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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 6-27-12

Buisiness Highlights      DuPage Airports is starting construction to extend its second
longest runway.  The project is expected to take four months to
complete. The runway will be expanded to 2,343 feet and span 6,350 feet,
which will accommodate the largest corporate jets, such as the Boeing
Business Aircraft. The $3.5 million cost is 100 percent funded with
DuPage Airport Authority revenue.



     According to Executive Airport Director David Bird, the airport has the second longest runway in the Chicagoland area and the lengthening of runway gives further operational flexibility and added safety. This includes using the secondary runway as backup when maintenance is being performed on the primary runway.


It took five years to receive Federal Aviation Administration approvals. Although the project is locally funded, the FAA requires approval on every step along the way, which involves any changes in the airport master plan, public hearings and environmental studies.


     During the recent NATO summit, DuPage Airport had the “vital role as a reliever airport. Air traffic quadrupled in daily volume as many flights normally scheduled for O’Hare or Midway Airports were diverted to DuPage Airport.


UPS Store, 1879 N. Neltnor Blvd., celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Sterling Price is the owner.


The weather was perfect for the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce “Swing into Summer” golf outing Tuesday, June 12, 2012. First place team was King’s Express, second place was AAA Chicago and third place was Gary Spielman Plumbing. Kara Sanchez of NorthStar Credit Union won both the Longest Drive for Women and Closest to the Pin trophies. Winning the trophy for the Longest Drive for Men was Tom Turcich of Apex Material Handling Corporation. Chris Lappin of King’s Express was the winner of the Straightest Drive trophy.


John & Tony’s Restaurant, 27W371 North Ave. recently added nightly specials to its menu. Monday is Country Fried Chicken; Tuesday is Lemon Whitefish Almondine; Wednesday is Barbeque Platter; Thursday is ½ Duck a L”Orange, Friday is Salmon Di Gamberi; Saturday is Filet Mignon Wellington; and Sunday is Grandma’s Meatloaf. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


Accurate Office Supply, 260 Gerzevske Lane in Carol Stream, recently joined Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce. The company is a third-generation family owned business, founded by Randall Krelle in 1946, starting in Chicago, then to Lombard and moving to Carol Stream almost 13 years ago. The company has more than 40 distribution locations in the United States. Persons can place an order online, www.accurateofficesuppl.com, or call 630 784-4700. The company has next day, free delivery with no minimum order amount required. The salesperson for this area is Ron Sharkey, a resident of Winfield. “Our company is known for its quality customer service and competitive pricing.” His cell phone is 630 212-2157 and email is rsharkey@accurateofficesupply.com.


According to the website www.driveinmovies.com/IL.htm, Cascade Outdoor Theater, 28W741 North Ave, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. West Chicago resident Ken Beardsley said this is most likely true. “When my wife and I built a home here in 1953, the Cascade was there. Since 1952, the theater has been open from April through October. The late Spiro (Spike) Charuhas was one of the founding partners. He and his late wife, Terry, lived in Winfield for many years, spending their retirement years in Arizona. Terry was a journalist, working several years for the West Chicago and Winfield Press newspapers. Spiro sold it to an investment group. Jeffrey Kohlberg leases the theater property.


    Cascade is the largest outdoor cinema in Illinois with a capacity for 1,200 cars. It screens first-run double features seven nights a week, Nostalgia appears on the screen with the retro intermission ads, such as the hot dog jumping through the hoop and leaping into a bun. There is a concession stand, but many opt to bring their own picnic lunch and beverages.


Becky Bauer Koltz, 1961 graduate of West Chicago Community High School, remembers her classmates always meting in the back row. When celebrating their 30th reunion, the alumnus started the weekend off with meeting in the back row of the Cascade. “It was a great way to begin the reunion. It gave us all time to just relax and talk.”


West Chicago resident Kathy Henning recalls going with her family. “It was fun, except if the wind was blowing the wrong direction. Then you could smell the odors from Campbell’s Mushroom Farm.”
Mary Madrid, daughter of West Chicago residents Ken and Henrietta Richardt, recalled going with her family to see “The Ten Commandments.” “The projector lights went out, the screen was black, and we could only hear it from that point on.” Ken said he saw the Beatles there, “after Ed Sullivan made them famous.”


On several of the reviews on Yelp, there are references to persons bringing food in, “just not from Scooby’s” due to a rift between the two businesses.


One comment runs frequently through the comments of generations. “It was fashionable to hide someone in the trunk to avoid having to pay for them.” One comment on a blog referred to a very tight fit. “We had eight in the trunk.”


If anyone has any other tidbits to tell, please either call or send an email to me.


Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also donate generously to clubs, churches, organizations and schools.
Donating to the West Chicago Park District 40th Birthday Bash were Jel-Sert Company and McDonald’s Restaurant.


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UPCOMING EVENTS


    Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, has a variety of activities in July.


    Among the events from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, are inflatables, children’s crafts and games, a magic show and music by the Southwest Community Concert Band.


Baseball played by 1858 rules is on the schedule twice at the Parade Field. At 10 a.m. Saturday, July7, is the Northern Illinois Baseball Tournament with nine teams participating. The Vintage Baseball Match with the DuPage County Plowboys vs. the Rockford Forest Citys is at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28.


Movies in the Park are at 8:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center. The movie, “Kung Fu Panda,” is Thursday, July 12. “E.T.” is the movie Thursday, July 26.


McCormick Day is Thursday, July 26, with vintage games and activities, and, of course, birthday cake.


Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness sponsor a Tacky Tourist fundraiser at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane. Proceeds benefit a local cancer patient. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce. Whiffle Ball Leagues are going strong. It I turning into a popular night for players and spectators said Frank Indelli.


   Morgan’s Charhouse, 27W150 Roosevelt Rd. in Winfield, is the location of a Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 20. Area placement agencies involved are TekSystems-IT professionals, Robert Hall-Accounting & Finance, Manufacturing Personnel Inc.-Manufacturing & Personnel Tech, Clear Staff Inc.-Manufacturing & Administration, Edward Jones-Financial Advisors & Administration. To make a reservation, email


Jennifer at Jester@edwardjones.com. To attend the fair, persons must have their resume. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.



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 is usually the last Wednesday of the month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at merleburl@earthlink.net.

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