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To The Editor:
WOW! What a great idea. Hats off to (Messenger advertising rep) Heather Rodgers. Thanks for bringing the “Scavenger Hunt” idea to our area.
Our family had a wonderful time looking for all the items purchased. One evening, with the cool spring air, we just had to get out of the house and chose to walk through downtown to start the hunt. Of course, we didn’t finish that night. So we planned an afternoon between all the other activities that swarm young kids and families, we made it a priority and planned it. It was a beautiful day, plus we got to visit with many of the downtown merchants while my son looked around for clues. Still couldn’t finish the hunt, so we still had to continue our search. So with every errand that had to be run, the path included the downtown area. And finally, a finished hunt was successfully accomplished. Victory….
With all of our busy lives, sometimes we don’t stop to smell the flowers or stop to notice the downtown merchants that are right under our noses. I truly hope that there were other citizens of our community that took advantage of this family fun as a safe and educational way to experience the local heart of our town. It brought back many childhood memories for me and my husband, as we both grew up in towns in Mississippi that are very similar to the makeup of Union City. As small children, it was the norm for us to walk downtown to the soda shop after school, go window shopping in the evening and, of course, to go spend your weekly allowance at the “Dime Store.”
Everyone had to shop downtown then, so visiting your friends in the downtown area was “the place.” Hardware, grocery, drug and clothing department stores were all the normal scenery plus places for dining and entertainment. Everyone went downtown.
As most people remember, it was the heartbeat of the city. And still today, as we travel, we can surely make an assessment of the progressive nature of the entire community by the way the downtown areas have been preserved. We have one that everyone should be proud to have. Let’s respect it, support it and enjoy it.
Thanks to The Messenger for drawing attention to our downtown.
Published in The Messenger 5.14.08