To the residents of the village of Lowell Buell Island isn't just where families go to the community pool, parents watch their children play ball, adults get in some exercise on the walking track or soak up some history at Strait Run School.
Buell Island represents the community spirit that's alive and well in Lowell. It's the home of Springfest and Octoberfest, two key fundraisers for the village and two major attractions that bring in visitors for food, crafts and home-based music.
There's a lot happening on the 7-acre to-8-acre island.
Wisely, village officials have been able to secure grants for past upgrades at Buell Island. Now, they're looking for new grants to help upgrade some equipment that's starting to show its age.
Fortunately, maintenance of the equipment isn't the issue. Park Supervisor Doug Weber gets high marks from village residents for his diligent work in maintaining the equipment.
And contributions from the people of Lowell have been valuable, too. For example, Lowell Eagle Scout Patrick Arnold-McKinney designed and helped install a wheelchair- accessible swing in the park.
Other examples of community spirit: Residents maintain the baseball fields and more than 40 volunteers helped restore the historic one-room schoolhouse after its roof was crushed in last year's derecho.
Other communities in the Valley also deserve praise for dedication such as Tomlinson Park in Williamstown, Civitan Park in Belpre and Dodge Park in Beverly.
But today we want to praise the work of the people of Lowell for taking such an interest in Buell Island. Also, we want to wish officials good luck in securing more grant funding for future projects.
Buell Island is a great example of people working together.