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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO
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Hey, Where’d My Summer Go?

I’m probably not the only one wondering that right about now. No, it’s not just you; time really is flying by. Most of us probably have a few “biggies” that hold a spot on our calendars each year, be them a special family event, annual vacation or road trip, anniversaries, special holidays, or something happening at work. We often use those milestones as little benchmarks throughout the year to give us some perspective of how quickly time can pass.

One of those things that impact the entire community (even if we do not have school-age children) is the return to class for our educators and young folks. It seems like it has only been a couple of months since the big yellow busses stopped dotting our streets and neighborhoods in the early morning and each afternoon. WAIT… it has only been a couple of months! If this is one of those things you put on your calendar, you are not alone. Starting tomorrow morning my traffic patterns will change and a bit more thought will go into when I go here and there.

You may not have thought about it, but many aspects of our local economy will see changes as well. As family schedules are altered, so are business patterns. We often find ourselves needing to be in multiple places at one time. Lots of families have children in multiple schools and this can mean picking up and dropping off a more than one location all in the same evening. Obviously that does two things; it can give us less time to do what we have been doing in the last couple of months, and it can definitely mean more cars on the streets. And on top of that, a whole new crop of first time drivers are also added into the mix.

Granted, if you look at the calendar there are still a few more weeks before we get to the next “biggie” with that being the Labor Day Holiday. That is typically the date that most of us have in our minds as the real end to summer and the beginning of the fall season. How long our school system will continue to stay on a modified calendar with a shortened summer vacation and longer breaks in the spring and fall remains to be seen and will undoubtedly be debated in the future. But for now it is safe to say, we are all in for some changes and will likely be trying to cram a whole lot into a pretty short period of time. Along with that means more hectic and crazier schedules, less leisure time, and probably some changes to our normal local travel routines.

Please don’t forget those local businesses that have served you well over the summer, appreciated your businesses, employed our young ones, and supported our summer fundraisers and back-to-school events. Thank you for continuing to shop local and for supporting those who support us. With the tax-free shopping weekend upon us, this is a great time to use the last few days of summer to visit a store you have not been to yet. See you right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit 24/7 at

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