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I’m worried about the power being out on November 3. The notice says be ready from dawn to sunset for no electricity. Let’s hope it is nice day. But no electricity means, among other things, no coffee unless I want to break out the camp stove and the little Italian Moka pot. 

No coffee means no caffeine in the bloodstream and I will have lost most of my personality, maybe all. Not much to begin with Don’t smirk, most of you are addicted also and your caffeine addiction is the only redeeming attribute. 

We are still surveying who is going to power up (generators) and who is not on Main Street for that Saturday. I think there is at least one place that might have coffee. See, Main Street to the rescue again.

The brightest spot on Main Street this week is the Casey Jones Museum. The caboose is once again a bright red. It had faded to a very pretty pink, kind of a coral color with shrimp undertones, but shrimp pink is not a very caboosie color. The banana car is once again a banana yellow, brightened up from a paler shade of beige. Taking care of railroad cars and engines was once Water Valley’s bread and butter. It was also steam era high tech, the use of coal and water to create power. Come to think of it, that’s how much of our electricity is still created, via water power or via coal. As far as the paint jobs, they look great. If you have not been to the Casey Jones Museum and you live here, you should go.  It is well worth the visit to see how Water Valley got its start.

 Last week’s column was an observation about infill residential development – new houses being built in the city limits, especially in older neighborhoods. I failed to mention the new construction of several houses on Champion Circle on the south end of town. New residential housing within the city limits is a very good indicator of solid local economy. The amount of older and historic houses that can be restored is slowly shrinking. And, of course, not everyone wants an older house. 

It was pointed out to me that some of the new construction being built or bought is by older residents, and so some of the immediate tax benefits to the city were not as I suggested. Residents sixty-five and older get a break on their residential property taxes.  Just saying I’m looking forward to mine in about five years. 

Houses built today will hopefully last a long time. Mine is well over 100 years old and it is not even close to being the oldest in town. That present faith in the town shown by building new houses is obviously by the initial builders or buyers, but these structures long term positive impact will outlast all of us.

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