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Isaiah Swon

Nothing slows down Isaiah Swon ‘He’s got the right attitude’ Charles Stanley 815-431-4063 Seneca High School student Isaiah Swon is in a wheelchair, but it doesn’t seem to slow him down. A car accident on U.S. 6 in January of 2008 left Isaiah, then a first-grader, a paraplegic with no feeling in his legs. “He’s had trials, and he’s had down time,” said his father, Rob. But Rob said he admires his son for the resilience he has developed. “He’s tough inside and he’s not afraid to work,” Rob said. “He’s got the right attitude.” As an example, Rob cites his son’s performance in wheelchair sports. Last year, Isaiah qualified for the 100 yard and shot put state competition in Champaign. In the 100 yard race, Isaiah found himself competing against experienced students with specialty wheelchairs.

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Isaiah Swon, with his father, Rob, qualified for the 100-yard and shot put state competition in Champaign, as well as being a member of the school’s FFA.

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Student Spotlight: About this section The Times’ annual 2018 Business & Industry Review will publish today its fourth and final special section that will include local “Student Spotlights.” The multi-section editions will be worth saving. Besides recognizing achievements of young adults in our area, these sections will be an excellent directory of businesses and organizations serving the La Salle County and Starved Rock Country area. This year, The Times honored 16 high school and community college students who have excelled as students and members of their community. Each was featured in a cover story outlining their achievements. The students being recognized were nominated by the schools. In the this edition, these four students will be featured: n Ryan Aldrich, Leland High School n Joey Byers, Streator High School n Anna Holland, Woodland High School n Isaiah Swon, Seneca High School In the first three editions, these eight students were featured: n Megan Saar, Ottawa High School n Rylee Madden, Ottawa High School n Matthew Klein, La Salle-Peru High School n Brayden Cunningham, Fieldcrest High School n Braydon Deats, Streator High School n Emma Harris, Streator High School n Jasper Banister, Serena High School n Michael Killelea, Marquette Academy n Makena McConnaughhay, Marquette Academy n Jesus Quintana, Illinois Valley Community College

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n Josh Norsen, Ottawa High School n Tyler Jenkins, Woodland High School The articles and photos published inside each section were created in cooperation with businesses and organizations that also have advertising messages throughout the special editions. You will quickly see they share a common message of pride in their products, service and the staffs and workers who make it all happen. These local businesses and organizations pin their success on your support. Our 2018 Business & Industry Review were inserted in The Times on Thursdays in March and into April. Publication dates are March 15, 22, 29 and April 5. An index to all business articles and the advertisements is provided on this page for easy reference and future use. Each edition of the Business & Industry Review also will be posted at soon after all have been printed in The Times.

Liberty Village programs and services have been designed to provide a sense of well-being for residents, with a common support system that is thoughtful and sensitive to seniors at every turn.

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Liberty Village offers varied lifestyle options At Liberty Village of Streator, Peru and Princeton, we take great care to balance the independence of our seniors’ desires with the support they need. Imagine a very special place that has been planned and built to be sensitive to the needs of seniors. A vibrant, upbeat community that doesn’t just meet, but also surpasses expectations of its residents. This is Liberty Village. At Liberty Village, programs and services have been designed to provide a sense of well-being for residents, with a common support system that is thoughtful and sensitive to seniors at every turn. The Liberty Village campus offers a carefree lifestyle and as many choices as possible to meet individual needs. The following lifestyle options are available at Liberty VIllage: The Villas are age-restricted, single-family homes designed for accessibility and safety. A variety of floor plans are available, service contracts, such as lawn mowing, landscaping, snow removal and campus activities. We currently have lots remaining on which to

Liberty Village ADDRESS: 2232 N. Eastwood Ave., Streator PHONE: 815-672-1900 ADDRESS: 1101 31st St., Peru PHONE: 815-224-2200 ADDRESS: 140 N. 6th St., Princeton PHONE: 815-875-6600

build your two-bedroom, two-bath home with attached garage. You, too, can enjoy a maintenancefree lifestyle. The Estates combine elegance and affordability in our studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom spacious apartments. The Estates offer month-to-month rental with no endowment fees. Included in the monthly rent are weekly housekeeping, two delicious buffet-

style meals daily, all utilities, activities and complete building and grounds maintenance. The Hawthorne Inn is our beautiful assisted-living component, in which residents enjoy three delicious meals daily, 24-hour care from exceptionally-trained staff. This area is designed for residents needing assistance with activities of daily living, but the independence of living in a home. Come in and tour the facility and be surprised at the affordable rent that starts at about half the cost of a nursing home. Bounce Back is a unique rehabilitation program offered exclusively at Manor Court of Liberty Village. As a Bounce Back patient you will be evaluated to discover exactly what you can or cannot do for yourself, and then we carefully design a treatment plan with specific and realistic goals. This plan is developed by our team of professionals and most importantly you! Come to Bounce Back and let us show you how to “Rehab, Recover and Return” home! Discover why so many have decided to call Liberty Village home!

Trendy clothing for everyone at three locations La Salle Street Boutique and Custom T’s, Rubenesque and Gents Men’s Wear ADDRESS: La Salle Street Boutique (704 La Salle St.), Rubenesque (729 La Salle St.), Gents Men’s Wear (211 W. Madison St.) PHONE: 815-324-9782 EMAIL: WEB: facebook/plus.size.shoppe, www.facebook/gentsmenswear or www.facebook/lasallestreetboutique HOURS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday With her three clothing stores in downtown Ottawa, Mary Kaye Partridge has something to offer everyone. In the summer of 2017, Mary Kaye wanted to make a bold statement when she opened a new women’s clothing store on Ottawa’s La Salle Street. The Times She figured she would do that with the La Salle Street Boutique and Custom T’s, located in downtown Ottawa, offers small, medistore’s name, Rubenesque. um and large sizes. Mary Kaye Partridge also operates Rubenesque and Gents Men’s Wear. Many people aren’t aware of the meaning behind the name, but it intrigues them nonetheless. The name is a reference to the European artist Peter Paul Rubens, who was known for painting full-figured, volupARTICLE INDEX Winner$............................ 18 tuous female nudes in the 1600s. Auction/Main Street That’s appropriate for Rubenesque, All Points Travel............... 19 Estate Sales...................... 32 Winterrowd Funeral 729 La Salle St., which sells plus-size Anthony Liftgates........... 12 Mucci & Kirkpatrick......... 13 Home.............................. 37 clothing. That name was better than Avanti Tools & Mueller Funeral Homes.....3 Wright’s Furniture..............5 referring to it as a plus-size store, Mary Kaye says. Accessories.................... 33 No Animal Left If customers are not plus size, the Bailey’s Place.......................7 Behind............................ 24 store can refer them to Mary Kaye’s ADVERTISERS Boom! Dinner’s Ready.......9 Ottawa Area Chamber of other women’s clothing store down the Callaway Satellite............ 27 Commerce........................4 block, La Salle Street Boutique and Chippers Grill................... 39 Pavers & More.....................3 ABC Exteriors................... 19 Custom T’s, 704 La Salle St., which offers Dolphin Car Wash and Pet Project........................ 28 All Points Travel............... 14 small, medium and large sizes (0-15). “At one time, we had plus sizes in La Detailing Center........... 12 Pirate’s Cay....................... 15 Anderson Pools...................4 Salle Street Boutique, but they didn’t Express Employment Schott’s Pharmacy........... 25 Anthony Lift Gates.......... 21 sell. Plus-size women wanted a store of Avanti Tools.........................3 their own,” Mary Kaye said. “Plus-size Professionals................. 14 Shanley’s TV and


Furniture Sellers.............. 22 Garden’s Gate................... 25 Grace Community Church............................ 13 Hagi & Baker Funeral Home.............................. 19 IVCIL.................................. 23 J&M Reliable.................... 34 Jerry’s Tap & Family Dining................................5 Joe’s Station House Pizza............................... 18 Kmetz’s Hawthorne Kennel & Grooming..... 33 La Salle Street Boutique...........................2 Liberty Village.....................2 Matthew Bullock

Appliance Center.............8 Sheridan Adventist Elementary School..........8 St. Margaret’s Hospital.......................... 22 Starved Rock Motor Inn /Roamers Lounge......... 15 Streator Children’s Clinic..................................3 Streator Community Credit Union.................. 28 The Stough Group........... 18 Thymeless......................... 13 Turk Furniture.................. 34 Two Rivers Outreach....... 32 WCMY/WRKX Radio...........9 Wild Hearts....................... 26 Wilk’s Tavern..................... 28

Baldwin House................. 26 Boom! Dinners Ready..... 13 Bromley & Brown Boutique............................9 Callaway Video Surveillance.................... 24 Car Care Grouping........... 16 Careers Grouping............ 29 Central Sod Farms, Inc.......6 ChemDry of LaSalle........ 24 Chippers Grill......................6 Clean All Sales & Service...4 Culligan................................3 Dr. Jonathan Faber.............7 Down Throught The Years Groupings...... 35, 36, 38, 39 Edward Jones/ Mark Platt....................... 12

Evergreen Place............... 40 Family Vision Corner..........4 First Federal of Ottawa... 31 Furniture Sellers.................7 Gaming Grouping........... 37 Gay’s Body Shop.............. 10 Garden’s Gate................... 23 Grace Community Church..5 Great Outdoors Grouping......................... 28 Hagi-Baker Funeral Home............................... 11 Heritage Health............... 40 Hometown Heating & Cooling............................ 23 Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.............................. 19

fashion is important. A lot of places don’t have plus sizes.” Rubenesque also can be a good option for women who are bigger chested, but not plus size, she said. Its online store is now up and running at store/rubenesque-plus-size-fashion. In December, Mary Kaye opened another store at 211 W. Madison St., called Gents Men’s Wear, which she co-owns with her fiance, Robert Radtke. “It’s more trendy casual, not suits,” she said. The store includes a number of name brands, including Quay Australia, Buffalo David Bitton, Columbia and Alternative. Mary Kaye’s stores are open on Sundays, which she said benefits downtown Ottawa. “People, especially out-of-towners, complain that when they come on Sunday to shop, nothing is open,” she said. “It’s good when stores can cooperate.” She said the styles at Rubenesque are all trendy and available for teens and adults. Sizes are from XL to 4X. For denim, sizes are 14 to 24. The store is adding an online component, with a flat $5 shipping fee.

J’s Tire................................ 17 JC Whitney/ US Auto Parts....................8 Koolmaster....................... 25 Mucci & Kirckpatrick....... 15 Mueller Funeral Home.... 34 Norway Community Building.......................... 27 Norway Kennels.............. 27 Norway Store................... 27 Ottawa Office Supply..... 12 Pirates Cay Indoor Waterpark....................... 14 Pleasant View 20 Prairie Fox Books............. 17 Quality Care Cleaning..... 37 Rock Paper Scissors......... 17

Scoot’s Auto..................... 16 St. Margaret’s Hospital......9 SOCU................................. 27 Solon-Telford Funeral Home............................... 14 Starved Rock Motor Inn/ Roamers.......................... 24 Streator Area Chamber of Commerce.................. 30 Streator Eagle 6..................1 T & L Janitorial Supply.......7 Two Rivers Outreach....... 15 WCMY................................ 34 Wild Hearts Boutique..... 22 Wilk’s Tavern..................... 26 Wright’s Furniture........... 20 Your Interior Motives...... 22

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Streator Children’s Clinic offers specialized care Going to the pediatrician’s office can sometimes be daunting. It involves thoughts of getting shots, awkward talks about puberty, and saying “ahhhhh” when you think you might have strep throat. Yet, Dr. San Gabriel strives to make children’s trips to her office a positive rather than a scary one. Coming originally from the Philippines and after completing a pediatric residency in Chicago, Dr. San Gabriel came in 2001 as a pediatrician and the proprietor of the Streator Children’s Clinic. She immediately felt blessed to have been welcomed by the community. When it comes to treating her patients, she sees them as members of her extended family. In turn, she hopes to recreate that same family atmosphere in her office. As they enter the clinic, parents and patients are greeted with warm and familiar faces. Kid-friendly artwork hangs on the walls of the waiting room with a variety of toys in the exam room. Faces of children once frozen with fear depart the office with a smile, a clean bill of health, and a special treat. “If there’s one thing the kids don’t forget is there’s something waiting for them at the end of the visit,” Dr. San Gabriel said. “As soon as they’re done, they jump out of the room and head to the basket of suckers! At least we end their visit on a happy note!” The same staff worked at the clinic before she took over Dr. Mooss’ pediatric practice. Though a few have retired, Dr. San Gabriel filled those positions with Streator locals who are closely tied to the community. Keady Gillman, one of the original staff, is the office manager; Jessica Garcia also joins Keady at the front desk; Rosa

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Streator Children’s Clinic staff members include (back, from left): Jessica Garcia, Maria Rosa Chavez and Wendy Despinis; and (front): Keady Gillman and Dr. San Gabriel.

Streator Children’s Clinic ADDRESS: 104 Sixth St., Suite 303, Streator PHONE: 815-673-2354 or 815-673-2353 FACEBOOK: HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

Chavez, RN; and Wendy Despinis, CNA assists Dr. San Gabriel as the seasoned clinical staff. Everyone, however, is cross-trained so anyone can pitch in to help. Communication and efficiency plays a vital part in the clinic. Dr. San Gabriel and her staff understand that their patient’s time is important. The office utilizes current technology to improve accessibility and contact with parents. As Dr. San Gabriel suggests, “Parents are an important part of the

process. Their children’s physical and emotional health begins at home and continues as part of a collaborative effort in our office. We work as a team!” Parents are encouraged to ask Dr. San Gabriel questions and she does her best to answer, “especially to clear their worries about what they read on the internet!” As members of the same team, doctor, staff, parents and family grow into a tight-knit family. At times, Dr. San Gabriel says it’s bittersweet to see a lifelong patient move on after high school.

Although she now sees patients until they’re 21 years old, she takes pride in knowing she was a part of her patients’ families as she watches them grow from newborn babies to mature young men and women as they are ready to make their mark on the world. “I do get a kick witnessing that! That feeling never gets old,” Dr. San Gabriel said. Also one of the most enjoyable experiences in her work is to see her patients becoming parents themselves, returning to her office with their children of their own. If you haven’t met Dr. San Gabriel and her staff yet, you’re likely to spot them around town as they plan to make themselves more visible at local events, festivals and community gatherings. Whether children are ill, need a physical or simply want to say hello, Dr. San Gabriel and her staff are ready to welcome you into their family.

Mueller Funeral Homes providing care since 1950 Family-owned and operated since 1950, Mueller Funeral Homes offers caring and compassionate service throughout the Illinois Valley, with funeral homes in Ottawa, Peru, and Lostant, the Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby, and the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in La Salle. “The Mueller family has served many generations at the most difficult times in their lives and will continue to serve them,” said Art Mueller of Mueller Funeral Homes. Families continue to need an opportunity to honor their loved ones and say goodbye. We serve the entire area, and offer affordable options for burial and cremation services for everyone. The Mueller family has owned and operated their own crematory since January 2016. Visitations and funerals or memorial services are an important part of the healing process.” Mueller Funeral Homes encompasses three generations of the Mueller family. Art Mueller joined his father and brother in 1976. The family decided to expand and the Muellers built a new facility in 1978 in Ottawa. A. Charles Mueller, the founder, died in 2013, but his legacy continues. Greg Mueller is the third generation of the Mueller family called to the profession. Like that of his grandfather and father, Greg is dedicated to serving families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. He is married to Dr. Heather Reynolds Mueller, who operates her dental practice in Princeton. They are the parents of a son, Grady Joseph. Grady represents the sixth generation of the Mueller family in La Salle County. Both Heather and Greg are graduates of Ottawa Township High School. More people prearranged and prepaid their funerals

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Rich and Mary Ann Vollmer, of Pavers & More, can help with any landscape projects.

Pavers & More has much to offer in pavers, retaining walls, patio blocks and more We have the quality products, professional advice and service for the do-it-yourselfers. Pavers & More has been helping people just like you to decide, purchase and implement landscape projects since 1999. Pavers & More has over 40 years of experience in the landscape industry. Our outdoor store, which features our evolving outdoor showroom, is just north of Interstate 80 on Route 23 in Ottawa. We have about four acres of product for you to choose from along with stunning displays to give your home its own unique landscape. Our extensive displays give you an array of remodeling ideas and now include a working gas firepit. Coming soon will be an engraving machine that will allow customization of wood, stone, bricks, acrylic, metal and glass. Pavers & More is an Authorized Dealer for Unilock products. Unilock is the leader in the industry with quality products. With our selection of their products, your design has endless possibilities. All Unilock products come with a transferable lifetime guarantee. How many other companies guarantee their product? Family-owned and operated since 1999, we are growing and working hard for your business. We have learned working in a small town

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community requires a personalized touch when it comes to customer service and satisfaction. We understand that your home is where your heart is and we believe our work here at Pavers & More is where our heart is. Consider Pavers & More a partner for the do-it-yourselfers! We assist in designing walkways, patios, driveways and retaining walls, so you can be assured of professionallooking results. If our customers want professional installers, we have a long list of local contractors who can provide awardwinning landscape results. The company’s phone number is 815-431-1108 or visit their website at “Come and see what is new at Pavers & More,” says owner Rich Vollmer. “And don’t forget to ask about Unilock’s transferable lifetime guarantees.”

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Chad Provost, Art Mueller, and Rich Stepuszek of Mueller Funeral Homes offer quality and compassionate service. with the Mueller family in 2015, than in any year in our history, said Mueller. Every guaranteed prepaid trust has been and will continue to be honored without extra expense to the family. The Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa has been under the same ownership and management longer than any other Ottawa funeral home. Chad Provost, now a manager, joined the Mueller Funeral Homes in 2009 as an intern and has been a funeral director since 2010. He is married to the former, Andrea Perry, and they have four children. He and funeral directors Jason Maus and Stephanie Phillips, as well as intern Richard Stepuszek, share the Muellers’ view of honest advice and of offering affordable options to every family served. Art Mueller added, “There is a very real difference between the quality of service we offer and the service offered by other La Salle County funeral homes.” We invite everyone to compare.

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New Ottawa Chamber website available to all You can benefit from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry without having to be a member. Just after the first of the year, the chamber launched its new website at The site features 10 “quicklinks” for rapid access to information: Directory, Deals, Jobs, Calendar, Blog, Where to Live, Where to Shop, Where to Sleep, Where to Play and Where to Eat. For example, click on “Where to Eat” and 37 different dining spots with their phone numbers, addresses and mapped locations are at your disposal. Although the business directory is the same, the new site makes it easier to navigate. The chamber’s redesigned website already is proving its worth to newcomers. As a result of its convenience design, visitors and future residents are doing their research there before they even step foot in Ottawa. “Besides giving the chamber website a fresh look, it also gives chamber members a whole new toolbox of options to promote their businesses,” said Meg Skelly, the chamber’s assistant executive director. “The new website’s search engine optimized giving our members a new level of search-ability,” Executive Director Boyd Palmer noted. “Also new, the Video Tour of Ottawa has been given a refresh,” Skelly said. The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a dynamic business organization working to advance the economic and civic interests of the Ottawa Area. The chamber has played a historic and

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continuing role in the development and evolution of Ottawa. In recent years, the chamber has been involved and in synch with the city’s beautification, murals, plants and trees, historical street lights, new restaurants and retail stores, planned re-watering of the I&M canal, planned development of the riverfront, events both old and new and the concept of a “Town Square” on Jackson Street south of Washington Square park. “Ottawa is continually working toward what today’s consumer enjoys doing, and that usually means experiences that emphasize human interaction and a pleasant environment,” said Palmer. “The bottom line is we’re helping to create those experiences,” he said. “The chamber’s efforts today help shape the future of Ottawa. As we adapt and grow with Ottawa, the chamber has managed change for 102 years and we plan to continue to manage it for many years to come.”

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As an FFA member, Isaiah last year initiated his “Park Your Caps” project. It’s a drive to collect enough recyclable bottle and container caps to qualify for a a wheelchairaccessible picnic table from Green Tree Plastics that would be placed in Seneca’s 15-acre Graves Family Park.

Swon: FFA member initiates ‘Park Your Caps’ project From page 1 But it didn’t matter. “He didn’t stop, he didn’t slow down, he didn’t give up,” said Rob. “He gave it every bit of effort he had from the beginning to the end. He did exactly what he was supposed to do. “And even though he placed dead last, he was happy, because he had beat his own qualifying time.” Actually, said guidance counselor Christopher Jackson, Isaiah’s positive attitude can be inspirational to other students. “When he has a challenge or a goal, he’s shown he’s going to do it no matter what and feel good about no matter how it turns out,” Jackson said. “Nothing slows him down and that can be inspirational for other kids.” Isaiah also has a reputation beyond the high school. As an FFA member, Isaiah last year initiated his “Park Your Caps” project. It’s a drive to collect enough recyclable bottle

‘When he has a challenge or a goal, he’s shown he’s going to do it no matter what and feel good about now matter how it turns out. Nothing slows him down and that can be inspirational for other kids.’ christopher jackson Seneca High School guidance counselor and container caps to qualify for a wheelchairaccessible picnic table from Green Tree Plastics that would be placed in Seneca’s 15-acre Graves Family Park. To earn the table required 1,000 pounds of caps. When word of the project spread, participation from donors in the Seneca community and beyond helped Isaiah surpass that goal. Caps were dropped off at the high school, village hall, and library in the yellow and red buckets provided by the Schaeffer Oil Co. Other loads of caps came in the mail. “Now I’m way over the

1,000,” Isaiah said. Past 2,000, actually. So instead of only the table, there now will be a table and bench for the park, and maybe more if he keeps the collection going. Isaiah is a fan of NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers. At home, he likes to cook. Fried chicken is his specialty. Currently, Isaiah is thinking of attending the culinary arts program at Joliet Junior College, and then perhaps going on to a university afterward. “He tries making lots of different food,” Rob said. “And I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty good.”

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Enjoy the game room at Jerry’s Tap, which offers exceptional food and service.

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Jerry’s Tap & Family Dining celebrates 45 years in business For a fun, wellestablished restaurant featuring great food and a cozy atmosphere, look no further than Jerry’s Tap & Family Dining — Ransom’s own local family favorite. Success for us comes in the form of 45 years of exceptional food and service that continues to draw in repeat customers. For over four decades we’ve been one of Ransom’s favorite restaurants and we’re proud to attract those from outside the community as well due to our family-friendly dining area and party friendly sports bar. Since 1973, we’ve provided a restaurant featuring something good for everyone, from kids to adults. Come enjoy your favorite hamburgers, wings, steaks and more from our kitchen! Enjoy our homemade soups and our salad bar, which features our homemade bread pudding. There is a full menu service Friday and Saturday nights with a limited menu the rest of the week. Which includes homemade pizzas, taco night and wing nights. Jerry’s Tap & Family Dining has been run by our family since its beginning. All five kids of the family grew up working here — and are still employed here today. We are also proud to help local charities and are eager to participate in local events. Jerry’s Tap & Family Dining is a combination

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Jerry’s Tap & Family Dining ADDRESS: 119 N. Lincoln St., Ransom PHONE: Toll Free: 866-946-5620 WEB:

family restaurant, sports bar and has banquet rooms with affordable, delicious food for every appetite. And we hope you stop in to celebrate this monumental anniversary with us. Stop in for a bite and follow us on Facebook to be notified regarding upcoming events at Jerrys-Tap-FamilyDining-598082890219136. Learn what we have to offer: The Family Restaurant: While the adults are chatting before the meal, kids can enjoy racing and arcade games. Our table seating in the restaurant, which is separate from the bar, can accommodate large parties. Enjoy dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., and unwind in an atmosphere with a country feel. Catch the game on our large TVs with a homemade pizza in front of you, or come in for one of our specialties, such as Wednesday Wing Night. On that night, enjoy canned domestic beers at $1.75 each, wings in eight flavors and drink specials. And that’s not all. Friday we feature all-you-can-eat walleye

and Saturday we offer our signature prime rib dinner. The Sports Bar: Don’t miss out on any major sporting event when you visit Jerry’s Tap & Family Dining. We showcase a majority of them in our sports bar so you don’t miss a thing. Enjoy domestic and foreign beers while you listen to a variety of great music. Grab snacks set out during football season and food and beer specials during the games. On Fridays, fill up with domestic beer, including 16-ounce aluminum bottles for $2.50 each. Call us toll-free at 866-946-5620 to check out our drink specials! The Banquet Rooms: We have two banquet rooms that are the perfect location for business meetings, dining and parties of all kinds including Christmas parties, reunions and much more. Between the two we can seat up to 250 people. Prior reservations are required. We can cater your event or you can bring in your own food to our banquet rooms. We also can accommodate rehearsal dinners, receptions and showers.

The latest sectional groups are on display at Wright’s Furniture in Pontiac. Wright’s Furniture in downtown Pontiac has been a Central Illinois tradition for 65 years. While maintaining our commitment to providing only the finest in furniture and high-quality customer service, we continue to expand our inventory and make the latest lines available to our valued clients. Wright’s Furniture was founded by Lloyd Wright on April 1, 1953. Lloyd graduated from North Central College in 1934 and spent 19 years working for the Gambles chain of stores in six different Illinois cities, selling a variety of products including hardware, toys, appliances, tires, farm equipment, furniture, floor coverings, motor scooters and much more. His great American dream began in a 4,000-square-foot store that had been Wood’s Furniture in downtown Pontiac. After four years, Lloyd moved the business to a larger, former Montgomery Ward location, a few blocks away. Over the years, Wright’s grew in size by purchasing adjoining buildings and knocking holes through the walls. Today showrooms and warehouses total approximately 60,000 square feet of floor space. Lloyd retired in 1985, but Wright’s is still family-owned and operated by Lloyd’s son, Gary, and Gary’s sons, Shawn and Eric. We are proud of our excellent staff of 25 dedicated sales, service, installation, delivery, clerical, advertising, and management personnel. We display home furnishings from an unusually large number of manufacturers including most of the “famous brands” and offer great furniture from around the world plus many great “Made in America” resources. Famous brands include La Z Boy, Flexsteel, Southern Motion, Sealy, Tempurpedic, Spring Air, Bassett, Broyhill, Catnapper, Ashley, Vaughan

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Wright’s Furniture ADDRESS: 115 E. Madison St., Pontiac PHONE: 815-844-7177 WEB: HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Bassett. Daniels Amhish, Wolfcraft, and continuing to add new lines. In addition to our huge selection of in-stock, ready-to-deliver merchandise, we also provide free expert assistance in room planning and custom ordering of furniture. We are continually adding new lines to bring the latest and greatest furniture, styles and colors to Central Illinois. We recently expanded our Flexsteel gallery and have added Southern Motion reclining furniture to our stock. Along with our extensive selection of furniture, mattresses, lighting, and decorative accessories, we have a complete floor covering department, featuring our Mohawk Color Center Elite gallery, plus flat screen highdefinition television sets by Samsung and major appliances by General Electric, Hotpoint, Crosley. We feature expert installation of floor covering by our own employee installers and provide free measuring and estimates for your flooring projects. We strive to create lifelong repeat customers and realize that the best form of advertising is positive word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied customers. Come on in, and let us demonstrate why we are the “Wright Store” for you in beautiful downtown Pontiac.

