Spring is here and we have all gotten that primordial urge to clean, dig and plant.
Women have conducted Spring cleaning in this community since pioneer days when their ancestors heralded warm, sunny weather as a sign to wash, sweep and clear the house of winter’s dinginess. Guys know the drill – they are sent outside to rake, bag and haul off trash that has accumulated over the past eight months.
Neighbors will greet neighbors and people will wave to passing cars as they clear the flower bed and tidy up the front yard.
We think it’s easy for residential areas to get in the spring cleaning mood.
It is our wish for the commercial and industrial areas of our community to catch the same spirit.
Families who take pride in their home show it and that pride returns to them in the form of higher property values, less crime and the respect of living in a well-kept neighborhood.
Those same returns await our commercial and industrial neighbors who “tidy up the front yard.”
This town has a definite need to urge commercial property owners to clean up the main streets leading into our community. They may seem fine and normal to those who have looked at them for years, but they leave less than a good first impression on those driving in for the first time. And we are talking more about curb appeal rather than just litter.
To our industrial and commercial neighbors we would like to point out recycling is the wave of the future and much of that junk has a value, if you’ll make the effort to haul it to a recycling center. And, yes, some of it has no value and just needs to be carted off or least moved where no one can see it.
Our schools work hard to instill pride and higher self-esteem in our students. Our economic development leaders strive to put their best foot forward every day that dawns.
We want to remind local businesses that every store in this town has a stake in the appearance of this community. Now is the time for run-down property to spruce up and put a good face on Lula, Jonestown, Friar’s Point and Lyon, too.
Take a little pride in your town. The rewards will make us all smile and be proud to call this community home.