The Montpelier Area Chamber of Commerce has named “Our Heritage, Our History: Remember When…?” as it’s theme for the 2013 event. Council members were hard at work preparing for Montpelier’s favorite annual summer event during their April 12, 2013, meeting.
Minutes from the March meeting were approved. There was no financial report this month.
Susie Osborne, in the absence of WEDCO Representative Steve Raymond who was unable to attend due to other pressing business, read the report for the Williams County Economic Development Corporation. The organization is interested in becoming more involved with the county’s schools. They were especially impressed by area students who interviewed manufacturers during their recent Business and Manufacturing Expo. The event was pronounced a “smashing success” with businesses from as far away as Detroit participating. They noted that WEDCO was not in any way competing with the Williams County Business and Industry Show, and that this was an entirely different kind of event. The Business and Manufacturing Expo is designed to showcase manufacturers in the tri-county state area, and display their products and give information about what their industries produce. It was noted that factory jobs are becoming more technical and robotic and requiring more specific skills. They want youth to know that they can still get a good job in the area.
Reverend Dave Tilly of the Lion’s Club and Montpelier Ministerial Association reported that the town had a good turn out for the Good Friday Service, and commended Pastor Benaiah Harris for a job well done. Many people came out to participate in the Cross Walk as well. He noted that next year, they may change the time for the service to noon, although this has not yet been set in stone.
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He added that The World Famous Glenn Miller Band will be in town on May 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m to perform at the Montpelier Exempted Schools auditeria. This event is being sponsored by the Edon and Montpelier Music Boosters. More information will be available as plans are developed.
Gloria Osburn of the Montpelier Library distributed a flyer on a Fairy Gardening class to be held in the library meeting room on April 18, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This class is for ages 16 and up for a fee of $5.00. Those wishing to participate should register by April 17, and can do so by calling the library at 419-485-3287, or the Recreation office at 419-485-3496. Wendy Farrell from Farrell’s Lawn and Garden will be the instructor. Light refreshments will be served and information about fairy gardens will be provided.
The library’s Dig Into Reading program will begin this summer for the area’s young people. One of their projects will be a fairy gardens and gnome gardens. Also, the library is planning a wine glass painting class to be taught by Tammy Manley. A date has not yet been set. A fee for the class will be decided as well.
Gloria is also working to bring a Reading to Dogs program to the schools. This program uses therapy dogs who work with students who have reading problems. The student read to the dogs who simply listen to the children and provide them with a non-judgmental and calming environment.
Chamber President Terry Buntain reported that they had a $334 profit from their annual banquet. The Montpelier Chamber had participated in the Williams County Business and Industry show, and said that it went very well.
Buntain heard from Laura Gray of the Main Street Park Committee, who said that Trunk or Treat was set for Saturday, October 26 at the Main Street Park.
Chris Lee told the members that Art Space in downtown Montpelier was currently displaying the Best of Williams County exhibit, featuring high school artists in the county. She encouraged other board members to visit Art Space and see the talent that area high-school art students have on display.
Kellie Gray mentioned that Walker Days would be held at the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier on April 18 – 20. This is a coon hunter’s event, and those attending are seeking good area restaurants and shopping opportunities.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2013, at 8:00 a.m[/emember_protected]