Good Morning,

Welcome to our newest member, Burton Small Engine Repair, LLC, owned and operated by Jennifer Burton and her husband. Located at 412 W. Sycamore St and phone is 429-5508. The will be doing small engine repair, along with parts and accessories. We will have a ribbon cutting in the future. Drop by and welcome them to our business community.

The tourism ad has come out in the AAA magazine and we had already received 50 inquiries. So brochures have been mailed out. It is always interesting to see where they come from - this batch there were a lot from West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, and South Dakota. People are seeing our ad. We will receive these label inquiries from AAA about every two weeks for a couple of months.

The Columbus Day committee is in need of someone to do the Car Show for the festival. If no one steps forward, there will not be a car show. We have booked some unique entertainment and street performers for this year. Vendor space is being booked. If you want a food space, don't wait as most of those are already gone, we just have a few left.

The 4th of July fund is now around $3,200. The next firework cookout will be April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Farmers Co-op being the grill master. These cookouts are the only fundraiser for the year to raise funds for fireworks, and everyone wanted Class B this year and that will be $10,000 for fireworks, so there is a long ways to go. Thanks to everyone for their donations. Farm Bureau Insurance will again be doing their 4th of July 5K Run, but those proceeds go into the following year.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 31. The Miss Columbus girls will be helping with that event. Sponsors are: Apple Market, Crossland Construction Co., Davis Real Estate, First United Methodist Church, City of Columbus, Sonic Drive In, The Donuts Shop, Mid West Color Graphics and Parks & Recreation. Eggs have been filled and candy ready to distribute in the park. If it is raining or the park is too wet on Saturday, it will be held in the livestock barns. I guess that call will be made on Saturday morning, but according to the weather man we are suppose to have rain all week.

This week:

Thursday, March 29 Columbus Day meeting, noon

Friday, March 30 Medicalodge Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m.

Big Brutus Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3 Leadership Columbus Juniors, noon to 3 p.m., Mercy Hospital Columbus

Wednesday, April 4 All School Reunion/150th City Celebration, noon

Saturday, April 7 CUHS Prom

Tuesday, April 10 Executive meeting, noon

Wednesday, April 11 Chamber board meeting, noon at community building. Members are encouraged to attend, we do ask that you advise in order to have enough lunch on hand.

Thursday, April 12 Fire Up for Firework cookout, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, April 13 Travel to Topeka for Governor presentation to City of Columbus on their 150th.

Monday, April 16 Legislative breakfast, 7:30 a.m. at Maple UnCommon Guest House. RSVP by April 12

Sunday, April 22 Chamber Gold Tournament, Columbus Country Club

Don't forget that we need your old Titan t-shirts (the ones you have outgrown or don't wear anymore). Just drop them by the Chamber office, we are going to turn them into Titan throws. Thanks

Have a good week,

Jean