Columbia Montour Chamber Year in Review: Top 25 Stories of 2017

What do block party in Bloomsburg, the Montour County readdressing, essential oils and 2017 new member Just a Drop, the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, Leadership Central Penn, and Geisinger’s fresh food pharmacy all have in common? 

Stories about these subjects were among some of the top 25 most read stories on the Chamber website during 2017. 

Listed below are the 25 stories on the Chamber website that received the most web traffic during 2017 (through Dec. 27). Overall, web traffic to the Chamber’s website increased by more than 25% in 2017 from 2016. We hope you, our members and other readers of our website, enjoy the broad and diverse content we have brought you this year. We are looking forward to 2018 and another year of bringing our members and the public, information of relevance to their businesses, organizations and our community. 

1. Annual Block Party This Weekend in Bloomsburg (From April 21 and featuring Bloomsburg University and the Town of Bloomsburg)

2. Montour County Readdressing to Begin in June (From May 16 and featuring Montour County)

3. Essential Oils 101 (From Aug. 27 and featuring Just a Drop)

4. Construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Gets Underway (From Oct. 13 and featuring Williams)

5. Renaissance Parking Regulations (From April 28 and featuring Town of Bloomsburg)

6. Welcome Just a Drop Essential Oil (From June 19 and featuring Just a Drop)

7. Leadership Central Penn Class Celebrates Graduation (From May 25 and featuring Frosty Valley Country Club, Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, PPL Electric Utilities, The Women’s Center, Camp Victory, Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center, Welch Performance Consulting, Autoneum, Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, Geisinger, First Keystone Community Bank, Bloomsburg University, Girton Manufacturing, Kawneer, First Columbia Bank and Columbia Child Development Program)

8. Geisinger Fresh Food Pharmacy Making a Difference for Diabetes Patients (From Sept. 7 and featuring Geisinger)

9. Bloomsburg University Students Move Into Soltz Hall (From Aug. 24 and featuring Bloomsburg University)

10. Pipeline Project Expected to Boost Local Economy (From May 23 and featuring Williams)

11. Expanded Maternity Center Opens at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital (From June 23 and featuring Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital)

12. Summer Town Gown Report Contains Assessment of 2017 Block Party (From Aug. 14 and featuring Bloomsburg University and Town of Bloomsburg, and the 2017 summer report from the Bloomsburg Town/Gown Relations Committee)

13. Chamber Renews Call to Bloomsburg Council for More Information (From Oct. 15 and featuring Town of Bloomsburg)

14. Bloomsburg Nationals Will Result in Main Street Closure Aug. 10 (From Aug. 1 and featuring Bloomsburg Nationals and Quaker Steak & Lube)

15. Member News – April 26, 2017 (From April 26 and featuring Wesley United Methodist Church, Planet Fitness, Columbia Mall, Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, Pine Barn Inn, Geisinger, First Columbia Bank and Bloomsburg University)

16. Bashar Hanna Named Bloomsburg University’s 19th President (From May 22 and featuring Bloomsburg University)

17. PA Senate Passes $600 Million Tax Increase Package (From Aug. 1 and the PA Chamber of Business & Industry)

18. EITC & OSTC Approval Letters Being Released by PA Department of Community and Economic Development (From Oct. 16)

19. Welcome LCBC Church (From Nov. 16 and featuring LCBC Church)

20. Downtown Incubator Seeking Office Equipment (From May 30 and featuring Downtown Bloomsburg Inc.)

21. Renaissance Jamboree This Saturday (From April 25 and featuring Bloomsburg University, Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. and Town of Bloomsburg)

22. Do Not Reboot Your Computer – Broken Windows Update (From Oct. 16 and featuring MePush)

23. New Addresses in Montour County Expected to Roll Out in Early July (From July 1 and featuring Montour County, Danville Borough and Riverside Borough)

24. ChamberChoice Offers Free Three-Part Webinar on Health Insurance Cost Reduction Strategies (From June 10 and featuring ChamberChoice)

25. Central Columbia School District to Host Open House For Career Pathway Program (From Aug. 6 and featuring Central Columbia School District)

Welcome Hopper’s Carpet Cleaning

More than 400 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, Hopper’s Carpet Cleaning, to help us fulfill our mission.

Hopper’s Carpet Cleaning is a new business owned by the Hopper family – Larry, Ronette and Nicholas – that provides carpet cleaning services in the greater Columbia/Montour county area. Hopper’s uses all green seal certified chemicals that are asthma, allergy and pet safe, as well as the latest equipment so that carpets will look, feel and stay cleaner longer. Hopper’s can be reached by phone at 570-441-2132 or by email, and also check out their Facebook page.

