Summer 2021 in Longview has definitely delivered. Between the concerts at the lake, local festivals, special events, community improvements, and the endless sunshine, we’ve truly had a summer season to remember.
I am always amazed at the number of moving pieces and active bodies it takes to pull off these events in our community – from policy making and planning to organizing and executing. We would be remiss in not recognizing the hundreds of hours spent behind the scenes by the council, employees, volunteers and community supporters long before a curtain is raised for an event - or a ribbon is cut celebrating a new community improvement. It is undoubtedly the desire of all these participants that these events and improvements are enjoyed by all – and that they are offered and received in the spirit of kindness.
In addition to the larger summer events, you may be unaware that some true acts of community kindness have been happening right under our noses!
- The Longview Downtowners and citizens, under the leadership of Lindsey Cope, spent a Saturday in May cleaning up the downtown parking lots and rain gardens. In June, city staff and citizens took time from their regular duties to spread beauty bark. From these events, others have taken it upon themselves to personally cleanup sections of downtown Longview on a monthly basis. Kudos to all - downtown is looking amazing.
- Hundreds, including local police officers and community faith leaders, joined in the Highlands Neighborhood Association (HNA) National Night Out, a program that encourages building relationships between our police officers and the HNA community. Let’s continue finding new ways to bring this growing unity into our community.
- Also, mark your calendars for A Day of Caring, September 10, all day, sponsored by the local United Way. What a way to volunteer and give of your time to help beautify our community.
While our days may be filled with a mix of our own personal challenges and triumphs, remember that selfless service offered in kindness always brings joy to the server and the served. There are so many ways and opportunities to serve and bless our community. I so appreciate the many citizens that reach out to me regularly with pleas of “What more can I do?” I encourage you all to ask “How can I help?” – and get connected with a service organization within the community. Roll up your sleeves, reach out, and offer a helping hand – and remember that sometimes even the smallest reach has a large and lasting impact for good.
Thank you, citizens of Longview, for doing your part. You matter to Longview and it shows.
Mayor MaryAlice Wallis