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Buy Local...Who's In? This past week a huge package arrived at the Chamber which was packed with all kinds of Shop Small promotional materials. While much of the package’s contents highlighted Small Business Saturday, that wasn’t the exclusive purpose of the materials. In fact, what was really being headlined were the findings of the 2018 Small Business Economic Tmpact Study commissioned by American Express. Here’s the bottom line from this scientific-based report: For every $1 spent at local small businesses a full 67 cents stays in the community. Buying local has gotten even easier thanks to the Buy Local Card. With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, there’s a real buzz in the Valley about this card. What folks are talking about is the Buy Local Card. Everything about this card is ‘local’ because this home-grown, new shopping option is being brought to you by long-time Chamber supporter, Practical Business Solutions. Buy Local is a ‘Community Card’ program which is designed to highlight and bring to you, your family members and your associates many fantastic deals. This easy-to-buy and easy-to-use card will allow you to receive

exclusive deals of merchants who are Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce members. In turn, as the card and its program get more-and-more use, your shopping dollars will stay right here in the communities that you love. So, who are the businesses who are part of the Buy Local program? Here’s the ever-growing list: Coal Township Bottleworks Lewisburg Buck’s Service Fero Vineyard Sculptures Salon Middleburg Vinnies Pizza Pasta and More Montgomery Four Friend’s Vineyard Northumberland Amato’s Pizza Mertz Meats The Little Sportsman Shop Selinsgrove Amato’s Pizza Bots Tavern Selinsgrove Ford Selinsgrove Hotel Selinsgrove Inn Sunburv Moyer Electronic Supply Brewers Outlet Mertz Meats Bottleworks While the concept of local shopping and discount cards is certainly not new, the Buy Local card is clearly lining up some of the most popular shops and services in our valley. The card is crafted

to take advantage of how most people spend money, with a handy and widely accepted card. Buy Local is a way to revitalize our local communities by keeping locally earned dollars local. It’s also a great way to re­ introduce fun to shopping. There’s no need to search for your card at the check­ out counter or worry about carrying around a lot of cash. With the virtual set-up of the Buy Local card, you’ll be able to do all your shopping and receive all the card’s benefits with just your phone in your hand. With so many new locations and merchants joining Buy Local every day, there’s always a new deal to be discovered. Buy and save starting today, by visiting gsvcc.org. More about Practical Business Solutions There are so many ways to accept credit cards, hundreds of different card types, and many different factors that make your organization unique. Over the years, Practical Business Solutions has found that offering any rate or credit card processing service without first fully understanding you and your business would result in you not saving the most amount of money possible. As a result, the Practical Business Solutions focuses

both its time and its energy into developing highly trained sales professionals who work together with business owners such as you. Their goal is to find you and your company every saving possible. If you are interested in paying the lowest possible overall cost on your electronic transaction processing, Practical Business Solutions will enthusiastically look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Along the way, they will prove to you why they are the industry’s best solutions provider. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida with a regional office right in the middle of Shamokin Dam, Practical Business Solutions is a leader in providing electronic payments servicing and solutions. Founded on the basic core principles of honesty, integrity, and exceptional service, Practical Business Solutions has been providing electronic transaction processing services to businesses of all sizes and types for many years. With a reputation for working directly and personally with each of their clients in providing them with the very best and lowest cost electronic transaction processing services, Practical Business Solutions could be exactly the processor that you’ve been looking to meet.

