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Pere Marquette Lodge to Host 8th Annual Peach Festival
GRAFTON, IL, (, July 26, 2015 - There will be games afoot and plenty of peaches at the 8th Annual Peach Festival at the historic Pere Marquette Lodge, in Grafton, on Sunday, August 9, from 11am to 3pm.

Local peach growers from all over the area will be presenting their carefully tended peaches for visitors to sample and purchase. Festival goers can also pick up a variety of other fresh produce, shop craft vendors, enjoy live music, sample peach wine and grab some lunch in the Lodge Restaurant which is known for its perfectly prepared fried chicken.

Kids can participate in special activities while others can learn about the history of peach farming from a documentary that will be playing during the festival.

The Peach Festival will be one lucky person's ticket to a free nights stay. The rules are simple enough. Purchase a peach and enjoy the juicy mess until all that is left is a soggy pit. Then line up to make the toss. Land the pit in a colored cup and win a prize. Toss three into a specially designated cup and patrons can walk away with a free nights stay at the historic Pere Marquette Lodge.

The Lodge is a popular local tourist destination and is currently celebrating its 75th year in business after opening its doors in 1940. It was hand-built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is nestled in a beautiful 8,000 acre state park surrounded by a hikers paradise. Call 618-786-2331 for more information.

Construction Begins on Gateway East Distribution Center
Rendering of new Gateway Commerce Center being built at Gateway Commerce Center, courtesy TriStar Properties

Construction Begins on Gateway East Distribution Center
EDWARDSVILLE, IL, (, July 8, 2015 - TriStar Properties has begun construction of a $30 million, 717,060 square foot speculative distribution center at the Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville, Illinois,

The project will include development of the 53+ acre site and construction of a tilt-up distribution facility with 80 truck docks, a heat-reflective and energy efficient thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof and design/build mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. The Class A modern bulk building will have expansion capacities to more than 1,200,000 square feet.

The project is scheduled for completion in December 2015. Contegra Construction Company is providing general contracting services for the project, Gray Design is the project's architect. DTZ will provide leasing services for the Gateway East 717 distribution center.

The Gateway East 717 distribution center is the first warehouse facility to be located east of Interstate 255. It's construction opens an additional 700 acres of the 2,300 acre Gateway Commerce Center for development. With more than 10 million square feet of leased space, the master planned Gateway Commerce Center is the premier business distribution park in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Located at the intersection of Interstate 270 and Interstate 255 it is home to leading corporate tenants including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Dial Corporation, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics and Hershey.

Southwestern Illinois Captures Prestigious Abilene Trophy
EDWARDSVILLE, IL, (, April 19, 2015 - The coveted Abilene Trophy is returning to Southwestern Illinois for a second time in just three years in recognition of the extensive support demonstrated during 2014 for Scott Air Force Base's military members and their families.

Also known as the Air Mobility Command Community Support Award, the prestigious award is presented annually to recognize the community that provides the finest support to an Air Mobility Command unit. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois spearheaded this year's nomination on behalf of the St. Louis region, submitting an application that highlighted a series of "firsts" that really brought to life the depth of the region's ongoing commitment for the men and women at Scott.

In a release, Ellen Krohne, executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, stated "2014 was a remarkable year in "Scott Country," during which new programs, initiatives and milestones, combined with ongoing efforts, helped to build on the region's solid foundation of support for the men, women and families of Scott Air Force Base and further strengthened the unique bond we share."

"As with the win in 2013, it was widespread regional support that propelled us into the #1 slot again, and we thank the many individuals, businesses, organizations and communities whose continuing passion to serve our military families has us now looking forward to bringing the Abilene Trophy back to Scott Air Force Base."

Gerry Schuetzenhofer, chairman of the Leadership Council's Military Affairs Committee, commented, "It's impossible to truly understand the depth of the sacrifices made by the airmen of the Air Mobility Command Unit at Scott Air Force Base without walking in their combat boots. We are thankful for the Abilene Committee's consideration of our year of 'firsts' and the role they play in helping the heroes at Scott Air Force Base, and their families, to thrive."

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