2012-07-06 / Opinions & Editorial

A glass of lemonade

BY MAYOR DEAN MAZZARELLA

I heard the best story this week. To me, it was a story of what summer was about when I was a kid. When the simple stuff was all it took to make your day fun.

A woman came into my office this past week talking about how she had had a big yard sale the weekend before. It was a beautiful day and people were in the mood for deals. Having a yard sale is always an interesting experience. It’s funny when you think about it. You may have paid $50 for something years ago and now you’re standing in your driveway debating with someone over whether or not you’ll take $3 for it instead of the $4 you marked on it.

But yard sales are for having fun and getting the stuff you don’t want into the hands of someone who might get a few more years out of it. You can make a few dollars and at least you’re not throwing the stuff away.

But here’s the best part. The woman’s granddaughter decided to be her own entrepreneur and set up a lemonade stand. Her grandmother made some brownies and cookies to further entice people to come over and enjoy. The young up and coming business owner got some cash for herself and made both kids and their parents happy by providing a great summer snack during what was probably several hours of yard sale hopping.

I think a glass of lemonade represents what summer should be about. Everyone should just take a break at some point. Grab a glass of lemonade, find a shady tree, and just turn off the world for even a little while. We’re all so crazy today that it takes its toll. And let’s face it, summer really isn’t that long in New England. So make it a point to get yourself a glass of lemonade and take a nice summer time rest.

Continuing with the summer theme, a big thanks to all who came out to the Summer Stroll! Thanks to a great group of organizers, the parade was the biggest yet and we had more vendors than ever. It was great to see grandparents, parents, kids, neighbors, friends – all meeting downtown for an afternoon of fun. We’re already working on new ideas for next year so if you have any suggestions – let us know!

But we’re not done for the summer! We’ve got Ladies Night Out coming up on Aug. 16, Kids Day on Aug. 23, the Health and Wellness Fair on Sept. 8 and the Johnny Appleseed Festival on Sept. 29.

Vendors are already signing up and people are already asking about those popular gift bags we give out before Ladies Night Out. For all the details, check out www.Leominsterevents.com.

On a personal note, please remember that with summer comes lots of kids everywhere. PLEASE remember to drive carefully and to slow down. It only takes a second for a child to be caught up in the fun of summer and run or ride out into the road by accident.

Let’s make it our goal to have a fun and safe summer!

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