I had to laugh when I opened my mail to read how one reader was able to get his glass shower doors so clean and sparkly that they looked like new. I had a can of his remedy sitting right there next to my computer.
It was on my desk because I had just used it to test the theory that WD-40 would waterproof my leather boots. Supposedly, WD-40 acts as a barrier so moisture can't seep into your shoes and get your socks wet.
Dear Mary: We bought a home not long ago, and the glass shower doors were so badly stained I actually thought the glass had become etched. But I wasn't ready to give up on them without a fight.
I took the doors off, thinking I could put more pressure on them if they were lying flat. Then I tried all the cleaners you've mentioned over the years, and then some. Still the spots remained. That's when I remembered what I had used on my car when I found a few spots of tar on it. The answer was WD-40.
I took the doors outside, covered my picnic table and then laid a door on it. Next, I sprayed the door with the WD-40 with the open spray ("straw" setting off), let it set a few minutes then just wiped it off with a paper towel. A couple of spots required more application. When done, I put some Blue Dawn in a bucket, used a sponge to soap it down, then leaned it against a fence, putting a wood block under it to keep it off the ground. I sprayed it with the water hose and allowed it to dry. Then I repeated the process on the other door. They looked great!
The only problem encountered was when I went to retrieve them, I discovered a bird had found one before me, but that was a simple cleanup.
Dear Randy: What a great idea to use WD-40 to clean those doors. Although we need to make it clear that had the glass become permanently etched, it is not likely that WD-40 could not have fixed the problem.
WD-40 is a great product. The blue and yellow can is about as familiar as anything. Banished to a shelf in the garage, most people assume WD-40 is only an automotive thing. Wrong! This stuff is amazing. And relatively cheap.
Most of us already know to use WD-40 to loosen bolts and fix squeaky door hinges. But there are quite possibly thousands more ways WD-40 can make our lives easier. Here are a few of my favorites:
Repel spiders and other bugs
Just spray some WD-40 on windowsills and other places spiders can get in. Wipe away the excess and that's it. It will keep spiders and other creepy crawlies away.
Clean greasy hands
When you're done with a messy job that got your hands all greasy, painty or sooty, spray them with a little WD-40. Wipe with a paper towel and then follow with soap and water. So much better than getting the sink super dirty.
Remove paint from leather
It happened to me once. I got paint on my jeans, didn't realize it and while it was still wet, got into the car. Yep. Paint on the leather seat. A quick spray of WD-40 followed by a soft, clean rag took that paint away in a flash -- and didn't leave a trace. Took it out of my pants, too.
Clean up crayon marks
Whether they're on the walls of your home or your clothes dryer, WD-40 works like a dream to soften crayon marks, making them easy to remove. Always test first, especially if that wall happens to be wallpapered.
Free stuck dishware
Do you ever get a small bowl or drinking glass hopelessly stuck inside one that is slightly larger? A quick spray of WD-40 just might be all you need to get them unstuck. Give it a try!
As for the boots? Yes! In my test, WD-40 did make my boots repel water and snow, so my feet stayed nice and dry.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENTS: A look at promotions, new job titles, honors in the Decatur region
First Mid Insurance Group earn Diamond Achiever Award in Illinois
MATTOON — First Mid Insurance Group has been named Illinois’ 2020 Diamond Achiever by Frankenmuth Insurance.
The annual award is presented to the highest performing agency based on set criteria including length of appointment, profitability, growth, and policy retention. Each year, the top Frankenmuth agencies receive the Diamond Achiever award in recognition of their outstanding accomplishment.
“We truly value our partnership with First Mid Insurance Group and are pleased to present their management team and staff with our Diamond Achiever award,” said Frankenmuth Insurance President and COO Fred Edmond. “This recognition exemplifies their commitment to providing quality, professional insurance products and services to our mutual clients.”
The results achieved by the team at First Mid Insurance Group helped the agency become one of the most successful among Frankenmuth Insurance’s more than 700 independent agencies.
