Whether you want to believe it or not, the upcoming solar eclipse, which will take place on Aug. 21, 2017, will be here before we know it. It is taking on a life of its own. If you have any doubts about the number of visitors coming, all you need to do is attend and listen to the feedback at the next eclipse meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Canyon City Community Hall. The Chamber of Commerce has taken on the responsibility of organizing the event. Our goal is to make this a very successful, safe and memorable experience for all. Under the capable hands of project organizer Tammy Bremner, officials and volunteers from each community are involved plus about every local, county, state and federal agency that will be needed to address any problems that may arise. A few tips that might help you prior to and during the event are to expect a large crowd, slower traffic and delayed emergency services. You should fuel your vehicles beforehand and keep them locked. Stock up on groceries and necessities ahead of time. Keep your property lit, leash your pets and be aware of stranger danger. Above all, be friendly, helpful and extend a Grant County welcome. What a great opportunity to showcase our county. Who knows, a visitor may decide to move their family and a job-based company to our area which could help our local economy and schools. Don’t miss out on our next chamber meeting Thursday, March 16. The business meeting begins at 11 a.m. at the Chamber, then adjourns to the Outpost at noon for our luncheon meeting. Our guest speakers will be Tygh Campbell and Colby Marshall from the Silvies Valley Ranch who will be sharing plans and job opportunities for their July 2017 opening of the new Western Frontier Experience. See you at our meeting.
Spring is around the corner!
Jerry Franklin is the president of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce.