Friday, 15 February 2002

February 15, 2002 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer 

I was quite surprised when I heard of the impending closure of the cheese plant in Bashaw.  The plant has been a fixture within the community for many years, not only as a major employer, but as a promotional feature.  Of course, this will have a profound impact on Bashaw, affecting all aspects of the community.  How?

   Now let’s look at another community.  Mirror has had more than its share of trials and tribulations in the past, and at this point, I do not see any improvements in sight.  Despite all the problems facing the village, Mirror is still here.  Why?

   Finally, we turn to Alix.  The Alix of today is not the same as the Alix of yesteryear when I was coming over for high school.    Particularly in the past three years the community has undergone a major personality shift.  What is the reason for this difference?

   What really makes or breaks a community?  Businesses, or the lack thereof?  A school?  Big industry moving in?  The number of community clubs and organizations in existence? 

   What really makes or breaks a community?Could it be the people?  People who care about their friends and neighbours.  People who are willing to help and work for positive change.  People who care about their community and the direction it is going. 

   Are you a person who cares about your community?


Beth

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Friday, 1 February 2002

February 1, 2002 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer 

Ground Hog Day is just around the corner.    According to Ground Hog legend, depending on whether a shadow is seen or not, we will either have six more weeks of winter, or it’s six weeks till spring.  If you really think about it, it does not matter, as either way, we’re waiting six weeks for a major change in the weather. 

   I started thinking about other idioms found in our English language.  You’ve heard the expression, “It’s six of one and half a dozen of the other.”  There is even a joke about someone who ordered half a dozen doughnuts and was told there was only six left.  Or, my personal favourite, “If you treat the common cold it will last two weeks, if you leave it alone it will be gone in fourteen days.”  There actually are people in this world who honestly believe that the two values are not equal.   

   Of course, we cannot forget the age-old debate… “is the glass half-full or half-empty?”  No matter how you look at it, or what your personality bent is - optimist vs pessimist - it is still only half! 

   These are just some thoughts to ponder during the coming six weeks, whatever the weather may be like.
 
Beth

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