Several improvements positively affecting Dorchester are collectively the Dorchester Times "Story of the 2017."
Among the positive developments have been:
- A significant renovation of Dorchester's main street buildings.
- Further success of Dorchester's two restaurants on main street, both considered tops in our region.
- Expansion of existing businesses.
- New lights at Dorchester's Nerud Field, replacing the original lights from the 1950s.
- A town-sponsored crackdown on negligent property owners resulting in cleanups and reinvestment.
- A new research building and several repainted buildings adorn the grounds of the Saline County Museum.
- A new superintendent who is taking Dorchester Public Schools to the next level.
- Homes for sale that sell within days, if not hours.
- The announced return of Dorchester Football in 2018.
- Larger participation numbers in elementary-aged activities.
- A planned water park, as well as other new projects in town.
- A resurgence of young couples and young families moving to town and the nearby countryside.
Perhaps among the most exciting of this year's developments is the face-lift given to main street over the summer and fall, starting with the exterior improvements made to the cornerstone city-owned building that houses City Hall and Donna's Hair Creations. This building is a key focal point of our downtown, so residents were glad to see the village leadership make the investment.
Soon after, the owners of City Slickers made exterior improvements to their very popular eating/drinking establishment, as well as the two buildings to the north. It was like a breath of fresh air had swept through Dorchester's main street, giving the business district a new pulse. This was followed by very noticeable improvements made to the former grocery store, which now serves as a community gathering center and place of worship.
All of this proves that positive momentum breeds positive momentum in a community.
Speaker Tony Robbins once wrote the following:
Have you ever noticed that depressed people tend to get more depressed? Passionate people tend to get more excited? Successful people tend to breed further success? This is called the power of momentum.
It starts by creating a map from where you are to where you want to be. You need to gain clarity about where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you want to go so that you can create lasting change in every area of your life. Everyone has some part of their life they want to improve -- “gaps” that exist between who they are and what they want to be. You need to develop a step-by-step process and a plan to close this gap now.Communities are like people. You're either getting better or you aren't. You're either part of the positive change or you aren't.
We are glad to report that Dorchester continues moving in the right direction. The community needs to maintain the positive momentum in 2018.