Zion-Benton News

Stories from the August 27, 2015 Issue


Focus Food Service opens in Trumpet Park

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

There’s a new business in town. Focus Food Service celebrated the opening of its new facility in Trumpet Park on Aug. 21 with a ribbon cutting, tours and lunch. The business is under the umbrella of Crown Brands, LLC, one of three companies owned by Crown.

Focus Food Service opened in the spec building in Trumpet Park located at 451 Trumpet Drive.

CEO Chris Baron said the commercial food service industry ships products around the world but primarily to the United States and Canada. Crown Brands has multiple distribution points: Los Angeles, New Jersey and Canada but wanted a central Midwest location.

He said the company looked at Nashville, Louisville and Indianapolisbut Zion has everything they need.

Focus Food Service provides small wares, kitchen wares like tongs, gadgets, and shelving for both wet and dry storage. The products are sold through independent representatives and dealer distribution. More...

Walk benefits Suicide Prevention Task Force

By Ginny Skweres

Zion-Benton News staff 

Suicide leaves tragedy in its wake and preventing it is a goal of the Waukegan Cares Foundation. The Foundation raised about $6,000 for the Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force with its third annual 'Wauk For Awareness' last week at Founders Park in Beach Park. The 5K event was preceded by opening remarks from Waukegan Alderman Sam Cunningham, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim.

Cunningham has been a part of the awareness movement since three Waukegan police officers took their own life in a two year span approximately four years ago, according to Det. Tom Granger. Both Curran and Nerheim have shown strong support for the cause as well. More...

Photo of the Week

The big day is here!

Elyanna Perez gets a very special send off to her first day of kindergarten from her mom Adriana and her dog “Necia.” She will attend Oak Crest School in Beach Park.


Girl Scout’s highest award

Kara Strathman earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by initiating and conducting a one-hour weekly craft session with residents at Rolling Hills Manor.

WH Summer Fair revisited

Howe teachers held an ice cream social to welcome back students and their
families. Pictured: The Herrera family - Tara, Victor, Destiny and Jamila - enjoyed ice cream as well as being together.

Library pool party

You know summer is winding down when the swimming pool closes. But before Port Shiloh Pool closed for the season,
children up to age 4 enjoyed one last splash at the Zion-Benton Public Library’s Read to the Rhythm Pool Party, a
reward for kids who read 1,000 minutes this summer.