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by Mackenzie (Edwards) Krob, Main Street We · Op-Ed · October 05, 2012


“The imperative need of this nation at all times is the leadership of Uncommon Men or Women” – President Herbert Hoover


I have always enjoyed this quote from President Hoover. Specifically so because it speaks to what I have seen in the town of West Branch since I started working for the newspaper 10 years ago, and more so since I started working with Main Street four years ago.

I now find myself again reflecting on that quote as the new Main Street West Branch director. This new viewpoint solidifies the fact West Branch is a community that lives by those words.

It has been a whirlwind four months into my director position. The volunteers and I jumped right into the planning of the wonderful Music on the Green concerts and then quickly into this year’s special Hoover’s Hometown Days event.

We then partnered with the city and began conversations about reworking the Heritage Square gazebo area, extended some expertise helping a local non-profit group with some grant-writing, and brought in state resources to discuss the amazing possibilities of new ownership at the Opera Block building and what that change will bring to the downtown district.

While it has been a lot, I want to truly thank all of those that have welcomed me with open arms and hearts. It has made this a transformational experience. I want to give special thanks to the Board of Directors for their belief in me as we all work together to grow what the previous directors started.

Without those uncommon men and women of this community sharing all of their passion, opinions and experiences, we cannot build the relationships which makes successful, incremental changes possible. Experiencing the warm welcome I have received in my new position as Main Street West Branch director, I am confident that stone by stone, plant by plant, building by building we will create a West Branch future that will offer as much pride as it holds in its past.

Special dates:

• Month of October — Bats are invading downtown West Branch! Stop into the many shops and spot a bat to receive a fun Halloween surprise. Find out more in this week’s school Friday Folder

• Nov 3 — 1-3 p.m. — Healthy Lifestyle Festival at Town Hall — Fun for all ages — interactive displays ranging from healthy snacks to healthy back exercises — more info to come!

• Nov 30-Dec 2 — A Christmas Past weekend — we can always use more volunteers — if you want to help in any way, please track me down!

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