Two Front Page Stories that Rock

This roller-coaster spring-winter weather can completely  deplete one’s energy. We are all in need of inspiration to take us through the transition to spring.

Two headlines in my favorite Newspaper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, today, April 14, 2018, entertained and inspired me this morning.

Nonprofit Landlord keeps Family Dollar on W 25th: Though not a big fan of dollar stores, they seem to have replaced privately owned retail shops in areas that lack larger retail outlets. The “corner store” referenced in the article was in danger of closing as it wasn’t as profitable as the expensive condos in the remainder of the building.

Thankfully , a neighborhood group formed a non-profit, Ohio City Inc. to keep the much needed retail outlet in the neighborhood, providing an essential service to those without ready access to shopping centers, and as a convenience for citizens of all incomes.

The group received some creative financing, allowing them to keep the store open, regardless of profit level, as long as it serves a need in the community. Hopefully this story can serve as a model for other citizens to find innovative ways to fill needs when profit goals rule over human needs, as they so often do these days.

On a lighter note, the story of the Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony prompted thoughts of some of my favorite bands. It seems Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe are being inducted this year. The latter two I’m not familiar with, but the others are long time favorites.

An inner page article shared some trivia about the Hall. The Beatles are the only band to have all members inducted individually also. Much of the memorabilia and displays seem to feature the iconic group, and rightly so. (See my blog article Where Would We Be Without The Beatles, under the category of Music culture).

I see the showers are starting outside, it seems the word snow is in the forecast for  next week too. Looks like I’ll need to seek out some more inspiring news features for next week.

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Penny Mason is a writer who loves mysteries, pets, nature, gardening, vintage style and culture, classic rock, and the New England Coast.

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