Page 1

Student Spotlight Spot ight Thursday, April 4, 2019 • The Times Business & Industry Review

Section 1

Danna Sanderson

A strong foundation Marquette senior a positive influence in class and on the court TAMMIE SLOUP 815-431-4048 When Marquette Academy Varsity Volleyball Coach Mindy McConnaughhay was looking for someone to help with a youth volleyball league at the YMCA, she knew she could turn to Danna Sanderson. A senior at Marquette Academy, Danna has been coached by McConnaughhay since grade school and now plays varsity volleyball for her. “I joke that Danna’s my favorite,” McConnaughhay said. “I just love her enthusiasm; she’s just so dedicated. She is the kid I go to when we have a kids camp – she’s always one to step up. “And she’s really good with little kids. When we were doing a league at the YMCA, she’s the first one I asked. She always has a great positive attitude.”

Marquette Academy senior Danna Sanderson is an assistant CCD teacher for second-graders at St. Columba Church.

The Times | Tom Sistak

See SANDERSON, page A3

WELCOME TO THE MADNESS! No Matter How You Do on Your Brackets, You’ll Always Win Rosati’s



15% OFF Catering


$2.50 OFF

14” Thin Crust 1-Topping Pizza, Cheesey Garlic Bread, 1/2 lb. Boneless Wings

(carryout or delivery only) Valid at Rosati’s of Ottawa only. Not valid online. Must mention coupon when ordering & Valid at Rosati’s of Ottawa only. Not valid online. Must mention coupon when ordering & present it upon payment. Not valid with other coupons/offers/catering. Expires 4/30/19. present it upon payment. Not valid with other coupons/offers. Expires 4/30/19.

$6 OFF Any Two 16” Pizzas OR $10 OFF Any Two 18” Pizzas

Any Large or X-Large Pizza!

Valid at Rosati’s of Ottawa only. Not valid online. Must mention coupon when ordering & Valid at Rosati’s of Ottawa only. Not valid online. Must mention coupon when ordering & present it upon payment. Not valid with other coupons/offers/catering. Expires 4/30/19. present it upon payment. Not valid with other coupons/offers/catering. Expires 4/30/19.

A2 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Student Spotlight: About this section

The Times’ 2019 Business & Industry Review releases today the final of four special sections that will include local Student Spotlights. The multisection 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 will honor 16 high school and com- Danna Sanderson, Page A1 munity 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 this edition, these four students will be featured: u Xavier Dean, Streator High School u Devin Lee, Streator High School u Danna Sanderson, Marquette Academy u Alex Barker, Marquette Alex Barker, Page B1 Academy In the previous edition, these four students were featured: u Mark Mehochko, Seneca High School u Emma Freebairn, Serena High School u Kekoa Gross, Ottawa High School u Julia Niles, Leland High School The articles and photos published inside each section were created in cooperation with businesses and organizations that also have advertising messages throughout Xavier Dean, Page C1 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. 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 mywebtimes. com soon after all have been Devin Lee, Page D1 printed in The Times.


ARTICLE INDEX ABC Exteriors ....................... B3 Accounting, Tax & Business Services, Inc. .........................A3 All Points Travel of Ottawa ...................................C4 Anthony Liftgates Inc. ......A5 Bromley & Brown Boutique ...............................D2 Carlson Auto Body Shop .......................................D2 CARSTAR ...............................C6 Casanova Chiropractic ..... B4 Diversified Sheet Metal .... B2 Engle Lane ............................A2 Finkelstein Eye Associates ............................. B5 Garden’s Gate Garden Center .................................... B2 Hagi & Baker Funeral Home ..................................... B2 J&M Reliable ........................A4 Liberty Village .....................A7 Ottawa Office Supply .......D3 Pavers & More .....................C2 Pirate’s Cay Indoor Water Park ......................................... B5 Rashid’s Men’s Wear ..........D2 Rockstar AVS ........................C7 Rosati’s Pizza ........................ B4 SaltTree Yoga .......................A6 Schott’s Pharmacy ............. B5 SOCU ......................................C2 Starved Rock Lodge ..........C5 Steinberg’s Furniture .........A4 Streator Children’s Clinic ..A6 Time to Recover ..................A7 Turk Furniture ......................C2 Vactor Manufacturing ......A2 WCMY/WRKX Radio ..........C5 Wright’s Furniture ..............C3 ADVERTISERS ABC Exteriors........................A8 All Points Travel.................... B4 Anderson Pool Supply.......A3 Avanti Tools...........................A2 Bromley & Brown Boutique................................A5 Careers Grouping................A7 Carlson Auto Body..............C5

CARSTAR Poplar................... B1 Chem-Dry of La Salle County....................................A3 Clean All Sales & Service...A3 Connecting Point Computer Center .....................................A4 Culligan ..................................C3 Diversified Sheet Metal.....A6 Dr. Gary Finkelstein ............D2 Down Thru The Years.....D4, D5 Edward Jones/Mark Platt . B2 First Federal of Ottawa......D1 Garden’s Gate ....................... B2 Home Hardware..................D3 Hagi-Baker Funeral Home ...................................... B6 Hammers Hearing..............D6 Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation..............................C4 Illinois Waterway Visitor Center .....................................C7 JC Whitney/US Auto Parts......................................... B5 Koolmaster Co., Inc............. B3 Liberty Village of Streator...................................C1 Norway Township...............A5 Oakwood Memorial Park, Inc.............................................A4 Ottawa Office Supply ........C2 Pirates Cay Indoor Waterpark..............................A8 Quality Care Cleaning........A4 Rockstar Audio Video & Integrated Security.............C3 Rosati’s Authentic Chicago Pizza.........................................A1 Salttree Yoga.........................C5 Scoot’s Auto..........................C6 SOCU.......................................D3 Solon-Telford Funeral Home B4 Streator Area Chamber of Commerce.............................C8 T & L Janitorial Supply.......C4 Time to Recover...................C4 Turk Furniture.......................C6 Varsity Sport .........................A6 WCMY.....................................C4 Wright’s Furniture............... B6

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Engle Lane enters 62nd season

2019 marks the 62nd season at Engle Lane Theatre. Their rich history is an important part of the community. In March of 2018, “Annie, Jr.” was presented as the inaugural production of The Penguin Project in Streator. The Penguin Project productions are unique because all of the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and other neurological disorders. They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of peer mentors without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them throughout the rehearsal process and through the final performance. By providing access to community theatre, The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences. Established in Peoria, Illinois in 2004, The Penguin Project has evolved into a national program with replication sites like Engle Lane Theatre throughout the United States. The program provides a supportive environment for children with disabilities to explore their creative talents. It has also demonstrated that participation in the performing arts has therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. The impact of the program has reached beyond the stage to create a social network for children who previously had very few friends and limited social opportunities. This year, the Penguin Project production of “Aladdin Jr.” will be presented April 12-14, directed by Jeff Houk and produced by Kathy Hepner. The name of The Penguin Project comes from the fact that the penguin is the only bird who cannot fly. Our penguins may not be able to fly, but that doesn’t mean that their spirits cannot soar. The organization Community Players of Streator, Inc. evolved from a small group of people who simply wanted to put on a show. From their humble beginnings with their first performances in the Streator Township High School auditorium, they are now housed in a beautiful stateof-the-art theater. Officially, the theater’s name is The William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing

The Times

Community Players of Streator rehearse “Aladdin Jr.” at Engle Lane Theatre. The show will be presented April 12-14, and is directed by Jeff Houk and produced by Kathy Hepner.

William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts at Engle Lane

ADDRESS: 1012 Columbus Road, Streator, IL 61364 WEBSITE: PHONE: 815-672-3584 Arts at Engle Lane, more commonly known as Engle Lane Theatre. Through the support of the community over many years, Donna Peterson’s dream of having a local community theater was brought to life and continues today. Dr. William C. Schiffbauer became an early driving force for the group. His background in musical theater performance and enthusiasm helped put Engle Lane on the map in the community. In 1960, Constance Engle generously donated the property where the theater now sits, evolving from a simple warehouse into a wonderfully equipped playhouse affectionately known as “The Barn”.In 2010, a tornado badly damaged the theater, forcing cancellation of the remainder of their summer season. Less than one year later, the newly-remodeled theater was back up and running for a complete season. Hundreds of people have contributed to Engle Lane’s success over the years. From set designers, costumers and technical support, to board members, directors, staff and performers, all have given of themselves unconditionally to the single focus

of putting on a live performance. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, everyone’s contribution is important. People from all walks of life, regardless of experience, are welcome to participate. Once inside the doors of Engle Lane, everyone is part of a dedicated team with the shared goal of doing their very best. Teamwork is essential and lays the very foundation for success in life, both personally and professionally. While everyone works diligently, they receive no monetary compensation. Their reward comes in the form of applause, which makes the dance steps, memorization of lines and hours of preparation worth it. The continuing success of the theatre is due to many factors, among them a very important audience. Over the years, people have faithfully supported the theater through both financial contributions and being faithful in attendance. An all-volunteer board of directors works year-round to oversee operations of the theater. They oversee not only the season’s productions, but also the operations, building and grounds, equipment and inventory.

The 62nd anniversary season lineup includes:

u MAY 13-19: “A Night in the Ukraine,” a Marx Brothers musical comedy directed by Angie McKenzie u JUNE 16-22: “Losing Patients,” a comedy farce directed by Kathy Hepner and Lisa Gill u JULY 14-20: “Mamma Mia,” a musical directed by Karen Leifheit u AUG. 11-17: “Babes in Toyland,” a youth musical directed by Marlee Reel u SEPT. 8-14: “Charley’s Aunt,” a comedy/farce directed by Bill Jankowski u OCT. 6-12: “Bright Star,” a musical drama directed by Samantha Farb. Shows start at 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Season tickets are on sale now starting at just $60 for six shows. Please call the box office at 815-672-3584 and leave a message to purchase your tickets now. You may also visit their website at or follow them on Facebook, Engle Lane Theatre. Board President Kathy Missel said, “For over 60 years Engle Lane Theater has been providing Central Illinois with quality live entertainment. The mission of our current board of directors is to continue that tradition.”

Vactor a manufacturing leader for more than a century For more than 100 years, Vactor Manufacturing has been building durable, reliable products using air conveyance, high-pressure water and vacuum technology. The business began in Chicago in 1911 as the Myers-Sherman Company, a manufacturer of pneumatic farm equipment, before moving Vactor to its Manufacturing current ADDRESS: 1621 S. locaIllinois St., Streator tion in PHONE: 815-672Stre3171 ator GENERAL MANAGduring ER: Sam Miceli the HUMAN RE1930s. SOURCES MANAGThe ER: Katie Muntz pneu-

matic conveying systems in the original products provided the impetus for today’s success as a global leader in the manufacture of sewer cleaners. Today, Vactor is the industry leader in sewer and catch basin cleaners, industrial vacuum loaders and vacuum excavators featuring innovative technology and custom configurable designs. Vactor Manufacturing has more than 50+ North American distributors in more than 100 locations to serve the municipal market, as well as 12 factory direct locations through FS Solutions for industrial and utility customers in the United States, and eight locations through Joe Johnson Equipment (JJE)

in Canada. “Our employees take great pride in their work.” shared Katie Muntz, Human

Resources Manager. “The employee commitment to quality drives the proven reputation of Vactor products.”

We can repair your cordless, electric & air tools. • Power, Hand & Air Tools • Bench Top Restaurant Equipment

201 N. Columbia Ave. Rt. 351 • Oglesby 815-993-9047

• New Contruction • Additions/Garages • Kitchens/Baths • Hardwood/Tile • Decking, Siding & More


The Times

Vactor is the industry leader in sewer and catch basin cleaners, industrial vacuum loaders and vacuum excavators featuring innovative technology and custom configurable designs.

• Grass Cutting • Snow Plowing • Painting 210 N. Columbia Ave. Oglesby


• Power Washing • Tree Trimming • Deck Installation 630-901-2838 815-252-8820 815-993-9047

Business & industry review

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019



Sanderson:‘I always try to stay positive. There’s always something that can ruin your day, but the sun will always rise.’ From page A1

first communion. It’s a big time for them because they’re at an age where they can distinguish right from wrong.” While Marquette students are required to complete community service hours, Rick said she has a hunch Danna far exceeds the requirement. “She does not brag, she’s not boastful, and she just does so much and is so involved in her parish ... Her service really sets her apart.” Danna, who is the middle of three girls, is leaning toward attending the University of Illinois, already visiting the campus several times since her older sister, Francesca, attended the college. As far as a major, advertising might be in her future. Already delving into creating social media groups for fellow students and youths, writing articles for the Marquette Academy website, and participating in fundraising efforts, she’s already gained experience of how to reach an audience. “I totally see social media as the future, and advertising has always been interesting to me. It’s super interesting looking at how to use different color schemes to showcase things.” Her parents met in the 1990s in Ottawa when her mom, Cynthia, and her best friend, traveled from the Philippines to work as medical technologists at the Ottawa hospital. Her father, Ed, farmed in Leland, on a farm that has been in his family since the 1850s. All three of their children – Francesca, Danna and youngest Andrea – have been part of the Marquette Academy family. Andrea also plays on the volleyball team. “My parents always raised me to have good morals,” Danna said. “In life you always need God on your side if you’re struggling ... in tricky

While she may not always start for the volleyball team, McConnaughhay said Danna is a leader on the court – never missing a practice or game and giving it her all 100 percent of the time. “She has the best sense of humor ... Even in an intense situation, she just knows how to make people around her feel comfortable. She’s a physical and mental leader, and just has an aura that makes people want to be around her,” McConnaughhay said. Danna’s also been involved in cheer all four years at Marquette, and most, if not all the school’s clubs, including Key Club and Student Council. She’s also a student ambassador, visiting classrooms to speak with students about transitioning to high school at Marquette. Recently, she was gearing up for a Scholastic Bowl tournament. “It’s like a game show; you have your little buzzer,” she explained. “I contribute miscellaneous facts, maybe some biology and history – that’s always been my favorite subject.” She’s in the top 10 of her class, and teachers describe Danna as a delight to have in the classroom. “She’s one of a kind and just has an amazing heart,” said Marquette Academy Principal Brooke Rick, who has Danna in her chemistry class. “She’s so funny, so bubbly, and so hilarious. “She’s one of those kids who just gives back so much and is so involved. You don’t see kids like her every day.” Faith and her church are extremely important to Danna, who is an assistant CCD teacher for second-graders at St. Columba Church in Ottawa. “It’s a big year (for the CCD students) – it’s their first confession,

The Times | Tom Sistak

In the top 10 of her class, Marquette Academy senior Danna Sanderson is involved in most of the school’s clubs, as well as volleyball and cheer. Outside of school, she volunteers as an assistant CCD teacher and helps lead other youth-oriented groups. situations I can always look to my church and family.” For fun (when she has time outside of sports and volunteer work), Danna enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the movies or out to eat (B.A.S.H., Bianchi’s and Culver’s are her favorites). “There’s only 13 girls in my class, so we often hang out together. I feel

like we’re all really good friends; we have the same moral views and if any of us has a problem, we always give good advice for each other.” McConnaughhay said it may not be obvious just how far Danna extends herself. “She’s not in your face with it. She’s such a giving person and I think a lot of times people don’t

realize what she does behind the scenes.” Danna gives credit to her family for providing a strong foundation and helping shape her outlook on life. “I always try to stay positive. There’s always something that can ruin your day, but the sun will always rise.”