Thank You Holiday Open House Attendees, Pine Barn Inn Staff and Volunteers

This is the last of a series of posts recognizing and thanking all of the valuable contributors that helped make the 2017 Chamber Holiday Open House a successful event once again. It is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. 

This final thank you goes out to all of those individuals that attended the Holiday Open House. The success of this annual event depends on the continued attendance of all of our members and guests and because they enjoy the Holiday Open House year after year, our members keep coming back, so we give one last thank you to them and we can’t wait to see you at next year’s event. 

A special thank you also goes out to the staff at the Pine Barn Inn, which has hosted this event for about the last decade or so. The sales, kitchen and hospitality staff at the Pine Barn Inn routinely goes above and beyond with their service and without their help (not to mention great-tasting food), this event wouldn’t be nearly as successful. Also, special thanks to them for once again donating a menu selection as an Angel Sponsor. 

Finally, thanks to two special volunteers – Mary Ann Rizzo from the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, who helped at the registration table with the more than 350 name tags to give out, and Tim Wagner of Wagner’s Trophies & Engraveables, who once again served as one of the bartenders at the event. Their valuable time spent helping this event go smoothly is greatly appreciated. Also, thanks to the Chamber and Chamber Foundation staff — Matt Beltz, Phyllis Jones, Deb Sokol and Jeff Emanuel — for their efforts on the day of the event in making sure that it went off without any major issues. 

Thank You to the Holiday Open House’s Door Prize Sponsors

This is the third in a series of posts recognizing and thanking all of the valuable contributors that helped make the 2017 Chamber Holiday Open House a successful event once again. It is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. 

Thanks to the eight member organization that donated a door prize. These included four members that were also Angel Sponsors, as well as the our first-time floral arrangement provider and our newest member, Pretty Petals & Gifts by Susan. Door prizes provide a nice additional touch to the Holiday Open House and donations from members enable the Chamber to spend less on prizes, ensuring that even more funds to toward supporting its mission. Thanks again to these organizations for their donations.

Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau - We've been expecting you!Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau

 

 

 

 

 

Just a Drop Essential Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McBride Memorial Library

 

 

 

Mountainside Coffee

 

 

 

The Nickle Plate Bar & Grill at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Petals & Gifts by Susan

 

 

Seidel’s Mardi Gras

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Hill Brewing Co.

Thank You to the Holiday Open House’s Angel Sponsors

This is the second in a series of posts recognizing and thanking all of the valuable contributors that helped make the 2017 Chamber Holiday Open House a successful event once again. It is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. 

Thank you to the Angel Sponsors at this year’s event. Angel Sponsors are Chamber members in the food, beverage or catering businesses that serve samples of their own products at the Holiday Open House. Angel Sponsors always add a nice element to the event with their tasty food and drink, and we hope that all of the attendees that had a chance to sample their offerings and liked them will patronize these businesses over the next year. For those that may have enjoyed a particular food sample but can’t remember what it was or which Angel Sponsor it might have been from, each sponsor’s menu from the Holiday Open House is also listed.

Special thanks also goes out to the five first-time Angel Sponsors (noted below), including four of which that joined the Chamber over the last 12 months since last year’s Holiday Open House. 

Freas Farm Winery (first-time Angel Sponsor)
1752 (Pinot Grigio), One Year In (Chardonnay), Vida’s New Blend (Vidal), Three Turns (Dry Red), Joy (Semi-Sweet Red), Queen of Tarts (Cranberry))

 

 

 

 

Frosty Valley Country Club 
Buffalo chicken dip, pork carnitas with pita break for dipping, chicken scapula

(Note: these menu offerings will be served at Frosty Valley’s new restaurant, the Iron Fork, which will open in the spring)

 

 

 

The Farmhouse & Brewing Co. at Turkey Hill
Pumpkin ravioli with amaretto cream, buffalo chicken dip, samples of beer

 

 

 

 

Just a Drop Essential Oil (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2017 new member)
Pumpkin, lemon cream cheese, hot chocolate peppermint and spearmint chocolate chip cookies

 

 

 

Mountainside Coffee/Tulpehocken Mountain Spring Water (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2017 new member)
Samples of Mountainside coffee and tea K-cups and bottled Tulpehocken Mountain Spring Water

 

 

 

The Nickle Plate Bar & Grill at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2017 new member)
Beef n’ cheddar sliders, pulled pork sliders, mini crab cakes, mini salmon cakes

 

 

 

Steph’s Subs
Assorted cold subs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.K. Witch (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2017 new member)
Assorted dessert bites