It’s a soft snow, but more than enough to block the view I expected this morning: the ridge across the valley and the White Mountains behind that. Wanted to see the snow on Mt. Washington but dont have to look that far to see snow this morning. Yesterday was dark, rainy, and cool but we got the full view, with clouds just bumping the tops of the hills. This 2-3 inches would paralyze us back in Atlanta. Ah Spring! I asked my nephew if he knew the guy who was responsible for this and he allowed as he did and hed be talking to Him today, as he always does.
All 4 Fast Forward Main Street communities share the common issue of dealing with economic stress. But the Androscoggin Valleys struggle has been a long one, not the result of a sudden event like a hurricane or severe economic down-turn. The other areas are urban while this is rural, the combined population of the 3 towns less than 12, 000. These folks are the tough, quiet types youd expect to find in Maine; hard working, honest, and generous. Theyre also hard people, handling what comes their way, kind but slow to befriend. They want to know who you are and why youre here and they ask some hard, direct questions. Theyve seen my kind before and they dont want to be disappointed again. They’ve had enough of that. Just want a chance to work, take care of their families and enjoy God’s blessings.
So FF Main Street is off and running in Rumford, Mexico, and Dixfield, Maine. Were honored to be able to work alongside our new friends. Looking forward to the hard work ahead.