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Bailey’s Place: Raising the bar in video gaming in Ottawa and Peru location is immaculate. We also pride ourselves with being locally owned and operated. We opened our first two locations on Fourth Street in Peru, and our newest location is in Ottawa, (behind Thornton’s and China Inn). We offer a rewards program and have drawings every Monday night at 7 p.m. for a $100 Visa gift card and a $25 gas card. Our spring scratch card promotion has also started, making Bailey’s

Have you been to Bailey’s Place? If not, you’ve gotta go! Not only are they one of the newest, hottest video gaming cafés in town, they’re also one of the nicest. Being that our customers are our friends and neighbors, we wanted to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, unlike the typical out-oftown chains. People come in and feel welcome. Our friendly staff greets you when you arrive and each

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Shanley’s in Ottawa is No. 1 for electronics, appliances Shanley TV and Appliance Center in Ottawa has been serving the area and surrounding areas for more than 40 years. Shanley’s began serving the community in 1973 at 410 W. Main St. until building its new location at 515 W. Main St. Shanley’s has now become the largest appliance and electronic center in the area, offering more than 15,000 square feet of merchandise in a stylish showroom. Shanley’s is also well known for offering the best prices around and providing top customer service. Shanley’s offers top brands such as Maytag, Whirlpool, General Electric, Amana, Speed Queen, Kitchen Aide, LG, Bosch and the well-known Oreck Vacuum Cleaners. Shanley’s also has a very professional delivery team with prompt and professional installation to assure their customers’ satisfaction in all their purchases. Shanley’s also has their own in-store service department that takes care of the customer long after the sale. Upgrade your grilling game with Napoleon grills and accessories at Shanley’s. These superior grills includes gas and infrared models. Stop by and check out the full line of Napoleon grills including kettle, free standing and built-in models

Shanley TV and Appliance Center ADDRESS: 515 W. Main St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-434-0308 WEB: HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Shanley’s also is now a Sleep Source Mattress Gallery. We have a great selection of Simmons and Serta mattresses in our showroom. Everyone at the shop invites you to come browse and shop at Shanley’s, which offers the most state-of-the-art appliances and electronics around. And Shanley’s has one of the largest displays of electronic furniture for your flat screen! You can also shop 24 hours per day at So, whether you need one item or an entire package, let Shanley’s be your choice for quality merchandise with great prices! Shanley TV and Appliance Center has been voted No.

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Rocky, Skeeter and Mickey are ready for bed at Shanley TV and Appliance Center in Ottawa. Shanley’s is now a Sleep Source Mattress Gallery, offering a great selection of Simmons and Serta mattresses in their showroom.

1 Appliance Store and No. 1 Electronic Store in the Peoples Choice Award by the readers of

The Times newspaper. Shanley TV and Appliance Center — family-owned and

operated in Ottawa since 1973, located at 515 W. Main St., your local brand source business.

One-on-one, wholesome education at Sheridan Adventist School Set in the country, Sheridan Adventist Elementary School, which teaches grades one through eight, provides a special opportunity for students to get one-on-one attention to help them learn. The NCPSA-accredited elementary school, located a little south of Sheridan, is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and is open to the public. The school is affordable and financial aid is available. The Adventist school system is the largest unified kindergarten-to-university level Protestant school system in the United States. The school is designed to offer students academic, social and physical growth within a spiritual context. The Bible is taught as the basis of life and students are encouraged to build their relationship with God and others. The teacher, Laura Damon, who is in her 29th year of teaching, is able to build a relationship with each student and work with their individual learning styles to help them achieve their potential. The Iowa Assessment Test Scores, which are aligned with the Common Core, show that Sheridan Adventist School scored among the highest in its group. The low student-to-teacher-ratio, as well as an excellent staff and mission, are credited for the success. The small population in the classroom creates almost a family atmosphere, Damon said. There’s no bullying and each student is supportive of one another, especially the older students who pitch in and help the younger ones with their lessons. The school provides a safe, nurturing environment for each individual student.

Sheridan Adventist Elementary School ADDRESS: 3904 E. 2603rd Road, Sheridan PHONE: 815-830-3308 WEB: EMAIL: information@ FACEBOOK: SheridanAcademics

Sheridan Adventist School stresses community service. When the Sheridan community flooded, students helped the American Red Cross pass out bottled water and lunches. Other community service activities have included helping make Thanksgiving food baskets and highway cleanup projects. Beginning in the 20152016 school year, Sheridan Adventist Elementary School began participating in the Partnering for Eternity (PFE) program, offered through Southern Adventist University. This grant program for Adventist elementary schools is designed to encourage student involvement in service and in forming relationships with senior adults, while helping finance their Christian education. Students, accompanied by their parents for those in grades 1-6, visit weekly with senior adults and engage in companion activities and some light chores. This program has been well accepted by participating seniors, students and parents. Sheridan Adventist School is able to provide students with

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Sheridan Adventist Elementary School Teacher Laura Damon works with her class. The school is designed to offer students academic, social and physical growth within a spiritual context. the attention they need and a Christian foundation to carry into their adult lives, making it an excellent, wholesome alternative to public schools. “It’s a really good environment

for kids, my children have been blessed and thrived in school because of the education they received at this school.” said Cherri Olin, parent of former students.

To learn more about the school, call 815-830-3308 or go to for more information. Check them out on Facebook as well at Facebook. com/SheridanAcademics.

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• Trophies awarded to Top Three in each Class • Cash Prize and Trophy for Best of Show • Music provided by 3-D Sound Company • Food available from The Cheese Shoppe & Deli

Bring the whole family for a day of fun!

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WCMY and JackFM continue to evolve to reach listeners

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Co-owners Lori Wakeman, left, and Brandi Sterling place 10 of their popular meals from “Boom! Dinner’s Ready” into a tote bag. The startup company found success when they moved out of Sterling’s house and into the Streator Incubator, 401 W. Bridge St.

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The award-winning staff at AM1430 WCMY and companion FM 95.3 WRKX includes: (back) Karen Rhodes, Ethan Kruger, Kathy Missel, Maggie Frost, Karen Leifheit, Jay LeSeure, Jean Eltrevoog, Tammy Sondgeroth; (front): Jon Shapiro and Sean Frey. Not pictured, Rick Koshko. Ottawa’s first radio station, AM1430 WCMY, has been on the air for over 60 years and companion FM 95.3 WRKX first took to the air in 1964, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to evolve. The station continues to offer new programming including on 95.3 JackFM where nearly a year ago they introduced Jonathan “Shap” Shapiro as the live morning host from 5:30 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Most of the week, 95.3 JackFM is a music-intensive Variety Hits format, but Shap takes calls and offers trivia to listeners looking to get their day started with a little extra pep. “He has fun with people to get their day started as they’re heading into work,” said Kathy Missel, General Manager of the Ottawa stations owned by NRG Media. 95.3 JackFM has already received plenty of positive feedback on Shap who is known by listeners for his many years on the air with several Starved Rock Country stations. For those hoping to get more of an indepth look at local issues and events, they can tune to “The Voice of Starved Rock Country” 1430 WCMY. Maggie Frost hosts “The Afternoon Drive from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays, which Missel said takes a look at local issues and events. Long known for its programming directed to La Salle County’s largest industry, Agriculture, WCMY has continued to offer a full noon hour of news and information programming headlined by News Director Rick Koshko and Reporter/Anchor Ethan Krueger. “It’s just a jam-packed hour of updated information,” Missel said. Sean Frey, Sports Director and Assistant Program Director, keeps listeners updated on local sports. Missel said the station is proud of its high school sports coverage which, for the first time in several years, included every Ottawa High School and Marquette Academy football game using both the 1430 and 95.3 signals. The day gets started on 1430 WCMY early with “The Morning Meeting” hosted by Jay LeSeure from 5:30 to 10 a.m., and then Karen Rhodes takes over with her popular show “The Second Cup” after 10 a.m. Rhodes is perhaps most well known in the

WCMY/WRKX Radio ADDRESS: 216 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa HOURS: The Business Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday BUSINESS OFFICE: 815-434-6050 WCMY ON-AIR: 815-433-1430 95.3 JackFM ON-AIR: 815-434-2200

community as one of the hosts of “Freezin’ for a Reezin’” every December to benefit the Ottawa Community Food Basket. The event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018. Giving back to the community that supports them is an important component of their business which is why they’re so thrilled it’s taken off in the community. “It’s grown tremendously over the years under Karen Rhodes’ leadership,” Missel said. The station has also upped the ante when it comes to production for the event as they’ve expanded their presence to host all of their programming on site during the event. It’s a great opportunity for the community to come out and meet the hosts they listen to on the airwaves every day. And Missel hopes they do as well because she knows they’ll appreciate them as much as she does. “I’m very impressed with the team here,” Missel said. “I’ve not worked with a team so cohesive and doing the job as best they can. It’s why I look forward to coming to work every day.” And listeners can bring all of those personalities to work with them as well regardless of their radio connection or location. The station has streamed the audio of WCMY for many years but recently added the stream of 95.3 JackFM to their website. Missel said the station will continue to evolve as its listeners evolve and looks forward to many more years of covering the community. Listeners can tune into AM1430 WCMY, 95.3 JackFM or by streaming the stations online at and

Boom! Dinner’s Ready offers quality, nutritious meals Are you a busy parent, working all day and then driving your children to after school-activities? If you are, you probably don’t have much time to worry about cooking a nutritious meal every day. Boom! Dinner’s Ready in Streator has got you covered. Owned by Lori Wakeman and Brandi Sterling, the business operates out of the Streator Incubator (formerly the Armory), 401 W. Bridge St., and offers cost-effective and home-cooked freezer meals. By offering freezer meals, the duo prepares meals, gearing them toward busy families. They make 250 to 500 meals each month. Business has been good, said Wakeman The business offers 10 pre-selected family meals, serving four to five people, for $121.20, including tax, or extra family meals for $14 each. Smaller meals, serving one to two people, sell for $80.80, including tax, or extra smaller meals for $9 each. The meals can then be brought home and frozen until they are ready to be prepared. Pickup times are between 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons. Monthly menus generally include meals involving chicken, beef, pork, or pasta but also offer unique options every month to spice up the menu. The menu selection also is

Boom! Dinner’s Ready ADDRESS: 401 W. Bridge St., Streator PHONE: 815-510-3103 WEB: EMAIL: FACEBOOK: BOOM Dinner’s Ready!

seasonal and may change. In the past, the business has offered soups in the winter and items to grill in the summer. They also include some instructions for preparing the meals, as well as some suggestions for side dishes that go well with the main course. The owners recommend customers bring large tote bags or coolers to transport the meals. Most of the meals are not pre-cooked and can be prepared in a slow cooker but can also be thawed and baked in the oven or, in some cases, a microwave. The pick-up location

is the final set of double doors on the west side of the building and their office is adorned in comic book onomatopoeias such as “Pow!” and “Wham,” embracing the superhero status customers have applied to them for helping with meal preparation. “’You’re my hero,’ is something we’ve heard before,” said Wakeman. “We really think it’s such a convenience and necessary. We love to show people our space and what we are all about. Everyone is welcome to stop and see us on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.”



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Ryan Aldrich

Never a complacent moment for senior Devotes time to soccer, school, community Kate Reynolds 815-431-4073 Ryan Aldrich has his sights set on becoming a lawyer. The 18-year-old Leland High School senior wants to attend the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater and major in pre-law. “That’s the goal, anyway,” he said with a smile. When asked why he’s interested in law, he said it was all because of his social studies teacher Jim Spring. “Mr. Spring tells interesting stories, and one of the first stories I remember was about the Whitewater scandal,” Ryan said. “His story got me thinking about our court system and how everything works. So, I guess I would say he inspired me to be part of the legal system.” Ryan’s parents also have served as a guiding force in his life. “My parents (Ken and Julie) have always pushed me to do the best I could,” Ryan replied. “I accept that quality into who I am. I’ve takem the philosophy that grades have to come first.” Ryan has a 3.9 grade point average and will be valedictorian of his class. Spring said Ryan stood out as a freshman — the first time he taught him. “He’s a golden student because from the beginning, you could see

‘Ryan stands out for so many reasons. ... He’s a very curious-minded person, always asking questions. He takes the next step all the time.’ jim spring Leland High School teacher that he just wanted to learn,” Spring said. “I believe he will do very well with whatever career choice he makes. “Ryan stands out for so many reasons. He has a high attendance record, which sounds simple, but it’s an important thing. He’s a very curious-minded person, always asking questions. He takes the next step all the time. I can’t see him just sitting around playing video games or watching TV.” While Ryan is an excellent student, he really loves soccer — an activity that takes up much of his free time.

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Leland High School senior Ryan Aldrich served as captain of his high school’s soccer team, which co-ops with Earlville and Paw Paw. 