Accounting, Tax & Business Services staff stays up-to-date Accounting, Tax & Business Services Inc. offers a full-service accounting firm, including tax preparation and planning, accounting services, computer consultation and business consultation. The company has seven employees and has been in business for nearly two decades. Owners are Laurie Skromme, Jill Talbott and Theresa Muntz, who have been serving Streator and the surrounding area for more than 39 years.

LEFT: Accounting Tax & Business Services’ experienced staff can help with tax preparation for individuals, corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, estates, trusts, nonprofit organizations and pension plans. Accounting professionals are available year-round to answer any tax questions.

We offer tax preparation for individuals, corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, estates, trusts, nonprofit organizations and pension plans. Accounting professionals are available year-round to answer any tax questions. For businesses we provide financial statement preparation, payroll processing and payroll tax report preparation, sales tax return preparation, as well as data processing. As a convenience to employers, we offer direct deposit or paper checks when we process your payroll and we electronically transfer all your payroll tax deposits. We provide business, computer and QuickBooks consultation, as well as training. Laurie Skromme is president of Accounting, Tax & Business Services Inc. She

Accounting, Tax & Business Services Inc.

ADDRESS: 310 N. Bloomington St., Streator PHONE: 815-673-3326 HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, or by appointment

graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has been practicing accounting in Streator since 1979. Skromme specializes in taxes. Jill Talbott is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Monmouth College. She has practiced accounting in Iowa and Illinois since 1981. Theresa Muntz also is a

licensed Certified Public Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University. She has practiced accounting in Streator since 1987. Our accounting staff annually attends continuing education seminars. This enables us to continue our high level of expertise in all areas of accounting and tax. The business is located at 310 N. Bloomington St., with parking available in the front and back. Plans include continuing to provide Streator and the surrounding area with a high level of accounting services. Currently we prepare more than 900 tax returns throughout the year for individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and fiduciaries, and also serve more than 100 businesses on a monthly basis.


The Times


Now Offering Wood Floor Cleaning! What’s in the Grain of Your Wood?

a Deeper Cleaning for a Healthier Home

Hot & Cold Pressure Washers

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

ALKOTA washers are an investment that stand the test of time. Repairs on most American washers



Call today 815-223-8810


We also clean dryer vents!

Let me help you clean all your stuff. Made in the USA

27th Annual Pre-Season SALE

April 26 • 9am - 6pm April 27 • 9am - 5pm April 28 • 10am - 3pm

Risks Home Fire – according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), malfunctioning or poorly maintained clothes dryers and washing machine is one of the leading causes of home fire Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – gas dryers where the vents are blocked, obstructed or not properly maintained can cause carbon monoxide to build up in the home Mold Growth – blocked or obstructed vent can’t remove moisture as designed, causing moisture to be released into the home and possibly resulting in mold growth


Serving LaSalle County

Call today!

Chem-Dry of LaSalle County L

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Carpets

Area Rugs

Pet Urine

Stain Removal



Inground Pools Aboveground Pools Outdoor Kitchen / Bar Fireplaces / Fire Pits Toys / WavePads Chemicals / Pergolas


When technology and design meet

301 W. Etna Rd. Ottawa


A4 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Steinberg’s: Customer service before, during and after sale

J&M Reliable servicing area for over 40 years

J&M Reliable is a family run business, owned and operated by Jason Hawley. He takes great pride in providing high-quality services within Streator and the Illinois Valley areas. Many people within the area are familiar with the outstanding services provided by J&M Reliable. Being a complete restoration company means so much more than just a service. Hawley explains that the many services provided help families and businesses with residential or commercial premises get back to their day-to-day living. J&M has staff certified in mold mitigation, inspections and testing to determine the best methods of mitigation based on their individual situation. If anyone experiences the unfortunate event of a fire or flood, the company is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The staff is trained in the process of full recovery from such traumatic and difficult events. This can be confusing and overwhelming, but the company handles all claims and works with your insurance company to make sure all of your concerns and needs are met. Many restoration companies exist, but we provide a service that is individualized to meet you where you are at, providing the home or business owner with peace of mind to begin the recovery process. J&M is a multi-faceted company but it is well known for its carpet and upholstery cleaning. “Providing residential and commercial carpet cleaning is something we

same technology used to evaluate patients at the Mayo Clinic,” Steinberg

The Times

J&M Reliable

ADDRESS: 1202 E. Livingston Rd., Streator, IL E-MAIL: jason.jmreliable@ WEBSITE: PHONE: 815-712-1988 excel in.” Hawley said. The level of detail and service provided by our leading technicians, Andrew and Cippy, is something that brings customers back time and time again. All state of the art equipment and products are used to ensure that the highest quality service is provided all the time, every time. Hawley says to try their services. You won’t be disappointed, he guarantees it! J&M Reliable is a company that has been servicing the area for over 40 years.

J&M Reliable owner Jason Hawley takes great pride in providing high-quality services within Streator and the Illinois Valley areas.

Yes, the business has grown but, so has the level of expertise, knowledge and services. Hawley said one aspect that we will never outgrow is personalized service. We pride ourselves on making our customers the most important aspect of our business, not just another number. If you have any doubts about your current service provider for your residential and commercial needs then give us an opportunity to meet your individual needs with a service, second to none. Servicing Streator and the Illinois Valley, Hawley and his team look forward to hearing from you.

Steinberg’s Furniture

ADDRESS: U.S. 6 West, Peru PHONE: 815-223-6598 WEB:

Ja Effective osoft will r ic M , 0 2 20 tinuting n o c is d e b Windows n o t r o p p su Server s w o d in 7 and W will no s e t a d p 2008. U provided e b r e g n lo l put your il w h ic h w t risk. system a

BE PROACTIVE! Call Connecting Point to go over your options

When You Think Computers, Think

Downtown Peru • 800-352-7018 • 1622 Fourth St. Just West of the Post Office

said. “It guides a customer to the correct group of mattresses for their body type. Each group contains a selection of mattresses at different price points. It lets you select your mattress based on your body’s pressure points, not pressure from a salesperson.” The company has also added new features to their website. See for yourself at

Celebrating 23 years of Service! We don’t cut corners... Your single source for professional cleaning services.

We Clean Them!

And we love what we do!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone that voted us a favorite choice for cleaning 4 Years in a row!


Call us to schedule a walk-through and free building assessment



The Times

Steinberg’s Furniture features a 30,000-square-foot store and stresses service before, during, and after the sale, with low-pressure salespeople, and an in-store service department.

717 Bellevue Ave. Ottawa IL 61350 SM-CL1640978

We Celebrate The Lives Who Have Shaped Our World PERSONALIZED COMFORT THAT EXCEEDS YOUR NEEDS The Shrine Of Rest Mausoleum

The Shrine Of Rest mausoleum was constructed in 1976 to meet the needs of those who’s wishes are to have an above ground burial.

Our beautiful Shrine Of Rest mausoleum is climate controlled and thoughtfully designed with a chapel. It is distinctively designed to provide a place of rest with history, honor, and beauty with space for both crypts and cremation niches. It has a beautiful interior with marble walls throughout and stained glass windows at the ends of the different corridors. The internal chapel has a large stained glass wall to reflect on while visiting or attending a visitation or committal service of a loved one or a friend. Call us today for information • 815-443-0313 •

Tranquility Garden Cremation represents a means preferred by many people today. Let us help you honor and respect your loved ones who have passed by keeping their cremated remains safe, undisturbed and in a place of outdoor beauty - surrounded by nature. Here, family members can visit and pay their respects generations later.

2405 Champlain St., Ottawa, IL 61350


The Times

J&M Reliable is much more than just a restoration service. The business helps families and businesses with residential or commercial premises get back to their day-to-day living after a fire or flood.

Just seven money-saving minutes southwest of the Peru Mall. That’s the way Bruce Steinberg of Steinberg’s Furniture likes to describe the location where the 131-year-old family-run business has been servicing generations of customers. “We’re a little off the beaten path,” said Steinberg, who is the fourth generation of his family to operate the store. “We’re not on the north end of town, but rather the west end, on U.S. Route 6, just a block from local icons like the Igloo DriveIn and Lou’s LaGrotto pizzeria. But we’re definitely worth the trip.” The 30,000-square-foot store stresses service before, during, and after the sale, with low-pressure salespeople, and an instore service department. The store is a member of Furniture First, a nationwide buying group of more than 250 independent stores. This gives Steinberg’s Furniture the same buying power as large chain stores, and the savings are passed along to the customer. New this year is Steinberg’s Mattress 1st Sleep Shop. The in-store shop features mattresses from Serta, iComfort, Simmons-Beautyrest, and TempurPedic. The store also now features the Support Report imaging system which uses science to guide customer’s to the correct mattress. “The Support Report system detects and measures an individual’s pressure points with the

Business & industry review

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019



Anthony Liftgates Inc. serving truckers for 75 years

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 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 stone’s 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 pipe threads. The company often hears Anthony that changes are customer driven but at the same Liftgates Inc. time Anthony Liftgates has ADDRESS: 1037 West Howcaused the competition to ard St., Pontiac change. PHONE: 815-842-3383 Anthony Liftgates are EMAIL: sales@anthonyliftfully assembled before they leave the Pontiac plant, WEBSITE: anthonyliftgates. which is another Anthony com first to the industry. This allows more testing of components, and ensures higher quality and reliability, and of constructing an addition makes for easier and faster to the factory to increase installation onto trucks and production. trailers. The company’s Easy Together, Anthony LiftMount concept means even gates and Streator Dependthe power unit reservoirs able, along with two other are filled with hydraulic manufacturing businesses fluid before shipment. in the Streator area, ran by Since this revival of AnPatrick’s five sons Chris, thony Liftgates, sales have Paul, Jeremy, Tom and Jim The Times for many years, and now, the increased nearly every year Jeremy Walker with niece Jenny Walker outside of Anthony Liftgates, Inc. The business makes fourth generation is involved for the last 35, and expectalifting an easy, efficient chore through its registered trademark Liftgates that pick up heavy in running the businesses as tions are high for them to continue well into the future. loads from the ground and hoist them to truck bed level for loading and unloading. 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-ofthe-art equipment and new technologies that include different materials and finishes than in previous years, they are able to drastically extend the life of liftgates. After completing the construction of and moving into the newest building addition, it prompted the soon to be additions of plasma cutting machine and a robotic welder. Materials such as aluminum and stainless steel, as well as hot-dip, galvanized coatings are used very common 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 service-free 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 Gift Cards Available

Bromley & Brown B O U T I Q U E

308 E. Main St. • Streator


Township of

Norway Est. in 1834

Celebrating 171 Years in Business

Full Grocery Store

3654 N. Illinois Route 71 Sheridan, IL 815-496-2669 MON-FRI 5AM-8PM SAT 6AM-8PM SUN 8AM-5PM

Fresh Meats Produce • Deli Seafood Exotic Meats

Norway Community Building

Specializing in

Bird Houses Clocks • Shrubs DAILY SPECIALS!

Store Restaurant

• Norwegian Buffet 11:00 AM - 2 PM 1st Wednesday of Every Month! • Thurs. BBQ Ribs or Broasted Chicken 11AM - 7PM •Sun. Breakfast Buffet - 8 AM - 1 PM $9.99 SM-CL1644356

Scandinavian Foods Kringla Lutefisk Liquor • Lotto Video Gambling 24 HR Fuel Stop

Harvey’s Barber Shop Open:

TUES • WED • THURS 1:00-6:00 PM


Plants • Firewood Potting Soil

• Receptions • Showers

Fax: 888-559-3882 •

• Birthdays • Proms

• Funeral • Benefits • Class Reunions Luncheons/Dinners

Accommodates 200 guests Full kitchen, and outdoor playground

Allegiant Compliance Services, Inc.

Live Scan Fingerprinting Services, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Consortium Services Phone: 630-768-5234

Call us for your next event!

Contact 815-496-3700 for rental availability & rates

Located in the Norway Store

By Appointment Only • On-Site Services Available SM-CL1642189

Brought to you by Norway Improvement League

A6 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Family atmosphere at Streator Children’s Clinic

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

Streator Children’s Clinic

ADDRESS: 104 Sixth St., Suite 303, Streator PHONE: 815-673-2354 or 815-673-2353 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. FACEBOOK:

The TImes

At the Streator Children’s Clinic, doctor, staff, parents and family are a tight-knit family. Staff members include (back, from left) Earlene Yone, Dr. Rosvida San Gabriel, and Maria Rosa Chavez; (front) Carolyn Evans and Keady Gillman. 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 j Keady at the front desk; Rosa Chavez, RN; and Earlene York, 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 play a vital part in the clinic. Dr. San Gabriel and her staff understand that their patients’ 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.

