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Swing City Baseball

Batter up! Swing City Baseball offers Camps and Player Development in Hampshire Area

Just in time for the summer season, Swing City Baseball opens in Hampshire to provide camps, coaching and comprehensive training for young players aged 8U through high school.

America’s favorite past time is growing in Hampshire with new opportunities for baseball and softball players to practice the fundamentals, increase their skills and become well-rounded athletes.

Joe Maskivish, owner of Swing City Baseball, has extensive experience in both coaching and playing baseball.  Originally from Ohio, Joe played baseball in grade school, high school and at West Liberty State College in West Virginia before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization where he played in the Minor Leagues for 8 years.

Joe has been coaching baseball for 14 years.  He has experience coaching both high school and college baseball and then began coaching his own children’s teams as they became old enough to play.  Joe started a travel team and then merged it with Pro Player in McHenry, IL. Currently, Joe is the head JV coach at Dundee Crown High School.

Swing City was created with the goal of assisting young players in becoming well-rounded athletes both on and off the field.  Its founder believes in emphasizing the simplicity of the game and allowing each athlete to find his or her strengths.

“We get back to the basics, along with stressing the mental side of the game, to give the athlete the most organic approach to becoming their very best,” Joe said.

“I believe in complete player development and provide instruction on the entirety of the game, so kids become complete players, not just one-position players.”

To that end, Swing City Baseball is offering summer camps for young players aged 8 to 13 years of age.  Swing City also specializes in offering personal sessions for individual players of any age.  

Each 8-session camp will run twice per week for 90 minutes.  Sessions will focus on baseball fundamentals. Camps begin June 2nd and are age specific.  Sign-ups are available for 8U-10U and 11U-13U players.

The personal sessions are focused on player development and offer a full discipline, constructive practice that caters to the needs of the individual.  Designed for the player looking to get to the next level, player development sessions target specifics and are open for 1-to 4 players.

To sign up for summer camps or player development sessions, visit the website at www.SwingCityBaseball.com or call Coach Joe at 224-605-8603 for more information.

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SNAP FITNESS: Grand Reopening Showcases Big Changes in Club

It doesn’t matter if you are a teen training for your sport, a senior looking to tone up or a body builder with competition goals, you will find a casual, comfortable place to work out at Snap Fitness.

Snap Fitness will be celebrating their grand re-opening on Saturday, May 15th from 12:30 pm to 3:30pm.  The official ribbon cutting will take place at 1:30pm.  The community is welcome to attend the grand opening.  There will be goody bags filled with flyers and giveaways from local business partners and supporters for visitors who stop in at the club. 

The new owners of the club are Rob and Susanne Cass of Hampshire.  Susanne, a resident since 1979, has worked as a sales executive in print sales and has an extensive background in advertising and marketing.  Rob, a member of the Lions Club, has lived in the village since 2009 and operates another Hampshire business, R C Machinery Sales.  The couple has one daughter, Kally; and two dogs, Daisey, and a basset hound they adopted from the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue called Jazz, who is the official club mascot.

The Cass’s had a goal and vision in mind for the gym when they purchased it in September of 2020. 

“We didn’t buy Snap just to own a business.  I had a vision for what that gym could be for this community,” Susanne said.

“Our members cross over multiple genres.  We cater to all ages and fitness levels.  We are a family gym.  We encourage people to come in and work out together.”

Their initial plans to repaint the interior quickly evolved into a major remodeling and expansion of the gym so they could offer space for classes, a turf area, and many new treadmills, ellipticals and other machines to expand the offerings of the gym.

Susanne said the community has embraced the new changes and the new energy of the gym.

“We have gotten a lot of support from other small businesses.  The businesses we have supported during Covid have come out to support us,” she said.

Among the new and expanded offerings, the owners are planning a 5k/Pub Crawl in September and are working with distributors to offer a line of supplements for their members.  They also plan on selling merchandise, offering more personal training, and fitness classes.  They also are interested in supporting the local community.

“It is really about the community.  We actively support local organizations like Live, Learn & Lead and the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, and hope to partner with the Booster Club at some point and will also offer a scholarship to high school seniors.

Snap Fitness is located in the Hampshire Commons strip mall at 111 W Oak Knoll Drive.  The facility is open 24 hours a day for members.  To find out more about joining the club, call (847) 683-3300 to make an appointment during staffed hours.

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Prairie View Farm Market

Celebrating 21 Years in Business

The spring planting season is almost here for the home gardener, but Prairie View Farm Market has been hard at work since February, carefully cultivating seedlings, starting vegetable plants and curating hanging baskets for their customers.

Cheryl Linnemann opened the garden center in April of 2000 with her husband, Dan, who is a life-long horticulturist and head grower for Goebbert’s.  Cheryl said she grew up gardening with her parents and grandparents, and as a teen, worked at both Tom’s and Goebbert’s farms.

