Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Donations Being Accepted for Alzheimer's Association Garage Sale Fundraiser

Donated items are now being accepted for the Alzheimer's Association annual Peoria Garage Sale and may be dropped off at the Central Illinois Chapter office any time during normal business hours, 8:30-5 p.m.
The garage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Aug. 11, 2012, at the office, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria. A vast assortment of items will be available, including furniture, framed art, kitchenware, clothing, collectibles, toys, books and pet supplies. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter to provide much-needed programs and services for area residents living with Alzheimer’s and their families and caretakers.

The Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter is a donor-supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in Illinois. For additional information or for help, please visit the website at
www.alz.org/illinoiscentral or call 800.272.3900.

The Grand Victorian Pekin Western Day

Friday, July 27, 2012

YWCA Fundraiser at Avanti's

Join YWCA supporters at Avanti’s in Pekin on July 31st from open to close to raise funds for this year’s Paint the Town Red campaign.  Avanti’s will donate 10 percent of sales (identified by special flyer) to the YWCA, so grab your friends and family, enjoy a dinner out, and help the YWCA of Pekin!  Flyers are available at the YWCA at 315 Buena Vista, and online at www.ywca.org/pekin.

Paint the Town Red supports important programs in the community including the YWCA’s Adult Literacy program and the YWCA’s Special Olympics Swim Team.   The Run the Town Red 5K Challenge and 1 Mile Walk will take place on August 25th in Mineral Springs Park.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

TCHD Disaster Training August 8th

The Tazewell County Health Department will offer Continuity of Operations (COOP) training on Wednesday, August 8th.  While primarily targeted to food service establishments, any business could benefit from the training.

It is estimated up to 40 percent of businesses fail after a disaster, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Yet, only 43 percent feel prepared to handle an extensive emergency. For licensed food establishments, emergencies may include boil orders, power outages and even someone driving though the front of your building.

The TCHD is hosting a training on August 8, 2012 at the Stoney Creek Inn. Topics to be covered are boil orders, power outages, pre-event emergency planning and post event mitigation services. These topics will be covered by representatives from the Tazewell County Health Department, Illinois American Water, Ameren Illinois, Morton Fire Department, Waugh Foods, Envision Insurance and Servpro ®.

Participants at the training will 
  • Understand how to work with municipal providers for planned service interruptions and unplanned emergencies.
  • Begin a COOP for their facility to be prepared in case of an emergency. 
  • Understand the regulatory response during these types of emergencies. 
  • Gather information from other organizations to assist during an emergency.
The cost is just $10 and includes breakfast.  You can download a registration form here:  http://bit.ly/LQkmGU.  For further information, please call (309) 925-5511 ext.225 or email: nmaggion@tchd.net 

Membership Renewals

C. R. Alexander ~ Big R of Pekin ~ Center for Prevention of Abuse ~ Cordts Heating & Air Conditioning ~ Cuattro, LLC ~ D D Homes ~ Dirksen Congressional Center ~ Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Inc. ~ First Community Title Services, Inc. ~ Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area ~ Hacienda Fuentes Cantina & Grill ~ Hanson Professional Services, Inc. ~ Rose Hasler ~ Illinois Centers for Pain and Rehab, Inc. ~ Illinois Department of Employment Security ~ Intouch Home Care of Lutheran Social Services ~ James Jones ~ Maurer-Stutz, Inc. ~ Dr. Michel Moul ~ New Life Fellowship ~ Papa Murphys Take N Bake Pizza ~ PDC Services, Inc. ~ Pekin Rotary Club ~ Peoria Logo (POGO) ~ The Sign Shop ~ Springlake Upholstery, Inc. ~ State Senator David Koehler 46th District ~ Sunset Lanes ~ Tazewell County ~ Tazewell County Farm Bureau ~ The Club at Sunset Hills ~ United Workforce Development Board ~ USCO Gas Stations

