Seeing the posts on Facebook and listening to the stories related to the closing of the Coffeen Power Plant is heartbreaking.
Generations of Montgomery County people at the plant have worked hard and raised their families here, while providing a valued service to the customers at the other end of the line. I wish those who made this sad ending happen were made to see the aftermath of what they have done.
But what now?
As a community, we can either lament the circumstances in which we find ourselves, or we can make the best we can of a bad situation. Knowing the resilience of Montgomery County residents, I believe we will opt for the latter. Let's do everything we can to help and support the workers and families affected.
And now, more than ever, is the time to support our local business community. I encourage everyone to shop in our local Montgomery County stores and with Montgomery County vendors for Christmas.
Eat in our restaurants. Buy your gas here. Get more of your groceries here. Seek professional services locally. Have your car fixed here. Do your banking here.
Many of these businesses are no doubt wondering what impact the plant closing will have. And many of them are in the midst of making investments in their buildings and in our community.
Uncertainty is our enemy. I have faith we can meet this situation head on and pitch in together to help each other. I realize not everything is available locally, but with a little forethought and effort, I'll bet you'll be surprised just how much you can obtain right here in Montgomery County.
Local gift certificates make great gifts! And let's all offer a kind word of encouragement to those families impacted. The circumstances we face are not what any of us wanted. But here we are; let's help everyone have a better holiday season and look forward with hope to a prosperous new year.