commerce Bank Eckert’s Country Store and Farms Four Fountains Nursing and Rehab Gonzalez Companies, LLC Grey Eagle Distributors Korte & Luitjohan Regions Bank Scott Credit Union Southwestern Illinois College TerraSourceGlobal TheBANK of Edwardsville The ROHO Group


Abbott EMS Allsup, Inc Balke Brown Transwestern Bank of America Bank of Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BOS Metro East Banking Center Brown & Crouppen Breakthru Beverage Group Cannon Utility Services, LLC. Casino Queen Chelar Tool and Die CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Cooling Concepts ELB Enterprises, Inc. Empire Comfort Systems FCB Bank First Bank FKG Oil Company Flooring Systems, Inc. Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP Holland Construction Services International Paper Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Lewis Rice LLC Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. Memorial Cancer Treatment Center McKendree University National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows NAACP, East St. Louis Branch North Bay Produce Print Master Sam’s Club Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. Strano & Associates The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows UMB Bank Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center

AMBASSADORS Shirley Bertelsmann, Community Member Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Lynne Clapp, Vertical Performance Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Julie Fetters, Associated Bank RoseMarie Fitzgerald, Community Member Mary Jo Foerste, Community Member Cari Frick, Metro Lock and Security, Inc. Sharon Goff, Self-Employed Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Martha Holloway, The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., Community Member Joyce Laux, Community Member Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Mark Mueller, Mueller Furniture Al Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Lisa Phillipson, Hospice of Southern Illinois Joy Prigge, Dieterich Bank Leslie Schmidt, Abbott EMS Loretta Stammer, Community Member Brandy Steely, CTS Technology Solutions, Inc. Anne Thomure, Memorial Regional Health Services Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging John Wunderlich, Community Member Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

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CHAMBER NEWS CHAMBER HOSTS A SUCCESSFUL BACK TO SCHOOL FUN FAIR The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Education Committee hosted the annual Back to School Fun Fair on Wednesday, August 8 at Belleville West High School where area students came to receive a free backpack full of school supplies and celebrate the coming school year. Along with their backpack full of supplies, nearly 80 students took advantage of free dental exams by Dental Safari. Families were also invited to celebrate back to school with a bounce house, outdoor games and a complimentary drink, hotdog and chips. The event focused on providing area students with the supplies needed to kick off a good year. This year the event brought together over 600 children from across the Belleville area. It was an amazing opportunity to celebrate education and spend a little time getting to know local Belleville businesses. The Belleville Chamber of Commerce would like to formally thank all of the vendors and businesses who sponsored the event including: The City of Belleville and the Office of General and Community Assistance

Belleville District 118 PTA Council, Cambridge House, Commerce Bank, Demetria’s Dancewear & Costumes, Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois, Illinois American Water, Metro East Pride of Southwestern Illinois, Russel Cellular, TheBANK of Edwardsville and Tribout’s. Without the support of our community and our sponsors this event would not have been possible. To see more photos, check out the Chamber Facebook page.

HEALTHCARE & CSA COMMITTEE RAISE NEARLY $600 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Healthcare & Community Service Agency Committee raised $600 during their raffle ticket fundraiser this summer for college scholarships. The scholarships are offered to students going to college to study a health or community service-related field. The winner received over $500 in gift cards to various locations around the area. The winner, Matthew Brauss of Family Hospice of the Belleville, was chosen at Business After Hours on August 2. Congratulations!


On Friday, August 17, the Chamber hosted their annual Leadership Belleville Kick-off Breakfast for our 20th class. This year’s class includes: Adam Brewer (Edward Jones), Phil Elfrink (TheBank of Edwardsville), Karl Gilpin (Tygracon Properties, Inc.), Joel Glasscock (City of Belleville), Amy Goretzke (Allsup, LLC), Christine Green (City of Belleville), Tyler Hazelwonder (Kaskaskia Engineering), Patrick Minogue (City of Belleville), Gina Poole (Memorial Hospital), Brandon Rakers (Bank of Belleville), Ally Schwab (Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Lts.), Chris Seaman (Scott Air Force Base), Cheryl Tindall (HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital), Michelle Torigian (St. Paul United Church of Christ), and Andy Wolkiewicz (Greenfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.).

