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Welcome to Chamber Insights - February 2009. Complete Issue

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Editor and feature writer: Sue StiversPresident's Message: Donna Stotts Feature Writers:Dan Koger, Ramie Hutchison, Billy Joe Fudge

The Purpose of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is to promote and enhance the Business, Cultural, Educational and Civic Well Being of Columbia and Adair County.


"Thought of the Month"

4 Things You Cannot Recover...

The Stone...after the throw
The Word...after it's said
The Occasion...after the loss
The Time....after it's gone


President's Message

As many of you may already know, March is Membership Month at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. Vice-President Stephen Keen is the Chairman and President Elect, Ron Heath is the Co-Chairman of the 2009 Campaign. Our community has so much to look forward to this year with the long awaited by-pass, to the construction of new businesses at Holliday Place. Please contact the Chamber office to become a part of our excitement.

Maury Cox from the Kentucky Diary Council was the speaker at the February Monthly Meeting. His information about the dairy industry in Kentucky was very interesting and it was great to hear that Adair County is 2nd in the state in milk production. Great job Adair County dairies!!! Rowe Farms Inc. was the Corporate Sponsor and after Billy Rowe explaining the day and life of the dairy farmer, we all had a greater respect for a bowl of ice cream.

The Annual Chamber Banquet is just around the corner on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 PM at the Lindsey Wilson College Cranmer Dining Center. Ballots will soon be in the mail to choose outstanding leaders for 2009.To be nominated is quite an honor.The few days we have had of warmer weather is a promise of what's to come. With that in mind, don't hesitate to call the Chamber office to book the Roadside Park Pavilion for your Reunions, Birthday Parties, Etc. Call the office at 270-384-6020 for more information. Donations are accepted for the use and this helps to keep the park maintained.

Corporate Sponsor of the Month - Rowe Farms, Inc.

The Chamber expresses thanks and appreciation to Rowe Farms for being the corporate sponsor of the February monthly meeting. They provided several varieties of Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese as door prizes which were made at Kenny's dairy farm in Austin, Ky. This was a real hit with those attending and they also had an opportunity to sample three new varieties of cheese now on the market for sale.

Rowe Farms, Inc. is a dairy farm owned by Billy and Freddy Rowe, a father - son operation along with their families, Hanna (wife of Billy), Bridget (wife of Freddy) and their son William. Billy is a 1969 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College and Western Kentucky University where he earned a BS degree in Agriculture. His son, Freddy received his degree from Lindsey Wilson College in their second our year graduating class. Billy had a short career as a high school Ag teacher before returning home to Adair County to begin farming with his father Nathan and his uncle Milford.

The Rowe Dairy Farm began in 1955 when brothers Milford and Nathan started with a total of 12 milk cows. The dairy grew at a slow rate and tobacco production was a large part of the operation.

Billy purchased 50% of the farm in 1989 after the death of his uncle Milford, and Freddy purchased the other 50% interest in the farm from his grandmother Faye Rowe in 1998.

The Rowe's have 4 full time employees and use seasonal employees in peak times such as silage chopping. One of their employees has been milking on the Rowe Farm for almost 50 years. Today, the Rowe's farm over 500 acres which is becoming closer and closer each day to being a part of the City of Columbia.

The dairy operation has grown into their only enterprise. At the present time they are milking 205 cows, with a total of 230 cows and over 200 heifers on the farm. They are shipping 15,900 lbs. of milk each day. In 2008 the Rowe Farm produced a little over 4.5 million pounds of milk. This equals almost 525,000 gallons, or about 30 gallons for every man, woman and child in Adair County.

A typical day on the Rowe Farm begins with the first employee arriving at 1:30 AM and ends with Freddy or Billy leaving at 9:30 PM.... and sometimes they make a return trip back to the farm between 11:00 PM and 12:00 PM. Their dedication to the dairy industry shows why they are successful.

Billy said "the economy is affecting people on the farm just like it is everyone else." "Our milk income as almost $29,000.00 less this year than it was the year before, just because of the difference in the price of milk."