Biz Barometer

Local Economy Still Heading Up

Pekin’s sales tax disbursement received from the state in July was 6.9% greater than July of 2011.
Pekin’s sales tax disbursements received from the state for the last 3 months were 8.0% greater than the same three months in 2011.
The other three large communities on the east die of the Illinois River also showed increases.  East Peoria (+4.3%), Washington (+3.5%) and Morton (+0.2%) also showed gains in July compared to July of 2011.
For the 12-month period ending in July, all four communities showed an increase in sales tax receipts from the state, compared to the 12-months ending in July of 2011:  East Peoria (+11.3%), Washington (+3.5%), Pekin (+3.2%) and Morton (+2.9%).
The number of residential units sold in the 61554 zip code for the first 6 months of 2012 is 2.4% greater than the first 6 months of 2011.
The other large Tazewell communities are showing even larger increases in residential unit sales for the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011:  Washington (+41.4%), East Peoria (+36.4%), and Morton (+25.0%)
The average sales price of residential units in the 61554 zip code for the first 6 months of 2012 is $109,475. That is 8.3% greater than the average sales price for the first six months of 2011.
The average sales price of residential units in the other large Tazewell communities are also up compared to the first six months of 2011:  Morton (+11.1%), East Peoria (+2.7%) and Washington (+0.8%)
Nationally, non-farm payroll employment continued to edge up in June (+80,000), and the unemployment rate
was unchanged at 8.2%
Sources:  Illinois Department of Employment Security; Illinois Department of Revenue; Peoria Area Association of Realtors; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Puttin' On Pekin

RSVP to 346-2106 or e-mail us at info@pekinchamber.com

Additional features of the breakfast include:
·         Door prize drawings provided by local businesses
  • One minute reminders
  • “Meet the new Chamber Member”
  • Spotlight on Business presentation

Business After Hours

Pekin Insurance 

2505 Court Street 

August 2nd 

Reservations Appreciated
346-2106 or email us at info@pekinchamber.com  

Don't miss this opportunity to network with fellow chamber members and community leaders. You'll also enjoy refreshments, door prizes and tours or information from our hosts.  We’ll be in the cafeteria at Pekin Insurance, so enter through the doors in the back corner of the building.

Calendar of Events

August 1 – Pekin 1st Committee
August 1 – Marigold Festival Committee
August 5 – Little Mr & Miss Marigold             
August 2 – Business After Hours 
August 8 – Member Promotions Comm.
August 8 – Transportation Committee
August 8 – Executive Board Meeting
August 8 – Board of Directors Meeting
August 10 – Puttin on Pekin
August 11 – Miss Marigold Pageant
August 15 – Ambassador Meeting
August 22 – Marigold Festival Committee
August 25 – Women’s Marigold Golf Outing
August 28 – Business Advocacy Committee

Pekin Employment Security Office Relocates to Peoria

No Service or Staff Cuts; Office Near Public Transportation

The Pekin service center on South Second Street will relocate 11 miles to Peoria at 406 Elm Street, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently announced. The relocation will occur after business has concluded on Thursday, August 2nd.

Claimants can obtain services at any center and are not assigned to a specific location. Office hours for all service centers are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

All services, including applying for unemployment insurance benefits, certifying for those benefits, and switching payment method to direct deposit, are available on the IDES website.  Using the website allows customers to conduct business when it is convenient for them because services are available outside standard office hours.  More than 60 percent of IDES claimants use the internet to apply for unemployment insurance benefits and receive those benefits through direct deposit.

Customers are encouraged to enroll in the direct deposit program rather than receive benefits on a debit card because they already know the rules governing their existing bank accounts.  There are no fees associated with the debit card when used inside more than 5,000 Illinois banks that accept the branded debit card.  Free transactions are available at point-of-service counters. Customers can request cash back after qualifying purchases.  Direct deposit is a simple, smart and secure way to receive benefits.

At the IDES, more than 500 employees - approximately 25 percent of the workforce - are Veterans. Additionally, nearly 60 IDES associates are Veterans specifically assigned to help Veterans return to work.  In 2011, the IDES provided re-employment services to more than 45,000 Veterans.

