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Mentor Chamber of Commerce Coffee and Conversation

On Friday, December 2nd, our first event was a "Coffee and Conversation" put on by the Mentor Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Inn on Reynolds Road in Mentor.

We listened as Mayor David Eva of Mentor-on-the-Lake; Ms. Hollie Bartone, Mentor-on-the-Lake's Director of Administration and Finance; and Mr. Christopher Galloway, Trustee, Concord Township talked about local matters of great importance. Our positions at U.S. Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich's office and Margaret W. Wong and Associates focused on looking at things from an national/international perspective so it was good for us to hear about how important things are to a small community like a reinvestment program to improve/upgrade the market value of homes and/or changing a limited access highway into a boulevard.

From a global standpoint, we talked for a few minutes with Mr. Bill Miller from Communication Technologies Management (CTM) about inklings that we have gotten from the news media concerning what the incoming Trump administration might do regarding deportation of the undocumented and reform of the H-1B visa program. We also got to meet Ms. Mercedes Sanchez Moore, the new Manager of International Trade for the City of Mentor.

We were touched by a conversation that had with Mr. Ty Waardenburg, Senior Associate Pastor at Trinity Church in Mentor because his church is organizing a program that will result in the giving away of Christmas trees to loving homes. We told Pastor Waardenburg that this interested us and to send us some more information on the project so we could post it on our blog. Within an hour the pastor had sent us this an email which we are now partially re-printing because we hope that people in need of some holiday cheer in Cuyahoga/Lake Counties will consider taking advantage of this wonderful offer:

"We are giving away 150 Christmas trees on Saturday, December 10th at Trinity, which is located at 9225 Johnnycake Ridge Road in Mentor. Our desire is simply that this be a blessing to a family and provide some cheer and family fun during the holidays. People will be able to pick out a tree, we will also have some food (Chick-Fil-A has donated 150 Chicken sandwiches), and some crafts so we hope it will be a fun time for the whole family. We ask that if someone would like a tree, they call the church office at 440-974-9614 to reserve their tree. If you could help us get the word out that would be great, we want all of these trees to find a home!"



Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC

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