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Family has operated Anthony Liftgates since WWII Countless truck drivers are thankful to over 80 employees of Anthony Liftgates Inc. for saving their backs and shaving precious time off cargo loading and unloading duties. For over 75 years, the manufacturer has made lifting an easy, efficient chore through its registered trademark Liftgates that pick up heavy loads from the ground and hoist them to truck bed level for loading and unloading. Anthony Liftgates customers are truck body manufacturers and truck equipment dealers/ distributors. Its end users are some of the large, national companies like Black Horse Carriers, Target, IdeaLease and NationaLease. The company makes four distinct types of Liftgates ---- Pickup, RailTrac, TuckUnder and Conventional Series. The TuckUnder Series is the most common, that folds up to form a tailgate. A variety of models exist for each type. For example, there’s a RailTrac model with two hydraulic pumps and motors for heavy capacity loads of 3,500 pounds up to 6,500 pounds. The extra pump and motor serve as backup if the other fails. The Walker family venture started when the current generation’s grandfather, Lawrence Walker cut his teeth at the Anthony Co. in the 1930s as vice president and general manager of the Streator-based company. It was at Anthony that Frank Novotney, a Streator native, brought Lawrence

Anthony Liftgates Inc. ADDRESS: 1037 W. Howard St., Pontiac PHONE: 815-842-3383 WEB: anthonyliftgates. com EMAIL: sales@

his invention of Liftgates. In 1941, the Anthony Company began designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling the Liftgate product. By 1945, Lawrence Walker founded his own company, Streator Dependable Manufacturing, turning out Liftgate parts as well as tractor seats. Lawrence’s sons Patrick, Ralph and Dale, ran that business until the late 1970s. In 1982, Streator Dependable bought the Liftgate product line from the Anthony Company. And from there, it was moved a stones throw away from historical Route 66, in Pontiac, where it remains today. Liftgates and parts are manufactured in a plant of over 110,000 square feet by a skilled group of craftsmen. The company added a storage building last summer and are in the process of constructing an addition to the factory to increase production. Together, Anthony Liftgates and Streator Dependable, along with two other manufacturing

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Jeremy Walker with the two new building additions at Anthony Lift Gates. businesses in the Streator area, are run by Patrick’s five sons Chris, Paul, Jeremy, Tom and Jim and now, in 2017, the fourth generation is involved in running the businesses as well. Anthony used to have a corner on the market. But now, over 75 years later, many competitors have sprung up and cut into the liftgate industry, with Anthony being the only liftgate manufacturer in Illinois. The product line has been completely revamped since manufacturing began in Pontiac and continue today to refine their product offering. By

investing in state-of-theart equipment and new technologies that include different materials and finishes than in previous years, they are able to drastically extend the life of liftgates. Materials such as aluminum and stainless steel, as well as hot-dip galvanized coatings are used very commonly nowadays in the fabrication of liftgates. Anthony customers say they’re considered the “Cadillac” of Liftgates, with customer service second to none. The brothers note they were the first in the industry to offer servicefree Liftgates featuring

Teflon bushings instead of grease zerks that eliminate routine greasing and minimize maintenance while maximizing resistance to wear and tear. Other firsts in the industry listed by the Walkers included heat shrink terminals on wires to seal connections, remote control vs. levers for raising and lowering gates and Zero Leak Concept, O-ring type fittings instead of pipe threads. The company often hears that changes are customer driven but at the same time Anthony Liftgates has caused the competition to change. Anthony Liftgates are

fully assembled before they leave the Pontiac plant, which is another Anthony first to the industry. This allows more testing of components, and ensures higher quality and reliability, and makes for easier and faster installation onto trucks and trailers. The company’s Easy Mount concept means even the power unit reservoirs are filled with hydraulic fluid before shipment. Since this revival of Anthony Liftgates, sales have increased nearly every year for the last 35, and expectations are high for them to continue well into the future.

Dolphin Car Wash and Detailing Center brings out the best in vehicles A superior cleaning of your vehicle both inside and out is something you can trust to the friendly staff at the Dolphin Car Wash and Detailing Center in Ottawa. Dolphin was established in 1999. There now are locations in Ottawa, Morris and Joliet. With its years of experience in the car wash industry, Dolphin employees have the passion and knowledge to provide your vehicle with the absolute best care the industry has to offer. Dolphin offers a complete line of car wash packages: -Exterior Only $6: Basic wash that cleans bumper to bumper wash, super white walls, gets dried off and the door jambs wiped down. -Value Car Wash $16 (or exterior only for $9): Full service wash, clear coat shine, clear coat protectant and underbody wash. -Super Value Car Wash $18 (or exterior only for $12): Full service wash, clear coat shine, clear coat protectant, underbody wash, tire shine and rim cleaning wheel bright. -Ultimate Value Car Wash $21 (or exterior only for $15): Full service wash, clear coat shine, clear coat protectant, underbody wash, tire shine, rim cleaning wheel bright, triple foam polish wax, rust inhibitor and interior air freshener vent clip.

Dolphin Car Wash and Detailing Center ADDRESS: 1439 Columbus St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-434-3770 WEB: dolphincarwash. com HOURS: Weather permitting — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday There also is a 48-hour guarantee: return within two days and receive a free exterior only wash with receipt with matching license plate. -Platinum Value Car Wash $25: Ultimate value car wash with mat shampoo. -Hand Wash $35: A total luxury service. Please allow 45 minutes. For extra savings Dolphin offers full service car wash books that provide five car washes for the price of four car washes. Dolphin also offers express and full-service detailing services. -Express detailing services are completed after a car wash in just 30 minutes, with wax for $50, interior super clean for $45 and carpet shampoo for $45. A platinum car wash is included.

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Grace Community Church celebrates one year of recovery program A local rehabilitation program is preparing to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Pastor Chuck Giacinto said Grace Community Church’s Celebrate Recovery program has been a huge success for the congregation. Giacinto explained its a Christ-centered, faith-based organization recovery program that is available across the globe and supports those dealing with addiction, abuse and more. “There’s a tremendous need in the area and thankfully there are many other programs that have been available to people along the way,” Giacinto said. “We just want to add to that and be a part of it.” The church will hold a concert to support the program at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Grace Community Church, 1634 Route 23 on the edge of Streator. Singer and songwriter Randy Stonehill will perform a variety of Christian music and Giacinto hopes the public will attend to learn more about the program. They will also celebrate their anniver-

Grace Community Church ADDRESS: 1634 Route 24, outside of Streator PHONE: 815-672-7700 WEB: HOURS: Church services are 10:15 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Celebrate Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays for dinner with the formal meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

sary during the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30. Ministry leader Randy Adams said the program serves those with a variety of needs and helps them navigate the long and occasionally difficult road to recovery. “It’s for anyone with a hurt, hang-up, habit or addiction,” Adams said. “It can be of any sort. It can be for spousal abuse, child abuse, drugs, alcohol and eating disorders. It deals with a wide range of hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Adams said the program has been a hit thus far. The program incorporates a combination of 12 steps, eight principles and their

Biblical comparisons wellrounded approach to life’s hurts and struggles. The initial program takes around nine months to a year, but can last indefinitely and he hopes those that participate can stick around and help others. Adams estimates it’s just as helpful for the leadership and greater congregation as it is for those looking for help. “Going through this process we’ve benefited from it about as much as any of the people coming,” Adams said. “When it was announced, I wanted to be a part of it,” he added. “My heart kind of leapt because

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Pastor Chuck Giacinto and wife Lynette, celebrate Recovery Ministry with Ministry Leader Randy Adams. I, myself, came from addiction and I wanted to use that past to help others.” The group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday for dinner and begin the formal meeting around 7 p.m.

Adams said he hopes those in need are able to find the program useful and looks forward to seeing its growth in the years to come. “God heals and teaches

that you don’t have to carry these burdens yourself,” Adams said. “He carries those for us.”

Thymeless — Helping put a touch of personality in your home Want to change things inside your home? Thymeless, a family owned business and one of downtown Ottawa’s newest additions, helps you do just that. The store offers a variety of handcrafted items including repurposed wooden signs with witty sayings such as “Grandkids spoiled here because nobody will spank grandpa” or a barnwood sign saying “What I Love Most About Our Home Is Who I Share It With.” Thymeless specializes in handmade wreaths, wooden toilet paper cabinets, curtains and rugs, among other things. “Many of the items in our store have a story. We just don’t know what that story is in many cases. These items are given a new breath of life and live on in someone’s home from generation to generation,” Sharon said. “It could be as simple as a piece of barn wood that finds a new use in someone’s home.” In November, co-owners

THYMELESS ADDRESS: 728 Columbus St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-617-9595 FACEBOOK: ThymelessOttawa HOURS: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday (although it will be open on Sundays during Special Events and the Fall and Christmas seasons)

Sharon Kassman and her mother, Pat Almy, opened Thymeless at Columbus and Jefferson streets in downtown Ottawa. But the duo have much experience in the business. They operated a similar store called A Walk in Thyme in the suburbs for more than two decades. Sharon and Pat said they belong to an artistic family which includes both of their husbands lending a helping hand at all times. “My passion has always been in natural products,” said Sharon, who worked under a master gardener for five years. “We search

high and low for unique works from artists we’ve worked with.” Sharon lives in Ottawa, while Pat, who remains in the suburbs, works at the store two days a week. “Our ideas inspire each other,” Sharon said. The “thyme” in the store’s name refers to the spice. “We’re well-seasoned,” Pat joked. “We try to appeal to the five senses.” Sharon and Pat talked about their store revolving around customer service. “We are about making this an attainable experience, so the customer

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Mucci & Kirkpatrick offers more than just new heating and AC equipment. William Mucci gives free estimates and consults with customers to select and install the proper equipment and ductwork for their application. They also provide maintenance and repair service.

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Pat Almy and Sharon Kassman, owners of Thymeless, offer a variety of handcrafted items including repurposed wooden signs at their downtown Ottawa store. can come in here and be comfortable and creative,” Sharon said. “We encourage the customer as we work with them to

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who bring their friends,” Sharon said. “Mom and I both feel that is the biggest compliment you can give us.”

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Ottawa employment agency on the fast track Ottawa Express Employment Professionals opened its doors Jan. 25. According to franchise owners Richard and Lynn Yoerk, they opened the branch in Ottawa because the area has a dynamic workforce and growing economy which creates the need for both staffing services and workers. “We’re in the business to help people so we’re very excited about serving businesses in Ottawa and the surrounding area with our full line of staffing services” says Lynn (Yanello) Yoerk. “If a job seeker is looking for work, we can market them to a business,” added Richard “We can shorten the process for the employer and the associate.” The Yoerks also own franchises in Champaign and Danville. For Lynn, a 1984 graduate from Streator High School, opening a franchise is Ottawa is a homecoming. “It’s full circle for me,” she said. “I get to help people I know and grew up with.” The Ottawa Express Employment Professionals presently employee seven full-time internal staff and about 120 associates out working in the field with their clients. The Ottawa franchise recently earned the Fast Track Award, a national award for record growth in their first six weeks of business. Express Employment Professionals is on a mission to put a million people to work annually. They have more than 800

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Pirate’s Cay Indoor Water Park offers year-round fun

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Starved Rock Motor Inn in Streator offers travelers a unique hotel with a modern yet retro style.

Starved Rock Motor Inn offers modern comfort with retro style Travelers looking for a unique hotel in the area with modern comfort yet a retro style can look no further. The Starved Rock Motor Inn opened last year and already word is spreading like wildfire. “The hotel has picked up really well,” said owner Kevin Shah. “We get really good feedback and clientele.” Shah, and his wife Reshma, purchased the former Town and Country Inn in July 2016 because he saw an opportunity to present a new type of venue that wasn’t available in the community. The building went through a lengthy renovation period which consisted of Shah and his team replacing the flooring while adding new beds, linens, flat-screen TVs, wifi access, microwaves and refrigerators. A brand new retro design and feel was also introduced to a number of the rooms as well as an updated security and camera system. Shah said he wanted to create a safe and friendly environment that he would feel comfortable with his own daughters visiting when they grow up. Guests can also expect hot breakfast every morning and access to a coffee bar all day long. The renovations weren’t just to serve guests to the hotel, but also residents living nearby with the addition of Roamers lounge. The comfortable social seating area is complemented by an upscale bar atmosphere and a number of video gaming machines. Shah said creating a fun, safe yet social environment was key to the space and he hopes to attract a number of residents looking for a unique and comfortable gaming experience. “The lounge is picking up interest,” Shah said. “Whenever we get new people

in they’ll say ‘We never knew this existed.’” The location also includes over 1,400 square feet of meeting and banquet space complete with all the modern technology present in larger, upscale areas such as a projection screen, microphone and stage. The space is perfect for family gatherings, reunions, rehearsal dinners, corporate functions, training seminars, fashion shows as well as bridal and baby showers. There are also plans to introduce a larger 2,400 square foot wedding venue while still keeping prices affordable and relative to the area. Both the meeting space and the lounge have already been used for mobile boutique nights, corporate meetings and live music events. For the smaller group gatherings, the hotel offers a more private meeting room which can hold up to 10 people. Shah said the facility really acts as multiple businesses in one with the gaming parlor, social lounge, hotel and future wedding venue. He looks forward to seeing the business continue to grow and introduce guests to the many new offerings on the horizon. Social Media Strategist, Rhonda Eilts, at Biz Buzz suggests following the business’ social media pages to discover all that is happening inside. “There is also a new LED display along the roadside that highlights events,” Eilts said. “You will truly be pleased with the relaxing atmosphere and excellence in customer service.” Starved Rock Motor Inn is a member of the Streator Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Pirate’s Cay Waterpark in Sheridan offers 31,000 square feet of fun, including water features, slides and dump bucket. It’s not every day that you get to stand in a deluge of water being dumped from a giant bucket! But at Pirate’s Cay Waterpark in Sheridan, it happens daily! Located just minutes north of Ottawa off Illinois Route 71, it is 31,000 square feet of awesome! The park includes a pirate’s ship themed children’s playscape with operatorcontrolled water features, water guns, slides and dump bucket that is fun for the whole family. Out of the four water slides, two of them are tube slides entitled The Kraken and The Hydra. If that isn’t enough, ride the two body slides, The Jewel and The Pearl. But for those looking for a slower pace, take a few trips around the Lazy River to relax and unwind. If you happen to find yourself overcome with hunger after a day spent twirling, dipping and drifting your way through the park, grab a bite to eat at Subway or Mama DeLuca’s Pizza. A gift shop offers swimsuits, towels, t-shirts, jewelry and novelty candy and ice cream. Senior Manager of Guest Engagement Brynn Hermann had this to say about Pirate’s Cay and what it has to offer: “Being in the Midwest it is always challenging to find a family friendly and focused environment that offers water based activities year round and Pirates Cay