Inaugural Innovation Summit offers tools for small business On November 12,2019, The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted its inaugural innovation summit at the SUN Area Technical Institute. Created by the recently formed Technology Committee to address the not only the broadband issue, but also the increasing desire of businesses to gain access to technology-focused training opportunities, the event brought approximately 70 participants to New Berlin. Why an ‘innovation summit’? The results of the Chamber’s 2018 membership survey revealed that in addition to access to affordable, high­ speed internet service, small businesses are hungry for training opportunities related to the “internet of things”, to cybersecurity, and to digital media. This summit delivered. After a brief opening by Committee Co-Chair and Media Sponsor Fred Scheller (The Daily Item), the summit’s program included a message by Matt Walsh, Executive Vice President and COO of our Premier Sponsor (Geisinger), about the

You can rest assured that Practical Business Solutions will never sell you anything you don’t need. Their team of professionals will always go the extra mile when it comes to servicing you and all their clients. Serving a multitude of merchant locations thought the United States, you will know that your transactions are backed by the strongest and most reliable networks available anywhere. This allows Practical Business Solutions clients to have peace of mind and enjoy saving of hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year in processing costs. Practical Business Solutions knows that quicker transaction speed can drive both service and the customer experience. Our solutions offer both quick service and flexible processing solutions so that our clients

can benefit from increased sales. We offer credit and debit processing, as well as electronic check processing and gift and loyalty card programs to build brand loyalty. Charitable Organizations can use Practical Business Solutions for their donorinitiated contributions via their website and for event reservations and registrations. With these and so many more options, please let Practical Business Solutions find the right fit, the right solutions for you and your business or organization. Whether you’re just starting up, getting ready to expand or simply enhancing your already successful operation, Practical Business Solutions can meet and exceed your needs. Call for a free consultation today at 1-877456-7722.

INSIDE this EDITION Just A Word by Bob Garrett Leadership Susquehana Valley GSVCC 2019 Calendar of Events 12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season Ribbon Cuttings Toys for Tots Lewisburg Children’s Museum Ribbon Cutting

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GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER MISSION The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce advances the prosperity of its communities, commerce, culture, fellow citizens, and their businesses in its region through the leadership of its members.

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innovative work taking place in the health system. Mr. Walsh’s speech included a fascinating story: “Many considered the Astrodome to be the top-of-the-line stadium when it was built, but it had a fatal flaw: the bright lights blinded the players. When the ceiling was painted black to offset the lights, the multimillion-dollar facility’s quick fix caused the grass to die, bringing about the creation of the now famous ‘astro-turf, which had its own share of problems, namely, causing player injuries. We don’t want to miss the forest for the trees. Innovation means looking back on the things that work, and combining knowledge of the past with a clear plan

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Randi Penfil, of Google, teaches small how to reach customers online with Google.

Practical Business Solutions introduced the freshly released “Shop Local” card, and The Daily Item offered an introduction to digital marketing. The students of SUN Area Technical Institute, under the leadership of Executive Director Jennifer Hain, Chef Justin Wright, and Joe Weisser, gave tours of the innovative programs occurring every day at the school, including a phenomenal culinary program and of particular interest - a demonstration of drone flights

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This past Saturday morning, just as I was about to wrap-up my morning’s work at the Chamber headquarters, I received a visit from a delightful young man. Actually, we met in the parking lot on my way back into the building from placing the day’s mail into our mailbox. What first caught my eye was that he was wearing a green and white BrightFarms cap, just like the one that I had received back in May at the ceremonial groundbreaking in the Pawling Station Business Park.

Sue Greene, Penn State Executive Programs

VICE CHAIRPERSON Art Thomas, Meek Tech Inc.

PAST CHAIRPERSON John Uehling, Contrast Communications

TREASURER Dave Herbert, Retired CPA

Of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to comment about this sharp hat. As we introduced ourselves to each other, I learned that this gentleman’s name was Chris Hennessy, and that he was the Head Grower at PEN Greenhouse, which is the official name for BrightFarm’s operation located along U.S. Route 522, just outside of Selinsgrove. It turns out that I knew a little bit about Chris from a video that I had watched about how BrightFarms recruits and trains their employees. In a nutshell, he could very easily be the “poster child” for everything that we’re trying to accomplish with our CareerBASICs initiative. As Chris and I talked on this Saturday morning, I realized that his educational background and career was made possible thanks, at least partially, to the resurgence of Apprenticeships. Our strategic initiatives have at their core, ideas such as prosperity for all, the preservation of our agricultural heritage, and the protection of our environment and rural lifestyles. For our economy to be prosperous, agriculture needs to be profitable, and most of all we need farmers to flourish. Apprenticeships, such as the one that led Chris to earn the title of Head Grower, may very well be our shared gateway to prosperity and growth. Welcome to the neighborhood, Chris. We can’t wait to meet all the other “BrightFarmers” who will soon be living, working, and growing here in the Greater Susquehanna Valley.