SaltTreeYoga in Ottawa is 1 of a kind

Have you been to Ottawa’s very own Himalayan Salt Cave? Opened in 2015, it is one of approximately 200 salt caves in the United States. Whether you live in the Ottawa area or are visiting, if you are looking for a relaxing experience and something healthy to do, their Salt Cave and Wellness Center will not disappoint! They have been bringing wellness alternatives to Ottawa and the surrounding areas since 2009. Everything at SaltTreeYoga, old and new, focuses on restoring wellness and balance to the body, mind and spirit. SaltTreeYoga’s gorgeous, spacious yoga studio combined with their Wellness/ Educational Center is the perfect setting to host or attend weekend or one-day retreats, health-focused workshops or events. Watch our website for opportunities to learn more about yoga, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, spiritual development, reiki, stress relief, nutrition, and anything about health and wellness. Learn, play and relax all in the same space. Attendees love the ambiance and the chance to use the healing Himalayan salt cave and other services on breaks and before or after their classes, or even as a segment of the event, itself. Visit their Unique GIFT SHOP where you will find the BEST selection of Himalayan salt lamps around! Plus self-care products such as organic soaps, Himalayan salt scrubs, their signature bath salts, and facial care; CBD products; edible Himalayan salt and cookware; EnergyMuse and other handmade jewelry; SolMate mismatched socks; an interesting book selection; smudging products; pendulums; wolf tracks inspirational, hand built pottery; our awesome salt cave Sherpa blankets; and a large inventory of Young Living essential oils. SaltTreeYoga has a special package with some of the area restaurants called Dining with a Dash of Salt. This package is for two people for a Salt Cave session and a $50 dining certificate at your choice of The Lone Buffalo, B.A.S.H., Red Dog Grill, Pink Chihuahua, Corner 230 and Starved Rock Lodge. It’s a savings of 25 percent off a $100 value for $75. Great gift! The Wellness Center is home to a Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna (with near, mid, and far infrared spectrum). The sauna has four pre-set programs that target specific health concerns. The Dry Hydrotherapy bed is the latest innovation in dry hydrotherapy. It is


ADDRESS: 310 1/2 W. Main St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-343-2751 WEBSITE: an incredible total body relaxation and rejuvenation system that was built in Italy. The manufacturer states that it can relieve insomnia and give the restorative effects of a full night’s sleep in a 30-minute session. Our Migun infrared massage therapy beds inspired by the medical practices of acupressure, far infrared heat therapy (moxibustion), chiropractic and massage, the massage bed uses jade heads to stimulate vital points, while gently flexing and stretching your spine and relaxing your muscles. Relax with dry salt thera-

py (Halotherapy) in the Salt Cave. The Salt Cave features a Halomed halo (salt) generator, which infuses micro fine particles of pharmaceutical grade salt into the air. The salt is breathed deep into the lung cavities to absorb pollen and allergens and enhance the respiratory system’s natural cleansing process. It breaks down mucus in the nasal passages and airways and decreases bacteria and inflammation. All services are $25/each; or buy four and get one free for $100. The Yoga Studio is always full of friendly faces! It’s a place where you can seek refuge as well as revive your body and mind through the ancient arts of yoga and meditation. Their experienced and certified teachers are Pam Booras, Stephanie Simpko, Lou Ann Vancil and Diana Carlson. They also

The Times

Step inside Ottawa’s Himalayan Salt Cave – one of approximately 200 salt caves in the country – at SaltTreeYoga. The Salt Cave and Wellness Center provides a relaxing experience for customers looking for wellness alternatives. offer fitness classes, reiki, healing touch services, and massage by appointment with nurturing wellness. Their staff includes

certified clinical aromatherapist and national educator Kate Brown. Learn from the best, most educated teacher around! Watch for our

monthly classes to learn how to incorporate essential oils into your life. SaltTreeYoga is at 310 1/2 W. Main St., Ottawa.

S. Cohen Suits Custom Cut Available

Men’s Wear 407 E. Main St, Streator 815-672-1426 Est. 1902 SM-CL1644380


DOWNTOWN STREATOR • 815-672-1426 Established in 1954

Open: Daily until 5:30pm Friday until 6:00pm Saturday until 4:00 pm

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019



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 remain-

Liberty Village

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

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 The Times treatment plan with speResidents at Liberty Village enjoy different lifestyle options. cific and realistic goals. This plan is developed by our team of professionals ing on which to build your and two-bedroom spacious activities and complete from exceptionally-trained and most importantly you! two-bedroom, two-bath apartments. The Estates of- building and grounds main- staff. This area is designed Come to Bounce Back and home with attached garage. fer month-to-month rental tenance. for residents needing let us show you how to “ReYou, too, can enjoy a with no endowment fees. InThe Hawthorne Inn is our assistance with activities hab, Recover and Return” maintenance-free lifestyle. cluded in the monthly rent beautiful assisted-living of daily living, but the home! The Estates combine are weekly housekeeping, component, in which resiindependence of living in a Discover why so many elegance and affordability two delicious buffet-style dents enjoy three delicious home. Come in and tour the have decided to call Liberty in our studio, one-bedroom meals daily, all utilities, meals daily, 24-hour care facility and be surprised Village home!

Behind every piece of furniture, there’s a story

Many traditions are passed down from generTime to Recover ation to generation and ADDRESS: 2027 Champlain St., Building A, Ottawa that includes devotion to a PHONE: 815-324-5206 particular art form. The small Time to ReFACEBOOK: cover workshop along the HOURS: By appointment train tracks at 2027 Champlain St. in Ottawa may not attract too much attention Time to Recover specialfrom the outside but upon izes in antiques and thrives entering guests walk into on maintaining the histori- RIGHT: (Left to right) Stacy Anan environment surroundcal integrity of its commudreatta, Leslie Stohr and Beth ed by artists crafting away nity. (Stohr) Hawkins are members on sewing machines and Leslie said she’s often of the Time to Recover team in pounding down on furnicaptivated by the stories a the workshop along the train ture with hammers. piece of furniture can tell tracks at 2027 Champlain St., Leslie Stohr is a as well as the importance it Ottawa. third-generation upholster has to its owner. The Times with over “Behind 30 years of every piece experience of furniture, which began there’s a when she was story. Abtrained by solutely,” her mother, Leslie said. Beth (Stohr) “Usually Hawkins who people have a ran a successsentimental ful business or historical in Ottawa reason to from 1970 to update some2007. thing.” The talent Beyond runs in the antiques, family as Time to Beth was Recover can LESLIE STOHR trained by help update Third-generation her mother, your current an English furniture and upholster/Owner of Time war bride they’ve pronamed Pat vided upholTo Recover Mathews. stery services “I grew for restauup watching rants, offices, churches and my grandmother upholother businesses. ster in her basement then And don’t be mistaken, my mother began a busitheir work is an art form of Assemblers ness in her basement and its own. continued to build it into a The “custom” in custom & Welders successful business,” Leslie upholstery means your said. ideas and concepts in both 1st Shift The upholstery business color, fabric and design can has changed over the years be made into reality. Full-time positions open! but the precise nature of Leslie will help assist Streator area the work and the attention any interested parties to manufacturer now hiring. to detail has remained. select the fabrics from the Leslie opened her own thousands in their showCompetitive wages, business, Time To Recover, room that best fits their benefits & 401K. in 2015 with Stacy Andreneed. She along with Beth Apply in person at atta who also was trained and Stacy will bring it all under Beth starting in 1987. together with the art of U S Truck Body 1807 N. And in 2019, Beth reupholstery. Bloomington, Streator or turned to her love of upholFor more information, Email resume to: stery and works with her give them a call at 815-324khadley@ daughter in the shop. 5206.

‘Behind every piece of furniture, there’s a story. Absolutely. Usually people have a sentimental or historical reason to update something.’

Show us your resume we’ll connect you with a great job

Mechanic/ Tire Changer Experience Required

Apply at J’s Tire in Streator,

1412 N. Bloomington St.


ARTCO Barge Fleeting Division of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) CURRENTLY HIRING for following positions in Ottawa, IL area.

Openings for FLEET DECKHAND, BARGE CLEANER, FLEET MECHANIC, FLEET CAPTAIN. Working with excellent equipment. Competitive pay and benefits. If interested, please apply on For additional information please call 815-434-5547. M-F 8AM - 4PM ADM is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Mitsuboshi Belting Limited (USA) Corporation


WELDERS First Shift

Come grow with us! Stable company is hiring full-time welders with competitive wages, benefits, and 401K. Apply in person in Streator Streator Dependable Manufacturing 1705 N. Shabbona St. Streator, IL 61364 or email resume to


NOW HIRING: Warehouse Operators Production Operators

• Excellent Benefits • Must have the ability to lift 45- 50 lbs. and to work on an off shift Applications are available 24/7 at the guard or apply online at MBL (USA) Corporation 601 E Dayton Rd, Ottawa, Illinois 61350 An Equal Opportunity Employer SM-CL1644459

A8 n

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Catch the Li

with stunnin


Many Sizes, Shapes & Styles...

g windows!

Double & Single Hung...

Bow, Bay, Casements & Basements!

Garages • Siding • Windows • Roofs • Facia • Soffit Licensed & Insurance Lic. #104015026

SM-CL1644323 SM-CL1 644323

Call To Book Your Next Party With Us!


Archie Crouch 815-674-6124 Brian Crouch 815-822-7766

Student Spotlight Spot ight Thursday, April 4, 2019 • The Times Business & Industry Review

Alex Barker

Section 2

Logic, not luck, guides Alex Barker

Marquette Academy student takes pragmatic approach in life CHARLES STANLEY For The Times

There’s a strong streak of logic in Alex Barker, a senior at Marquette Academy High School in Ottawa. For instance, take his plans for the future. Next fall he will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he will be enrolled in the physician’s assistant program. He has been planning on a career in medicine for some time. But the logical move, he decided, was not to commit to becoming a doctor in a specific speciality. Instead, Alex felt as a physician’s assistant he could gain some insight in different medical disciplines and ultimately pick the one that best fit him. Plus, since a medical career typically requires a good brain and good hands, Alex logically decided to go out for sports with a minimum chance of him suffering concussions or broken fingers. His choices were track and golf, a sport favored by his dad and grandfather.

See BARKER, page B3

RIGHT: Marquette Academy senior Alex Barker plans on attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he will be enrolled in the physician’s assistant program.

The Times | Tom Sistak

About CARSTAR CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has been in the industry since 1989, with over 500 locally owned and operated locations across North America. CARSTAR offers expert repairs to all makes and models, and best in class customer service. CARSTAR is a preferred partner with many insurance companies due to our focus on excellent customer service, timely and quality repairs and all backed up by a nationwide warranty.


B2 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Hagi & Baker Funeral Home takes pride in family tradition

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 Stre-

Hagi & Baker Funeral Home

ADDRESS: 205 High St., Streator PHONE: 815-672-2420 WEBSITE: hagifuneralhome. com ator 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 14, a freshman at Dixon High School and Margaret “Maghie” Irene Baker, age 13, a 7th grader in Dixon Public Schools. He also has three sisters, Diane Bauer, Cindy (J.J.)

video tribute area, children’s area and new lounge. Last summer we repainted the exterior, redid the landscaping with new bushes, flowers, pavers and rock. This Spring we will be also 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. The Times He is also a licensed insurThe Hagi & Baker Funeral Home, located at 205 High St., Streator, has roots in the Streator area ance agent. dating back to 1895. Bryan is privileged and honored to be able to continue Neiggemann and Amy the funeral home. completely remodeled in 2017 the legacy that the Hagis built in this community. We plan (Terry “Oly”) Oelschlager, He is also assisted by his to better serve our families, to continue to improve our all of Streator and a twin sister, Cindy Neiggemann as with removal of wallpaper facilities to meet the changing brother, Terry Baker, also a a receptionist and Gail Sliker, and the addition of new needs of families today and funeral director who lives in a greeter. paint, carpeting, furniture for the future. Streator and helps Bryan at The funeral home was and bathrooms. We added a

Garden’s Gate grows up this spring

The team at Garden’s Gate is fired up and ready to grow this spring. “This past winter seemed like it was never ending, all the snow and cold weather has made us really excited for warmer spring weather,” said Stephanie Stacy, Garden’s Gate co-owner. “Our greenhouses are filled with plants, we’ve brought in new fantastic home and garden décor collections that we can’t wait to share with our customers and most of all we are looking forward to starting workshops once again.” Garden’s Gate will be hosting several different workshops this year, including their very popular Paint and Plant, Living (Succulent) Frames, Fairy Gardens and Terrarium planting. “I’m crazy over succulents right now, my home is filled with so many plants right now my husband refers to it as the “jungle” added garden center manager Michele Arana “I am thrilled we’ve expanded our workshops to include a living frame and terrarium workshop, my husband is just going to love when I bring those home!” Garden’s Gate has expanded its succulent selection to include cacti and added a new houseplant collection they will be carrying all year. “Michele is really excited about our new succulent and houseplant collection but my favorite right now has got to be our new terrarium line,” Stephanie says “We’ve been working on a DIY terrarium corner in the shop with great new terrariums, pieces and plants for every place in your home or office”. The complete workshop schedule for spring will be posted via the Garden’s

The Times

Diversified Sheet Metal staff members include: Dave Harcharik, Tony Harcharik, Stacy Starjak, DJ Marconi, Dave Harcharik Jr. and Dylan Tooley. The Times

The greenhouses are filled with plants at Garden’s Gate Garden Center in Ottawa. The center also is offering new home and garden décor collections and starting workshops once again.

‘This past winter seemed like it was never ending, all the snow and cold weather has made us really excited for warmer spring weather.’ STEPHANIE STACY Garden’s Gate co-owner Gate Facebook page by April 15. While the garden center staff has been planting in the greenhouse for weeks the landscape and lawn care crews have been getting ready to head out on the road. “We’re ready to hit the

Garden’s Gate Garden Center

ADDRESS: 611 E. Dayton Road, Ottawa PHONE: 815-433-4006 WEBSITE: SOCIAL MEDIA: Garden’s Gate Ottawa on Facebook or Instagram road and start cleaning up gardens and landscaping, getting them ready for spring growing,” Dave Stacy co-owner of Garden’s Gate says. Garden’s Gate offers their professional landscape services to commercial businesses as well as residential homeowners. “One thing that makes us different than the average landscaper is that we have a garden center customers can visit to see plants, pavers and retaining walls before they choose what they want at their home. Last year we started working on some new retaining wall and paver patio projects at the garden center, I’m looking

Open April 8th!

forward to continuing to build those to show our customers options they have for their home” Dave added. Dave, Stephanie, the landscape and lawn care crews at Garden’s Gate are ready to help your home or business bloom this season, give them a call for a free landscape, paver patio or commercial lawn care estimate. Garden’s Gate is opening for the season on Monday, April 8. Customers can visit Garden’s Gate at 611 E. Dayton Rd. Ottawa or call 815-4334006 online at, on Facebook and Instagram at Gardens Gate Ottawa.

