• Around Town


For the first time in many years, there will be no ceremony next week in Blackstone to honor this nation’s war dead. Memorial Day is next Monday. The pandemic claims another event.

Heck, I’m starting to get nervous about college and pro football. Folks are already on edge. Remove football from the American landscape, and we’ve got ourselves a crisis on steroids.

Of course, health and business come before pleasure, and it’s still dire out here. I drove downtown one evening last week around 6:00 p.m. -- prime eating-out time -- and as I crested the hill by Seay Park and the Baptist Church, NOT A SINGLE VEHICLE in sight on Main Street. I was going to stop and grab my camera, but it was just too depressing.

I’m also starting to wonder: will Blackstone have its Arts & Crafts Festival in September? If so, I wonder how many vendors will be selling artsy face masks? Will we have Grand Illumination in Seay Park? The Christmas Parade?





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