Illinoisjoblink.com is an IDES employment website that links help-wanted ads and resumes.  This no-cost, on-line career resource allows individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills.  The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire. Illinois JobLink emphasizes Illinois jobs, scrapes other commercial job boards, and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single help-wanted advertisement.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

American Pickers Coming to Our Area?

The American Pickers, the hit show on The History Channel, are headed to Illinois, and they're looking for leads - interesting characters with unique items and lots of 'em! Their favorite and most successful picks feature multiple buildings crammed with lots of cool stuff that make Mike and Frank work for what they find, digging through piles and coming up with treasure.

They're only looking for people with large collections, not folks with just a few items. They also don't don't go to shops, antiques malls, auctions, or flea markets. They're also not currently looking for any fine furniture, agricultural or farming items/equipment, depression glass, appliances, or pottery.
They are looking for motor scooters, old advertising signage, motorcycles, bicycles (pre-1960s), Unusual radios, old toys, pre 50s vending machines, pinball and slot machines, old movie posters, antique casino/gaming machines, taxidermy, vintage concert posters & T-shirts, early Boy Scout items, pre 60s vintage diner collectibles, pre 60s TV merchandise, airline collectibles, late 70s and earlier military items, movie and music memorabilia, sports memorabilia, items from Illinois history, and basically any other oddball, one-of-a-kind, or interesting historical items you can think of.

The show plans to be in Illinois in early September, so people who would like to be considered for the show should send in their information ASAP.

Email your name, number, town, state and the items along with pictures you think Mike and Frank will be interested in to: AmericanPickers@Cineflix.com or call and leave a message at 646.493.2184.

Professional Development Workshops August 2012

The Professional Development Institute
a Division of Illinois Central College

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Welcome New Member: BridgeWay Community Church

BridgeWay Community Church, 3216 Veterans Drive, Pekin, IL 61554; phone: (309) 349-3441; fax: (309) 620-8642; email: bwcc.office@gmail.com; website: www.bwcc.tv; Dale Schaeffer, Lead Pastor; Shirley Clark, Office Manager; Connie Borth, Family Life Pastor. Worship hours: 9:30 & 11:00am Sundays. Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. BridgeWay exists to connect people to God, each other, & God's purposes in the world.

Park Court Pharmacy Introduces Leader® Prescription Club

Park Court Pharmacy, located in the Pekin Hospital Lobby, is pleased to introduce the Leader® Prescription Club, an easy, low-cost way for customers to receive discount pricing on name brand and generic prescriptions.
For a low annual fee of $10 for an individual or family, members of the Leader® Prescription Club can save on more than 5,000 brand name and generic prescriptions; and they can access more than 300 generic medications at a competitive flat price. Members can also save on select pet medications.  Additionally, members can save up to 40% on vision care services through EyeMed and 15% on hearing aids from Beltone.

“We know that for many of our customers, making ends meet and ensuring they’re compliant with prescribed medications can be a challenge, especially when they don’t have prescription coverage,” said Dee Dee Harlow, PharmD, Park Court Pharmacy Manager. “The Leader® Prescription Club is a great way for our uninsured customers to access more affordable medications so they can more easily take their medications as prescribed.”

To become a member of the Leader® Prescription Club, visit Park Court Pharmacy to fill out an enrollment form and experience immediate savings.  You can also visit www.pekinhospital.org to enroll. 

Park Court Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Free prescription delivery service is available.

For more information, please call (309) 347-9455 or visit www.pekinhospital.org.

Pekin Hospital UrgentCare Now Offers Appointment Scheduling

In order to make an unplanned visit to the doctor more convenient, starting August 1, you can schedule your appointment with Pekin Hospital UrgentCare by calling (309) 353-0399.

