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Volume 8                                                             FEBRUARY                                                                Issue 2

                                     Mark your Calendars – May is Going to be a Busy Month
       • IN THIS ISSUE •             Plan to Expose your                                                              invited a national site selector
                                     Business to your                                                                 to tour our area and then tell
  Meet Your Ambassadors              fellow members and                                                               us what it takes to attract
               page 2
                                     ConocoPhillips vendors at                                                        businesses in today’s market.
   •	 Nancy Baahlmann
                                     our Business Expo to be                                                          We’ll also have a national
   •	 Karen Baker-Brncic
   •	 Dorrie Ball                    held on Wednesday, May                                                           speaker to talk to us about
                                     5, 2010, at Julia’s Banquet                                                      the importance of business
                                     Center in East Alton. Last                                                       retention and expansion
  Welcome our Newest Members
                page 4               year’s vendor showcase                                                           programs in our area. When
   •	 Country Financial              with ConocoPhillips vendors                                                      the keynote speakers are
   •	 East Alton Civic Ice Rink      was so successful for our                                                        finished, participants in that
      Management, Inc.               participating members                                                            event will be invited to join
   •	 Roloff	Decorating              that we’ve expanded the               Denise Wolff and Martha                    others for the wine tasting and
                                     event. While last year’s venue        Schultz of First Clover Leaf Bank
   •	 Stephanie’s	Alterations                                                                                         restaurant sampling event
                                                                           (top) participated in last year’s Vendor
                                     was a little hot for some of the                                                 that’s being held in the room
                                                                           Showcase along with Castelli’s
  Shop the River Bend                participants, all participants will                                              next door. The event will be
                                                                           Restaurant at 255 (bottom).
              pages 6-7              be inside this year!                                                             held at the Alton Holiday Inn.
                                                                                                                      This event will be promoted
  Mayor Report - East Alton          We are anticipating 100 or more                                                  to the general public through
                page 8               members showcasing their                                                         participating restaurants.
                                     products and services. Member
  Ribbon	Cutting                     Restaurants are being invited                                                    And don’t forget the RiverBend
              page 11                to give us a little taste while we                                               Growth Association’s Duck
   •	 White Birch                    shop among our co-members.                                                       Race that will be held on
                                     Letters inviting participation and                                               Thursday, May 27 at Raging
                                     registration forms will be sent                                                  Rivers WaterPark from 5 to 7
                                     out soon. Watch for yours in the                                                 p.m. The Duck Race is always
                                     mail.                                                                            a good time with lots of food,
    5800 Godfrey Road - Alden Hall                                                                                    fun, prizes and people!
         Godfrey, Illinois 62035     On May 12, 2010, we’re holding
         Phone: 618-467-2280
          Fax: 618-466-8289          our first ever wine tasting event      in conjunction with an economic       development event that’s being
                                     held earlier in the day. We’ve

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            Your Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Agency
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Board of Directors 2010                    •••        MEET YOUR AMBASSADORS                                           •••
Denise Wolff, Chairman
Larry Franklin, Chair-Elect           At	Beverly	Farm	Foundation,	Nancy	Baahlmann	is	Director	of	Community	Relations	where	
David Miller, Past Chairman           she	plans	and	oversees	all	fund	raisers	and	events,	manages	and	oversees	operations	
Mike Fitzgerald, Treasurer
                                      for	Coffee	Cabana	and	the	Shopping	Complex,	and	is	the	coordinator	for	the	Volunteer	
Dale Blachford
Jake Bodi                             Program	for	Beverly	Farm.	All	Community	Out	Reach.	Other	Committees/Clubs	that	Nancy	
David Braasch                         has	served	are	Growth	Association	Golf	Committee,	Growth	Association-Duck	Committee,	
Karen Cooper                          Growth	Association	Awards	Committee,	Growth	Association	For	Women	By	Women	
Melissa Erker
Mike Farrell
                                      Committee,	Mardi	Gras	Ball	Committee,	and	Planning	and	Running	Fund	Raising	Events	For	
Cathy Hamilton                        Political	Campaigns.                                                                           NANCY
Pam Heepke                                                                                                                         BAAHLMANN
Jeannine Kelly
E.J. Kuiper
                                      Karen	Baker-Brncic	belongs	to	the	Growth	Association	and	serves	as	an	ambassador,	sits	
Rich Laudon                           on	the	Board	of	the	YWCA	and	is	vice-chair	of	the	fundraising	committee,	is	a	member	
Jeff Lauritzen                        of	the	Illinois	Beverage	Association,	a	committee	member	of	the	Mardi	Gras	Cancer	Ball,	
Steve McRae                           involved in the events of the River Keeper and Con Trios Yacht Club.
