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Priestly and Uptown taking care of more than just hair needs in Norwood

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Heather Priestly and her business Uptown Salon have been helping women beyond their hair needs for the last 15 years. A Craig, Colorado native, she came to town 17 years ago and first set up shop in Naturita with a friend.

She later started her own salon in Norwood. First, she was in the office space where the laundry center on Grand Avenue now sits. After that, she occupied what is now Local Liquor.

She’s been at her current location — 1630 Grand Ave. — the last eight years.

There, she offers hair services like cuts, colors, perms and also facial waxing. Jessi Mills works in the shop also doing hair, as well as manicures, pedicures and gel nails too.

According to Priestly though, what they’re offering goes way beyond beauty services. She and Mills work to be present with clients in a way that means more than a haircut.

“My whole philosophy is when you’re in there, it’s about you,” she said. “It’s not about me or anything else, just making you feel good. … We honestly call it hair therapy.”

Priestly said most of her clients are like family. They talk to her about their lives. They spend time one-on-one with her, and important conversations take place. Priestly said people tend to confide in her, and those women know Priestly won’t share their personal stories on main street.

In fact, she has a sign inside the shop that reads, “What happens in the salon stays in the salon.” — and she means it.

In addition to the appointments that can be made through Uptown Salon, Priestly has retail items for sale. That includes Redkin, Lanza and Verb hair products, along with some Matrix and Amika.

She also sells therapeutic grade essential oils, something that Priestly said has meant a lot to her and her family’s overall health. She also carries some CBD products, like salve, that can support inflammation in the body.

Recently, Uptown Salon joined forced with Clutter Busters Consignment. Now, Sara Owens is also stocking a shelf in the salon with retail items that she interchanges regularly.

Weekly, the shop is open Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. Currently, the hours vary. Priestly said some days she’s there from 7:30 a.m. to around 3 p.m.; others she works 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mills tends to work in the evenings.

Uptown Salon will be open on Noel Night from 5 p.m. to around 8 p.m. after the parade. Priestly will serve sugar cookies and drinks. She’ll have drawings so that patrons can receive discounts. They’ll get anywhere from 10-50 percent off their purchases.

All customers who buy something are eligible to win an Amika Hot Tools item. Priestly said it’s similar to a flat iron, but has a brush and works even better.

“It’s easy to use, doesn’t take as long, and it’s not as damaging to hair,” she said. “It leaves volume in the hair, and doesn’t just straighten it.”

She’ll have other giveaways that night too.

Jessi Mills will also announce the winner of her makeover contest. Mills has the last few weeks been taking before and after photos of her clients’ cut and color appointments. The public has been voting for their favorites on Facebook. Through Uptown, Mills will give away a basket of hair care products.

For Priestly, another Noel Night is exciting. She’s close to celebrating nearly two decades doing business. That, she said, means a lot.

 

 

 

 

 

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Norwood Christian cares about community

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It was 38 years ago that what is now Norwood Christian Church was established. Originally, it was the Methodist building, and later it evolved into the town’s Christian church.

(One of the founding members, Davis Watson, is still there and an elder in the Christian Church.)

Five years ago, John Dotson came to Norwood from Nampa, Idaho with his wife Pam to serve as the church’s pastor. Dotson had already been a pastor at Victory Christian Church in Nampa for nearly 20 years. Before that, he worked in law enforcement, as a small business owner and a building contractor.

“They had a position here in Norwood, I saw it online, and we were looking for a smaller town,” Dotson said. “This is where we thought we would retire.”

Norwood Christian Church exists, Dotson said, for the community. Currently, Sunday school happens at 10 a.m.; Sunday worship service is at 11 a.m., and a children’s church is at 11:30 a.m.

Additionally, every Monday morning, the church hosts a men’s prayer breakfast, and the church’s youth group meets there on Sundays too.

In the past, the church has had some Wednesday church services, but at this time it does not. Previously, it’s also hosted town barbecues in the summer season. Dotson said new happenings are in the works for 2018.

Currently, more than 60 people are coming on Sundays. More than 90 came to the Christmas Eve service. Dotson said that’s a good turnout for a small town like Norwood.

“When you consider the town is 800 people, and we have 60 in church — that’s pretty good,” he said.