Jo Ellen Patterson, Vice President of Patient Care Services explains its importance, “We understand our patients’ schedules are busy.  We do our best to be respectful of your time and keep wait times as short as possible. That's why Pekin Hospital’s UrgentCare now offers appointments that fit your schedule, so you can get the care you need without having to rearrange your activities or make costly visits to the Emergency Room.”

UrgentCare is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Walk-in service is also available for patients who prefer it.

To schedule a time that is convenient for your visit to UrgentCare, please call (309) 353-0399. 

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Launches 24th Annual Duck Race To Stop Abuse

Please join us for the Kick Off of the 24th Annual Duck Race to Stop Abuse.
Who:  Martha Herm
Executive Director
The Center for Prevention of Abuse

What: Duck Race Kick Off Press Conference
When:  Wednesday, July 25, 2012 10:30 am
Where:   Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino 7 Blackjack Blvd East Peoria, Illinois 61611
Why: To announce the 24th Annual Duck Race and invite community participation to assist in
supporting The Center’s largest annual fundraiser.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is the only agency in the State of Illinois to provide combined services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse and elder abuse serving 15 new persons each day and more than 5,000 women, children and men affected by violence.  The Center also offers school based prevention curricula in safe touch, anti-bullying, violence prevention, behavioral skills training, sexual assault/abuse prevention and healthy relationships to students pre-k through college touching the lives of 15,000 students per/year.  Presentations and trainings are also offered to parents, school staff and community groups.  The Center continues to work to achieve its vision of building a safe, peaceful community.

South Side Trusts and Savings Bank Announces Promotions

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., at its July 2012 Board Meeting, announced the promotions of Kathy Williamson to Vice President & Human Resources Officer, Darlene Kumpf to Vice President, Valerie Sinks to Assistant Vice President & Employee Benefits Officer, and Brad Mahony to Assistant Vice President. 

Williamson has worked in the banking industry for 29 years, serving as the Human Resource Director at South Side Bank for the past 17 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from Western Illinois University. Williamson currently serves as a Heart of Illinois Human Resource Council Board member, a committee member for the Illinois Bankers’ Association Human Resource and Education Committees, an allocation committee volunteer for the Heart of Illinois United Way, and an Easter Seals VIP.

Kumpf’s responsibilities include overseeing operations and lending at the Chillicothe Facility. She has over 39 years of banking experience and has been with South Side Bank since June 1989. In addition to her professional duties, Kumpf is past president of Pearce Community Center and active with the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, Pearce Foundation, Chillicothe Foundation, Chillicothe Development Company and the Chillicothe Township United Fund. She is a past recipient of Peoria Area 25 Women in Leadership Award, IVC Distinguished Alumni Award, and City of Chillicothe Civic Achievement Award. She is also an adjunct instructor at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. 

 Sinks’ responsibilities include the Trust Department's Employee Benefit Division, Individual Retirement Accounts, and is also involved in the administration of various Qualified Defined Contribution Profit Sharing, 401k, Pension Plan and Individual Retirement Accounts. She has 22 years of banking experience and has obtained a Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation from ASPPA, and is a graduate of the Cannon Personal Trust School. Sinks has volunteered for various charities, including the United Way, March of Dimes, and the American Cancer Society. She currently serves as the Treasurer of Women in Leadership of Central Illinois. 

Mahony manages the Washington Facility and has ten years of banking experience. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University. Mahony serves on the Board of Directors for Crittenton Center of Peoria, Dax Locke Foundation, Washington Rotary Club, Washington Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington Rotary Foundation. He is also the co-chair for the annual Washington Feed the Need food drive. 

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $675 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 13 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin. South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria.

Goodwill Administrative Offices and Classrooms Temporarily Move

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois’ administrative offices and learning center classrooms will be temporally moving locations. Beginning August 1, 2012 Goodwill will be located at 8400 N. Allen Road, Peoria (in the Klaus Radio building). All administrative functions, computer classes and forklift training will take place at this address.

The last day of classes at the War Memorial address will be Thursday, July 26. The first day of classes at the new address will be Monday, August 6. Goodwill will be providing shuttle service from the Allen Road Super Wal-Mart for bus riders. More detailed information regarding the shuttle service can be found on the Goodwill website.