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From page 11 “When I’m not in school, I play soccer,” he said with a smile. “Our school combines with Earlville High School’s sports and for the last two years, I’ve been the team captain of the Earlville Red Raiders ... ” He paused for a second. “Soccer is pretty much all I do.” Given his passion for soccer, Ryan still has kept his attention balanced between the classroom and the field. Throughout his school years, the awards and honors he has compiled are astounding. As a freshman, Ryan had perfect attendance. His sophomore school achievements include allconference soccer, soccer offensive MVP, a La Salle County Student Excellence Award and a student of the month award. During his junior and senior years, he won the Illinois Principal Association Good Student Award. “Ryan has always stood out, because he is a very self-motivated, self-directed student,” said his Spanish teacher Amanda Dean. “And we just don’t see that kind of student very often. He’s eager and you can just tell he loves learning. He turns his work in on time and always talks to me if he has any questions. I’ve really enjoyed having him in my class and I will most definitely miss him.” As busy as Ryan is, he still uses his time to help others. He is a member of the Cornerstone Church, also working for the American Red Cross Blood Drive. He attended the Hugh

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Ryan Aldrich will be valedictorian of his class at Leland High School. He participates in many activities in his school, including National Honor Society and scholastic bowl — on top of being in soccer and track. O’Brian youth leadership seminar, participated in Plano Bible Church’s soccer camp and served as an Illinois Boys State Representative during his sophomore year. He’s volunteered with the Feed My Starving Children’s organization. “Previously I had played on a club soccer team, which took up a lot of time. So now I have some spare time, because I’ve actually slowed down,” he laughed. “But I’ve made a discovery. I really don’t like having all this free time so I joined the track team which I really enjoy. I

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Find the best pizza in town at Joe’s Station House in Streator For hot, delicious pizza and other tasty delights, there’s no better spot than Joe’s Station House Pizza in Streator. Scott and Beth Limberg have owned Joe’s Station House Pizza for 20 years this March at 617 E. Main St. The business’ name is based on a train station theme. The Limbergs employ about 18 people, including their son Steve Limberg, who manages the business with them. Besides pizza, of course, the menu includes beef rolls and cheesy breadsticks. A recent addition to the offerings at Joe’s Station House Pizza are Joe’s

Nuggets, which come in garlic Parmesan or cinnamon sugar — whatever your choice, you can be sure they’ll favor your tastebuds. Joe’s Station House Pizza has often been a winner in the Readers Choice votes taken over the years — The Limbergs thank the folks of Streator for that honor. Be sure to stop by Joe’s for a great meal or give them a call for a pick-up at the convenient driveup window or put in an order for free in-town delivery -- however you get Joe’s Station House food, you won’t regret it!

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Scott Limberg (left), who owns Joe’s Station House with wife Beth; and Steve Limberg are part of the crew helping make the restaurant a winner in many customers’ books.

The Stough Group, providing seniors quality affordable housing The Stough Group manages 23 privately owned independent senior living properties. Of the 23 properties, 12 are located in the Illinois Valley. The Group has properties in Streator (100 units), Ottawa (60 units), Peru (110 units), Oglesby (50 units), Mendota (50 units), Spring Valley (100 units) and Princeton (68 units). The properties were built exclusively for senior citizens without any stairs or steps. To qualify for one of the apartments, applicants must be at least 62 years of age. Income limits are produced annually by Housing and Urban Development and the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Our mission is to provide seniors with quality affordable housing. When making the transition from owning a home to a senior living facility, it can be very intimidating. The thought of leaving behind memories and familiar surroundings can be very terrifying and stressful for older adults. However, it has been my experience that nearly 100 percent of the time, the senior doesn’t regret their decision. By eliminating the expense of snow removal, landscaping, and/ or expensive home repairs seniors can enjoy their “golden years.” The Group maintains individual site-specific waiting lists for each development, meaning each property has their own waiting list. The Group allows people to place their names on the waiting list and remain there until they are ready to move. For example, there are people who have been

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Schmidt Meadows senior apartments in Streator is managed by The Stough Group. The group manages 23 privately-owned independent senior living properties.

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on the list for years but are not ready to move. The Group keeps them on the list providing they return the annual update. “I have been told by several different organizations in the community that many seniors are under the

impression that each waiting list is two to three years long, which discourages seniors from getting on the list. This rumor is untrue,” Alexis Ruck of The Stough Group said. “We strongly encourage seniors who are interested in pursuing

our housing to call and get their names placed on the list. It’s possible for someone to get on the list and then get an apartment shortly thereafter. For instance, we have had a higher than normal turnover throughout our Streator sites this year. We are currently looking for qualified applicants that are ready to move.” Many senior housing complexes are high-rises, while The Stough Group’s developments in the Illinois Valley are ground level without any stairs or steps. Each tenant has their own entrance to their

home unlike the common entrances of a high-rise. There are not any common hallways shared by the residents. Imagine the convenience of parking your vehicle steps from your front door; this certainly simplifies life for the seniors. It also provides peace of mind for children of seniors to know that their parent(s) has a safe place to call home. “Well guess what, we do! That’s right, our tenants control their own heating and cooling,” Ruck said. The Stough Group strives to ensure that seniors are enjoying their

retirement without any worries. “I suppose the most important reason to choose our housing over others is that it is affordable for seniors. We are privately owned, and rents are not subsidized, but we do keep our rents affordable,” Ruck said. “We receive several phone calls from applicants that are interesting in seeing a model unit. We rarely have a vacancy; thus we don’t have model units to show. On Friday, April 6, we will be hosting an open house at the 901 Meadow Lane in Streator from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

Winner$ friendly atmosphere separates it from the rest Relax while you win at Winner$ gaming parlor in Ottawa. Winner$ has been around for almost three years. It is owned by Pat Rodriguez and located at 621 Canal St. between Main and Madison streets. Pat is also involved in other businesses in Ottawa. Pat is with Ambrosis Hair Salon and Washington Square Realtors What makes Winner$ special is its clean and friendly atmosphere. There is complete handicapped accessibility, as well as large, sparkling bathrooms. Parking is no problem, with plenty of spaces around the building. Bring in the ad within the business and industry review section to receive a $5 match play — one per customer. Winner$ features five of the newest gaming machines available in the

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Winner$ gaming parlor features five of the newest gaming machines available in the wagering world, as well as delicious cookies, chips and candy, plus water, soda, beer and other alcoholic drinks.

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Stress-free trips with All Points Travel What do you look for when selecting a travel agency and should you book through a travel agency? There are many reasons and it is to your benefit to do some research and ask some questions. We at All Points Travel are confident that you will find out why we are a preferred travel agency for the surrounding area. Mostly, it is our attention to detail, professionalism, price matching abilities and outstanding customer service. We are available 24 hours per day to help you with all your travel needs. We will work endlessly to make sure your trip is the wonderful experience you have dreamed of. All Points Travel is the only agency in the area that has been a member of the Funjet Vacations elite 500 Club for 15 years in a row! This award is only given to top agencies throughout the country. This prestigious award is for quality, productivity, and outstanding customer service. This status gives us exclusive promotions that you will not find anywhere else. All of our travel consultants have continued their education to become specialists in many destinations. They also train every year by visiting the destinations for a first-hand experience of what the destination and resorts have to offer. We keep current with our specialist training with the resorts including Sandals, Beaches, Riu, Hyatt, Disney, Universal, Couples, Hard Rock Hotels, Playa Resorts and Hilton to name a few. We have also become Destination Wedding and Honeymoon specialists. We have booked hundreds of weddings in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Colorado and Las Vegas, as well as Europe. We have trained onsite with wedding coordinators, so we know from firsthand experience what to expect. We can offer the wedding couple the best group discounts and amenities as possible. We can even offer discounts on your Collin Cowie wedding package with Hard Rock Resorts since we have completed their prestigious Weddings On The Water training certification. We can also inform and assist you with legal requirements for any wedding destination. There is no need to spend countless hours on the internet trying to figure this out when we are just a phone call away. We also have met and have had personal contact with many of the wedding coordinators at the resorts so we have the personal connections with them. We assist you will all the communication with the wedding coordinator no matter what country you are getting married in. We handle all your guests needs so you are free to focus on the details of the wedding and not worried about everyone’s travel plans. We can also arrange excursions for guests at the destination whether it be a sunset catamaran cruise or a day of golf. All of our services are available to you for free so why spend the

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The Hagi & Baker Funeral Home has been serving the Streatorland area since 1895. Its history begins in the community of Ransom and then a second location in Streator in the 100 block of South Park Street in 1920. John J. “Jack” Hagi then purchased the residence at 205 High Street in 1936 and moved the funeral home into that facility. It is the oldest standing home in Streator having been built in 1873. It was built by Martin J. Overholt at the cost of $10,000. Mr. Overholt died in 1877. The home was then purchased by E.H. Bailey, paymaster of the Streator Coal Company. Additions were later added in 1950 to construct a larger chapel, preparation room and lounge. Jack operated the funeral home along with the assistance of his son-in-law John Kerestes, until Jack’s passing in 1974. John continued the business, along with his wife Mary Hagi-Kerestes, until his passing in 2013. Mary passed away in 2016. Bryan M. Baker, who was born and raised in Streator, became a funeral director in 1989. He graduated from Streator Township High School in 1987 and then graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1989. He is the son of Morton “Russ” Baker of Streator and the late Nancy (Hagie) Baker. Bryan had owned and operated another funeral home in Streator until moving away for nine years. He returned home in September of 2016 to purchase the Hagi Funeral Home from Kyle Kerestes, also a funeral director and the son of John and Mary Kerestes. Bryan has two children, Colin Russell Baker, age 13 and Margaret “Maghie” Irene Baker, age 12, both who are in grade school. He also has three sisters, Diane Bauer, Cindy (J.J.) Neiggemann and Amy (Terry “Oly”) Oelschlager, all of Streator and a twin

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Hagi & Baker Funeral Home was completely remodeled in 2017 to better serve families, with removal of wallpaper and the addition of new paint, carpeting, furniture and bathrooms. They added a video tribute area, children’s area and new lounge.

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brother, Terry Baker, also a funeral director who lives in Streator and helps Bryan at the funeral home. He is also assisted by Julie ScudderKimes, who serves as a receptionist and funeral assistant. The funeral home was completely remodeled in 2017 to better serve our families, with removal of wallpaper and the addition of new paint, carpeting, furniture and bathrooms. We added a video tribute area, children’s area and new lounge. This spring we will be repainting the exterior, redoing the landscaping with new bushes, flowers, pavers and rock. We will also be adding a handicapped ramp to the main entrance. New signage will be added to the front and also along Bridge Street to more easily

locate our facility. Bryan is a member of Streator Knights of Columbus Council 790, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Streator Eagles Aerie 645, Streator Unlimited Foundation Board and Moose Family Center. He has also served as Illinois Funeral Directors Association District 5 president and treasurer. Bryan started the trivia night contests here in Streator in 1998 that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for many charities. He is also a licensed insurance agent. Bryan is privileged and honored to be able to continue the legacy that the Hagis built in this community. We plan to continue to improve our facilities to meet the changing needs of families today and for the future.

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Busy student still has time to listen Woodland senior on path to career as nurse practitioner Dan Churney 815-431-4050 Anna Holland is one busy senior student. The Woodland senior has little spare time, spending her hours preparing for college, working part-time, taking a college course and still participating in high school programs. Whew! Anna belongs to Key Club and is secretary of Woodland’s National Honor Society. The volleyball team was also once in the mix, but Anna said she dropped it, so she could concentrate on academics. Her mother is Gina. She has a younger brother, Keith. Her father, Matthew, passed away. Anna plans on becoming a nurse practitioner, perhaps specializing in psychology.

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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation is a safe and proven treatment alternative for persistent Eustachian Tube Dysfunction that works at the source of the problem and preserves the ear’s natural anatomy. This revolutionary procedure is now offered by Dale Chilson, DO of the St. Margaret’s Ear, Nose & Throat Center.