Additionally, Dotson does have Christian counseling services available, along with pre-marital and marriage counseling. He conducts funerals and marriage ceremonies also.

He said services at Norwood Christian are both traditional and contemporary, and Dotson said dress is casual. In fact, he always preaches in jeans and cowboy boots.

His goal is to simply give the congregation a message they can use throughout the week.

He also said the church accommodates other groups in Norwood: One local 4-H group meets there on Sunday evenings. Al-Anon has meetings there on Tuesdays. The Chamber of Commerce’s executive board has sessions in the basements there monthly.

Anyone interested in using the space, or meeting with Dotson personally should contact him.

“Want the building to be used by the community,” Dotson said.

Community is something Dotson says important. He said he cares about Norwood, and he wants other people to feel the same way.

He’s a member of the Planning & Zoning board and the president of the Norwood Chamber of Commerce. In the last few years, he’s served on the All Around Board, the Fair Board and the town’s beautification committee.

Now, he’s considering running for mayor. He said he has the time on his hands to work with local entities in town, and he has the passion to do it.

“It’s a wonderful town, first and foremost, and there are wonderful people here,” he said. “We need to continue to exist and prosper for those who do live here, and those who want to live here.”

 

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Norwood presents the JAM Ranch

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Jim and Gretchen Wells welcome those visiting Norwood to stay at the JAM Ranch, an elegant vacation property situated on 15 acres off the road 43ZS.

Located right outside of the town’s core district and 35 miles from Telluride, the home is a central location for outdoor recreation in San Miguel County. World-class skiing, some of the region’s finest mountain biking trails, incredible hunting and fishing opportunities and other activities are just miles away.

In the background, sweeping views of the La Sal Mountains, the San Juans and the Lone Cone make for quite a dramatic scene. The pastoral setting is home to wildlife — eagles, elk, deer — as well as horses and cattle with flowers and trees on location.

“The views are tremendous,” Gretchen Wells said.

The Wells family has lived at the site in another home for the last 40 years. At some point, several years ago, what would become the JAM Ranch was constructed adjacent to them. When the home was built, the family decided if the property ever came up for sale, they’d purchase it.

The Wells got that opportunity in 2005 and made a move. They’re so happy they bought the place. For them, having the JAM Ranch makes for additional space for their extended family who come to town, while serving as a rental property for extra income.

Named for the Wells’ three grown children — Jon, Adam and Mary — the place is frequently occupied.

Gretchen said she and her husband treat it with such care. They truly see it as an extension of their own home. She said her grown children love the home as much as she and her husband do.

The inside of Jam Ranch is quite arguably as beautiful as its surroundings. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the home is two-stories with a vaulted ceiling. A washer and dryer, a wood stove and other amenities provide all of the comforts of home.

Photo opportunities for guests will abound. An east-facing deck and westward-facing porch both provide for some seriously stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Wells said the JAM Ranch is available for weekly and nightly rental. According to her, it’s a great place for families and also groups of people to gather.

“We get a lot of hunters, a lot of bikers, a lot of 4-wheeling people and people who come to the rodeo, Pioneer Day or horse shows,” she said. “Many people who stay are here visiting family, and they like to stay close. … We have met some amazing people and made good friends.”

According to her, said some of the same hunters have been coming from out of town the last 12 years to stay at the JAM Ranch.

To contact the Wells family or inquire about the property, email Gretchen.Wells@gmail.com. All are invited to check out the listing on AirBnB and VRBO as well: https://www.vrbo.com/692605.

Wells said she’s very grateful for her daughter Mary for managing the details of the JAM Ranch, including the bookings and communicating with guests.

 

 

 

 

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Norwood installs new signage for tourism, safety

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New signs are springing up in Norwood, in the name of both tourism and also safety.

Both the Town of Norwood and the Norwood Chamber of Commerce have been working with the West End Economic Development Corporation, an organization which is working to beef up branding and marketing efforts, and especially economic growth, in the regional area.

WEEDC, though based in the West End, is helping Norwood to showcase its strengths and places of attraction. Promoting local trails, the equestrian opportunities and the food community are becoming a priority in the mission.

Norwood’s Town Administrator Patty Grafmyer told town trustees in the August meeting that the town has been given a grant award for new wayfinding signs.

Grafmyer said the town and the Norwood Chamber of Commerce will help to match those funds, with each organization contributing approximately $2,500. The award will make the new signs possible.

According to Grafmyer, similar signs in Naturita and Nucla are quite appealing, and she said the new signs will be a great addition to Norwood. Local officials hope the signs will beautify the town, show community pride and guide visitors.

“That’s what we would do with maps and places we think people would like to visit,” she said.

Grafmyer said the Pocket Park in Norwood would also receive a new sign.

To increase safety and to also slow traffic on the school’s road, both the town and chamber have been discussing signage ideas.

In August, just in time for school to start, a new crosswalk and a four-way stop were established at the intersection of Summit and Lincoln streets and adjacent to Prime Time Early Learning Center.

The chamber has also been considering sponsoring flashing speed-limit signs on both ends of Summit Street to slow traffic. Chamber of Commerce President John Dotson has said some people traveling east on Highway 145 turn into Norwood at rather fast speeds, and that can be problematic. Summit Street is home to the fairgrounds, preschool and Norwood School.

The signs up for consideration would be stationary and solar-powered. A few citizens have expressed their opinions and concerns that additional signage may be too much for the street.

Still, Dotson said the chamber is happy to cover the signage costs if residents and the town want to see them established.

“Yes, we will if the town decides to install them,” Dotson said.

Grafmyer said the additional flashing signs cost $1,500 each, and those have not been ordered yet. She said a step-by-step approach in looking at the speeding issue can be taken for now.

Dotson also said the option of placing just one sign at the county building on the west side of Summit Street, closer to the highway, is another option.

Dotson will attend the Town of Norwood’s next monthly meeting, Sept. 13, to further discuss the issue and to offer the chamber’s assistance and support.

All are invited to the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting. Those are scheduled the third Wednesday of each month. The next is Sept. 20.

 

 

 

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Chamber works to keep beautifying Norwood

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The Norwood Chamber of Commerce remains committed to beautifying the town, continuing its grant-making tradition for businesses to make improvements. This year, the chamber is also including homeowners in its vision for giving back.

Two years ago, in 2015, the chamber awarded a grant to the Lone Cone Restaurant and Bar for the purpose of updating its main street exterior.

Last year, the chamber sponsored a similar beautification grant award, but Dotson said no business applied for the funds then. Because of the lack of requests, the chamber took some available funds to repair specific sidewalks in the town’s core district.

“We are trying again to spruce up Norwood,” chamber president and pastor of Norwood Christian Church John Dotson said.

Once again, the grant opportunities are available. The chamber is ready to award funds to a local business along with a homeowner, or another local business along Grand Avenue. Dotson said the grant money is for improving the appearance of building exteriors that face the main street and helping to make Norwood look good.

“We at the Chamber are so excited to be able to open up the beautification grant to residents this year as well as to businesses,” board member Carrie Andrew said. “We are so excited to see the efforts that the community is already doing in regards to cleaning up and beautifying their properties and want to provide a little money to help accomplish some of the more expensive projects.”

Grant applications can be obtained on the chamber’s website: http://geazytech.com/bcimedia/norwoodcolorado. Those are due by Aug. 25, 2017.

Grants are available in the amount of $1,000 for a business, and $1,000 for a private residence or a second business.

Dotson said it’s important that grant applications specify how an award would be used to beautify an exterior. He said funds can go toward painting, purchasing siding materials, updating landscaping or for something else. That can also mean main street sidewalk repair.

The chamber’s executive board of directors will convene to determine the grant award winners. The recipients will be announced this month, no later than Aug. 31.

Chamber officials have made it clear in the grant application that the exterior work they select to receive funding should be finished by the end of October this year.

Completed grant applications should be mailed to the Norwood Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 116, Norwood, Colorado  81423.

Anyone with questions should contact Dotson personally. He can be reached by calling 327-0201.

The chamber is also working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to improve the look of the triangle area, the island, at the west end of Grand Avenue. Dotson said officials from CDOT must first approve upgrades there. According to Dotson, gravel will likely go in this year, and next summer the chamber plans to plant a variety of flowers.  The chamber will seek grant funding for the landscaping.

“The more attractive our town looks the more travelers passing through want to stop and patronize our businesses,” Andrew said.

