Well, it’s not TOTAL freedom, but it’s a start.
According to my sources close to Lansing politics it appears that our wise, generous, loving, considerate, fair, even handed and otherwise-wonderful-in-so-many-ways-Governor, has decided that we can dip our collective toes in the pool of normalcy, which has for the past 13 months remained just a chimera, beyond our reach. Apparently, she has decided that local governments, businesses and other public places can return to some semblance of business-as-usual permitting increased capacities and extended hours of service – especially for restaurants. You can read the entire MDHHS edict HERE. I suggest that if you want to be in compliance with the law, you should take a look at it. Personally, I’ve had all I can take of this. If you would care to hear my opinion on this you can read it as presented by Heather MacDonald, HERE. Do keep in mind that is my personal opinion, it has nothing to do with the Township.
Even more importantly though, this is what I published the last time this happened. It is every bit as true and applicable today as it was then.
Here we are pretty much halfway through the year but it sure doesn’t feel like it, does it? If it weren’t for all the recently completed home repair, cleaning and construction projects I’d say so far it’s been a wash. Fortunately, I think all of us have used this time to our advantage in one way or another, some to our great advantage. My house, for instance, hasn’t been as clean as it is now in…well…ever. I’ve managed to fix a whole bunch of broken stuff, most recently including an old rototiller that hasn’t run in 26 years. No kidding! And Linda and I have taken many opportunities to get out and deliberately patronize our local businesses over and above what we would normally do. I only wish I could convince our community of how absolutely critical they are to our way of life here.
I’d like to dwell on this for a second because it’s important: Our business community is, in my experience, the most generous, supportive, helpful group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. We should all be jealous as hell of them, they make our community what it is. There is no question that any one of them would be doing infinitely better were they located in Jackson, Battle Creek or Ann Arbor, but they chose to locate here and serve us in this community. They support everything done in this community, and if we’re to be honest about it, without their support these things just wouldn’t happen. Think about that.
Today, we are preparing to end (in some fashion) our forced incarceration. Our temptation will always be to go where things are cheapest or where we have the largest selection. Resist that, at least initially. Spend your money here, where it will make the most difference and have the greatest impact for you, your neighbors, your children and your community.
It is the least you can do.
In spite of getting a late start due to the ravages of Covid and the uncertainty surrounding it (still) we have decided to go ahead with plans for sponsoring the 4th Annual LIGHT UP CONCORD! Outdoor Decorating Contest! It will necessarily differ from those we’ve held in the past, as we are all pretty sure…Read More
Well Folks, It’s Official! The Cornell Rd. Bridge is well and truly completed! And if it Ain’t just the Jim-dam-dandiest-bridge anywhere this side of the Pecos River, I just don’t know what is! Our JCDOT crews worked through Veterans’ Day to get the guardrails in and they had ‘er all up and shining like the…Read More
To our Friends: Karen & Vic Face @ Wolverine Steel! Who graciously and selflessly allowed our Concord Fire Dept. to keep the Emergency Response and Fire vehicles at their facility while maintenance and repairs were effected on the Fire Barn. This is yet another great example of the collegiality between the members of our business…Read More
Now just you don’t come crying to me if you don’t have any idea what is going on around here! I’ve been trying to get you folks to our Board of Trustees’ meetings for more than 4 years! So here we go – you’ll just have to read about all the work we’ve been doing…Read More
Yep, it’s true! The Cornell Rd. Bridge that was condemned and closed on March 16th, 2020 was officially opened for traffic Monday, October 19th, 2020. That’s 7 months, start to finish. 7 months! Is that not just absolutely amazing? Well, I think it is! Especially when you consider there are bridges in Jackson County and…Read More
At our most recent Board of Trustees Meeting (October 12th, 2020) we were informed that Naomi Carr, a member of both our Planning Committee and Board of Trustees would be resigning as a result of a major change in her personal life. You see, that’s because she will be changing her official residence – as…Read More
Yes, Folks, after just over 3 years of concentrated effort by many people in our community we FINALLY! have a fully searchable, up-to-the-minute, professional Code of Ordinances available for anyone who needs to know what the laws are here in Concord Township! Anyone who has an interest or a need can access this document any…Read More
If you missed our last meeting, you’re in good company – but that is not necessarily a good thing. Of the 2700 (M/L) residents of our budding little Metropolis, 2,692 were no shows. So…if you were one of them and you’d like to know what we were doing, well….you can read up on it here:…Read More
According to my sources close to the Vatican, Mike Small has passed the spatula on to Shelley Blair and her partner Edgar Moske. The venerable JAX BBQ has now been rechristened HotRodz Smokehouse and the Concord “Q” tradition continues. Shelley worked for Mike almost from the beginning of JAX and recently partnered with Ed to…Read More