“We will be moving our operation for up to a year,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President and CEO. “This temporary move is the beginning of a new era for Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois. The repurposing of the War Memorial facility will allow us to expand our educational opportunities for the people of central Illinois.”

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Revenues from the sale of donated or recycled items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill.  For more information visit www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Goodwill No Longer Accepts Televisions

As of August 1, 2012 Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will no longer accept televisions as donations or for recycling. Due to the recent changes in Illinois law, it is not feasible for Goodwill to sell or recycle televisions.
“As a non-profit organization, Goodwill must be vigilant about the revenue used to fund our mission,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President & CEO. “By making these kinds of decisions, we are ensuring that our mission to support individuals and families who are working to better their lives will continue.”
Below is a list of organizations in central Illinois that accept televisions for recycling:

Dr. Know Systems 8214 N. University, Peoria 309-689-8355

Illinois E-Waste Recycle 1411 N.E. Adams, Peoria 309-636-8826

M&M Recycling 204 Morton St., Peoria 309-495-0995

ATR 8202 N. University, Peoria 309-691-7230

Waste Management 3550 E. Washington St., East Peoria 309-694-0295

Going Green Computers 1600 Market St., Pekin 309-241-2229

Canton Health Department 700 E. Oak St., Canton 309-647-1134


Eagle Enterprises 510 S.E. Industrial Ave., Galva 309-932-2936

Galesburg Transit Office 567 S. Farnham St., Galesburg 309-342-4242

Clover Technologies Group 4200 Columbus St., Ottawa 815-431-8100

Cimco Recycling 1520 E. US Highway 6, Ottawa 815-433-0031

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Revenues from the sale of donated or recycled items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill. For more information visit www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

First United Methodist Welcomes New Pastor

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce helped First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court Street, welcome their new Pastor, Steve Anderson to Pekin with a ribbon cutting.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the church's congregation participated in the ribbon cutting.  More information on First United Methodist Church is available at (309) 347-3155 or www.fumcpekin.org

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sharp's Electronic Measurements Anniversary

Sharp's Electronic Measurements celebrated their 30th anniversary with a ribbon cutting and open house on July 21st.  Located at 2103 N. Parkway Drive in Pekin, Sharp's Electronic Measurements specializes in computer sales, support, repair, network, and software installation.  Rich Sharp was joined in the ribbon cutting by his family and representatives of the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Alzheimer's Association to Present New Session of Popular Brain Program for Middle-Aged Individuals and Healthy Seniors

The Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter is looking for individuals in their 40s and older as well as healthy seniors to participate in a healthy aging program called “Train Your Brain.”

The six-week program will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays from Aug. 2-Sept. 6 at the Central Illinois Chapter office, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria.

Train Your Brain was developed as part of the Association’s mission to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Each week will feature a different brain-related topic and a guest speaker.

Cost for the program is $30 per person. Participants will receive a brain stimulation activities manual and handouts for each session. A certificate of completion will be given upon conclusion of the final session. Registration is required by calling 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900.

Can’t make those times or dates? Train Your Brain also will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 18-Oct. 23 at the Chapter office in Peoria. Register by calling 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900.

The Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter is a donor supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in northern, central, and west central Illinois. Its three office locations – Dixon, Peoria, and Quincy – provide educational and supportive services to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers understand and deal with the disease and its impact on their lives. For disease and caregiving information, visit the agency website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral.

CrossFit Trilogy Opens In Pekin

CrossFit Trilogy LLC, 905 Derby Street in Pekin, recently opened and was welcomed with a ribbon cutting by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Owners Jacob Condis, Kelly Madden, and Gavin Vansaghi, cut the ribbon and were joined by family, friends, clients, and representatives from the Chamber and the City of Pekin. CrossFit uses the power of a dedicated community to change people's lives through fitness training and nutritional counseling. They focus on functional movements in three areas: olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning. They also offer MMA and self-defense classes for those interested in martial arts. More information is available at www.crossfit-trilogy.com or by calling (309) 222-5765. You can see more picture of this event at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Join Ameren for the Energy Efficiency Workshop

Join Ameren Tuesday, Aug. 21 for this valuable Energy Efficiency Workshop. 

