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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.