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Welcome to Chamber Insights - May 2009. Complete issue

The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce
Editor and feature writer: Sue Stivers
President's Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writers: Dan Koger, Ramie Hutchison


<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""Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. But the really great people can make you feel that you, too, can become great"! -MARK TWAIN

President's Message

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for welcoming Chief Justice Daniel J. Ventors to the Annual Banquet in April. Once again attendance was great, at near 300. Congratulations to all the very deserving nominees and award winners. I would like to thank Sue Stivers and all others that commit each year to making this an event to be proud of for our Chamber.

The 7th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at The Pines on June 18th (rain delay June 25th). Grab your clubs and come on out for a day filled with fun, prize money, and lots of freebies. Shotgun Starts at noon. For information, call the Chamber office at 270-384-6020 or call Chairman Stephen Keen at Barger Insurance 270-384-2457.

The Picnic in the Park will be held June 16th at the Roadside Park on Hwy 55 South. Bank of Columbia will once again sponsor this fun event. Come early so you can check out Robert Flowers and his group as they prepare the burgers.

L.E.A.D. Adair County graduation will be held directly following the meal. Come and support and congratulate these individuals that have worked so hard. It will give you an opportunity to find out if L.E.A.D. is right for you or one of your employees.

The Chamber would like to congratulate the City and County for the success of PRIDE clean-up. I know all would agree that the success of this program is due to so many volunteers from all over the county. Thanks to all who participate and make "Columbia, Kentucky, A Great Place To Call Home".

Corporate Sponsor of the Month

The Chamber expresses their sincere thanks and appreciation to Mary Phelps-Hathaway for being the guest speaker and Corporate Sponsor for the May meeting.

Mary Phelps-Hathaway is a long time member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists having covered every major World Equestrian Games and Olympics since 1982. Her websites, horsesdaily.com, dressagedaily.com and phelpsphotos.com have been on line since 1997. In addition, Phelps-Hathaway is an Equine Insurance Specialist for Markel Corporation one of the oldest and most respected insurance companies in the United States specializing in horse mortality, major medical and farm owner and liability coverage

Phelps-Hathaway's family is an old Kentucky family from Jamestown, KY. Mary moved to Columbia in 2006 with her husband Jim Hathaway where their internet properties have thrived from the quality technology available in Adair County. "We came here to visit my Mom from our home in Florida during hurricane season, ended up buying 127 acres in Sparksville, and couldn't be happier", said Phelps-Hathaway.

Just two hours from the Kentucky Horse Park where Phelps-Hathaway has photographed major events since 1982, she is thrilled with the opportunity Kentucky has to host the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. "We have a great opportunity to show the world of horse lovers coming to the United States from Europe and the rest of the Country and South America, Australia and New Zealand why Kentucky is known as the "Horse Capital of the World". "I have no doubt that many will fall in love with this beautiful state, and want to explore and invest in all that we have here," said Phelps-Hathaway.

With the assistance of the World Equestrian Games organizing committee, Mary Phelps-Hathaway presented an informative and entertaining program describing the Games and offering ideas of how our county and region can entice visitors to explore our region to the 45 plus people attending the Chamber meeting.

Special Thank You's

The Chamber is grateful to Danny Bragg, Manager of our beautiful Wal-Mart Super Center for donating flowers to improve the appearance of the Chamber building. Ron and Ginny Heath volunteered to do the beautification project. They spent time doing the weeding, digging and putting out the flowers in the front and back of the Chamber building. Our special thanks to Danny Bragg and the Heath's for making not only the building, but the City of Columbia more attractive.

Hats off to Donnie Rowe and his staff for putting up the Redbud banners around the square in celebration of Redbud Month. The City of Columbia's street department does an outstanding job of assisting the Chamber with projects that help to improve the appearance of our town. They are also to be commended on the great job they do in keeping our City looking so good. Visitors are always giving compliments on what a clean and attractive City we have. I hope each of appreciate the efforts of our Mayor and employees in making Columbia a beautiful City.Dates to Remember

  • June 12: Relay for Life
  • June 13: Gradyville Homecoming - Bro. Bill Davenport
  • June 16: Chamber Picnic at the Roadside Park
  • June 18: Golf Tournament at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson
  • June 20: 13th Annual Russell Creek Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show-Garrison Construction Company
June a Great Month to Enjoy

Can you believe that by the end of June, the year 2009 will be half gone? Christmas will be here before we know it. But in the meantime, let's enjoy the wonderful month of June. It's the month to celebrate fathers of America with Father's Day, baseball season, Flag Day, dairy month, family vacations, a time to be courteous and polite in welcoming tourists to our city and county. June is also a huge wedding month. Brides will be marching down the aisle anticipating a romantic honeymoon getaway, while fathers look forward to relaxing.

