Connect With John- July 23rd 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   We are officially living in the “dog days of summer” right now…from July 3 to August 11 are the actual dates of the “dog days”. Most use the term to refer to hot, sultry days not fit for a dog…but it really refers to the period between the...

Connect With John- July 16th 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Summer is almost half gone and we are steaming towards the beginning of school…in less than a month. Time seems to be flying by! And in this week’s bad news, the number of local residents infected with the Delta variant of COVID continues to...

Connect With John- July 9th 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Hope you had a happy and safe July 4th which included both relaxation and celebration. The Chautauqua Festival was very celebratory in Forest Park…turtle races, water balloon toss and 3-legged races got the activities started. There was also...

Connect With John- July 2nd 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   This has been an interesting summer…we’ve gone from monsoon to drought to monsoon all in a period of about 45-days!! When farming, I always figured if you could get a couple of inches of rain the last week of June or the first week of July...

Connect With John- June 25th 2021

Dear Chamber Supporter:   This has been a little bit different week for me. First, I had a great Father’s Day weekend…here are a few pictures. Cherry and I had Royals tickets Friday night…saw a win and great fireworks on a beautiful evening. Sunday, the Florys and our...

Connect With John- June 18th 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Happy hot Friday!! It seems early in the summer to have such hot temperatures…not even officially summer yet. Cherry and I are going to need to start watering our garden. I know it hasn’t even been a month since I was complaining about too...

Connect With John – June 11th 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   While not official for another 10-days, summer got here this week…and really, it feels pretty good. I think this is the first week we’ve had no rain in months…which probably means we’ll be begging for rain in another couple weeks. Such is...

Connect With John – June 4th 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   This is the weather we’ve all been waiting on…finally here this week!! And not a moment too soon with kids out of school and summer activities kicking in full throttle. Speaking of summer activities, this weekend there will be plenty...

Connect With John – May 28th 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Memorial Day weekend is always the “unofficial official” beginning of summer…originally designated to remember all who have given their lives in service to our country, it has long since morphed into a weekend to honor and...

Connect With John – May 21st 2021

Dear Chamber Supporters:   What a rainy week…my rain gauge had over 7 inches of rain (7.2 exactly) from last Saturday until this morning. The river dikes came in handy again for our community…once again we need to remember and thank the leaders who went before us,...