Seneca Area Chamber/Downtown Impact Newsletter

July 2015 




Seneca Area Chamber/SDI is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and improving the business, civic, historical and cultural vitality for the Seneca area; to create a vibrant, environmentally sound, thriving and economically strong community.





August 13th
First day of school
August 15th
Seneca Janes Triathlon
August 17th 
First day of school
(Nemaha Central)
September 4th
Chamber Golf Tournament
September 7th
Labor Day







 United Bank and Trust


We are trying hard to keep our community calendar up to date! We need your help! 

Our goal is to list any and every event going on in the Seneca area to our community calendar located on our city website so event goers can look in one central location for all events in Seneca.


This is where we need your help! If your organization or business has any events that you would like published please contact  Kylee Luckeroth with details about the event and we'll get it posted on the community calendar!


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Seneca Fire Department 125th Anniversary Celebration Huge Success! 

     The Seneca Fire Department hosted their 125th Anniversary on June 27th. The day started at 8 am with a free breakfast of biscuits and gravy at the fire station. 

      The Seneca Janes hosted a 5K fun run/walk that had 63 participants. The registration fee was a free will donation and the Janes raised $843, plus $250 as a donation from the Janes themselves for a total of $1,093 to be donated to the fire department. 

     The Chamber/Downtown Impact helped the firemen to organize the parade at 1:30 which had over 40 different fire trucks and apparatus from the Seneca and surrounding fire stations.  

     During the afternoon the park was full of games and activities including, bull riding, sumo wrestling, obstacle courses and slides. The Boy Scouts had burgers and hotdogs for sale. There was also live music provided by the Tim Strathman Band and the Jared Daniels Band that continued late into the evening. 
     Overall, the event would be deemed a huge success with lots of people coming out to support the Fire Department and join in on the festivities. 

We have a few areas where we could really use some assistance from our wonderful community in the ways of volunteers for the Nemaha County Fair!

If anyone would like to volunteer it would be greatly appreciated please let Kylee know as soon as possible! Thanks!

Business Spotlight:
Seneca Variety Store

By: Michaela J. Altenhofen


     What's exciting about small businesses is the history it holds. Some small businesses have a short history, but others hold decades of stories and former owners.  Seneca Variety Store has been located on Seneca's Main Street for over 40 years.   It started as a Ben Franklin store.  The owners of the Seneca Variety are Jack and Dona Willmeth. They bought the store in October 2011 from the previous owners Cyril and Sue Steinlage.

     When you walk in the front door of the store you will be welcomed by an old fashioned lamp post with a street sign that reads "Everything & More".   And, it's true!  Seneca Variety has just about everything you can think of:  fabric, notions and crafts; toys, games and puzzles; gifts, cards and home d├ęcor; office, school and home supplies.  People from the Northeast Kansas and Southwest Nebraska region shop at Seneca Variety. When asked what makes people come to Seneca Variety instead of a big box store like Wal-Mart Dona stated, "Our prices are just as competitive, you don't have to travel out of town, and you are supporting the local economy by shopping here." 


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