Lombard Pharmacy recognized as ‘Most Valuable Pharmacy’ in the country by Bonnie MacKay Some experiences are ones you will never forget, and for one Lombard businessman, the events of Friday afternoon in San Diego added a new page to his memory book. “It’s one of those experiences that you won’t forget,” said Craig Kueltzo, pharmacist and owner of Lombard HealthMart Pharmacy, 805 S. Main St. On June 26, Kueltzo and his family were in San Diego to attend the Independent Pharmacy Conference, where he received a crystal trophy recognizing Lombard HealthMart Pharmacy as the Most Valuable Pharmacy (MVP). But the fun and games did not start there, he explained. In mid-June, representatives from the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative paid a visit to Lombard’s oldest independent pharmacy, complete with balloons, a cameraman and the news that the pharmacy had been selected to receive the MVP award. “Everybody here knew about it other than me,” he quipped, saying that there was a crowd of people in the pharmacy including staff and family when the announcement was made. While Kueltzo accepted the award in San Diego, he is quick to point out that it was not him who was recognized, but the pharmacy and its staff. “It’s the store,” he said, adding that all the employees “are flying high.” Kueltzo, 68, began working in a drug store, near 79th and Ashland in Chicago, at the age of 15. He remembers working for 75¢ an hour stocking shelves and clerking. “I liked what I saw,” he said, adding that he thought it would be a good job for him as he liked to help people. Although his mother wanted him to work for Walgreens as one of his uncles did, Kueltzo said he said he always wanted to own his own business. According to Kueltzo, he graduated from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy “many moons ago.” In an earlier interview he related that 90 percent of the drugs today were not around when he got out of school. “In our profession, it’s a constant learning experience,” he said. Kueltzo has owned the pharmacy since 1974 and remembers at that time there were numerous independent pharmacies in Lombard. Over the years that number has dwindled, and today Lombard HealthMart Pharmacy is Lombard’s oldest independent drug store. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world and my employees feel the same,” Kueltzo said. He related that as part of his management style he likes to change things as it keeps everyone alert. “We don’t want to make this job routine,” he said. As part of the recognition, Kueltzo and his family were flown out to San Diego where he said he “felt like a celebrity” when he was presented the MVP award during the annual meeting of the cooperative. “I don’t get too nervous,” he said, “but I was kind of nervous.” He had to speak before the group of about 600 people, which he said “is not hard for me to do.” “Each one of you deserve this just as much as me,” he said to the group, adding that so many of the people in attendance are people he’s known over the years. “It’s been a longtime association,” he said, adding that he’s attended 30 to 35 conferences during his career. After the award presentation, Kueltzo said people he knew and people he didn’t know gathered around to congratulate him. Although Kueltzo was the only representative of the pharmacy at the event, he said he wished that was not the case. “I wish I could take them all [his staff] with me and take them all up on stage,” he said prior to the conference. However, the staff will be celebrating also as part of the recognition the pharmacy received money to have a party for all the employees. In addition, a donation will be made to the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Kueltzo’s name. “This is not me, this is us,” he said. “They all earned it.”
Correction A photo caption in the June 24 edition of “Out and About” incorrectly stated that Jeff Esat was pictured with his wife, Jamila. The woman in the photo was a client being helped by Jeff Esat.
Lombard police to hold roadside safety checkpoint July 3 The Lombard Police Department will be conducting a roadside safety checkpoint on Friday, July 3, as part of a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that is currently in effect through July 5. The intensified enforcement against impaired drivers and seat belt law violators is being held in an effort to minimize the disproportionate number of traffic deaths caused by alcohol and failure to buckle up during overnight hours on holiday weekends. Seat belt violations include passengers. Lombard Police held a similar roadside safety checkpoint on Aug. 29, 2014, as part of the Labor Day Weekend Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. This checkpoint resulted in officers stopping 298 cars with one DUI arrest, two arrests for cannabis and drug paraphernalia, two seat belt citations, six arrests for driving with a suspended/revoked license and five arrests for driving without a license. Simple ways to avoid endangering your life and the lives of others include establishing a designated driver or to take a cab if you have been consuming alcohol and to buckle up whenever you get in a car.
