There's a woman who lives on US-23 South who spends countless hours every summer caring for the flowers she plants by the road near her mailbox, adding wonderful color to that stretch of US-23. Many mornings I see an employee of a downtown business sweeping the sidewalk in front of the entrance to her place of employment. The other day I witnessed someone, while walking his dog at the beach, bend down to pick up a stick for the dog, and at the same time pocket a piece of trash that was floating in the water. There is a business owner I've seen digging the weeds out of his sidewalk in front of his business. I often pass people on the sidewalk who I don't know but they give me a big smile and a "hello." From my table at a local restaurant last weekend, I witnessed the hostess passing out local maps to customers, and then I overhead her telling them about the "really awesome museum" in Alpena, and a "very cool store" downtown.