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September 2018 Upcoming Chamber Events

9/3 9/4 9/5 9/6 9/6 9/10 9/11 9/12 9/13 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/19 9/19 9/26

Labor Day - Office Closed Education Committee Meeting Issues & Eggs @ Bellecourt Manor Ambassador Meeting Business After Hours @ Seven PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections @ Edward JonesCharles Richards Government Officials’ BBQ @ City Hall Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Young Professionals Lunch @ Silver Creek Teacher Appreciation Reception

If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618.233.2015

Looking for a: Team Building Opportunity, That Supports a Charity, and Is part of a Belleville Tradition?

Take part in the 3rd Annual  Corporate/Small Business Gingerbread Competition! Your $50 entry fee provides you with  a pre-assembled gingerbread house and more. All houses will be  displayed during the Downtown Gingerbread Walk. The winning house, chosen by a celebrity judge,  awards $500 to the charity of the business' choice.

Contact Ann at 277-7373 by October 15th to participate. Limited spots available, so sign up soon!

“Ladies’ Night Out” is now “Diva’s Night Out”! Grab a friend and join us on Belleville Main Street. Third Thursday of the Month March-December 5:00-8:00pm September 20th Start: Olive Oil Marketplace End: Bennie’s Pizza Pub Theme: Let’s Get Physical

Now open every Saturday 7:30am-noon through November 3rd! They are located on the first block of South Charles, between East Main and East Washington.

October 18th Start: Eye on Design End: Big Daddy’s Theme: Halloween costumes! More information:

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to the following businesses and organizations who joined the Chamber in June & July.

Abominable Snow Cones 1144 Lebanon Ave. | Belleville (636) 686-0668

Fresenius Kidney Care 6525 West Main St. | Belleville (618) 398-8181

Bennie’s Pizza Pub 124 E. Main St. | Belleville (618) 581-5723

Parents and Friends of the Specialized Living Center 1450 Caseyville Ave. | Swansea (618) 277-7730

Cannon Utility Services 1320 E. State Route 15 | Belleville (618) 236-2800

Shonda’s Precious Palace Academy 2511 East View Drive | Belleville (618) 236-2511

Classic Building Sales 2205 N. Illinois | Swansea (618) 317-2111

Thank you

to the following members for renewing their membership with the Chamber in July.

Ace Hardware of West Belleville

Farmers & Merchants National Bank

League Lounge

Arsenal Credit Union

Fletchers Kitchen and Tap

Line-X of Southwest Illinois

Belleville Community Development Corporation

Terry & Mary Jo Foerste

Local Lucy’s

Freeburg Printing & Publishing

Meurer Brothers, Inc.

Heartland Mutual Insurance Company

Precision Practice Management

Bridgewater Asset Management, LLC

High Mount Elementary School District #116

Preferred Spine & Rehab

C. R. Vernier, Inc.

IL Small Business Development Center

Chiro-Med Clinic

Illinois American Water

St. Clair Co. Regional Office of Ed.

Cooper Color Inc.

International Paper

Custom Floors & More, Inc.

Invelop Now, LLC

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Jefferson’s Restaurant

Edward Jones-Jared Nuxoll

Koerner Distributor Inc.

ELB Enterprises, Inc.

Leading Lawyers

Belleville Mechanical, Inc. Beno J. Gundlach Company

Skyview Drive-In St. Clair County Transit District State Farm Insurance - Krys Jacobs Strano & Associates - GMAC Tamarack Country Club TheBANK of Edwardsville Toast of Belleville - Toastmasters Milton Wharton

For a complete list of our members, visit For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618-233-2015 or Page 8

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Copper Fire

Friday, July 27 4422 West Main Street | Belleville

Thursday, August 9 200 East Main Street

Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel? Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more info. Call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015.

