Showing posts from December, 2018

Q&A for me from The Lowell Ledger

I had a great opportunity to share some of what makes me tick when the Lowell Ledger asked me some questions the week after my appointment: 
Why did you want to be on the Lowell city council?  Seemed like the next logical step for me. I love me some Lowell and I believe that giving back to the community that supports our store is the right thing to do. I have been involved with the Chamber, the Marketing Committee, and have served on the DDA since 2014, but now that we live in Lowell I can be on the Council.  
What are some of your favorite things about Lowell?  How long of an answer do you want! The foundation of most of the things I love about Lowell are summed up in the word compassion. Great community that supports each other, in spite of our differences: Pink Arrow, FROM, Rotary, Gilda's Club, and a host of others. Our schools rock - we have great sports teams AND The Rock Fusion Orchestra. We have two rivers - TWO RIVERS! We embrace farmers and artists. Lowell Arts. Concert…

The Community Garden In Lowell

One of the most divisive subjects to hit Lowell since the Biodigester has been the "Community Garden" set up by a Lowell resident in 2018.

Before I go any further, we need to acknowledge how completely ironic it is for anything labeled "community" to create so much division. I say this because the very first definition Merriam-Webster gives for "community" is "a unified body of individuals". By the very definition, anything built around community should be bringing us together with a common cause. One of the reasons I am such a fan of Lowell is the strong community demonstrated in Pink Arrow, Flat River Outreach Ministries and the Food Fight, Lowell Rotary, Lowell Arts, etc etc.

While I was NOT a member of the City Council during the Community Garden mess, I was following it very closely for a number of reasons. First, I like anything with the first name of "Community". Secondly, I thought it was really cool for a family to grow thing…