REGION VICE PRESIDENTS Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jennifer Hain , SUN Area Technical Institute Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Jeff Reber, Susquehanna Valley Home Services LLC Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

DIRECTORS Greg Zeh, Weis Markets Ken Potter, RHP LLC John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Gene Welsh III, GDK Development Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency Josh Bradley, AgChoice Farm Credit Maicom Derk, Susquehanna University Amber Depew, UPMC Susquehanna Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank

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Director of Finance asholley@gsvcc.org

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Director of Member­ ship, Communications & Workforce jwentz@gsvcc. org

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Vanessa Venios Relationship Liaison vvenios@gsvcc.org

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS • Weis Center for the Performing Arts Contact: Lisa Leighton 1 Dent Drive Lewisburg, PA 17837 570.577.3727 www.bucknell.edu/weiscenter For more than 30 years, the Weis Center has presented worldclass artists to Central PA audiences. Annual series includes 25+ professional performances in more than a dozen music and dance genres.

• League of Women Voters of

theTewisburg Area Contact: Teri MacBride PO Box 206 Lewisburg, PA 17837 570.524.4439 www.lwvlewisburgarea.org The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

•Assessment and Development Services dba ADS Contact: Sue Greene 1069 Smoketown Road Lewisburg, PA 17837 570.713.7598 Business consultant specializing in strategy, organizational, and workforce development.

• Flip Salon & Spaf LLC Contact: Nicole Sechrist 9 University Avenue Selinsgrove, PA 17870 570.374.4000 www.flipsalonandspa.net Full-service salon and spa, offering massage, facials, full-body waxing, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, color, perms, and more.

• Tastecraft Café Contact: Coleby Kauffman 41 Broadway St. Milton, PA 17847 800.410.2880 www.tastecraftcafe.com We are dedicated to bringing the best quality coffee, drinks, treats, and food to our customers. We roast all our coffee on sight to ensure freshness and the best taste. We offer popular macarons and handdipped ice-cream, and are a popular spot for people to sit, relax, and talk with family, friends, or co-workers.

• Kreamer Survey Associates, Inc. Contact: Gene Kreamer 566 Kreamer Avenue Kreamer, PA 17833 570.374.4532 Professional land surveying and subdivision services.

• Snyder-Umon-Northumberland Habitat for Humanity Contact: Sandra Hopkins 2070 N. Old Trail Selinsgrove, PA 17870 570.374.2437 Providing Affordable, Safe Homes and Volunteer opportunities to the Snyder, Union, and Northumberland County region.

• Rotary Club of Shamokin Contact: Matthew Atchison PO Box 199 Shamokin, PA 17872 570.644.3004

• Stoney Ridge Restrooms, LLC Contact: Josh Allen 239 Kenwood Drive Allenwood, PA 17810 570.713.4777 Luxury restroom trailer rental service.

• Stone State Entertainment, LLC Contact: Chad Evans 398 Airport Road Shamokin, PA 17872 570.205.0876

1847 Financial Aloysius Butler & Clark BB&T BJE Poultry Bowen Agency Realtors Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate Contrast Communications Evangelical Community Hospital First National Bank of PA Fulton Bank GDK Development Geisinger Jersey Shore State Bank Kreamer Feed M&T Bank MCPS of Central PA Members Choice Financial Credit Union Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company National Beef North Shore Railroad Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Penn State Executive Programs Penn State World Campus PPL Electric Utilities Practical Business Solutions Purdy Insurance Agency Service 1st Federal Credit Union Service Electric Cablevision, Inc. Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC SUN Area Technical Institute Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation Susquehanna University The Daily Item The Northumberland National Bank UPMC Susquehanna Weis Markets

www.thestonestate.com Professional videos for your business or brand.