Specialized Living Center Wednesday, August 22 1450 Caseyville Ave | Swansea

Belleville Community Development Corp Friday, August 24 3319 West A Street | Belleville

Did you know the Chamber has a members-only event calendar? Submit your event online at and click “Calendar� to see the calednar and submit your event! All events will be featured in our Weekly Friday E-blast. The Chamber Connection

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Upcoming Business After Hours September 6 Seven RSVP for events online at! Just click on the event you wish to attend and log-in. Need help? Email your RSVP to or call 618-233-2015.

October 11 Balke Brown Transwestern November 1 Associated Bank December 6 Breakthru Beverage January 3 FCB Banks February 7 Arsenal Credit Union March 7 Memorial Hospital April 4 St. Paul’s Senior Community

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On Thursday, August 2, The Esquiline welcomed the Belleville Chamber for their August Business After Hours. The Esquiline, who recently changed their name from The Apartment Community, is an award-winning faith-based Life Plan Community built on the Shrine grounds in 1966 as a living facility for The Oblates. Years later, The Esquiline transformed into a Laurie Bauer, Cancer Treatment Center non-profit, community-focused organization by providing active Kim Johnson, Hospice of Southern Illinois living and wellness for their residents. Today the facility focuses Lynn Selden, St. Clair Country Club on the core values of respect, wellness, collaboration, justice, stewardship, hospitality, quality and change. Each of these values can be seen through the care and compassion shown by staff and residents. The natural beauty, recreational activities and spiritual enrichment of the facility remain unmatched. Residents can choose between independent living, assisted living and nursing care, providing a specialized living experience for all residents. Furthermore, The Esquiline gives residents a diverse choice of activities ranging from book clubs to computer classes, ensuring that boredom is never an issue. The Esquiline is a diverse community focused heavily on providing residents with the ability to share their stories, create memories and develop genuine connections with others. Thank you to The Esquiline for their hospitality during our August Business After Hours. .......................................................................................................................................................................

For more information about The Esquiline:

Upcoming Business After Hours


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SHOULD I GET MY MASTER’S DEGREE? Earning a graduate degree can help you advance in your career, boost your earnings and promotion potential, and benefit you personally. Choosing the right college or university is an important, very personal decision that you should research extensively. Before you apply, consider the following: • The time commitment necessary to complete your course work, research, practicum, thesis or dissertation. A master’s degree usually requires about two years of study. Some programs allow you to slow down or speed up your progress to degree completion. • Reputation. Choose a college or university known for its high quality education, academic excellence, dedication to students, and graduate success rate. Check out, usnews. com/education and • The size of the institution and program. A small student-to-faculty ratio offers more opportunity to participate in class, to know your professors and to receive personal attention. • Affordability. The financial aid staff can help you understand the process for obtaining loans or private aid. Check with your employer for tuition reimbursement programs. • Location and accessibility. Work with your student services specialist to discover what resources are available both on campus and from a distance. Many institutions make it possible for you to complete your program without coming to campus although if you are close enough to visit the same services are made available to you. • On campus or online? Online courses, or “e-learning,” offer the flexibility to further your education while balancing life’s demands. When you’re ready, a student services specialist will guide you through the decision process and make sure you meet the academic requirements for admission. This student services specialist may continue to support you on your academic journey through graduation. At McKendree University, we are celebrating our 190-year commitment to academic excellence and dedication to our students. We offer affordable graduate degree programs in some of the most highly sought-after professional fields of business administration (MBA), clinical mental health counseling, criminal justice, nursing, and education (master’s, specialist, and doctorate). Our evening and online classes are designed for adult students, working professionals, and members of the military, with classes available at Scott Air Force Base. Chamber of Commerce members are eligible for a tuition discount when enrolled in any McKendree University online program or other program available for working adults. Let us work with you one-on-one to help you achieve your goals! To learn more about our graduate and online programs, visit or call 618-5376576.

