The Montpelier Area Chamber of Commerce began discussing plans for Bean Days at the monthly meeting March 8, 2013, at the Chamber office in downtown Montpelier. The annual event will be held on July 19 and 20 this year. As always, beans will be served downtown on that Friday evening and will be judged for the most popular, and the best beans. Chamber members were asked to think about a theme for the event and parade, and to decide what sort of activities would be fun for village residents during the event.
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Shirley Fry was present at the meeting to discuss Children and Family First. The organization has been sponsoring an annual day where families are encouraged to stay home, turn off electronics, and sit down and spend time together. In Bryan, Ohio, the organization has named the first Monday in October to honor families, but they are now trying to get other towns in the county to participate. This would be an evening when there would be no sports events scheduled, no club meetings and no church events. Focus will be on the family and spending time with one’s children.
The Chamber board members approved the minutes of the February meeting and the financial report. The Chamber is currently operating with a positive bank balance as all of the apartments upstairs from the office are rented.
Representing the Montpelier village offices, Supervisor of Administrative Services, Kurt Roan said that road crews were not real busy at the moment, but that the sewer separation project on Fairview Avenue was still in progress. He said that the village had been trying to obtain finances from the state for safe routes to school since 2007, and that this year, work will begin on sidewalks from Southwest Subdivision, then south on 576 and along Brown Road to the school so that students will have a safe walk to school without walking on the road. The Ohio Department of Transportation will do the work, and the project should start the end of March.
WEDCO (Williams County Economic Development Corporation) President Steve Raymond was unable to attend the meeting, but sent word that the Industrial Expo held on March 6 at the Ramada Inn went very well with 50 exhibitors. It was well attended. The event can be viewed on Channel 26. He thanked Mike Delaney and the Ramada Inn for accommodating the event. This was the largest number of exhibitors thus far, and necessitated opening a second room to make a space for more booths. Board members described the event as “Fantastic,” “Very nice, well attended,” and “It makes you proud to see what’s available in Williams County.”
Reverend Dave Tilly of the Ministerial Association wanted to let residents and any other interested parties to know that the annual Cross Walk will be held on March 29, Good Friday. Those interested in participating can gather at the Williams County Fairgrounds at 11:45 a.m., and the walk will begin at noon, and end in the downtown area. There will be a community Good Friday service at 1:30 p.m. at Saint John’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Benaiah Harris will be the speaker.
Gloria Osburn gave her report for the Montpelier Library. The last film of the Frostbite Film Festival will be viewed on Monday, March 25th. The summer reading program will begin after the school year, and this year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading.” As part of their activities, the library is looking for donations of baskets, measuring about 8 1/2” across, and that are somewhat flat. These will be used by children to make fairy gardens and gnome gardens. They are also accepting emptied, clean pill containers as part of a project.
She also reported on the annual banquet. She and other board members agreed that the food was very good, and that the event was well attended. They praised their speaker, Mark Miller of CK Technologies who did an excellent job. They said that their gift baskets for the silent auction were well received. Executive Director Terry Buntain thanked board members for the cookies and pies that they provided. The board also complimented Kristina Gehring of the Village Reporter on her coverage of the event in the Village Reporter.
Buntain reminded members of the upcoming Business and Industry Show on March 26 at the Bryan Middle School. She will be attending and representing the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce at their booth. Members were also reminded that the annual Maple Syrup Day event will be held at the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier on March 23. Breakfast will be served at the Gillette Building starting at 7:30 a.m., and other events will begin at 8 a.m. until noon.