Rich Mersinger
Don Reedy
Cindy Roth                            Karen is the owner of Parrot Point Marina, Inc and operator of the Alton Marina. The
Kent Scheffel                         Alton Marina is host to approximately 300 slips on the Alton waterfront. Besides the day
Rob Schwartz                          to	day	operation	she	is	host	to	many	private	&	public	events	at	the	marina	and	works	
Cas Sheppard
Jim Shrader
                                      closely	with	the	Corps	of	Engineers	and	the	Coast	Guard	and	other	local	organizations	
Cindy Smalley                         for the improvement and expansion of events on the waterfront. The Alton Marina was
Katherine Smith                       recently awarded the Captains of the Riverbend and January 2010 Small Business of the        KAREN BAKER-
Dan St. Peters                        Month. Karen also was fortunate to appear on the cover of the women’s magazine of               BRNCIC
Jack Tueth
Brenda Walker McCain
                                      Flaire in the spring of 2009.
Martha Warford
Dwight Werts                          Karen is married to Bob Brncic, who is a local businessman and lives in the Alton area. Bob has a daughter
Karen Wilson                          (Alisa) and a son (Steven) and Karen and Bob are blessed with three wonderful grandchildren Casey, Spencer
Jess Woodman
                                      and Madeline who bring great joy on a daily basis. Karen feels very lucky to live in such a nice community.
Ex-Officio Directors
Supervisor William Ambrose
Mayor Kenny Beasley                   Hi, my name is Dorrie Ball and I am a lifelong resident of the River Bend Area. My
Mayor Fred Bright                     husband and I have lived in the Bethalto area for the past 25 years. I am a Roxana High
Mayor Steve Bryant                    School	graduate.	The	majority	of	my	career	has	been	in	the	banking	and	construction	
Dr. Dale Chapman                      disbursement industry.
David Elson
Mayor Felix Floyd
Mayor Tom Hoechst                     I	have	joined	the	team	at	Quick	Draw	Construction	Services	and	Community	Title	as	their	
Jesse Hopkins                         Executive	Director	of	Customer	Services.		I	am	very	proud	to	have	such	a	devoted	group	of	
Supervisor Don Huber                  people that I work with every day that makes my job a pleasure.
Jack Jacoby
William Kessler
                                      I	have	been	a	member	of	the	Growth	Association	for	the	past	eight	years.	I	have	served	on	
Debra Kreutztrager
Mayor Mike McCormick                  several	different	committees	through	the	years	and	have	enjoyed	them	all.	Not	only	have	I	
Supervisor Doug Mueller               developed	many	professional	relationships	but	many	personal	ones	as	well.	
John Pearson
Mayor Lynn Schreiber
Mayor James Spann
                                      My	family	is	most	important	to	me.	My	husband	of	twenty	five	years,	Ron	Ball,	who	is	employed	by	
Brett Stawar                          Marathon	Pipe	Line,	just	happens	to	be	my	best	friend.	He	also	attends	many	of	the	after	hour	events	with	
Mayor Tom Thompson                    me.	We	have	two	sons	who	we	are	very	proud	of:	Donnie	Lawrence	and	Kaleb	Ball.	We	have	four	beautiful	
Mayor Fred Ufert                      grandchildren: Dillon, RayAnn, Hannah, and Brendon. Ron and I enjoy raising Paint horses and have a great
Sandra Wilson
                                      love of nature. I feel very blessed for all the wonderful people in my life.

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February 2010 Small Business of the Month Winner
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
Congratulations to Mike and              to add a special touch to any             Aguirre at jaguirre@
Lori Nikonovich and their staff          special occasion.                         growthassociation.
at Grafton Winery & Brewhaus,                                                      com.
located at 300 West Main                 To congratulate the Grafton
in Grafton, for winning the              Winery & Brewhaus on their                Business Name
February 2010 Small Business             Small Business of the Month               _____________________
of the Month Award.                      award for February or for more
                                         information, please call 618-             Owner or Manager
The Grafton Winery &                     786-3001 or visit their website           _____________________
Brewhaus has been open                   at
since December 2008 and is                                                         Business Website
                                                                                                                               RBGA Awards Chairperson Amy Schaake
                                                                                                                  of The Telegraph awards Grafton Winery
a full production winery and             If you would like to nominate             ______________________________ & Brewhaus owners Mike and Lori
microbrewery, open 7 days a              a business for the River Bend                                                         Nikonovich their February 2010 Small
week, year round. Along with             Growth Association’s Small                                                            Business of the Month award.
