Time to spiff up for world’s best youth sports event

It seems like the year passes quickly and suddenly it’s here, what for many local people is the busiest and best week of the year.

We’re talking about the annual Little League World Series, which brings a host of visitors and the eyes of the world to watch teams of talented youngsters on the baseball diamonds in South Williamsport.

While they are here, our visitors will venture away from the Little League campus for many reasons.

They’ll fill both sides of West Fourth Street from Seventh Avenue to Market Street on Wednesday night for the Grand Slam Parade.

They’ll pose with bronze statues depicting Little League players of all varieties, not only in Market Square but at other spots around town as well.

They’ll eat in our restaurants, sleep in our lodging establishments, trade pins with total strangers and buy souvenirs to take back home.

They may even do some back-to-school shopping and attend events planned especially for them, including Williamsport Welcomes the World a week from Friday.

Their faces may appear on the television station as the games are broadcast to a global audience.

Yes, while eager to watch the youngsters play, the eyes of the world will be on us.

That makes this a great time to spruce up around our properties, to practice patience when stuck in traffic, to offer a friendly smile and a helping hand to those we encounter.

In other words, let’s roll out the red carpet and show the world who we really are — a great community full of fabulous, caring and giving people. Let’s make a great impression that our visitors will long remember for all of the right reasons.

So one last chance to get out the lawnmowers and weed trimmers. Haul the yard debris to the mulch pile. Pick up any litter and tidy up.

Then sit back and enjoy the games!