"This award is a testament to our team's hard work, collaboration with our key partners like Frankenmuth Insurance, and dedication to our mutual customers," said First Mid Insurance Group CEO Clay Dean. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Frankenmuth Insurance and thank them for this recognition."
First Mid Insurance Group has been licensed with Frankenmuth Insurance since 2016 and is recognized as one of the carrier’s Partner independent insurance agencies.
First Mid Insurance Group has been committed to helping customers with risk management solutions for over 100 years and is the largest community bankowned insurance broker in Illinois with offices based in six communities. For more information, visit www.firstmidinsurance.com.
Keith W. Casteel to lead State Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section Council.
DECATUR — Keith W. Casteel of Decatur has been named chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section Council.
The mission of the ISBA Agricultural Law Section Council includes: (1) monitoring developments in the various legal fields that are applicable to farming and agribusiness; and (2) improving the knowledge and professional abilities of lawyers through continuing legal educational programs and publications.
Casteel is an attorney with Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson & Sly, LLP in Decatur.
Christopher W. Byron of Edwardsville is the council’s vice chair and James R. Myers of Vandalia is its secretary.
The Illinois State Bar Association is a not-for-profit voluntary-membership association, composed of more than 28,000 lawyer members.
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Jenner Ag inducted into The Great Game of Business Hall of Fame
HARRISTOWN — The Great Game of Business, Inc. inducted Jenner Ag into the Hall of Fame at its Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Each year the Great Game community honors and celebrates the achievements of companies from around the globe that have fully embraced the principles of open-book management and demonstrated outstanding results. The Hall of Fame honors organizations that have operated using the principles of open-book management for more than a decade with lasting, proven results, and have demonstrated a willingness to spread the word on open-book management in order to help others succeed.
“After 10 years of Great Game play, it’s a true accomplishment to be a member of the Hall of Fame,” says Steve Jones, President of Jenner Ag. “We have learned so much along the way about how all associates can be taught to understand the financial numbers behind the business and have seen how that understanding can make huge impacts on the direction of financials.”
Jenner Ag is celebrating its 60th year of business and its tenth year as a Great Game of Business company. The company is one of the Great Game’s few two-time All-Star Award winners and has been nominated for multiple consecutive years.
Jenner Ag has served the agriculture industries in Illinois and Indiana as a leading provider of application equipment, including Case IH, New Leader, Raven and more. The company supports Central Illinois farmers and garden enthusiasts with Case IH, Kubota, Land Pride and eXmark products, and helps producers revolutionize their operations with the latest technology through Jenner Precision, partnering with Ag Leader, Precision Planting, 360 Yield Center and more.
Locations include Harristown, Taylorville and Fairbury, Illinois, with mobile service techs on the road throughout Illinois and Indiana.
For more information visit www.jennerag.com.
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Land of Lincoln Credit Unions announces promotions
DECATUR — Land of Lincoln Credit Union is pleased to announce the promotions of several staff members to new positions in our Decatur offices.
Holly Bateman has been promoted to branch operations manager at the Mound Road–Decatur branch. Bateman has been an LLCU employee for eight years and has also held the title of teller, lead teller, member service representative, loan officer and administrative loan assistant.
Alicia Leonard has been promoted to collections supervisor and will oversee operations within the LLCU Collections Department. Leonard has been an LLCU employee for 12 years and has served in multiple positions including teller, lead teller and collections assistant.
Jeshae Ali has been promoted to the position of universal banker at our Mound Road branch. Ali has been with LLCU for one year. She will be assisting members with opening accounts, account inquiries, and product/service assistance.
“We are extremely lucky to have such a strong pool of talent within our organization to be able to look within our team to fill these roles,” state Jeri Conaway, LLCU vice president of Member Services. “These promotions will serve the LLCU team well, but most importantly, our members will greatly benefit from the outstanding service these three will be providing daily.”
