Connect With John – June 12th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It’s hard/impossible to predict how historians will quantify the year 2020…and bear in mind the year is not yet half over. Regionally we started by winning the Super Bowl, then slipped into a national pandemic with shelter in place orders...

Connect With John – June 5th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   This has been a challenging week. I’ve been flat on my back with a pinched nerve…I am getting an MRI as you read this. In my life I have had broken ribs twice, a broken sternum and a pelvic bone…this is extremely painful. What causes this to...

Connect With John – May 29th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Activities and businesses are slowly restarting as we begin to learn to live with COVID. I continue to have anecdotal conversations with downtown businesses and they report activity is picking up and shoppers are slowly returning. Most...

Connect With John – May 22nd 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I hope you are planning a relaxing Memorial Day weekend…many are starting to reenter lives at different rates of speed…Cherry and I are entertaining our greater family at our house this weekend on Sunday – which forecasts to be a rainy...

Connect With John – May 15th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   The world is beginning to slowly reopen…including Ottawa. The governor yesterday created a half-step to her 3-Phase plan…so now instead of moving to Phase 2 on Monday, we are in Phase 1.5 of the now (assumed) 3.5 step phase plan of Ad Astra...

Connect With John – May 8th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I continue to be impressed with the community and our citizens’ efforts not only to help one another but also to stay positive…it is not easy! Hope House reports that while need has increased so have donations…several downtown businesses...