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It's great to have communications with someone, unlike my previous encounters. RiverBender.com is the best, so is Wendy! 


Jim Meyer
Meyer Jewelry Studio

The Strategic Plan document is finished and posted on the MCHS website.  I could not be more happy with the way it turned out!!!!  Thank you for your help.  Kari did an amazing job.  She was so responsive and easy to work with.  Much appreciated!


Beth Holtz
Marquette Catholic High School

Thanks again for running the Nowlin case over last weekend.  Several additional victims came forward and cited your online publication as the source they read prompting their call to us. 

Kris Tharp
Madison County Sheriff's Office
Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis

We absolutely LOVE our website! Shane was so easy to work with and was very accommodating. I recommend them every chance I get.

Stephanie Wheeler
Alton Physical Therapy

I wanted to take a quick minute to thank you for the great job you did on the article and the video on Jonny's Day. It was definitely a pleasure to work with you!

Thank you again for your professionalism in sharing such a great story!

Kathleen R. Landess
Vice President of Jersey State Bank

I am writing to both endorse and recommend RiverBender as a provider of Web Site Development and Search Engine Optimization.. The best measure of success for me is, the amount of web traffic that Riverbenber has steered to us. Before we had RiverBender prepared our Web Site and SEO we where lucky to get 100 users a month. Soon after RiverBender completed our project our hits skyrocketed. We now have around 1000 hits per month with nearly 80% new users.

The team at RiverBender has been courteous and helpful in all aspects in growing our web presence. Thank you RiverBender.

Thomas Neumann
President Harmony Homes of Illinois

Andy's Auto Body and Andy's Tire and Auto Service would like to give a HUGE 'Thank You' to Wendy and the RiverBender.com team. They designed and built our new websites and we couldn't be any happier with the finished product. Wendy was there to help with any and everything that we needed and always went above and beyond to make sure that all of our needs were met. Even after the website's completion, we still get a tremendous amount of support from the entire team. Keep up the great work!!

Andy's Auto Body and Andy's Tire and Auto Service

When our company needed to create a website and to do some local advertising, I decided to call Riverbender.com for some information. My contact was Wendy Wickenhauser. The following day we had a meeting to discuss our options. Within a week we had our website up and running along with our ads on Riverbender.com. The process was very smooth and professional. Wendy always keeps in touch to see if we need to do any changes to the ad or website, or to let us know of any new offers from Riverbender, and it only takes a day or two to have them done. We are very pleased with Riverbender and their staff. It is a cost efficient way to get out to the people of the Riverbend. Give them a call, you won't be disappointed.

Dave H.
Genes Appliance Heating and A/C

Jacoby Arts Center in Alton recently needed to redesign their website and arrange for a new service provider. After considerable searching we decide to work with Riverbender.com and Wendy Wickenhauser on our project. Since we are an arts organization it was especially important to us that the design be both creative and functional and we were very pleased with the results. The staff at Riverbender has been very helpful and understanding of our needs. The design and training that was provided was professionally done and I would recommend them highly!

Ron Abraham, Executive Director
Jacoby Arts Center

Thanks, Wendy and the Riverbender team for all of your help in the creation of our new website. We are very pleased with how it all came together. It was very important to us that we have a site that was unique to us and we feel that your design team captured what we were looking for. We will gladly recommend you and Riverbender.com to anyone looking to build a website.

Dan's Garage Door Service

I have been working with Riverbender.com for the last two years with my organization Senior Services Plus. Riverbender.com worked closely with us on the redesign of our website, and continues to work closely with us as we continue to grow our online presence. Their commitment to customer services as well as their proactive approach to educating us on how to get more out of our website has lead to us continuing our relationship with Riverbender.com

I would recommend Riverbender.com to businesses in the area, because they are a local business, that works with you on a personal level, to reach your World Wide Web goals.

Justin Jaffry

I just want to thank you for all the help you've given me over the past 8 years. Working with you for advertising, my website, and unusual campaigns has been a pleasure. You have helped me with many issues and seem endlessly patient. I hope we will work together for another 8 years.