Asphalt patching, resurfacing slated for St. Charles and Grace Street Construction to begin July 6, weather permitting The Village of Lombard’s contractor will resurface East St. Charles Road from Westmore-Meyers Road to Grace Street, and Grace Street from Prairie Avenue to Washington Boulevard, beginning Monday, July 6, weather permitting. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. However, delays are to be expected due to partial lane closures. Construction will affect travel through the intersection of St. Charles Road and Grace Street, including pedestrian traffic. Trucks and other heavy equipment will be entering and leaving the work zones. Cell phones are not permitted within work zones. The work will take place over the next two months. Drainage structures will be adjusted and deteriorated concrete will be replaced prior to paving. Asphalt work includes grinding down existing asphalt pavement, patching where necessary and the placement of two layers of new asphalt. Signs will be posted prior to construction to guide the motoring and travelling public. Residents and business owners in the work zones will receive newsletters via mail or hand delivery. Visit www.VillageofLombard.org/notifyme to sign up to receive timely updates regarding construction. Updates are available on the village Web site at http://www.villageoflombard.org/4367/Asphalt-Paving-Patching. For more information, contact Lombard Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-620-5740.
Village of Lombard to hold Summer Blood Drive on July 8 The Village of Lombard has hosted 133 blood drives with Heartland Blood Centers since 1988 and is seeking blood donors to help save lives at its upcoming Summer Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 8. The village blood drives have collected 12,374 units of blood, resulting in a potential of 37,122 lives saved. “It’s important to remember that the need for blood doesn’t take a summer vacation,” said Carol Bauer, the village’s blood drive coordinator. “Every three seconds, someone needs blood and the donations collected by the Village of Lombard blood drives have helped save the lives of thousands of people in Illinois and Indiana. You can make a life- changing impact in someone’s life by donating on July 8.” The blood drive will be held at two locations, Yorktown Center and the Lombard Village Hall. Donors may give blood from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Yorktown Entrance 5 and from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the village hall, 255 E. Wilson. All donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of ice cream from Culver’s as a part of their “give a pint, get a pint” promotion. Donors also will receive a Target gift card and will be entered to win a Yorktown gift card. Also, Heartland Blood Centers is holding a raffle for five scholarships. Students between the ages of 17 and 21, may donate blood for an opportunity to win one of the five $1,000 scholarships. In addition, a family member or friend may donate blood in the student’s name and the student can be entered into the raffle to win one of the five $1,000 scholarships. A scholarship form must be presented at the blood drive. Forms will be available at the blood drive or may be obtained online at www.heartlandbc.org. For questions or to make an appointment for the summer blood drive, contact Bauer at 630-620-5712 or bauerc@villageof lombard.org. A photo ID must be presented when donating blood.
Fire department reminders on fireworks use, safety As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Lombard Fire Department would like to remind residents of safety tips and Illinois laws related to fireworks, and to warn of the risk of injury associated with firework use. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year, to users and bystanders alike. Last year in Illinois, there were 96 emergency room treated fireworks injuries, the majority resulting in first and second degree burns and lacerations, with 14 percent of those injured requiring hospitalization. The Lombard Fire Department reminds residents that fireworks are not toys, but devices designed to reach high temperatures, burn, spark, explode and launch. They are unpredictable by nature and dangerous for nonprofessional users. Well-known types of fireworks, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, are not allowed in Illinois under state regulations. Discharging of these fireworks is not only dangerous, but also a violation of state law and village ordinances. Novelty fireworks, such as snakes, sparklers and party-poppers are not regulated by the state. While legal, sparklers present a serious danger because of the high temperature of the wire during and after its use. Sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and remain extremely hot long after the sparks have stopped. Many children are injured each year by sparklers and children playing with novelty fireworks must be closely supervised by adults to prevent injury. The National Safety Council advises that the best way to safely enjoy this Fourth of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if using novelty fireworks, be sure to follow these important safety tips: • Never allow young children to handle fireworks. • Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision. • Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials. • Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after lighting. • Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being used. • Never ignite devices in a container. • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. Anyone with questions about fireworks safety or regulations in the Village of Lombard can contact Fire Marshal Chuck Riforgiate at email@example.com or 630-873-4576.
