First of all I feel another rant coming on – Us older folk remember the days of mom and pop stores which carried groceries and choice cuts of meats. We had five here in Otsego when I was growing up each conveniently located within a short walking distance from wherever one lived. When Walmart came into Plainwell most of these stores closed within a year or two. Those which remain feature mainly booze, pop, lottery tickets and snacks. The last straw came when Harding’s closed their doors earlier this year along with their pharmacy. Our longest survivors are Bob’s Hardware and Judy’s restaurant downtown. Bob’s has actually expanded this past year so they are doing very well.
Mom and pop stores were once the back bone of the towns which supported out little league baseball teams. Each team bore the logo of the store we represented. Back in those days nearly all the boys including myself played baseball, were members of the Boy Scouts and participated in various church activities. At Harding’s back in those days they kept the animal carcasses in view of the public and you could ask for any cut of meat you desired.
When I moved to Maine in the early 70s it was like stepping backwards into time. A town had everything it would need contained within the city limits due to the fact that the towns were quite far apart from each other. Many of the houses still burned wood for heat especially those outside the city limits. This remains true today for the same reasons.
Since Harding’s closed in Otsego we now have to go the Plainwell for most of our shopping and to get our medications. Big box stores have been the downfall of many small businesses in small cities such as ours – the past couple generations haven’t been able to experience the charm and expediency of shopping local, local being within the city you live.
…end of rant….
Meteorological winter begins tomorrow. There are winter storm warnings over much of Nebraska and South Dakota for 9 to 14 inches of wet snow. By the time it gets here we will see a rain event rather than snow due to temps rising to the 40s. The weekend will feature rain, melting snow and dense fog due to the above fore mentioned. We could see rain totals between half to an inch. No major snow storms are in the forecast at this point in time though we could see the lake effect machine fire up for the lakeshore counties come Tuesday. We will look at this in my Sunday post.