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The ides of March When the ides of March have arrived, can spring be far behind? With the first day of spring on the calendar for March 20, it won’t be that long — or so everyone hopes — before this view of the Tonica water tower becomes partially obscured by leafed-out branches as warmer spring days settle in. (Tonica News photo/Dave Cook)

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Industry, innovation have found a home at Sally Sue’s Coffee BY DAVE COOK news@tonicanews.com MAGNOLIA — Tyler Reaska has used enthusiasm and innovation to not only oversee the creation of an impressively growing small business, but he is also dedicated to helping restore the vitality of his hometown. A thriving coffee roasting business seems like the type of business that would have been at home in Magnolia during the time of the railroad. In those days, the village had regular train routes, a bank, doctors, sawmill, photographer, butcher, blacksmith, theater, grain elevator, barber, insurance agent, restaurants, ice house, brick yard, grocery store, hardware store and many other things. “It was important to me to come back to try and help my hometown,” Reaska, founder of Sally Sue’s Coffee, said. His quick success with providing organic, fair trade coffee to major regional retailers such as Hy-Vee, Schnuck’s, Green Top Grocery, Naturally Yours Grocery, Woodman’s, Valli Produce, Fresh Thyme, Tony’s Fresh Market, Brookhaven Market Place, as well as Illinois Valley establishments such as Bean Box, Uptown Grill and Rawfully Yours, is impressive. A possible agreement with Jewel-Osco and another major retailer is also pending, and Reaska said he’s anticipating having 15 employees by the end of this year. “It’s been a challenge with how quickly we’ve grown, but I want to

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Namesake Sally Sue Reaska (from left) is pictured with her son, Tyler Reaska, and his fiancee, Emily Wingate. Shown behind them are the 156-pound burlap sacks of green coffee beans that will soon be roasted to perfection at Sally Sue’s Coffee. be sure to remain that local face they know and trust to be taking care of the quality,” he said. However, one needs to look back a bit further into Reaska’s story for what’s unique about his surprising journey. After earning his master’s degree from Western Illinois University with a thesis on the coffee industry, Reaska’s interest only grew. Through reading, online research and plenty of trial and error, he

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was able to teach himself the finer points of roasting coffee. For a roaster during those early days, he tapped into his own cleverness and made his own from a George Foreman oven and a heat gun. Housed in a backyard shed, he was soon using the makeshift roaster to fill orders. “It was working, but I realized how inefficient it was and that I needed something better,” he said.

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LEFT: Both the air temperature and temperature of the beans are closely monitored during roasting at Sally Sue’s Coffee in Magnolia. RIGHT: Sally Sue’s Coffee offers a wide variety of choices for coffee lovers, including Rwandan, Reaska’s favorite, Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Brazilian, Sumatran, Mexican, Peruvian and a special trademarked blend named “Cognitive Coffee.” The name Sally Sue’s was inspired by his mother and the business is helped by several family members, including Reaska’s fiancee, Emily Wingate. Sally Sue’s is also dedicated to being environmentally friendly and sustainable. They use only fair trade, organically sourced coffee because Reaska wants those harvesting the raw beans to be paid a fair wage. Organic beans are used to help preserve the land rather than soaking it with chemicals, and the roasted beans are packaged in eco-friendly

packaging. The empty coffee sacks that once held 156 pounds of raw beans are donated for craft projects to convert them into bags or decor. “We also compost the chaff from our roasting and have capital budgeting expenditures for green energy technology to help reduce our footprint,” Reaska said. For more information, visit www. sally-sues.com online or visit the cafe in downtown Magnolia. Sally Sue’s can be reached via phone at 309-532-7285 or by email at Sales@sally-sues.com.

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building, but spreads throughout the entire village. The beans are toasty and edible right out of the roaster, and just like when they’re brewed, they reveal their smooth and complex flavors without a hint of bitterness. Sally Sue’s new building also features an up-front cafe designed for Magnolia residents and taste testing. “I thought it’d be neat for our residents to be able to take a walk down the street and get some really good coffee right here in Magnolia,” Reaska said.

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Less than three years from those early days in the shed, Reaska has moved into a building at 110 N. Chicago St. in Magnolia. Featuring two industrial roasters and grinders, Sally Sue’s is now capable of roasting 235 pounds of raw beans an hour, and the demand is only growing. “We’re not even done remodeling this building and we’re already planning for an expansion. We’re also looking at getting another building here in town for additional storage,” he said. Reaska explained the difference between Sally Sue’s Coffee and the mass-produced store brands or chains, such as Starbucks, is the attention to detail during the roasting. The only way those makers can maintain consistency on such a large scale is to essentially roast their beans to the point of being burnt, he said. This method produces the bitter taste commonly associated with them and creates the need for lots of cream and sugar to mask the unpleasant flavors. At Sally Sue’s, each individual batch of beans is closely monitored as the air and bean temperatures approach the desired levels. When the first beans begin to pop, it won’t be long until they are removed at the perfect moment. The pleasant roasted aroma not only fills Sally Sue’s


