(look below to learn the identities of these gentlemen)

Volume 4, Issue 35                                                                                                         Friday, May 11, 2007

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Chamber calendar

Monday, May 14: Legislative breakfast featuring Rep. Zack Space, D-New Philadelphia, 8:30 a.m., Chillicothe Country Club, $12 for members, $20 for non-members, payable at the door, Breakfast registration.

Tuesday, May 15: Leadership Chillicothe Ross Steering Committee, 3:30 p.m., chamber.

Wednesday, May 16: Business After Business at Nourse Auto Mall, 5-7 p.m., BAB registration.

Thursday, May 17: Executive Committee, 8 a.m., chamber.

Thursday, June 21: Chamber Annual Golf Outing, Dogwoods Hills Golf Course off Debord Road, 9 a.m. shotgun start, scramble format; Golf outing registration.


What's happening this weekend? Check out the community events calendar.


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The winners of the 2007 Great Seal Awards of the chamber will be feted at a special reception in July. But first, we need you to nominate those winners. The second annual awards process starts with nominations made by chamber members.

The online form takes only a few minutes to complete. We’re looking for companies that made significant improvements, had significant growth, made a major contribution in some way to the community or did anything else you might deem noteworthy. We’re also looking for individuals for the Lifetime Achievement award who have demonstrated a commitment to their organization and been involved in community activities over a period of years.

The winners will be recognized at a special chamber reception on Thursday, July 19 at Milestone Lodge.

Take a few minutes now to nominate your company or individual: Great Seal Awards nomination.


 Major renovation planned downtown

A combined open-air and covered mezzanine, complete with a fireplace and fountain, are planned by Cardo’s Restaurant and Bar on West Second Street. The second-story patio would be 2,850 square feet and the exterior would be in keeping with the design of the former First National Bank building itself.

More than half of the patio would be covered. It would be accessible via stairs and an elevator inside the current structure. The mezzanine design means no parking spaces will be lost. It would be at the rear of the building on the west side.

Before construction can begin, the plans must be approved by the city’s Design Review Board which meets next Thursday.


NOURSE AWAITS YOU FOR WEDNESDAY’S BAB: The Nourse Family of Dealerships on North Bridge Street plans the usual refreshments and appetizers for next Wednesday’s Business After Business from 5-7 p.m. Make sure you let us know if you plan to attend: BAB registration


STILL TIME TO REGISTER: Ross County’s newest congressman, Rep. Zack Space, will provide an update on the issues he’s facing in his first term in Congress and he’ll take your questions at a buffet breakfast event at the Chillicothe Country Club Monday at 8:30. The cost is $12, but make sure to register: Legislative Breakfast reservation


LARGEST LEADERSHIP CLASS GRADUATES: After nine sessions, construction of a ramp to a caboose and a highly successful “Shred-It-Day”, the 19 members of the 2006-2007 class of Leadership Chillicothe Ross graduated this week. Ed Behanna, chairman of the chamber Board of Directors, was the keynote speaker for the ceremonies Wednesday at the Ross County Heritage Center. The class met for 10 day-long sessions beginning in September, learning about leadership and teamwork as well as touring places such as Kenworth, Glatfelter, downtown businesses, county courts, the jail, local stops on the Underground Railroad and local tourism sites. Next year’s class now is forming. For the details and an online application: Chamber Leadership program




This year's Leadership Chillicothe Ross graduates, back row, from left: DeAnna Cuckler of Ross County Community Action, Krista Alexander of Adena Home Care and Hospice, Ruth Crowe of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers, Monica Drake from Ross County Job and Family Services, Carrie Miller from Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers, Rosala Brown from Horizon Chillicothe Telephone, Cari Steinbrook from the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Monica Rogers from the Chillicothe Gazette, Ashley Wilburn from Citizens National Bank and Sonie Butler from the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center. Bottom row: Justin Jenkins from the Kenworth Truck Company, Jeremy Forcum from JSF Inc., Joseph Spaulding from Spaulding Chiropractic, Charles Tackett from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Melvin Maughmer from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Those who were unable to attend the dinner and ceremony: Betty Fornwald of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heidi Garrett of Brooke Insurance Agency, Mary Lou Kohne of Ohio University and Mark Virgin of Nourse Family of Dealerships.