Even with their busy schedule, the Rowe's find time to be active volunteers in helping make Columbia and Adair County a great place to live. They are members of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and actively involved in community organizations and Church. Billy serves as American Dairy Association (ADA) Director for district 8 which consists of Adair and Russell County, and Kentucky Dairy Development Council (KDDC) Director for district 5 which consists of Adair and Taylor Counties. He continues to serve as Treasurer of the Adair County Jaycees, a position he has held for several years. Hannah represents the Maryland-Virginia Milk Corporation. Freddy serves on the Adair County Extension Council and along with his family is actively involved at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Billy represented the Rowe Farms, Inc. in speaking to the Chamber about their dairy operation and presented the guest speaker Maury Cox, Executive Director of the Kentucky Dairy Development Council.

Tribute to Agriculture and Especially the Dairy Farmer

RUBBER BOOTS
By Billy Joe Fudge

The clock reads four AM,
Rubber boots set by the door.
Coffee, the only prelude to
Silent feet upon the floor.

Outside, silos, concrete monuments
Stretch toward reddened sky.
Security lights begin to dim
As cattle groan and blow nearby.

The day, now placid and calm
Will soon erupt into song.
A tune played over and over
On days that are hot or cold and long.

Then the serenity is ruptured
By vacuum pumps bawling calves and coughing.
Each "old friend" communicates by
Standing still, swishing tail or stomping.

Summer Days filled with seed,
Fertilizer, diesel fuel, sweat and dust.
Filled with paper work, silage,
Tractors hay and sometimes disgust.

Wintertime is dark, long and cold.
Its drop cords, starting fluid and ice.
There are frozen pipes, swollen udders,
Mud and darting, big eyed field mice.

Yet, thank God, there's peace,
Purpose and eating out on Friday night.
Church, little league, friends
And baby calves-what a sight!

A wholesome life of rook parties,
Neighbors and cokes at country stores,
Seminars, deer and quail and
Short vacations on distant shores.

Now the clock reads 10 PM,
Rubber boots set by the door.
Only two things that can be heard-
An I love you, and a snore.
New Member Hi-Lights

The Chamber is extremely happy to have a new member to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce

Columbia Pawn & ATV, located at 500 Jamestown Street in Columbia - 270-384-5523 - Owners Brenda & Gary Mann

By joining the Chamber, you become a part of an organization that is dedicated to the economic growth and prosperity of Columbia and Adair County. Your investment in the Chamber means an "investment" in "your community". This is your Chamber... your voice in our community...helping to make "Columbia-Adair County "A Good Place To Call Home".

Looking Ahead

March 17 - Monthly Chamber Meeting - 11:45 AM at Columbia Methodist Church; Corporate Sponsor - Aaron Medical Center, Dr. Phil Aaron. Guest Speaker - Dr. Joseph Zadon, Jr.

Dr. Zadon is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with offices in Columbia and Bowling Green. A catered meal will be served. Reservations must be made for the meal by calling the Chamber office at 384-6020 not later than noon on Friday, March 13. For additional information contact Executive Director Sue Stivers or Kathy Johnson, Administrative Assistant.

What Makes March Special

Luck of the Irish with St. Patrick's Day is the beginning of Spring. March is just around the corner and most of us are anxiously waiting for the Spring season to arrive. It is the month for happenings such as NCAA March Madness, Ash Wednesday, Oscar Night, International Earth Day, St. Patrick's Day, just to mention a few.

Look for ways to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Some suggestions are:A get away from the winter blues for a week-end out of town, serve green refreshments or make a green dessert such as Pistachio Pudding, for your family and friends.

Businesses may want to decorate with shamrocks and leprechauns, have percentages off and let customers draw discount coupons from a pot of gold, give green crayons to the kids, or present an Irish poem to each customer. Think of other clever ways to draw customers into your place of business.

"Unity"--The Area's Top Recession Fighting Weapon
By Dan Koger, Associate Professor of Communication, Lindsey Wilson College
The current recession hasn't dampened Ron Heath's vision for Columbia.

Heath, former Chief Development Officer for Lindsey Wilson College, is President-Elect of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. His term of office won't start until next January, but he's already thinking of ways to help meet the community's economic and business needs.

Despite alarming financial conditions over the past year, both nationally and in Kentucky, Heath believes area residents have a not-so-secret weapon to fight recession- each other.

His view: "We all need to stick together and try to help each other through these tough times."

