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Main Street musings as we watch the watchers
I’ve been to Dixville Notch. It is an inspiring civics lesson unto itself.
The charming, scenic village in northern New Hampshire, home of the venerable Balsams resort, is renowned for being the first in the nation community to vote for President of the United States. An entire room is dedicated to this distinction at the resort. Dixville’s proud citizenry cherish and celebrate the fact that voters go to this locale before any other in these United States to exercise that treasured right to vote.
It’s been five years since I wrote this column after my friend Dave shared his wonderful and heartwarming story about how his Falmouth had made such a difference in changing his life. He continues to thrive in our community. Dave, and so many Falmouthites like him who make our community such a special place to live, is one of the primary reasons I consider it a privilege to write this column. Happy Thanksgiving to all of Falmouth. Here is Dave’s story:
The news last week that a convicted sex offender was arrested lurking near the Teaticket School is a stark and troubling reminder of how much our society – and our community – has changed. The events since then, both those related to that event and several I observed in my daily travels throughout town, though, reminded me that our town of Falmouth is still very much a community, close-knit and supportive, united and caring.
Phil Stone. Andy Dufresne. Harry Kamataris. Danny Pacheco. Dick Stone.
If there were a Falmouth Barber’s Hall of Fame, these guys would headline the first induction ceremony. Each of them represents a slice of Falmouth history, having stood behind thousands of Falmouthites, hearing thousands of stories, preparing for hundreds of weddings, and serving generations of local families.
It has been said that religion is for people who don’t want to go to hell, and that spirituality is for those who have been there.
The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce is much more than a business development and promotional organization. Their members and employees represent the heart of our community. From civic volunteers and non-profit advocates, to Town Meeting Members and local government pillars, the people who make the chamber run so well and our business community so fruitful and diverse are the same colorful individuals who make Falmouth a community.
Every kid needs a role model.
In today’s information-soaked society, some, perhaps many, come from less than stellar sources. When our kids know more about Miley Cyrus than they do about Millard Fillmore, it’s clear that more positive influences are both welcome and important.
The music wove itself through us, entwining a patriotic tapestry.
Hundreds of us swayed together, clinging to every magnificent note like a proud mother clutching her child returning from a deployment. For a few glorious and melodious moments at the Highfield Theater last Saturday night, there were no showdowns or shutdowns, no Democrats or Republicans, just a few hundred friends remembering what it truly means to be an American.
All roads lead to Falmouth.