Connect With John – December 24th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Merry Christmas…a day early!! After a week of untypically warm December weather, the temperature finally did drop to an appropriate Christmas time Fahrenheit…albeit no white Christmas. Still, it was 60 degrees last Monday, the day of the...

Connect With John – December 18th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Seven more shopping days left…Christmas is one week from today!! Seems like it’s getting here fast this year…maybe because of (for the most part), all the good December weather. Still (and I’m speaking to the guys here)…our number of...

Connect With John – December 11th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I learned a couple new words this week…both of which seem relevant for the times in which we are living. The first is doomscrolling – the practice of obsessively checking online news for updates, especially on social media feeds, with the...

Connect With John – December 4th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   With Thanksgiving in our rearview mirrors and the town officially lit for Christmas we are definitely into winter and the Holiday Season at this point…albeit I’ll take highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s all winter long if we can get...

Connect With John – November 27th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I hope your Thanksgiving was restful and you found plenty of blessings…in spite of COVID and all the craziness that is/has been 2020. Our Thanksgiving table was much smaller at our house than our usual affair…only 4 of us – my mom and son...

Connect With John – November 20th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Happy Friday to everyone…and to my blushing bride of 38-years Happy Anniversary. We were married on this day, a very mild and warm day, in November 1982…here is the before and after look!! It’s hard to believe where all those years...

Connect With John – November 13th 2020

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Happy Friday the 13th…I think most of 2020 has been bad luck!! I don’t know of anyone with paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th) but it certainly is a myth of being a harbinger of ill will and bad luck. Some think its origins are...

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...