Publisher’s letter:Waging the good fight

Robert O. Rolley.

We all have some fight in us, don’t we?

You know, where we lift our heads high, raise our inner spirit and march forward in the face of difficulty, loss and challenge.

It’s necessary in these times, is it not?

That fight comes in varying forms.

From the extreme that produces heroic acts to the inspired who take leaps of faith to see something through despite the odds.

And the best fights are those we do not wage alone.

Such is the case with Tim and Sandra Butters, who are featured on our cover of this edition of West Branch Life, and who together have created a one-of-a-kind hotel in our vaunted region of northcentral Pennsylvania.

How ironic: They’ve transformed the former and historic City Hall building in the heart of downtown into a boutique hotel (and restaurant) at a time when Williamsport no longer has a City Hall …. at least not the traditional kind (for now).

And they did it amid the tragic loss of a beloved son whose unique (and I mean unique) creations adorn their City Hall Grand Hotel.

For the record, I only met Sandra and Tim once when they engaged the newspaper about their new and exciting “Newsroom” restaurant in the hotel, but that was all I needed to see this couple’s passion and vision.

There are many Sandra and Tim Butters in our area.

They invest their time, energy and money to create enjoyment for others, while fullfilling dreams of their own.

Life moves so fast, folks.

You blink and the day is over.

I hope you’re not letting things get in the way of fullfilling your desires and dreams.

Don’t let that inner voice talk you out of doing something you know you want to do.

Don’t take the easy way out.

“Into each life some rain must fall,” the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote.

I think it’s fair to say we’ve had quite a bit of rain fall these last two years.

It’s incumbent upon us all to constantly wage the good fight — for ourselves individually and for our community and country so that we create a better future.

Don’t count your days.

Make your days count.

Carpe diem!


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