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Business Notebook: New equipment at local YMCA

It’s that time of year again. People are adamant about sustaining their resolutions for the new year. Still carrying around all the good holiday food, many swear this will be the year they will drop the extra weight and get into shape.

Just in time to help, Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA has bought new equipment to entice those focused on a healthier lifestyle in 2014. The YMCA’s new state-of-the-art cardio equipment, worth more than $55,000, has arrived and is ready for use.

“Re-investing into our facility and equipment is important to us,” Healthy Lifestyles Director Shelley McCarty said. “We want to provide our members with the best line of equipment to support their health and wellness goals.”

The Octane LateralX is one of the new machines. An elliptical-inspired machine, it allows users to move in several directions on one machine. The lateral motion burns more calories and uses lower body muscles.

The Cybex Arc Trainer combines the benefits of three machines – an elliptical, cross trainer and stepper. The Octane Pro4700 is an upgraded elliptical machine that features an electronically adjustable stride length. Four new treadmills with an orthopedically correct running surface also have been added.

Membership at the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA has surpassed 3,000. Even if working out isn’t on your list of things to do, there are several other types of programs drawing people to the YM. Youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility programs are offered daily.

“We’re doing some very exciting things,” CEO Andy Thornton said. “It’s far beyond treadmills, ellipticals, basketball and swimming. We are focused on improving the quality of life for everyone in our community.”  

Free orientation sessions can be scheduled to learn more about the machines.

For more information, contact Shelley McCarty, Healthy Lifestyles director, at or 815-535-9622.

Barnet promoted by Illinois American Water

STERLING – Steve Barnet has been named operations superintendent of Illinois American Water’s Sterling District. Barnet previously served as chief plant operator in Sterling, a position he held for more than 15 years. He also served as the union steward in the Sterling District since 1990.

Barnet began his career with Northern Illinois Water Corp. in 1977, working in the field and as plant operator. He stayed on with Illinois American Water after the company’s acquisition of Northern Illinois Water Corp. in 2000. 

“I look forward to the leadership and contributions Steve will make in this new role. The experience he brings will help ensure continued high-quality water service to our customers,” said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water. 

Barnet is a certified Class B and Class C drinking water operator in Illinois. He also is certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health for specialized testing of water samples.

Barnet and his wife Sue are also active in the community. They have volunteered with new foster families throughout the area. They were foster parents for more than 10 years and were named Foster Parents of the Year in 1994.   

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing wastewater services to more than 1.2 million people. 

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