Brocton/Portland area native and resident Diane Ringer
asked this as she
was gathered with fellow members of the Brocton/Portland Community Festival Committee
at the John W. Dill American Legion Post planning final details of the up-and-coming 6th Annual Brocton/Portland Community Festival.
This is another reason why she
, and the rest of the committee, urge young and old, residents and relocated natives to take part in the community spirit that makes up the festival each year.
spent her girlhood in the area, growing up with her brothers Brian and Steve in the once-vibrant business sector of Brocton and Portland.
"It used to be that everything we needed was right in town, and that's what we did," Ringer
"We walked to town to buy what we needed and visited with people while we were there."
As a former owner of the St. Stephen's Hotel, Ringer joined the cooperative mindset with other native business owners, Ed Wood (Wood's Repair) and Al Seavy (Seavy Automotive and Seavy Auto Sales), to try to bring back the festival and make it centered on families at the heart of the Village of Brocton.
"If we were in a large city or metropolitan area, we probably wouldn't have that cooperation at all," noted Ringer
You can make your own destiny, even here," said Ringer
added to that.
"We need to start beautifying our town and village.
Let people be part of the solution that's where your pride in your community comes from," she
"This is not a private checking account for us," added Ringer
Brocton-Portland Festival Committee members include Stephanie Halpainy, Ed Wood, and Al Seavy in the front row and Jose Morales and Diane Ringer
in the gazebo.