Diversified Sheet Metal a trusted name in HVAC

Located on North Illinois Street, Diversified Sheet Metal is a fully insured union contractor. They have been a trusted name in the HVAC and sheet metal business for 30 years now. All employees have had four years of apprenticeship training, OSHA training and all necessary certifications. Their services include HVAC repair and maintenance, new heating, venting and air conditioning system installation, 24-hour emergency service, maintenance agreements, industrial sheet metal work, architectural sheet metal work and sanding seam metal roofing. Diversified Sheet Metal is owned and operated by David and Kim Harcharik. David is a lifelong Streator resident who began his career in the sheet metal trade as an apprentice in 1977. The opportunity to start Diversified Sheet Metal came along in 1989 and David is now President. His oldest son, Dave Jr., started at Diversified Sheet Metal in

ADDRESS: 402 N. Illinois St. Streator, IL WEBSITE: E-MAIL: PHONE: 815-673-7224 1995 and is now the business manager. Tony, Dave’s younger son, started in 2002 and is now service manager. D.J. Marconi joined Diversified Sheet Metal in 1998 and is now a journeyman. Some recent projects include work for the City of Streator, Owens-Illinois, Eagle Point, Streator Onized Credit Union, La Salle County Housing Authority, Northpoint Plaza and Alloy Specialties. Being in business for 30 years, Diversified Sheet Metal realizes how important it is to have happy customers. We work every day to ensure that happens.

Finding solutions for your financial needs. Mark C Platt

Financial Advisor 130 W Lafayette Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-9189

Free Landscape Estimates 611 E. Dayton Rd. • Ottawa • 815-433-4006

Diversified Sheet Metal

MKT-5894I-A SM-CL1641885

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019



The Times

At ABC Exteriors “attention to detail” is the key to their success. Whether you need windows, siding, roofing, a new deck or garage, ABC can do it for you.

ABC Exteriors’key to success is attention to detail


A member of Plano Scout Troop 71 where his dad is scoutmaster, Alex Barker led the effort to raise funds to purchase, and last June install, a new two-bay swing at Haskin Elementary School in Sandwich. When he was in second grade at Haskin, Barker saw a wheelchair-bound friend could not use the schoolyard swing because he was unable to hold onto the chains and needed additional support. This inspired his project.

Barker:‘The work ethic, the dedication and the compassion that this kid has is impressive. And he has a kind heart.’ From page B1

Home for Alex, his brother Max and parents Tim and Andrea, is at Lake Holiday between Sandwich and Somonauk. The community of single-family homes surrounds a 328-acre manmade lake where residents can swim, boat and fish. Alex gets a lot of outdoor time, Andrea said. “He’s active in the fishing club,” she said. “He likes to do things, he doesn’t just like to sit. “He’s a very self-motivated kid,” she said. “I’ve never had to push him to do anything — except maybe clean up his room — and he’s actually really good at understanding his own limits. “I think everything he’s involved in is well within his comfort zone,” she said. “He’s always been really good about knowing when there’s too much. There will be times when he says ‘You know mom, I just need a Saturday when I do nothing.’ And then he takes a Saturday and does nothing.” Andrea said one of the things that impressed her about her son at an early age happened when he was in second grade at Haskin Elementary School in Sandwich. He saw a wheelchair-bound friend could not use the schoolyard swing because he was unable to hold onto the chains and needed additional support. “Alex came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to help my buddy so that he can swing on the swings’. “He had this idea in second grade that ‘everybody should feel when you lose your tummy’ — that roller coaster feeling when the swing reaches its pinnacle. He said ‘I want everybody to be able to feel that.’ Alex’s first plan was simple: just hook a stroller up to the swing. That’s logical. But when his teacher and principal explained the cost and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, the handicapped swing project had be sidelined. “I said to him ‘Maybe we needed to hold onto the idea until you’re a little older,’ ” Andrea said. Then, when Alex was selecting an Eagle Scout project, “that’s when it came back around again,” she said. A member of Plano Scout Troop 71 where his dad is scoutmaster, Alex led the effort to raise funds to pur-

chase, and last June install, a new two-bay swing at Haskin. The combination model has one traditional saddle swing and a Burke Freedom Swing Seat. Besides earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Alex’s project also was one of the top three Eagle Scout projects that year for the Boy Scouts’ Three Fires Council. Alex started in Scouting at the youngest possible age as a Tiger Scout, a program for first graders. He enjoys the activities such as camping. “I’ve been to a lot of cool places with scouts,” he said. One standout trip was two years ago to work with the National Park Service at Dry Tortugas, a small group of islands 70 miles from Key West, Florida. Its place in history was as the prison for Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who treated actor John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. “Scouting is a wonderful addition to Alex’s regular education and his religious education,” Andrea said. The Barkers are members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk. After sixth grade, Alex transferred from his public school to Marquette Academy Elementary School. Following his graduation there he moved up to the high school. “The public school just didn’t fit our needs,” Andrea said. “We wanted more out of his teachers, so we landed on Marquette.” One important factor in the change was the bus service Marquette Academy provides. These days, however,

Alex drives. That allows him the flexibility for athletics and to take college classes. His Volkswagen Golf isn’t the sportiest car. “But he likes the gas mileage it gets,” Andrea said. That’s logical. Marquette has been a good fit, Alex said. “I think the small class sizes have let me get to know the students and teachers better,” he said. “I have more time with the teachers and it’s easy to go to them. I feel Marquette is more of a family style school. Like, instead of each kid being a number, they’re a person.” Marquette High School Principal Brooke Rick sees a lot of fine qualities in Alex. “The work ethic, the dedication and the compassion that this kid has is impressive,” she said. “He’s so intelligent and super hard-working — and he has a kind heart.” Rick sees Alex up close as one of the students in the Honors Chemistry II class she teaches. “Not only is he a good student and a pleasure to have in class, but he has a dry sense of humor that goes over well.” Rick says Alex gives a lot back to Marquette. “He goes above and beyond as a volunteer and as a leader in the school, yet he is very modest about his accomplishments,” she said. “He’s not at all boastful. He’ll just say ‘It’s no big deal.’ ” So, that makes him a good role model for other students? “That makes him a good role model for adults,” Rick replies. That’s logical.

ABC Exteriors is celebrating its 15th year of business, having incorporated in 2004. Growing from word of mouth and repeat customers due to their quality work, ABC Exteriors is knowledgeable about insurance claims to help better your repair experience. ABC Exteriors understands that navigating the ins and outs of insurance claims can prove to be a confusing and time-consuming process, and the staff hopes to assist customers to make the process as easy and understandable as possible. They offer a wide range of manufacturer warranties on all their products, and most of ABC’s materials come locally from RP Lumber, ABC Supply, Lindsay windows and Pella windows. ABC Exteriors of Streator continues its success-

Crouch said with the lead time from Lindsay Windows, customers will ABC Exteriors have a minimal wait in PHONE: 815-674-6124 or getting the order processed 815-822-7766 and completed. HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We do offer financing Monday to Friday through One Main FinanEMAIL: abcabc@mchsi. cial right here in Streator. com At ABC Exteriors “attention to detail” is the key to WEB: our success. The team at ABC Exteriors come into every project ful marketing of quality vi- with their many years of nyl replacement windows experience and knowledge from the Lindsay Window to ensure every project and Door Company for its meets the needs of customarea customers. ers while also lending new Lindsay is a famiperspectives. ly-owned company, which Whether you need winhas been in business since dows, siding, roofing, a 1947. Now located in Illinew deck or garage, ABC nois, ABC Exteriors owner can do it for you. Archie Crouch can say that We serve a 25-mile radius they are a local manufacfrom Streator. Licensed turing facility. and insured, for all your ABC Exteriors also uses outdoor needs, call for Pella Windows, another a free estimate: Archie locally-owned company Crouch at 815-674-6124 or who has been in business Brian Crouch at 815-822in Oak Brook since 1925. 7766. Call today.

Since 1954


300 2nd St., LaSalle

Top Quality Building Products •Aluminum Soffit & Trim •Gutters & Downspouts •Over 20 Colors in Stock.

• Solid Vinyl • Custom Fit • Energy Efficient • Casement-Bows-Bays • Wide Variety of Colors INSULATED REPLACEMENT WINDOWS

and •Steel & Fiberglass Entrance Doors •Interior Wood Doors & Trim- Birch, Oak, Pine- Flush, 6 Panel, Louvered • Aluminum Storm Doors

• 3 Season Rooms • Screen Rooms for Patio or Porch

• Glass Shower Enclosures • Custom Mirrors • Glass Work - Screen & Glass Repair

by Consumers Reports #1 Siding Best Buy!

• Vinyl Siding Hollow & Solid Core Many Profiles and Colors

Make an investment in something that really pays —


B4 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Casanova Chiropractic: New location, same friendly faces

For those with chronic back pain or just looking to maintain their spinal health, there’s a new place with the same friendly faces to visit. Casanova Chiropractic relocated from their “purple house” on the south side of Ottawa where they’ve spent 12 years to 408 W. Main St. in December. Dr. Brett Casanova and Dr. Janet Casanova said there are a number of new features that patients love. For instance, there is now a dedicated resting room which is used after patients receive adjustments. The dimly lit room and comfortable recliners accompanied with calming music and salt lamps create the perfect environment to allow a patient’s body to relax following an appointment. The larger space also allows the office better accommodations for the family as a whole which includes family adjustment rooms where parents can be with their kids as well as an entire kids waiting area complete with tents and a friendly stuffed giraffe named “Stretch” for kids to play with. And don’t think the services and specialties offered

Casanova Chiropractic

ADDRESS: 408 W. Main St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-313-5474 WEB: FACEBOOK: HOURS: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday

by Casanova Chiropractic are only for those that are currently experiencing back pain. Much like oral health, routine check-ups regarding a patient’s spine can lead to fewer issues later in life. “A common misconception about Chiropractic is that it is only for people with severe pain and/or people with injuries from car or work accidents,” Dr. Brett said. “The spine is the window to health. It is a priority in our office to have your entire family under Chiropractic care. Our goal is to transform our community one atlas and spine at a time.” The Casanova family’s journey in Chiropractic be-

Both Dr. Janet and Dr. Brett are specialized in this system and both graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. As part of their system of adjusting, the office offers infrared temperature scans which specifically identifies when the atlas needs to be adjusted. The pair have seen many patients in the area with a wide variety of issues and look forward to continually meeting new patients and ensuring the best for their health. “Over the last 12 years it has been gratifying to see that people are searching for a way to have more control over their health,” Janet said. “We continue to specialize in gentle adjjustments of the neck and spine. We look forward to The Times many more years of being You will find Dr. Brett Casanova, Gay Donovan, Dr. Janet Casanova in a new location as of Decem- able to help people and thank those we have come ber – 408 W. Main St., Ottawa. The new facility offers a larger space, allowing for better office to know that have become accommodations for the family as a whole, which includes family adjustment rooms where family and friends.” parents can be with their kids as well as an entire kids waiting area complete with tents and a So whether you’re expefriendly stuffed giraffe named “Stretch” for kids to play with. riencing back pain or just gan when Dr. Richard Casathe Grostic technique which atlas vertebra, the first bone want to ensure your spine nova traveled to Davenport, is continued in the office in the spinal column that is on a positive track for Iowa 66 years ago to study today. directly supports the skull long-term health, stop into with Dr. BJ Palmer and then The Grostic technique is through which every nerve Casanova Chiropractic for a to Ann Arbor, Mich. to study the direct adjustment of the in the body passes. check-up.

Delicious is closer than you think at Rosati’s Pizza

For delicious pizza and other tasty entrees, one of Starved Rock Country’s most popular restaurants is Rosati’s Pizza, 375 W. Stevenson Road in Ottawa. Besides pizza, Rosati’s menu includes calzones, chicken wings, salads, pasta, sandwiches, chicken, appetizers and desserts in a family atmosphere that features wall-to-wall televisions (40 screens) as well as a projection screen for hungry and thirsty sports fans. The restaurant also has a large, full-service bar with daily drink specials. Plus, for guests hungry and in a hurry, individual slices of pizza are available all day ready to go. According to its corporate web page, Rosati’s traces its history back to a family patriarch who served flat-breads to Al Capone in the 1920s, this Illinois-based pizzeria has grown to nearly 225 locations in 15 states. As with many Italian families, the Rosati clan’s roots run deep. In the 1920s, Italian immigrant Silvario Rosati served Pizza A’Olia — a flat-bread with garlic and oil — as a pre-meal treat for customers like Al Capone. His son, Sam, also opened a successful restaurant, and when third-generation Dick Rosati returned from the war, he decided to dive head-first into the pizza biz, opening Rosati’s Pizza in 1964 in Mount Prospect. “The entire family worked in the store, day and night — all of the brothers and sisters, plus their spouses,” explains Marla Topliff, president of Rosati’s Pizza, headquartered in Elgin. “Pizza wasn’t as well-known then, so people would actually come in requesting apple pies, not pizza pies.” As a carryout operation and a pioneer in the fledgling concept of delivery, Rosati’s offered impressive variety, with three crusts (thin, Double Dough and Chicago-style), plus entrées like huge sandwiches and pasta dinners. And, with the family name already ingrained in the area, Rosati’s took off. Employees soon wanted to start their own locations, leading to expansion that grew organically for 40 years; in 2005, the 60-location business officially decided to franchise.