Janet Kolar

Thank you for selling my truck in less than one day! :)

Kathy Henderson

Howdy Gang. I want to thank you for all of the support you've shown recently to Alton High Varsity Hockey. I'm the dad of Alex Rubin (and one of the guys doing the play-by-play) and I've got to tell you I'm having more fun doing these games (and watching them over and over again) than I've had in a long time! The kids love the fact that they're being broadcasted and the fans are thrilled to watch the replays as well. You do a very professional job and I've taken it under my wing to promote www.riverbender.com at every opportunity through social media and daily conversations I have with people around the metro area. Keep coming out, I will try to rally more $ from parents to broadcast upcoming games. We really are enjoying the season because of you! Thanks again....JR

John R.

To Whom It May Concern: After much frustration and annoyance with the Telegraph (in particular, the website), a friend told me about the Riverbender. What a relief to find a local site that is user-friendly and so much more informative about local news and events! Thank you, Riverbender! Keep up the good work! You have another fan!


Your site is terrific! Much better than the telegragh for local news, etc. Enjoy the recipes and the SPLASH! weekly article. Keep up the good work!

Gay Hausman

Thanks for everything - you and your team are absolutely awesome! We're all thrilled with how clean & modern this site looks compared to our last one :)

Jennifer M Kanieski
Cub Radio, Inc.

Cub Radio

Thanks for the recipes; I enjoy them and hope you save them on your site for us. enjoy your newsletter and have purchased toys from an ad.

Marguerite Seaton

The staff at Riverbender.com has exemplified outstanding customer service in regard to my advertising and website design. As a local business owner, I strongly recommend their services for your business.

Patrick G. King
King Law Firm, LLC

Wendy Wickenhauser has been my rep from Riverbender.com for the past few years. She has taken our completely outdated website and turned it into something that has been a great tool for our customers. The enhancements have greatly increased the traffic on our site and overall business. When choosing a remodeler customer's are often bombarded by fly by night companies that do not have a website at all; our website helps us differentiate ourselves as a reputable and trustworthy company. She does a fantastic job and helps us constantly update and tweak things on the site. I couldn't be happier with the work the Riverbender has done.

Thank you so much!

Ashley Babcock
Eagle Home Improvement

Needing a complete overhaul of my website my search began for a new host/design/advertiser..I could not find that many companies that would accommodate ALL of my needs. Riverbender has been a great tool for my business. Riverbender was able to design me a new website which I have had a lot of compliments on. They were able to set it up where I can access the site to update with new pictures, info, etc... The traffic that I am getting on my lot has definitely increased. I can verify that by the number of customers that tell us that they have seen a particular trailer or a sale ad on Riverbender. Support has been great! If I needed something Wendy was right there to assist me. I am 110 % completely satisfied with everything Riverbender has done for me.

Daecus Vance
Sales Manager/Manager
Colman's Country Camper's
# 2 Fun St | Hartford, IL 62048

THANK YOU! I love my site and more importantly my clients love it as well. It makes working on vacation worthwhile. Thanks for all the attention through my many changes, indecisions and the Loopnet delay - you guys are the absolute best! John, you're okay as well!

From a non-programmer or graphic artist perspective, you captured exactly what I wanted and brought it to life. I wish I had your talent level more consistently in doing what I do! I am forever grateful!

Doug Peters, MBA
The Doug Peters Group
Strano Commercial

Just another BIG THANK YOU to you both! I am so proud at the way the video turned out! Exactly as I had hoped! We are getting tons of positive feedback and requests for copies! I am thrilled! I know it is on the Riverbender.com site, when will it be on our ad?

Thank you both so much for making this a fun and easy process!

Stacey - Saint Clare's Villa

ANOTHER item sold on riverbender.com...thanks again!...The Riverbend's best website...hands down with a thumbs up too.

Rick Reidt

Hi RB'er..... I have sold a couple of my items on RB & just wanted to thank you for allowing me to advertise some of my personal items for sale. I always talk up your site to all I know in our area. I even got a phone call from Cal for one of my items! The site is really smartly designed-easy to navigate & pleasing to the eyes as well. Anyway, thanks again...... your staff is doing a great job & keep up the good work.

Rick Reidt

Thank you so much....... You are my new way to view what is going on in the town....I didn't even know what the Riverbender is, until a friend told me about you yesterday. I am not easily impressed, but you impressed me. Riverbender has my full support and I will pass you along to everyone I know. Thank you again so very very much. Each morning you will be my first stop.

