The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau invites all community members to celebrate with them at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, November 19th beginning at 12 PM. Due to COVID-19 this year’s meeting will be held virtually on Zoom and streamed live on the Chamber’s Facebook page. Executive Director Sara Neer explains, “This was a difficult decision for the Board of Directors to make, as the Annual meeting is always our biggest event of the year and our most successful fundraiser. Every year we look forward to making it a special evening to celebrate our community and our members. We held out as long as we could and made the call to go virtual this year. Our biggest priority is ensuring the safety and health of our members and to assist in the success of their businesses. We have all made incredible sacrifices this year and we want to do everything we can to keep businesses open and our economy moving.” An optional boxed lunch will be offered for $15 and can be picked up “drive thru style” at the Chamber the day of the event. The meeting will be about an hour long and will include a recap of the year, induction of the 2021 board of directors, and an awards presentation.
There is no cost to attend. Please register with the Chamber by calling 937-653-5764 or emailing email@example.com. Once registered, you will be provided with a link to join the meeting.
Funds aimed to help small business hit by pandemic
“Our local economy has been negatively impacted with the Coronavirus and our small businesses are some of the hardest hit,” said Marcia Bailey CEP Economic Development Director. “These funds are an expense reimbursement grant and will help get the businesses through this difficult time."
To qualify for the grant program, businesses must:
Businesses that have received funding for expenses arising from the pandemic cannot submit the same expenses for reimbursement under the CARES Grant for Champaign County Small Businesses.
“We are so appreciative of our small businesses and although there is great uncertainty, Champaign County is hopeful that businesses receiving these grant funds will successfully persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic.” Bailey said.
Applications and grant guidelines are available at www.champaignworks.com/CARESGrantChampaignCounty beginning October 30, 2020. Application deadline is November 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Due to the short application period, we recommend you apply as soon as possible. In order to assist you, please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses are also encouraged to visit https://businesshelp.ohio.gov for additional assistance. Governor DeWine announced CARES Act funding through the State of Ohio for small business and others that have been impacted financially by the pandemic.
By Chelsea Bray-Elle A. Design
Five Reasons to Move to a Small Town
If you have been thinking about making the move to a small town for a while, here are five more reasons that will make you want to take the leap. Often the charm of a small town is the more relaxed way of life and having more space of your own to enjoy. There are so many more benefits to living in a smaller community that you might not know about!
1. Lower Cost of Living
This is a pretty common reason to want to live in a smaller town but often when we think of cost of living, we focus on housing. Many times, everything from gas prices to grocery prices will be cheaper in a small town so your money will go a lot further. You will save money and have more room to live when you move to a small town.
2. Community Appeal
Getting to know your neighbors, sitting on your front porch, and waving to strangers may seem like things from a movie but they are things that actually happen in a small town. It is easy to build connections and relationships with people and become a part of the community. You will get to know the people you interact with every day and they will get to know you too.
3. Less Competition for Small Business Owners
If you are moving to a smaller town to start a business, this could mean less competition for you! Trading the constant traffic for a very loyal customer base could mean more success for your business. There is also a chance that the business you want to open doesn’t even exist in that town and there may be a need for it that you can fill.
4. Shorter Commutes and Less Traffic
If you are tired of spending hours a day in your car, moving to a small town could be the change you need. Rush hour isn’t going to hold you up from getting home and spending time with your family. Plus, your overall commute will most likely be shorter, giving you more time to sleep in or spending time doing things you want to do.
5. Smaller Schools and Churches
When you live in a small town, the people in your community become an extension of your family. Knowing everyone you go to church with makes the experience more valuable and everyone takes care of each other. Kids that go to smaller schools have smaller class sizes and really get to know their teachers. Their teachers are people known in the community and take pride in helping each student grow.
Whether you are looking for a place to retire, raise a family, or just a place to slow down, a small town may be for you. Take some time to visit some small towns to see what your life could be like. For more info on visiting the small towns that make up Champaign County, and finding one that might be perfect for you, click here.
By Chelsea Bray - Elle A. Design
Fall is the start of the holiday season and is a great time to change up your dinner menu to reflect the cooler weather. If you are looking to test out new recipes to use for the holidays, or if you just want to change it up a bit, these recipes are a great place to start. They have withstood the test of time and have been passed down through generations, so you know they will be a hit in your household too!
Start dinner with a Cranberry Pork Roast. Nothing says “festive fall meal” like adding cranberries to a roast. Not only is this recipe tasty, it is incredibly easy to make. Take the work out of your weekday dinner and put your slow cooker to good use. The gravy from this roast makes the perfect topping for homemade mashed potatoes. Serve with a side of green beans and it will feel like Thanksgiving on a random weeknight.
Cranberry Pork Roast – Submitted by Sheryl Pena
1 boneless rolled pork loin roast, 2 1/3 to 3 lbs.
1 16 oz can jellied cranberry sauce
½ cup sugar
½ cup cranberry juice
1 tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp ground cloves
2 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs cold water
Salt to taste
Place pork roast in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mash cranberry sauce; stir in sugar, cranberry juice, mustard and cloves. Pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast and keep warm. Measure two cups of cooking juices and pour into saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Combine cornstarch and cold water to make a paste; stir into gravy. Cook and stir until thickened.
After dinner, it is time for pumpkin pie – the ultimate fall dessert! If you have tried every recipe for pumpkin pie, but still haven’t found “the one”, you need to try this recipe. Make it in advance, store it in the fridge, and it will be ready for any occasion. Top it with caramel sauce or whipped cream for the perfect end to an easy weeknight meal.
Sweet and Dark Pumpkin Pie – Submitted by Judy Fleming Tullis – Recipe by Viola Northup Corbett
1 large can of pumpkin
¾ cup evaporate milk
2 cups sugar
2 ½ Tbs Cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp nutmeg
Blend all ingredients well. Put into two deep dish pie crusts. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, then at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or longer. A toothpick should come out clean when stuck in the middled if the pie is done.
The recipes in this article were sourced from “Champaign Tastes: Champaign County Bicentennial Cookbook” compiled by Champaign County Bicentennial Cookbook Committee in 2005. Currently, there is a copy of the book at the Champaign County Historical Society Museum, in Urbana, Ohio. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 1am-2pm and is full of the rich history of Champaign County. If you are interested in becoming involved with the historical society you can volunteer or donate to help them continue to preserve the history of our amazing county.
Fundraiser raffle benefits CACC
The CACC had hopes of celebrating this anniversary with an event commemorating the years of its dedication. All those years ago, one, maybe two people had the discussion of how to best serve the community and efficiently utilize local funds to provide financial support to the caner patients in the county. Through their hard work and commitment, the CACC was born.
Raffles going on now
As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, two events are happening. Amy Jumper and the Hair Closet are auctioning off gift baskets. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets can be purchased via Venmo @Amy-Jumper-2 or, by CashApp @haircutter or by stopping in the salon at 104 S. Main Street, Urbana.
Meeting the needs and relieving the financial burden of the cancer patients in the community continue to be the focus of the CACC. It is the CACC’s goal to alleviate this stress to hopefully provide a better outcome as local patients go through these life-changing events. The CACC’s patient services director compassionately assists patients through the process. These days of medical facility reorganization is making this a more patient-involved process.
Nonetheless, CACC volunteers are working to provide the least stress and greatest assistance to the community, a goal begun through the foresight of its initial board and continued due to the committed community, corporate sponsors and dedicated volunteers throughout the years.
To be a part of fundraisers or support, donations may be made via the CACC website www.cancerassociationofchampaigncounty.org or mailing to CACC, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio.