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Many thanks to our Festival of the Pines 2021 sponsors for helping make this annual event a success. We couldn’t be more blessed to have you in the community supporting local family activities. Sponsor included:

Arletta’s Flowers and Gifts, A-Tech Automotive, A and L Trading Post, Duane and Tanya Baldwin, Biewer’s Saw Mill, Cardinal Creations, City2Shore, Cleaning Bee, Clover Family, C and W Portables, Dean Root Drywall, Devon Dracht, Don Roberts Body Shop, Don’s Auto, Don’s American Pizza, Edward Jones Neal Soenksen, Evergreen Excavating, Forest Area Credit Union, Four Seasons Dental Associates, Fox Motors of Cadillac, Freedom Kennel and Training Center, Getty Tree Farm, Matt and Angie Gunnerson, Hammer’s Pub and Grub, Allen Helsel, Roddie Helsel, Toddy and Robinne Helsel, Independent Bank, John Martin Siding, Kobiska Family, Harold and Theresa LaFond, LC Manufacturing, LC Tap House, Tim and Andrea Martin, Main Street Spectacles, McDonald’s Lake City, McLeod’s Tree Farm, Miller Construction, Newell’s Nursery, Pancho Villa’s, Pearson Well Drilling, Ray’s Landing and Repair, Tom and Diane Redman, Nicole Richardson, Scheper’s Agency Inc., Smith and Associates, Sons of American Legion, Sunshine Carpet Cleaning, Tasty Treat, The Patio on Main, TJ Trucking, Tom and Dawn Kaminski, Unique Sign Company, Town Pump, Don’s Auto Sales, Whipple and Co. and Green for Life Environmental.

Are you one of many who love going to festivals? For the food, music, art, fun, being outside, or even the free stuff (no one is judging you). Maybe it’s all of these things. Whatever the reason, supporting all local festivals, charitable fundraisers, and local groups and clubs also means you are supporting an entire community for generations to come. If you support the local population, the workers get better wages and benefits and the communities become more self-reliant. The more communities that are independent, the better it is for everyone.

All results of the Festival of the Pines events will be posted on the Lake City Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Thank you Missaukee County for your support.

Dear Missaukee County community, friends, and local business owners. This will be my last Chamber Corner article as I step down as Executive Director of the Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce on October 1st. This decision was not an easy one, but after much prayer and discussion, I think it is time to focus on my health and personal wellbeing. I have enjoyed so many heartwarming, professional relationships over the past two years. It was an absolute pleasure to work with a dedicated and supportive board of directors.

Thank you for all the support I’ve received since 2019. I had a lot of fun and met so many people. Some of these connections have become lifelong friends. I will be grateful for the opportunity this job and all the events and partnerships we have started since then. The chamber and the district will always have an important place in my heart.

I am grateful for the time and resources I have been able to share over the past year and a half with many challenges and very difficult decisions due to the safety and concern for the entire county. I think we have a great county and incredible members of this chamber. I want it to stay that way for many years to come.

I will pray while the Chamber Board searches for the next Executive Director, knowing that this person will do great things and take the Chamber to the next level. I am always here to help where I can.

For the past two years, I have been fortunate to serve on a board of directors that focused on the mission of supporting businesses and creating a more vibrant and stronger local economy. I believe the decisions we made during this time turned out to be the right one for everyone involved. I am very blessed and happy to be home.

My dream for the Lake City Area Chamber is simple; Keep believing, keep growing, and make Missaukee County a great place to live, work, raise your family and retire. Be sure, please keep supporting the locals, be kind to each other and listen to other points of view. Look for me around town to help wherever I can.

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