Former Lombardian returns to her roots to launch new downtown business by Linda Sullivan Stories abound of former Lombard residents who have achieved success and moved on. Vicki Kaiser’s story begins with the same happy Lombard childhood. Like the usual stories, it includes success away from home: a career on Wall Street in the go-go ’80s and a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Her story ends no less happily, but it ends differently. Kaiser turned her back on those successes to search for a life with more satisfying goals than money and fame. A three-month cross country bicycle ride, hours and months of prayer and meditation and a set of serendipitous circumstances, led her back to Lombard a year ago, where she opened a yoga studio, Shoucha. Shoucha, which means purity, moves to its new location in downtown Lombard at Main Street and St. Charles today, July 1, with a grand opening slated for July 8. The youngest of five children, she is the daughter of Bill and Donna Kaiser. Her father was a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and director of the Lombard-Villa Park Food Pantry. “I loved my childhood in Lombard,” Vicki said. “We put baseball cards in our bicycle spokes, took swimming, played in open fields across the street. I joined the Ponytail and Lassie softball leagues and was on the pompon squad at Glenbard East. In Lombard, I was taught respect for others and to do the right thing. But I always wanted to leave; we were raised to leave. To my dad it was a measure of our achievement that we would go.” Two years ago, living in Colorado, Kaiser realized her parents were facing their last years and she wanted not only to be there for them, but also her brother, Jeff. By this time, Kaiser had left a promising career as a systems analyst at Bear Sterns. “I did not want to be the kind of person you had to be to have success on Wall Street,” she said. She was happily continuing her Ayurvedic medicine and yoga studies in Colorado after receiving her practitioner’s certification at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., when she made up her mind to come home. “I had so much respect for my mom and dad,” she said. “It wasn’t a choice after all they had done to support me. It all comes down to choosing to live to your higher self.” When both her parents passed away, Kaiser was looking forward to moving to Pennsylvania to teach yoga and practice Ayurvedic medicine in conjunction with her friend’s homeopathic medicine practice. She never went. “I again became rooted in the community while caring for my parents and transitioning Jeff so Lombard once again became ‘home.’ Then, as so often happens to individuals with a regular yoga practice, something happened. As I was instructing my final practicum class to further my Yoga Teacher Training, I was so moved as I witnessed the entire class in tree pose–it was as if I saw everyone’s divinity and the ‘interconnectedness’ of us all. The morning after I returned from the training, I went to downtown Lombard to find a space. I was certain this is what I wanted to do. It is my way to give back that which the town has given me.” Through Shoucha Yoga studio, Kaiser has already touched the lives of many. She understands the needs of her yoga students–women and men, young adults to seniors, people who work, care for families or are retired. She is able to customize her classes to challenge those experienced in yoga and support those new to yoga, while fostering a community that values health, vitality and caring. For Kaiser, her studio’s move to its new downtown home is part of creating community around yoga. “Yoga means union, the joining of mind, body, spirit. I remember downtown being a place of community–the dime store, Henderson's, Zitt’s Pet Shop and Koll’s Bakery, to name a few. It was all interconnected and accessible by foot or bike. I’m looking forward to helping create that connectedness of community by working with downtown businesses. Many of my students here are looking forward to a cup of tea, coffee, wine or a bite to eat to continue sharing the community they experienced in the class with their fellow “yogis,” Kaiser said. As part of giving back to the community, she has been trained by G.I. Yoga developed by Operation Support Our Troops-America to work with veterans with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). She plans to offer free classes to veterans and their families. Beginning in July, students can bring in non-perishables for the Lombard-Villa Park Food Pantry when they attend her free Gentle Yoga class. She offers free classes the second Sunday of every month to the whole community. “I am not in the business of yoga, I am in the service of yoga,” Kaiser said. For more information, visit the Shoucha Yoga Web site at www.shouchayoga.com. Editor’s note: Linda Sullivan wrote for the Lombardian and Villa Park Review in the ‘80s.
