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Chamber luncheon

Becky Ewing from U.S. Forest Service speaks to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce about Crane Lake at the monthly luncheon June 7 at Beaver Valley Golf Club.

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m., June 7 at Beaver Valley Golf Club.

Becky Ewing from U.S. Forest Service and DeNae Gitonga from the MU Extension Office spoke about Crane Lake and what its future looks like moving forward.

"We are reaching out to people, asking how they used Crane Lake and how they hope to use it in the future," Ewing said.

Gitonga initiated an open discussion with the group and had them write down answers to both those inquiries.

Ewing said information will be gathered before a decision is made on what will be done. 

A community forum to discuss Crane Lake will be held July 12 at the Arcadia Academy.

The chamber has acquired three new members since its last meeting including Cottoner Mountain Industries, Beaver Valley Golf Club and Classic Equine Equipment.

Planning for the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration on July 4 at the Rotary Park Soccer Fields continues with $3,000 of the $5,000 goal already being raised.

Madison County Chamber President Tessa Rehkop said it is important for the chamber to be involved in the community fireworks and to have all kinds of activities for families. 

Rehkop said the chamber is still seeking volunteers for activity booths such face painting, bounce house, ring toss, balloon animals, photo booth or any idea other than food. 

The Optimist Club still has openings for fireworks sponsors. Those interested can contact Juli Kline at 573-783-3303.  

Rehkop said the chamber is planning to work with the city of Fredericktown to plan an event Dec. 18 to commemorate the actual day of the founding of Madison County.

Melissa Kline announced the Fredericktown R-I Foundation is holding a golf tournament July 27 at Beaver Valley Golf Club. For more information contact Kline at 573-561-4912.

Bill Knight from the Fredericktown Branch of the Ozark Regional Library then gave an update of upcoming library events.

Knight says the summer reading program will continue at 10:30 a.m., June 21 with Story Time "Exploring Asia" and an escape room like scenario called "Breakout EDU" at 3 p.m. The Summer Rock Series will also continue at 6 p.m., June 21 with its third program "Madison County Mining History Part One: Getting the Lead Out" at the Fredericktown branch of the Ozark Regional Library.

The next chamber luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m., July 9 at the Depot Cafe with a "breakfast for lunch" theme.

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Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at


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