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Dreamers and Doozers

April 8, 2014 - Rob Weaver
One of the more enjoyable children's shows I had to endure as a parent was a Muppet production -- “Fraggle Rock,” as I recall -- that included industrious creatures known as the Doozers.

Doozers were little humanoids who wore hardhats and tool belts. They busily constructed buildings, bridges and other projects, often oblivious to the Fraggles around them. They were vaguely reminiscent of the dwarfs who befriended Snow White.

I bring this up because there are times when area residents remind me of the Doozers. Like the Doozers, they have a can-do attitude, often undertaking projects despite the doubt expressed by pessimists.

For example, Larry Breidenbach called today with news of such plans. Refreshed from a relaxing vacation, Breidenbach -- who already had renovated Tiffin Train Depot on North Monroe Street -- sounded eager to tackle two more restoration projects within view of that 1862 structure.

Both efforts would dovetail nicely with Tiffin Tomorrow's strategy to continue the revitalization of downtown Tiffin.

This, at a time when it seems the state and federal governments are telling people metropolitan areas are the place we ought to be, and they should load up the trucks and move to Cincinnati ... or Cleveland ... or Columbus.

No, thank you. Those are nice places to visit. But we can perform similar development projects, albeit on a smaller scale, right here at home.

Like the Doozers, we can maintain our focus, keep our shoulder to the wheel and just steadily rebuild our community.

Ignore the naysayers and keep working.


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