• Beaver Motors, Inc. Contact: Joseph Andretta 19689 Route 522 Beaver Springs, PA 17812 570-850-0608 www.beavermotors.net Our full-service dealership of new and pre-owned cars (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram) strives for every customer to leave satisfied. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will make you feel at home.

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GSVCC Communication Luncheon our time preparing content for the monthly publication of the Voice of the Valley (VOV). Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the VOV, either by sponsoring an edition, advertising in the VOV, or submitting an article. This is a great way to get the word out about your business, as the VOV reaches all the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are looking for articles of around 300 words and encourage photos to go with them. These articles and stories all represent Made in the Valley Moments.

On Thursday, November 7th, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce C ommunications Committee held a panel discussion at Front Street Station in Northumberland on how the digital era has affected news media. Tom Morgan & Lura Good of Sunbury Broadcasting’s 94KX led the panel discussion with input provided by Bill Bowman of The Daily Item, Erica Shames of Susquehanna Life Magazine, and Mark Lawrence from Newsradio 1070 WKOK.

Looking to 2020, our themes for the VOV will be: • January - Health & Wellness • February - Heart Month • March - Agriculture & Industry • April - Green Living/ Earth Day • May - Tourism • June - College/Career Ready • July - Made in America • August - Back to School • September - Skilled Trades • October - Fire Prevention • November - Retail

Thank you to our Meeting Sponsors, The UPS Store of Lewisburg and Sunbury Broadcasting, as well as Mediastead LLC, who was our expo table present at the meeting.

About the GSV Chamber’s Communications Committee The committee meets on a monthly basis - typically the third Wednesday of the month at the Fulton Bank Hummels Wharf location on Route 15. We spend most of

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com. In addition to the VOV, we are responsible for the Chamber website. This is where you can find out about all the great events

the Chamber has going on such as Ribbon Cuttings, Business Luncheons, Committee Meetings, as well as what else is going on in the Susquehanna Valley.

If you have an interest in communicating about all the great things going on here, we’d love for you to join our committee.

As Easy as L-S-V By Chris Berleth more than leadership development alone. Using the Valley as a classroom, LSV participants were immersed in the Valley’s education sector, hearing presentations about preventing workplace violence, career and technical education, the programs offered to the community by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, early learning, homeschooling, cyber schooling, community colleges, and even the public library. As the LSV program is designed to encourage volunteerism among participants, LSV class members were given time to work on small-group community service projects, and enjoyed a presentation about the dynamics of school boards from the perspective of a superintendent (Dr. Steven Skalka) and a school board director (Jordan Fetzer), both from Lewisburg Area School District.

“Inch by inch it’s a cinch, but yard by yard, it’s very hard.” To spend any time at all with Leadership Susquehanna Valley’s leadership coach Caz Russell is to be familiar with this saying, one of his favorites. As temperatures drop the pressure of meeting year-end goals rises. This saying is a breath of fresh air to those who might need a reminder that steadiness, diligence, and goal setting can alleviate such stress. At the LSV Education program day, class members took this saying in stride as part of a larger education theme. The leadership component, which is the dedicated portion of the day set aside for professional development and leadership learning, included a focus on goal setting, decision-making, and taking advantage of personal growth opportunities. The program day, however, is designed to be so much

Of course, the highlight for the day for almost any LSV class member in the program’s history was the tour provided by the students of SUN Area Technical Institute. While learning about resources from local adults is always helpful, there’s something mesmerizing about watching the stigma of career and technical schools like SUN Tech just melt away from the minds of those who experience their programs. Articulate, professional, and equipped to net more money in salary (they leave with no debt) upon graduation from SUN Area Tech than many other graduating seniors, the students of SUN Tech are a joy to be around. LSV was packed this month, and there’s much more to come. Stay tuned from updates about class projects, future program days and more! To experience personal growth and leadership development opportunities, visit www. leadershipsv.org. It’s as easy as L-S-V.

