What would local government say to the grass roots uprising? A new town supervisor was just voted into office. Ed Wehrheim had been involved in town government for many years, but now he sits in the hot seat. What would his take be on the sudden upsurge of activity in the little hamlet that might just become the crown jewel of Smithtown. Here’s what he had to say:
“I'd say history has a special way of repeating itself and the proof is what has unfolded in the hamlet of St James. A renaissance is upon us, as local leaders in the fine arts join forces with our Chamber, Civic groups and community organizations. The community is working together as one force with a vision to restore St James, preserving its historic roots and charm for generations to come. We are at the dawn of a revival. And I am so thankful for the people of St James, whose energy and synergy has become my inspiration as we begin redevelopment.”
Wow! Looks like the forces have aligned. Each week the local papers have been supportive by publishing news and progress of coming events. Everyday more people are stepping forward to volunteer. The excitement is clearly mounting, but there is much work to do and a long road ahead. The cause, however, is worth the effort. The preservation of the values of community and small-town life are what we want and need to pass on to future generations. We can only do this by learning about and learning from the past – and what better way than learning together?