Today, the pizzeria counts over 200 locations in 15 states and even bottles its own wine —perfect for its newest concept, Rosati’s Pizza Pub, which offers dine-in service in a family-friendly atmosphere. To control franchise quality, the business private-labels its ingredients, distributes recipe books and regularly routes operations staff to locations. They also handle graphic design, social media and catering promotions in-house. “We’re a family business — still owned by the Rosati family — and we consider our franchisees as part of that family,” Topliff says. “We call them often and let them know we’re here for them; we know all of them by name.” “The Rosatis are an amazing family to work for, and it shows in their pizza, product and franchisees,” said Topliff. “They’re fiercely loyal to quality and their customers. They just want to keep spreading that love to others.” In February of 2017, Rosati’s Pizza in Ottawa took the largest slice of votes in all categories of the second annual Pizza Games contest, sponsored by The Times. And in December 2018, the company began operating under the new management of Rose Cummings II and Ane Rosendahl and ownership of their corporate offices. Both are excited to continue offering the great atmosphere and flavors that customers have come to expect and look forward to seeing you during your next visit. The Ottawa restaurant features: u Free delivery every day until 3 p.m. u Half off any pizza and drinks during Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. u Special sirens lights, sound and fog for Blackhawks games goals and other sporting events. u An exclusive Tangled Roots beer, Rosati’s Golden Ale. u Trivia every Monday night at 7 p.m. u Tablets for kids to play free games while at a table waiting for their favorite meal. u New all-natural strawberry-infused on-site margaritas. u Food specials Sunday through Thursday.

The Times annual Business & Industry Review Each year, The Times publishes its annual Business & Industry Review to give readers an up-close, in-depth look at what’s new and ongoing for area businesses and service providers. This issue is the last of four weekly installments.

RIGHT: Aside from their famous pizza and other menu items, Rosati’s Pizza in Ottawa offers a dining room for families and sports fans alike.

The Times

Rosati’s Pizza

ADDRESS: 375 W. Stevenson Road, Ottawa HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday PHONE: 815-324-9559 WEBSITE:

ALL POINTS TRAVEL Let us make your dream vacation a reality Call Today:

815-434-4700 • 800-942-9860 410 E. Stevenson Road Ottawa

Providing Comfort & Guidance for over 100 Years

Jason Telford

Owner - Funeral Director

Joe Rabbitt Funeral Director

815.672.2320 •

Business & industry review

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019



Pirate’s Cay Indoor Water Park offers year-round fun 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 operator-controlled 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 The Times around the Lazy River to Pirates Cay, located north of Ottawa, offers 31,000 square feet of fun, including a pirate’s shiprelax and unwind. themed children’s playscape with operator-controlled water features, water guns, slides and If you happen to find yourdump bucket that is fun for the whole family. self overcome with hunger

Pirate’s Cay Indoor Water Park

ADDRESS: 2558 N. 3653rd Road, Sheridan PHONE: 815-496-3292 WEB: HOURS: noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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 Skinner 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 fits that bill. The party room offers a great economical option for

families who are looking for something different than the traditional party.” The park offers several different tiers in pricing. If you stay at Fox River Resort, either through a public booking with IHG.Com or with a timeshare ownership, there is a discounted rate. Party packages can be tailor fit to your specific needs! Pirate’s Cay also offers unique employment opportunities for the surrounding communities. As the park looks towards summer, it is looking to fill a variety of positions. To see what is currently open, please visit:

Finkelstein provides high-tech eye care

Finkelstein Eye Associates have been providing eye care in the Illinois Valley community since 1986. Dr. Finkelstein and Dr. Pode, both board-certified ophthalmologists, continue to bring innovation and cutting edge technology to their patients. We are dedicated to bringing our patients the most upto-date procedures in cataract and refractive intraocular lens technology closer to home. There are more options to restore vision and reduce the dependence of glasses correction after cataract surgery and we’re glad to be able to provide this high level of care to our patients. If you and your family need care you don’t need to travel to other places. Our offices in Peru and Streator have continued to improve our diagnostic equipment and can offer services that were once only available in major metropolitan areas. Advances in diagnosis

Finkelstein Eye Associates

ADDRESS: 102 W. Elm St. Streator, or 1915 4th St #1, Peru WEB: PHONE: Peru: 815-223-1112 Streator: 815-672-4600 and treatment of macular degeneration and glaucoma can now be performed in our offices. Not only do the doctors provide services locally; both Dr. Finkelstein and Dr. Pode live in our community. This allows them to be part of something bigger than just coming here from 9 to 5 and then leaving the area. We are fortunate to have exceptional people to work within our offices and at the hospital who live in the community we serve. The Streator office had been closed from March 18 through 26 to clean up and repair the building after a pickup truck accidentally drove into the front of the building. No one was serious-

ly injured. During that time, patient care was continued at the Peru location. “We wanted to reopen as soon as possible to prevent a long disruption of services in our Streator community,” Dr. Finkelstein said. Care continued on March 27 although the business section of the building was still closed for repairs. “We were back serving our patients after being closed only 10 days,” Dr. Pode said. “Everything with the repair is going well and the office is running smoothly and efficiently.” Dr. Finkelstein and Dr. Pode would like to thank their patients for their patience and support.

The Times

Finkelstein Eye Associates staff members include: (back, from left) Kerri Libby, Alicia Orozco, Dr. Pode, Jules Buckley, and Michele Tutko; (front) Beth Riblet, Jessica Garcia, and Cathy Hardgrove.

Schott’s Pharmacy specializes in compounding medications 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. The Times Medications can be comSchott’s Pharmacy employees include: (front, from left) Owner Gene Carlson, Laurie Brewer, and pounded into individualized delivery systems, such Ken Anderson; (back, from left) Ashley Young, Belinda Bogren, Shawn Schmitke, and Sophia as suppositories, transderSmith.

Schott’s Pharmacy

ADDRESS: 800 W. Bluff St., Marseilles PHONE: 815-795-2700 WEB:

mal gels, lozenges, lollipops or ear insufflators. We opened in the fall of 1974, and we are the only pharmacy in La Salle County specializing in compounding. Schott’s Pharmacy employs two registered pharmacists, five technicians and three other employees involved in bookkeeping, sales and management. We are also a teaching

pharmacy. Owner and pharmacist Gene Carlson and his staff work with Drake University, Midwestern University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. We provide the pharmacy students a required sixweek rotation in a community pharmacy 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 bio-identical hormones.

SUNDAY MAY 5TH, 2019 9AM to 4PM Free To Spectators & Participants

Don’t Miss Our Annual Car Show w Sunday, May 5th 9am to 4pm (Rt. 6 just West of Rte. 178)

761 Progress Parkway • LaSalle SM-CL1640814


• 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!

B6 n

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Located between Main and Bridge Streets on the east bluff of the Vermillion River near downtown Streator, IL. Our historic, well maintained home was built in 1873 in a quiet neighborhood away from the busy traffic. We are available 24 hours a day to personally support you through your difficult time.


Owner/Funeral Director

205 High St., Streator, IL


SM-CL1644331 SM-CL1644331

Spring has Sprung

Many New Arrivals Time to Spring into a great new Season and SAVE!





Free Box Foundation

Select Styles of Spring Air Back Supporter Sets!

2 Gel Pillows

with purchase of a new Therapedic Selected Styles Set

Recliners 20 New Arrivals

NEW STYLES COMING SOON!! Sofas Dining Sectionals 2 New 15 New Sets Arrivals



Sofas 7 New Arrivals

115 E. Madison In Beautiful Downtown Pontiac

815-844-7177 or 1-800-641-2306

OPEN: Mon.-Fri. 9 to 6; Sat 9 to 5; Sun 1 to 4

Student Spotlight Spot ight Thursday, April 4, 2019 • The Times Business & Industry Review

Section 3

Xavier Dean

Leader of the pack

Streator High student doesn’t need to run first to lead the way DEREK BARICHELLO 815-431-4073

For The Times | Steve Stout

Streator High student Xavier Dean laces up his running shoes at the high school’s track. Xavier participates in cross country and track, growing to enjoy long distance running.

In cross country training, the more skilled runners want to run fast with the lead pack. Xavier Dean, however, doesn’t mind running in the rear group. The Streator High School senior is not loafing, nor is he a slow runner. He runs with the final pack during training to encourage students new to cross country training to perservere through their first 5- or 7-mile runs. Those first runs can be challenging, said cross country coach Brad Brittin. Xavier repeats the tips to new runners his father gave him. “Just get to the next tree.” “Now get to the next stop sign.” “Now let’s get to the next street.” “Keep running.” When Brittin saw Xavier’s willingness to run in the last group and heard the encouragement Xavier was giving, he knew the senior was a true leader. “He’s willing to sacrifice,” said Brittin, who is also Xavier’s guidance counselor. “He connects

with people at all different levels. He always wants to help out the young students, the inexperienced students.” Xavier’s leadership in cross country was just one reason Xavier was selected with about 30 students in his grade level to participate in the high school’s peer leadership program. The program consists of upperclassmen serving as mentors to underclassmen to help them better transition to high school. Xavier is attracted to the inexperienced runners, because he can relate to what it’s like being new or not natural to running. He received a D in seventh grade PE after he ran the mile in 16 minutes. Xavier’s father Greg believed it was time for Xavier, who had a heavier build then, to get a Y membership, and then an idea blossomed for Xavier and Greg to train for a 5k his grandfather helped organize in Princeton. Xavier trained with his dad from December to June with his dad reminding him he could stop if he didn’t like it. When the time came, Xavier ran the 5k race in 47 minutes.

See DEAN, page C3

Liberty Estates is an all inclusive retirement apartment complex. No endowment fees, only an affordable monthly rent. Enjoy freedom, security, comfort & convenience at Liberty Estates.

Liberty Estates

Liberty Village

2322 N. Eastwood Ave., Streator • 815-672-1900 SM-CL1644626

C2 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Turk Furniture offers quality products, personal service 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, Alexvale, Sealy Posturpedic, Best, Homestretch, Archbold, Liberty & many more. If a customer purchases

Turk Furniture

ADDRESS: 801 La Salle St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-433-8875 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 WEB: 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 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

The Times

Turk Furniture staff members include (back, from left) Debi Fessler, Cleaning; Austin Turk, manager; Joseph Jackson, back room; (front, from left) Flo Witalka, office manager; Terri Alvarado, sales; Cindy Urbanik, sales. Missing: Kensey Walker, office assistant; Mickey Lowery, sales; Nathaniel Kaszynski, delivery; Clemente Salas, service; Jared Farrell, back room; Max Strickland, delivery; John Forbes, back room. and will deliver within a 45-mile radius and will also remove the old bedding. The staff at Turk would

SOCU’s 2017 Food Truck Friday Owens Branch grand opening celebration.

SOCU Main Office

ADDRESS: 120 E Northpoint Dr., Streator PHONE: 815-673-5577 or toll-free (in Illinois) 1-800-595-2454 LOBBY HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday DRIVE-THROUGH HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Owens Branch

ADDRESS: 912 N. Shabbona St., Streator PHONE: 815-673-1589 LOBBY HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.; Closed Saturday DRIVE-THROUGH HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday

Pontiac Branch

ADDRESS: 610 S. Newport Rd., Pontiac PHONE: 815-842-1437 LOBBY HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday DRIVE-THROUGH HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Dwight Branch

ADDRESS: 124 E. Main St., Dwight PHONE: 815-584-9730 LOBBY HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Morris Branch

ADDRESS: 1544 Creek Dr., Morris PHONE: 815-416-1170 LOBBY HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday DRIVE-THROUGH HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday the newly acquired counties opened for membership. u In celebration of SOCU’s 80th Anniversary, SOCU has planned many events throughout the year for their members and the public to enjoy. The schedule of events is as follows: u FRIDAY, MAY 24: 80’s Trivia Night at K of C at 7 p.m. u SATURDAY, JUNE 1: Morris Branch 80th celebration 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. u THURSDAY, JUNE 13: Dwight Branch 80th celebration 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. u SATURDAY, JUNE 22: Owens Branch 80th celebration

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.


SOCU celebrates 80 years of service

Streator Onized Credit Union (SOCU) is a community-focused financial institution proudly celebrating 80 years of service in 2019. They provide passionate service to members, the community and each other to create a unique experience of people helping people. SOCU is a full-service credit union, which offers great savings and investment options, accounts for everyday use, in-house mortgages, and flexible loan options. What makes them different is that they look at members’ situations more than credit scores. They recognize that sometimes, bad things happen to good people and SOCU has a proven track record of helping people improve their credit. SOCU received the 2011 Community Credit Union of the Year award in the under $250 million in assets category. This honor is given to community credit unions that excel in the advancement of the ideals of the credit union movement, are proactive in their community, and provide a wide array of services that meet the needs of their diverse communities. Since 2014, SOCU has been one of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America. In 2016, SOCU began an extensive addition and remodel of the Owens branch in Streator to add on an additional 6,000 square foot of space. The majority of SOCU’s administrative staff now works out of this branch. In the fall of 2017, SOCU expanded its membership area to include a grand total of 16 counties including, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Grundy, Putnam, Woodford, McLean, Bureau, Stark, Peoria, Tazewell, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Will, and Kendall Counties. In June of 2018 SOCU opened their much-anticipated branch at 1544 Creek Drive in Morris to better serve members in

like to thank all their customers for their loyalty. Customers come from all areas, including La Salle,

12 – 3 p.m. u THURSDAY, JUNE 27: Pontiac Branch 80th celebration 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. u SATURDAY, JULY 27: 80’s Bush member event at K of C in Streator u SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12: Dueling Pianos member event at K of C in Streator With excellent convenience and mobile services including DocuSign, mobile banking, mobile deposit and mobile pay, SOCU makes it convenient to be a member. Visit them at www. or call 815-673-5577 to learn more! Federally insured by the NCUA. NMLS # 421974.

The Times

Rich and Mary Ann Vollmer of Pavers & More are celebrating 20 years in business. The outdoor store, which features an evolving outdoor showroom, is just north of Interstate 80 on Route 23 in Ottawa.

Pavers & More celebrates 20 years in business

We have the quality products, professional advice and service for the do-ityourselfers. 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, we have just included a working gas burner firepit. Pavers & More is an Authorized Dealer for Unilock products. Unilock is the leader in the industry with quality products.