Panel Discussion: Exploring the Unfamiliar in Education Pictured L to R: Melissa Rowse, MLS, Degenstein Community Library Director; Patricia Leighow, SusQ Cyber School Executive Director; Jeannette Weaver, Susquehanna Valley Homeschoolers & River Valley Homeschool Kelly Foran, Luzerne County Community College; Jennifer Hain, SUN Area Technical Institute Executive Director.

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2020 GSVCC COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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FINANCIAL FRIDAY FRIDAY, JAN. 3RD, 2020 8:30AM - 9:00AM TUNE IN TO ON THE MARK 1070 AM GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, JAN. 3RD, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870 COMMUNITY PROSPERITY ALLIANCE COMMITTEE MEETING THURSDAY, JAN. 9TH, 2020 9:30AM - 10:30AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876 GSVYP 2ND THURSDAY SOCIAL THURSDAY, JAN. 9TH, 2020 5:30PM - 7:30PM IRON VINES WINERY- 322 RASPBERRY AVE., SUNBURY, PA 17801 TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FRIDAY, JAN. 10TH, 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876 EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING MONDAY, JAN. 13TH, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM BARNES & NOBLE - 400 MARKET ST., LEWISBURG, PA 17837 AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876 GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, JAN. 17TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870 YOUNG AMERICAN S COMMITTEE TUESDAY, JAN. 21ST, 2020 1:30PM - 2:30PM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876 COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22ND, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17831 BUSINESS ON TAP THURSDAY, JAN. 23RD, 2020 5:30PM - 7:30PM | LOCATION : TBA WOMEN S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE MEETING TUESDAY, JAN. 28TH, 2020 8:30AM - 9:30AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876 AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, JAN. 31ST, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

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BUSINESS & ED COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

BUSINESS & ED COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

COMMUNITY PROSPERITY ALLIANCE COMMITTEE MEETING THURSDAY, FEB. 6TH, 2020 9:30AM - 10:30AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

COMMUNITY PROSPERITY ALLIANCE COMMITTEE MEETING THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2020 9:30AM - 10:30AM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

FINANCIAL FRIDAY FRIDAY, FEB. 7TH, 2020 8:30AM - 9:00AM TUNE IN TO ON THE MARK 1070 AM

FINANCIAL FRIDAY FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2020 8:30AM - 9:00AM TUNE IN TO ON THE MARK 1070 AM

FINANCIAL FRIDAY FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD, 2020 8:30AM - 9:00AM TUNE IN TO ON THE MARK 1070 AM

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, FEB. 7TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING MONDAY, FEB. 10TH, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM BARNES & NOBLE - 400 MARKET ST., LEWISBURG, PA 17837

EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING MONDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM BARNES & NOBLE - 400 MARKET ST., LEWISBURG, PA 17837

YOUNG AMERICAN'S SEMINAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2020 7:30AM - 2:00PM THE COUNTRY CUPBOARD- 101 HAFER RD., LEWISBURG, PA 17837

GSVYP 2ND THURSDAY SOCIAL THURSDAY, FEB. 13TH, 2020 5:30PM-7:30PM LOCATION: TBA

GSVYP 2ND THURSDAY SOCIAL THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH, 2020 5:30PM - 7:30PM LOCATION: TBA

GSVYP 2ND THURSDAY SOCIAL THURSDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2020 5:30PM - 7:30PM LOCATION: TBA

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FRIDAY, FEB. 14TH, 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH, 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2020 7:30AM - 8:30AM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

