ANDOVER – Upcoming events for the spring and summer were some of the main topics of discussion at Pymatuning Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting this past Wednesday, April 14 at Andover Public Library. (From April 14 edition of The News).
Of these events included information about Pymatuning Lake Festival, which Chamber President Lara Reibold said the entertainment is all booked for and is slowly moving along with planning, as well as brought up information about People in the Park series.
Reibold sent around a sign-up sheet for volunteers for the People in the Park series and discussed the amount of people that generally attend, which she thinks could be affected by school starting earlier this year.
Treasurer Dan Creed further added the idea of fundraising so that they can provide food for attendees but Reibold said that often people eat before they go as the concerts are later in the evening.
Kelley Creed from Gazette Newspapers suggested the idea of selling glider tickets at People in the Park series in regards to the fundraiser, which she said the chamber has already started at other locations.
Venie Hinson further discussed the music series acts, which she said will include forties group The Everly Sisters, as well as other musicians that she is looking forward to hearing.
A few of the current members discussed that a new thrift store will going in on the square and Pastor Jerry Fritz inquired about the new bakery that is in the process of moving in to the square as well.
In other business, Reibold said the chamber now has two new members and discussed that the chamber building is available as an office space.
She also reported that the chamber received $500 from the Ashtabula Town Square Home Show, which she said in general was well attended.
The cancelled Merchant Expo Reibold said had to do with that they did not have enough participants willing to be part of the show and said she informed anyone signed up regarding the cancelation through letters.
Also part of the discussion included an announcement from Mary Mitchell who said she will need help setting up and cleaning up at the Brenda Merrill luncheon that day, noted that township trustees were invited for the event and also asked everyone to be thinking about a good date for next year’s event.
As far as business, the minutes from the chamber’s March meeting were approved, as well as the treasurer’s report approved, which followed a report from Dan Creed regarding funds that he said are being used in preparation for Pymatuning Lake Festival.
Reibold brought up the idea of a square clean-up day on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. and added that some Girl Scouts may be willing to help at it, as well as announced that there will be a Lyme Disease Awareness Event involving several doctors at Andover Christian Church on Friday, May 26 in which they are looking for sponsors for.
The chamber decided they will share the event individually but will not be sponsoring the event as a whole.
Nancy Logan talked about National Library Week taking place this week which she said includes free popcorn, a movie event at the end of the week with the film Sing and tech demos that she will be conducting on Thursday, April 13 at 4 p.m.
Ron York further announced that Andover Public Library Director Susan Hill will be speaking at Andover Rotary Club on Monday, April 24 and Venie Hinson said that Ashtabula Art Center will be holding an event featuring the group, Good Time Singers which she has tickets for if anyone wants to buy some.
Other upcoming events includes an Easter Egg Hunt at Andover Retirement Village on Friday, April 14 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., PACOC Easter Egg Hunt and a breakfast at the Andover Fire Department on Saturday, April 15 which Reibold requested helpers for at 8:30 a.m and Grand Valley Festival, which Amber Ballard from Gazette Newspapers said is taking place again this year and is currently accepting vendor and parade entries for.
From there Venie Hinson talked about starting to collect donations for Back to School Bash and Barbara Klingensmith from Country Neighbor talked about free meals available for students during the summer in different parts of Ashtabula County, which she said last year were held at Grand Valley School District during summer camps, this year plans to expand to Pymatuning Valley School District and in the future hopes to provide lunches during church events.
Pymatuning Area Chamber of Commerce’s next meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Pictured: Several members of Pymatuning Area Chamber of Commerce during their monthly meeting at Andover Public Library on Wednesday, April 12.