Sarah’s Snippets – 5/3/2016
This past weekend was May 1st, or “May Day”. When I was young and living in a small village, the neighborhood children would pick flowers out of their yards, cluster them into little nosegays, and take them to older neighbors on May Day. At each recipient’s house the gift would be placed on the doorstep, the doorbell would be rung, and the children would hide in the bushes while the owner opened the door and expressed their surprised delight at receiving an anonymous gift of fresh flowers. This was a wonderful tradition that brought joy to the children and to the neighbors.
As positive as this May Day tradition was, changes in society have forced it into the past, and other local traditions have evolved. This process is a healthy and necessary part of communities’ evolving to meet the needs of current times. However, it can be challenging for communities to leave the past behind and open themselves to new possibilities.
After learning about Schoharie County and developing the questions, a graduate class from Sage Colleges in Albany spent the past weekend surveying Schoharie County residents to gather information about how local residents view the assets and needs of the area. Soon they will share the results of their study so that SALT, and other groups, can utilize the information to help formulate future plans and actions.
Their work will prove valuable only if residents are willing to keep minds open to the possibility of change. Change for change’s sake is never good. However with valuable input about the assets of the area and identified gaps, creative solutions can be found.
SALT was impressed with the commitment of the students to this project. Only one member of the class lives in this county; the remainder of the students traveled up to 1hr 45min to conduct the survey for SALT. Many thanks to the students, to their professor Dr. Pat O’Connor, and to the numerous residents who volunteered to take the survey. We look forward to receiving and sharing the results of their work.