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Hagi & Baker serves Streator 123 years

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All Points Travel is ready to help with all your traveling needs. Staff members include: Teresa Schrader, Lynn Carroll, and Karen Lewis. Missing: Lisa Mestelle and Annette Quinn.

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

All Points Travel ADDRESS: 410 E. Stevenson Road, Ottawa PHONE: 815-434-4700 and toll free at 800-942-9860 WEB: EMAIL: HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; evenings and weekends by appointment

time and stress about the planning process? Because of their affordability, destination weddings have boomed over the past several years. We take the anxiety and stress out of your wedding experience, giving you the peace of mind for the most important days of your life! Your wedding can be small and intimate or as large as you like. Our staff will work with you to help you choose the perfect setting, whether it is a beach, gazebo, mountainside or garden. In addition to destination weddings, All Points Travel is your honeymoon specialist agency. We can help you find the perfect destination for your honeymoon as well as extra honeymoon amenities, such as spa treatments or romantic dinners on the beach. We work with you to guide you in choosing the destination that will match your interests. We offer gift registry so guests to your wedding can purchase gift certificates for spa treatments, excursions or your honeymoon itself. We have booked honeymoons all over the world so contact any of our consultants to discuss what you dream your honeymoon to be and we will help you make that dream come true! The travel consultants at All Points Travel can also assist families, singles, groups and couples with any trip to any destination — whether it is a villa in Italy, Ireland, Europe, Australia, Disney, Universal Studios, escorted tours throughout the world to a Mediterranean or Alaskan cruise. By land or sea, there isn’t any travel need we can’t fulfill. Did you know that booking with a travel agency does not cost you more money? In fact, we usually will always get you a better price! We have special promotional discounts with our suppliers and we also know from experience where to go to get you the most for your money. We also can offer you special group discounts for as little as five rooms. We have price matching abilities with reputable companies if you do find a better price. Why spend the time on the Internet when you can contact All Points Travel and save you valuable time and have a stress free vacation? Another advantage of booking through All Points Travel is you have the satisfaction of having a professional on your side to assist you when any unforeseen circumstances arise, such as weather or airline cancellations. With the harsh winter this year, there have been many cancellations and

All Points Travel has been here for our clients 24 hours a day to help them adjust their travel plans when cancellations occur. We have long-standing relationships with travel suppliers, airlines and hotels to assist you. We know who to contact to get things done, which saves you hours of aggravation, phone calls and stress. If you still wish to book your vacation package yourself, check out our website. We have tour operators that allow you to do this directly from our website and then you will still receive our professional services if needed. Stop in or call and talk to Karen, Lynn, Teresa or Lisa, or browse our website today and “like” us on Facebook to see our specials and pictures. We take the guesswork and anxiety out of your travel experience. We’ve been taking care of All Points of your travel to All Points of the World!

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.

Hagi & Baker Funeral Home ADDRESS: 205 High St., Streator PHONE: 815-672-2420 WEB:

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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