Prairie View specializes in growing their own annuals, vegetables and about half of the perennials they offer at the garden center.  For buyers who are interested in planting shrubs, Cheryl said they offer local varieties that are grown in midwestern nurseries, so they are more likely to survive in Hampshire area soils and climate.

When Village subdivisions were being developed, Prairie View offered trees on-site, however, now that demand is lower, they sell their trees online, direct from the nursery. 

“We partner with Bower and Branch to provide almost any tree you may want,” Cheryl said.

Cheryl said the garden center is best known for their combo pots and basket arrangements.  They design these garden pots in-store and will do custom plantings.

“If a customer brings in a pot, we will fill it with the plants they request,” she said.

Cheryl said the company does not do landscaping or planting for customers but concentrates on the growing side of the business and works hard to control the quality of the products they sell.

“We want to control the quality of our products…how our pots are designed, how we manage and care for them to make the plants healthy and strong,” Cheryl said.

The garden center is fully stocked by May 1st, in time for Mother’s Day when, as Cheryl says, people come in to buy gifts, hanging baskets and pots for others.  She said, after Mother’s Day, people come in to buy for themselves to get plants for their gardens.

“Our end goal is to grow a quality product and make sure the customer is successful with the products they brought home.  We offer education and try to answer questions, so everyone is successful at gardening,” Cheryl said.

Prairie View also helps customers deal with weeds and garden pests that are affecting their soils and plants.

“If they have a problem, we will help.  People have brought in bugs and weeds in bags for us to identify.  We try to recommend something to help them,” She said.

Cheryl said she tries out all the plants in her own garden before selling a new type of plant to her customers.  She said plants do not make it into the shop unless they will grow well in our area.

“If it is too hard for me to grow, it’s not going to be something I’m going to sell because if I can’t grow it, it’s not going to be fun for anyone,” she said.

Prairie View Farm Market is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, and weekends from 9am to 5pm.  The center is located at 48W130 Route 72, just a mile west of State Street in Hampshire.  You can visit them on the web at www.prairieviewfarmmarket.com or call 847-683-4970.


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Elgin Symphony Orchestra

A sharpened focus brings ESO westward to include Hampshire area venue.

A sharpened focus brings ESO westward to include Hampshire area venue.

One does not normally associate a pumpkin farm with orchestral music, but two of the area’s prominent purveyors of these activities have teamed up in recent months to bring the symphonic music of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra to Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm and Apple Orchard.

The combination of an outdoor, socially distanced, venue with the sophistication of a professional orchestra provided the ESO with an opportunity perform for limited audiences during the covid-19 pandemic in 2020.  The idea for the partnership belongs to ESO’s Executive Director Erik Malmquist, who grew up in the Village of Hampshire, and thought that Goebbert’s farm might be able to offer a barn for the ESO to use for a concert.

“When I called, Jake (Goebbert) said he was building a new venue that was semi-enclosed.  When he gave me a tour, I knew we would be able to use the space for an event,” Malmquist said.

In September of 2020, the ESO brought in 32 musicians and an audience of 100 members and Symphony on the Farm was born.  This year, Malmquist says there will be six concerts offered as part of their Fridays on the Farm series.  The concerts will be offered in May, July and August-with both afternoon and evening performances each day.

Malmquist said his outreach to the western part of the county is part of a sharpened mission for the ESO.  The ESO shares space with the Elgin Chamber of Commerce and is taking a greater role in Elgin downtown advocacy.  The ESO has partnered with the Children’s Theater of Elgin in 2020 and plans to expand that partnership for the future.

The ESO has also joined the Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce to help build strong community relationships in this area as well.

“We want to be looked at as not only a classical music provider, but also as a community and social advocate.  We bring music to communities that might not have access to downtown Chicago to see performances.  We can offer that cultural experience to them close to home,” Malmquist said.

Malmquist grew up in the symphony, listening to major soloists and musical artists at home with his family.  His father, Joe Malmquist, was hired as a violinist for the ESO as they began their transition to become a fully professional orchestra in 1985.  He continued to play for them throughout his career. 

After graduating from Hampshire High School, Erik received his bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his master’s degree in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  More recently, Erik led a successful career in New York working as an agent, managing the careers of opera singers.  After traveling abroad in that position for 6 years, Erik accepted the position at the ESO in January of 2020.

The ESO was founded in 1950 and has been providing world class music to the Elgin area for the past 71 years.  The ESO is currently home to 65 contract musicians and plays in venues that include the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, The North Shore Center for the Arts in Skokie and the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. 

Malmquist said that the opportunity to bring this music to his hometown and other areas is important because so many of the ESO supporters are people from smaller towns like Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Maple Park and Gilberts. 

“We want to be present in the (Elgin) downtown, and we are very proud of the fact that we are playing in the west because we have many patrons in those areas.  It takes real community buy-in to support an orchestra,” he said.


