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Antioch towing company owner to be inducted into International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Perry Shusta. Photo from his Facebook page.

The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee announced that it has selected seven recognized towing industry professionals for induction into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame, Class of 2019.

The 2019 induction ceremony, which celebrates its 33rd year, will honor:

  • Perry Shusta, owner of Arrowhead Towing & Recovery, Antioch, California, previously president of the California Tow Truck Association, who is a heavy-duty recovery instructor.
  • Quinn Piening, head of Central Tow & Transport in Fremont, California, president of the California Tow Truck Association.
  • John Coupland of Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, who has spent a lifetime in the towing and recovery field, earning a Britannia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
  • Michael Cherry, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, a towing and recovery equipment expert formerly associated with Jerr-Dan Corp.
  • Jamie Davis, Hope, British Columbia, Canada, the face of the Discovery Channel TV show Highway Thru Hell, about heavy-duty rescue along the Coquihalla Highway.
  • George Kuntz of Bismarck, North Dakota, owner of Ace 24 Hour Towing and Berg’s Towing and Crane Service, who has nearly 60 years of industry service.
  • Glenn Landau of Fryer’s Towing Service in Daytona Beach, Florida, president of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida.

Each inductee was nominated by members of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum for their many contributions to the towing and recovery industry, as well as service to their communities. Criteria for selection include towing equipment product innovation, exemplary dedication, industry leadership and professional achievement.

“Our Hall of Fame is not about single events but about celebrating those who have worked hard to support and grow our industry’s professionalism,” says Bill Gratzianna, president of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. “This year’s group of inductees is no exception, as they are known for their work on behalf of the industry and their leadership inside and outside of towing and recovery.”

The Class of 2019 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held on October 12, 2019, at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga. A full weekend of activities is planned to celebrate the Class of 2019. For more information on the induction ceremony visit towingmuseum.com.

About ITRHFM

The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, houses an array of exhibits showcasing the history of the towing and recovery industry. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan and Weaver. The Museum includes a theater, a library and a gift shop. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Wall of the Fallen Memorial, located on the grounds of the Museum, is dedicated to towing operators who have died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women who have died in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups.

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Virtual Dementia Tour at TreVista Antioch Thursday, Aug. 29

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

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Free credit repair workshop in Brentwood Thursday, Aug. 22

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Limited space available. Visit https://thecreditsolutionsgroup.eventbrite.com/ to register.

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2019 Antioch People’s Choice Awards voting has been extended until Aug. 16

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Download and print out copies of the front and back of the ballot, below.

2019 Antioch People’s Choice Ballot_Page_1 Extended

2019 Antioch People’s Choice Ballot_Page_2

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Staples store in Antioch to close Aug. 16, no plans to relocate

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Herald file photo.

By Allen Payton

Posts on Facebook, including a photo of a receipt from the Staples store in Antioch with a message, that the store will be closing on August 16th have been verified by city staff.

In response to an email to city officials asking about the matter, City of Antioch Economic Development Director Kwame Reed wrote, “The store is closing on August 16th.  It is a disappointment to see another retailer close.  Unfortunately, I have inquired with other shopping center owners that do not feel adding a store like Staples will provide the longevity in a tenant they are looking for.  Staples did not renew their lease because of ongoing building improvements that weren’t addressed, and the landlord found a tenant that would do the improvements themselves (according to the Staples store manager).  Unfortunately, Staples sales have been declining steadily over the past four years.  Many people and companies are purchasing items online instead of in the store.”

Antioch Councilman Lamar Thorpe also responded with, “Yes, that is correct. And no, they don’t want to move to Brentwood. They’d prefer to stay in Antioch. (Economic Development Manager) Lizeht (Zepeda) has reached out to them to figure out how we can help keep them here.”

However, Reed later wrote, “I just spoke with a Staples representative at their corporate office and ‘Staples made a decision to reduce their retail footprint due to online sales’ and according to her knowledge, they have no plans to relocate the store nor do they have any new openings planned.’”

UPDATE: In a follow up email, Reed was asked if a health club will be locating there.

“That is according to the store manager however, corporates official statement is they are reducing their retail footprint due to increases in online sales,” he replied. “And yes, a fitness center is proposed but I have not heard officially yet.”

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New alternative and holistic health service business now open in Antioch

Friday, July 19th, 2019

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Like a phoenix, Paula’s Family Florist reopens in Antioch after arson fire

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Owner Paula Franchetto-Trotta (center in white top), was joined by her family and staff, Mayor Sean Wright, Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock, City Clerk Arne Simonsen and J.R Wilson of the Delta Veterans Group to cut the ribbon for the Grand Re-Opening of her florist on Saturday, June 1st.

Article & Photo by Allen Payton

After rebuilding from an arson fire in December 2017, Paula’s Family Florist in the Little Yellow House at 1412 A Street in Antioch, is open again.

Following the ribbon cutting, J.R. Wilson of Delta Veterans Group presented Paula with a plaque in honor of her contributions to the Stand Down on the Delta.

“Congratulations,” said Mayor Sean Wright. “God does things in mysterious ways. You guys are in an awesome place. The blessings coming to you are many that wouldn’t have been. We’re so excited to see the Little Yellow House back.”

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Antioch Chamber of Commerce monthly Mixer at County Market Thursday, July 25

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: This ad, published in the July issue of the Antioch Herald, inadvertently had the incorrect date. The event is on Thursday, July 25 not July 5. Apologies.

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