The speaker for this year’s Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce Community Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, April 25, will be Olympic speed skater Jessica Smith, who will be joined by Barnesville native Nicole Detling. Detling, a sport psychologist, worked with Smith at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Chamber President Bill Steedle made the announcement at the Wednesday, March 12 chamber meeting. Steedle said this year for the first time student discount tickets will be available for the banquet.
The chamber is also accepting nominations for Community Service, Employee of the Year, and Citizen of the Year awards that will be presented at the banquet.
Jill Stephens reported that the 11 hanging flower baskets for downtown have been confirmed. The deadline was March 14th and the initial cost of the baskets is $400 each. “We are very happy about the response,” Stephens said. She said the baskets should be erected by the weekend after Mother’s Day. Steedle thanked her for all her hard work.
“We just want to make Barnesville more beautiful,” she said.
Shelley Rockwell,, business manager at Olney Friends School said the Stillwater Monthly Meeting recently transferred the deed of the former Independent School building on Shamrock Drive to Olney. The school will use the building for a new math and science focused program. Rockwell said an open house is planned for the fall.
She also announced that this year’s Barnesville Area Reforestation Kommittee (BARK) tree planting will be held in April. Again this year, volunteers will plant some trees at the park and help with various clean up and beautification projects there.
Eugene “Doc” Householder, Belmont County Tourism Director, said an open house for the former sheriff’s residence will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. He said every community in Belmont County will have the opportunity to display historical items at the museum. Householder said the museum may also be hiring a manager.
John Jefferis, Jr. announced that he is part of a new business, PCS, located in the former Flower Gardens building. He said PCS provides construction management and general contracting services.
Steedle said a second issue of the 2013 Chamber Christmas bulbs may be ordered, however, the price has increased from the original issuance. He said the chamber will be trying to locate a new supplier. Those who are interested should call the chamber office at 425-4300.
The next chamber meeting will be April 9th at noon at the Barnesville Senior Center.