Pain or pressure in your ear? If you have ever been on a plane or at a higher elevation, you have probably noticed a change in the pressure in your ears and have chewed gum or swallowed to adjust the pressure that began to build up. This type of discomfort is only temporary and happened because you were not swallowing or yawning at the time of the rapid change in atmospheric pressure. But this example shows the importance of your eustachian tubes and the discomfort they can cause if they are not functioning properly. The eustachian tubes run from the back of the nose in the upper throat to the middle ear. They function as a valve to maintain proper pressure in the middle ear. While they stay closed much of the time, they quickly open and close upon swallowing or yawning to allow the passage of air and drainage of normal secretions. However, when inflammation, swelling, or mucus disrupt this function, pressure in the middle ear will not be normalized and mucus cannot drain properly. When this happens, it is called Eustachian Tube Dysfunction or ETD. Symptoms of persistent ETD include ear pain, pressure, fullness, popping, muffled hearing, or ringing. According to Acclarent, it is estimated that a minimum of 2 million adult patients suffer from ETD in the United States. If you suffer from ETD, the Acclarent Aera™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation is the best longterm treatment option available for adults. This procedure is safe and minimally invasive. During this outpatient procedure, a catheter is maneuvered from the nose to the eustachian tube where a balloon is then inflated for a few minutes to minimize the inflamed tissues and maximize the opening. Within a few months of the procedure, the eustachian tubes begin to start functioning properly on their own. The success rate is high for restoring proper function and has better results than with medicine alone. About a decade of data on this procedure has resulted in a 99.7% technical

St. Margaret’s Hospital ADDRESS: 600 E. First St., Spring Valley PHONE: 815-664-5311 or 815-223-5346 WEB: success rate in clinical studies. According to Acclarent, until 2016 there was no balloon catheter widely available in the United States specifically designed to dilate the Eustachian tube. The options that were available before this procedure included a Tympanostomy Tube, which requires an incision be made through the tympanic membrane to place an ear tube—to provide temporary ventilation of the Eustachian tube, and a Tuboplasty, which is the use of a surgical laser tor microdebrider to ablate or remove the mucosa from the Eustachian tube. Both procedures are more invasive than the balloon dilation procedure and come with significantly more risks, including hearing loss, scarring, chronic perforation and more—all of which results in repeated future office visits and procedures. Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation is a safe and proven treatment alternative for persistent Eustachian Tube Dysfunction that works at the source of the problem and preserves the ear’s natural anatomy. This revolutionary procedure is now offered by Dale Chilson, DO of the St. Margaret’s Ear, Nose & Throat Center. He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology, as well as, Head and Neck and Facial Plastic Surgery. For over 20 years, Dr. Chilson has provided consistent, quality care. He is the same doctor, offering the same exceptional care as a Center of Excellence. If you experience pain and pressure in your ear as an adult and are looking for a more permanent treatment, then the Acclarent Aera™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation system may be right for you. For an appointment with Dr. Chilson, call 815- 2243040.

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Tabitha Hamann and Rich Orlandi, as well as the other smiling faces at Furniture Sellers, believe if they provide you a better shopping experience than anywhere else you’ll come back again and again. Furniture Sellers has been the GO TO place for all of your home furnishings for almost 25 years. Furniture Sellers is your answer to one-stop shopping. Our solid reputation stems from always having what you need and always having the absolute lowest price on the industry’s most trusted brand names. Our consistent eye on competitor’s prices and today’s furniture fashions has kept Furniture Sellers ahead of the home furnishings curve. Shop with confidence knowing you’ve seen it all and you’re not going to find it better priced anywhere. Furniture Sellers’ popularity can certainly be attributed to its great selection and killer prices, but the familiar faces will keep you coming back again and again ... the smart folks at Furniture Sellers are experienced and informed and they love what they do … it just shows. Rich Orlandi has owned and operated Furniture Sellers from the beginning and has been in the home furnishing industry all of his life. When you see him on the streets you may not remember his name but you’ll remember he’s the furniture guy. Tabitha Hamann has been with Furniture Sellers for close to 15 years. Her insight into all the areas of the furniture retailing industry from product, shipping and financing to that knack for finding you just actually what your looking for makes her the “go-to” person. Rich, Tabitha and the rest of the smiling faces at Furniture Sellers believe if we provide you a better

Furniture Sellers ADDRESS: 201 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa PHONE: 815-434-9344 HOURS: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

shopping experience than anywhere else you’ll come back again and again. Furniture Sellers knows furniture ... we offer only the best valued manufacturers known to the furnishing market place. Every manufacturer Furniture Sellers offers to the public is constantly scrutinized for its quality, competitive pricing and streamline shipping to assure you get the best value for your buck. Catnapper is an up-and-coming maker of reclining furniture, that we are proud to partner with. Their initiative to incorporate coils into cushions and develop a low-cost long lasting steel spring unit has garnered people’s attention. Ashley Furniture, another household name, is the world’s largest manufacturer of home furnishing and is another partner Furniture Sellers is proud to represent. Simmons Upholstery Company, is well established and trusted, a quality manufacturer of upholstered furniture. There are mattress manufacturers big and small, well known and the obscure, but there is not a better

value in the bedding business then Englander … Englander is just as old and established as the big brand names, building quality mattress equivalent to the big boys, but noticeably better priced than them. And Furniture Sellers is an exclusive dealer. Furniture Sellers carries Sauder. To coin a phrase Sauder Woodworking is home grown literally next door in Ohio. Sauder is a quality manufacturer of readyto-assemble case good furniture. Their attention to detail and commitment to quality make them a perfect partner for furniture sellers. Stop in and strike up a conversation with the folks at furniture sellers because that’s what we do and we’re good at it. Furniture Sellers provides you with an easy and informative shopping experience. Our incredible selection of trusted brand names, priced way below any competitors, quick and extremely professional delivery and service after the sale is what makes first-time shoppers life time friends. Stop in and see for yourself.

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IVCIL, serving people with disabilities, is ready to help Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living ADDRESS: 18 Gunia Drive, Suite 1, La Salle PHONE: 815-224-3126 WEB:

the life the person wants to lead. Independent Living Skills Training — The heart of independent living is being in control of your life. IVCIL offers training to equip people with disabilities with the skills and information to manage their lives and live more independently. This is done through building rapport with them and establishing goals they feel will increase their independence. Transition Services — This involves transitional services that: a. facilitate the transition of individuals with significant disabilities from nursing homes and other institutions to home and community-based residences, with the requisite supports and services; b. provide assistance to individuals with significant disabilities who are at risk of entering institutions so that the individuals may remain in the community; and c. facilitate the transition of youth with significant disabilities, who were eligible for individualized education programs under IDEA, and who have completed their secondary education and otherwise left school to postsecondary life up to the age of 25. IVCIL also offers specific programs. The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living now operates a Mobile Meals program for Peru, La Salle and Oglesby. Not only do IVCIL Mobile Meals clients receive one hot and one cold meal per day, prepared by IVCH and delivered by IVCIL, they also enjoy some personto-person contact every day. Also, families know someone is checking on their loved one. The Personal Assistant Program — This program is designed to provide services that address the personal needs of individuals with disabilities. People who may benefit from these services have a permanent disability and want to stay in their own home. A personal assistant will help such people with daily activities. These activities may include personal care, meal preparation, shopping. Assistants allow individuals to remain at home, instead of

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Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living staff members include: (front, from left): Office Manager Deb Cools, Associate Director Kesley Gonigan, Executive Director Brian Szuda, Independent Living Specialist Cynthia Panizzi; (back): Independent Living Specialist Ashley Purpara, Personal Assistant Coordinator Jenni Richards, Community Reintegration Coordinator Tricia Horaney, Services Coordinator and IT Specialist Marla Michalak, and Mobile Meals Coordinator Terri Sparling.

being placed in a care facility or an institution. All assistants undergo orientation and training, and then are placed on a referral list that is made available to consumers. IVCIL’s personal assistant program can help locate assistants to provide the compassionate care required for families who find themselves in such situations. The Community Reintegration Program — This program helps people currently living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities to live independently in the community. People with disabilities, who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, are often housed there because they are unfamiliar with the options that allow them to live independently. IVCIL’s Community Reintegration Program helps these people overcome such barriers and helps them return home. Youth Services Program — This program is another bridge to independence for persons with disabilities. Youth Services is for children with disabilities up to age 22 that are still attending high school and their families. Schools, agencies and community groups are eligible for services that focus on improving educational and community opportunities for youth with disabilities. Deaf Services Program — This program meets the needs of, and increases community options for, people whose hearing is impaired. One component of this program is the interpreter referral program. The IVCIL maintains a list of interpreters who are registered with the

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Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit, nonresidential service and advocacy organization based in La Salle that assists persons with disabilities in opening doors to their independence. It serves the communities of La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall and Stark counties. The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living works to ensure people with disabilities live fulfilling lives. “We put the person first, having a disability is only a part of the individual,” said Executive Director Brian Szuda. As a community-based, nonresidential center for independent living, we work to increase the involvement of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life. We strive to enhance their potential to achieve and sustain selfdirected living in home or community settings, depending on their choices. Essentially, independent living means experiencing life as everyone else does. IVCIL is consumer-driven and run by people with disabilities, who have successfully established independent lives. We believe no one can represent disability rights and independent living issues with more credibility than those whose lives are directly affected by a disability. IVCIL has five core services: Information and Referral — We offer guidance in locating services and products, as well as tips on how to use such services and products. IVCIL responds to inquiries on a variety of issues from all directions. Advocacy — Advocacy is another service offered at IVCIL. There are two types of advocacy. Individual advocacy focuses on the individual and services available within the community, encouraging persons with disabilities to assert themselves when seeking services. Systemic advocacy involves working together to eliminate barriers and allow people with disabilities to fully participate in their community. Peer Counseling — The foundation of IVCIL’s services is the peer relationship. Staff who have experienced disability and are achieving their personal goals, assist others who have similar disabilities, serving as role models, mentors and advocates. The peer relationship helps individuals work through matters, specific to their particular disability. Also, it offers encouragement as the transition is made to independent living. A person sits down with center employees, of whom more than 50 percent have disabilities themselves, and assesses


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IVCIL if we can assist you in your journey to independence. In 2017, IVCIL served 87 consumers across its five-county territory. It provided information and referral services for 601 people. Teen outings and peer groups served 68 teens, and the Teen Summit helped 21 teens with disabilities prepare for life after high school. IVCIL secured sign language interpreters 25 times and provided ITAC phones or other listening assistance devices for 130 people. IVCIL is a United Way member agency! Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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No Animal Left Behind has been promoting cat and dog health throughout the La Salle County area since 2009. The volunteer agency, which is not a pet shelter, educates the public about over-vaccinating pets, while providing information about affordable spay, neuter, vaccination and microchip services. The agency stresses the value of spaying and neutering, saying it’s important to “fix the problem before it starts,” by preventing unwanted kittens and puppies.

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Garden’s Gate Garden Center offers plants, classes, services By definition, the word “enliven” means to make something more interesting or appealing. The folks at Garden’s Gate Garden Center and Landscaping in Ottawa take that to heart each spring. “This year is going to be our best year yet,” said Dave Stacy, who co-owns the business with his wife, Stephanie. “We are focused on growing a great selection of quality plants and teaching our customers how to create beautiful spaces in their yards.” Garden’s Gate prides itself on growing all of its own perennials, annuals and vegetables. “Growing in our greenhouses is my absolute favorite part of our job,” said Stephanie. “I know I’ve said it before, but being in the greenhouse revives me after a long winter. “We’ve added a lot of new Proven Winner plant varieties this year, plus there are some really great things happening in the shrub world and we can’t wait to share it with our customers,” she added. Customers that visit Garden’s Gate this year will not only be welcomed by the greenhouses bursting with color and life, they will also see a newly updated home and garden shop. “We have returned to our roots bringing back our popular modern farmhouse and vintage industrial style to our store,” said Stephanie. “I’ve wanted to do this since 2016 but just haven’t had the time.” “We’ve spent months painting the shop and hand selecting every piece we have for sale,” Stephanie added. “We’ve traveled all over the states to find amazing pieces, most of them are reclaimed or handmade items.” In addition to greenhouses and home décor, Garden’s Gate will once again be offering classes this spring “Our popular fairy gardening classes are entering their third year,” said Dave. “Along with the fairy gardening we will also

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Garden’s Gate Garden Center staff members include Rylen Stacy, Season Chandler, Ilse Bute and Mikenna, Dave, Stephanie and Michele Stacy.

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Schott’s Pharmacy staff members include: (back) Shawn Schmitke, Ashley Young, Ken Anderson and Sophia Smith; (front): Kim Brewer, Gene Carlson and Deena Chirkina. Missing are Laurie Brewer, Nancy Pitsenbarger and Robin Linton. Schott’s Pharmacy, 800 W. Bluff St., Marseilles, is a community pharmacy that specializes in preparing customized compounded medications for an individual’s needs when a commercial medication is not available in the dosage form and strength prescribed. Schott’s Pharmacy provides compounding services to people throughout La Salle County. With a doctor’s prescription, Schott’s Pharmacy’s team of pharmacists and trained technicians can change the strength of a medication, alter its form to make it easier to swallow or more palatable. Medications can be compounded into individualized delivery systems, such as suppositories, transdermal gels, lozenges, lollipops or ear insufflators. We opened in the fall of 1974, and we are the only pharmacy in La Salle

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as part of their university studies. The pharmacy also features wellness services, immunizations, pharmaceutical grade supplements and nutriceuticals. We provide learning opportunities for our patients through frequent wellness seminars held at the pharmacy. Some of the seminars offered have provided information on metabolic syndrome, weight loss, diabetic management and understanding bioidentical hormones.