Cristy Crider

I just want to thank you for the fabulous website you have - in particular the free classifieds. I had a house full of furniture I needed to get rid of quickly. Twenty-four hours later, it's all gone, thanks to the ad on your site.

Gayle Huebener

Thank you very much for your free service. My lawn mower that I listed was spoken for within an hour.

Joe Friedel

I will do anything to promote Riverbender.com! Mike was outstanding at jumping into action to help me avert disaster and Kari's design for the TransitionsCounselingServices.com site are a hit.

I'll do my best to drive more people to the site and cross promote much better.

Debby Edelman
PR Director
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services

I am writing to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for the City of Alton. When I initially approached you about possibly updating our website and becoming our email provider, I had no idea what I was actually asking of you. At that point, I only knew enough about the process to be dangerous.

You were more than willing to meet with our department heads and let us discuss our concerns and desires. From that meeting, it was agreed that you would redo our website and give us email support as soon as our contract with Clearpages expired. You were quite the bargain as it turned out; you updated our website and all department webpages for 50% less than we paid for the original website 10 years ago! You also agreed to a monthly maintenance fee equal to the amount we had been paying our previous vendor. In turn, we agreed that our facilities might be able to provide Riverbender.com with some marketing opportunities as long as they were tied into some of the City's programs and services. I think it's obvious that we both have benefited from the arrangement.

As treasurer of the City, I appreciate the service you are providing. You are using your time and talent in a way that is benefiting the whole Alton community. For that, I thank you.

With Gratitude,

Cindy Roth
City Treasurer
City of Alton, IL

I am excited about the upcoming season and your involvement with the Legion summer season. As you are aware we are host to the 5th division playoffs slated for mid July. We are also bidding on the Regional Tournament for 2010. Having Riverbender involved with these high profile playoff tournaments also allows Riverbender to help promote the Alton Region outside of its boarders As a coach i find the video option that Riverbender provides not just as an entertainment choice, but more as a teaching tool. Its a great opportunity to review with the players, and use the power of the video image to help correct not only the individual play, but the teams play as well .I feel that having Riverbender being involved at the park, helping to promote athletic participation for the youth of this region is very powerful.

Many communities do not have this kind of opportunity available, and not to explore it full potential would be cheating the youth of this community.

Good luck let me know what i can do to help

Dennis Sharp
American Legion Post 126 Baseball General Manager

You people at RIVERBENDER.COM are great! The ad looks really good and ties in to the web site, wonderfully......! I think I like this better than the first way.

And for the price..........even better!


Susan L. Sehr
SLS Photo Designs

Thank you so very much for the video footage on your web site and all the pictures that you took last Thursday evening.

I know Brenda Moore has been in touch with you already but we are so grateful for your help in promoting our '1st Annual Reflections of Style' fashion show.

The communities support means so very much to us!

Angela Valdes
Development Director
Community Hope Center

Thank you very much Dawn for being of help. I am going to be gone on vacation and I wanted to get these events on your calendar before I go. So now I will feel secure that you will add the two addition for Nov. & Dec. and I will not have to worry about it.

I pass the word along to many people stating how blessed we are that Riverbender.com gives us this opportunity to display our animals. It really helps us in finding loving homes for animals that may have not been used to love.



Have already had a response to the great ad your team created ! KUDOS

Thanks Again!

Denis Ridgeway

Last week I was able to view the complete video of the Alton High 2008 graduation ceremony. It was wonderful to see and brought back many memories. Thank you very, very much for making that video available on your web site.

Bob Koch, AHS class of 1965
Urbana, Illinois

Thank you so much for broadcasting the 2008 Alton High School Graduation Ceremony. We are grandparents to one of the students and are living in Ukraine. It was Wonderful to see our grand daughter. She was one of the Platinum Alphas and it was great to be there to see all this.

Joe and Carole

The web site looks great! The investors have seen the site and they were very happy! In fact the administrator of the Hospital here in Jerseyville would like to contact you in regards to possibly producing a web site for them.