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Climate Comfort Heating & Cooling

A small family business that cares.

Whether your furnace is on the fritz or your boiler is in need of repair, Climate Comfort Heating and Cooling is capable of handling all your HVAC needs.  From new construction and installations to repairs and routine maintenance, Climate Comfort has the experience, expertise and the customer-first focus you need for peace of mind.

Owners Tim and Cindy Sammarco opened Climate Comfort in January of 2020.  Tim has over twenty-three years of experience in the HAVC industry, having worked from the ground up in the business.

Tim began his career in 1997 assisting with installations and within 6 months, he became a lead installer at his former company for the next ten years. Tim then moved into the service department as head service tech for the following ten years. The remainder of his time there was spent as service manager and suburban area salesperson.

“I’ve worked every facet of the business for another company before deciding to open my open business,” Tim said.

The company primarily serves residential and light commercial customers in the communities of Hampshire, Pingree Grove and Huntley.  For customers interested in new construction HVAC projects or equipment replacement, Climate Comfort offers a wide range of installations options. They service and install Furnaces, Air conditioners, Boilers, ducted and ductless mini splits, radiant tubing installation for snow melt systems, Unico high velocity air conditioning (central air) for homes with radiant heat- whether it be hot water or steam heat, and a variety of other equipment.

Climate Comfort offers services that include seasonal routine maintenance, emergency service and installation of new or replacement equipment. They can also provide products that work with your furnace or air handler units that will enhance your indoor air quality I.E humidifiers, air filtration systems, plasma air purifiers, etc. The Sammarco’s pride themselves on being honest, reliable and on-time with fair pricing for the work they perform.

The company’s Comfort Care Plan is designed to help homeowners save some money and stay on track with routine maintenance of their equipment and is another way the company treats people like family. Give them a call to see how you can benefit from the Comfort Care plan.

The Sammarco’s have been a part of the Hampshire community for over 13 years.  They have two grown children who graduated from Hampshire High School.  They believe in giving back to the community that they call home.

“We always offer a 10% discount on a service call for active and retired military, police, firefighters and other first responders,” Cindy Said. 

The company also offers $200 off the cost of a brand-new furnace or boiler installation.  When you call Climate Comfort Heating & Cooling, a Comfort Advisor will come out and either fix or provide a recommendation for replacing equipment. 

Call for a free in-home consultation at 847-732-3576 or email tims@cchvac247.com for information.  You can visit Climate Comfort on the web at www.ClimateComfortHVAC.com or reach out to them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Climate-Comfort-Heating-and-Cooling.


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RE/MAX Deal Makers

Celebrating 5 Years in Business

RE/MAX Deal Makers is celebrating its 5th anniversary in the real estate business serving the Hampshire area and beyond.  If you are looking to put down roots, either for your home or commercial business, the team at RE/MAX can help find the right deal for you.

Before opening the RE/MAX office at 113 W Oak Knoll Drive, Bruce Burklow had been a part of his father’s business, which specialized in building homes and neighborhoods in the surrounding area since the 1960’s.  Bruce said he decided to get into the real estate business because it was a natural segue from the building work he had been doing.

“We were building properties and people would come up and say they needed a realtor.  I thought it would be great to open my own agency and continue to help people that way,” he said.

Bruce and Robbi opened their real estate business on April 8th, 2016.  The couple said they chose the RE/MAX franchise because of their recognizable brand as the number one seller of homes in the United States. 

“Their slogan is, ‘Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX,’ and we thought the notoriety of that reputation was one less thing that you have to explain to customers,” Bruce said.

While training for the franchise in Denver, Colorado, the couple had the opportunity to meet with RE/MAX founders and found them to be “down to earth” people who made them feel valued within the company.

“We knew the company had a heart and soul in it and they treated us as equals,” Robbi said.

“With RE/MAX, you are in business for yourself, but not by yourself.  The franchise gave us the support we needed, like a family.  You get so much training, we felt it was the best place to be,” Bruce said.    

Of the transition from builder to realtor, Bruce said there were parts he did not expect.

“It was the same, but different.  I like the relationships I have built and the friendships that being a realtor has created,” Bruce said.

RE/MAX Deal Makers is a full-service real estate office that offers service to home sellers and buyers as well as having a commercial division.  He said the commercial part was a natural progression for him in this business.

“I had a lot of commercial experience with the family business developing land.  We would buy a farm to develop with housing and end up with 10 acres across the front and we would develop that for commercial use,” Bruce said.

Bruce has worked in the Village since 1988.  He and Robbi have lived in Hampshire since 1993 and have raised their three children in the Village.

“We want to continue to grow our office and grow within this community, to establish relationships with people,” Robbi said.

For all you real estate needs, contact RE/MAX Deal Makers at Bruce.Burklow@gmail.com or call (847) 683-9200.  You can also visit their website at www.ILDealMakers.com.


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