YOUNG AMERICAN S COMMITTEE TUESDAY, FEB. 18TH, 2020 1:30PM - 2:30PM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

YOUNG AMERICAN'S COMMITTEE TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2020 1:30PM - 2:30PM GSVCC OFFICE - 2859 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING MONDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2020 12:00PM - 1:00PM BARNES & NOBLE - 400 MARKET ST., LEWISBURG, PA 17837

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19TH, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17831

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17831

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM FULTON BANK - 1225 N. SUSQ. TRAIL, HUMMELS WHARF, PA 17831

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM HOSS'S - 3134 N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SHAMOKIN DAM, PA 17876

JOINT LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST FRIDAY, FEB. 21ST, 2020 7:30AM - 9:00AM THE COUNTRY CUPBOARD 101 HAFER RD„ LEWISBURG, PA 17837

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY, MARCH. 20TH, 2020 11:30AM - 1:00PM MARZONI'S - N. SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL, SELINSGROVE, PA 17870

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We live in a society where we want it all and we want it now. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I’d be in­ vesting in a $1,000 computer I keep in my pocket, I would have said you were crazy. We are spending more and more, not only on technology, but on everything from our homes to our entertainment. That is why it is important to plan, both for short-term and long-term goals. Maybe your goal is to buy a car, a home, or to graduate from college debt-free. Maybe you want to retire in the next few years. There are many resources available to you to help you understand your current finan­ cial position and what steps to

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Your local banker is avail­ able to sit down with you and make suggestions as to how you might start putting money aside for these goals. You can also access information via the Consumer Financial Pro­ tection Bureau website found at: www.consumerfinance. gov/start-small-save-up/. According to their website, the CFPB “encourages finan­ cial education and capability from childhood through retire­ ment, publishes research, and educates financial companies about their responsibilities”.

article Financial Literacy: Customers and Communities, the American Bankers As­ sociation cites the following statistics that apply to banking industry customers: • 75% of Americans live pay­ check to paycheck • 25% have no savings • Nearly half of millennials have too much debt, and many borrow from predatory lenders

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Ribbon Cutting Pictured L to R: Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Garrett, Joann Kriesher, Lindsey Boyer, Scott Boyer, Joyce Boyer, Dr Dean Boyer, Dr Matt Boyer, Madisyn Boyer, McKenzie Boyer, Aimee Boyer, Rep. Linda Schlegel Culver, No Ringer, Debbie Hays, Shane Hays, Katherine Troxell, GSV Chamber Vice Chair Art Thomas.

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Boyer Chiropractic in Northumberland, PA. Boyer Chiropractic is a family owned business and has been providing quality chiropractic care to the people of the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1990. Dr. Matt Boyer, his wife Aimee Boyer and their two daughters Madisyn and McKenzie cut the ribbon together as the new generation operating the clinic which has been passed on by Dr. Dean Boyer and Joyce Boyer.

12 WAYS TO HAVE A HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON

Brighten the holidays by mak­ ing your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. 2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots. 3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.

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8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.

10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.

9. Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.

11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contami­ nation, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.

12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain dis­ eases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2Vi hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day. 12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/features/healthytips/index.html

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GSVCC EVENTS | Ribbon Cuttings

From L to R: John Letteer, Jeanne Letteer, Melanie Klees, Steven Klees, Jason Letteer (Owner) , Amanda Craig (T.I.M.E. Board President), Tom Aber, Donna Pantohan, Jean Letteer, Jason's children Zach, Zoe, Gabi, and Carter, Bob Garrett (GSV President & CEO), Seth Yonkin, Chase Smith, Joe Schebult

Pictured L to R: Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair Art Thomas, Barber Luis Rosado, Owner/ Operator Chris Arnau, Barber LaVerte Rice, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Garrett.

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Grand Opening of The Breaking The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new location for La Familia Barbershop in the Susquehanna Valley Mall. Bread Company in Milton (281 Hepburn St.) on October 21st. The GSV Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting where Jason Letteer, owner, was joined by family and friends to officially cut the ribbon. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony many local business owners, neighbors and family joined the celebration. There was food, refreshments and local brews from Eclipse Brewing and Civil War Cider.

