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WRC Senior Services Celebrates 130th Anniversary

2020 marks WRC Senior Services’ 130th year in business. Beginning in 1890 as a rest home for civil war veterans, as well as their widows, wives, orphans, and children, the nonprofit organization has grown and evolved over the last century to become a continuum of vibrant senior living options.

WRC Senior Services now offers all levels of care for seniors, including home care and home health, independent and residential living, personal care, skilled nursing, rehab, and hospice. To celebrate its 130th anniversary, WRC is planning 130 events throughout the year to take place at across its locations. Activities will include a wellness education series, 130th birthday party, visiting civil war and Woman’s Relief Crops historian, and picnics, carnivals, and holiday-themed gatherings.

WRC’s Cork & Fork wine walk fundraiser will return on August 15 at Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville. WRC is going back to its 1890 roots, and will also be recreating the original fundraiser started by the nonprofit – a “conundrum supper” gala in late fall/early winter. A “conundrum supper” is a dinner where each menu item is presented in the form of a riddle. WRC plans to create a modern take on the conundrum suppers held in the 1890s, serving up deliciously mysterious small plates named after riddles and puns.

An additional culinary revival from WRC’s past will take place in 2020—the production of a cookbook. WRC is asking community members to submit their favorite family recipes to the cookbook. Old recipes and photos are particularly encouraged, so that they can be updated from 1890 to 2020, just like WRC history.

Cookbooks will be available for preorder in early 2020, and available for sale in fall of 2020. Those interested in submitting recipes and/or photos should send them via email to or call (814) 220-2142.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Inman Celebrates One Year at MIX 96

MIX 96 Radio Personality Andrew Inman celebrates his one-year anniversary on Afternoons with Andrew. Andrew is a native of Lancaster and settled in the area in 2018. Andrew and his wife, Katie, reside in Seneca.

He is very active in his church and with Venango Youth for Christ. He’s also working on obtaining his bachelor’s degree. Andrew can be heard weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on MIX 96. Congratulations Andrew!

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Tech Tip: Utilizing Instagram and Facebook Stories

Social media is an important part of modern business, but when and what to post on a business’ social media platform can be confusing. Instagram and Facebook stories are yet another feature of social media. Stories are short video clips and images that appear at the top of an app’s newsfeed and are only available for 24 hours. How can a business apply these new features of social media to further their businesses?

Stories are seen as a way to grow business and engage clients. Embed Social, a company that works to optimize social media use, presents interesting statistics on how the use of social media stories are impactful. Current stories are seen by more than 500 million users, which help to quantify how users are adapting to these new features of the social networking sites. The trend does not seem to be short lived; it is projected to grow in the coming years.

The use of Instagram and Facebook stories also poses a positive trend for data collection. Stories allow for questions, polls, and quizzes to easily be sent out directly to consumers. The specificity of stories allows organizations to see who watched their stories and how they reacted. For example, social media enables the company to address how their customers swipe through and share the business’ stories, which is helpful as a business tracks engagement.

Adding a bit of fun and whimsy to a company’s Instagram or Facebook story is helpful in customer brand relationships. A more personal touch may be unplanned but can further the brand of an organization.

It should still be within the realm of the business’ values. For example, when the Oil City Warehouse Mall posts a story about their vendors it strengthens the brand with extra information and personality about the organization.

Using Instagram and Facebook stories to further a business is an increasingly important part of any company, using the insights and branding tools that Instagram and Facebook stories facilitate are a great way to do this. Join us on January 17th at 8 a.m. for our next Tech Talk on “Interacting Online.”

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Chamber Thanks Greg Merkel for Board Service

The Venango Chamber would like to thank Greg Merkel for recently completing his second three-year term on the Chamber’s board of directors. Greg is a Venango County transplant and attorney at Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm in Franklin,  and he served as the Chairman of the Board from 2017-2018.

During his time as chair, the Chamber went through staff changes, an office move, and launched a Leadership program, in addition to the regular calendar of events and programs. Greg was also instrumental in developing and implementing the Chamber’s current strategic plan. 

Thank you, Greg, for your service to the Chamber and your community!

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Join the Venango Chamber for an Adventure to China!

October 19 – 27, 2020

Trip departs at Washington Dulles for only $2,299 with registration by 1/31/2020

Travel with the Venango Chamber on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the mysteries of China. The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Citslinc International Inc. to provide a nine-day, all-inclusive and fully escorted tour of Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai, and Hangzhou.

This trip is open to anyone from the Chamber or community.

For more information, contact Susan Williams at 814-676-8521 or