2017-05-18 / Editorial

Positive glimpes

In a world focused so much on the negative, it is easy to take such a view. Sometimes it is nice to be reminded of the positives.

The groundbreaking of the Northern Michigan Banquet and Event Center (NMBEC) by the Vick family last week was one such event. The construction of the 19,200-square-foot facility on Houghton Lake’s south shore is a win for the area. And, as owner Mark Edwin Vick told those in attendance at the groundbreaking, Houghton Lake is “an excellent area to live.”

As a lifelong resident of the area, Vick recalled the area’s heyday and submitted that “We’re coming back.” He added he sees people investing in the area and wants to see it flourish again.

We share Vick’s view in hoping to see a resurgence in our area. We know there are people working hard in the Houghton Lake, Prudenville, Roscommon and St. Helen areas to make that happen. We’ve seen some fruits of their labor recently and we anticipate more. From some new shops opening in the Village of Roscommon to successful business expos by area chambers of commerce, we are gaining some momentum.

To help sustain this, we need strong leadership both in our elected officials and citizens.

Another welcomed event was the presentation by 14 Houghton Lake High School Interact members and Interact Advisor Dr. Rhonda Lamberg on their recent trip to El Salvador.

The students spoke on their experiences and it showed that the trip opened the world to everyone on the trip. Their worldview is forever changed from the days they spent building homes last March.

It is rewarding to see students from our community represent us well and return to share their experiences with their community, classmates, friends and family.

In fact, District Coordinator Doug Mealey, who leads the trips and has been to El Salvador on such trips 26 times, said the Houghton Lake group’s work ethic put a lot of the rest of the state to shame.

Those two events specifically, along with some conversations, served as a reminder of the grit of our area and its people. Maybe it’s the warm weather and the green-up, but we are catching some positive glimpses.

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