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2016 Threshermen’s Parade…Road to Happiness

 

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Larry & Shirley Hackmann
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Pontiac to enjoy the annual Threshermen’s Parade by the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce. Favorites were the Navy Band Great Lakes, South Shore Drill Team, the PTHS Marching Band and the various Shriner Clubs.

Larry & Shirley Hackmann from Washington, IL were dressed in clothes from the 1860s and danced behind the Flanagan-Cornell Band. Their dress represented the era near the end of Threshing on the farm. Larry, as a child, worked as a water boy for a threshing crew in the the early 1950s.

All along the parade route, Nathan Joerndt, this year’s Grand Marshal, was greeted with cheering crowds.

This year year more than 15 floats were in the parade. The winner of the Wilbur J. Collins Award was awarded to the Girl Scouts. In the theme category, Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab won first, Vermillion Players won second and First Lutheran Church won third. In the non-theme category, Evenglow Lodge won first, Boy Scouts won second and SOCU won third.

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Grand Marshal, Nathan Joerndt
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1st Place Theme – Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab
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1st Place Non-Theme – Evenglow
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J. Wilbur Collins – Girl Scouts
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2nd Place Theme – Vermillion Players
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2nd Place Non-Theme – Boy Scouts
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Graymont Co-op Float
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3rd Place Theme – First Lutheran Church
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3rd Place Non-Theme – SOCU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Shore Drill Team To Give Special Performance After Parade

The South Shore Drill Team will be part of the Threshermen’s Parade again this year on Sunday, September 4 at 1:15 pm. They will also be giving a special performance immediately following the parade in the square downtown Pontiac. So make sure to stick around and watch.
Major Sponsors for 2016 Threshermen’s Parade:
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Old Log Cabin Featured on WGN’S Chicago’s Best Program

Brittany Payton (yes she is Walter’s daughter) from WGN’s Chicago’s Best program came down to Pontiac to sample a little rhubarb pie and find out more about the Old Log Cabin Restaurant. Brad Trainor showed Payton how to make rhubarb pie. Payton also posed for photos with customers.

The show aired on August 21 and can be seen here.

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Pontiac Night at Cornbelters – Sat. Aug 13 @ 6:35 pm

Get your tickets for the Pontiac Night at Cornbelters!

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce at 210 N. Plum St.

Cornbelters vs. Rascals is on August 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm – 8:35 pm at the corn crib at 100 W. Raab Rd. All proceeds go to benefit the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call 815-844-5131 or stop by the Pontiac Area Chamber during their business hours of Monday  – Friday 8 am – 5 pm.

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Support Local Chamber Members and Enter to Win $250 in Chamber Gift Certificates

Shop Local Shop Chamber is Back!

It’s time to show our Chamber members how much we love them.

Shop at local Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce retailers July 1 – July 31 and submit your receipts! For every eligible receipt, receive (1) entry into the Shop Local Shop Chamber Sweepstakes. It’s that easy.

How to Enter:
Text: Take a pic of your receipts and text to 312.505.6546.
Email: Take a pic of your receipts or scan them in and email to mkennedy@pontiacchamber.org.
Fax: Fax a copy of all of your receipts to 815.844.2600.
Mail: Mail either the original or copies of your receipts to 210 N Plum St, Pontiac, IL 61764.
In-Person: Bring your receipts to the Chamber office at 210 N Plum St, Pontiac, IL 61764.

Please include your full name, address, phone number and email when entering the contest.

Prizes:
Weekly Prizes: Each week, (5) winners will receive $25 in Chamber Gift Certificates.
Grand Prize: At the end of the contest period, (1) grand prize winner will receive $250 in Chamber Gift Certificates.

Chamber Gift Certificates are good at more than 200 chamber members in the Pontiac area.

Example:
Shop at the following locations:
– $50 at Lilli’s
– $75 at Klopfenstein’s
– $30 at Trainor BP
– $20 at Monical’s Pizza
– $12 at Pontiac Subway
– $250 at Heller Motors
– $200 at Watson Vision Center
– $5 at Majik Bean
– $500 Rebecca Campbell Photo
– $50 at the General Store
– $45 at Livingston County Chiro
– $1,000 at Wright’s Furniture
– $25,000 at Lynn Chevrolet
– $15 at Crescent Cinemas
– $400 Audible Hearing
– $35 Kelly Margaret Salon
– $50 Pub 13
– $15 Baby Bull’s

That would be (18) entries.

Click on the link for complete Contest Rules, Shop Local Shop Chamber Contest Rules July 2016.

 No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the U.S. Sweepstakes begins 2/1/16 and ends 2/29/16. To enter must be 18 years or older. Sponsored by Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce.

Police Chief Woolford Shared Tornado News and Safe Harbor Program

The tornado the night before didn’t stop Police Chief Woolford from talking at Issues & Eggs this morning.

He shared with the group of more than 30 people news from the tornado. Most of the damage was done to businesses, but a few people were hurt and were being treated. Heller Motors, Super 8, Baby Bull’s Travel Center, BP, Shell and Wal-mart were among the businesses damaged. The Rec Plex was also hit. Fences are down and a small building is gone.

He also talked about a new program called Safe Harbor, which is to begin on July 1. The innovative program is directed at helping heroin addicts receive treatment for their addiction. It is modeled after a program in Dixon, IL.

Under the new program addicts can come to the police department, turn in their drugs, and get treatment immediately. That instant acceptance is crucial to recovery, but it often doesn’t happen as people have to wait for insurance approval. The police department is working with 12 recovery centers around the state to get people into treatment immediately. The program, which will have negligible costs, will hopefully make the job of the Pontiac police easier when dealing with the opiate crisis.

Chief Woolford stated that the police department responds to several opiate overdoses every week and that the problem is across all age groups.

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