Visitors bureau, chamber work hard to make our region a better place

Among the seemingly-more popular pastimes of at least a segment of the local populace is complaining there’s “nothing to do here.” Clearly those people have never seen “The List,” which is published every year in The Sentinel and will be this year on Saturday in our Living section.

The annual list of Goose Day-related celebrations, activities, special offers and events has been released by the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau. If you can’t wait until Saturday’s Sentinel to see it, you can find it online at www.juniatarivervalley.org.

Many of the Goose Day-related activities and events planned by local businesses and organizations are the result of encouragement and support from the local visitors bureau and their partners at the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, organizations which are owed a debt of gratitude for their efforts promoting the Juniata Valley, not just for the Sept. 29 celebration, but year-round.

And, lest some think that, the visitors bureau is about more than just Goose Day. In addition, those hard-working folks are planning the popular annual Festival of Ice, scheduled for Dec. 5-6 this year in downtown Lewistown, have been the driving force behind the installation of attractive new street banners in both Lewistown and Mifflintown, have hosted motivational speaker Dar Williams to help people see the community optimistically, have been active on a variety of social media platforms with photos and videos and have continued to support other organizations like Community Partnerships, Friends of the Embassy and others.

The chamber is no slouch either, as that group has hosted leadership training seminars, entrepreneurial meetups and the women’s symposium, among other events designed to make the Juniata Valley an attractive place in which to conduct business.

It’s clear our region is fortunate to have people so dedicated to championing it to the rest of the world and it’s long overdue that those folks get the recognition they so richly deserve.

Thank you for all you do to make the Juniata Valley a better place. It wouldn’t be the same without your efforts.