May 19, 2010

Summer is almost here and activities throughout the city are being planned. The Relay for Life was a terrific success due to all the efforts of our volunteers. Yes, we had rain, yes it was humid but, everyone had a smile on their face because they were celebrating life, remembering a lost one, or trying to raise money for a cure. We all could take a lesson from these volunteers and find a positive in everything we do, and put a smile on your face before leaving the house in the mornings.

Little League has started, the bass tournaments have started, June starts the music in the park activities put on by the Women’s Club.

July 1st the Lion’s Club will host a circus at Civitan for all of us kids to enjoy. July 10th the Alumni Organization will hold the Annual Ice Cream Social at Howe’s Grove Park. The social this year will have the large inflatable for our youth, lots of hotdogs and ice cream for everyone. All proceeds go toward scholarships for our Belpre Graduates. There will also be a car show for everyone to admire as we fill up on good food. The Belpre Police Department and the Volunteer Fire Department are responsible for the rides being here. Please extend a special thanks to them. Don’t forget the Homecoming August 5th, 6th, and 7th.

Thanks to a grant from Jobs and Family Services we should have enough people to maintain our parks in the fashion we all can be proud of. Steve Lowe works very hard to keep things clean and neat but, he is just one with four parks to maintain. Your Street Department and Water Department folks are equally busy trying to ensure we have good streets and reliable water and sewer services to our homes and businesses. Belpre is blessed with the employees that are at your service but, we appreciate patience as our numbers are few.

We as citizens also have a huge responsibility to maintain what we have and enjoy every day. If you see trash blowing around please pick it up. If your grass needs mowing please mow or ask for help from neighbors or give us a call. Our city is just like every other city in the country. If we do not make the best of what we have, or take care of what we have who will visit or move here. The blighted areas we have all lived with for so long have received letters from the city as well as the Health Board. At this point we are prepared to clean up the areas and back charge, even through property taxes if necessary. Belpre has so much to offer small businesses, and people looking for a home but, if we continue to ignore the condition of our main thoroughfares we all lose.