Pavers & More

ADDRESS: Route 23 just north of Interstate 80 across from Farm & Fleet HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. PHONE: 815-431-1108 WEB: Dollar-wise, Unilock products provide the best bang for your buck. 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 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-ityourselfers! We assist in designing walkways, patios, driveways and retaining walls, so you can be assured of professional-looking results. If our customers want professional installers, we have a list of local contractors who can provide award-winning landscape results. The company’s phone number is 815-431-1108 or visit their website at “Come and check out our new displays,” says owner Rich Vollmer. “And don’t forget to ask about Unilock’s transferable lifetime guarantee.”

BUY LOCAL Did you know?

We carry all your needs in...

Office Furniture Office Supplies

Ottawa Office Supply

Janitorial Supplies Printer, Toner, and Ink 209 W. Main St. Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-0273

Business & industry review

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019



Dean:‘Certain people aren’t able to do the same exact things. I can help them, because I know how to work with them’ From page C1

“I felt glad that I finished,” Xaiver said. “But I was disappointed too, because I felt like I could do more. I asked my dad, ‘are there any more races I could run?’ ” Xavier has since run in a 10k and a half marathon. His goal is to eventually run a full marathon. He also joined cross country and competes in the long-distance events in track. He’s discovered he likes running. “With running, it makes me feel stress-free,” Xavier said. “I feel good because it makes me feel like there’s less weight on my shoulders. Everything going on, if I have a stressful project or homework, I can go for a good run and not worry about it.” Expanding his perspective, Xavier also has an autistic brother Tyler, which he said gives him a lot of a patience. There are certain words or phrases that trigger Tyler to say certain things, which in turn require an appropriate response. Xavier said interactions can take 15 minutes to communicate. Xavier has a close relationship with his younger brother, because he’s willing to put in the time necessary to interact and understand him. “He and his brother have a bond,” Brittin said. “Not

For The Times | Steve Stout

Xavier plays the euphonium in the Streator High School band. Along with cross country and track, Xavier is a member of the band, scholastic bowl and peer leadership team. His example in cross country and in the classroom led his teachers to nominate him as a peer leader. only is Xavier a good kid, but the work he’s willing to put

in with his younger brother is really neat. He cares and

he feels a compassion for him that’s very special.”

Xavier is the same way in the classroom as he is in

cross country training or at home working with his brother. On top of participating in cross country and peer leadership, Xavier plays the euphonium in the high school band. He’s been selected to be a part of the wind ensemble. He also plays on the scholastic bowl team. Whenever he has a free minute, he likes to read sci-fi or fantasy books and Greek and Norse mythology. Yet he still makes time to help his peers. “Certain people aren’t able to do the same exact things as other people are able to do,” he said. “Looking at a sentence, I might be able to see the grammatical and spelling errors, but since I understand that, I can help them out and volunteer when I can. I try explaining it to them until they say ‘OK, I understand.’ ” Inspired by the work with his brother, Xavier wants to go to college at Illinois State University and become a special education teacher to help others. He’s volunteered at the brain injury clinic in Peru. “I understand what certain kids are going through,” Xavier said. “I can help them, because I know how to work with them.” Again, Xavier is showing he doesn’t have to be running in the front of the pack to be a leader.

Customers have gotten their kicks at Wright’s Furniture

Wright’s Furniture may not be as old as Route 66, but our customers have gotten plenty of kicks. Our downtown Pontiac business is celebrating 66 years of serving Central Illinois. 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.

Wright’s Furniture

ADDRESS: 115 E. Madison St., Pontiac PHONE: 815-844-7177 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 WEB: Famous brands include La Z Boy, Flexsteel, Southern Motion, Sealy, Tempurpedic, Spring Air, Bassett, Catnapper, Ashley, Vaughan 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 high-definition 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.


The Times

Cindy Warren, of Wright’s Furniture in Pontiac, sits on one of the couches on display at the business. Wright’s offers 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.








How we can make your home smart Control4 SmartHome solutions are not one size fits all. They are completely customizable solutions perfect for all sorts of spaces and budgets aimed to make life at home more convenient and enjoyable. Our smart house professionals are experts at turning our house into a dream haven.

Rockstar Audio Video & Integrated Security VISIT US ON THE WEB @ OR CALL 309.268.0460 TODAY! SM-CL1642437


C4 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

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? All Points Travel is the only agency in the area that has been a member of the Funjet Vacations elite 500 Club for 16 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. Our travel consultants are constantly continuing their education to become specialists in many destinations. They 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 many of 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 first-hand 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 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

All Points Travel of Ottawa

ADDRESS: 410 E. Stevenson Road, Ottawa PHONE: 815-434-4700 and toll free at 800-942-9860 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; evenings and weekends by appointment WEBSITE: EMAIL: allpts@allptstravel. com 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 European River 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

The Times

All Points Travel consultants, including (from left): Teresa Schrader, Lynn Carroll and Karen Lewis, are constantly continuing their education to become specialists in many destinations. 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 on sites that don’t offer you all your air and hotel options 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

We Are The


Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation, LLC. Serving the Illinois Valley and surrounding counties. We are locally owned and operated. The area’s newest family owned Mitigation company. We are licensed by the State of Illinois.

Free Estimates • Guaranteed Work Fully Insured Tom Thomas, Mitigation Professional License #RNM2018203 Owner: Tami Thomas-Leonatti SM-CL1 SM-CL1 SM-CL1640980 -CL 6409 -CL1 640980 64098 40 80

717 Bellevue Ave., Ottawa | Call 815-313-5892

Custom Upholstery


• Local Schools, Church Groups and Chambers • Child Welfare Guild • Alzheimer’s Association • Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development • Pleasant View Benevolent Care Fund and Alzheimer’s Unit • Starved Rock Country Community Foundation • Ottawa First • Mendota Sweet Corn Festival • Streator’s 4th of July Celebration • Make a Wish Foundation • Pet Project • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention • NCI Artworks • Habitat for Humanity • United Way Labor of Love • Ottawa Community Food Basket • And many more

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, or Teresa, 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!

Tested Positive for Radon?

Serving Our Communities Giving back to our communities is an integral part of what we do. This year, our employees contributed over 2,100 volunteer hours to a number of charitable causes that are near and dear to their hearts. That’s an average of 177 hours per month. Our participation and sponsorship of local events helped raise over $600,000 in local charitable dollars.

Travel is you have the satisfaction of having a professional on your side to assist you when any unforeseen circumstances arise. With the harsh winter this year, there have been many air 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,

Residential and Commercial Specializing in Antiques

Time to Recover Upholstery and More 2027 Champlain Street Bldg. A Ottawa, Illinois 61350

(815) 324-5206

T T&L will be your ONE STOP for fo all of your Janitorial Supply S Needs • Cleaning Products • Green Cleaning Products • Floor Care Products • Paper Products • Trash Can Liners • Odor Control Solutions 815.431.9880 • Break Room Supplies Call today and let us take • Wet & Dust Mops care of you! • Buckets & Carts • Gloves • Hand Soaps & Hand Sanitizers • Disinfecting Wipes & so much more! 717 Bellevue Ave. Ottawa, IL 61350 SM-CL1640947

Business & industry review

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019



Starved Rock Lodge ... where the past is always present

The Times

Reporter/Anchor Ethan Krueger and News Director Rick Koshko are part of the team at Ottawa’s WCMY, WRKX that brings local news to listeners.

Ottawa’s WCMY, WRKX radio stations continue to evolve

Ottawa’s first radio station, AM1430 WCMY, has been on the air for nearly 70 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 stations continue to offer new programming including on 95.3 JackFM where over two years 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 continues to receive 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 in-depth look at local issues and events, they can tune to “The Voice of Starved Rock Country” 1430 WCMY. Long known for its programming devoted to La Salle County’s largest industry, Agriculture, WCMY’s early morning programming features news and information specifically for the farm community from the RFD and Brownfield Networks. Jay LeSeure, a veteran broadcaster locally for over 30 years, hosts “The Morning Meeting” weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m. “Jay is Ottawa radio to our loyal listeners,” Missel said. “His focus on local events, issues and personalities is what great local radio is all about.” Maggie Frost, former host of “The Afternoon Drive,” now takes over the mic at 10 a.m. and continues the station’s focus on local programming. Frost concludes her on-air shift by hosting “Radio Trader” from 11:45 a.m until noon. WCMY continues to offer a full noon hour of news and information programming headlined by News Director Rick Kos-

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is in its 80th year of welcoming guests from La Salle County and all over the world. Surrounded by more than 3,500 acres of forest, canyons and seasonal waterfalls of the National Historic Landmark of Starved Rock State Park, the Lodge has been diligently worked to protect its historic ambiance. “Our goal is to make Starved Rock Lodge a destination that’s more than a day trip,” said Amy Trimble, Lodge CEO. “We think we provide great value, all under one roof, combined with an unforgettable experience to all of our guests…that’s why we continue to offer new packages and fun events to enhance their stay.” In an effort to promote mid-week bookings, the “Why Wait for the Weekend,” ad campaign continues to attract adventure-seeking travelers encouraging them to cash in their vacation days and book a midweek getaway. A special menu is offered in the Main Dining Room for “Toast to Tuesday.” This year, the Lodge launched “Give Back Nights” every Wednesday.

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

ADDRESS: 2688 East 873rd Road, Oglesby PHONE: 815-667-4211

Guests are invited to enjoy a delicious buffet where a portion of the proceeds is donated to local non-profit groups. In 2019, the Lodge will be the setting for more than 130 weddings, which earned them an award from brides and grooms who posted reviews online on The Knot. Many couples rent Bella the Wedding Trolley which takes the wedding party to a picturesque canyon with a waterfall as a backdrop for amazing photos. Indoor weddings in the Great Hall and outdoor weddings overlooking Starved Rock are paired with a reception in the Starved Rock Room and Great Hall. Guided hikes are offered year ‘round. MegaHikes, which lead participants to all of the canyons in one day, are a highlight in

spring and fall! Historic Trolley Tours depart each weekend with Waterfall & Canyon Tours in the spring, Fall Colors Tours in autumn and Eagle Watching Tours in the winter. River Cruises are offered in the summer months on the Eagle 1 (available only by booking through the Lodge. The Land & Water Cruise includes lunch and the Evening Cruise includes dinner. Music lovers can choose from more than 50 shows which are part of the Lodge’s Tribute to the Stars series of musical tribute shows. The midday matinees take place in the Great Hall also include a buffet lunch. The Lodge’s website,, provides a wealth of information about lodging, dining, events and more.


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 hko and Reporter/Anchor Ethan Krueger. “It’s just a jam-packed hour of updated information,” Missel said. On April 1st, WCMY began broadcasting the Markley and VanCamp Show from 1 to 4 p.m. These two Peoria-based talk show hosts touch on a variety of topics from pop culture, to sports and politics. At 4 p.m., it’s back to the award-winning WCMY newsroom for a full hour of news and information. This in-depth news hour will bring you local news and sports, plus AccuWeather, farm markets, stock markets and feature stories. Stay tuned at 5 p.m. for an hour of “Our American Stories” by Lee Habib. 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 includes every Ottawa High School and Marquette Academy football game using both the 1430 and 95.3 signals. “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.” With their mission of providing “Great Local Radio,” giving back to the community is an integral part of what they do. This year, their employees contributed more than 2,100 volunteer hours to a number of charitable causes that are near and dear to their hearts. That’s an average of 177 hours per month. Their participation and sponsorship of local events helped raise over $600,000 dollars in local charitable dollars. Some of the organizations that

benefited include local schools, churches and chambers; the Child Welfare Guild; the Alzheimer’s Association; Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development; Pleasant View Benevolent Care Fund and Alzheimer’s Unit; Starved Rock Country Community Foundation; Ottawa First; Mendota Sweet Corn Festival; Streator’s 4th of July Celebration; the Ottawa YMCA; the Ottawa CommunityFood Basket; the American Society for Suicide Prevention; and the Make a Wish Foundation, to name just a few. And listeners can bring all of their favorite local personalities to work with them as well, regardless of their radio connection or location. The station streams the audio of both WCMY and 95.3 JackFM through their websites. 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 AM-1430 WCMY, 95.3 JackFM or by streaming the stations online at 1430wcmy.

The Times

Hop on one of Starved Rock Lodge’s trolleys for a tour of the state park.

LaSalle County’s Favorite Place to Relax & Restore Health • Salt Cave • Yoga • Dry Hydrotherapy • Ionic Foot Detox

• Migun Massage Bed • Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna • Essential Oils • Shopping Therapy :-)

310 1/2 W. Main St. Ottawa, IL (815) 343-2751


In an Accident? Now What? Follow these 3 Simple steps:

Mon. - Fri. 7am - Noon, 1-5 pm 310 W. Main, Ottawa 815-433-3862 SM-CL1641772

Ottawa's Hometown Body Shop

1. Call the police and report the incident. 2. Call Carlson Auto Body, your hometown auto accident advisor! They can guide you through what to do, step-by-step.They are well-versed in all insurance company procedures. 3. Contact your insurance agent to initiate your claim. Rental Cars are available on-site! Free Pick-up and Delivery Remember that it’s YOUR choice who does your repairs! And you only need one estimate.

C6 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

The Times

CARSTAR employees include (back, from left): Justin Fischer, Chad Lampson, Todd Krafft, Kaelin Dahlgren, Rachelle Fischer, Jose Valenzuela and Brian Carriere; (front, from left): Colin Armour, Brian Bruck, Joe Edwards, and Randy Bruck.

