WELLSBORO — As with every other business, the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce’s revenue has been relatively slow, Tim Gooch, treasurer, said during the June 23 meeting, held via teleconference. He said he hopes that picks up soon, though there is no sense of urgency as far as finances go for the chamber.
With that, Julie VanNess, executive director of the Wellsboro Chamber, said she was pleased to see the community pulling together to adapt to changes during this time.
The chamber office has seen an uptick in traffic and the campgrounds are seeing an increase in visitors, as well.
“The office is extremely busy, we’ve got a lot of people coming in and out, most of them are from downstate, the greater Philadelphia area,” VanNess said. “I think the campgrounds are pretty full in the area.” She said she had one visitor this week who was staying at a campground with 30 family members.
Van Ness said a lot of people have been calling to see who is open and she expects the flow of people to increase, as people are looking for things to do. Charlie Messina, of the tourism and retail committee, agreed, saying retail has increased but now businesses have low inventory, as factories were closed and deliveries were delayed.
The chamber has 2,000 Christmas bulbs that were made on a ribbon machine, VanNess said. They are the Norman Rockwell bulbs that were made by Corning in the later years. The chamber is leaving it up to the Christmas on Main Street committee to incorporate the bulbs how they seem fit; if anyone wants to see the bulbs, they can stop by the chamber office.
The mountain bike race in September has been canceled, VanNess said, because they were unable to secure the permit through Forestry. STPR is in the same situation, as they haven’t been able to obtain a permit either, but they are working on alternate plans.
Terry Bryant, of the HARB committee, reported it received two submissions and approved Northwest Savings Bank concept and design on 61 Main Street to redo the facade with brick veneer and windows. Bryant said they are very excited about its new look and thinks it will fit with the rest of the town.