Connect With John – April 17th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Is anyone getting tired of “used” sports, movies and Coronavirus news?!? It seems our routines are relegated in new fashion to television or computer screens. I can’t wait to greet people in normal fashion, shake hands and not feel like I’m...

Connect With John – April 10th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It was a week ago the moving vans pulled into our farm driveway on a cold, icy Friday morning. At that point we were as ready as we could be to begin loading the vans and packing 38 years of collections, memories and possessions into 2 vans...

Connect With John – April 3rd 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Greetings again as we continue to “shelter in place” another week…at least it is possible to go outdoors and enjoy spring weather (most of the week it was)! I mowed our lawn the first time and appreciated the smell of fresh cut grass. We are...

Connect With John – March 27th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Week 2 of a scenario none of us could have predicted and with which we are all learning to live. I hope the sunshine for a couple of days made everyone feel a little better…it did me – at least we know spring is coming and so is a return to...

Connect With John – March 20th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Unfathomable circumstances of the impending pandemic continue to envelop us…and this was only week 1. I hope you are healthy and safe…and maybe while happy is not a correct describer at least content and cheerful in nature. All are...

Connect With John – March 13th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Wow…what a crazy week! Can anyone remember a time or incident which has caused so much change of lifestyle in such a short time? In the last 24 hours we have seen the widespread cancellations of the NCAA Tournament, the NHL and NBA seasons...

Connect With John – March 6th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Now this is the weather we’ve been waiting for…and it looks like it’s here for an extended stay. I’m not saying we won’t have a last burst of winter but this early warm up is very enjoyable!! So nice not to have to put on a coat when...

Connect With John – February 28th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Admittedly it was a little tough to come home and return to temperature reality…several days in sunny Arizona is good for the soul but reentry isn’t fun. Cherry and I landed Tuesday afternoon to chilly temps and cloudy weather. Glum after 5...

Connect With John – February 21st 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Hello from sunny Surprise, Arizona…I came into the Southwest town yesterday (Thursday) to participate in Ottawa University board meetings. The temp was 82 degrees here when I landed. There are several from the City of Ottawa here besides...

Connect With John – February 14th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Happy Valentine’s Day…hope you remembered your valentine today (it’s not too late)! The cold temperatures makes it good weather to snuggle with your valentine!! Cherry and I exchanged cards and small gifts…always to remind us how important...