CARSTAR continues to provide best in class customer experiences

Grant Crockett and I have known each other for several years with mutual respect for one another being independent family owned and operated businesses in smaller communities. I had always told him that when he was ready to retire I would be interested in his business. My wife, Rachelle, and I have many friends and family in the community and thought this would be a great environment to expand our business. We have now made the transition and maintained the great staff the Crockett family had been blessed with. There has been some aggressive consolidation in our industry so our focus has been the acquisition of businesses to keep locally family owned and operated legacies alive. It is a battle to keep corporate owned and managed businesses out of these small business environments and we are a perfect solution for this. We can now focus on fulfilling the needs of the community with our passion and integrity in hopes of remaining relevant to the City


ADDRESS: 1601 Poplar St, Ottawa, IL 61350 HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday PHONE: 815-433-3277 WEB: of Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Additionally, we are experts on processing claims for all carriers and can assist with the communication and workflow of making the painful process more tolerable. Many carriers process claims differently now than they had even in the past five years so we are here as a resource for the customer. We are a CARSTAR Franchise and with that comes a great amount of resources that assist the independent owner. Training, education, and technology are the key components of our business model. The technology in vehicles now has grown rapidly in recent years and we make significant efforts to educate ourselves and our family of

employees with the tools and training necessary to complete these complex repairs. When purchasing a vehicle most people really like the additional features such as blind spot detection systems, adaptive cruise control, parking assist with cameras and sensors, etc., but what they may not realize is how that will significantly affect the repair process. Aside from using the manufacturer’s repair procedures to correctly repair the structure of the vehicle we have the ability to scan and calibrate these complex systems so that the vehicle’s safety features are all operating correctly. It is our objective to be experts at all things during the repair and educate the customer along the way. Since the transition, we have been able to maintain a 94 percent customer satisfaction index rating and 4.8 stars out of 5 in online reviews and will continue to provide best in class customer experiences to those going through the unfortunate experience of an automobile accident.


Recline and Watch - Power Headrests Help You Maintain TV Line-of-Sight -When you’ve got the back of the recliner in the resting position, it’s a huge hassle to adjust back to the sitting position for watching TV. Now you can save your neck and maintain a perfect viewing angle for TV or reading with this power headrest recliner. The same gentle power motion that lets you customize the position of your back and leg rest allows you to adjust the headrest angle to better cradle your body.

CANNON VALLEY PUB DINING GROUP BY JOFRAN Distressed with an air of industrial history, this Cannon Valley collection is a beautiful tribute to the past while maintaining a distinctly contemporary feel. Apothecary hardware adds to the character of these pieces, while sturdy construction, clean lines, and ample storage make this Cannon Valley group a wonderful addition to any home.


Lafayette St.

Rt. 23 (N. LaSalle St.) & Jefferson St.

Jefferson St.


815-433-8875 FINANCING AVAILABLE SM-CL1644257

Having Car Trouble?


your annoying car problems! If your vehicle is making a strange noise or your check engine light comes on, don’t ignore it. By letting the problem persist, you can cause serious and sometimes irreparable damage to your vehicle. With state of the art computerized diagnostic equipment, you can rest assured that the problem will be diagnosed and fixed quickly.

Keep your car running like new! A full range of services are available to keep your car running including: CUSTOM EXHAUST BUILDING















Business & industry review

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019



Rockstar AVS can help businesses with security RockStar AVS is a full-service residential and business security provider. They have worked with schools, banks and law enforcement, among many other businesses and entities. They have accounts in the Ottawa area. They are a dealer of all national brands, providing the latest in security technology. Among the many services they provide for businesses, they have worked in system management with staff, burglary surveillance and fire alarms. Their technology features state-of-the-art pan/ tilt/zoom, bullet and dome cameras ranging from 1080p to an amazing 4K resolution. NVRs with personalized storage to fit your needs.

Rock Star AVS

PHONE: 309-268-0640 EMAIL: rockstaravs@gmail. com HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

RIGHT: Are you a business looking for a security system? RockStar AVS is a full-service residential and business security provider, working with schools, banks and law enforcement, among many other businesses and entities.

The Times

Additionally, is a feature which allows a customer to arm and disarm from their smart phone. Customers can receive texts and emails with updates on their system, see who is arming and disarming and when. There’s also mobile apps to view your surveillance system while away from home on a mobile phone or tablet. They can custom design with visible layouts camera coverage and equipment location. They also provide home theater, audio, video and other security items. Go to to see the wide variety of services they provide. Their talented designers will construct the perfect layout to protect your family, business and property.

Don’t let the Illinois River take away something or someone you value. We offer:

• State approved boating classes free to the public • Boat safety checks • Visitor Center for the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor • Listed in Illinois Wildlife and Nature Viewing Guidebook • Special programs for groups • The best view of Starved Rock State Park • Bookstore with Canal and River History items A Public Safety Message from the National Safe Boating Campaign

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Illinois Waterway Visitor Center 950 North 27th Road (Dee Bennett Road) Ottawa, IL 61350 815-667-4054 Email:

C8 n

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Streator Chamber of Commerce Celebrating 107 Years

Vactor Manufacturing

s m e t S ttos e l i St

and OSF Center for Health


rais d n u F r ajo


7th 2 l i r p A y, Saturda s of Columbus ht g i n K r o Streat 6:00 PM d

Beer an ft a r C , : Wine asting 6:00 PM oholic Drink T ugs) Non-alc red by Streator Dr (Sponso petizers p A h it w uction A e iv L ent and il S : M P 7:00 erson

p ts) $25 per (10 ticke le b a t rporate $225 co D: CTIONE U A E B S TO HE ITEM T F O E SOM kage ells Pac D in s n t Wisco Set ng • 2 Nigh an Bag ie/Bowli g v r o o M M – in ges • Capta p Packa h u o r G n e ire Watc h p p a • Childr S er VanDuz • Men’s kets Ad rds ents T ic v E s t lor Page Golf Ca r o o e t C a 2 / • Sp im 1 Ult cts unity d Rock Opport g Produ in g t in a • Starve is v t r a - Exc es Adve clubs avating c x E • The T im hool Key & c S g h in ig k H Truc land • Feken nd Wood enefit: eed to B


2019 Pro


Stertil ALM Corporation

Results Telemarketing


Streator Family YMCA

Plymouth Tube Company

Streator Chamber, Sue Yanek, Administrative, Jack Dzuris, Executive Director

Flink Company

Established 1912 • 107 Years of Business Success


U.S. Foods

Student Spotlight Spot ight Thursday, April 4, 2019 • The Times Business & Industry Review

Setting her sail

Section 4

Devin Lee

Streator High senior wants to join Navy, travel the world DEREK BARICHELLO 815-431-4073

Devin Lee wants to push the limits. Whether it’s in physical fitness class or on the soccer field, the Streator High School senior pushes herself to see how well she can do. After gaining a taste of foreign travel with a nine-day class trip to Germany, she wants to travel the globe. Japan and Spain are high on her list. She also wants to see South America and Morocco. “I like learning about cultures different from our own, because it teaches you to look at the world differently,” she said, noting the farthest she’s traveled prior to Europe is Florida. Devin’s love for travel drew her to apply for the Naval Academy. She wants to become a naval officer and serve on a ship that voyages the globe. She received a recommendation from Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s office and will learn by April 13 if she is accepted into the Naval

Academy. If she’s not accepted, she plans on attending University of Illinois and serving in the ROTC program. The leadership aspect and physical fitness of serving in the Navy also appeal to her. Additionally, her grandfather and uncle both served in the Navy. But more than anything else, she says: “I really want to travel.” “She really wants to see the world,” said Devin’s guidance counselor Antonella Feyerer at Streator High. “And she wants to see places like Korea.” She enjoyed talking to the locals in Germany and seeing the different geography. On top of learning new things, it gave her a different perspective of home. “I noticed in Germany, the fields are smaller and staggered,” Devin said. “The trees and flora are so much more different. When I got back here, it was just a sea of agriculture. It makes you appreciate the differences more.”

See LEE, page D3

The Times | file

Streator High senior Devin Lee (12) enjoys the physical fitness and team aspect of playing soccer. She has played on the varsity team since her freshman year.


Your new virtual loan assistant.

SECURE, CONVENIENT MORTGAGE LENDING New technology. Better experience. Apply for your next home loan through Loan Valet. You can manage your application when you want, where you want, and how you want. • Submit a Quick or Full Application. • Upload files through your mobile device. • Review and eSign documents & disclosures. • View notifications, reminders, & updates. • Track your application's progress. • Communicate with your loan officer.


Get In Touch

Matt Mooneyham NMLS# 1168291 +1 (815) 431-3968 633 Lasalle St, Ottawa, IL 61350 Scan the QR code above with your smartphone camera to access Loan Valet! Or visit to get started on your application! All loans are subject to credit and underwriting approval. Certain fees and restrictions may apply. Mobile carrier fees may apply.

D2 n

Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Bromley & Brown Boutique offers beautiful clothing, accessories for beautiful women As lifelong Streator residents, Mary Zavada and Abbey Brown are so happy to share Bromley & Brown Boutique with their community. The shop features beautiful jewelry, accessories, women’s fashion in standard sizes (S-L), curvy sizes (XL-3XL) and a newly added shoe and handbag line. Bromley & Brown Boutique always strives to provide something special for everyone. Last April they opened at their new location of 308 E. Main St. in downtown Streator. Here they share a space with the girls of Reveal Salon, providing a fun atmosphere of all things trendy and beautiful. Clients have enjoyed being pampered

Bromley & Brown Boutique

ADDRESS: 308 E. Main St., Streator EMAIL: WEB: HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. with a salon treatment and grabbing a new piece for their wardrobe on the way out. The collaboration has turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone.

The girls of B & B would like to thank the community for shopping local and supporting their small business. They have been honored to receive The Times 2018 Readers Choice Award of Favorite Women’s Clothing Shop and the 2019 Best Women’s Clothing Store in North Central Illinois. Providing beautiful things to Main St. would not be possible without the support of their amazing customers. Thank you. Visit the shop Tuesday through Saturday to find your something special! In the meantime, stay up to date with announcements and new arrivals by following Bromley & Brown Boutique on Facebook and Instagram.

LEFT: Bromley & Brown Boutique, located at 308 E. Main St. in downtown Streator, features beautiful jewelry, accessories, women’s fashion in standard sizes (S-L), curvy sizes (XL-3XL) and a newly added shoe and handbag line.

The Times

Carlson Auto Body Shop has been serving the Ottawa area for decades

For more than 93 years, the name Carlson has been synonymous in the Ottawa area with automobiles. Carlson Motor Sales, a Plymouth and Valiant car dealership, was started in 1926 by Gary’s grandfather, Hugo Carlson, who was joined in business by Gary’s father Wayne in 1952. The dealership closed due to health issues in 1972. Gary Carlson, owner of Carlson Auto Body, is proud to continue this successful legacy and continued investment here in Ottawa for the last 41 years. Gary opened his business Carlson Auto Body in 1978 in the original Carlson Motor Sales buildings on the south side of Main Street. He and his wife, Diana, purchased two more buildings on the north side of the street in 1989 to expand the business into what it is today. He prides himself on treating his customers the way his family before him treated theirs. Carlson’s is a direct repair shop for five insurance companies. Claimants insured by those compa-

Carlson Auto Body Shop

ADDRESS: 310 W. Main St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-433-3862 WEB: HOURS: 7 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday nies can eliminate the inconvenience of obtaining the two damage estimates required by most insurers. When their vehicle is taken to Carlson Auto Body Shop, repair arrangements are made directly by Carlson and the insurance company. Carlson’s also has free pickup and delivery. Carlson’s will handle all negotiations from start to finish with the insurance company, and will set up rentals for you. Rental cars are available on site, and there is a lifetime warranty on all collision repairs. Carlson Auto Body Shop uses Axalta paints. Painters are certified in

spraying and in mixing and matching paints. Computerized mixing ensures a correct color match. An experienced staff contributes to the quality service, which customers have learned they can count on from Carlson’s. All repair technicians are trained in I-CAR courses in unibody repair, anti-lock brake repair, plastic repair, air bag replacement and air-conditioning repair. Employees include frame and body repair technicians Mark Bongartz, Rick Rockford, Dan Wisneski, Rob Orr, detailer Contributed Jerry Guysens and Tim Stiles, manager. (Left to right) Mark Bongartz, Rob Orr, Gary Carlson, Tim Stiles, Dan Wisneski, Rick Rockford, Al Patarozzi Gary has esand Jerry Guysens are members of the Carlson Auto Body team. Gary Carlson, owner of Carlson Auto tablished lasting Body, has been in business in Ottawa for the last 41 years. relationships with his customers by doing a great job. That’s and his team are proud to spect and service that was what some might call the the way we do things in be able to continue to serve started almost a century old-fashioned way — by Ottawa, and he wouldn’t his Ottawa neighbors and ago by the elder Carlsons, being fair and honest, and have it any other way. Gary friends with the kind of re- right here in Ottawa.

Service part of family tradition at Rashid’s

Rashid’s Men’s Wear in Streator was established in 1902 by brothers Frank and James Rashid. In 1929, because of the depression, Frank and his family moved to Detroit while James and his family (wife Wadelia, children Evelyn, Madeline, Victor and Katherine) remained in Streator. In 1945, James passed away and in 1970, Wadelia died. During these years, Victor opened Varsity Sports in 1954, located near Streator Township High School and through the years it has had different locations. However, today they remain located at Rashid’s Men’s Wear. Victor, Madeline, Katherine and Evelyn operated both businesses as a family until Victor’s death in 1996 and Madeline’s passing in 2006. Both Katherine and Evelyn died in 2011. Today, Rashid’s Men’s Wear and Varsity Sports is operated by the next generation of the same family that started the business more than 100 years ago. Rashid’s Men’s Wear carries suits and sport coats by S. Cohen and Hardwick, including slim fit, as well as other quality brands such as Pendleton, Haggar, Kenneth Cole slacks, Van Heusen/ Geoffrey Beene and Eagle shirts, Tosani sweaters, Florsheim, Kenneth Cole ties, Levi’s, Horn Legend, Jerry Garcia ties, Gold Toe, USA Palm shirts and Columbia golf shirts. Rashid’s also rents and sells tuxedos. Varsity Sports sells athletic shoes and apparel by North Face, Nike, Under Armour, Adidas and Red Wing Boots, Oakley Sunglasses, Holloway Sportswear, Under Armour Sunglasses and Wig Wam Socks. They also personalize shirts and jerseys from heat press to embroidery to custom professional lettering. Varsity Sports also sells

The Times annual Business & Industry Review Each year, The Times publishes its annual Business & Industry Review to give readers an up-close, in-depth look at what’s new and ongoing for area businesses and service providers. This issue is the last of four weekly installments.

Providing Eye Care To The Community Since 1986

Gary Finkelstein MD

Robert Pode DO

Board Certified Ophthalmologists Dedicated to bringing our patients the most up to date procedures in cataract and refractive intraocular lens technology closer to home.