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Open to the Public Tour our brand new, state-of-the-art

Women & Infants Center Meet our friendly team members and affiliated OB/GYN practices, learn about our services to help you welcome your bundle of joy, and book your spot in our Delivering Miracles program to deliver with us. Baby item collection to benefit


Saturday, SeptemberREQUESTED 15 | 9 -DONATION 11 AM ITEMS -new or gently used size 3T, 4T, 5

1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd. | O’Fallon, IL 62269 (boys and girls clothes and pajamas) -coats (all sizes) -formula, bottles, nipples -diapers (size 3, 4, 5, 6)

-wet wipes -baby lotion, baby wash, baby shampoo -crib sheets -small infant toys -NO CARSEATS

Tour our new, state-of-the-art Women and Infants Center Department tours limited to adults to respect our patients' privacy and safety. Receive a Door Prize entry ticket foraffiliated each item donated. Meet our friendly team members and OB/GYN practices, learn about

services to help you welcome your bundle of joy, and book your spot in prenatal classes to deliver with us!

Plus, bring an optional baby item to benefit THE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER. Visit our web site at for a list of accepted items.

for more information, 618-234-2120, ext. 2545 Door Prize drawings include a FREE MedelaCall Breast Pump, a Mom365 Photo Package, a Pack & Play and MORE!

Open to new Moms, Moms-to-be and families. For questions, call 618-234-2120, ext. 31260.

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MEMBER UPDATES LOOKING FOR A CHANCE TO BRIGHTEN SOMEONE’S DAY? BECOME A SENIOR COMPANION! The Senior Companion Program pairs healthy, active people 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently. Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons sponsors the program. “The companions provide supportive, individualized services to help clients maintain their dignity and independence,” said Carla Boswell, director of the Senior Companion Program at PSOP. “The goal is to foster their independence and keep them in their own homes. The program also serves as a support system for caregivers of homebound seniors.” At no cost to the client, Senior Companions provide companionship and assistance to older adults who are homebound and want to remain in their home or may be socially isolated. They visit four hours per day, one or more days per week and can assist with daily tasks, as well as provide support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers. All Senior Companions must go through a background check and training before they are placed with a senior. Companions earn a nontaxable stipend, paid holidays, meal and travel reimbursement and other benefits. For more information regarding the Senior Companion Program, contact Deena Duvall in Monroe or Randolph counties at 618-282-6682, ext. 8135; Deirdre Evans in the East St. Louis area at 618-874-8779; Elaine Roustio in Madison County at 618-797-7369; or Charla Morton in St. Clair County at 618-234-4410, ext. 7095.


Finishing in less than 3 months and ahead of schedule, IMPACT Strategies has completed the new Washington University* Pediatric Facility on Memorial Hospital East Campus in Shiloh, IL IMPACT Strategies worked closely with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Pediatrics, in partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, to ensure their medical office, reception area, and exam rooms exceeded expectations. This will be the first Washington University Pediatrics multi-specialty office outside of Missouri, giving Illinois residents direct access to the exceptional services they have to offer. IMPACT Strategies used a majority of local subcontractors and worked with Archimages as the architect on this project. The construction of this first-floor tenant finish was accomplished without any interruption to the daily operations of the active medical office building or patients navigating in and out of the building. *Services provided by Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc. IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

