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We invite you to explore what the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce has to offer. Our Chamber of Commerce has a history that stretches back over 100 years, but we continue to find new ways to improve the economy and quality of life for our residents in Mifflin and Juniata Counties. We do this by offering opportunities to connect with other businesses, leadership development, advocacy and support, as well as educational opportunities. In coordination with our local school districts, we are working to better prepare our future workforce, ensuring a better tomorrow. We invite you to explore our site, learn about the benefits of membership, browse our membership list, learn more about our upcoming events and meet our staff and board of directors. Most importantly, we want you to “Get Connected”.

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart

February 15, 2024
Since Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, I thought it would be fun to delve into the origins of the holiday. Where did it come from? Why do we celebrate it? I fully expected to uncover stories featuring chubby, naked little cherubs flying about, launching arrows and sprinkling love dust on unsuspecting humans and Greek gods or something. I was in for a rude awakening when I discovered its actual roots. According to the much-respected History Channel, Valentine's Day began as a pagan, Roman fertility festival. Who knew? On this day, priests would sacrifice a goat for fertility and proceed to take strips of its hide, dip them in blood, and gently slap women with them. Yes, you read that correctly—they slapped women with them, gently, mind you, but slap they did. Supposedly, it was to ensure their fertility for the coming year. Wait, it gets better. Then, after being blood-slapped, the young women would place their names in a very large urn. All the bachelors would then randomly choose a name, and they would be paired with that person for the year. It's like the precursor to dating apps, I guess, but much more tenuous and with a lot less control. Learn More

Sometimes Enough is Enough!

February 15, 2024
I do not make a habit of engaging with negative people on social media, even though I often want to, especially when they are saying derogatory things about our community. It is not because I believe they are right, nor is it because I am afraid of the negative comments I might receive if I voice my opinion. It is because a very insightful mentor once told me, “It is not wise to engage with a bully, they will beat you with experience!” Sage words that I attempt to live by. Isn’t that what they really are, bullies? According to Merriam-Webster, a bully is one who is habitually cruel, insulting, or threatening to others who are weaker, smaller, or in some way vulnerable. I believe this definition perfectly describes those who choose to insult and degrade our community all while cowardly hiding behind their electronic devices. Within the safety of their homes, they discredit residents, business owners, organizations, and community leaders with whom they disagree. Often these people being attacked are working hard to make a difference. There are times, however, when enough is enough, and I feel the need to defend and interject. To stand up for our beautiful area and for those working tirelessly to make it prosper. Such has been the case in recent days. Learn More

I've been everywhere, man!

February 15, 2024
Two very iconic country songs merged to become the theme of my Christmas holiday this year. The first from Willie Nelson, “On the Road Again”, and the second, to quote the infamous Johnny Cash, I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere, man, crossed the deserts bare, man, “I've breathed the mountain air, man, of travel I've had my share, man, I've been everywhere.” O.K., so perhaps I didn’t cross any deserts, but over this Christmas holiday season, I definitely put some miles on my car and no proverbial moss grew under these feet! My travels began when I left Lewistown for Mechanicsburg to spend Christmas Eve with two of my four children, Curtis and Matthew, and their families. It was a time of beautiful chaos as we attended two Christmas Eve services at their two separate churches then met back at Matthew’s house for lots of food, gifts, and holiday fun. Then it was back to Lewistown because who knows, perhaps Santa wouldn’t be able to find me if I wasn’t at home when he made his rounds. After a nice Christmas morning hike in the woods, it was back down to Mechanicsburg to watch the grandchildren play with all their newly obtained toys. We concluded our day by enjoying a family Christmas dinner together. It was then back in the car, and back to Lewistown. Learn More