Morton Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council
Morton Matters Newsletter
October 2016

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Unity Point Clinic Morton

October 27
4:30 - 6:00 pm

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Chamber Board Members
Bill Aupperle
Brian Cross
Jamie Durdel
Nick Esser
Nick Graff
Lindsay Hall
Barbara Heer
Shelly Hunt, Treas.
Mary Jane Johnson, Past Pres.
Darren Martin, Pres.
Aaron Miller
David Mills
Tim Mueller
Alissa Williams
David Zern, Vice Pres.
150% Club Members
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Ackerman Consulting 
Ackerman Farms
Alltrust Financial Management
Apostolic Christian Counseling & Family Services
Apostolic Christian Restmo r
Barbara Heer, Broker
Benckendorf & Benckendorf PC
Billy Daniel Excavating 
Blain's Farm & Fleet
Brandon Wood Retirement Center
Carius Dairy Queen
Childers Door Service of Central IL
China Dragon
ClearPath IT Solutions
CMFS Group
Colby Natural Health 
Coldwell Banker Commercial
CORE Construction
Country Financial
Craig H. Barley
Crossroads Concrete
Culver's of Morton
David Mills CPA LLC
David W. Kinsinger DDS
Deputy Duct, Div. ATC Insulators
Elevate Church
Firehouse Pizza
Grimm Bros. Trucking
Heartland Bank & Trust
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
Heavenly Express
Hometown Title Inc.
I llinois Business Financial Services
JA ROECKER Architecture/Structures
Jim Maloof Realtor
Jim Yordy 
Keach Architectural Design
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Kuhl Insurance
Lennie's Quality Meat Shop 
Libby's Pumpkin
Lighthouse Buick GMC
Liquor Station
Marie Fisk, Realtor
Marion Manufacturing
Markley's Pest Elimination
Massage with Pauline
McDonald's of Morton
Menold Construction & Restoration
Merlin Birky 
Midstate College
Mike Murphy Ford 
Mike Yordy Excavating & Land Improvement
Millennia Prof. Services 
Mohr & Kerr Engineering
Morton Audiology & Hearing Aid Center
Morton Buildings
Morton Collision Repair
Morton Dental Center
Morton Financial Services
Morton Knights of Columbus
Morton Rentals LLC
Morton Unit School Dist. 709
Morton Villa Healthcare & Rehab Centre
Oak Lawn Mobile Estates
Old Smokey's BBQ 
PC Doctor Computer Consulting
Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo
Ranson & Ranson Dental
Reading, Rhyming & Romping Preschool
Relax Inn
Reliant Auto Glass
Renewal by Anderson of Central IL
Riverview Senior Living Community
RMH Foods
Robert Schnarr
Rocke's Meats Ltd
Schooner's of Morton
Sherwin Williams
Stephens Electric 
The Iona Group 
The Prassas Co./Morton
Town Centre
The Whisler Agency 
Thomas E. Davies PC
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Unity Point Clinic Proctor First Care
Until He Return Prophetic Bible Ministries
Village of Morton
Walmart of Morton 
Web Services 
W. Central IL Bldg. & Construction Trades Council 
Witzig Financial Services 
Wm. Aupperle & Sons 
Yinlun USA
Yogi's Super Liquors

Trick or Treat Main Street!

The Morton Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting a spooktacular event aimed at bringing families to downtown Morton to shop, eat and Trick or Treat!

Our fourth annual Trick or Treat Main Street, sponsored by McDonald's, will be held on Friday, October 28 from 3 to 6 pm. The Best Decorated Business will receive a traveling trophy and a Chamber advertising package worth $500. The Best Costumed Employee will receive $50 in Chamber Checks.

New this year: If you would like to include your business in a coupon flyer promotion, provide details on the registration page. We will handle design, printing, and distribution. 

The Chamber encourages all downtown Chamber member merchants to participate in this event by staying open until 6 pm, handing out candy, and offering a special activity, menu, or sale at your business. Please register your business using the link above so we can promote your business.
Morton Community Prayer Breakfast
The 2016 Morton Community Prayer Breakfast will be on Wednesday, October 12, at Embassy Suites in East Peoria.  Guest speaker is Cal Thomas. With a twice-weekly column appearing in hundreds of newspapers, he is one of the most widely read and one of the most highly regarded voices on the American political scene. He is a Fox News contributor and is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors.

Register Online. Tickets an also be purchased at any of the three Morton Community Bank locations in Morton. 
Festival Follow Up
Thank you to everyone who helped make 2016 a fantastic celebration of the 50th Annual Pumpkin Festival! The support we receive is why this is such an amazing community event. We are already thinking about how to make next year even better.

If you haven't done so, we would love to hear your feedback. Please take a moment and complete our   online festival survey.
Festival Theme Shirts
The Pumpkin Store Online is taking orders for the 2016 Adult Theme shirt and the Adult Baseball Jersey shirt until Friday, October 7. Shirts will be available for pick up starting Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
Festival Commemorative Books and Coasters
We have the commemorative books sold at festival available in the Chamber office. Get your copy of "Morton Pumpkin Festival Celebrating 50 Years" for $10 each while supplies last.

We also have commemorative Libby's coasters for sale. They are $7 each or two for $12.

Pumpkin Festival Documentary
"The Golden Pumpkin, Celebrating 50 Years On the Vine", a new WTVP, public media production, will be shown at a special screening on Thursday, October 20 at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center in Morton. The doors will open at 6:30 pm with remarks at 7:00. The 30 minute show will begin at 7:15. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  Tickets will be available starting October 6 at
The documentary will be broadcast on WTVP on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 pm.
Chamber Welcomes New Member for September
Water service, purification and sales.
Business Briefs

BikeConnect HOI, a regional bicycle planning process being led by Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, is holding an Open House on Wednesday, October 5 from 4 to 7 pm at the Gateway Building in downtown Peoria. Come anytime and stay as long as you'd like.

Season tickets are now available for the 2016-17 Morton Fine Arts Winter Concert Series. View the schedule and order online at

The Morton Tourism Association is hosting Punkin Chuckin on October 15 and 16 at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Roads.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Executive Director Carol Merna is pleased to announce long-time employee Joyce DeRenzy has been named The Center's new Associate Executive Director.
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