                                                                                   Reason for nomination ___________
the wine and microbrewery,               Business of the Month, please
it also offers a gift shop,              fill out the form below and mail
restaurant and banquet center.           it to The River Bend Growth
Another unique feature to the            Association, 5800 Godfrey
                                         Road, Alden Hall, Godfrey,                Nomination submitted by (optional)
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus                                                          _______________________________
is their custom labeled wines            IL 62035 or contact Joell

Welcome our newest members to the River Bend Growth Association
Country Financial                        (618) 254-7465                            A Meeting Room is available for              is also very “green”. I am very proud
Dusty Farrell, Agent                                meetings and parties. Over the past          of the fact that I am a single woman,
Mailing: 3001 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey IL     The East Alton Ice Arena opened its       15 years, thousands of patrons have          surviving in business, especially
62035                                    doors on October 5, 1995. Owned by        entered the facility to skate or to cheer    in today’s economy. My goal is to
Physical: 140 Quail Run, Bethalto IL     the Village of East Alton, the facility   on their favorite teams. The East Alton      increase my flooring business, giving
62010                                    is managed by East Alton Civic Rink       Ice Arena is open year round.                the best quality, with the best price
(618) 978-5392                           Management, Inc., a not-for-profit                                                     and service.   corporation. This combination of          Roloff Decorating
COUNTRY has a long history of            municipal ownership and not-for-profit    Rhonda Roloff, Owner                         Stephanie’s Alterations
serving and satisfying our clients.      management makes for a unique             P.O. Box 5158                                Stephanie Doody
We started providing insurance in        situation as no tax funding from the      5501 Godfrey Rd                              722 West County Road
1925, added investments and asset        Village is necessary to finance the       Godfrey IL 62035                             Jerseyville IL 62052
management in 1971, and today            stand alone facility. The East Alton      (618) 466-3359                               (618) 447-3068
protect and manage billions of dollars   Ice Arena offers public sessions,         Roloff Decorating began in 1954              Stephanie’s Alterations &
in assets and investments for families   learn to skate programs and figure        selling Porter Paints, wallpaper, and        Dressmaking is located at 722 West
like yours. We are highly rated in the   skating classes to the general public,    supplies. In 1990, we expanded and           County Road, Jerseyville, Illinois
industry for financial strength, and     and provides many hours of practice       began selling flooring. Both industries      62052. The phone number is 618-
our claims service is second to none.    and game ice to hockey players of all     have changed a lot in the past years,        498-7990. Stephanie has 25 years
We are committed to putting our          ages. The arena is home to ten area       finally going very “green” which I am        of experience in men, women and
experience and financial strength to     high school hockey teams as well as       very excited about. My main flooring         children’s alterations with a specialty
work for you.                            the SIUE Cougar Hockey Team, a            supplier is Mohawk and they have             in special occasion dress. Tuxedo
                                         member of the American Collegiate         a carpet called Smartstrand that I           rental provided by Jim’s Formalwear
East Alton Civic Ice Rink Mgmt., Inc.    Hockey Association. The facility has a    believe is the best on the market.           is also available. Stephanie’s will
Larry Thatcher, General Manager          full service concession stand as well     This carpet comes in different styles,       always put her customer first and their
631 Lewis & Clark Blvd.                  as a Pro Shop to service the needs of     saxony, frisse, berber, patterns and is      satisfaction is guaranteed.
East Alton IL 62024                      all skaters who frequent the building.    the most stain resistant carpet, and

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Kuddes Advertising Specialties helps you                                           Imaging Center of Alton Encouraging
keep your business ‘top of mind’                                                   Mammograms By Donating To Oasis Women’s
                                                                                   Center or Haitian Health Fund
By Candy Mark                                Therese believes that serving
                                         small communities helps promote                As part of its ongoing efforts to    the software that analyzes the digital
     Therese Kuddes of Kuddes
                                         face-to-face contact with customers       raise awareness of the importance of      representation of the mammogram
Advertising Specialties is not your
                                         and keeps the personal touch in           breast health, the Imaging Center of      image and marks suspicious areas on
typical sales person. She won’t
                                         the sales process. She meets with         Alton is offering patients the option     the screen image for the radiologist to
bombard you with phone calls or
                                         you, listens to you, brainstorms with     of choosing a gift to keep or give to     compare to their own reading.
email. Therese just
                                                                                   charity.                                       The Imaging Center of Alton,
doesn’t believe in
                                                                                        Patients who receive a               which is located at #3 Professional
“hard sell”.
                                                                                   mammogram at the Imaging Center of        Drive, Suite A (near the Holiday Inn
     What she
                                                                                   Alton during February and March can       Alton), also offers convenient parking,
DOES believe in
                                                                                   choose from a $10 gift card to Target     a comfortable waiting room, on-time
is a personal sales
                                                                                   or Wal-Mart or have that $10 donated      appointments, affordable exams and
approach that makes
                                                                                   to Oasis Women’s Center in Alton or       on-site radiology for faster service.
her a stand-out
                                                                                   the Haitian Health Foundation.                 “The Imaging Center has always
among her peers.
