I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like this year has a different feel to it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most observant person in the world, but there’s just something in the air that’s breathes excitement and maybe it’s always been there and I just never noticed until now. 

While I was on vacation the last 10 days, it was great to see everyone, especially some that I hadn’t seen in over a year. We did dinners, baseball games, movies, parties and bowling where I tried to do my best Charley Tracy impression who is the greatest of all time (GOAT) and bowl a 200 game, but came up way short. 

One thing I noticed is amongst my group of friends back home is how supportive they’ve been of not just me but one another. The nostalgia is there when I log onto facebook and see them all together hanging out doing whatever, but that’s the one consistent. If something big is happening like for example a wedding, we’re all there to support and celebrate the big accomplishment. Even though I don’t live there anymore, they’ve been 100 percent supportive and very interested in my career. Even if there’s a period of time of no contact because we all have busy lives, when we do get together, it’s like nothing changes. All my close friends I consider family. 

Just like Texas, Lakeview has that sense of family and I think that’s the most consistent thing about this town. 

Even before I left on vacation, I attended the Lakeview Community Partners meeting at the Senior Center and everyone was on the same page about how to move forward on how to beautify the town and recruit more people to have more people involved. 

I think all of the Community Partners have raised the bar even higher. The Chamber had a neat idea with little welcome bags for tourists coming through and encouraging them to check out all of our local shops. Each of the sub-committees continue to set a high precedent with attracting tourism.

This week is the big Fourth of July celebrations at the Fairgrounds and in Christmas Valley. There may be no Country Showdown or Tuff Truck challenge this year, but I think a kid’s rodeo is a great trade-off. Since moving here, I have a greater appreciation for the rodeo, mostly because imagining me up on a horse trying to do barrel racing, tie down roping or bull riding would most likely end up with me falling off and ending up in the hospital. (I have a horrible sense of balance, if you hadn’t noticed by now). 

One of the things that I’ve seen the Town Council and Chamber preach is unity and working together and that’s the one thing you need if you want a well functioning town. Life’s too short not to set aside differences and work together. There are so many people that deserve pats on the back for hard work to ensure an unforgettable summer as the Centennial Round-Up and Fair approaches. 

Now that the sun rises at 5:30 a.m., my dog has decided that’s the best time to jump on top of me to greet the day, so she can go outside. There’s a few times where she’s actually sat on top of my head if I don’t wake up right away. I think she senses the excitement too. 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend and I’ll see you around Town. 


— Michael Acosta


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