FINKELSTEIN Eye Associates

The Times

A large selection of tuxedo rentals is featured at Rashid’s Men’s Wear in Streator. letterman’s jackets, Streator High School and Woodland High School apparel and Cubs and White Sox apparel. Both Rashid’s Men’s Wear and Varsity Sports would like to thank all of our loyal customers, both past and present, for their continued support and look forward to serving the community in the future. Go to Varsity Sports and Rashid’s Men’s Wear Face-

Rashid’s Men’s Wear

ADDRESS: 407 E. Main St., Streator PHONE: 815-672-1426 HOURS: 9. a.m - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

book page for more information.

Streator • 102 W. Elm Street • 815-672-4600 Peru • 1915 4th Street • 815-223-1112 Our Streator office repairs are going well and the office is open and running smoothly and efficiently!


Business & industry review

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019



Lee: Likes to channel frustration Ottawa Office Supply features large selection of business supplies into positive energy From page D1

Along with her interest in travel, Devin plays left fullback on the Streator High varsity soccer team. She’s been on the team since freshman year. She likes the new challenges each game brings and working with multiple people toward a simiilar goal. “You never face the same people twice,” Devin said, noting she would like to try out for the Naval Academy team. “I like the contact, and figuring out what you want to do and how to do it.” She didn’t have to look back too far to find a recent challenge DEVIN LEE on the field. Her team fell behind 1-0 in a recent game against Mendota, grabbed a lead, then squandered it to make it a 4-4 tie. After the roller coaster of emotions, the Bulldogs prevailed. “I like when you can take that frustration and channel it into positive energy,” she said. Off the field, Devin is a member of National Honor Society. She’s tried both the art club and writing club at SHS, before having to give them up to take a job at Big R. Art was more of an experiment for her, because she likes to doodle, but she really enjoys writing fantasies. Although she hasn’t done any travel writing, a lot of the ideas in her fantasy works are inspired by her travels. “I like writing, it’s a nice way to be creative and let my mind wander,” she said. Feyerer has known Devin for three years and says it

With two other locations in La Salle County, Ottawa Office Supply remains one of the oldest family-owned office supply businesses in the area. Ottawa Office Supply features a wide variety of office and computer supplies, office furniture, rubber stamps, TIM POHL computer Ottawa Office and laser Supply owner ink-jet paper, copier supplies and janitorial supplies at each of its stores. Copy, lamination and fax services are also available. The business continues to be the largest distributor in the area for Business Source and Lorell products — brands that are designed to save customers money. Many items are sold at discounted prices comparable with the office superstores and, in fact, many times lower. With thousands of items available from the large Business Source Office Products catalog, Ottawa Office Supply can offer even more everyday office supplies at maximum savings. Owner Tim Pohl said, “We are proud to be your office supply experts, providing you not just with competitive pricing, but the individual customer service that makes your job easier and saves you time. We are a local business backed by national support. Thank you for supporting our local economy.” Pohl said his experienced delivery personnel can deliver any customer’s, big or small, supply order at no additional charge within a reasonable distance. Most days, Pohl said, if

‘We are a local business backed by national support.’

‘I don’t want to stay in the same place, or do the same thing over and over.’

The Times | file

Devin Lee was nominated by Congressman Adam Kinzinger to be accepted to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Devin wants to become a naval officer and travel the world. has been rewarding watching her continue to grow. “She has a passion for whatever she does,” Feyerer said. “She’s just one of those kids you know great things are in store for her in life.” And Devin is looking forward to those challenges. “I don’t want to stay in the same place, or do the same thing over and over. ... I want to keep pushing myself.”

The Times

You never know who you will bump into shopping at Ottawa Office Supply, including Owner Tim Pohl and John Wayne.

Crabgrass, Weed Control & Lawn Food for all Turf Grasses

Ottawa Office Supply

ADDRESS: 209 W. Main St., Ottawa; 901 First St., La Salle; and 809 Washington St., Mendota PHONE: 815-433-0273, 815-223-0216, or 815-5385741 HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday WEB:

his store receives an order in the morning they can deliver that same afternoon. Deliveries are made morning and afternoon. If an item is not in stock, we have the resources to have it shipped overnight from one of our many suppliers for possible delivery the next day. Open in Ottawa since October 1990, the store attracts customers from Marseilles, Streator and Morris. The company’s other locations are La Salle Office Supply in La Salle and Pohl’s Office Supply in Mendota.

All 4 Steps



5,000 Sq. Ft Coverage

All 4 Steps

Sale Good Thru 4/20/19



15,000 Sq. Ft Coverage

• Phosphorus free

Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food

Weed & Feed

Lawn Food


• Apply in Late Spring or early summer

• Apply all season long

• Apply in Fall

$9.99 5,000 Sq. Ft $10.99 5,000 Sq. Ft $10.99 5,000 Sq. Ft 15,000 Sq. Ft $25.99 15,000 Sq. Ft $20.99 5,000 Sq. Ft $12.99 15,000 Sq. Ft $24.99 15,000 Sq. Ft $27.99 • Apply in Early Spring

HOME Hardware

YOU NEED IT - WE HAVE IT 814 Clinton St. • Ottawa • 815-433-1800 STORE HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:55am - 7:30pm Sat: 8:00am - 6:00pm Sun: 8:00am - 5:00pm




OVER $15,000* Vacations • Home Repairs • Debt Consolidation

815.673.5577 * All loans subject to credit approval. The 1% cash back is only for personal loans $15,000 or more in new funds advanced. Maximum $300.00 cash back. Loan must be open for 60 days or 1% cash back will be surrendered. Limited time offer. Offers may not be combined. Federally Insured by the NCUA.

D4 n


Business & industry review

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Down Through


The Times - Delivering Your Community

2,187 Years

of Combined Service


The secret ingredient for a perfect kitchen?

134 Years


The Best Place to Borrow… The Best Place to Save


Patty, Nicole, and Judy

Stop in and see our design team for all your kitchen needs.

633 LaSalle St., Ottawa 433 W. Main St., Ottawa 1-815-434-3500 1-815-434-2193

Along Peru’s Historic Riverfront 1100 Water Street

8 Danny’s Dr., Streator 1-815-672-0550


OPEN MON-FRI 7:30-4:30, SAT 8-NOON



Blackley Cleaners

100 YEARS Marseilles American Legion Post #235 571 Rutland St, Marseilles, IL (815) 795-4404

407 E Main St. Streator, IL 815-672-1426

1781 E. Norris Dr.

Senior Vice Commander - Joe Putnam

815-433-1111 825 Clinton St. Ottawa, IL

Post Adjutant- Gene Thompson


115 S. Shabbonna St. Streator, IL

TINO’S Shoe & Boot Repair 1-815-434-0720

7 YEARS 56


Complete Collision Repair Services Family Owned And Operated Since 1963

260 Shipyard Rd. Seneca Phone: 815-357-6159

301 W. Etna Rd. Ottawa, IL


40 41 YEARS 36


815-434-3232 Like Us on Facebook

Come and see us at our new location on Rt. 6 on the west edge of Ottawa SM-CL1645856




Shhh! Shhh! Shhh! No one has to know it’s not new

Take care of your teeth today and enjoy a great smile the rest of your life.

For the discriminating resale shopper

Budget Boutique 525 W. Madison St., Ottawa


33 YEARS Vicki’s Cleaning Service, Inc. Our Customers Are Our #1 Priority


Ottawa, IL 815-433-1223 Cell 815-343-2280



1615 W. Norris Dr., Ottawa IL

Mon.-Fri. 9 am- 9 pm Sat. 9 pm - 4 pm Sun. 1 pm - 9 pm

Residential Heating & Air Conditioning 901 W. Bluff St. • Marseilles



29 YEARS 1-815-433-0273

MON.-FRI. 8:30-5:00 SAT. 8:30-12:00 Free Delivery

Vicki & Len Mayberry, Owners

209 W. Main St., Ottawa “COMPETITIVE PRICES” SM-CL1639231

717 LaSalle Street Ottawa, IL 61350




Auto Body Repair

God Bless You All!

Service is our specialty

Your Friends and Neighbors Since 1974

718 LaSalle St.


Lady Di’s


s ' y o r n o C

310 W. Main St. Ottawa



407 E Main St. Streator, IL 815-672-1426

Ottawa Travel & Cruises

Ottawa's Hometown Body Shop





44 45 YEARS


1011 Columbus St. Ottawa



Our Priority #1!


412 W. Norris Drive, Ottawa Mon.-Sat. 8am-5:30pm

Al’s Body Shop Your Family Fun is Perfection Is Our Direction


1015 LaSalle St., Ottawa


65 Years


Ottawa, IL 61350

(815) 433-0313 2405 Champlain St. Ottawa, IL 61350

Jr. Vice Commander - Dan Jackson





A 4th Generation Legacy Ryan C. Brooke | Richard O. Brooke.


Schultz Wilbert


Commander - Donald Sinclair





116 YEARS!

301 S. Park St., Streator

1-815-433-0273 (FAX) 1-815-433-9222


Expert dentistry you can count on!

Gentle service for all ages

William C. Vesely DDS 815-433-3996 111 E. McKinley Road, Ottawa, IL 61350



KUNTZ INSURANCE 134 S. Bloomington Streator 1-815-672-4640 SM-CL1646029

1202 Columbus St. Ottawa, IL

1-815-433-9133 SM-CL1646203

Business & industry review


The Times - Delivering Your Community

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Congratulations on

2,187 23 YEARS

n D5

of Combined Service



State Farm®

Your single source for professional cleaning services.

Providing Insurance and Financial Services Home Office: Bloomington, Illinois 61710


We Clean Them!


Call us to schedule a walk-through and free building assessment

1802 S. Bloomington South Streator

And we love what we do!! 717 Bellevue Ave. Ottawa IL 61350 | | 815-434-2539


Brett Dyche Agent


We don’t cut corners...

1104 Columbus Street, Ottawa, IL 61350 1-815-433-5110

Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there™

21 YEARS 20 Engine and Fiberglass Repair Sales New, Used & Brokerage

147 W. Jackson St. • Seneca • 815-357-BOAT • 20 YEARS

18 19 YEARS

4)!#+)( -&%( 3"&$




,0' /* -25:: 37* .198;622;8

Mick Rowe – Owner

Contact us for all of your excavation or blacktop needs.





Bodas Electric INC. CAN DO IT ALL

Mark C. Platt Financial Advisor

130 W. Lafayette St. Ottawa, IL 61350

618 E. Main St., Streator


1 YEAR Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation Keeping your home safe and your family healthy

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

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


717 Bellevue Ave. Ottawa, IL 61350 SM-CL1644608

717 Bellevue Ave., Ottawa Call 815-313-5892

SM-CL1644609 SM-CL1644609



310 North Bloomington Streator, IL

(815) 673-3326

8 YEARS RE/MAX 1st Choice

3068 NORTH IL RT 71 OTTAWA, IL 61350

800-659-4051 SM-CL1645550



LaSalle County Cylinder Service

JR Antiques and Collectables Collectables JRJRAntiques Collectables

Hydraulic Cylinder Repair

Illinois Valley Clean Team, Inc. Ph: 815-228-5273

• Home Cleaning • Window Cleaning • Pressure Washing • Gutter Cleaning SM-CL1644345







Each office independently owned and operated

2771 Columbus St

Ottawa 815-434-3337

3615 E. 9th Rd., Utica, IL

John & Doreen een

Rental Space Available Consignments Welcome

(815) 217-5830


Serving Our Farming Community Since 2013

723 723 West Church Street, eet, Sandwich, IL


Route 34 & Fairwind Boulevardd Route SM-CL1645702

D6 n

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Times - Delivering Your Community

Hammers Hearing Care Center 747 E. Etna Road, Ottawa Also located in Mendota, LaSalle and Princeton (815) 224-2445 Dear Neighbor, We are pleased to announce that April 16 - April 18, we will be seeing patients in our Ottawa office for a SPECIAL HEARING EVENT. During this special event, we will be offering the following FREE SERVICES: 1. Electronic hearing exams by our Licensed Hearing Specialist. 2. Ear scans - you will see your ear canal on a color TV screen with the use of our fiber optic video otoscope. Your condition may just be wax! 3. Be one of the first to try Audibel’s latest technology! New Audibel® A4™iQ hearing aids provide natural hearing and exceptional listening clarity allowing you to better understand conversations and hear comfortably in any noisy environment. You can also stream TV, music and more to your hearing aids! 4. If you currently have hearing aids, we will clean and fine-tune them at NO CHARGE.

Hearing loss or just earwax? You will see it immediately using a tiny video camera.

Please call early to make an appointment on the date of your choice.

Simply call us at (815)224-2445 to schedule your appointment! Appointments are available on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS and there is NO COST for these services. Yours for better hearing, Owner, Hearing Instrument Specialist P.S. During this event we will be offering SPECIAL DISCOUNTS, toward the purchase of any hearing solution from Audibel. HURRY - appointments are limited!


Call (815) 224-2445 to schedule your appointment

Ask about our rechargeable options!

APRIL 16TH - APRIL 18TH Hammers Hearing Care Center 747 E. Etna Road, Ottawa


Untre eated hea aring g los ss can n imp pact futture me ental Adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia.1 Severe Loss Moderate Loss Mild Loss

2x 3x 5x times more likely

Through all human brains become smaller with age, shrinkage is accelerated in adults with hearing loss. 2

Treat hearing loss before it’s to late.

Untreated hearing loss may result in serious long term consequences to healthy brain functioning3

Get an annual hearing screening once you reach age 50.

Call (815) 224-2445 to schedule today.

SOURCES: © 2019 Starkey Hearing Technologies. All Rights Reseverd 2/19 1 Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2011). Hearing Loss An Dementia Linked in Study. Retrieved from: | 2 | 3 Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2013). Hearing Loss Accelerates Brain Function Decline in Older Adults (News Release) Retrieved from

Hammers Hearing Care Center 747 E. Etna Road, Ottawa

Also located in Mendota, LaSalle and Princeton

(815) 224-2445 SM-CL1644325


Profile for Shaw Media

OTT_Student Spotlight_040419  

OTT_Student Spotlight_040419  

Profile for shawmedia