Happy New Year and Happy 150th Birthday Creston!
Where has the time gone? In talking to many folks the last several months, they tell me they still remember the 125th celebration. I have a few things to pass along concerning this year’s sesquicentennial celebration that you might be interested in. The actual celebration – Celebrate 150 Years with the 10,000 Crestonians – will take place June 29 through July 6. The advisory committee, in conjunction with many others, is in the process of updating the written Creston history. The last time this was done was in 1969, so you can imagine there is lots of catching up to do. Also, T-shirts are available at Create Creston in Uptown Creston to order. The advisory committee has commissioned a local artist to commemorate the event with a unique sculpture that will be given to the city of Creston. Other activities and events have also been planned during the year as well with lots more to come. Please visit the city of Creston website or the chamber website in the near future to see the events currently scheduled. If you are interested in holding an event or have ideas, please give us a call at the chamber and we will pass them along to the committee or get them on the calendar of sesquicentennial events. History, Heritage Future.
For the chamber, 2019 means gearing up for the sesquicentennial, along with new activities and ideas, new members as well as new board members. It also means we continue to work with a great group of chamber businesses and individuals.
The Creston Chamber is proud of what our community has to offer and will continue working to build upon these areas as we explore opportunities. Creston continues to be the regional hub of southwest Iowa for shopping, education, health care, recreation and tourism as well as many other services. The chamber will continue to promote and showcase our community and at the same time be a leadership organization that unifies the community.
With this in mind, the chamber would like to again thank the many businesses in Creston who took the time and financial commitment in 2018 to update and improve their property. Your continuing support of Creston is greatly appreciated.
The chamber would also like to welcome six new chamber board members as we begin the year. They are Kyle Huck of Vanmark Equipment LLC, Kate Magill of Wellman Dynamics Corporation LLC, Bruce Pearson of Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Austin Smith of Garden and Associates, Tyra Stull of EveryStep/Visiting Nurse Services and Caitlyn Maitlen of Southwestern Community College. Thank you all, for your commitment to the chamber and Creston.
We realize the chamber and its membership cannot do this alone. We believe the more people we can involve, the stronger our community can become. Our image as a people and a city are extremely important to the well being of Creston, now and in the future. We can all benefit by working together and sharing knowledge and experience to make Creston the best it can be in 2019. What better time than our sesquicentennial year?
Upcoming Legislative Coffees
The dates for the 2019 Legislative Coffees have been set. These coffees provide you with an excellent opportunity to ask your Legislators – Senator Tom Shipley and Representative Tom Moore – written questions you may have, or just listen to what your elected officials have to say. The coffees will be held Feb, 9, March 9 and April 13. They begin at 8 a.m. in the mealsite at the restored Creston Depot and last for an hour. The coffees are free and the public is invited to attend.
Hi-Five Honorees for January
The following individuals were honored with the Hi-Five Honor in January. They are Austin Cox of Creston Wal-Mart, Pat Pokorny of the ReRun Shop and Charles Lamb of Creston Wal-Mart. Congratulations to you all.
The Hi-Five for Service allows us to recognize those who make shopping and doing business in Creston a rewarding and positive experience. Please call the chamber with your honoree.
Gold Star Business honoree
The chamber honored Rieman Music this month as the January Gold Star Business. They were nominated by their fellow Crestonians because of the appearance both inside and out of their building and property. Congratulations. Please call the chamber to acknowledge a business property for the Gold Star.
Have a wonderful month and a great 2019 and as always, “Creston – A great place to visit, work and call home.”