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Free spirits reign at Wild Hearts Boutique in Streator

Deb Sergeant and Jennifer Blanchette manage Wild Hearts Boutique in downtown Streator. The store offers unique clothing, jewelry, accessories and fragrances. Wild Hearts Boutique is a destination for the free spirited. The Streator business began in a remodeled corn crib, along Route 17 in the middle of a field near Wenona, before moving last year to Streator’s business district. The new spot provided more space for their growing business. The end of April marks the store’s first anniversary at its Streator location. Mother and daughter, Deb Sergeant and Jennifer Blanchette manage the store, which is all about vibe, with bare brick walls and hardwood floor. They describe themselves as a team with a passion for all things free spirited, bringing to customers

unique clothing, jewelry, accessories and fragrances. If the soul of a gypsy beats inside your heart and you’re looking for some boho cowgirl flair, visit Wild Hearts Boutique and discover the inspiration the store holds.

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“We believe every woman is amazing and unique, and her clothing should represent her very own style!” Deb said. Follow Wild Hearts Boutique on Facebook and Instagram at @ yourwildhearts.

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Holland: Salon job offers preparation for future career From page 21 The course she is now taking at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby is a psychology one. Anna’s game plan calls for her to attend IVCC two years and then transfer to another school. It could be Loyola University in Chicago. “I really like Loyola,” Anna observed. As far as her interest in the workings of the mind, Anna said it’s a combination of curiosity and compassion. “I’ve always been told I’m very observant. I also connect with people. I like knowing why people get angry. I want to understand why and make them feel accepted,” Anna noted. She is getting a little advance education at her part-time job at Cinderella Beauty Salon in Streator, where she has worked three years, doing shampoos and miscellaneous tasks. “Working at the beauty salon is good practice for nursing. We’ve had other girls work here, then become nurses, and they said salon work really

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Cinderella Beauty Salon owner Becky Chalkey says Woodland High School senior and salon employee Anna Holland (shown here) excels at assisting patrons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

‘Anna is a very good listener. ... You couldn’t ask for anyone better.’ sandy watson Salon stylist helped them,” said salon owner Becky Chalkey. Chalkey added Anna is quiet, thoughtful, punctual and efficient.

She’s also patient, especially with some older ladies with Alzheimer’s disease, who visit the salon. “We don’t want to say goodbye to her. We’ll miss her — definitely! I hope she’ll come back and work during the summers,” Chalkey said. Sandy Watson is a stylist at the salon. “Anna’s a very good listener and does whatever we ask her to do,” Watson said. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better.”

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Callaway Satellite provides decades of service experience If you’re tired of cable increases, poor service and bad reception, or if you’re looking to secure your home or business, Callaway Satellite & Home Security is the place to call. For the past 30 years, Callaway Satellite & Home Security has been La Salle County’s No. 1 sales and service dealer, serving La Salle County and the surrounding area. We sell, service and maintain our products and we don’t subcontract out installations, which in turn provides better service for our customers. We offer all of the promotions that Dish Network and DirecTV offer, whether by online or

solicitation. It only makes sense to go local with experienced technicians. “We take care of our customers, priding ourselves on our service,” Jason Callaway said. Callaway Satellite & Home Security Systems brings nearly 50 years of combined experience to the business, which includes servicing residential, commercial and industrial accounts. They sell and service high-definition televisions, Video Surveillance Systems and Home Security Systems with no monthly fees. We offer free in-home estimates for video surveillance and home security.

Callaway Satellite & Home Security ADDRESS: 1439 Lafayette St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-433-2620 HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday

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Rick Huftel and Jason Callaway of Callaway Satellite & Home Security help make the business the county’s top sales and service dealer. Callaway provides an alternative to cable as well as home and business security systems.









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Pet Project celebrating 25 years of animal adoptions

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Brandy, Audrey and Gary of Wilk’s Tavern are ready to make your visit comfortable and memorable.

Wilk’s Tavern a welcoming neighborhood bar Gary (WILK) and Audrey Wilkerson opened the door to Wilk’s Tavern on the corner of Illinois and Lundy streets 22 years ago. With a clientele ranging from their 20s to 80s we have a little something for everyone. Audrey, aka MA, says it is not uncommon to have a bar full of people and not a car in the parking lot. People don’t see the lawn mowers and bicycles parked out back. “We have a nice neighborhood bar.” We have some great girls working for us. Amy Copeland, our Mad Scientist Mixologist, is always experimenting to make a signature drink, Brandy Born and Michelle Drysdale who will greet you with a smile and our newbie Anne Grossman,

Wilk’s Tavern ADDRESS: 415 S. Illinois St., Streator PHONE: 815-672-7189 HOURS: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Friday; noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

who is doing a great job. Audrey’s mom, Audrey Glowicki, was slinging drinks for 19 years until her retirement last year. She will never know how much Gary and I appreciated all she did for us. We are known for our $2.25 Tall Boys, our Friday Night Dart Tournaments,

which draw people from Peoria to Joliet and our private gaming room where people float in and out all day to try their luck on GEM gaming machines. Our newest addition is the AutoFry in which we can cook up your favorite appetizers like hot wings, cauliflower, cheese stix, fries and more. We also have pizzas. We sponsor several dart and pool leagues and are always looking for new players. Our huge deck out back is a great place to relax, sip on a cold beverage and enjoy visiting with friends. The doors are open Monday through Friday at 6 a.m. for third shift at Vactor and Owens and close at 2 a.m. Weekend hours are noon to 2 a.m.

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Pet Project holds the distinction of being the first nonprofit no kill animal shelter run by volunteers in La Salle County. These days, the shelter operates with a full-time paid kennel staff of three, and operates with a volunteer-run board of directors.

From its humble beginnings in a barn type building, Pet Project is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018. The organization is now operating at 2676 E 2575 Road, Marseilles – maintaining their own shelter while actively working on what they do best, finding loving homes for the homeless dogs and cats of La Salle County. Since its inception, Pet Project has found homes for almost 7,000 pets. Pet Project also holds the distinction of being the first nonprofit no kill animal shelter run by volunteers in La Salle County. These days, the shelter operates with a full-time paid kennel staff of three, and operates with a volunteer-run board of directors. Every dollar raised goes to paying staff, caring for the animals, and maintaining the shelter. Pet Project would not have survived these many years without community support and their interest and compassion for abandoned pets. For 2018, Pet Project will be dedicating a memorial garden, in which supporters can donate for an inscribed brick in memory of a loved one. They are currently getting ready for the Cutest Pet Contest 2019, their biggest

Pet Project ADDRESS: 2676 E. 2575th Road, Marseilles PHONE: 815-795-9663 WEB: FACEBOOK: Pet Project Inc., LaSalle County Illinois HOURS: 3 to 5 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; by appointment

fundraiser of the year. To participate, call Annette Barr Photography Studio at 815-434-4114 to schedule an appointment. Sitting times available are April 4 through April 7. Adoption hours at the shelter are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. If you’d like to volunteer, you can contact the shelter via Facebook or email, petprojectinc@

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Staff members at Streator Community take pride in offering a family-friendly atmosphere. The staff includes (back from left) Julie Ohmes, Tina McShots, Paula Ligori, Jamie Cunningham, Betsy Rhymes, and Dawn Groesbeck; (front from left) Pat Catrell and Cindy Taylor. Streator Community is proud to be part of the community for 68 years and we take pride in the friendly family atmosphere that we offer our loyal members. Our focus remains on keeping up with the ever-changing financial world and offering our members the best customer service available. Streator Community is a full service financial institution offering free checking with no minimum balance, low

rate Visa cards, Visa debit cards, prepaid Visa, and competitive CD and loan rates and Christmas and Vacations Clubs. We have a state-of-the-art ATM on the premises and offer Home Banking and Mobile Banking. If you live or work in Streator you are eligible for membership. So stop in today and see what we can offer you and become part of our family! Check out our website at or visit us at 302 N. Park St.

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Streator Community Credit Union ADDRESS: 302 N. Park St., Streator PHONE: 815-672-8488 WEB: HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; Thursday and Friday drive-up open until 6 p.m.; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday

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Ottawa Recreation

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Park Supervisors, Assistant Supervisors, Tennis Instructors, and a Craft Coordinator for the Summer Park Program.

Job descriptions and applications available at City Hall or download both at Applicants must live in Ottawa city limits, be a high school graduate, and submit to a background check. Application deadline is April 6th. Recreation is also accepting new program proposals. Anyone interested in sponsoring a program for Ottawa Recreation should contact Mark Astle, Recreation Director, at 815-434-1365

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Joey Byers

1 student, 3 sports Byers driven by competition Brent Bader 815-431-4045 It’s difficult enough to excel in one sport, let alone three. But that’s what Joey Byers has been doing at Streator High School. The Ransom resident plays soccer, baseball and basketball at the high school in an effort to compete at every level. “I think it’s just about being competitive,” Byers said of his drive. “Just trying to win and wanting to win really bad.” And winning is something he’s been doing very well. Basketball coach Beau Doty estimates Byers is the school’s most winningest player since the 60s. The coach said he takes on any role he’s given with dedication and few players compete as hard as he does. “Joey’s been unbelievable for our program,” Doty said. “He’s

a four-year varsity player. He’s a great kid and a rarity in our school right now in that he’s a three-sport athlete.” But he didn’t start out that way. Byers estimates he started playing sports in the first grade after encouragement from his parents, Craig and Amy, but he really came into his own around age 12. Basketball and soccer were easier to learn but baseball, his personal favorite, took some additional time. Participating in three sports at the same time takes a large amount of planning for the student who needs to fit in time for classes, practice, workouts, homework, hanging out with friends and squeezing some sleep in as well. “I think (his parents) were really happy when he started driving,” Doty joked.

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Ransom resident and Streator High School senior Joey Byers plays in three sports, including basketball.

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Two Rivers Outreach expands offerings A crusade of Brian McIntyre’s is picking up steam. The Ottawa man opened Two Rivers Outreach in 2016 in order to serve those that struggled with drugs and alcohol. McIntyre estimates he has served over 230 individuals and with his latest expansion he’ll be able to serve even more. “We’ve expanded our scopes quite a bit,” McIntyre said. McIntyre himself has struggled with addiction in the past and after two liver transplants, with the second at age 65, he’s set himself on a path toward helping. McIntyre has been living in long-term recovery thanks to a 12-step recovery program called AA. He also gives credit to SBDC Director Amy Lambert for keeping him focused and bringing his thinking into the 21st century of communication as well as the Streator Armory for believing in his vision. McIntyre comes along with a talented staff dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. That dedication will also now come in the form of additional family support services and anger management classes on a weekly basis. He said the business has seen quite a bit of success and he attributes that to increased interest in other

Two Rivers Outreach ADDRESS: 401 W. Bridge St., Streator PHONE: 815-220-0299 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

services. “We have served several hundred clients through the time we’ve been open and what I’m seeing is, particularly in the Streator area, that people could be given even more services in this community if we stepped up our game a little bit,” McIntyre said. The outreach center will be able to offer mental health counseling, couple mediations, family mediations, divorce mediations and individual mediations. McIntyre believes in harm reduction to deal with the Opioid Crisis and Two Rivers Sponsors Narcan Training with certification in its use. “It’s cutting edge such,” he added. This is available to interested groups and churches. He’ll also be bringing on Wayne and Andrea Spicer as a compliance officer and is slowly making inroads

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Two Rivers staff members include: Diane Williams, Brian McIntyre and Ronna McAllister.

toward being able to accept insurance. In addition to his increased offerings in Streator, he also plans to open a full branch in Princeton.

“I’ve made a significant long-term commitment to what I’m doing,” McIntyre said. McIntyre knows he cannot offer these services without the help and

belief in a higher power. McIntyre said he continues to connect with those in need and the size of the operation allows each of its clients to have the individualized

attention they need to heal. McIntyre welcomes any interested parties to connect with the group and learn about their offerings.

New larger location enhances Matthew Bullock Auction Gallery/Main Street Estate Sales, offers showrooms Matthew Bullock Auction Gallery and its sister company, Main Street Estate Sales, has a new, bigger home. They now are located at 421 E. Stevenson Road in Ottawa — one building east of their former location for nearly eight years. Long empty, their new home had been a call center for the Reliable Corp. which sold office equipment and supplies. The new 38,000-squarefoot location is more than half again larger than the previous 24,000--squarefoot location. “This is an amazing facility,” said Sue Bullock, who owns and manages the businesses with her son Matt — Sue focusing on the Estate sales and Matt on the sale of large collections and high-end collectibles according to their clients’ needs. “That way we have a solution for everyone,” Sue said. The new location is divided into spacious showrooms for the estate sales and auctions as well as behind-the-scenes areas for preparation, shipping and storage of goods. The auction side of the Bullocks’ business includes auctions held at the facility and from three live online platforms to bidders from all over the world, said Matt. The estate sales are held every other weekend, from

Thursday through Sunday. The first three days items are sold at their marked prices. The last day is the “discount day!” The estate items that are sold come from a variety of locations, Sue said. About half are from the general area of Ottawa, Streator, La Salle, Peru and Morris. The rest come from further out, including the suburbs up to a couple hours away. Gated communities and senior living complexes also are a source for estate goods because estate sales are not allowed in those establishments, Sue noted. Estates are assessed as to whether they are best for a sale or an auction and processed accordingly. In either case the goods are unpacked, sorted and priced. Not every estate meets the standards for a Bullock sale or auction, Sue said. The Bullocks do not seek out particular types of household goods. “My motto is whatever you find in a house, you’ll find at Main Street,” she said. Getting the prized possessions of one family into new homes where they will be appreciated by new owners is one of Sue’s goals. “For me, that’s what it’s all about,” she said.

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Matthew Bullock during a recent auction at their new location. Matthew Bullock Auction Gallery and its sister company, Main Street Estate Sales are located at 421 E. Stevenson Road in Ottawa — one building east of their former location for nearly eight years.

