Welcome to the new year! Being a restaurant/bar owner I am praying that 2021 will be bringing many changes. I’m all for opening Oregon, but I also know we need to get this virus behind us. I know how horrible this virus is and the lasting effects it can have on loved ones, however, I also know that shutting the restaurants, bars and gyms down has left many without work and in a state of depression. Some businesses have closed and may never re-open. I’m still having a difficult time grasping the way decisions are being made determining who can or cannot be open and I see no reason why individuals or small groups can’t eat lunch or dinner together at one of our locally owned and operated restaurants or exercise at one of our locally owned and operated gyms. The amount of sanitizing and precautions are followed continuously, much more than grocery stores and other places. I’m afraid we will be subjected to these crazy guidelines for months to come by our government. Is there light at the end? My friend said this about 2020: “In like a Lamb and out like a Lion, forever grateful for some of the best days, a few lonely and scary ones. If I learned anything it is to cherish and not take for granted our time together.”

Be safe, smart and courteous.

Today as the page is turned from one year to the next, you see nothing has been written. You, the autobiographer, will decide what it will say. It is and always has been up to you……….author unknown

Until next time,

Connie Ford
Zim’s Brau Haus Restaurant & Sports Bar
Chair of the Board,
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce