So… I have a secret…Actually, not so much a secret as gossip… but not so much gossip as it’s true…it’s more like I heard from Ferris that I needed to talk to Kevin down at 31 Flavors to find out that…Okay, I’m kidding. Who doesn’t love a Ferris Bueller reference? But I do have news! Seriously fab-freaking-fan-tastic news for all the local communities!
As you all know, I am all about finding the good, and people, I have some good right here:
As of last week, the old Riverside High School is now officially Impact Hill! That’s right, the hallowed halls of Riverside High are about to be transformed into a nonprofit educational and recreational center by Kevin and Dean Schechinger and company.
In the process of envisioning greatness for our community, they are taking suggestions for things that might be housed there. (Feel free to contact them with suggestions or offers of volunteerism. Oh, or money – I’m pretty sure they’d take that, too! lol) Lots of options have been thrown around as possibilities but they are still in the beginning stages of formulating a plan. At this point, anything and everything is subject to change, other than their mission.
Just like Jerry MacGuire, they have a plan. Their Mission Statement is: Impact Hill will be a safe, positive, and welcoming environment for the recreational, educational, social, cultural advancement of all, through the restoration and redevelopment of the historic (Riverside) HS building in the heart of the vibrant community of Oakland, IA.
So, I don’t know about you, but I’m pumped! Not only is my alma mater not being torn down, but there’s going to be a new business in town, and it sure sounds like it’s going to benefit all of us! For me, anything that might make my little girl’s world a better world is golden in my book, and trust me, guys, this place is going to be impressive!
Plans are moving forward as we speak and the hope is that a few of the flagship pieces of the center will be up and running the first of the year!
So, here’s the deal. Oakland and all the neighboring towns are about to get a high-dollar investment for the betterment of all ages in our area.
And I just want to be put it out there that I know how it goes. It never seems to fail that when people have a vision and want to do good, somebody out there tries to neigh-say it. So help me share the good news because it is amazing news and if you’re looking for good – here it is – in bright, shiny letters on top of a hill even! 🙂
Needless to say, I’m excited! This might be the biggest thing to hit town since, well, Gary Works opened the Dairy Queen! 🙂 And, you know if I’m comparing something to a lemon-lime slushy whip, it has to be good!
It’s not every day that we have big news like this, so help me out! Hit share and tell the world what we have going in Oakland!
So I promised you a series, and that’s what you’re gonna get. You’re probably going to continue hearing some of my other rambles, too, but I’m “finding the good” wherever it catches me. (We’ll assume it won’t catch me in a swimming suit!) 🙂
The crazy part is that I didn’t have to look that far. In fact, I have so many thoughts, it was hard to narrow down to what to use next.
I decided on this.
I’ll be honest, I’ve driven by a million times. I’ve looked at it, admired it, and thought how thankful I was that somebody went to the work of keeping it up, but I’ve never actually set foot in it until now. I’m so glad I did. Not only is it gorgeous from the road, but even better from within. I daresay it was Robert Frost-ish.
It’s a hot day out. I sat down on the bench and it was like a cool spring breeze under the cover of the trees. I couldn’t even believe it. And I read the signs of who donated things like the tree donated in memory of Chrissy Galitz or the railing donated in honor of Abe Pierce or the gazebo in memory of AC and Mary Ellen Vieth. I don’t know if I can truly put into words the emotions that were sitting there with me of all the people that make up our little town.
It’s like a John Cougar Mellancamp Small Town moment right here in Oakland, Iowa. I’ve got the American flag rep, the bench tucked away in the trees, and people who put a ton of work into making sure the plants grow, the mulch stays pretty, and weeds stay out (they deserve a place in heaven for that!), and they do it because they care. I am tired of the assumption that the people who do this work are those with more time than the rest of us. Rarely is that the case. They just choose their priorities differently. They are not getting paid. They are not inmates. They are just wonderful people with a desire to see our town look nice. It’s their little piece of giving back.
You just can’t put a price on that...
If you know all the people involved, feel free to share that info with me. I don’t want to miss anyone. I hope they know how much it is appreciated. If you’d like to share your love for this place, add your commentary. Have suggestions for me? Bring ‘em.
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