Speaking of baseball season, have you ever heard of the "Green Monster"? That is the nickname given to the 37-foot, 2 inch left-field wall at Boston's Fenway Park, and home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Part of the original ballparks' 1912 construction...the wall is the highest in professional baseball and is famous for robbing hitters of home runs that could have easily cleared the walls of other ballparks. The Green Monster enhances the mystique of Fenway Park and often creates frustration for opposing batters. You may want to remember this when you watch your favorite pro team play at Fenway Park.

Businesses may find that June is a great month to offer discounts. Don't forget about the dads...offer discounts and "Dad Deals".

Motels and Bed & Breakfast Inns should remember to make it special because couples will always return to the place where they honeymooned. In room champagne/sparkling juice and fresh strawberries (complimentary of course) with a gift tag saying "Congratulations on your new marriage! We look forward to your first anniversary with us"!

A message similar to this could be used every time you have new people staying with you especially out of town people who are visiting relatives of Adair County families, or family members visiting their children at Lindsey Wilson College.

Tourists and local people will return to any type of business who makes them feel special. With the tourist season upon us, let me remind you to give those out-of-town people the red carpet treatment...they will return, plus they will tell their friends and neighbors that Columbia and Adair County is a great place to visit.

Get Address Marker Now!

Did you know that an address marker could save your life or the life of someone you know and love? If you do not already have one, you are encouraged to go to the Adair County Sheriff's office 424 Public Square in Columbia and purchase one for the low price of $10. The office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pmCT.

The reflective sign marker is a project of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce which was started 5 years ago. The cost to the Chamber is $9.00 per sign which gives $1.00 profit for the Chamber.

Wouldn't it be great if every home, business, school, church, fire station, playing fields, funeral homes, cemeteries, etc. had a reflective marker? This would make it easier for Emergency Services to find you more quickly when you need them. Yes, one of the signs could save your life or someone you know and love.

Let's be the first County in Kentucky where every place has a reflective address marker. If you do not know your house or business number, call Mary Allender, Address Coordinator at 384-4760.

The Chamber appreciates the Sheriff's office for providing this service to the people of Adair County. Former Sheriff Steve Cheatham volunteered to do this for the Chamber and we are grateful to Sheriff Ralph Curry and his staff for continuing that service. They do a great job and The Chamber says "Thank You". Also a special thank you to the people who have already purchased the markers and have them properly displayed...Remember to get your Marker!

Four Kinds of People

First, there are the cop-outs! These people set on goals and make no decisions.

Second, there are the hold-outs.They have a beautiful dream, but they're afraid to respond to its challenge because they are not sure they can make it. These people have lost all childlike faith.

Third, there are the drop-outs.They start to make their dreams come true. They know their role, they set their goals, but when the going gets tough, they quit. They do not pay the toll.

Finally, there are the all-outs.They are the people who know their role. They want and need and are going to be the stars...star students...star parents...star waitress. They want to shine out as an inspiration to others. They set their goals. They ask, "How can I live the one life I have and make it something beautiful?" The all-outs never quit, even when the toll gets heavy, they are dedicated and committed.Which Are YOU??????

Horse Expert's Opinion
Lexington's 2010 World Equestrian Games
Can Bring Dollars to Adair County


By Dan Koger, Associate Professor of Communication at Lindsey Wilson College

Mary Phelps-Hathaway may be the world's most qualified person to talk about the relationship between horse competitions and rural economic development.

Since 1996, she and her husband, Jim Hathaway, have operated a pair of horse-focused web sites, horsesdaily.com and dressagedaily.com. For the past 25 years Mary Phelps-Hathaway has sold photos and videos around the world of horses and horse participants in top equine competitions, from the Olympic Games to the World Equestrian Games. She's also an equine insurance specialist with Markel Insurance Co, in case you need to insure your horses against any number of potential disasters.

So when Mary Phelps-Hathaway says Adair County residents and businesses could benefit economically from next year's World Equestrian Games nearly 100 miles away in Lexington, it might be worth your while to listen.

Phelps-Hathaway and her husband recently bought acreage in Adair County, which represents a kind of homecoming for her after spending many summers as a child visiting the Phelps family's ancestral home in Russell Springs.

Her land-buying experience here turned out to be part of the message about horse competitions and economic development that she brought to a recent meeting of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

Here's how she explained the possibilities.

The World Equestrian Games, scheduled to run from September 25 to October 10 in Lexington, are expected to draw some 600,000 fans and participants to events ranging from the careful choreography of dressage to the spectacle of riders in cowboy hats hurling their "western-type" horses through starts, stops and turns in "reining" competition that would test the agility of a Maserati and the durability of a HumVee.

