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Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Contacts

On Wednesday morning, November 16th, we got up early to drive to Geneva-on-the-Lake to attend a "coffee img_6076contacts" of the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce that was held at the "Lakehouse Spa" which is part of the "Lakehouse Inn and Winery" on Lake Road East. Ms. Karen Fagnilli, the "boutique resort's" President and Co-Founder, talked to us about all it has to offer which includes a bed and breakfast, a winery, a restaurant, and full service day spa.

Among the attendees were Mr. Brian D. Posler, the new President of Lake Erie College, and Ms. Sarit Zamir with "Primerica" in Willoughby. Ms. Zamir told us that Ms. Margaret W. Wong once helped a relative of hers immigrant to the United States from Israel and she graciously invited us to a networking event in January.

We received an invite to another event in January wherein a representative from the Ohio Migrant Education Center will be addressing families in the Lake County area.

Another person that we met at this event was Mr. Richard F. Trice, Jr., Senior Director of Operations at University Hospitals/Geneva Medical Center who told us that the "critical access" facilities in both Geneva and Conneaut often make use of those with J1 visas which, according to Wikipedia's definition, "is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to research scholars, professors, and exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially to obtain medical or business training within the U.S."

During our 30-second commercial, we noted that immigration is a particularly controversial topic right now but hopefully opportunities to constructively replace a broken system will be created.

As for the impending winter, Ms. Beth Debevc, Manager of Debonne Vineyards, told everyone that it isn't the snow itself that is dangerous to the local vineyards but particularly freezing temperatures are. Nevertheless, Ms. Debevc was in high spirits because they had had a "great harvest" which produced some "great reds" and we hope this trend will continue for her and the other local growers.


Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC

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