Congratulations to the 2020 Northridge Graduating HEROES!!
I am always proud of our graduating seniors but perhaps this year more than ever before. Every student looks forward for 12 long years to their senior year and the well-deserved prom, after prom,
graduation parties and being handed that precious diploma on graduation day. No one could have imagined that literally days before the beginning of senior events a global pandemic would strike.
Schools were closed followed by businesses and a stay at home order. This year’s graduating class had every right to be upset, even angry. Did they go to social media to complain, demonstrate in the
streets, call 6 on your side? No, instead they stayed home, social distanced, washed their hands, covered their coughs and saved lives! Knowing that young people typically survive the virus okay they
chose to forgo the honors and everything they worked hard for to make certain that they didn’t do anything to cause a parent or grandparent a potentially fatal illness. Trade in those caps and
gowns for capes seniors, you deserve them. I see a great future for these students,
I look forward to hearing of great achievements from the 2020 graduates. Well done seniors, I take comfort knowing that our future will be in your good hands.
Speaking of events
While no one knows what is in the future for public gatherings, rest assured that our event organizers are making plans. The Fundays committee is planning for the July event, with a plan B just in case.
Rumor has it the “Village News” folks may dust off the fall Fondue event, with a twist. We are hoping to have some type of Alexandria Day event later in the summer to coincide with a visit from
Alexander’s relatives. However, in the back of our minds is the thought that worst case we will at least be able to have an Alexandria Fundays Fall Festival Fondue Day at the park, with hot dogs!
As part of their regular maintenance AEP will have contractors trimming the tress that have grown into the wires. They will be showing up sometime soon to perform the necessary work to keep
our electric, internet, cable and phones working.
Important Notice: 2020 census, no computer? No problem!
It is apparent that most of us are not going to get our census forms; however it is still vital that we complete the 2020 census. Turns out after holding on the phone an hour or so for
a census associate to pick up that it is very easy to do, even without the form. The easiest wayis probably going to be online, simply type in My2020census.gov, when you get to the place
that ask you to enter your 12 digit ID number just click the tab below that says “I do not have an ID number” from there on follow the instructions. We are going to all need to do it online,
or by phone, or in person when a census worker comes to the door. I will put the phone number for the census bureau at the end of this, expect long hold times on the telephone.
Without use of the library we will need to help each other. If you have a friend or relative that wouldn’t mind doing it for you, it will only take them about 5 minutes to do it. All they will
need is your address, the full names of everyone living in your home and their birthdates. If that isn’t an option for you, call me I will be happy to do it for you and print a confirmation for
you from the census bureau. If anyone would like to do it with the census bureau by telephone, use the restroom, fix a snack and call 1-844-330-2020.
I feel I can never emphasize enough how important it is to support local business, it always comes back to us. A recent example was the street sweeper that spent several hours cleaning
Main Street and Granville Street. After the recent record rainfall sent Racoon Creek surging through Brookside Material their trucks couldn’t help but track mud out onto State Route 37.
Brookside General Manager Jerry Bennett immediately called a sweeper truck company to come and clean their drive. He then directed the driver to spend the rest of the day cleaning the
streets of the Village! Now 3 weeks later, I had just finished this newsletter when I saw the sweeper truck go past the house! Brookside Material is again paying to have our streets swept!
Man, vs Parking Lot!
I promised a letter or so ago to let you know how Woman got-r- done! putting an end to the never-ending saga of trials, challenges and errors and finally made the parking lot a reality.
I recently stopped at Martin Trucking and spoke with owner Denise Martin about what it might cost (hint, hint) to get some gravel for our lot. She smiled and said, would you like us to
finish it for you? I think she too was tired of hearing about it! A few days later Derek Martin showed up with a huge slinger truck and put two huge loads of crushed limestone on it. He
plans to add another load soon and it will be ready for stripes. Just in time for the rest of our local businesses to reopen. Thanks to Brookside Material and Martin Trucking for giving back
in such a great way! Maybe in a future letter I can get them to share what the cost would have been to the Village if we had to pay for these wonderful donations!
Sincerely, Mayor Jim Jasper