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Autumn events ready to take off

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

As summer comes to a close, we all wonder where it went so fast. Although the thought of summer being over can seem a little disappointing to some, there is much to be excited about.

A new year of school for students, teachers and parents is about to begin. New friends, new challenges and new seasons for sports and activities are all just beginning. It’s an exciting time for most when you think about the start of a new Huskie Football season, students preparing for their senior year and teachers preparing for a new year of fun with new students which are all part of the exciting times ahead.

As we welcome the new teachers to the school district and the new students to the area, we want to reach out to show them what a great community they are about to become a part of. The DeKalb Chamber will host its annual New Teachers Welcome Event at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The event will serve a variety of purposes including introducing the new teachers to the community, presenting them with a welcome bag from local businesses and organizations, and raising funds for scholarships for local students attending local colleges or trade schools.

Also, Northern Illinois University students will be moving back to DeKalb, so it’s time for the annual Taste of Northern event (formerly known as Huskie Bash). The area will see an influx of students and their families later this week and this event is a great way to welcome them to our community. This event shows the pride in being in the Huskie family and is a fun way to provide a snapshot of what the area has to offer. The DeKalb Chamber will be at the event handing out valuable information from our members and our office to help make these students more informed about the area.

With fall quickly approaching, it’s almost time to celebrate Oktoberfest. This year the DeKalb Chamber is helping celebrate a great year for the airport by hosting Oktoberfest at the DeKalb Airport. The airport has been honored as the 2013 Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. Also earlier this year, Tom Cleveland, director of the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame. The Oktoberfest event will offer food, refreshments and fun at the airport including free helicopter rides, a chance to experience flight simulators with Kishwaukee Education Consortium, an up-close opportunity to check out some planes and other special vehicles, and more from DeKalb Chamber members such as FunMe Events. It’s an event that will definitely be a blast for all adults that you won’t want to miss.

To find out more about any of these events, be sure to visit www.dekalb.org or give us a call at 815-756-6306.

• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

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