he Town of Myrtle comprises about 490 residents and has to operate primarily on about $60,000 a year in retail sales tax returns.
Their resources are limited, compared to many other towns.
Yet, Tuesday night, the town drew approximately four times the entire population to a trunk-or-treat event in the park. An estimated 2,000 showed up for the trunk-or-treat, hayrides, costume and pumpkin contests and haunted house. They obviously drew many from the surrounding area.
Although the town officially supports this and other events, they are essentially carried out though volunteer help and donations.
Organizers also put on other events such as the Christmas parade and Music by the Tracks – equally successful efforts.
The town has a board of aldermen that is almost completely new, along with a new mayor who all bring youthful enthusiasm and optimism, which is likely to improve on the volunteer events already being done.
And that enthusiasm has not been dampened by running up against the reality of operating a town, especially with relatively few financial resources.
New lighting has been added to the park, work for the walking path is being discussed and officials are considering water and sewer improvements. The officials are looking toward commercial and possibly even industrial growth as well.
Myrtle is a town to keep one’s eye on.
But perhaps their greatest achievement may not be in terms of works but in demonstrating what a true sense of community can accomplish, regardless of wealth and not falling victim to elitism.
It is a lesson other towns can learn from if they want to truly prosper.
Congratulations to the people of Myrtle for showing that cooperation – especially backed by enthusiasm – works.