Thursday, July 6, 2006
I don’t technically live in Harmontown, but I do go to church there.
Harmontown is several miles down Hwy 310 from Laws Hill — Laws Hill is part of a corner of Marshall County that sticks into Lafayette County.
I am a member of the newly re-established Northwest Side Civic Club (I think that’s right anyway) — it has to do with the northwest side of Sardis Lake and Lafayette County.
The Civic Club was once a flourishing entity in the community and then, like lots of good things, went sour and closed its doors for a while.
Everyone talked about how the community center needed to be reopened again and cleaned and, etc., etc. Everyone talked, but no one did anything.
Then, a couple years ago, a couple of folks around about Harmontown decided to do more than talk. They got the charter reestablished and more importantly, got many of the community members down to the building to work.
And work they did! The building is once again a wonderful meeting place. There are frequent flea markets and dances for the younger set (and I’ve spied a couple of the older generation at the dances also).
The community center committee and other members of the Harmontown area have worked very hard and the playground equipment has been refurbished and added to; the ballfield fence has been repaired and improved and ball tournaments are once again played on the diamond.
This year for the Fourth of July, the NWSCC staged a carnival and fireworks show.
There were hamburgers and hotdogs and cotton candy and games and prizes and the fireworks were spectacular!
The best thing though is the sense of community at the community center.
Most of the area churches join in and work together. You can’t tell a Baptist from a Methodist at the flea markets and ball games.
Sunday morning at church, we were all filling our new pastor in on the community center and as I sat there and listened I thought it really is a community center.
Harmontown and the surrounding area (including a few of us from Laws Hill) are really putting the community center to use — and re-establishing and firming up community bonds and friendships in the process.
• Free Springs UMC, my church, is delighted to have our new pastor settling in. Especially since he has a “reputation” around this neck of the woods.
Troy Barton, his wife Laurie and their two daughters, are a welcome addition to the community!
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