The Brush Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual duck drop is fast approaching. On Sunday, July 27, volunteers from the chamber will drop more than 400 plastic ducks into the Shamokin Creek behind Original Italian Pizza on Water Street. The ducks will be finishing the race behind the Independence Fire Company, near the Sixth Street Bridge.

The duck drop is a family-oriented activity that is fun for everyone to watch and it acts as a fundraiser for the chamber. Numbered tickets are sold for $5. If your duck finishes the race first, second or third, you will win prize money. We encourage you to join us downtown July 27 for the annual duck drop.

The day of the duck drop will also include the North American Railcar Operators Association 50-mile excursion route of the Shamokin Valley Railroad from Sunbury to Mount Carmel Junction (the former Reading and Pennsylvania Railroad) and back. About 20 or more putt-putt cars, sometimes called "Speeders," will be in downtown Shamokin between 11 and 11:30 a.m. just prior to the duck drop. The cars are always a great attraction for the kids.

The City of Shamokin, volunteers and local businesses, have put forth a lot of time and energy into making the 150th Anniversary of Shamokin a fun and celebratory occasion. From cleaning up and beautifying the downtown, to a number of new activities planned specifically for the event, it is nice to see Shamokin and the surrounding area abuzz with activity. From all of us here at the chamber - Happy 150th Anniversary!

The chamber has a special August luncheon planned at one of our new member locations. The luncheon will be held at noon, Aug. 19, at SCI-Coal Township, and will feature Sen. John Gordner and Rep. Kurt Masser, who will give an economic update. For security reasons, RSVPs for the lunch are due by July 19. If interested in attending, please contact Whitney Fetterman at or 570-648-4675.

(Whitney Fetterman is the executive director of the Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Your Chamber is published on the first Sunday of each month.)