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Mi Town

It’s really, really hard to concentrate on any indoor activity when the sun is a bright canary yellow and our collective moods are as happy as can be. We’re eager for walks in the community, enjoying seeing the butterflies float through the flowers, and hopeful that Mother Nature may have finally decided to bring us a wonderful gift of sunshine and fresh air.

This coming weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day, where we will begin the summertime season (even though summer doesn’t appear on the calendar until mid-June). It’s that time of year when we can get the barbecue set up and ready for outdoor meals, dig out the best potato salad and baked bean recipes (or get them already prepared, at our local supermarket deli), and put away the heavy winter coats and sweaters. It’s been a longer than usual winter, and we’re all eager to welcome summertime just as soon as we can. Time to enjoy the sounds of screen doors and laughing neighbor kids and the change of seasons.

There will be celebrations and tributes to those who have served in our armed forces. We’ll be flying Old Glory from the front porches, and hopefully take time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country’s freedom. The day was originally called Decoration Day, when families decorated the graves of Civil War soldiers with flowers from their gardens. On May 5, 1868, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed May 30, making May 30, 1868, the first large observation of the holiday. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday, to be celebrated the last weekend of May, to honor those who died in all American wars.

Thanks to all who participated in the cleanup and beautification programs in MI Town this past weekend. Our streets and yards are looking better than ever. It was a busy weekend for everyone, with farmer’s markets and local merchants reminding us just how many good things are available in the wonderful communities we are lucky enough to call home.

Our sunnier days offer us more opportunities to enjoy so many more outdoor activities. Both Independence and Monmouth parks can accommodate picnics, family gatherings, a comfortable outdoor location to read a book or play a game. This is a great time of year to get to know your neighbors and share ideas, make plans or have a good conversation.

Enjoy the upcoming sunny days and the Memorial Day weekend. Whether you travel around the block or to a destination many miles away, please take care to drive safely and arrive at your destination prepared to have a wonderful time.

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