Connect With John – November 6th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Hope you had a happy and safe Halloween…I enjoyed the warm weather and particularly the full moon – it was so bright last Saturday. For all the creative pictures you’ve seen depicting a witch, bats or a raven flying across the light of a...

Connect With John – October 30th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   After enduring a few days of winter this last week the forecast going forward looks beautiful…I was hoping we’d get one last stretch of autumn before winter sets in for good. It certainly was a cold day last Saturday for Ottawa Main Street...

Connect With John – October 23rd 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It was different waking up to thunder and lightning this morning and temperatures in the 30’s…especially after a near 90-degree day on Thursday. Generally I think we expect fast changing weather this time a year…I guess one last day of...

Connect With John – October 16th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Our COVID-dominated lives continue…for the most part we get up, go to work and come home. For all practical purposes most autumn festivals and events which fill our spare time in a normal fall have been cancelled. Ottawa Main Street...

Connect With John – October 9th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I hope everyone is enjoying the amazing trees and the enjoyable weather…what a beautiful autumn!! It’s a little hard to fathom others are experiencing hurricanes and wildfires while we get absolute perfect fall weather. It will be our turn...

Connect With John – October 2nd 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   First thing on my phone at 4:30 this morning – President Trump and wife Melania have tested positive for COVID -19…WOW! This is big…no telling where we go from here. Another peculiar twist in a completely bizarre election cycle. The debate...

Connect With John – September 25th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   On Tuesday, we officially slipped into fall…it’s easy to tell the days are shortening and leaves are turning. Most of the hummingbirds which fly around our deck and hummingbird feeder have headed south for the winter. It was a cool, fall...

Connect With John – September 18th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I’m sure most realize all the haze in our air is smoke from the west coast…what a deal – those fires out there. Instead of those high blue autumn skies we expect on a fall day in Kansas, we are having hazy almost smoggy days. I feel...

Connect With John – September 11th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Win #1…the Chiefs looked good last night! Maybe a little rust but not much…for the most part they resumed play from their last game on February 2 (the Super Bowl!!) playing at a high level! For me it was a great respite in the middle of all...

Connect With John – September 4th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Labor Day weekend is here…later than normal since this year with September starting on a Tuesday…and with it the start of the NFL season. Historically the NFL plays it’s first game the Thursday following Labor Day. I’m sure many had doubts...