These horse devotees are coming from all over the U.S. and the world, to visit Kentucky, a semi-mythical locale often perceived across the globe, said Phelps-Hathaway, "as an exciting horse place where the grass is blue."

From a purely economic stand point, Phelps-Hathaway said, the World Equestrian Games aren't the Kentucky Derby, where the main event is over in two minutes. The World Equestrian Games are a horse spectacle that lasts more than two weeks, an extended period when affluent fans and competitors alike need things to do when they aren't watching, riding, or grooming horses.

One of the things all these people can do in their off time, Phelps-Hathaway said, is come to Adair County, where the hills are rolling, the grass green and the residents devoted practitioners of world-famous "Southern Hospitality."

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is hard at work helping that happen, with numerous horse-focused promotional activities scheduled between now and September, 2010.

"Adair County has Civil War battlefields, beautiful lakes, numerous artisans and residents who reflect to foreign visitors what can only be described as the American Spirit," Phelps-Hathaway said. "There's a lot of potential here."

On a more long-term basis, Phelps-Hathaway said, some number of these visitors may be impressed with Adair County's scenic beauty, abundant recreational opportunities and attractive land prices and look into relocating here.

"They could look around and fall in love with our area," Phelps-Hathaway suggested.

Next year's World Equestrian Games represent a historic first. The Games have always been held somewhere in Europe. 2010 will be the first time they've been held outside of Europe.

For more information on Adair County's potential involvement in this historic achievement, contact the Chamber of Commerce. For more on the Games themselves, including information on tickets and ways to volunteer your services, visit the Games' official web site at www.alltechfeigames.com. Laptop Battery TipsRamie Hutchison, Duo-County Telecom

Ever worry about being stranded with a powerless laptop on a business trip, family vacation or even on the back deck. James Martin from PC World (pcworld.com) has covered several tips to help keep your laptop kicking while others lose consciousness.

Ditch the Peripherals, Tweak Settings

When you're on the road, you can significantly conserve battery power by dimming your laptop screen's brightness. Make sure there are no CDs or DVDs sitting in your optical drive, and don't connect any USB peripherals--all power hogs. Turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G networking.

Also, tweak your laptop's power settings to conserve your battery. For example, in Windows Vista, go to Control Panel, Power Options and select the "Power saver" setting You can adjust the "Power saver" settings, if you want, or create your own power plan.

Buy a Second Battery

Many laptops today can run off two batteries. When the juice from the primary battery runs dry, the auxiliary kicks in. In most cases, the primary battery comes with the laptop; the second is an optional purchase. For example, HP's EliteBook 6930p promises up to 24 hours of use from one charge--but only if you attach an optional, external 12-cell ultra-capacity battery pack ($189) as a secondary battery to augment the laptop's internal, primary six-cell battery (There are other requirements, too, such as the need to downgrade to Windows XP.) Keep in mind that second battery packs, sometimes also called battery slices often add bulk and weight to your laptop.

Another option: Buy a portable battery pack. I like the Duracell Powersource Mobile 100 (about $110 and up online) because it lets you power a variety of devices, such as laptops, cell phones, portable DVD players, and video cameras, using their own power cords. By comparison, some portable power rechargers require special tips or cables to recharge your gear. The Duracell Powersource can also recharge two USB devices simultaneously with your laptop.

Get to Know Battery Specs

When buying a new laptop or a second laptop battery, pay attention to the power specs. Generally speaking, you need to know how many cells the battery has. The more cells, the longer the battery can last on a charge. For example, a 12-cell battery is designed to last much longer than a six-cell battery. Alternatively, the specs might list Watt-Hour rating, or WHr. The higher the number, the longer your battery should last. Some computer makers, such as Apple, describe laptop batteries in terms of WHr, while others use cells.

Play Your Music on a Portable Player

Playing music or videos on your laptop is a great way to pass the time--and drain your battery. Music and audio files make frequent hits on your hard drive, which consumes battery power. If you need to work during a long flight, and yet you want to silence that crying baby in 12B, listen to music on your portable media player. That way you won't tax your laptop battery. Most airplanes today have an in-flight music system, which you can listen to even during take-off and landings (which you can't do with a portable electronic device).

Watch Videos on Your Hard Drive

Playing a video on a laptop's DVD drive eats battery power. Video playback from a hard drive, however, is less taxing. So for your next long flight, consider downloading a few movies or TV shows to your hard drive. Or convert your own DVDs into files you can play off your hard drive. As PCWorld.com blogger Rick Broida points out, you can use the popular open-source program Handbrake to rip DVDs into files for watching on a laptop or iPod/iPhone.


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