                                                                                        “At the Imaging Center we            been known for its great service,”
Celebrating more than
                                                                                   are continually looking for ways to       added Piazza. “We can request a
20 years of managing
                                                                                   promote breast health, while giving       patient’s films from another diagnostic
her advertising
                                                                                   back to the community. In 2009, we        center or doctor’s office so the patient
premium business,
                                                                                   held two Women’s Health Screening         doesn’t have to and we take more
Therese will tell you
                                                                                   events where eligible women in            than 50 different insurance plans.”
that, through the
                                                                                   the Alton area were given free                 To schedule an appointment
years, her customers
                                                                                   health screenings, which included         and take advantage of the $10 gift
become her friends
                          Therese Kuddes, with help from Candy Mark,               mammograms, for participating. This       or donation, please call (618) 465-
and many friends
                          spotlights some of her products at a recent Growth       latest promotion allows us to extend      4674. For more information about
have become her
                          Association women’s seminar.                             even further into our community and       the Imaging Center, visit www.
                                                                                   beyond by giving back to other less
     In 1984 Therese
                                          you, takes your order and follows it     fortunate women and individuals, one           Open since June 2007, The
went to work as a secretary to her
                                          through shipment.                        mammogram at a time,” said Susan          Imaging Center of Alton offers MRI,
father-in-law, Don Kuddes. Kuddes
                                               She is a one-woman show who         Piazza, marketing representative for      ultrasound and digital mammography
Advertising Specialties was founded
                                          steers you in the right direction when   the Imaging Center of Alton.              services. Imaging Center is often
in 1955 and has always been a
                                                                                        The Imaging Center offers state-     able to accommodate same day
family-owned business. Some of Don promoting your businesses.
                                               Kuddes Advertising Specialties      of-the-art digital mammograms.            scheduling and also offers evening
Kuddes’ original customers remain
                                          can provide just the right promotion     Mammography remains the                   and Saturday appointments. They
Therese’s customers: Bill Meyer and
                                          to leave your customers with a lasting   most effective screening tool for         accept all major insurance plans
Associates, Lenhardt Tool and Die,
                                          positive impression.                     breast cancer today with digital          and are accredited by the American
Ernst Heating and Cooling, Castelli’s
                                               Therese is active in the            mammography making even greater           College of Radiology. For more
Moonlight and Quality Buick-GMC to
                                          RiverBend Growth Association             strides in early detection efforts.       information, please visit www.
name a few.
                                          (Ambassadors, Education,                 Imaging Center relies on the accuracy
     Then in 1989 Kevin and
                                          Membership Committee, Promotions         of computer-aided detection (CAD),
Therese Kuddes became owner of
Kuddes Advertising Specialties and        Committee); Your Referral Source,
continued to build her customer base      United Way 2009 Campaign, St.
in the River Bend area. Her belief        Ambrose Parish Council and is a past
in buying locally and supporting          chairman for the Diabetes Walk.
local business is tied in closely to           Contact Kuddes Advertising
her style of salesmanship. “I don’t       Specialties at 467-5080 – Therese will
enjoy being ‘pressed’ as a consumer       help you keep your business “top of
and I don’t like to bring pressure to     mind” with your customers!
my customers. I try to help people
find exactly what will strengthen
their brand image and business
relationships in a creative, cost-
effective way.”

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                                                              SHOP THE RIVER
                   Alarms                                  Entertainment                                       Fitness                             Health Care (continued)
George Alarm Company                          Alton Symphony Orchestra                         Senior Services Plus Wellness Center         Rose Optical
3 months free monitoring for all new          Buy one concert ticket at regular price and      $10 off yearly membership                    15% off complete pair of glasses
systems                                       receive a second one for 1/2 price
                                                                                                                                            Sottoriva Chiropractic & Wellness
                                                                                                               Flooring                     $20 1/2 hour massage $36 1 hour
               Attorneys                                  Event Planning
                                                                                               Direct Floors                                massage
John W. Hoefert Attorney                      Incredible Events by 62 Sports Group             15% off entire store
Priority Service                              20% off Inflatable Activities
                                                                                                                                               Heating & Air Conditioning
                                                                                                            Floral Shop                     APS Heating & Cooling
Law Offices of Katherine M. Smith                             Financial
10% off Estate Planning Services                                                               McConahey’s Flowers Inc.                     10% off order
                                              Alton Securities Group Inc.                      Free delivery or wire service sending
                                              $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant for
              Automotive                      opening an account with Kathy Weaver
Andy’s Auto Body and Car Care
Oil Change $19.95/Front end alignment         Edward Jones – James Claywell                    Picture This and More
$49.95                                        $50 credit towards investment fees/              Buy one mat and get a second mat of
                                              charges                                          equal or lesser value FREE!!
