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Something strange has been happening in Grand Falls-Windsor lately.

It has been noticed by many and has been the subject of many conversations.

No, there is not a delegation from a European country touring the closed paper mill.

There is no international conglomerate quietly building a toothpick factory next to the Exploits. And there are no plans for a cranberry processing plant for this region any time soon.

Something strange has been happening in Grand Falls-Windsor lately.

It has been noticed by many and has been the subject of many conversations.

No, there is not a delegation from a European country touring the closed paper mill.

There is no international conglomerate quietly building a toothpick factory next to the Exploits. And there are no plans for a cranberry processing plant for this region any time soon.

The residents of the largest town in the Valley are acting differently, though.

They seem to be more involved, more concerned and well, frankly, more neighbourly than they ever have been before.

The recent yard sale on High Street had a carnival feel. The smell of cotton candy and boiling lobster gave spread across the air as people greeted each other with smiles and handshakes.

Canada Day was nothing short of spectacular.

Hundreds of people, young and old, went to the festivities at Centennial Field.

With the great traditional tunes of Mill Road in the background, they laughed, danced and chatted as kids collected booty at games of chance. Not much chance was involved, though, since the town council graciously supplied prizes for everyone who took part.

Later that evening, throngs of people again came out to watch a fireworks display that was easily the best ever seen in this area.

And the people gathered there appreciated it.

It almost seems like there could be a new optimism in the air.

The reason for that optimism is hard to determine.

It is almost as if a weight has been lifted from the collective shoulders of the people in the town.

Maybe they feel as though some of the doubt of the future has been removed. The old mill was constantly a worry for many, and now that we are over a year into life without paper production, the challenges for the future are now clear, instead of just a fear of what could possibly happen.

We have an opportunity to make the renewed sense of pride in our area.

While it is beyond our control whether there is a buyer for the mill or a new industry comes to town, there is something we can do.

We can take this new attitude and try to put it to use by shopping local whenever possible. If a retailer doesn't have what you want, ask if they can order it in. Use our facilities if you can and enjoy the great attractions we have locally.

The attendance at local events recently is a fine indicator of the pride we have in our community, our region and above all, ourselves.

- David Newell

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, High Street, Mill Road

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