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Town and Country Services celebrates 100 years BY DAVE COOK news@tonicanews.com TONICA — When heating and air conditioning equipment fails, it always seems to be during the worst of the weather. For the past 100 years, families across the Illinois Valley have been able to call Town and Country Services for help. Started five generations ago in 1919, Town and Country Services began during the era of coal heating. In 2019, their service technicians are working with highly efficient and technologically advanced equipment. “My great-grandfather started the business, and it’s been family owned ever since, and it always will be. We’re looking forward to the next 100 years,” owner Bob Goskusky said in a news release. Town and Country not only provides 24/7 heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing services for

North Central Illinois, but has also expanded into fireplaces, boilers, in-floor radiant heat, humidifiers, water softeners, septic systems, well pumps, construction, geothermal systems, air purification, duct cleaning and standby generators. “Forced air and geothermal technology replaced the dusty, dirty coal furnaces of yesteryear. We’ve expanded our services and are the area’s leading Generac Standby Generator dealer,” Goskusky said. The company will also be celebrating its century of local service with a year of special events and promotions. Among them will be a randomly selected service call each week that will win $100. The company will also be awarding a major prize this fall and will end its year of celebrations during the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours event in December. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence and a major milestone for

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these feral cats, which are multiplying and causing problems.” One problem presented by these untamed felines is similar to that resulting from their domesticated canine counterparts. They leave behind an abundance of feces, and this excrement is often not appreciated by those who encounter it. Immel said he had received several complaints in relation to feral cats, with one such complaint indicating that “they can’t mow their lawn without cat residue, can’t do their landscaping because of cat residue.”

“Quit feeding the cats,” Immel reiterated. In other discussion, Lostant is considering buying a police vehicle, which should resolve reported issues with the village’s current vehicle. The village hopes to recoup most, if not all, of the purchase cost by selling its current police vehicles and certain pieces of equipment. Immel suggested the new vehicle is safer for the officers, with larger capacity and a prisoner transport cage in the back.

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Kindergarten pre-registration set for March 19-20 at Tonica Grade School TONICA — Tonica Grade School District 79 will hold kindergarten pre-registration for the 2019-20 school year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20, at Tonica Grade School, 535 N. 1981st Road. Kindergarten students who will enter District 79 for the 2019-20 school year must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. To pre-register, parents or guardians must bring the child’s original birth certificate. Parents can apply to the county clerk in the county where their child was born to receive a copy of the birth certificate. Hospital birth certificates may not be used for registration. Registration forms, immunization requirements and other materials will be distributed at pre-registration. Pre-registration materials will not be mailed. Verification of residency in District 79 will be by parents who do not cur-

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rently have a child enrolled at Tonica Grade School. Documents for residency include driver’s license/state ID with address within the district, and one other item with parent/guardian name and address within the district, such as mortgage/rent/lease document, utility bill, voters registration card, vehicle registration or insurance card/policy. If renting or leasing with no official agreement, the district will provide a form for the owner of the property to complete. Official registration to attend Tonica Grade School for the 2019-20 school year will be on July 31 and Aug. 1, with times to be determined. The district will retain the documents from pre-registration for updating at registration. Residency will be verified again. For more information, contact the Tonica Grade School District 79 main office at 815-442-3420.

Blood drive planned in Tonica TONICA — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the United Methodist Church, located at 423 Wauponis St. in Tonica. To make an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood. org or call 800-RED-CROSS.

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LASALLE — The LaSalle-Peru Band and the Better Fishing Association will host a fish fry fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the LaSalle VFW, located at 2325 Donahue St. in LaSalle. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 11. Carry-outs are 50 cents extra.

The meal will include fish, fries, coleslaw and coffee. The event will also include a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and bar on site. The L-P Jazz Band will be performing. For tickets, contact Alicia at 815-220-8737 or an L-P Band student. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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‘Explore IVCC’ set for March 26

OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College will open its classrooms and labs for “Explore IVCC” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. This free event, for prospective students and their parents, begins with a panel of students as part of the welcome portion of the evening in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre. Attendees will then meet deans and faculty from various programs who will discuss majors and give tours of labs. Current IVCC students will share their experiences, and counselors will be available to discuss the col-

lege’s many academic programs. Other topics include financial aid, student support services, scholarships and transfer services. Free limited-edition IVCC T-shirts and food are provided to attendees. Aseret Loveland, assistant director of admissions, records and transfer services, said, “From industry-standard equipment in classrooms to creating relationships with local employers, IVCC has a lot of exciting opportunities to offer students.” RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/events or call 815-224-0439. Summer registration begins April 4, and fall begins April 10.

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