Montpelier Chamber Prepares To Do Without Buntain

By: T.J. Hug

The Montpelier Chamber of Commerce will soon have some huge shoes to fill.

Interviews for a new Executive Director of the Chamber have been completed.  Candidates for the job are seeking to replace the soon to be retired Terry Buntain, which is no small task.  The board intends to conduct background checks on them next, something Montpelier Local Schools Superintendent Jamie Grime has offer to do through the school.

Someone has shown interest in possibly purchasing the Chamber’s current building.  The board has entertained the idea of selling the structure for a few months, but has no plans to list it, instead opting to let anyone who may want to buy it make an offer.  Board President Jeanette Hull will soon attend a grant writing program, as the building needs some minor touching up.

On October 25, the Chamber held its Halloween Revue at the Montpelier Fire Station.  Both the weather and attendance for the event were exceptional.  On the evening, 250 bags full of goodies and treats handed out.  The turnout for the Main Street Park Trick-or-Treat was high as well.


The Montpelier Library will host the Putz House workshop on November 20, from 6:00-8:00 P.M.  On November 22, a chili cook-off, book sale, magic by Mr. Cluckey, and hay rides will be available there.  Two painting classes will also take place at the library.  December 6 will see a class for children called “Snowman” occur from 9:30-11;00 A.M., while an adult course featuring a Christmas Tree will be held on December 11, from 4:00-6:00 P.M.

The Ramada Inn will be hosting a Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve party.  Meanwhile, the Holiday Inn Express has invited Santa Clause to stop by on Saturday, December 13.  This information was conveyed by Hull.

A new pizza place is now open in Montpelier.  Buntain informed the board that Wyse Guys Pizza Shop is now ready to do business in the community.  She also let them know that Kandace Potts/Salaz will be hosting an open house in Evergreen Manor on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:00 P.M.

The board has extended an invitation to all chamber members to attend the next board meeting to wish Buntain well as she enters into retirement.  Said meeting will take place on Friday, December 12 at 8:00 A.M.

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