Welcome to the Chamber!

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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Keep it Weird!

June 18, 2024
Keep it Weird! I was sitting at my usual table at the coffee shop recently, when I noticed someone from our eclectic group of morning java drinkers approaching. I quickly realized our table was already filled and began to slide my chair over to allow space for the incoming individual to pull up a chair. It took me a moment to realize that to those around me who didn’t notice his approach, my actions appeared a bit odd. After assessing the situation, I quickly turned to the person seated next to me and said, “I’m not trying to be weird, I am making room for another to join us.” His reply was perfect, “You should stay your weird self. You know that word weird originally meant otherworldly?” This morning’s interaction placed me on a path to discovery. Where did the word weird originate and how had it evolved? Am I weird, and if I am, is that a good thing or bad? Let’s begin by going back to its roots. Learn More

The Legend of Crow Wings

June 18, 2024
I recently stumbled across a fascinating article that led me down an intriguing path of local Native American history. It began with a vivid description of life in the Juniata River Valley as a member of the Delaware tribe. My imagination quickly transported me back to the 1700s, where I could see the village and hear the children’s joyful squeals as they ran and played. I envisioned the women gathering food and preparing it over open fires, dressed in deerskin skirts and belts adorned with beads and porcupine quills. They were accessorized meticulously with deer antlers and wampum (cylindrical beads made of shells). In my mind’s eye, I also saw the men of the tribe in robes of animal skins and fringed buckskin leggings. Most men had their hair shaved on the sides and spiked in the middle, using bear grease to create a style that likely inspired the modern mohawk. They wore long feathers in their hair, with the number and angle indicating their tribal affiliation; Delaware men typically wore one or two feathers. Learn More

A Mother's Love is Like Nothing Else

June 18, 2024
My daughter Joy messaged me last week to ask me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. Unsure if she meant from herself or from all four of my offspring, I replied with, “Well, what’s my budget?” Her tongue-in-cheek response was one million dollars. You have to know my daughter to appreciate her dry humor. My quick reply was, “Great, finally mothers are getting what they deserve!” Of course I wasn’t serious, but then again, after birthing and raising four of them, two of which were twins, perhaps I was. Mother’s Day as an official holiday began in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis, the visionary behind the idea, saw it as a way to honor the sacrifices made by mothers for their children. She herself was never a mother but she observed her own mother’s selfless dedication to motherhood and sought to honor her and all mothers. Learn More