PPL Electric Utilities wins industry honor for downed wire safety technology Achievement award from Association of Edison Illuminating Companies lauds first-of-its-kind system service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the

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PPL Electric Utilities has received the 2019 Achievement Award from the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AE1C) for its groundbreaking, innovative technology that safely and automatically cuts power to downed power lines.

Police officers, firefighters and other first responders can often be the first to encounter downed lines after motor vehicle accidents or during storms. PPL’s new tool will greatly enhance the safety operations of the power grid, keeping those people and PPL line workers safer.

The award was presented Friday (10/11) at AEIC’s annual meeting.

“This really is a game changer,” Dudkin said. “Without being able to detect a downed wire and quickly de-energize it, danger still exists. We’re extremely proud to have successfully implemented this system and of all those involved in its development.”

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Celebrate the Joy of the Season in Downtown Danville Every year, Danville invites the sights, sounds, and good­ will of the holiday season to fill our community. We begin each holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiv­ ing with our annual Holiday Open House. The event is held in downtown Danville, the heart of our community. For over 30 years, small busi­ nesses have been opening their doors and welcoming customers to join them for light refreshments while they begin shopping for loved ones near and far. This is only the beginning of a season full of festive events and activities for those of any age to enjoy! Over the past several years, the Danville Business Alli­ ance, along with local com­ munity support, has worked to provide additional events and festive activities for residents and visitors alike. Shortly after our Holiday

Open House, Santa makes his grand entrance, welcomed by the young people and families of Danville. He visits our town until just before the big day arrives, making an appearance at his beautiful cottage each Friday and Saturday to hear the wish lists of hun­ dreds of children. (Above) Santa greets the children and families lining for the holiday season. One of the many highlights of the holi­ tion, a three-day long event, days are the carriage in the beginning of Decem­ rides that are provided to the ber. The borough, business community, free of charge, owners, and Alliance work throughout the months of together to coordinate a lateNovember and December. night shopping experience, a tree and yule log lighting, Our main event combines caroling, hot cocoa, carriage all the best things that make rides, ornament making Danville special, not just workshops, holiday story during the holidays, but all readings, and a merry puppet year long. Danville hosts their show for children. This week­ Hometown Holiday Celebra­

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Pictured Left to Right: Robert Antanitis II - Civil War Cider Co., Amanda Carl, Kate Troxell - Susquehanna Community Bank, Mary Marshall Moyer - Bucknell University, Richard Wible - REW Financial President, Reagan Wible - Daughter of Richard, Vanessa Venios - Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dustin Carl. From L to R: Sue Greene - GSV Chamber Board Chair, Jennifer Keister - Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, Dr. Darron Erdman & Mrs. Sandy Erdman - Chiropractic First, Dr. Breezy Moyer & Mr. Jonathan Moyer - Myoptik, Jeff Reber - Union County Commissioner and Bob Garrett - Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce President & CEO.

REW Financials has a new location at 730 State Route 405 in Milton! REW Financial raised a stein at their Oktoberfest event in recognition and appreciation to their clients, friends, and community partners, who have helped the company to grow and thrive for more than 15 years.

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Grand Opening of Dr. Breezy Moyer's new office, Myoptik, in Mifflinburg, PA! Many local businesses and neighbors stopped in to join the celebration as Dr. Breezy, her husband and Myoptik Office Manager, Jonathan Moyer, and their 3 sons officially cut the ribbon to their new office at 102 Quail Lane in Mifflinburg.

TOYS FOR TOTS Local Toys for Tots campaigns are the heart and soul of the Marine Toys for Tots Program. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. The objectives of the Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas. Susquehanna Valley Toys for Tots is coordinated by the Susquehanna Valley Detachment #308 of the Marine Corps League, Inc. Susquehanna Valley Detachment #308 coordinates the Toys for Tots campaign for Columbia, Montour,---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. To locate or become a toy drop site visit the Toys for Tots website for additional information - https://lewisburg-pa.toysfortots.org.

