Growing up in the simpler times of Bentonâs â50s and â60s meant a fairly limited repertoire of activities for the kids.
By âkidsâ I encompass a fairly wide age group including high-grade elementary through high school. Last week, we reminisced about how much the pool meant to us because it was a place to cool off and also be âseenâ by oneâs peers.
There was another place which offered more or less year-round fun except that instead of staying cool, everyone wanted to âlookâ cool and also be noticed: the skating rink.
Birthdays mean different things to different people.
Remember how excited you'd be as a kid to know a birthday was coming up and you'd be anticipating presents and parties and such?
I was such a naive child that I didn't realize many children didn't have those niceties, and thankfully with many more birthdays that followed, I wised up and realized there truly is more joy to giving to others than getting for oneself.
During last weekâs Benton Chamber of Commerce Summit event, leaders from the pillars of this community gave updates on their institutions and some insight on challenges facing them in the future. Themed âCome Grow With Us,â the summit was designed to position the city of Benton as an area on the verge of a substantial growth spurt.