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MEMBER UPDATES LOCAL TEENS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP BY MATHIS, MARIFIAN & RICHTER, LTD. Law firm Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. has awarded three recent high school graduates with scholarships to help them pursue a career in the legal field. The members of the firm believe that law is a noble and challenging career that provide attorneys the opportunity to serve both our clients and society. Emily Bloodworth, Kaleb Raker, and Austin Schorfheide have chosen to pursue this noble career by enrolling in programs across the Midwest. Emily Bloodworth, a graduate of Civic Memorial High School, will be attending Southeast Missouri University to work towards becoming a child advocacy attorney. She has decided to take this path because of her passion for kids and love of language. After joining the debate team in high school and discovering the importance of evidence, Emily knew she wanted to become a lawyer to give a voice to voiceless children. Kaleb Raker, a graduate of Belleville West, will be attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison to pursue degrees in Political Science and Biochemistry to prepare him in becoming an environmental lawyer. Participating in a wide array of clubs in high school, Kaleb has developed invaluable skills to help in the pursuit of his law degree. His passion for the planet and advanced course in high school have magnified his desire to work to enforce environmental laws and protect the planet. Austin Schorfheide, a graduate of Nashville Community High School, will be attending the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign to work towards becoming an agricultural attorney. While working with the local FFA chapter in high school, Austin developed a passion for agriculture and wants to obtain a law degree to help the community of farmers. He also wants to pursue a career in public service by participating on his county board and eventually running to become a circuit judge or state’s attorney. Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. is proud to support these three young professionals in their pursuance of a higher education and legal degrees. This scholarship program selects three eager students each year to encourage them to go after their dreams of going to law school. “We are extremely impressed by the academic and community accomplishments of these remarkable young people,” said Richter. “We applaud their ambition and determination to become a part of the legal society and wish them the best as they begin their college careers.” At Mathis, Marifian & Richter Ltd., we provide legal services including will and trust disputes, employment matters, shareholder disputes, estate planning, insurance coverage litigation, and business formation, sales, and acquisitions. For more information about the scholarship program and everything MMR has to offer, please contact Debra Bollinger at 618-234-9800.

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MEMBER UPDATES LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITS SIX LOCAL PLAYERS FOR COMING YEAR The Lindenwood University-Belleville head men’s basketball coach Vincent Meninno has announced the signing of local athletes Jahkeal Samuel, Rodarius Mitchell, Fermin Jeff, Jake Hall, Reagan Snider, Brenden Gillman, Ernest Docker, JC Moll, and Jaron Gaston for the 2018-2019 season. “We are very excited about our recruiting class this year,” Meninno said. “Rebuilding a program takes time, and we are committed to doing it the right way with quality people as well as quality basketball players. We feel that this class is a great mix of experienced players who will contribute right away as well as help establish several key building blocks for the future.” With six of the nine signees from the greater Metro East and St. Louis areas, Meninno is also excited about all of the local talent joining the program and the positive impact that has. “We are in a great recruiting area that has a lot of talented players,” he said. “As we build our program, we want to make sure we build great relationships with, players, coaches, and families.” Jeff, a 6-2 guard from St. Louis, Mo., joins the Lynx after spending the last two seasons at Shawnee Community College. Jeff graduated from Ritenour High School in 2016 after leading the Huskies in scoring at 17.4 points per game. At Shawnee, he continued his success averaging 6.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. Hall, a 6-7 center from Collinsville, Ill., will be a freshman after finishing his prep career at Marquette Catholic in Alton, Ill., this year. Hall helped lead the explorers to a 29-1 record his senior season. They ultimately fell the in Region Championship game to Columbia, Ill. While at Marquette, Hall averaged 13.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Snider, a 5-11 guard from Alton, Ill., will also be joining the Lynx as a freshman from Marquette Catholic. In addition to averaging 12 points, three rebounds, and five assists, Snider was also named to the State Farm Scholar Athlete team for Illinois. Gillmann, a 6-3 guard from Oakville, Mo., played his prep career at Oakville High School, where he lead the Tigers in points, rebounds, assists, and field goal percentage during his senior season. Gillmann averaged 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists all while shooting 43.4 percent from the field. Moll, a 5-10 guard from Pinkneyville, Ill., will join the Lynx as a freshman for the 2018-2019 season. He finished his prep career at Pinkneyville High School by leading the Panthers to the Illinois State Final Four during the 2017-2018 season. Moll averaged 13.3 points, two rebounds, and 3.7 assists while shooting 46 percent from three-point range. Moll was selected to the ISHA coaches All-State team each of the last two years. Gaston, a native of Murphysboro, Ill., is a 5-10 guard who will join the Lynx as a freshman. He finished his prep career at Murphysboro High School averaging 17 points, three rebounds, and five assists. Samuel, a 6-3 guard from Tampa, Fla., will be a senior athletically for the upcoming season. He spent the 2017-2018 season at Florida College in Tampa. While competing for the Falcons, Samuel played in all 29 games, starting in 11. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists, all while shooting 44.2 percent from three-point range. Mitchell, a 6-2 guard from Covington, Ga., comes to the Lynx as a junior from Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. Last season, Mitchell averaged 6.7 points, two rebounds, and 1.5 assists. Docker, a 6-5 forward from Sydney, Australia, will join the Lynx as a freshman. He attended the Shore School in Sydney, where he averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds and was twice selected to the GPS All-Conference Team. Fans, make sure to stay updated on throughout the 2018-19 season for full updates and recaps on the men’s basketball team.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day, favorite outdoor festivals, lush green landscapes and more.


