March 04, 2009 Things have been pretty bleak for area residents and businesses alike but as tough as it is, we're still surprised and encouraged on a daily basis by the prevailing attitude of cautious optimism and creative planning to keep things alive and moving ahead around the area. There seems to be no shortage of generosity as well, with a number of food, clothing and book drives completed or underway, though many are struggling.
It bears repeating that these are the things that define 'community.' Supporting the area in which you live so it can support you in return. This is not always tangible, but is convenient and worthwhile. Activity—through shopping or participating in local events—is required to keep a community secure.
Over the past couple of weeks we've highlighted opportunities and forward movement on the business and social front, and this week is no exception. Organizers are hoping a Spring Expo will be a local economic stimulus package, businesses are taking part in food and book drives, educators are planning events to promote continued learning and merchants, professionals committed to the community are advertising in these pages to help keep the local economy going.
Amid all the doom and gloom, many in the area are shunning pessimism for creative action. We support those efforts in our continuing commitment to helping maintain—and even grow—a safe, secure and vibrant community.