The U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office invites you to find out how Illinois utilities’ incentives can save you money on your industrial energy efficiency efforts.

Planning on initiating or continuing industrial energy efficiency projects? Utility incentives = $$$ for your company!

Workshop Details:
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012REGISTER ONLINE
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Register by Credit Card
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL
Cost: $25 (includes breakfast, lunch, networking breaks)

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Co-Sponsored by:
Ameren Illinois
U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway Kiosk

Local officials held a ribbon cutting for the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway kiosk located at Pekin's Riverfront Park.  Speakers at the ceremony included Anaise Berry, Byway Director for the EDC of Central Illinois, Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra, and Lelonie Luft, Partnership/Tourism Manager for the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  More pictures from this event are available on the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce picture page at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway unites more than 100 nature-based destinations and numerous unique communities throughout the Illinois River Valley.

The Byway showcases great places where you can discover and experience the nature of the region. Whether it be hunting, fishing, hiking, biking or canoeing, exploring wetlands, gardens, birding and watching wildlife, your possibilities for adventure are endless.

The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway will guide you through the Illinois River Valley to some of Illinois' most treasured, natural gems.

The informational kiosks are located in several of the gateway communities along the byway, and provide additional information about local points of interest.

More information on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway is available at http://www.illinoisriverroad.org/

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fireworks Crew Has A Blast

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held a "blast party" for the volunteers who shot the fireworks for our Honor America July 4th Celebration. Everyone enjoyed a quiet, cool evening at Mashies - which was a huge contrast to the previous week in the stadium!

Timbercreek Hosts July Business After Hours

Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care hosted the July Business After Hours for the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. As always, Brent Morgan and his staff were gracious hosts with door prizes, great food and drink and information about their facility.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Henderson Funeral Home Breaks Ground

Henderson Funeral Home will soon be moving from their current location at 420 Walnut to a new facility at 2131 Velde Drive.  Greg and Marla Henderson and their family held a ground breaking ceremony for a new 12,000-square-foot facility that will include a residence, a crematory, and a chapel that will hold up to 350 people.  Construction is scheduled to the new facility will be at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-July and be completed next spring.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Local Red Cross Chapters Launch Ready in the Heartland

New online Red Cross tool helps businesses and schools prepare for emergencies

The American Red Cross has launched a collection of free, online tools to help businesses, schools and other organizations prepare for emergencies through a program called Ready Rating.   

Emergencies like power outages, water main breaks and medical emergencies can disrupt daily operations. Disasters like tornados, floods, earthquakes and fires have the potential to cause workplaces to fold and schools to close. According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40% of businesses fail after a natural or man-made disaster.  

In an effort to better prepare for such events, Ready Rating members complete a confidential assessment of their current readiness level for emergencies and receive immediate, customized feedback with tips and resources for them to improve their readiness scores.  In select pilot areas, more than 1,300 businesses and organizations and nearly 450 schools are already Ready Rating members. Members have increased their assessment scores – some by as much as 42 percent. 93 percent of members rate the service as good to excellent.

“Our goal is to help foster a safer central Illinois,” said Anne Fox, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Illinois Chapter. “This dynamic tool makes it easier for organizations to get started and to help improve the readiness level for those who already have plans in place.”

Red Cross chapters in Bloomington, Canton, Decatur, Macomb and Quincy are also encouraging their communities to be Ready in the Heartland through the Ready Rating Program.

More information about this valuable program can be found at readyrating.org.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

TAPS Wishlist

Wish List
TAPS is a non-profit no-kill animal shelter dedicated to rehoming homeless dogs and cats.  As a non-profit organization, we rely 100% on community support to provide for the animals in our care.  Please review the wish list below and consider donating one or more of the items listed to allow us to better provide for the animals.