Butler Home Improvement Is A Locally-Owned AND Woman-Owned Remodeling Company In Business For Over 20 Years!


First-Ever B2B Section Highlights Local Businesses Weight Loss Has Never Been So Easy Early Spring Calendar Blossoms With March And April Events

Art On The Square Observes Its 16th Year!


Winter hosts some of the year's best activities.


Introducing! Virtual HD Ultrasound Studio Opens In O’Fallon Bike Surgeon Rocks Two New Locations


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New Bridal Event Showcases The Area's Best Vendors Get Set For Spring Home Improvement At The HBA Home Show Don't Miss Our Winter/Early Spring Calendar

Creative Landscapes Offers Hardy Perennials Grown In The Garden Center


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Shareholders Patrick B. Mathis George E. Marifian Kevin J. Richter Mark J. Stegman Mark S. Schuver Gregory W. Coffey William J. Niehoff Kelli E. Madigan Bradley W. Small Mary E. Lopinot Deanna L. Litzenburg Philip D. Speicher Laura E. Schrick Sandra J. Tatoian Beth K. Flowers

Broad Experience. Regional Focus.

Associates Natalie T. Lorenz Rebecca K. Wohltman Colin C. Clark Melissa C. Meirink Amy C. Randazzo Allyson T. Schwab

The combination of broad legal experience and a focus on our own region is characteristic of the Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. law firm. Since the firm's founding in 1984, MMR has served many hundreds of Southern Illinoisentities businesses and individuals seeking legal solutions. • Formation of business • Employment issues and benefits For• Shareholder legal assistance, please contact the skilled attorneys at Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. disputes • Business sales and acquisitions

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MEMBER UPDATES SCHEFFEL BOYLE ANNOUNCES 17 PROMOTIONS AND NAMES 2 NEW PRINCIPALS Scheffel Boyle is pleased to announce the recent promotions of 19 professionals throughout its seven offices. These promotions also include the announcement of two new firm Principals, Cory Gallivan, CPA (left) and Danny Phipps, CPA (right).

2018 Promotions: Accounting Supervisor: Jenni Flowers, Carrollton Semi-Senior Accountant: Nick Hoff, Alton Emily Keeven, Highland Kayla Ervin, Edwardsville Katelin Feldmann, Alton Michael Kanallakan, Jerseyville Maggie Stock, Belleville Travis Wellen, Belleville Noah Feldmeier, Belleville

Senior Accountant: Josh Goodnick, Belleville Justin Goode, Jerseyville Tyler Jackson, Alton Jay Gensert, Alton Kelly Kellerman, Belleville Garrett Hay, Belleville Manager: Carrie Evans, Highland Andrea Suhre, Belleville Principal: Cory Gallivan, Alton Danny Phipps, Jerseyville/Carrollton

