Breathe Life meeting in Lewis County

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

VANCEBURG — Residents of Lewis County who want to see some change in the community can join with the Chamber of Commerce to explore options.

In an effort to revive the county, the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to attend a meeting on Tuesday Aug. 28 at the Carter House in Vanceburg for the Breathe Life Project. Attendees will be asked to provide their thoughts on how to reinvigorate the community, and provide assistance on many of the projects the chamber has in progress.

“We need all those with a passion for our county to attend. It is not necessary to be a member of the chamber,” said Joni Pugh, volunteer member of the group.

Pugh said there are a number of projects that were started over the past several years that gradually lost workers and ultimately lost traction. Oned was a collaboration with the National Park Services to create a system of trails throughout the county.

“This effort was started several years ago with the assistance of the National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program along with advice from a representative of the Sheltowee Trace Trail and from Adventure Tourism in Kentucky,” Pugh said.

Information, as well as maps for the trails have already been compiled, Pugh said, and the information is still available to use for those interested.

“The only thing necessary to breathe life back into this project is some dedicated residents with a passion for the outdoors to be willing to work together to make this a reality,” she said.

Plans to build a marina or boat dock along the Ohio River is also among the possible projects to become involved. Pugh mentioned numerous posts on social media about visits from river boats like the American Queen, which travel to Maysville and Augusta only to pass Vanceburg, could possibly have a place to visit with a new marina in Lewis County.

“A vendor fair could be held to provide shopping opportunities to visitors from the boat,” Pugh said. “Once again, the National Park Service RTCA met with chamber members to plan a marina in downtown Vanceburg. They brought in the Army Corps of Engineers for their advice as well and plans were drawn up for the marina.”

People who live outside of Vanceburg can also help in improving Lewis County through the paint the town project, which gives old buildings in the county a new coat of paint. Pugh also mentioned the possibility of mural paintings as well.

“Each of the projects we will discuss are a valid part of making our community attractive to industry,” Pugh said. “We must have amenities to offer. They will each also attract tourism and dollars spent in the community. They will also attract small businesses to locate in all parts of the county.”

The Breathe Life Project meeting will begin on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m., refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the projects, email Joni Pugh at [email protected]

Jonathan Wright

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