Bristow’s Automotive
10% off parts and 5% off labor!               First Clover Leaf Bank
                                              $50 Visa Gift Card on new checking
                                              account                                          Lyons Glass Company
Helmkamp Automotive Service, Inc.                                                              Free can of Sprayway, “The World’s Best
$25 Schnucks card with $1,000 repair OR                                                        Glass Cleaner,” with $50 purchase
$25.00 Schnucks card with purchase of 4       National Bank at Edwardsville
tires                                         $200 off closing cost on your home loan                                                               Home Improvement
                                              with Gary
                                                                                                         Health & Fitness                   Demand Remodeling
Quality Buick Pontiac GMC Cadillac                                                             Be Well Now – A Healthy Lifestyle            25% Discounts
Oil change for $24.95. Tire rotation and      Olin Community Credit Union
                                              $1 discount on the service fee for Visa Gift
general inspection are free!                                                                   $45 one-hour massage with minimum
                                              Cards                                                                                         Eagle Home Improvement
                                                                                               purchase of three                            20% off on all remodeling projects
Roberts Motors
Full tank of fuel with any vehicle purchase   Regions Bank
                                              FREE financial review                                         Health Care                     Grenzebach & Sons Construction
                                                                                                                                            free home & building inspections
                                                                                               Crown Vision Center
 Banquets/Meetings/Weddings                   Reliance Bank                                    25% off eye glasses
                                                                                                                                            Mr. Handyman
Lockhaven Country Club                        Free “Scan Fast” remote deposit service                                                       $25 off a 2 hours of service
Up to $400.00 off a Party                                                                      Healing Touch Wellness Center
                                              Shell Community Federal Credit                   $5 off your first half hour massage or $10
                                              Union                                            off an hour massage                                          Insurance
                                              No fee for American Express Gift Cards                                                        State Farm Insurance & Financial
Midwest Electric                                                                               Heitz Optical Company                        Services – Karen Wilson
10% discount on the final cost of labor                                                        10% off glasses and 50% off sunglasses       free Rand McNally Road Atlas, Wedding
                                              TheBANK of Edwardsville
                                              $5 discount for 1 year on safe deposit box                                                    Planner, or Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s
Mr. Electric, Alton                           rental                                                                                        First Year
10% Off Any Electrical Service                                                                 2 free hours of caregiver services
                                              Vantage Credit Union                                                                          Jewelers and/or Jewelry Design
       Employment Services                    FREE membership when you join and                Lieber Vision Center, P.C.
                                              FREE COOKBOOK when you apply for                                                              Goulding’s Jewelers
                                                                                               Comprehensive eye exam only $35 to           Free cleaning and inspection of your ring
Extra Help, Inc.                              mortgage                                         new patients
10% off normal rate for clerical employees

**Some restrictions apply on some offers. See for details. Offers are valid as of 2/16/2010 and are subject to change.

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BEND!                                                                                             In our efforts to keep the buying power of the Riverbend in
                                                                                                  the Riverbend community and to provide an additional free
                                                                                                  benefit to our members, the RiverBend Growth Association
             Lawn Garden                                      Restaurants
                                                                                                  has developed a “Shop the River Bend” program. The goal
GreensKeeper Lawn Service                        Alfies
Receive 50% off your first application           $5 off a $30 purchase                            of this program is to retain buyers in the community who may
                                                                                                  buy products/services outside of the community.
                  Lodging                        Cane Bottom/My Just Desserts
                                                 Buy 2 whole pies at regular price, receive       Here is how it works. Participating Growth Association
Beall Mansion                                    3rd pie for $5.00                                members commit to providing a “value added service or
Early check-in or late check-out at no
additional charge
                                                                                                  discount.” The RBGA compiles these value added services/
                                                 Castelli’s Moonlight at 255                      discounts into a “Shop the Riverbend” program, which
                                                 $5 off voucher redeemable on your next
Jeni J’s                                         visit with a purchase of $35.00                  includes a promotional campaign and a 3x3 card for all
Stay one night and get the second night free!                                                     RBGA members to distribute to their employees. Employees
                                                 Coffee Cabana                                    who show this card to participating RBGA members receive
                                                 $1.00 Off Smoothies, Cappucinos, Lattes,         the value added service/discount.
              Mail Service                       Bagged Coffee
The Mail Box Store                                                                                Business owners decide what their “value added services/
25¢ Color Copies, 5¢ Black and White             Franco’s at Holiday Inn
Copies or $2 off any Shipping; 10% off           $6.99 Breakfast Buffet everyday                  discounts” are. Businesses have the opportunity to change
any of our gift items                                                                             their offer from month to month. Each participating Growth
                                                 Gentelin’s on Broadway                           Association member has their offer listed on our website.
            Media Relations                      $5 off a $50 purchase                            Call Joell at 467-2282 for more information.
Cork Tree Creative
One Free Press Release for local
                                                 Imo’s Pizza -Alton Pizza LLC
                                                 10% off entire order                                     Retail (continued)                                     Signs
                                                                                               Patchwork Plus Quilt Shop                       Arrow Signs & Outdoor Advertising
                                                 Senior Services Plus School House             10% off entire purchase                         10% off retail price of any product or service
     Non-Profit Organizations                    Grill
                                                 50 cents off any lunch order
Alton Area Animal Aid Association                                                              Saint Anthony’s Hospital Gift Shop
25% off any dog or cat                                                                                                                                           Storage
                                                                                               15% discount on purchases over $10
                                                 Spirits Lounge and Restaurant                                                                 Hanover Associates
Alton Museum of History & Art Inc.               10% discount off entire purchase                                                              15% discount on inside or outside RV,
One free admission with one paid                                                               St. Peters Hardware & Rental Inc.               Auto, Boat storage
admission                                                                                      $5 off a $25 purchase
YWCA                                             Alton Memorial Hospital Gift Shop             White Birch                                             Telecommunications
3 day free pass                                  20% discount                                  Free local delivery on gifts of $50 or more     US Cellular®
                                                                                                                                               Waived activation fee, 50% off of case or
                                                                                                                                               car charger
           Promotional Items                     Alton Square Mall                                  Retirement Communities
                                                 $5 off a birthday party at The Eagle’s Nest
Kuddes Advertising Specialties                                                                 Fountains IV – Godfrey                                      Title Insurance
10% off a new order                                                                            Complimentary lunch during your
                                                 Beverly Farm Shopping Complex                 scheduled tour                                  Premier Title & Escrow Company
                                                 10% off everything in store                                                                   $25 off closing fee or refinance buy/sell
              Real Estate                                                                      United Methodist Village – Godfrey
                                                 Country Meadows                               Receive a complimentary gift and lunch          Southern Illinois Real Estate Title
Beck Group Realty Inc.                           10% off storewide
$100 commission rebate at closing                                                              during tour                                     Center
                                                                                                                                               $50 off closing
                                                 Mississippi Mud Pottery Inc.
               Recreation                        $5 off a purchase of $25 or more                                Salon
                                                                                               Serenity Salon and Spa
Saint Anthony’s Play Pals                                                                      Free cut with color/foil, free paraffin hand    Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
free child’s tee shirt with a paid Play Pals     Party Magic                                                                                   10% off purchase
                                                 10% off any cash-n-carry item                 dip with each salon/spa service.
class registration

**Some restrictions apply on some offers. See for details. Offers are valid as of 2/16/2010 and are subject to change.

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MAYOR’S REPORT – Fred Bright, Village of East Alton
                      I would like            and occupied this past year and 11          businesses to locate.                       The Village of East Alton was
                      to thank all            more new homes are planned over                                                         successful in obtaining $400,000
                      the Village             the next two years. This year the           The Village also designated                 of the federal stimulus money
                      Trustees,               Village is targeting vacant lots in         the Route 3 corridor area as a              for road improvements from
                      employees,              several neighborhoods for the new           Business District. The combination          Shamrock to Lakeside. Look for
                      commissioners           construction. This year, with the           of the Enterprise Zone, TIF,                the improvements to begin as
                      and volunteers          help of Madison County Community            Business District and the existing          soon as weather permits. The
                      for their support       Development, the Village was                transportation infrastructure               Village already had secured
                      and help during         awarded $389,000 in Neighborhood            makes the Route 3 corridor a                Federal funding for the St. Louis
                      the past year;          Stabilization Program (NSP)                 desirable location for economic             Avenue to Shamrock portion of
their community involvement                   funds through the federal stimulus          development. Over 33,500 cars               the roadway in the 2012 budget.
makes East Alton a better place               funds for home projects on vacant           per day travel through this area.           The Village is also partnering with
to visit, work, or live. As we all            lots, purchasing and demolishing                                                        the Madison County Highway
know the past year has been                   derelict houses and rebuilding or           Julia’s Banquet Center is the first         Department on the 2012 project.
challenging economically. The                 purchasing abandoned houses to              business that has relocated to the          When the projects are completed
Village continues to move forward             replace with new homes.                     Route 3 corridor. We are glad               the Village will have the road from
despite all the challenges that                                                           they did! They have remodeled in            St. Louis Avenue all the way to 9th
have occurred.                                The Village has put in place a TIF          Eastgate Plaza and provide four             Street resurfaced.