Scheffel Boyle is recognized as the largest locally-owned CPA firm in Southwestern Illinois. In business since 1924, their services include corporate and individual accounting, tax, consulting, and assurance services. For more information about Scheffel Boyle, visit their website at

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By the Numbers Over the years, Memorial has grown to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve in the Metro East— something that we will continue to do for many years to come. Check out some of the highlights of our first six decades. By the Numbers

Thank You for Helping

Memorial Grow Over the Years! Over the years, Memorial has grown to meet the healthcare

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MEMBER UPDATES SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS COLLEGE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT RENA THOELE HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SWIC FOUNDATION Thoele was previously the SWIC Foundation Associate Director for six years and her experience includes scholarships and fundraising, alumni development, planned giving and special event planning. In addition, she works closely with donors and the Foundation Board. She has been employed at SWIC for the last 25 years and has worked in the Foundation office for 20 years. Thoele is a supporter and advocate for community colleges and believes community colleges provide the highest quality education. As the SWIC Foundation Executive Director, Thoele will be responsible for developing resources for the private and public sector, including individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations, state and federal governments to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished by allocating funds to designated programs. She will also create comprehensive resource development strategies and enhance fundraising, marketing, and outreach partnerships within the community. “Because of my experience, I value and understand the importance of cultivating relationships in the community,” says Thoele. “My reputation at SWIC has been confirmed through the development and investment of strong connections with donors, faculty, staff, students, board members and people in the community.” Thoele resides in New Baden with her husband, Kevin. They have two sons, Michael and Nicholas. The SWIC Foundation promotes excellence by securing gifts for special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget. The Foundation exists to maintain and enhance the quality of life by developing friends and funds for support of the educational cultural and service goals of Southwestern Illinois College. For more information about the SWIC Foundation and supporting programs at the college, contact the SWIC Foundation Executive Director Rena Thoele at 618-235-2700, ext. 5647, or

THE SCHMIDT ART EXHIBITION TAKES A UNIQUE LOOK AT THE WORLD Whether looking at mid-century modern style or environmental issues of the natural world, the artists exhibiting work at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center Aug. 23 through Oct. 5 each see the world in their own unique way. A public reception featuring artist talks will take place from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 at The Schmidt, on the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. “With this exhibition we have the opportunity to see the world from a variety of perspectives including surreal photographic images, drawings and ceramics depicting nature, and strong industrial objects,” said Schmidt Curator Nicole Dutton. “It’s one of our most eclectic shows yet.” The works of SWIC Art Professor Emeritus Donald Bevirt, titled “Art at the Speed of Light,” feature photographs that strive to capture a moment and provide a narrative of a symbolic and surreal world. “Layers,” a joint exhibition from St. Louis artists Melody Evans and Kimber Mallett, is comprised of works that reference the natural world and build on a commentary of social and environmental issues. Retired SWIC Dean of Technical Education Donald Koleson will showcase furniture and objects that record his mid-century modern style and career in industrial technology with his exposition “An Eclectic Vision: Mid-Century Modern & Industrial Tech.” For more information about these exhibitions, The Schmidt, the art center’s calendar of events and arts education programs, visit or call 618-222-5ART (5278).

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January 2016

What’s Happening in September Saturday, September 1 St. Louis Antique Show | 10:00 am Belle Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Thursday, September 13 Making Sense of the Next Tax Law Glen Carbon Library | 11:30am

Starting a Small Business Workshop SIUE Morris University Center | 3:00pm Edwardsville

Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 Apple Fest Eckert’s | Belleville

Friday, September 14 Nat Geo Live! | 7:30pm The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

Friday, September 28 Movies in the Park ft. Sing | Dusk Laderman Park | Belleville