NEW NAME, MORE SERVICES: Jerry Phillips now is affiliated with CCI Benefit Solutions out of Dublin. He said this move will allow him to grow and offer more services to his clients. The company offers employee benefits, retirement plans and wellness strategies. His office remains at 69 W. Second St. and he can be reached at 775-8200 or jerry@ejpcfp.com.


BRIDGING THE AGE DIFFERENCE: Generational collaboration is the focus for the Workforce Academy sponsored by the chamber’s Workforce Development Department. The seminar on Thursday, June 28 by Janine Moon will help you discover each generation’s values and beliefs, teach you how to bridge those differences and play to the strengths of each generation in your workplace. The session runs 8:30-noon at the Ross County Service Center and costs $10. Sign up now: Generation Gap Workforce Academy


EXHIBITION BENEFITS PIONEER CENTER: Proceeds from advance ticket sales to the exhibition game next Friday between the Chilicothe Paints and Florence Freedom will benefit the Pioneer Center and Ross County Board of MR/DD. Tickets are available at Pioneer, First Capital Enterprises and Easter Seals. Half the proceeds from tickets sold the night of the game also go to Pioneer.


YPN GETS WEBSITE LESSONS: Those attending the Young Professionals Network gathering Thursday evening learned how to get their company’s website higher on the list for search engines. Rocky Bumgardner of Opulent Source presented the different ways in which a company can massage its website code and wording so that it gets noticed better by search engines such as Google and Yahoo. YPN celebrates its one-year anniversary at its next meeting on Thursday, July 12 at the Chillicothe Country Club. Plans now are to have an outdoor grilling demonstration by club Chef Sean Immel. Learn more about the group: YPN


NEWEST MEMBER: The Chillicothe Chiropractic and Wellness Center recently joined the chamber. It will be at 190 N. Bridge St. starting July 1 under the direction of Charles Kitchen, DC. 775-9995 www.ccwc.us


BUILDING PERMITS: Here’s who received commercial permits recently from the Chillicothe and Ross County Building Departments:

  • Majestic Theatre, 29 E. Second St., fence, value $1,500.
  • Homeland Credit Union, 310 Caldwell St., HVAC replacement, $3,960.
  • Central Center, signs, $1,000.
  • AEI Real Estate, 981 N. Bridge St., signs, $8,000.
  • C. Walters Enterprises, 520 S. Paint St., signs $18,000.
  • Bud’s One-Stop, 650 Abbey Lane, signs, $3,500.
  • Gladys Holton, 554 Wiles Lane, electrical upgrade, $4,825.
  • Herrnstein Hyundai, 2527 River Road, install sign pole, $3,300.
  • Kenworth Truck Company, 65 Kenworth Drive, several permits including addition to axle warmer, alterations for engine trim project, relocate beam, install cab lifts, total value $1.3 million.
  • DePugh Carpet, 2189 Lunbeck Road, addition, $100,000.
  • Ross County Community Action Commission, 64 W. Springfield St., Frankfort, replace fire alarm system, $3,200.
  • Valley Grain, Railroad Street, Kingston, electrical service, $1,000.

VENDORS LICENSES: Here’s who’s received licenses recently from the Ross County Auditor:

  • Chillicothe Carpet, 97 N. Park Drive.
  • Penwell’s Garage and Towing, 12301 Pleasant Valley Road, by Julia Penwell.
  • Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus Bookstore, 101 University Drive, by Follett Higher Education Group.
  • AK Care, 110 Main Street, Bainbridge, by Alley Kids.
  • Subway, 774 N. High St., by Subway of Chillicothe.
  • All Occasions Floral Design, 89 Fruithill Drive, by Steven Speakman.
  • Quick One Stop, 35595 U.S. 35, by Karnail Enterprises.


SAFETY COUNCIL GETS WIRED: Jon Buck and Bill Fetters from AEP entertained the approximately 100 attending Thursday’s meeting of the Ross County Safety Council with practical tips on how to stay safe around overhead and underground wiring. The council’s year is coming to an end with next month’s session on June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chillicothe Country Club.




PHOTO IDENTITIES: It was about 34 years ago that the gentlemen in the photo at the top of this newsletter were the officers of this chamber of commerce. From left: Jack Anthony, James Caldwell, the late Gerald Long, Ed Gerber, Ed Kunzelman and Don Davis.