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Online communities help showcase the real ones

November 29, 2010 - Art Smith

For some people getting in the holiday spirit this last weekend meant standing in line to get a great deal on one of the thousands of “door busters” that were offered in the early hours of “Black Friday.”

For me though the holiday spirit is not found in the shopping isles but in the spirit of the people who make up our different communities.

Between “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” three communities in our area held holiday parades.

Belpre, Marietta and the Beverly-Waterford communities all rang in the season this weekend with holiday events.

From a street corner in Beverly I watch a few dozen units make their way toward Dodge Park and the annual tree-lighting. Families with their kids watched and waited for the throwing of candy, bands playing, fire trucks blaring and people waving from a variety of pickups, floats and even horses.

By standing on the street corners of the communities that make up the Mid-Ohio Valley one can truly get a sense that it is the spirit of the people that live here who make the holidays special, and maybe getting a great deal on a “must have” item is really not all that important.

Our website provides a lot of ways to be part of the community in a digital sense.  In this instance our online photo-sharing site, CU, has photos of all three parades on it. Click on the links for Belpre, Marietta, and Beverly-Waterford to view parades photos and share in some of the holiday spirit.

Our site also has a special holiday section with information about other holiday events coming up. The Christmas Countdown section also offers a variety of holiday tips and stories.


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