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Changing conditions call for staying connected

Changing conditions call for staying connected Changing conditions call for staying connected
Judy O’Bannon

My husband Don and I have been quarantined and isolated down at our farm west of Corydon for more than a year and a half now. Since we are well into the condition of old age, we have tried to avoid any situation that would make us vulnerable to COVID-19.

Now that we are trying to re-enter the world in a more normal way, it amazes me how out of touch we have become. Thus, I have been inquiring around about the happenings in Corydon and Harrison County. Wow, there is a lot going on; most of it addresses the issue of disconnects and opportunities for connects between people, needs and interests, resources and awareness.

More and more I am aware of how fortunate Corydon is that it was chosen by the State of Indiana in 2016 to be a Stellar community. The application for that program required a lot of long-term and comprehensive planning. Doing such work demands a communitywide effort, and residents from all over the county have been involved.

This original vision plan asked such questions as: “What kind of a community do you want to live in?” and “What assets does this area have that would make this a good place to live?” Much of the activity that has taken place is a result of all those thorough inquiries and plans developed in making the application to become a Stellar community. That process paid off.

The work has been an organized effort to ask ourselves this important question: Why do kids grow up in a small town and then decide they want to move to a big city? What is it the city offers them that they want in their own hometowns? The next step is: “Is it feasible to provide some of these amenities and opportunities here in Harrison, Crawford and Floyd counties?” The answer is seen in the changes during the last five years, and it is a resounding “Yes.”

Farmers markets, band concerts, piano recitals at the Posey House, museums and an art center, walking trailways and parks, housing for targeted residents, upscale restaurants, retail shops and technology startups, an active library system and increased activity on our interstate exchanges bring more opportunities.

Who would have thought six years ago that I would eat gourmet kangaroo meat at what used to be the after-game hangout on the corner in Corydon?

Do you know what else those inquiries are still turning up? There are calls to keep working on the infrastructure that connects and serves all these lifestyle amenities we want: upgrades to our sewer plant, water lines and high-speed internet. We do well to always think countywide no matter where our business or home stands. We need regular improvements for normal development as well as for disaster preparedness.

These are challenging times, and there is an urge to go back to days when we had no choice but to hunker down and wait for COVID-19 to die out, but we have such opportunities right on our horizon that we must join together and push forward. We need to reconnect ourselves with communities and neighbors. Tweaking one aspect of life won’t get us a vibrant and sustainable home.

We here at The Corydon Democrat newspaper hope we can help connect you with your community. We need your input in telling the stories of this place and sharing the information people need to participate in changing conditions. It is vital to make connections between all aspects of life, and it takes all of us to do that.