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Your pet’s comfort is Kmetz’s top concern Since 1983, Kmetz’s Hawthorne Kennel & Grooming has been the premier provider of pet boarding and dog grooming in the Streator area. They are a proud local, family-owned and operated business with more than 30 years experience, and it shows through in the quality of their work and customer service. Their friendly and professional staff works hard to provide quality care with your pets in mind. As passionate pet people, they know that you don’t trust your pets’ well-being to just anyone. “We take our responsibility to our twoand four-legged customers very seriously!” Kmetz’s Hawthorne Kennel specializes in pet boarding, doggie daycare Monday through Friday and pet grooming, including cats. If you are a senior citizen who has mobility trouble, they will pick up and drop off your furry friend for you! Their grooming services run the full gamut, from basics like trimming and teeth cleaning to extras like nail grinding and even spa packages. They have special shampoos and conditioners for all dogs and cats. They offer medicated specialty Sue Kmetz of Kmetz’s Hawthorne Kennel and Grooming grooms Louie as Matthew and others look on. shampoos for those with coat and skin conditions. Services also include: Kennel & Grooming LLC Mats (combed or clipped), bath package, shed-less treatments and blowouts. soon. They’ll make sure flea and tick bath, Kmetz’s Hawthorne Kennel & Grooming If you are in need of your furry friend is given baths, teeth cleaning, personable and affordable the care and attention nail trimming, table ADDRESS: 1607 S. Hawthorne Road, Streator grooming or pet boarding they deserve while you’re drying, pet grooming PHONE: 815-672-3871 in La Salle or Livingston away from home — you service, a full service WEB: counties, in and around can trust their seasoned groom / puppy trim, nail staff to always be on hand HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday grinding, groom package, the Streator area, they hope you’ll visit or call while your pet is with spa package, deluxe Kmetz’s Hawthorne them. spa package, a basic

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Avanti Tools & Accessories Inc. going strong in Oglesby Avanti Tools & Accessories Inc. has been at its present location at 210 N. Columbia Ave. in Oglesby, for one year, with a slogan of “We Buy, Sell, Trade, Repair New, Used, and Reconditioned Tools.” The business was in Peru several years, but owner Mike Partipilo needed more room, so he found a property a few miles away in Oglesby, which at 4,700 square feet, is more than four times larger than his former location. Partipilo wanted more space so he could start woodworking and metalworking classes, which he said there is a demand for in the Illinois Valley. “Working with tools is therapeutic,” he said . “That’s why I want to teach woodworking and metalworking. I had a customer this morning, and she was asking me about the classes. Those are coming down the road in a year or two. We want to get our feet settled and pay off some bills.” April 2 marked Avanti Tools’ 19th year in business. It has been in the Illinois Valley for six years. Before that, it was in the Fox Valley area. “I’m a little guy, not a big box store or online. The money I make stays in the community,” Partipilo pointed out. Besides sales and repairs, Partipilo offers service calls as well as pick-ups and deliveries. Nearly every part of the store is stocked with new, used and reconditioned items. Prominent among the power tool brand names are Milwaukee, DeWalt, Bosch, Jet, General International, Paslode and Skil. What you don’t see, Partipilo can order. Partipilo also repairs bench-top restaurant equipment. His business serves as a drop-off center for R.P. Lumber, primarily Ottawa and Streator. He also sells

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Mike Partipilo and Jason Ebner of Avanti Tools & Accessories Inc. are ready to assist you.

Avanti Tools & Accessories Inc. ADDRESS: 210 N. Columbia Ave., Oglesby PHONE: 815-993-9047 EMAIL: HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday by appointment

nostalgic and auto-related signs, as well as signs with funny sayings. But repair is Partipilo’s principal preoccupation, with customers able to watch him at work, as his repair bench is open to view. “It doesn’t bother me at all when people watch

me,” he said. “Some people get edgy when people watch them work.” Customers are invited to visit and talk with him while he works. He especially likes to hear about the projects they’re working on, giving advice customers can’t find at big-box stores — he also

hears from the stores themselves for help. “I want to see people happy when they go out the door,” Partipilo said. “I believe in customer service. That’s why I’m here.” Partipilo, who lives in Utica, served five years in the Navy, where

he was trained as a pattern maker, a career he pursued after his discharge. With jobs going overseas, Partipilo was tired of getting laid off. He discussed his situation with his sisters, and they said the solution was obvious. “My sisters said that I like selling and repairing tools, so I should get into that work. In 1999, I started my business,” Partipilo said. “They were right. It was great to take my sisters’ advice. Here I am 19 years later, this was the perfect fit. I feel successful, and that’s

why I’m willing to help other people achieve their goals.” Ebner Platinum Builders, which is owned by Jason Ebner, is also based in the Avanti building. Ebner does all types of construction and remodeling. Platinum’s phone number is: 815-8305709. Partipilo and Ebner also operate Avanti Maintenance Co., which provides maintenance service, such as snow plowing, tree removal, painting, deck building, etc. The company services Grand Bear Homeowners Association in Utica.

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New ownership, new services, same commitment with J & M Reliable

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Turk Furniture offers living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, mattresses and adjustable bases to meet all daily functions.

Turk Furniture offers personal service, quality products Turk Furniture’s No. 1 goal remains to be customer satisfaction for the last 132 years. We’re committed to creating beautiful homes by providing a unique combination of value, selection and service along with our low-price guarantee. We offer one-on-one personal service to help you with all your decorating needs from our trained staff here at Turk. For customers’ convenience, Turk Furniture is open seven days a week and offers one of the largest selections in the area. We carry living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, mattresses and adjustable bases to meet all daily functions. Customers can choose from Turk’s selection of stationary or reclining living room sets, dining or pub height dining sets, panel or storage beds, Tempurpedic, memory foam, or traditional coil mattresses and much more. Custom orders are also available at Turk where you can choose from over 100 different fabrics and leathers or power and non-power options. Catalogs are also available in the store. A wide variety of name brands are available to customers, including Flexsteel, Broyhill, Sealy Posturpedic, Best, Klaussner, Liberty & many more. If a customer purchases an item at the store and finds the same product at a different location at a lesser price, Turk will refund the difference. Turk Furniture was established in 1885 and has been in Ottawa since 1974. Other stores are located in Joliet, Bradley, Danville and La Salle. The family-owned business is currently being run by the fifth

Turk Furniture ADDRESS: 801 La Salle St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-433-8875 WEB: HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

generation of the Turk family. And because it’s a family-owned business, there is more of a personal touch. Our No. 1 goal is to take care of the customer. Turk also gives back to their community by donating to various foundations such as the River Rescue, Friendship House, Casa, American Red Cross, food pantries and more. The store employs 12 staff members. Turk also has its own decorator consultants, service department and delivery services. Turk owns its own truck and will deliver within a 45-mile radius and will also remove the old bedding. The staff at Turk would like to thank all their customers for their loyalty. Customers come from all areas, including La Salle, Bureau and Grundy counties. We believe customers are willing to travel to the store because of the wide selection, updated fabrics and styles, prices, service and educated staff.

J & M Reliable is under new management, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the way they run their business. New owner Jason Hawley of the family-run business has continued providing the same carpet and upholstery services with the same level of detail and care that the previous owners had provided. But he also brings his 11 years of experience in the industry to introduce new services for the company’s clientele and an expansion to meet the needs of a growing customer base. Hawley said most customers know the business for its exceptional carpet cleanings and upholstery restorations and he is bringing that same level of service to restoration efforts following events such as a flood or fire. Hawley has spent a decade in the industry and has gathered a wealth of knowledge with regards to restoring homes after such an unpredictable event. In addition, the company is also available for mold remediation. Certified mold inspectors are available to inspect properties, test if necessary and determine the best methods to remove or mitigate the issue. The company is available not only for whatever need a customer may have but also whenever they may have that need. Hawley said the company is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week as they understand their services may be required on short notice. They also understand that process of recovering from such an event can be difficult and confusing

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Jason Hawley, new owner of J & M Reliable, is committed to continuing to provide the same carpet and upholstery services with the same level of detail and care that the previous owners had provided.

J & M Reliable ADDRESS: 1202 E. Livingston Road, Streator PHONE: 815-672-7514 WEB: HOURS: Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

which is why Hawley also offers support when it comes to working with insurance companies. The company has a lot of background in handling claims and they’re happy to be able to take one less concern off of a homeowner’s mind as the process of repair begins. Hawley understands the company’s name has become well known in Streator and as such, it was important to them to keep the business rooted in Streator. However, the

business is also beginning to grow beyond the city limits and services communities in the surrounding areas, thanks in part to the new services they offer. As such, Hawley hopes to continue to grow the business and add to slowly increasing number of fully-trained and insured staff in Streator. Despite the growing staff and business, Hawley has stuck to the same pricing plans that have served the company well throughout the years. Hawley hopes customers continue to call J & M Reliable for the carpet and upholstery services, but as well for those larger disasters and cleanup needs. No restoration is too little or small for the company which is able to provide the fully-trained staff and full services for whatever situation customers find themselves dealing with.

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We provide families with the highest quality of service and professionalism.

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Winterrowd Funeral Home

From page 31 Craig said it has been a struggle to balance schedules, but it works for the most part. “We’re a tight-knit crew at this house and he’s got a good support system,” Craig said. And that mentality expands to his siblings as well. Byers has one older brother and a younger brother and sister. The younger siblings are just getting into sports and Joey is taking the time to teach and train them as they grow up. His desire to do the best he can extends to the classroom as well, due in part to encouragement from his parents. “It’s always a challenge,” Amy said regarding Joey’s classwork. “We have to stay on top of him, but he does.” Byers added that his courses take priority over everything else and while it may lead to some long nights, he’s always sure to get the work done. Especially for Dan Pouk’s accounting class, which is his personal favorite. His next stop is Heartland Community College, and he is thinking of taking classes in both business and psychology. Whatever his major may end up being, he knows baseball will be on the horizon as well. Balancing such a frantic schedule can be a chore, but Byers said it’s necessary to fuel his passion. “I just want to win in everything I do,” Byers said. “I want to be the best.”

‘Joey’s been unbelievable for our program. He’s a four-year varsity player. He’s a great kid and a rarity in our school right now in that he’s a three-sport athlete.’ Beau doty Streator High School boys basketball coach

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Winterrowd Funeral Home is located at 305 S. Park St., Streator. Their experienced and compassionate staff can be reached at 815-672-2703 or for more information, go online to

Celebrating 22 years of Service! We don’t cut corners...

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Streator High School Joey Byers’ next step is Heartland Community College where he is thinking of taking classes in both business and psychology. Whatever his major may be, he knows baseball will be on the horizon.

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Chippers Grill in Streator to celebrate 20 years this summer Even after two decades, the success Chippers Grill Owner John Brown has experienced overwhelms him from time to time. Chippers Grill in Streator is celebrating its 20th anniversary and they’re hoping to celebrate with the customers that have supported them over the years. Brown said the staff has some ideas to celebrate this summer including giveaways, prizes and some dinner specials that were popular 20 years ago. As Brown looks back, he’s most thankful for the support he’s received from the community. “I’ve been so fortunate,” Brown said. “I’m a people person and I’ve made so many friends with customers here where when they walk in the door I look forward to seeing them. I know their name and they know mine.” He’s been thankful for the support that has come from the community and said he looks forward to every opportunity where he can give back such as through supporting local events or sporting teams. Chippers Grill, which was named after Brown and his nickname on the golf course due to his chipper golf club, was not always a sure bet. In fact, Brown recalls some people estimating he’d be in business for just six months which he said only encouraged him. Brown was nervous prior to opening but was

Chippers Grill ADDRESS: 1733 N. Bloomington St., Streator PHONE: 815-673-5411 HOURS: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday

able to pull on nearly a lifetime’s worth of experience in the industry after getting his first job in the restaurant business at age 16 with Oogie’s. Since then Brown has held or performed just about every job possible in the food industry and it’s given him valuable insight into running Chippers Grill. But he also equates much of that success to his dedicated and hardworking staff, some of which have been working with Brown since the restaurant first opened. Brown has kept high standards when it comes to his staff and he’s impressed that they are consistently met by the workers both in the kitchen and in the dining room. The consistency is also present in the menu which changes from time to time but includes the “melt in your mouth” pot roast, diverse buffet and the ever-

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Chippers Grill staff members include: Sue Segovich, Corey Fredricksen, Doris Myers, Kim Fredricksen, Lori Plichta amd Owner John Brown. Chippers is celebrating its 20th anniversary. popular fried chicken. “There have been days where we tried to not run the fried chicken but people get upset,” Brown said with a laugh. Brown said he’s not against change though


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however, that Brown expect will never change no matter how long they’re in service. “Good food, good service and good atmosphere,” he said. “Those things will never fail you.”

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Hydraulic Cylinder Repair

3615 E. 9th Rd Utica, IL

which currently holds around 80 to 90 people. The space has become popular for those in the area for rehearsal dinners and funeral lunches as well as bridal and baby showers. There are three things,

Therapeutic Massage Denise Zitoun Licensed Massage Therapist


Serving Our Farming Community Since 2013

and is actively looking at making some new additions to the menu as well as considering delivery. He has also considered adding to the already popular banquet room

DaLee’s Cozy Corner


Offers a full line of janitorial supplies. We offer local delivery and a convenient walk-in customer counter.

720 E. Main St. Streator 815-672-9299

Our goal is to be your partner and provide solutions to your everyday cleaning and office needs.

Open 7am-10pm

717 Bellevue Ave. Ottawa, IL 61350


40 n

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