Wellsville chamber selects business of the month

Pictured (from left) are Sheryl Gibson, chairman Paul Blevins, and Simply Sweet Cakes owner/operator Ashley Haddox (Photo by Steve Rappach)

WELLSVILLE — Nominations are still being accepted for the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce for the 2018 calendar year, as discussed during the chamber’s monthly luncheon Thursday.

Chamber chairman Paul Blevins provided an update on the nominations for the chamber’s six officer positions, scheduled to be voted on by the chamber in November.

So far, according to Blevins, the nominations currently consist of Sheryl Gibson for chamber president, Greg Stewart for vice president, Roxanne Hall for recording secretary, Tracee Murphy for correspondence secretary, Connie Bauer for treasurer, and LaDawn Whitman for assistant treasurer. Of the candidates, Stewart and Whitman would seek their first office with the chamber, while Hall, Murphy and Bauer are incumbent candidates. Gibson currently serves as assistant treasurer.

Jim Saracco currently serves as the chamber’s interim president following the resignation of Randy Allmon, who stepped down in August after eight years as president to focus on his efforts with the village as councilman, chairman of council’s Finance Committee and as a member of the village’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, which oversees the village’s finances during the fiscal emergency.

Saracco, who also served as the chamber’s vice president, was absent from Thursday’s luncheon due to illness.

Blevins said that those who are interested in running for an office may contact him. Meanwhile, Christmas Parade Committee chairperson Gibson reported that the chamber has been preparing for its upcoming Christmas festivities, to which work is anticipated to start in the beginning of November.

Gibson reported that two volunteers have agreed to decorate the Main Street Gazebo with decorations currently utilized in the village, and also stated that the chamber will decorate one Christmas tree, which is located at Imagination Park on Main Street and was donated earlier this year by Mayor Nancy Murray. Gibson said the chamber will also work with local couple Ron and Julie DuMoulin, who usually handle maintenance at the park. Gibson also reported that letters will be sent out next week for anyone who wishes to participate in the upcoming Christmas Parade, scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 25, or make a donation to help towards the event. The chamber’s Light Up Night tree lighting ceremony will follow immediately after the parade.

“Everything is coming together because we’re working on stuff early,” Gibson said. “We’re not waiting until the last minute when it’s freezing cold.”

The parade will be held on the same day that the village’s Christmas in the Village celebration, which takes place from noon until 5 p.m., and will feature vendors, music and community Christmas caroling. In other matters, the chamber recognized Simply Sweet Cakes of Main Street–the location for Thursday’s luncheon– as the October Business of the Month. Owner/operator Ashley Haddox accepted the chamber’s new “Business of the Month” banner following the recognition.