When he talks about unity, Heath isn't just cheerleading for local businesses. He has some very specific thoughts on the economics of the subject.

First, he believes, now is not the time to panic."We've all been through tough times before and when things turn around we've been stronger because of it," he said. "One way we can help one another right now is to shop locally as much as possible."

Consider a dollar spent locally to buy gas for a car. That dollar travels through the community several times. The gas station owner may use it to buy dinner at a restaurant. From there a waitress may use it to buy groceries at the super market. The clerk at the market may use it to get a haircut. Round and round the dollar goes, helping people wherever it stops."Spend that dollar elsewhere," Heath says, "and all that extra bounce-around value leaves the community."

Buying locally is only the first of several thoughts Heath has about "unity." The second involves bringing new dollars into the area. He agrees with rural economic development gurus who recommend communities inventory existing resources and find creative ways to use them more effectively. Heath believes Columbia and Adair County are in an ideal location to attract more tourist dollars.

"Any money tourists spend injects new dollars into the local economy. We have the opportunity to increase the number of tourists by being more creative and energetic about how we present and promote our tourist attractions."

For example, he says, "thousands of visitors come to Lake Cumberland and Green River Lake each year. When they aren't out on the water they're looking for interesting places to go and things to do. We need to think carefully about how to use the historic and soon-to-be vacated courthouse and what we can do to make the square come alive with activity."

One option Heath considers a real possibility is to encourage area artists and artisans to locate on the square.

"Adair County has more than two dozen artists and artisans," he says. "But right now they are almost 'invisible' to visitors because their studios are scattered throughout the county. "Finding a way to locate some of them in vacant space on the square would help draw more tourists, and stimulate business."

But there's still more to Heath's "unity" vision. Another potential source of new money is to attract retirees and couples looking a safe and affordable place to live and raise a family.

Increasingly, people tired of the urban rat race are looking for a place where the quality of life is high and the cost of living is low. Heath himself is a prime example. He and his wife chose to settle in Columbia when he retired last year.

For this vision to become a reality it must be embraced by the community. We need to show everyone - area residents and visitors - that the slogan adopted by the Chamber two years ago "Adair County: A Great Place to Call Home" is not just empty words on paper.

"We must show people every day that Adair County is a great place," Heath says, "whether that person has lived here his/her whole life or is only visiting for a day. We need everyone talking to their friends what a great community this is to explore, shop, and most of all to live."

One reward for the community: more of those busy, hard-working dollars will be buzzing around the area's economic playground.


The Truth about Hi Definition
By Ramie Hutchison
Within the past year, Hi Definition (HD) programming has taken over the broadcast and film industry. Along with major networks such as ESPN, local news networks have made the digital transition as well. However, the major question that arises is, "What's the difference?"

You've probably entered the new Wal-Mart Supercenter and noticed the giant mosaic of HD TV's in the back of the store. Similar to Wal-Mart's TV display, a television's pixels are grouped like a mosaic as well. What separates Hi Definition picture from Standard Definition (SD) is the higher density of these pixels, allowing you to see every detail in the image being broadcast.

Those of you who have watched HD programming on an SD television would not have seen much of a difference in programming, but with the appropriate HD television and cables, your viewing experience will change forever. With crystal clear images, watching anything in HD is worth every penny.

However, you may be confused when purchasing an HD Television. The key is to look at the numbers. You may have seen the number 720p. This is the minimum quality of HD video. 720p has a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, a vertical resolution of 720 pixels and a horizontal resolution of 1280 pixels for a total of 921,600 pixels.

1080i also has a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, implying a horizontal resolution of 1920 pixels vertical resolution of 1080 pixels for a total of about 2.07 million pixels. Although 1080i has just as many the HD format 1080p, the difference is the "i" and the "p."

The "p" stands for progressive scan and the "i" stands for interlaced. Much like a basket, interlaced images are woven together to create a complete image increasing the possibility of dropout or flickering in the image. Progressive scan images are full and never woven together giving the viewer a clearer image that is less susceptible to flickering.

Remember, the higher the number, the better the quality.If you are interested in upgrading to Duo County Telecom's quality HD programming or have any questions concerning any of our services, please give us a call at (270) 378-4141.


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