Calvert & Martin will be hosting the December Mix & Mingle on Thursday, December 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Come join us at the Pontiac Elks Lodge as we celebrate city employees and politicians. It will be a free evening of socializing and great food. Everyone is welcome.
Pontiac Elks Lodge
459 Elks Club Road, Pontiac.
RSVP no later than Friday, December 7. Call 815.844.5131 or email email@example.com.
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!
The Jack Frost Jackpot has come to an end for 2018. Congratulations to Ryan Myers, the winner of $1,000 in chamber gift certificates! Myers (right) works at KSR in Pontiac and is pictured below with Paul Kelly (left), chamber board member.
Following is a list of $20 chamber gift certificate winners:
Thanks to all who participated!
The Chamber is excited to kick off a new holiday raffle, the Jack Frost Jackpot! One lucky winner will receive $1,000 in Chamber gift certificates – good at more than 200 business in the Pontiac area. Ten second place winners will each receive $20 in Chamber gift certificates. Don’t delay in purchasing your tickets! Quantities are limited so visit the office staff or see a board member to get yours today.
$20 per ticket. Only 200 tickets will be sold.
Qualified to join are all those who have purchased and paid their ticket/s within the selling period.
All raffle stubs should be legibly filled out with complete name, address and phone number.
Tickets are available for purchase between November 7 and December 12, 2018.
Winner will be drawn live on WJEZ radio on Friday, December 14.
Winner need not be present to win.
1st Prize: $1,000 in Chamber Gift Certificates
2nd Prize: (10 winners) $20 Chamber Gift Certificate
Purchase your raffle ticket from any Chamber board member or at the Chamber office.
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