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When I go out my back door each morning, I see a beautiful, velvety red rose. It was brought over the mountains from Virginia by my step-great-grandmother, and turned over to me when my step-mother died in the fall of the year.

It was spindly at that time, and struggling to survive. A friend who is a gardener planted it again and we began the long, slow journey of keeping it alive. I read about roses and did things like putting all of my banana peels around it, and dousing it with soapy water each week.

After two years, there is usually one rose blooming most of the time. The plant is strong looking now and a reminder to me that it takes time to see results.

I relate this to what is happening with the Town Improvement Committee.

We were very discouraged last year, because our town was losing so much character and beauty. Look around Grantsville today. More people are caring for colorful flower gardens and the town is sparkling with new flower beds and new paint.

Yes, there is more to be done, probably years of work, but the spirit at Monday night's meeting shows that the little things do not dull the enthusiasm of the group.

Even though the town clean up day did not have much participation, plans are still being made for another one in the spring. The committee agreed, "We will try in the spring, that is the traditional clean up season. We won't give up."

                 Coming together is a beginning,
                    Keeping together
 is progress,
                    Working together is a success.
--Henry Ford

This quotation was sent to me by a family member after reading about the Town Beautification Committee. Even though she does not live here, she knows the determination of Calhouners.

We will have a lovely inviting town, not tomorrow, but we are on the way.

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