                                              area and Business District area at          separate banquet rooms that can
The Village continues to improve              Wilshire Village. This economic             accommodate groups of all sizes.            My office is always open to
neighborhoods by demolishing                  incentive tool will help us retain          If you have not been by, take a             concerns and ideas; please feel
derelict houses and building new              the existing businesses and make            look at what is possible – tell Julia       free to contact me at any time. I
homes. Four new homes were built              the area more attractive for new            the Mayor sent you.                         look forward to another year of
                                                                                                                                      progress in 2010.
White Birch Celebrates New Location
                                                                                                      Texting All RBGA Members…Texting All
                                                              White Birch, an interior and home
                                                              accent retail boutique, located at
                                                                                                      RBGA Members…
                                                              their new location of 701 West
                                                                                                      The RBGA is mobile! Sign up today for RBGA Chamber Alerts. As
                                                              Delmar in Alton, proudly showcased
                                                                                                      part of our ongoing service to our members, we are providing the
                                                              their newly expanded facility and
                                                                                                      option to receive meeting updates, event alerts and other breaking
                                                              celebrated with a ribbon cutting
                                                                                                      news via text messages to your mobile phone.
                                                              ceremony on Thursday, February 11.

                                                              White Birch is composed of a            The RBGA is partnering with
                                                              dynamic mother-daughter duo             Opt It, Inc., an SMS application
                                                              that took their passion of shopping     service provider, to provide this
                                                              and turned it into a family owned       exceptional benefit to you, our
                                                              business. Mother/daughter team,         members.
                                                              Sherry and Stacy, offer a fabulous
                                                              shopping destination for that special   We encourage you to subscribe
White Birch employees celebrate with a large crowd of
family and friends as they showcase their new facility at 701 person on your gift list: wedding,      to this new FREE service as it will be an important communication
W. Delmar in Alton. Stacy and Michael Keshner and their       birthday, new baby, house warming       tool used to notify RBGA members of important last-minute
son, Aiden, celebrate with Lou and Sherry Reddo, as they      and much more.                          changes, reminders and announcements.
get ready to showcase their newly expanded retail boutique.
                                                        Several customer service features             There are 3 ways to subscribe to this free service:
at White Birch include free gift wrapping, free delivery on items over $50 (local areas                  1. Text RBGA to 46786 and you will receive a welcome text
only), wedding registry, wish lists, special ordering and decorating consultations.                          message confirming your subscription.
                                                                                                         2. Visit our website at and click
White Birch, a beautiful and unique retail shopping boutique, is a must see. Sherry and                      on the RBGA Chamber Text Alerts Sign Up.
Stacy will “wow” you with their customer service and selection.                                          3. Email us your 10 digit mobile number and we will subscribe
                                                                                                             for you.
For more information on White Birch, visit their website at

                                                                  Support The River Bend...Buy Locally
 THE TELEGRAPH                                   River Bend Growth Association                                                Tuesday, February 23, 2010 • page 8
Thank you to our members who have renewed their membership investment for 2010
Members paid January 20, 2010 through February 16, 2010

Action Appraisals                          Greater Gateway Association of          Southwestern IL Bldg. & Const. Trades
Albert-Fritz, Mary                             REALTORS®                             Council                                   Vantage Credit Union
Alton Area Animal Aid Association          Green Investment Group, Inc.            Stephanie’s Alterations                     WBGZ
Alton Automobile Co.                       GreensKeeper Lawn Service               Telsar Computer & LAN Services              Weinrich, N. Gail
Alton Day Care and Learning Center         Greenstreet Realty                      Third Street Hair Company                   Wendy’s International, Inc.
Alton Memorial Hospital                    Hale, Walter Ltd. Realty                Tony’s Restaurant & Third Street Cafe       White’s Greenhouses Inc.
Alton Sports Tap, Inc.                     Hanover Associates                      Triangle H Farm                             Williams, Arthur R.
