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!
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
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
Old Log Cabin
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
Striegel Knobloch & Co.
The General Store
Three Roses Bed and Breakfast
Weathersby’s Livingston County Cleaning Supplies
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
When: Friday, June 29 @ noon Where: Hampton Inn, 2000 Grand Prix Dr Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, free for Farm Bureau members
Join us to learn all about the local food movement right here in Livingston County!
Matt Kilgus, Manager for Kilgus Farmstead, will share the story of their family farm and what it takes to produce the food we enjoy. He will also discuss how they market and sell their local products to surrounding area stores and costumers.
Raghela Scavuzzo, Illinois Farm Bureau Local Foods Program Manager, will talk about what local means, trends she is seeing and what markets farmers can sell to.
Murray McLean, County Market Produce manager will talk with us all about the grocery store’s process for selecting, buying and working with the farmers. Be sure to bring your questions to this panel of experts!
More than 100 people came out to the Mix & Mingle at Driscoll Motors on Thursday, April 5. Folks enjoyed lots of great company, food and beverages. Thanks to Pam Schahrer and her staff for the wonderful evening.
Driscoll Motors 610 S Newport Rd, Pontiac Phone: (815) 842-1143
State of the City Bob Russell, Mayor of Pontiac & Bob Karls, City Administrator
When: Thursday, April 19 @ 7:30 am Where: Baby Bull’s Fine Dining,1025 W. Reynolds St. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Mayor Bob Russell & Bob Karls will share the current state of the City of Pontiac. Please come to hear where Pontiac is now and what is in store for the future. Also learn more about the community driven Heart & Soul program that will shape the future of Pontiac.