Been a crazy hectic couple of weeks, so I haven’t been able to keep up to date on posting…it’s also been too hot to type, so…let’s catch up a little today.
– It looks like the heat will be around all week. Mid-and-upper-90’s for highs. The good news is that it looks like a cool down is headed our way for next week. As nice as last summer was, this one has been equally miserable.
– The old McKenzie’s Shopwise/Department Store building is pretty much gone. Yesterday it was down to mostly just a pile of rubble. I’d imagine that soon the lot will be completely empty, no remnants or remembrances of the building that stood there before. Such is the way of progress, I suppose. I find it disturbing how often small towns get all torn up trying to “modernize”, while the larger towns often go out of their way to capture the past and that “small town” feel. Progress doesn’t have to mean abandoning the influences of the past. In my opinion, small towns such as West Liberty should embrace what they are…a window in to a past that, believe it or not, a lot of people actually remember fondly. The buildings and storefronts had character. I’m afraid that by the time folks realize this, it will be too late and West Liberty will look like a poor man’s Hamburg Pavillion. I won’t even get started about the new “Justice Center” in this post…maybe some other time.
– The Market in the Park is fast approaching, and I’m awfully excited about it. The market will take place August 21st from 9am to 3pm at Old Mill Park, and it features local artists, crafts people, musicians, and farmers. It was a great event last year, and this year looks to be even better. This is a wonderful event for the county, and I hope to see it grow every year. You can check out the details on the web site, marketinthepark.net
– And finally, an interesting story about the impact the USPS’s potential decision to cancel Saturday mail service would have on smaller towns and rural areas. Something to think about.