Tri-Cities residents often take living in this beautiful area for granted.
At this time of the year, when the air chills and leaves change colors, it is a good time to reflect on just how blessed we are living here.
Some area residents wonder out loud at times about why all the tourists come here.
Well, this is a destination, and sometimes we just don’t realize it. We have water, beaches, hunting, fishing, great schools, shopping, good health care and a wealth of recreation.
One blessing that we often forget is that we aren’t victims to many natural disasters. We don’t have hurricanes or earthquakes, and tornadoes and flooding are relatively rare.
We also have the four seasons. Different people have their favorites — and regardless of which season you prefer, we get a taste of them all.
Florida can be a great escape to some in the winter, but it can be very uncomfortable in the hot and steamy summer.
We don’t have beautiful mountains like those living in Colorado or Wyoming, but we have sparkling sand dunes.
We have the pluses of a small community, yet are only 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of a bigger city in Grand Rapids. And we are only three hours away from the really big towns of Detroit and Chicago.
When all is said and done, this is a pretty great place to work and play and raise a family.
We thank our local governments for keeping the area neat and attractive, and for designating a lot of green area out of the reach of developers.
Life is good in the Tri-Cities!
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