Look forward to what can be our future

Good news abounds throughout Sylvan Lake this week and every week.

Good news abounds throughout Sylvan Lake this week and every week. And while we try to cover our community like a blanket, that’s not always possible.

That’s why we need the help of our loyal readers.

We appreciate notices received about coming events.

We appreciate those parents and community members who help by submitting photos and stories.

We appreciate the people who voice opinions and stir thought and discussion through letters to the editor.

We appreciate all the assistance we receive when attending the community’s schools, churches, organizations and other activities.

One of the columns we started at the beginning of the year, Our Caring Community, is just one facet of our coverage of the generosity of Sylvan Lake and area residents during our Centennial year.

As of last week’s column, the running total of money raised and donations made through local events was over $210,000. We know, however, that there’s much more taking place that we’re not hearing about. The format of the column is simple — a short paragraph about the event and how much was raised. The amount is then added to the cumulative total. Look for that total to increase substantially over the next few weeks as school students participate in Terry Fox Runs raising money for cancer research and as other events are planned and held. If you’ve got something to submit to this column, give us a call or send it by email to editor@sylvanlakenews.com.

Another avenue for celebrating Sylvan Lake’s Centennial has been through pictures from the past. We’ve had great support from volunteers at Sylvan Lake & District Archives Society, yet there have only been a few pictures submitted by our readers. Perhaps that’s because many, many residents have only been members of our community for a few years. Whatever the case, we’re still accepting pictures. And we find there’s real interest from our readers in learning about the past. That’s certainly evident, as well, by readership of our Reflecting on the Past column.

Stories about interesting people and projects always add to the diversity of our coverage of Sylvan Lake. They’re the most difficult to find, though. We depend on people talking to us or calling with story suggestions. Can you assist us here?

This newspaper is yours too. Residents and readers are necessary to make the partnership viable. We look forward to your continued advice and support.

As we began, good news abounds. The beautiful fall days of the past couple of weeks have provided us with opportunities to get out of the office and travel around our community, driving roads we haven’t been on for weeks or months.

That’s when we saw, once again, the tremendous change taking place in our community. New subdivisions, new homes and businesses, changes in our industrial park, and of course, a bountiful harvest well underway.

Yes, we certainly live in a marvelous community. As we approach the municipal election let’s remember why we chose to live in the Sylvan Lake area and become involved in the process by looking forward to what can be rather than backward to what was.