By Rebecca Adcock
June means it’s officially summer and we all look forward to the little things: longer days, pool time, ball games and cookouts. The little things are what can make the difference between a good summer and a great summer. It’s the little victories that we must take pride in for our business community. Several of our companies have added jobs over the last few months. We have had a renewed interest in Meadows of Dan, with shops opening; a gym in Stuart that has completely redone their interior to make it more inviting and offer 24-hour access. The countless benefit meals that the chamber helps to promote, from community organizations, fire departments and individuals. Patrick County is always ready to help their neighbor.
Air Shift projects have sprung up all over the county, from Trail Hands to Barn Quilts, features that add some color and art to our county. The Rise and Shine market assists young entrepreneurs learn how to be successful.
The Patrick County Young Professionals has helped us keep our minds sharp with monthly trivia contests; be educated at the polls by hosting the Voter Education Forum, and let us have fun with the Stuart Spooktacular.
The county has a new EDA director who is vested here and wants to see everyone succeed. Instead of sitting back and expressing concerns, a group of citizens have formed a broadband committee, which has worked tirelessly on gaining better internet access for more residents of Patrick County.
All these independent organizations, businesses and projects, are part of a larger whole. A whole that allows Patrick County to move forward and succeed. When one of these projects or events succeed, it helps us all to succeed.
Upcoming events include Grow your digital skills with Google, an online streaming seminar on July 17; the grand remodeling reopening at Stuart Communications on Thursday, July 18; open house at Family Preservation Services on Aug. 2; and to help us end the summer and head back to school, the 32nd annual Virginia State Peach Festival will be held on Aug. 16 at DeHart Park in Stuart.