Alton Square Mall                          Healing Touch Wellness Center           United Methodist Village - Godfrey          Wood River Printing
Alton Steel, Inc.                          Helmkamp Automotive Service, Inc.       United Way of Greater St. Louis             Worcester & Bell Construction
Alton Winnelson Co.                        Hendrickson Collision Repair, Inc.      Vandalia Bus Lines, Inc.                    World Finance
Andy’s Auto Body and Car Care              Holiday Inn Alton
APS Heating & Cooling                      Honke Real Estate
AT&T Illinois                              Ice House Cookery & Catering
Barrett Heating & Cooling Inc.                 Company, The                        The Equestrian Center at Beverly Farm
Be Well Now, A Healthy Lifestyle Center    Illinois American Water Company
Beall Manufacturing Inc.                   Illinois Small Business Dev. Center     The big red barn at Beverly Farm
Belle Street Key Service                   Illinois Valley Economic Development
                                                                                   on Humbert Road is home to the
Bemis, Dr. Frank C., & Associates,             Corp.
                                                                                   Equestrian Center and can be home
                                           Imaging Center of Alton
BethMor Park - Quality Homes by            International Assn. of Administrative
                                                                                   to your horse or the location for you to
  Design LLC                                   Professionals                       exercise your passion for horses and
BJC Hospice                                Jacoby Arts Center                      horseback riding -- whether this is a
Boys & Girls Club of Alton                 Jeffrey’s Flowers By Design             long-lived preference or a brand new
Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto              Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop      hobby.
Carrow & Chapel Dentistry Partnership      Josephine’s Limited
Catholic Children’s Home                   Junior League of Greater Alton          The horses used in the Equestrian
Central Ill. Comm. Blood Center            Kane Mechanical Inc.                    Center Program are trained to accept
  -Southern Region                         Keister, Brian E. & Associates          all calibers of riders safely and each      breeding at Blackhawk East College
Cherished Memories                         Kitchen & Bath Outlet Center            horse receives extensive training           which he attended on a horse judging
Chicago Title Insurance Company            Lieber Vision Center, P.C.              to evaluate its potential. If you are       scholarship. His five-member college
Colman’s Country Campers                   Luken Agency, Inc., The                 interested in boarding your own horse,      team won first place in the 1989
ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery         Lynn Tractor & Equip. Co., Inc.         applications are available for use of       American Quarter Horse Association
Contegra Construction Company              Lyons Glass Company                     the eleven stalls in the main arena.        collegiate world championships. He
Cork Tree Creative                         Maher’s Auto & Truck Service, Inc.                                                  has personally been awarded many
Country Financial                          Maurices                                The Equestrian Center features an           championships in the ring with horses
Country Meadows                            McConahey’s Flowers, Inc.               indoor arena that measures 141 x 60         he trained. One way he shares his
Countryside Builders, Division of Galaxy   Midwest Electric
                                                                                   feet. The outdoor round training pen        passion is by working with 4H, FFA and
  Supply Inc.                              Miller’s Insurance Solutions
CR Systems
                                                                                   measures 60’ in diameter and has            other youth groups judging shows and
                                           Missouri Baptist University
Dayspring Financial Solutions              Morrissey Construction Company
                                                                                   a sand surface. Tack and handling           mentoring riders and future trainers.
Direct Floors                              New Testament Fellowship Church         equipment are available for use             He looks forward to sharing his
Don’s Tree Service                         Olin Corporation                        during training lessons.                    knowledge in horsemanship with the
Droste, Dorothy                            Party Magic                                                                         community by offering riding lessons.
Dugger Swimming Pools & Spas, Inc.         Pearle Vision Center                    Horseback riding lessons are offered        This spring, with the help of volunteers,
East End Improvement Association           Phone Masters Ltd.                      for anyone five years of age and            he plans to build paths through wooded
Edward Jones - Greg Reinhardt              Piasa Motor Fuels, Inc.                 older. Riders participate in lessons        acreage at Beverly Farm to offer trail
Edward Jones - James Claywell              PiasaNet Internet & Computer Service    to increase their riding skills and         rides without a trip to the country.
Edward Jones - Tim Epps                    Principia College                       improve their knowledge of horses
Extra Help, Inc.                           Regal Beagle                            in general. There is a special ADA          Spring will be a great time for a visit
Farm and Home Supply - Alton               Reliance Bank                           compliant mounting ramp inside the          to the big red barn – the Equestrian
Fingerhut, David J.                        Risters Automotive & Transmissions      arena that makes it easy for any rider      Center at Beverly Farm (or visit on the
Fountains IV - Godfrey                     Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, Inc.          to mount safely.                            web:
Gebbs Total Video                          Roxana Comm. Unit School Dist. #1
Gent Funeral Home, Inc.                    Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C.   New Equestrian Center director Jeff         Hours are: Tues – Sat 9-5; Tuesday
George Alarm Company                       Senior Services Plus, Inc.              Rains earned a degree in Applied            and Thursday evening 6-9; Sunday 1-6
Get Logo’d Promotional Products            Silenus Group                           Science with a concentration on equine
Grafton, City of                           SIUE Foundation

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