 

 

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Backcountry Inn offers excellent rooms plus camping

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The Backcountry Inn — located at 1160 Grand Avenue on the west end of town— continues to be one of Norwood, Colorado’s best options for lodging. Just 35 miles from Telluride and 99 miles from Moab, Utah, the destination sits in the middle of some of the Western Slope’s most beautiful scenery.

After a complete remodel in 2010, the motel has built a faithful clientele of hunters, bikers, cyclists, longtime visitors and more. Walking distance from the local grocery store and main street restaurants, the Backcountry Inn offers an ideal, yet quiet, location.

Along with 10 very comfortable and clean rooms that feature Wi-Fi, Dish television and pillow-top beds, motel guests also enjoy the use of mini-refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. Some rooms feature bunk beds.

Complimentary tea, coffee and homemade chocolate chip-toffee cookies are another bonus.

Recently, the inn begun a continental breakfast with Indian Ridge granola, yogurt, fruit, cereal, bagels and pastries with milk and juice.

“It makes it nice for people, and our business travelers really like that,” said manager Laurie Hunter. Hunter manages the inn with her husband Erlend Greulich.

These days, as another option, recreationists, visitors and tourists can also use the motel for a camping spot. The Backcountry Inn has campsites available on the property.

In 2014, inn owners Mark and Patty Beagley began seriously considering the idea of offering camping after they discussed the possibility with officials from the Norwood Chamber of Commerce. Then, the chamber realized there was a real need for a camping area within the town’s limits.

Since then, the camping option has existed, and for hunters, especially, the sites have become an asset to Norwood. The state wildlife area at Miramonte Reservoir, however beautiful, is several miles outside of town. Similarly, camping on U.S. Forest Service roads also can make for quite a trek back into the Town of Norwood.

On the contrary, camping at Backcountry Inn allows for an affordable, outdoor option in a quiet setting with access to showers and bathrooms. The tent sites are located on an open, grassy area behind the motel. Charcoal grills and a picnic table are added amenities for guests.

Three RV camping spots are available there too. Those sites include hook-ups for water, sewer and electricity.

Since the camping option was established, the owners have worked to improve the tent sites and increase advertising. Currently, the Backcountry Inn is the only facility offering camping in town.

Additionally, four trailer houses are available behind the motel, and those can be rented for an extended stay or for long-term.

With Norwood’s trails systems blossoming and the openings of Thunder Road Trails and Burn Canyon Trails attracting recreationists from other parts, Norwood’s camping option at the Backcountry Inn is filling a need.

Hunter said summer tends to be the busy season, but fall is another story altogether.

“In hunting season, we will fill every bed in every room,” she said. “People are coming from all over the Midwest and the South — They come back every year and book a year in advance because they like staying here. And we have lots of parking, and people with big trucks like that.”
Anyone interested in reserving a campsite or regular lodging should call 327-4232.

 

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5 things you’ll want to check out in Norwood, Colorado this summer

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Whether you’re a Colorado native, or visiting the “colorful state” this summer, you don’t want to miss checking out Norwood. Located on the Western Slope, Norwood has been attracting cowboys since they first rode through and made the area home in the 1880s.

Framed by some of the Rockies’ finest peaks, herds of black Angus and lush, green hay fields add to Norwood’s stunning scenery.

There are five things you won’t want to miss this summer in this horseman’s paradise.

  • First, check out the area’s new trail systems. Both Thunder Road Trails and Burn Canyon Trails are open and designed for multi-use. Trail heads can accommodate horse-trailer parking, and these rides make for dramatic scenery changes. On your way, stop by Indian Ridge Bakery on Norwood’s Grand Avenue for freshly baked pastries and coffee.
  • Norwood’s annual rodeo takes place July 28-29. A decades’ long tradition, you’ll find professional rodeo cowboys and local talent, along with food, a beer garden and plenty of activities for kids, like mutton bustin’ and stick horse races. A two-day event, you might as well stay the night at the Back Country Inn, walking distance from the arena.
  • For equestrians practicing the English disciplines, Deb Hindi will give a series of clinics this summer at the San Miguel Basin Fairgrounds. A veteran teacher with a background in jumping and dressage, she’s attracted a local following in Norwood. See her schedule online: http://www.sanmiguelcounty.org/calendar.aspx?CID=23.

When your schooling ends, discuss the day over wine and pizza at Maggie’s on the main street.

  • Have some fun and capture the moment with local photographer Sage Carver. She’s created a name for herself taking portraits of all ages, including kids. Bring your horse, wear your western duds and smile for the camera. Use Norwood’s Lone Cone Peak as your backdrop.

Afterward, check out real estate in the Norwood area. You’ll be impressed by what the local market holds in terms of ranches and horse properties.

  • As summer wraps up, don’t miss Norwood’s Pioneer Day event. A local holiday celebrating the town’s homesteading heritage, you’ll find a parade, a chuck wagon meal, a car show and old-fashioned kids games in town.

And that time of year, you’ll want to get your hands on heirloom apples. Try the FRESH Food Hub, next to the Lone Cone Bar and Restaurant. The folks in the shop can tell you which varieties are best for baking, juicing or just plain eating. Be sure to save a sweet one for your horse.

A quiet and peaceful destination, Norwood is still somewhat of a secret. This summer, come experience the grandeur of the area, and the equine-related opportunities that abound.

Norwood Chamber of Commerce President John Dotson said Norwood is a place to get excited about.

“From the many recreational opportunities to business opportunities, surrounded by the strong family atmosphere, our moto ‘Echoes of The West’ represents our heritage as a cowboy town,” he said. “We embrace this as we move forward into an even more exciting and productive 21st century.
For more information check out our website, www.norwoodcolorado.com, and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NorwoodColorado/.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clark’s Market serves Norwood

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Brad Perkins has been managing Clark’s Market of Norwood for the last 10 years. The small town grocery store, located on Grand Avenue in the heart of town, has been “Clark’s” for as long as he’s been there.

Before that, he said the market existed under other names. Do any of you in Norwood remember? Perkins said he thinks the store has been there roughly 25-30 years. Old-timers in the Norwood community will probably better know the history.

(Feel free to post your feedback below in the comments section.)

Working as the GM for Clark’s, Perkins manages approximately 30 employees. Together, they keep the local grocery store running efficiently to supply Norwood with its basic food and household needs.

Clark’s Market offers a meat department, a deli for freshly sliced cheeses and meats, a produce section, a variety of beverages and more. Hot foods are prepared and ready for take-out, as are fresh salads. Greeting cards, school supplies, fresh flowers and candy are also in house, as are some medicines, cleaning supplies, automotive items and cooking wares.

Perkins said that since Norwood is such a diverse community, the store has adapted in order to meet the wide array of needs. He said it’s important that Clark’s have something for everyone. Some organic and gluten-free options are available in store. That includes breads, snack items, baking ingredients and produce options.

“We have a lot for a small store here,” he said. “We try to diversify our products for our customers. Us, compared to another rural or country store, we are different in what we carry.”

Clark’s is a longtime member of the Norwood Chamber of Commerce, and Perkins said the store prides itself in supporting Norwood and giving back to the community. Giving back, he said, is a part of Clark’s Market’s mission.

In the past, the grocery store has donated to various Norwood School events, sports programs, the Parent Teacher Association and more. He said the store is happy to help when it can in order to support local organizations.

Recently, the store acquired a new system for its cashiers. Perkins said the new registers and other equipment will be better for everyone. He said the technology will allow employees to do more for the customer and for offering promotions. Now, the staff are implementing the new system.

“It’s good for the store. We just have to figure it out first,” he said.

Clark’s is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Throughout the year, the store stays busy rather steadily, though summertime does see a boost in shoppers. Perkins said in addition to local people that make trips to Clark’s, the many campers headed west, along with seasonal tourists and fall hunters also help support the local grocery.

Holidays, too, seem to pick up a little, he said.

Perkins said it’s a pleasure serving Norwood.

“We love Norwood and thank everyone for their support,” he said. “And we love our locals.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heaven on the Cone Road

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Jim and Carol Fitzmorris have established another vacation rental for groups, families and travelers to the Norwood area. Located less than a mile up the 44ZN Road, the log and stone house offers an elegant living space in a charming, country setting.

The Fitzmorris family built their home five years ago, with care and style, and a part of that is available as a rental.

A type of duplex, the lower portion of the home has a separate, private entrance. The lower unit features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it can sleep eight people. At approximately 2,000 square feet, the space accommodates families very well, Carol Fitzmorris said. The great room, an open-concept floor plan, enables the kitchen, dining room and living room to remain united.

