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Letter: Quick action, hard work trump storm damage

As a Main Street business owner who was involved in this year’s Market Days Festival, I want to expand on the July 21 Sunday Monitor article which outlined the quick and devastating storm that destroyed many of the tents and some of the merchandise out on the street for the event. Most important, I want to acknowledge the staff and volunteers of Intown Concord who, with very little sleep, were out on Main Street shortly after midnight Saturday morning attempting to make the area safe while simultaneously salvaging whatever could be saved.

When Sue and I arrive at 2:30 a.m., having be notified by the Intown Concord organization, this small band of volunteers had already pulled tents away from storefronts on the west side of Main Street, cleared a path so emergency vehicles could gain access if needed, and were in the process of sorting out what tents and merchandise belonged where. The high winds had carried many things hundreds of feet from their original location.

The spirit of this organization and its volunteers was amazing. With such a mass of wreckage staring at them, it would have been easy to pull the plug and call it a day. Instead, they, along with merchants and vendors who arrived on the scene early, were able to turn the twisted mess into a successful third day of Market Days. Without the tireless efforts of these volunteers, spearheaded by Director Kim Murdoch, the event wouldn’t have gone on.

With most everything back in place by the appointed hour of operation, I am sure many Saturday visitors had no idea what had happened.

The entire crew who put it all back together deserves a huge “thank you” and a good night’s sleep!



(The writer is co-owner of the Capitol Craftsman, Romance Jewelers and Viking House.)

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