Monday, September 3 Labor Day Parade | Downtown Belleville

Friday & Saturday, September 14, 15, 21, Saturday, September 29 22, 28 & 29 Belleville Main Street Marathon | 7:00am Haunted Hayrides Downtown Belleville Wednesday, September 5 Eckerts | Belleville Issues and Eggs | 7:30am Belleville Walk to End Alzheimer’s | 8:00am Bellecourt Manor | Belleville Wednesday, September 19 SWIC | Belleville Young Professionals Luncheon | 11:30am Thursday, September 6 Silver Creek | Belleville BEACON Pathway to Hope 7th Annual 5k Business After Hours with Seven | 5:00pm Eckert’s | 8:00am Seven | Belleville Friday & Saturday. September 21 & 22 Oktoberfest Veteran Business Roadshow | 8:30am Sunday September 9 Downtown Belleville SWIC Liberal Arts Building | Belleville 9/11 Memorial 5k Run & Walk | 9:00am Hough Park | Belleville Sunday, September 23 Motorcycle Swap Meet | 7:00am Tuesday, September 11 Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 9/11 Moment of Remembrance | 11:30am Firehouse #4 | Belleville Wednesday, September 26 Teacher Appreciation Reception | 5:00pm Wednesday, September 12 SWIC Liberal Arts Complex Government Officials’ BBQ | 5:00pm Belleville City Hall | Belleville Thursday, September 27

We are constantly updating our community calendar. Please visit for an up-to-date list of events! To submit an event, visit the calendar page at or email

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Friday October 19 , 2018 Moose Lodge 2425 N. Illinois St. Swansea, IL (next to MetroLink Station off Rt. 159)

Doors open at 6:30 – Trivia starts at 7:00pm Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville All proceeds go to supporting programs for the youth of our area including Annual College Scholarships, Belleville Santa House & Parade, After Prom Parties, Belleville Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball League and many other community activities

$15/person – tables of 8 Bring your own food/snacks. Cash Bar – no outside drinks please. Reservations: Call Sue Roesch at (618) 235-7083 or email:

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Masterworks Chorale and Children’s Choruses 45th concert season schedule Masterworks Chorale principal singers

Masterworks Season Preview Party

Our season kick-off celebration, with music, refreshments, and good times – a free event! Saturday, September 15, 2018, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Abbey, 5801 W. Main Street, Belleville Masterworks Chorale

Enriching Lives Through the Art of the Human Voice

The 45th Season Kicks Off With Our Second Annual

PrevieW PArTy 6 to 9 p.m.

September 15 The Abbey

5801 W. Main St. in Belleville Join us to view concert posters for the year and take the opportunity to purchase season and single concert tickets. enjoy performances by our Principle Singers plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Feel free to RSVP by calling (618) 304-9094 or email

Liebeslieder Waltzes and other Viennese Delights

A Masterworks Octoberfest! Music of Brahms, Schubert, and Johann Strauss, Jr. Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville Masterworks Children’s Chorus

Music for Young Voices

Metro-East’s finest young ensemble in concert – a delightful surprise! Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Chorus, and Orchestra

A Masterworks Christmas with Christine Brewer

Southern Illinois’ most beautiful holiday concert featuring candlelight procession and favorite carols Sunday, December 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon Masterworks Chorale and Children’s Chorus

Annual Masterworks Valentine’s Gala

Our annual Mardi Gras celebration and dinner auction, with performances by the Chorale and Children’s Chorus Friday, February 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Saint Clair Country Club Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Jazz Ensemble

Broadway Pops On Main Street

Masterworks return to Belleville’s historic Lincoln Theatre, with its classic proscenium stage and colorful theatre pipe organ. A program of favorites from the Great White Way and the Silver Screen. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 2:30 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, Belleville Masterworks Children’s Choruses

This Shall Be For Music

Masterworks of the treble repertoire, folksongs, and music composed expressly for young singers Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:00 p.m. at Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville Masterworks Chorale and guest artists

Celtic Spring A celebration of folk music ancient and new from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00 p.m. at Saint Clare Catholic Church Page 26 January 2016

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