Priority Needs
*    Cash donations to provide for the special needs of animals at TAPS
*    Gift Cards from the following merchants to purchase pet supplies:  pre-paid gas cards, Petsmart, Walmart, Staples, and Menards
*    Postage Stamps  

Animal Supplies
  • Dry dog and puppy food. To avoid GI upset, we have limited the brands we feed the dogs to the following: Nutro, Science Diet, Purina One & Pedigree
  • Dry cat and kitten food. To avoid GI upset, we have limited the brands we feed the cats to the following: Natural Balance, Nutro, Science Diet & Purina One
  • KMR - both puppy and kitten formula
  • Prescription pet food for dogs and cats
  • Canned cat and dog food
  • Kong dog toys size LG/XLG
  • Clay cat litter (we currently use 50 to 75 pounds per day)
  • Dogs and cat toys
  • Cat trees
  • Kuranda dog beds
Office Supplies                                               
  •  Copypaper                                                                
  •  Printer ink cartridges
o   HP 940XL Black

o   HP 940XL Color

o   HP 92 black

o   HP 95 color

Cleaning Supplies
  •          Antibacterial soap
  •          Bleach
  •          Laundry Detergent (we do 15 loads per day)
  •          Toilet tissue
  •          Toilet bowl cleaner
  •          Sponges with scratcher on one side
  •          Scrubbing bubbles aerosol cleaner
  •          Paper towls
  •          OdorBan (from Sam's Club)
  •          Glass Cleaner
In Desparate need of:
1) Memory stick /card for e-machine EL1210-0 - sku 77195 (currently has 160 GB HD & 2GB DDR2 - runs VERY slow with as many programs as we have to run on it.

Welcome New Member: Soderstrom Skin Institute

Soderstrom Skin Institute, 410 Maxine Drive, Morton, IL 61550; phone: (309) 263-7546; fax: (309) 263-8060; website: www.soderstromskininstitute.com; Allison Vershaw, Office Manager; Dr Carl Soderstrom, President/ Medical Director; Cindy Tilson, Operations Manager; Tina Peugh, CEO; Jodi Richards, Spa Coordinator; Steve Soderstrom, Marketing. With more than 125 years of combined experience, the board certified dermatologists, plastic surgeon, Mohs micrographic surgeon, and certified physician assistants are qualified to diagnose and treat all skin conditions.

Alzheimer's Association Peoria Area Upcoming Programs July-November

Registration required.  Please call 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900.

Alzheimer’s 101

Explore the common causes of memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, the stages and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the importance of a good medical examination, current research and treatments. Co-funded by the Central Illinois Agency on Aging

Cost: $5 per person material fee

Thurs., Aug. 16 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Farmington Public Library

266 E. Fort St., Farmington

Register by Aug. 15

Thurs., Oct. 25 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lillie M. Evans Library

207 N. Walnut St., Princeville

Register by Oct. 24

Beyond Bingo: Creating Meaningful Activities

This program explores creative ways to maintain meaningful activities for people with Alzheimer’s. It is designed to give family caregivers the tools to prevent or minimize disease-specific behaviors caused by inactivity.

Cost: $5 per person material fee

Wed., Oct. 10 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Henry Public Library

702 Front St., Henry

Register by Oct. 9

Exploring Care Options

This program explores the importance of planning for the future, explaining in detail when it’s time to get outside help. Learn about community resources such as in-home care, respite care, adult day care, assisted living and long-term care. Co-funded by the Central Illinois Agency on Aging.

Cost: $5/person material fee

Tues., Aug. 21 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tremont District Library

215 E. Sampson St., Tremont

Register by Aug. 20

Facing New Challenges

Participants learn the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, new communication approaches and ways to plan for the future.

Cost: $5 per person material fee

Mon., July 16 4:30-6:30 p.m.

