From the Heart: September 2016

Summer sure has passed by quickly! School buses are rolling and summer vacations are all but a distant memory. Except for those of us who are no longer a slave to the school calendar. Guess that’s one advantage of having grown children or not working in the education sector. For the first time in many years, we will take our summer vacation in September. Before our kids were in school, we used to love to vacation this time of year. Crowds are somewhat diminished, rates are usually a little lower than peak summer and temps have cooled just a bit, too. So, given the busy summer we had, I cannot wait to relax and enjoy my family for a whole glorious week!

While I may no longer have back-to-school shopping, open houses, homework, PTA meetings, end-of-grade testing, or after-school activities to contend with, those were some of the best years of my life! Educators are unsung heroes and play such a vital role in the lives of our children. So this month we’re starting a new feature called “A Heart for Education” (see pages 98 & 99.) Going forward, we hope to highlight some of the many wonderful folks we have in our education system. Nominations can be made via this link: I hope this will be the best year it can possibly be for all students and educators!

September is one of my favorite months and this month’s cover features V’s Barbershop. Adam’s staff is ready to serve the special men and boys in your life with superb haircuts and an old-fashioned shave for the men! Summer may be over, but September is not short on fun or things to do in our great city! In this issue you’ll read about lots of great events to come, with the annual Bookmarks Festival, Apple Fest at Historic Bethabara Park, Autumn in Old Salem and Fiesta 2016. Not to mention the various walks, charity fundraisers and LivetoLead and Living Your Best Life speaker series coming up!

Honestly, we all should be lifelong students in this game of life! We should never stop yearning to learn more, not only academically, but emotionally as well. From birth to our last breath, we should be open to new ideas and methods and being the absolute best we can be!