Lots of changes taking place in 2017

Scott Olson – The Creswell Chronicle
We are just a few weeks into the new year and already there are several new changes on happening businesswise in Creswell.
The first change actually happened in December when I was named the new president of the Creswell Chamber of Commerce for the upcoming year. My goal for the upcoming year is to increase membership to the Chamber by working with local businesses to create community awareness to products and/or services they offer. I would like to create a business community where we can work together and support each other for the betterment of Creswell.
This year’s Creswell Chamber of Commerce board consists of: Vice-President Raina Napper (at-large), Treasurer Debi Wilson (Lane Electric) and Secretary Samantha Lyn-Metz (Creswell Dairy Queen), Past President Joel Higdon (Creswell School District), Tammy Johnston and Cameron Burke (owner of Creswell Dairy Queen). The Director of the Chamber is Don Amberg.
Last week the Chamber held its first monthly luncheon at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort’s Front Nine Restaurant. The meeting was very well attended with approximately 30 participants. Creswell Mayor Dave Stram and city councilors and city staff were on hand to talk about what is happening at the city in 2017.
Upcoming Chamber events include the Creswell Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Friday, May 5, the Communitywide Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, and Creswell’s annual Fourth of July celebration on Tuesday, July 4.
In local business-related news, work is currently underway on the construction of the Dollar General Store, which will be located across the street from Dairy Queen, on Emerald Parkway. As you might be aware, the PeaceHealth Medical Group Clinic located next to the old Ray’s Market on Melton Street is now a walk-in clinic. It was recently announced that another medical clinic will be starting up next door to PeaceHealth Clinic as well.
And if you haven’t noticed, there’s been movement at the old Dollar Store building, located in the 100 block of E. Oregon Ave. I’ve been told that a new pharmacy will be moving to this location. So, as you can see, there are lots of changes taking place already businesswise for 2017.
As some of you are aware, there has been lots of changes happening at The Chronicle as well. These changes started late last fall when I sold the Springfield Times and decided to dedicate my focus on running The Chronicle. I now have a new staff with lots of new ideas for the newspaper. Look for these changes to continue in the upcoming weeks.
The new staff at The Chronicle will be holding a meet and greet, networking event at Creswell Coffee on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There will be Happy Hour pricing on food and drinks. We hope to see you there!