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Spring is here!!!  Tastee-Freez is open for the season.

     Greg Baresel, 27, joins the staff of PGA professionals at Cantigny Golf. He will conduct private and group lessons, plus serve as lead instructor for the PGA TOUR Academy Junior Camps. He has eight years of golf coaching experience and has taught more than 3,500 golf lessons in his career. Baresel contributes instructional articles for “Golf Infusion” magazine and has appeared on local television and radio stations. Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

When we were riding past the building at 1701 W. Hawthorne Lane, I noticed the sign in front of it—Batory Food and wondered what type of business it was. The company is a leading national distributor for high quality food ingredients, beverage ingredients, dairy ingredients and nutraceutical ingredients. It was established in 1979 as Chicago Sweeteners. In 2010 the company consolidated the various names under which it operated into the single names of Batory Foods. Batory is the name of the ship in which founder Abel Friedman and his family fled Poland in 1938. The company services more than 6,000 customers. In January 2012, the company acquired Mac & Massey LLC, a Georgia-based Ingredient broker/ distributor. The location here is one of the 24+ distribution centers in the United States.

Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce hosted its Second Annual Dinner and installation of officers Tuesday, February 28, 2012.  Associate Judge Brian McKillip administered the oath of office.
Executive officers are Joe Buchholz from Buck Services, chairman; Chris Prestegaard from American Chartered Bank, vice chairman; Stacey Gallagher from SBI West Chicago, treasurer; and Annette Larsen from First Data Independent Sales, secretary.
Directors are Angel Oakley from Unicatis Marketing Group, Ben Weseloh from West Chicago Public Library District, Bernie Niewoehner from NorthStar Credit Union, Carlyn Kimmel from Cadence Health/CDH, Chuck Strayve from Chuck Strayve Landscaping, LTD, Diane Beaulieu from Entrée Kitchen, Dr. Holly Hubsky from Progressive Athletics, Evelyn Canabal from Professional Development Services and George Safford from Village Chronicles.

     Others are Jeanne Hoffer from The Aubrey Sign Company, Jerry Schilf from Employee Benefits by Design, Jim Salek from Premiums Plus Promotional Products, Inc., Lolly Frederick from Training Plus, Inc., Mary Ann Manna from American National Real Estate, Maria Perezchica from Essential Plumbing & Sewer, Inc., Patrick Kolzow from Digiovine, Hnilo, Jordan & Johnston, Ltd., and Thomas Marziani from Marziani Enterprises.

Sad to note Tampico Fresh Market, 1945 N. Neltnor Blvd. is closing its doors. The original grocery store, Supermercado Tampico at 516 Main St. remains open for business.

In the April 2012 issue of “Chicago Magazine,” there was an article “Foodie Road Trip on Route 64” by Karl Klochars. He discussed his trip starting at Lake Michigan and ending in Savanna. Ill. One of the restaurants at which he and his wife stopped was the Olde North Pancake House and tried the pumpkin and gingerbread pancakes, “which were great.” The exterior is “fashioned after Boston’s Old North Chapel.” He describes the décor style as Early American Midwest Grandma.  Rick Horan is the second-generation owner of the 48-year old restaurant.

Support our local businesses that not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also donate generously to local clubs, churches, organizations and schools.

Contributing to the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce Second Annual Dinner were Buck Services, SBI West Chicago, West Chicago Chiropractic, A to Z Office Furniture, Ball Horticultural Company, Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill and Pro-Pak Industries.

Some of the local businesses donating to the Lions Club Spring Pancake Breakfast were General Mills, Wood Glen Pavilion, Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, American Roofing and Repair, The Stowaway, Gsedl Graphic Design, Bob’s Auto Body, Mobile AT&T, Precision Lube, Murphy Ace Hardware, Auto Glow Car Wash, Rebecca C. Hall Consulting, T.S. Specialties, Sonny Acres, Haggerty Ford, Extra Value Liquor, E. J.’s Tax Service, Mary Ann Manna-American National Real Estate, Inc., The UPS Store, Daniel & Associates Real Estate, Norris Walen-Segert Funeral Home and West Chicago ChiroPractice.
Donating to the Community High School District 94 Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Music Boosters Club were InsureOne, Steinbrecher Land Surveyors, Advance Auto Parts, Krage's Auto & Tire Center, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, St Charles Scrap, Dr. Thadius Bieniek (chiropractor), Gallery 200, Frank’s Auto, El Coco Loco Restaurant, Oasis Café, All One Communications, Rosati's Pizza, CarQuest, Sterling Silver Artisan Jewelry, Gloria's Jewelry and Starbucks.



    St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, has an Easter Brunch Sunday, April 8, with the first seating at 10:15 a.m. and the last seating at 1:30 p.m. The price is $29.95 per person and $18.95 for children under age 12.  Food Pantry Week for golfers is from Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27. Golfers receive a discount on the green fee with the donation of at least one non-perishable food item.

    For information on either event, call (630) 231-3100, ext. “0.” St. Andrews is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

John & Tony’s, 27W371 North Ave., has an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8. The cost is $24.95 per person, $18.95 for children age 12 and under. To make reservations call (630) 520-0593. A new addition to the entertainment schedule is Live Trivia at 7 p.m. Mondays, beginning April 9. The restaurant celebrated its Second Anniversary March 7. John & Tony’s is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive, has an Easter Brunch Sunday, April 8 with the first seating at 10 a.m. and the last seating at 1 p.m. The cost is $32.95 per person and $16.25 for children ages 4 to 11. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 208-7633. Prairie Landing is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Egg Yolk Café, 100 S. Neltnor Blvd., is having a Grand Opening special from Monday, April 9 through Thursday, April 12. The special is 50 percent off all items on the menu. Egg Yolk Cafe is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

West Chicago Business Training Plus and Professional Development Services in partnership with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce have a series of programs to help businesses build strong leadership skills with continuous improvement for “top performance” employees. Each series has six sessions, meeting once a month in the chamber training center, 306 Main Street.

  • Level 1 series is a repeat of the one for supervisors conducted last year. The fourth session “How to Confront Conflict in a Positive Way” is from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. The charge for each season is $59 for members and $69 for non-members.

  • Level 2 series covers leadership development with enhancement of skills, building of confidence and strengthening of professional development.  Session 4 “Solid Business Writing” focuses on effectively writing all types of business documents. It takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12. The cost per session is $69 for members and $79 for non-members.

    To register call Lolly Frederick at (630) 945-5805 or email

    ChiroOne Wellness Center, 191 W. North Ave., presents “Most Powerful 8 Hours of Your Day,” a sleep workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. To make a reservation call (887) 724-4761.

    We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center, 1055 W. Washington St., is having a Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2012. Donations of small, clean household items are needed and can be drooped off at the greenhouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and Monday through Wednesday, April 16 to 18. Call Laurie at (630) 293-0100. The greenhouse provides training and job opportunities for persons with disabilities.

     Training Plus in cooperation with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce hosts the Lean Training program, “Quick Changeover,” from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, or Thursday, April 19, in the chamber training center, 306 Main Street. The charge is $59 for members and $69 for non-members. To register, call the chamber office at (630) 231-3003.

    Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, holds an 80s party at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Musical entertainment is 80’ Proof Band. There will be a Big Hair contest with prizes for the winners. Other activities during the month include Turtle Races on Tuesday evenings. The beer garden now is open, plus the new whiffle ball field.  With Volleyball Leagues starting in May, teams should start signing up now. For further information, call (630) 293-6700.

This monthly column covers information on new businesses, change of business locations, awards received by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services and recognition of employees receiving awards and promotions. The publishing date usually is the last Wednesday of each month.
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