Just going around the County and talking with people, I feel like I learn something new every day. 

Believe it or not, this county has made great strides in the last year, even though some days it may not feel like it. 

Take the co-ed softball league for example. For those of you wondering: yes, everybody’s favorite newspaper guy is playing again this year. These first few weeks, I felt like I was on one of those Baseball’s funniest bloopers because I’ve been looking rather silly at the plate this year. Including one time in practice where I somehow managed to hit a ball only for it to go straight up, come down and whack me in the head. But to me, I feel like the league has grown with several new faces joining this year and that’s what we need.

Look at Disc Golf. For much of the last few years since I moved here, disc golf was like a pipe dream. There was no permanent course set up in Lake County and it took several dedicated individuals to help bring in a nine-hole disc golf course to Soroptimist Park and there’s a donation box set up at Blarney Bros, with the goal of bringing in a nine hole course to Booth Park, located just west of Lakeview. And if I’m not mistaken, I believe they were going to look at putting in a course at Chandler Park, north of Lakeview out by Valley Falls. 

The excitement was through the roof about Red Rock Bio Fuels coming into town, with the goal of providing a major boost to the local economy. The plant is chugging away and getting closer to being operational, but just the fact that we had a ground-breaking ceremony, was a major step in the right direction. It’s not too often that we hear of big time bio-fuel plants, coming into a small town. 

The Town is working steadily on improving quality of water, improvements being made, whether we see it or not. All of this work isn’t going to happen overnight. Unfortunately this isn’t like the classic TV show “Bewitched” and with the twitch of a nose or a snap of a finger and all the work is done. 

Elsewhere, our local 4H clubs have been hard at work this summer and I’m sure they have been learning a lot of valuable lessons that they can take with them, as they continue to grow in life. 

Even though I’m a “millennial” at 26-years-old, these 4H kids are a big part of our leaders of tomorrow. Each year that they spend in 4H, allows them to be involved in something spectacular, that I wish I could have been apart of when I was growing up. 

I’ve occasionally heard that Lakeview is behind the times in a lot of aspects and maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not, but that’s a matter of personal opinion. If we are behind the times, is that a bad thing? I look at Lakeview and Lake County as a unique place, with a lot of cool things. Sure, we may have had a lot more back in the 1970s and 1980s but the economy has been like a roller coaster and times have changed. 

Disc Golf, Red Rock, softball and replacing of water lines are just a few things that have happened county-wide in the last year. Take a look around, I’m sure you’ll find a lot more that’s different over the last year or two. 

 

— Michael Acosta

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