Pictured From L to R: Chris Berleth, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber; Mike Glazer, BVRA Board Member; Lynnette Wallace, parent; Shirley Nelson Brough, executive director of Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority; Brandon Fiedler, parent; Dr. Jack Devine, VP of Medical Affairs at Evangelical Community Hospital; Dale Moyer, Evangelical Community Hospital and Central PA Chamber Board Chairman; Tony Stafford, Director of Outdoor Recreation; Tea Jay Aikey, President & CEO of the Central PA Chamber; and Kristin Walker, preschool teacher.

Congratulations to Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) who celebrated the expansion of their Nature Preschool with an official Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. In addition, BVRA welcomes new preschool teacher Kristin Walker as well as Executive Director Shirley Nelson Brough. BVRA also recognized and thanked Evangelical Community Hospital for the donation of an AED, AED Pads, storage and other important first-aid supplies.

Upcoming Lewisburg Events • December 5 - Holiday Tree Lighting, Hufnagle Park @ 7:00 pm, with carols and a dramatic reading of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, www.lewisburgpa.com • December 6 - Late Shoppers Night, Stores open late, many until midnight! Live Music, food, beverages and shopping specials at many downtown businesses! Check the LDP website for details, www.lewisburgpa.com • December 7 - Running of the Elves, 5k - participants are encourage to dress as Santa’s helpers. Kids Fun Run too! http://run570.com/project/elves/ • December 14 - Breakfast with the Grinch, sponsored by the Sunset Ro­ tary. www.sunsetrotary.com • December 14 - “A Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker” presented by

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Vote LCM Ribbon Cutting The Lewisburg Children’s Museum (LCM) in partner­ ship with the Mauch Millen­ nial Project of the League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area (LWVLA) is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest exhibit: Vote LCM. Grand opening was scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at 10:30 am-12:30 pm. An of­ ficial Chamber Ribbon Cut­ ting and a Kids’ Ribbon Cut­ ting Ceremony, facilitated by Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce took place at the Grand Opening Event. Children are now

able to vote using the LCM’s electronic voting booth and can help choose the name of LCM’s future MakerSpace. Vote LCM is designed to engage children and caregiv­ ers in meaningful conversa­ tions about the democratic process and what it means to be a citizen. Children and their caregivers will be given opportunities to vote on non-political, non-partisan topics related to them and the museum. “The LCM is pleased to partner with the Mauch

Millennial Project of the LWVLA to encourage intergenerational conversa­ tions about voting and what it means in our lives,” says LCM Director, Marian Marchiori. “The voting booth will offer opportunities for visitors to decide upcom­ ing programs and museum additions, allowing children to witness how their vote can lead to recognizable change.”

age young people in Union County to learn about and collectively engage in their democracy through voter education; civil discourse regarding issues facing citizens and legislators at all levels of government; and other fundamental activities of a democratic system.

“Rebecca and I are happy to have provided financial sup­ port for this wonderful ex­ hibit. We love that the LCM voting machine encourages families to discuss how deci­ sions are made,” said Jim Mauch, Supporter. “The LWVLA works to educate and engage the

community with elec­ tions and voting in a non­ partisan manner,” adds Teri MacBride, President of the LWVLA. For additional information about the LCM and current programs, please visit www. lewisburgchildrensmuseum. org.

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From Left to Right: Teri MacBride, president League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area; David Rowe, State Representative 85 District; Jim Mauch, son and businessman; James Mauch, philanthropist; Edith Mauch, granddaughter; Rebecca Mauch, philanthropist; Marian Marchiori, director The Lewisburg Children's Museum; Chris Berleth, Relationship Director with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Remmy Berleth, son of Chris Berleth, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Relationship Director, leads a Kids' Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate their new voting booth.

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