Fitzmorris said she wanted guests to be able to cook with ease. For this reason, she installed a 36-inch six-burner gas stove for them there.

At the same time, the Fitzmorris do have a loft available, along with two rooms in their personal home — adorned with aspen wood, vaulted ceilings and a skylight —  that they make available on AirBnB.

For some occasions, the whole house can be rented.

New trees, landscaping, grasses, flowers and even a pond add charm to the vacation spot; Incredible views of the Lone Cone Peak make this property even more special.

The lower unit features a patio; the upper, a deck. Both outdoor spaces have a grill on site.

Fitzmorris said in the last few years, some have used the home as a wedding venue. Because of the hunting opportunities that abound in the Norwood area, some of the same hunters have come from out of state and continue to stay in her home. Most of them book a return trip to stay with the Fitzmorris one year in advance.

Just 2.5 miles outside of the Norwood’s core area, the property is a short distance to the grocery stores, Indian Ridge Bakery, the Happy Belly Deli and more.

A retired nurse, Fitzmorris is a caregiver by nature. She also worked in hospice for six years in the local area.

For her, having people come and go in and out of her home feels enjoyable. She likes the solitude of country living, but is happy to meet new people and share her space. She’s built relationships the last few years by getting to know the folks that stay with her and her husband.

She said she can’t say that she’s ever really had any bad experiences.

Though she doesn’t advertise that she cooks, she will often bring treats for her guests: scones or biscuits for those in residence for several days. She said she sees it as a way of giving back.

Well-behaved dogs are also welcome to the Fitzmorris venue, as long as they can get along with the cats.

“I like giving back,” she said. “And I love to share and open my home.”

Anyone interested in checking out the Fitzmorris’ property should visit VRBO, Homeway or AirBnB. Additionally, Fitzmorris can be reached by emailing carolfitzmorris@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chamber seeks board members

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Last week, the Norwood Chamber of Commerce held a board meeting to discuss several items of business. Now, the chamber needs new executive board members. The chamber operates as a nine-member board, and four seats are available.

Currently serving on the board are John Dotson (president), Carrie Andrew (vice-president), Justin Williams (secretary), Cindy Romani (treasurer) and John Bockrath (member-at-large).

To make it easier and more convenient for new members, Dotson said the chamber has cut down on the number of yearly meetings and also has moved them over to the Norwood Town Hall. (Previously they were at Norwood Christian Church.)

The board also wants the meeting venue to feel more open and welcoming. All business owners who join the chamber can come to executive meetings.

There, town officials, who are often already widely involved and who have knowledge of the annual calendar and upcoming events can listen in on the discussions and give their feedback too.

Dotson said he welcomes Norwood business owners to come and serve on the board. He wants them to give their input for the chamber’s direction.

Andrew said their presence is needed.

“We understand comments have been made that the executive board members are from nonprofits and government, but we have flexible schedules and we are able serve when businesses need to be open and earning their revenue,” she said. “But we would like other businesses to be represented on the executive board. We just need them to be at the meetings.”

The new board will help plan chamber-sponsored events and other town celebrations. That includes Pioneer Day and the Car Show (September), Noel Night (December), the annual Chamber Dinner (springtime) and more.

Sometimes other special events are also held, and Dotson said it’s important for the chamber board members to come together and support those as well. The board is planning for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony next month for the town’s new bike shop that recently opened on Grand Avenue. (The bike shop owners have requested to wait for publicity until their space is more organized and their inventory fully stocked.)

The chamber board will also support the new Lone Cone Library facility breaking ground this month.

Related to that new construction, director Andrew said the building process already is bringing more and more people to town. Contractors and other people involved in the construction process are creating traffic, visiting local businesses and perhaps staying overnight. She said they are likely shopping at the grocery story, eating in Norwood’s restaurants and maybe lodging at one of the hotels.

She said the library, along with the raw water system now being installed in the town, can increase commerce and support local businesses. She said the development of the infrastructure is already benefitting Norwood. According to her, the taxpayers — especially business owners who are funding the new library through the mil levy — are hopefully going to see a return in the form of commerce, she said.

She said the influx of people could also help support the town’s sales tax too, generating additional revenue.