A Better Year Ahead – Author, Eleanor Lockwood – County Manager

Our community heralded in the New Year with an outstanding display of fireworks at the County fairgrounds…bigger and better than prior years and community participation surpassed everyone’s expectations! What a great way to start the New Year. Although it has been much colder than normal we are thankful for the “better than last year” snowpack. We hope for warming temperatures (at least in our valley) and more snow in the mountains through January and February.

There are signs of “a better year” for our economy. The DFA milk powder facility is well under construction and should be operating toward the end of the year. Word on the street is that we should be seeing a few more dairy cows as some existing dairies start to expand. On our western border, the Patua I 30MW geothermal plant is under construction and should be operating late fall. Perhaps not so visible, since the building is already in existence, but New Millennium is also expanding into the building formerly owned by Wheeling Corrugated. Expanding businesses means more jobs and is a positive impact for our economy – a good reason to be optimistic about 2013.

Although we have a long way to go before we see significant upward movement in the economy I am going to focus on the positive. I encourage everyone in this community to talk about the positives to your neighbors and outsiders, promote our talents, and appreciate the great quality of life this community offers. If you are passionate about this community, get involved. In the (modified) words of John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your Country (community) can do for you; find out what can you do for your community.”

So I would urge us all to continue this year with the same enthusiasm as the New Year’s Eve celebration. Let’s seize opportunities and be more involved; let us talk about the good things happening in our community and show our appreciation for work well done; let us be HOPEFUL for a better year than last year. Let’s MAKE this year bigger and better than the last!

Fallon Chamber Newsletter- November 21, 2012


As much as I keep talking about the Holidays coming, I find myself in denial as I quickly turn any radio station already playing Christmas music. My mother listens to Christmas music all year round. I am of the tradition that it is only appropriate after Thanksgiving. I have many good excuses not to feel the holiday spirit this year: the weather has been too warm, I’ve still got Halloween candy sitting on my counter… but with Thanksgiving no longer around the corner, but here at our doorstep, I find myself recoiling from it as though time can be stopped by my sense of denial. I realize I should just relinquish and jump in with both feet.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely relish in the Holiday season and I absolutely love everything about it, from the Fallon tradition of actually shooting down your Christmas tree to the warmth of glowing lights and hot cider. But time seems to be slipping by so quickly and I feel unable to seize the hair of Kairos. I plan to use this weekend as my relinquishing point, the perfect opportunity to really settle into the spirit myself. So as I embark on this weekend of Thankfulness, I, like so many, am faced with the overwhelming sense of what I have to be thankful for. My life is somewhat small and simple, and yet, the very thought of its fullness is immense and completely immeasurable.

As we come together for a day of feasts and family, let’s remember how overwhelmingly lucky we are to be a part of a community that holds the charm of the Holiday season all year round with its family owned businesses and our after school traffic jams. (The only traffic we ever see.) And as we recover from a day of blissful relaxation, remember to support our local businesses as we start our holiday shopping.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Fallon Chamber.


Natalie Parrish
Executive Director


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