Robin McIntyre
E.F. Carpenters Restaurant

Hi John. Tammy Whitley here. I recently found your web site and am very pleased with it. I just wanted to share with you how easy I found it to be to use and how helpful, also.
I scrolled through the classified, sort of looking at jobs, then glanced through the wanted section, mostly out of curiosity. I found an ad where someone was seeking an item I had. The item was just sitting around here, collecting dust. I contacted the lady from the ad, she emailed me back, and we got together in a few days time. She got what she wanted, I made $20 off of something that was really just an extra to me, and everyone was happy. Even living about 30 minutes away didn't really matter, as my parents live in Wood River, so I was traveling that way anyway, and set up to meet in Alton with the lady from the ad. All in all, a definite win for everybody.
With gas prices the way they are these days, shopping locally (using common sense) is more important than ever. Thanks for a great web site, very easy to use (I hesitate to say user-friendly, as I just really dislike that overused term!), comprehensive coverage, nice area calendars with local events, good coverage of what is happening in our general area, and even free email. What more could a person want?
Actually, I do have a suggestion. Under the drop-down menu, where the categories are listed, is there a way to add sub-categories? I thought of a few that weren't included, such as financial, under services, and investigations, under services, and energy-related, under services. This came to my attention, as I, myself, offer some of these services. I am an information specialist, doing business as Benld News Service. I offer many specialized services, such as those mentioned above and more. I am interested in knowing more about placing an ad for my business on your site. Please contact me with information regarding advertising with you. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration, Sincerely,

Tammy Whitley

Thank you for sharing your business experiences with our SCORE volunteers. Success is the end goal for SCORE and the volunteers are attuned to that end. Many times our success is stopping an individual from making a bad business decision before going into business or assisting an in-business individual or firm who is experiencing problems. Your story is perhaps the ultimate "success story" for anyone. Congratulations on past and present successes.

Richard E. Rook


Thank you so much for your video of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" at MCHS. My son Chris was Adam in the production. We appreciate you making the video available. Thanks even more for your support of Marquette and all of the RiverBend!

Mary Jo Kratschmer


I was wondering if you're planning on having live video of the regional game between Alton and Edwardsville on Friday night. The video of last friday's game was amazing, and I'm really hoping to be able to watch this next one. My brother is on the Redbirds, but I'm in New Orleans and unfortunately can't see it person. I would love to be able to watch it online, though. If you could please have video of it, it would make my whole weekend. I love your web site! Thanks.



Dear Riverbender;
I am a new member. I love your site and the service you provide.... Your free classified section is great!

Stephen Steffan
Florissant, MO


Hi John,
Please tell Kari and Mike that our web site is incredible and I'm so impressed in how quickly the site was finished! Thanks so much for the amazing work and I've really enjoyed getting to know you all through this process...

All the best,


Riverbender Staff,
I just visited your web site again and think it's the best! I'm from Alton but have lived in the Milwaukee area for over 30 years. Your site keeps me updated and still makes me feel like I'm back home. Thank you for the wonderful reading.

Ray Miller,

Hales Corners, WI


I have attended almost all of the Alton High games this year, even away games. I was unable to get a ticket to tonight's game and was really disappointed until someone told me about your site.

I hooked my computer up to my big screen tv and it was like watching a pro game.

THANK YOU so much for making this available. You have a new FAN. Again, THANK YOU.

Rickie Cox


I was among the many who could not get a ticket for the recently sold out Alton-Edwardsville HS boys basketball game. I would like to commend WBGZ Radio and Riverbender.com who enabled me to watch and hear the game via the internet. Great job, it was the next best thing to being there.

Bruno Dosso


Just wanted to thank you for your service. I sold my furniture and received the price I wanted.

Jean Luchtefeld
Edwardsville, IL


Thank you so much Dawn...I'm just learning this area and - obviously - I have a lot of learning to do...HOWEVER, I did enjoy looking over the Riverbender site while I was on it and forwarded a link to my husband (he's totally in to the Mississippi River)...thank you again for your help...AND, I will pass along the link to others who I know like all info river-related...

Jeanie Seibert

Dear Dan,

Thank you so very much for the way you covered the Marquette St. Baldrick's event. I searched every paper and could not find one that put anything in about the event mentioning the boys. The others focused solely on the girl. You and your crew did an excellent job. The moms from St. Mary's were the ones who told me you covered the boys and my JC was in there! This could not mean more to this little guy. He just lost his father on Feb. 13. I am printing it out now for him to have. Thank you for giving those boys their moment and not just the girl. You are what true reporting is about, thank you for being that person.

Cozette Carlisle