Connect With John – August 16th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It is starting to feel like summer is winding down…students go back to school today, Ottawa University students are back in town, even the temperatures the past couple of days have been, shall we say, not oppressive…and, of course the Chiefs...

Connect With John – August 9th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It was just a week ago we were reeling from the devastating 10-inch rain which drowned our community. The official word is the storm concentrated on an area beginning at Lone Star in Douglas County south to about Rock Creek Road in Franklin...

Connect With John – August 2nd 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   What a time Thursday was…a week’s worth of activity in a day!! For me it started with water in our basement…I woke Cherry up at 6:00 a.m. with the water rising fast…already past 6″. For the most part we have kept things out and...

Connect With John – July 26th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I enjoy taking a walk in the evening before going to bed…being outside under the stars where no artificial ambient light affects the stars’ brightness and brilliance if cathartic for me. This past week the weather has been...

Connect With John – July 19th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I enjoyed going to the Franklin County Fair this week…typical fair weather – hot, hot, hot!! I must admit however it causes memories to flood my mind when attending the fair and walking around the grounds. When our children were growing up,...

Connect With John – July 12th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Summer is moving along quickly…the 4th of July and the All-Star Game are both once again celebrated and over; and the heat is (finally) beginning to build in – albeit this is a cooler, wetter summer by most standards. Cherry and I have...

Connect With John – July 5th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It was officially Americana in Ottawa, Kansas last night…what a great afternoon and evening. The States United are officially 243 years old and the Republic still stands…and locally we had a great celebration!! Forest Park was filled with...

Connect With John – June 28th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It feels like we are truly moving into summer this week…warm temps (luckily the humidity hasn’t been too bad yet). Not much chance of rain in the extended forecast…only those pop-up afternoon thunderstorms are forecast intermittently. The...

Connect With John – June 21st 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I hope all dads had a good Father’s Day last Sunday…mine was very relaxing. I slept in, we watched church online and in the afternoon I took a nap while watching the Royals…that was perfect for me. We did have a birthday party Sunday...

Connect With John – June 14th 2019

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I’m having a hard time believing it’s the middle of June already…time is just flying by. It’s a crazy year with all the moisture and (for the most part) cool weather. Cherry and I finally got our garden planted this week…albeit we had it...