Walker County seems to be at the place where everyone is working together to get things happening in and around our small towns. Everywhere I go and everyone I talk to is talking about what is happening this year in Walker County. For the first time in years, I am putting things to do in 2017 on my calendar in Walker County besides work schedules and events.
It feels good to know we are becoming a community where people want to travel, sight see and spend time in the great outdoors. Walker County has a wealth of natural beauty and resources that fit into numerous outdoor activities. We have hidden treasures that are beginning to be shared and enjoyed by many. So yes, I am so excited and I just can’t hide it! I am ready to walk, run and bike all over this place!
So as I was preparing for a write up of all things positive in North West Georgia, really bad things have happened in our country. But here is where I will begin. While not everyone like the same activities, we all benefit from all the beauty that sits in and surrounds our area. We have different desires, but we are one community. We are different races, religions, sex, ages, etc., but we all live in the same community and have decided to call it HOME. Where I might not touch on what you like to do, include doing nothing, I will share the things I like to do and the changes I love to see happening.
First, Ironman comes through Walker County 3 times a year now, and where it is not everyone’s idea of a wonderful event, I think it is great. I am thrilled Ironman loves our community. The athletes love our people, our views and surroundings and they love to ride here. Where it can be an inconvenience to some due to slowing traffic, it is such a benefit to our families and especially our youth to see there is more to life than drugs and alcohol. I have ridden with young people that are encouraged by watching these athletes and are training for the time when they turn 18 and can participate in this International event locally here in Walker County. I would say it is one of the biggest pluses in addition to our locals that train to participate because this event is here in our community. Some would not be able to participate if they had to pay the cost of travel.
Besides our own residents getting a tremendous healthy benefit, our businesses exceed normal activities and sales. I witnessed myself the purchases and food sold throughout Walker County in the range of the biking route. As far as my opinion, we are blessed to have such an international outdoor event in our area and I hope to see it encourage all ages to get out and enjoy our beauty!
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And now we hit October in full fall blast! Here in our Northwest Georgia mountains and valleys, there are activities galore. Just this weekend, you could choose between Harvest Day’s in LaFayette, Rocktoberfest at Rock City or Cloudland Canyon for Fall-Fun Hayrides, just to mention a few of the activities. The next couple of months will be filled with festivals, fairs, food and football here in the South! You can find other local events on the Chamber's community calendar or by downloading the One Walker app.
After the horrific shootings in Las Vegas I was saddened, confused and heartbroken for this kind of evil in our country. It took me days to be able to write about “positive things” in such a week of great loss, but I know that it is important to stay hopeful and helpful in these difficult times. The one thing I can do is share a positive attitude while sharing the exciting positive events happening around us. We don’t stop, we continue on and I am thankful for that. I will pray for those involved and effected by this tragic action as so many others are doing. They will not be forgotten, but evil will not win. That battle has already been won.
Just a thought… 1 Peter 3:9. "Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."
And enjoy the fall, ya’ll!
Submitted by Lisa J. Heyer, Better Homes & Gardens - Jackson Realty
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