I recently went through numerous years of Heralds looking for something requested by a reader. I came across the series by Roger Geise on his perspective of Main Street Delphos from when he was a child and would ride his bike home from school. That is still one of my most favorite things I have put in the newspaper to date.

Being a lifelong resident myself, I also have fond memories of a simpler time filled with long days at the pool, sunny summer weeks at the lake cottage, ice skating on the frozen Miami-Erie Canal and near the Hanser Family Pavilion under the perpetually leaky old water tower, tromping through George’s Jungle whispering about urban legends and neighborhood games of kickball and football.

On a good summer day, the canal itself could provide hours of entertainment catching tadpoles, turtles and the occasional fish. I spent many an afternoon laying on the sun-warmed tiles at Tenth Street just watching the water go by while I dangled a stick in the water.

I don’t see much interaction with the canal anymore. It used to be packed with anglers in the spring and summer and ice skaters in the winter. At one time, the canal was a big deal for us who lived along its banks.

I couldn’t move away fast enough when I graduated from high school and quickly found that the “big city” far from family and friends was less than liberating.

Most teens think of the freedom of moving away. They long for places they go where they won’t see the same people and no one knows their business or their parents.

The reality can be quite a shock for those moving away from tight-knit communities like we enjoy here. For along with the freedom and anonymity, comes freedom and anonymity.

No one cares that you were the star football player, head cheerleader or valedictorian. You are judged on a whole new set of rules. Those things that make you who you are in your hometown don’t mean a whole lot to other people.

This is also timely for the newly-formed Downtown Delphos Development Association. I sat in on their meeting this month to see what they were up to. Many things are still preliminary but I could tell they were serious about the downtown situation and will put forth the effort to do something about it.

Their next meeting is at 7 p.m. on April 25 on the second floor of the Jones Building. If you have ideas, resources, know someone who could help with the downtown, please stop by and let them know. There is room for a lot of improvement.

I’m not taking away from those business owners who have stepped up and painted and pointed and tucked. I’m actually sticking up for them because those who haven’t been diligent about upkeep look a little worse for the wear beside these freshly groomed buildings.

This group has a vision and I think it’s worth a look. We need to have more pride and show it.

I can’t wait to see the fruits of the labor of the Future Business Leaders of America after they hold their final “flash” business and use the money to put a fresh coat of paint on the buildings they used for those businesses.

We all have to pull together. It’s not enough to agree with someone that something needs changed. We have to all work to change it. Change is good.

After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results.