Ground Breaking Held For Brian Bequette Cabinetry

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at 100 N. 6th Street in Benld for Brian Bequette Cabinetry, Inc.  The groundbreaking is the beginning of the erection of a brand new 6,500 sq. ft. production facility to house Brian Bequette Cabinetry operations. Plans are to erect a retail store and workshop in an expansion of the company.  Bequette is a master craftsman and produces custom made cabinetry.
Pictured left to right are:  Mike Brill, CCCC Treasurer: Margie Brill, CCCC Web Site Coordinator; Sally Bartlett, Madisont Communications; Ruth Loveless, Furniture Rescue and CCCC President; Jim Kelly, Benld Alderman; John
DeLong, R. P. Lumber; Mary Ann Scopel, Benld City Treasurer; Dione Rabida, Branch Manager of FNB/Benld Banking Center; Teresa Tucker, Benld Alderwoman; Brian Frensko, Benld Alderman; Brian Bequette, Owner of Brian Bequette Cabinetry, Inc.; Gloria Sidar, Mayor of Benld; Mickey Robinson, Benld Alderman and CCCC Executive Director; Jim Tilashalski, Benld Alderman; Shari Albrecht, Director of MEDP. Photo is Courtesy of The BenGil Post.

Ribbon Cutting: ApexNetwork Physical Therapy

The Coal Country Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member ApexNetwork Physical Therapy at their location at 609 Litchfield Road in Gillespie.

 Included in the picture are Adam Tallman, Agent at Farmers Insurance in Gillespie; Amanda Rickhoff, Marketing COO of ApexNetwork; Maggie Daniels of ApexNetwork; Laura Scroggins, Physical Therapist and Clinic Manager; Ruth Loveless, CCCC President and owner of Furniture Rescue, Gillespie; Jamie Ganz, Physical Therapy Assistant; Sydney Shelton, ApexNetwork office manager; Jennie Alepra, Branch Manager, UCB; Lindsay Westhoff, Loan Officer, UCB; Sherry Tosovsky of Fireside Eye Care of Benld; Margie Brill, CCCC Website Manager; and Mike Brill, CCCC Treasurer.

Ribbon Cutting Triple H Automotive

The Coal Country Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Chamber's newest member Triple H Automotive at 501 E. Central in downtown Benld (the former location of long-time Benld business, Brunetto's Garage). Pictured from left to right: Mike and Margie Brill of Hebenstreit Apartments and Chamber Board members; Dione Rabida, Brank Manager of FNB/Benld Banking Center; Marty Simpson; Randy Love; Tracy Holliday; Stephanie Willis; Andrew Hopper,co-owner; Kayla Thornhill; Ted Hopper, co-owner holding baby Colton; Kami Hopper, wife of co-owner, Ted, with son Tommy in front; Pat Cox, mother of the co-owners; Tammy Wolfe; Chuck Steward, mechanic at Triple H; Linda Rasmussen; and Pete Robbins and Adam Muir of Dynamic Roofing, Inc. of Gillespie.

Ribbon Cutting at Bruhno's, Inc.

The Coal Country Chamber of Commerce welcomed their newest member and new owners of Bruhno's, Inc. at 203 Fisher Ave. in Sawyerville.
 Pictured from left to right: Mike Brill, CCCC Treasurer and co-owner of Hebenstreit Apartments; Kelcie Wooding, daughter of owner of Bruhno's; Curtis and Nyla Bruhn, parents of Matt; Owners of Bruhno's, Stacey and Matt Bruhn; Ruth Loveless, CCCC President and owner of Furniture Rescue; Natalie Johnson of Madison Communications; Ruth Miller, mother of Stacey; Jacob Hughes of Quality Flooring Co, Inc.
 Bruhno's is having their grand opening on Saturday, June 21st.

Coal Country Chamber of Commerce Tenth Annual Summer Concert Series

The Coal Country Chamber of Commerce Tenth Annual Summer Concert Series will bring music to our area again this year every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 3 in Benld City Park. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are 90 minutes straight through. Beginning at 6 p.m. the park is open and the concession stand is open to serve hot dogs, “big smokies”, Italian beef, soda and water, and strawberry shortcake sundaes.

The concerts, which bring crowds to the covered pavilion on the South side of the Benld City Park and the large expanse of lawn, are free to the public. Patrons regularly bring their own lawn chairs and enjoy the concerts rain or shine because we are under the pavilion. Parking is free and dancing is often enjoyed.

June 3—Scrap Iron and Gold
June 10—Dixie Dudes and Dance Band
June 17—River Ramblers
June 24---The SteamRollers
July 1—B & B Strings
July 8---Fireproof Band
July 15—The Fundamentals
July 22--Scrap Iron and Gold
July 29--Steve Davis, Memories of Elvis

The Summer Concert Series is a pleasure provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce. The sponsors are: 1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine Agent; the City of Benld; Country Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd Agent; Drew Ford; Daley Chevrolet-Pontiac-Buick; FNB -Benld Banking Center; Goodman Agency of Benld; John Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications; Magic Wand Car Wash of Benld; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie; Quality Flooring of Gillespie; Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling; Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent; Sullivan Drugs, Inc.; UCB - Gillespie; WSMI AM/FM WAOX Radio.

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218. Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can also be seen on our Facebook