From the Editor

Joe Paraskevas, EditorThis is it: the last piece of the puzzle in the Mainstreeter’s last edition of 2015.

As I write my editorial, I review the events of this turbulent year. Yeats comes to mind. William Butler Yeats. The Irishman.

“Things fall apart,” he wrote in his poem, The Second Coming. “The centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”

Scholars say Yeats was thinking of European civilization. I only have to consider our small community.Yes, there was anarchy in Old Ottawa East, almost each day, thanks to the behemoth known as Main Street reconstruction. Things did indeed appear to fall apart, namely our sense of quiet order.

And yet, the community endured. Amid change, something inevitable in any year, Old Ottawa East found ways to cope and thrive.

There was a sense of renewal at the Annual General Meeting of our community association, Nov. 10. There were new board members, a new president and the sense the old president – the indefatigable John Dance – had left us better prepared to tackle the future than when he began his stint, four years ago.

“Surely some revelation is at hand,” Yeats wrote.

After looking up and down at the list of stories in this issue of the Mainstreeter, I have a revelation. This month, there are stories of change and challenge but also of lessons learned and discoveries.

Here’s my revelation: We’re going to make it.

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