Friday, 15 August 2003

August 15, 2003 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer     

   My faith in humankind has been strengthened.  There are some really good people out there.  Of course, there are bad people too, but given the chance, some of them will occasionally come through when you need them to.

   The young man, whom I wrote about last month, made the right choice (even if he left it to the last minute) in the end.  I can only hope that he will start making better choices in his life, so he will not end up in a similar situation in the future.

   The Communities in Bloom group had a wonderful experience with some young men who helped them finish the work on Heritage Park prior to the judging.  Not only did these gentlemen help, but they also came up with some wonderful suggestions that were implemented into the design.

   We need to encourage our young people to get involved in the community more.  They need to know that their ideas are welcome.  They need to feel accepted and valued for the contributions that they can make.  They need opportunities to contribute in projects that are worthwhile and give them a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Communities in Bloom has made a step in that direction.  Who will be next?
 
Beth

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Friday, 1 August 2003

August 1, 2003 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer 

   Friday, July 25th, I had the opportunity to attend a country dance in an old country schoolhouse that had been converted into a hall.  I can only imagine the number of dances that were held within those walls in the years since it was built.

   As the group of us in attendance laughed, joked, visited with neighbours and friends, snacked and, of course, danced the evening away, I was reminded of stories I’ve heard about the old-time community dances of yesteryear.  To help recreate the same atmosphere, we did have a local duo provide some old-time fiddle and guitar accompaniment.

   It was a wonderful evening, with everyone having lots of fun, from the youngest to the oldest.  A simple family event that will provide many happy memories. 

   In recent years, we seem to have lost the ability to just have fun.  One advantage of country living is that we have the ability to create fun out of the simple pleasures.  Fun that is not expensive and that you don’t have to travel hours for.  This tradition of the family country dance is just one legacy passed down from our grandparents that we should revive for future generations.

Beth

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