BARRY’S BLOG FRIDAY 10-25-13

Living in a small town is so very comfortable. You get involved in the daily activities, and there are unlimited opportunities to serve and help others, which is the most rewarding of all the things we do. This week in Auburn, we watch local citizens, including City Councilman Mike Holmes rehearse for their live performance at our performing theatre the “War of the Worlds” radio show. He plays Orson Wells, the bigger than life producer/actor who’s creativity almost caused riots when he announced on the radio that aliens from outer space had landed in New Jersey.

We also heard from our City Manager Bob Richardson and a team of people that are involved with dealing with “Panhandling” which is becoming more and more a nuisance in our city. Bob and our Police Chief, John Ruffcorn have developed a program attempting to educate the general public that panhandlers are not homeless and unfortunate, but business people that have found a “Soft touch” in Auburn. Some of these panhandlers make as much as $25 per hour, and up to $50 thousand a year, tax free. Bob and John are speaking at local clubs and meeting helping to explain the difference between panhandlers and the “Homeless” who really do need help and several agencies are available to provide it. Giving cash to panhandlers only feeds typical drug and alcohol addictions, and cheats the people that really need help. This program is gaining national attention because every city has the same problem.

We look forward to November as we watch an army of volunteers getting ready for the Veterans Day Parade and celebration and on with the Fall and Skiing. Definitely a busy time for everyone and great to be a part of it all. Big City people really don’t know what they are missing!

Have a great weekend, be kind to yourself and be happy!

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