The ripple effect

Various degrees of community are coming together for a local cause—sustainability.

You’ve heard of the ripple effect…It’s what takes place when a single stone is dropped into water—the continuing and spreading results of an event or action.

One small step, one simple action, creates a reaction that in turn spreads out causing even further action.

Residents concerned with the emptying storefronts in the downtown core brought their concerns to council.

Council arranged for two forums to be held to discuss and identify concerns regarding supporting local businesses. From the two forums a committee was formed to work on issues identified.

The Chamber of Commerce has been working on a campaign to promote local business and has just released the first stage, with Think Shop Local February.

Various degrees of community are coming together for a local cause—sustainability.

Everyone could and should take part.

Enhancing the appearance of the community, (cleaning up buildings and yards) supporting local businesses who in turn support the non-profits who run the events and cultural activities is something easy enough for each of us to be involved in.

If you want to see Princeton grow, get involved in promoting Princeton—tell people why it is that you choose to live here. If you are a business get your name out to the public, not just the locals but to visitors as well. As the internet is a large part of our world today, use it—it is a vital tool that numerous people use to expand their knowledge world wide and on a local scale.

Speaking of local… I have been informed that some folks believe that the Similkameen Spotlight is not a local business.

I happen to work for a company that is not owned by a ‘local’—however, this paper was created in this community and has been owned and operated by people of this area for the majority of its 65 years. In 2000, the Similkameen Spotlight was sold to Black Press, but continues to be operated by people of this community. The company purchases locally and pays wages locally.

We at the Spotlight do not ‘pretend’ to offer a service or ‘pretend’ to support our area. We try our very best to provide excellent service to our communities and support them whole-heartedly.

Debbie Lyon, our collator and distributor has been with the Similkameen Spotlight for over 13 years. I myself was born in Penticton, raised in Princeton, married and raised my family here and for the last 11 years have worked for the newspaper that has served the area for 65 years. I have also, for just shy of 30 years, devoted much of my spare time volunteering within this community.

If any of that is not considered local, then obviously I don’t know what local is.