This year’s ATHENA Award Luncheon honored Livingston County Clerk and Recorder, Kristy Masching. Masching has been an integral part of civic life here in Livingston County for over 15 years, and the results of the recent election mean she will continue to serve the County for more years to come.
The luncheon featured a speech from Linda Lambert, of Heartland Community College. Lambert discussed the importance of leadership as it impacts education,
and in particular, the way that local leaders influence education.
She was followed by Cathi Coppinger of WJEZ who introduced the Margo Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the late Margo Kennedy. The scholarship will be used to fund education for non-traditional female students. Contact the Chamber for more information or to make a donation.
The event closed with Mindi Terrell’s introduction of Masching and Masching’s words on her career in Livingston County.
We’re proud to have you in our community, Kristy! Thanks for being a local leader.
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
Do online searches
Don’t believe your caller ID
Don’t pay upfront for a promise
Consider how you pay
Talk to someone
Hang up on robocalls
Be skeptical about free trial offers
Don’t deposit a check and wire money back
Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams
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!