Land of Lincoln Credit Union was founded in 1947. As a full-service financial institution, LLCU serves over 30,000 members. Membership in LLCU is open to anyone who lives or works in 27 Illinois counties and their immediate family members. Land of Lincoln Credit Union offers 12 convenient locations in 8 cities to best serve the needs of its membership. As a part of the CO-OP shared branching network, members also have access to over 5,000 branches and 30,000 ATM locations nationwide.
For more information, visit us online at llcu.org or call us toll free at 1-844-222-7788.
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Primrose of Decatur named Community of the Year
DECATUR — Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C. has named Primrose of Decatur one of its Communities of the Year.
“Each year, we recognize Primrose communities across the company who have excelled at fulfilling our mission of creating happy and healthy living environments for our senior population. This award is a reflection of the team members who are passionate about working together to provide person-centered lifestyles to their residents. We are proud to honor Primrose of Decatur with this award for 2020,” said President of Primrose Retirement Communities, BJ Schaefbauer.
Primrose Retirement Community of Decatur consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, 32 assisted living apartment homes, and 12 townhome villas.
Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities across the country which specialize in personalized services and resident-focused care. The mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create happy and healthy living environments for seniors. Since the opening of the first Primrose community in Aberdeen in 1991, Primrose has grown to include over 40 locations in 19 states.
Josh Chamblin joins First Mid Wealth Management
DECATUR — First Mid Wealth Management is pleased to welcome Josh Chamblin to their financial advisor team.
Chamblin has been advising individuals and businesses in the Decatur community for the past four years. In addition to his tailored financial planning, investment strategy, and retirement solutions advice, Chamblin’s clients most appreciate the personal service they receive from him and his consultative approach to helping them make informed investment decisions.
Chamblin is a Decatur native and a military veteran. He served eight years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to working his way through college. Chamblin has associate, bachelor, and master degrees in Business Administration. He earned his MBA at Millikin University. Chamblin is also active in the community as a member of the Decatur Municipal Band, the Small Business Executive Committee of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, the Marine Corps League, and the Mount Zion Council of the Knights of Columbus. Prior to joining First Mid, he was a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in Decatur.
“We are excited to have Josh join our team in Decatur,” says Brad Beesley, president and CEO of First Mid Wealth Management. “We have been looking to expand our team in Decatur to help our customers succeed in meeting their financial goals, and with Josh onboard, his dedication and experience will only add more value to the team. I am confident that our customers are in great hands.”
Hickory Point promotes Lourash to assistant VP
DECATUR — Hickory Point Bank has announced that Judy Lourash has been promoted to assistant vice president, Mortgage Lending, for the Decatur area.
“Judy exemplifies Hickory Point Bank’s dedication to client relationships, and is a perfect partner to continue helping families seeking home loans,” said Peggy Myers, senior vice president, Mortgage Lending. “We look forward to Judy providing the same great service clients have come to expect.”
Lourash, a life-long resident of Decatur, joined the bank in 2010. She is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and involved with Block by Block, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and Good Samaritan Inn.
Lourash is located at Hickory Point Bank, 225 N. Water St., Decatur, IL 62523, and may be reached at 217-859-6136.
Tina Owens names VP of operations at Children’s Museum of Illinois
DECATUR — Decatur native Tina Owens was recently named vice president of operations at Children’s Museum of Illinois.
Owens is a graduate of Richland Community College and Millikin University. She has over 15 years of experience working with area youth-oriented nonprofits, as well as for-profit organizations, having previously worked with Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Macon Resources Bright Start Program, PDI (Professional Development Institute), and Decatur Public Schools. She currently serves on the board for the Decatur Township Youth Council.
Abby Koester, museum president and CEO, said Owens is a great fit for the museum. “We have what I consider to be one of the strongest creative teams this museum has ever had. With Tina, I believe we will now be equally strong on the administration side.”
Owens says she looks forward to contributing to the museum’s forward momentum. “I know they got the wind knocked out of them from the pandemic, so to be able to jump in and help set the direction for the future is exciting,” says Owens.
For more information about the museum, go to CMofIL.org or call 217-423-5437.