First, I would like to thank Joseph and Lora for keeping the Recorder going. What luck, to have not one but two local newspapers, right here in River City! In my opinion, that makes a huge contribution to the sense of community, which may be the most important aspect of “small-town character.” Staying in touch with neighbors is easier in a small town. As the town expands, reading about our neighbors helps us know more of them.
I appreciate the many writers who offer their views and news each week. This week, as she celebrates her 84th birthday, I’d especially like to thank the Queen of Small-Town Character, Mrs. LaVern Johnson. I love that Mrs. LaVern reminds us of our heritage and how things came to be as they are, and tells us the stories of people who’ve lived in Lyons for a long time. I’m consistently amazed that she seems to participate in every event, outing, good time, program, and meeting, no matter the subject.
And over 60 years of square dancing - that must be good for one’s health! Happy Birthday, Mrs. Lavern! Keep telling us how things used to be, and reminding us about the shoulders we are standing on, of those who’ve gone before us. I hope you’re training some apprentices, so you can slow down a bit someday. Thanks so much for all the work you’ve done, including on major issues such as local schools, local museum, saving the depot, avoiding the Coffintop dam, and keeping us in touch with our neighbors through thousands of weekly columns!