Last week something really nice happened in Brookville.

Wednesday evening was a special activity at McDonald’s, where members of the Brookville schools staff were busy filling all the positions at the popular fast-food restaurant.

The dining room was packed and lines at the drive-through were long. But no one was fussing that their order was wrong, that they had to wait too long, that it was too crowded and noisy. Instead it was like a great big party. Everyone seemed to be having a really good time. One little fella was putting smiles on lots of faces as he hid behind pillars and chairs, popping out to say “peek” or “I see you!”

Children were there, sharing Happy Meals with their parents and grandparents. There was a pleasant mix of all age groups, meeting for the common good of raising money for special events for the kids at school.

A few weeks ago the same spirit was felt at the tail-gate party before the Homecoming game at the high school. People were having a good time, as for a few hours they were able to put aside the cares of daily life and enjoy meeting old friends and making new acquaintances.

Coming up in the next few weeks are more opportunities for the community to bind together — Light-Up Night and Victorian Christmas. As with the school events, a lot of people have put a lot of work into preparing for these special occasions. Most, if not all, has been done by volunteers who want to give something back to our community.

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That is one of the things that should be on everyone’s list of things for which to give thanks. We are truly blessed that we still live in a “safe” community, where we can enjoy events such as this. One day I saw a man walking down the street, swinging his deposit bag as he walked toward the bank. When going home late in the evening I see people out walking their dogs. And on very late nights I have seen people walking home or towards some other destination. How many other communities can boast of being this safe?

We should also be thankful that we live in a community where there are still people who are willing to volunteer their time and talents to provide something for others. The festivals, the benefit dinners, the food drives — someone is always doing something to help someone else.

I’ve heard a lot of people, especially young people, say there is nothing to keep them in Brookville. True, we don’t have theaters and large shopping malls and sports arenas — but all those things are easily accessible. What we do have is a sense of community. Every time we go away, whether it be for one day or for several, it is always good to be back on Main Street, because that means we are almost home, and home is a good place to be.

I, for one, am happy and proud to call Brookville (and its “suburb” of Ramsaytown!) home. How about you?

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