This generation? Many good things.

Gary W. Meyer
Our parents back in the 1960’s asked of our generation: “What’s going to come of this generation?”
   My contemporaries in the 1980’s and 1990’s, then parents, asked of our children: “What’s going to come of this generation?”
   I suspect the question is again being asked by today’s parents of their children.
   Things change - and not always for the better - is the thought.
   Things have been changing - and some things are much for the better.
We didn’t have food shelves in my growing-up days. Families quietly took care of their needy neighbors, who numbered very few.
But the depression of recent years and the catastrophic results - that many families don’t have the food they need - has earned the attention of our school children.
   They are again displaying lots of resolve and effort in various March fund and food raisers for the Big Lake Food Shelf.
   We invite you to take part in a wonderful merging of high school musical talent and donations for a good cause Thursday (March 20) at BLHS.
“A Celebration of Fine Arts and Culture” will be staged for the public, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Residents, for a $5 donation, can secure a handcrafted bowl, fill it with popcorn and stroll the school, listening to the kids’ music and viewing pieces of art and culture.
   The five-spot goes to the Big Lake Food Shelf.
   It’s a great merging of our young peoples’ talents to help meet the needs of the community.
   The elementary and middle school students are in on the game, too, sponsoring their various fundraisers to benefit the food shelf. See Staff Writer Jennifer Edwards’ story on the food shelf activities in this week’s Tribune.
What’s becoming of this generation? Many good things.
You will also read this week about another function - the annual fish fry - which is sponsored by the Big Lake Lions to help raise funds for community projects, like the food shelf.
   The Lions are a wonderful example of sharing with the community - they’ve been doing it for 40 years.
There are many other community groups which extend their hands in support for less-fortunate neighbors.
   And that’s what makes for “community.” It’s not the building and the streets and the amenities.
It’s about the hearts and help of residents who look down the block, see the need and extend a hand in sharing.
Big Lake is a wonderful place to live and share. Keep up the good work, folks.
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(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)