OSF Institute on Aging

8600 Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria

Register by July 13

Mon., Aug. 20 4:30-6:30 p.m.

OSF Institute on Aging

8600 Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria
Register by Aug. 17

Mon., Sept. 17 4:30-6:30 p.m.

OSF Institute on Aging

8600 Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria

Register by Sept. 14

Mon., Oct. 15 4:30-6:30 p.m.

OSF Institute on Aging

8600 Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria
Register by Oct. 12

Mon., Nov. 19 4:30-6:30 p.m.

OSF Institute on Aging

8600 Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria

Register by Nov. 16

Know the 10 Signs

Early detection can help with dementia while science directs us toward treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. Come learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and why early detection is crucial.

Cost: $5 per person material fee

Tues., Aug. 14 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Central Illinois Chapter

606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria

Register by Aug. 13

Perspectives on Caregiver Stress

This program addresses coping with stress related to caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s. It examines the symptoms of caregiver stress and offer strategies for becoming a healthier caregiver and for setting realistic expectations for the individual and the person with dementia.

Cost: $5 per person material fee

Wed., Nov. 7 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Central Illinois Chapter

606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria

Register by Nov. 6

Reconnect: Interacting with Dementia

Participants will learn strategies to improve overall communication skills in connecting with memory-impaired individuals. The program also helps prepare caregivers for behavioral changes and ways to respond should they occur.

Cost: $5 per person material fee

Tues., July 24, 6-8 p.m.

Washington District Library

Five Points, 380 N. Wilmor Road, Washington

Register by July 23

Wed., Sept. 12 5:30-7:30 p.m.

State Bank of Toulon

102 W. Main St., Toulon

Co-funded by CIAA

Register by Sept. 11

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

This is a program for anyone who would like to know more about dementia and Alzheimer’s. Participants learn about symptoms, causes and risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, the benefits of early detection, stages of the disease, treatment options, and ways the Association can help. 

Cost: $5 per person material fee

Wed., Sept. 5, 6-8 p.m.

Central Illinois Chapter

606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria

Register by Sept. 4

Tues., Oct. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Central Illinois Chapter

606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria

Register by Oct. 22

Train Your Brain

Are you 40+ or a healthy senior? Want to stay at the top of your game? Our six-week program is FUN and features guest speakers with different brain-healthy topics each meeting.

Cost: $30 per person material fee

Tuesdays, Sept.18-Oct. 23; 6-7:30 p.m.

Central Illinois Chapter

606 W Glen Ave., Peoria

Register by Sept. 17

Slices of the Pie

The program provides a supportive atmosphere where people with mild cognitive decline or early stage Alzheimer’s can engage in social and stimulating activities. Sessions are 90 minutes a week for six weeks. Participants must be registered and screened by Aug. 1 to participate. Co-sponsored by IPMR.

Cost: $30 for the six-week session.

Mondays, Aug. 6-Sept. 10, 3:30-5 p.m. No class on Labor Day.

Central Illinois Chapter

606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria


 Early Stage Support Group (ESSG)

The next group will meet on Tuesdays, Oct. 2–Nov. 20, at the Central Illinois Chapter office in Peoria. The meeting time will be based on group consensus.

This 8-week, closed group* provides support and education to BOTH the one with early stage memory loss or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and their caregiver/family. A new topic is introduced weekly, including legal and financial matters, community resources and how the brain is affected by dementia. Call 681.1100 to have an information packet sent to you.

* Closed group: a group that does not permit the addition of new members once the initial session has begun to establish trust, camaraderie and confidentiality

PALZ- Peoria Alzheimer’s Support Group

PALZ meets in the Central Illinois Chapter Peoria office from 4-5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Members also go out for dinner at 4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month.

PALZ is an open group* that caters to BOTH families and those with memory loss. The group meets all together for the first half hour and then splits intopatient facilitator attempts to engage participants in mentally and socially stimulating activity for the duration of the group session. Typically, participants are beyond the early stages of dementia.

* Open group: allows new members to join at any time