Mindi Terrell

Chamber Has Welcome Center in Downtown Pontiac

In the crazy holiday season remember to shop at your local retailers. Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday. Come out to downtown Pontiac from 10 am to noon and enjoy free donuts and cinnamon rolls from Pfaff’s Bakery, coffee from The Cup & The Scone, along with some delicious hot chocolate. The welcome center will be stationed outside Charmed Boutique.

Make sure to stop by our new retailers such as Tattered Wings, Aleena’s Bath & Body Boutique, The Little Red Barn, The Modern Smithy and Nola + Kennedy along with our stalwarts such as Home Wishes, Hustedt Jewelers, PK UnKorked, Route 66 Kites, Frugality, Wright’s Furniture, Charmed Boutique, Once ‘N Again, The General Store, and Pontiac Community Art Center.

As you are out and about over the weekend, make sure to stop by our local restaurants for some rest and sustenance. Check out Baby Bull’s, Cafe Fontana, Monical’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Route 66 Nutrition, DeLong’s Casual Dining, Edinger’s Filing Station, Pontiac Family Kitchen, Dairy Queen, and Old Log Cabin!

How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve.

Jordan Harcharik,  from SOCU, educated a group of chamber members on how to reduce the risk of identity theft happening to them and shared tips on how to help repair damage that identity theft can cause.

10 Things You Can Do To Avoid Fraud

  1. Spot imposters
  2. Do online searches
  3. Don’t believe your caller ID
  4. Don’t pay upfront for a promise
  5. Consider how you pay
  6. Talk to someone
  7. Hang up on robocalls
  8. Be skeptical about free trial offers
  9. Don’t deposit a check and wire money back
  10. Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams

Click here for full details.

Enbridge Energy to Host October Mix & Mingle

Enbridge Energy will be hosting the October Mix & Mingle on Thursday, October 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Come join us at 21979 N 1500 East Road, Pontiac.

It will be a free evening of socializing and great food. Enjoy Jolly Trolley rides to tour the facility. Everyone is welcome.

RSVP no later than Friday, September 28. Call 815.844.5131 or email admin@pontiacchamber.org.

Steamy Weather Didn’t Deter the Threshermen’s Parade

The annual Threshermen’s Parade kicked off on Sunday, September 2. The weather was a bit hot and steamy, but the crowds still came out in droves to watch this annual tradition. Folks enjoyed the steam engines, bands such as PTHS and Flanagan-Cornell, the South Shore Drill Team, the Shriners and, of course, lots of tractors.

Thank you to Mark Osmond for being the voice of the parade every year along with Lane Linstrom for the sound system. Your team work makes the parade a great success.

In addition, a special thank you to the FFA and the Dancenter for sending kids to help carry the sponsor signs through the parade. We couldn’t make the day work without you. And a shout out to the LACC Law Enforcement Club for helping at the barricades around the parade formation.

And last but not least, thank you to all of our sponsors for making this year’s parade such a success and especially our major sponsors. This parade continues to be such an vibrant tradition due to sponsors financial support!

Sponsors:
Bernardi’s II
Compeer Financial
Country Insurance & Financial Services – David Rapp
Country Insurance & Financial Services – Marlon Eilts
Dairy Queen – Pontiac
Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC
Driscoll Motor Company Inc.
Duane C. Kiesewetter
Durham Electric Co.
Fellheimer Law Firm
First Financial Bank
Fogarty’s Garage
Fraher Ford Inc.
Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus
Graymont Cooperative Association
Illinois American Water
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Joan Bullard Realty
Kelly Electric Inc.
Livingston County Board of Realtors
Livingston County Farm Bureau
Livingston County War Museum
Lucille M WiechmannMcCoy Construction Company
Midwest Dental
Old Log Cabin
Panno Realty
PH Lannon & Co
Pontiac Family Eye Care, LLC
Randy Sancken Farming & Trucking
SOCU – Pontiac
Stamps Body Shop
State Bank of Saunemin
State Farm Insurance – Lisa Kelley
Stilwell Insurance
Striegel Knobloch & Co.
Superior Landscaping
The General Store
Three Roses Bed and Breakfast
Weathersby’s Livingston County Cleaning Supplies

Issues & Eggs – Livingston County Drug Court

Livingston County
Launches Drug Court

Sponsored By

When:          Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 am
RSVP:           No later than Monday, September 10
Where:        Pontiac Family Kitchen, 904 W. Custer Ave.
Cost:            $10 for members / $15 for non-members

Throughout the country Drug Courts have been extensively researched and have been found to reduce recidivism, ensure client compliance, and save money. After more than a year of planning and preparation the Livingston County Drug Court officially began in March 2018 with a goal to use a combination of accountability and treatment to support and compel drug-using offenders to change their lives and improve the community by reducing drug-related crime.

Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak and Circuit Judge Jennifer Bauknecht will give an update the how the program is going.

RSVP no later than Monday, September 10 to 815.844.5131 or admin@pontiacchamber.org

 

 

 

Welcome Community Cares Systems

Welcome to our newest member Community Cares Systems. They provide senior information services to assist folks with information, assistance and referrals for local, state and federal programs.

They can help also with completing Medicaid and Benefit Access applications. They have a program coming up at the Pontiac Public Library (IL) call ‘New to Medicare’ on Thursday, September 13.

Community Cares Systems – Pontiac Office
1512 West Reynolds Street, Suite B
Phone: 815-844-2272
Email: BloomingtonCCU@ccsicares.com

Website:  www.ccsicares.com

Threshermen’s Parade….Sunday, September 2 Rain or Shine

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The annual Threshermen’s Parade on Sunday, September 2 and steps off at 1:15 pm rain or shine!

As always it will wind through the streets of downtown Pontiac. It starts at the Mill Avenue bridge and winds it way to Madison and turns right and then turns right on Main Street.

Currently, the weather currently looks to be a little hot and humid that day with scattered thunderstorms.

Between 10,000 and 15,000 people come to see the parade each year. Hope to see you there!!!!

If you have any questions, contact the Pontiac Area Chamber at 815.844.5131.

Map of Parade Route (starting south of Mill Street bridge)

Welcome ATI Physical Therapy

Welcome to our newest member….ATI Physical Therapy. What a great group of folks!

ATI Physical Therapy
924 W Custer Ave
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone:  (815) 265-6456
Manager:  Eric Saxton
Hours:  Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

ATI: At-a-Glance

  • Return patients to work and an active lifestyle
  • Set the industry standard for the injured worker with our internationally recognized F.I.R.S.T.™ program
  • Serve over 200 sports medicine contracts covering pro teams, universities, high schools, middle schools and athletic clubs
  • Feature on-site employer services to reduce, prevent and treat work-related injuries
  • Dedicated to our local communities
  • Operate hundreds of clinics nationally to serve over 400,000 patients annually
  • Employ over 6,000 clinicians and clinic staff, as well as corporate team members

Lunch & Learn – Pontiac Community Heart & Soul

Phase II:  Pontiac Community Heart & Soul

When:  Thursday, August 23 @ noon
Where: Pontiac City Hall, 115 W Howard Street
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Come find out how you can be part of the city’s Community Heart & Soul initiative. The program kicked off in mid-April and is now moving into the second phase, Explore Your Community. To help gather residents’ stories and build relationships across divides, the organization is hosting small, community-driven events such as Thirsty Thursday Topics and Rock the Block cook-outs. These community driven events will help organizers better understand the needs of the city.

To learn more about the Pontiac Community Heart & Soul project and to stay up-to-date on the progress, follow us on Facebook @PontiacCommunityHeartandSoul or sign up for our e-newsletter by emailing us at heartandsoul61764@gmail.com  You can text or call us at 815-419-7015 with any further questions you might have.

Community Heart & Soul is a proven process that actively seeks the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are missing and brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant communities. This resident-driven model takes into account both the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there – a town’s “Heart & Soul®.” For more information on the Community Heart & Soul process, visit orton.org.

To pay by credit card call the chamber office at 815.844.5131.

 

 

Kind Living Therapy Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Welcome to our latest member Kind Living Therapy. We are so glad to have you join the chamber! Amy Duffy has counseled patients for more than 27 years. Kind Living Therapy was established to work with children, teens, adults, couples, families, and older adults to find their strengths and create effective coping skills in dealing with life and promoting happiness.

Kind Living Therapy
210 W Water St, Ste 1
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone:  (815) 844-2644 (work)
Owner:  Amy Duffy