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The Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce President, Paulette Jones.

Summer is coming to a close, and it was a successful and busy one here in Myrtle Creek. Thank you to our community and organizations for all the work you did over the summer. Thank you to St. Vincent De Paul & Pantry for the amazing food program for families over the weekend called Feeding and Clothing our Future Program that started on June 29, was held every Friday and will continue until the end of this month. Volunteers spent so many hours preparing bags and delivering them to Myrtle Creek, Riddle and Canyonville.

Thank you to South Douglas Rodeo, Myrtle Creek Lions, Main Street Myrtle Creek, Myrtle Creek Elks and all the various churches and organizations who put on activities and events over the summer, bringing people into our community. It was said that we had more attendees for this year’s Summer Festival than in any year in the past. Music in the Park is wrapping up, but we have had some of the greatest bands I have heard for a while. Music in the Park is actually the longest running free concert series in all of Douglas County, and with support of our chamber and sponsors, continues to be a great family event.

We have been noticing a lot of businesses looking for storefronts and activity in some of our empty spaces, which is a great sign. With that being said, Main Street Myrtle Creek held a public forum for downtown parking, which was well attended. The ideas and conversation led to many great solutions. Thank you to Main Street for organizing this conversation and taking actions to assist in the parking situation downtown.

Fall is coming, and we couldn’t be more excited. One of my favorite events is the Downtown Halloween Street Fair that takes place each year on Oct. 31 starting at 4 p.m. Mark your calendars today. We also have first row seats to the Salmon Run on the covered bridge and where Myrtle Creek hits the Umpqua River. There are so many, and it is beautiful to watch. Reminder to please drive safely.

Soon, our children will be returning to school. This year we had online sign ups, and it seems to be going pretty good. I was able to register both of my kids without multiple stacks of paperwork. Thank you to all teachers, administration and staff for all you do for our youth. Looking forward to a great year.

With elections coming up we would love to invite all who are running for office to visit us down here and get to know us in South County. I will give personal tours and show you our community, one of the communities you hope you represent.

Our businesses have much to offer, and each business has such great employees. We are really lucky to have such friendly people, which is what drew me in 15 years ago. Come visit us and see what we have to offer. Walk downtown, or visit our new walking path at Millsite Park. We’d love to see you.

For more information about Myrtle Creek. You can visit us online at www.myrtlecreekchamber.com or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at Myrtle Creek News, Weather and Events.

Paulette Jones is president of the Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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