Lombard Historical Commission seeks to give Heritage Awards Do you know someone who is committed to historic preservation? Someone who has worked to keep old stories and traditions alive by sharing them with others? Someone who has restored an old building or worked to keep an existing historic building in good shape? The Lombard Historical Commission is seeking nominations for the William J. Mueller Heritage Award. The award recognizes individuals, organizations, projects and programs that demonstrate a commitment to historic preservation. In doing so, the historical commission hopes to inspire others to preserve, protect and promote Lombard’s historic heritage. There are six possible award categories: • Adaptive use/rehabilitation: Conversion of a historic structure for a new or compatible use while retaining its architectural integrity. • Advocacy/education: An effective campaign to save a historic resource or an innovative program, publication or media initiative that communicates the value of historic preservation to the general public. • Leadership/Stewardship: An individual, private organization or joint partnership that has championed historic preservation, planning or public policy in the community. This category also includes the thoughtful maintenance and/or continued use of a historic resource by its owner(s). • Lifetime Achievement: Professional or volunteer individual who has contributed to the preservation movement over the length of his or her career. • New construction: Sensitive new design project built within the existing scale of a historic area. Contemporary designs accepted and encouraged. • Restoration: Removing incompatible alterations and reconstructing missing elements to reflect a building’s historic appearance in a given era. Projects must have been completed within the geographical boundaries of Lombard within the last five years. Projects will be judged according to their impact on the community, quality and degree of difficulty, and the degree to which they serve as an example of excellence in historic preservation and influence others. Nominations should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Lombard Historical Commission, c/o Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave., Lombard, IL 60148 no later than July 31. Nomination forms and complete instructions are available at Lombard Village Hall and on the Village of Lombard Web site at http://www.villageoflombard.org/documentcenter/view/14661.
Lombard sends aid to assist after Coal City tornado The Village of Lombard provided public works equipment and staff to Coal City, as part of disaster relief efforts currently under way, due to a damaging tornado that impacted the city on June 23. Lombard Public Works is providing equipment and staff to the relief efforts of Coal City, from Monday, June 29 through today, July 1, as part of the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network (IPWMAN). Requested assistance includes personnel for clearing of debris; equipment, including 3 dump trucks; and a skid steer loader with grapple attachment, used for the removal of trees and debris. The half-mile-wide tornado that impacted Coal City was classified as an EF2 tornado with wind speeds of 160 mph, and caused extensive structural damage to houses, uprooted large trees and blocked main roads with debris. Lombard assistance will focus primarily on the removal of debris. For more information, contact Director of Public Works Carl Goldsmith at 630-620-5766.
Lombard firefighters get ‘stork pins’ for special delivery On Thursday, June 18, Lombard Fire Lieutenant and EMS Officer, Frank Gallione presented a stork award to firefighters Tim Hillesheim, John Studnicka, Dale Farris, Joe Kaforski, Lt. Tony Sally and Sgt. Dave Kundrot for their assistance of a successful emergency baby delivery in January of 2015. Joanna Koppang went into labor while riding a train on the Metra west train line to Wheaton, where her husband was waiting to take her to the hospital. Koppang’s labor progressed quickly and she was forced to exit the train in Lombard, before the Wheaton stop. Lombard Fire Department crews were dispatched to the scene to provide medical assistance to Koppang during her emergency birth. Lombard firefighters are required to be cross-trained as paramedics in order to provide immediate emergency medical treatment when responding to calls. These Lombard firefighters used their paramedic training to react quickly to this medical emergency. Koppang’s baby was delivered safely in a Lombard ambulance, with the assistance of the awarded Lombard firefighters.
Koppang and her family helped present the stork awards to the firefighters involved with the birth of her daughter. “These firefighters handled a very tense situation,” said Gallione. “Thanks to these guys for a wonderful job and the successful delivery of baby Abby.”
Free shuttle buses for fireworks on July 4 The Village of Lombard will be hosting a Fourth of July fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, at Madison Meadow park, in lieu of the Taste of Lombard. Free shuttle bus transportation to and from designated parking locations will be provided. The shuttle buses will pick up and drop off from three locations: Madison School, 150 W. Madison St.; Pleasant Lane School, 401 N. Main St.; and Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St. Pick-ups from these locations will all go directly to the fireworks display location at Madison Meadow park. Bus locations are indicated with banners, and exact pick-up and drop-off locations are also marked with signs. A handicap-accessible bus will be available. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. The Lombard Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors to the event to be conscious of temporary “No Parking” signs. Violators of posted parking signs will be subject to ticketing. Violators will be towed at their expense. Members of the Lombard Police Department will maintain crowd control within Madison Meadow park and be stationed at strategic intersections to assist in traffic and crowd control. The police department will vigorously enforce all state and local laws—in particular the use of firecrackers and drinking alcohol in the park. The fire department will post a rescue ambulance and one of its fire trucks inside the park to handle injuries or fire situations. For more information on parking and details about this event, visit the village’s Web site at www.Villageof Lombard.org/FourthofJuly.