Letter From The Publisher

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” ~ Chinese Proverb

March is here and with it comes the lovely spring weather! We seem to have had the luck of the Irish with us this year as far as the weather goes, for the most part.

I’m excited with this issue and all that is happening with ARRAY and our local community. We have great events coming up that should appeal to everyone. ARRAY will be in more parades, have more booths at events, and reach out to more people as our team continues to grow. Team ARRAY is in growth mode for sure and we are very excited about all the options and opportunities we have in front of us for 2017 and the years ahead of us.

It seems there is a new and renewed vitality within our community, an optimistic within and for our community that had seemed to have wilted for a time. It’s exciting to see the activity and growth in our Downtown and the new businesses moving there. It was exciting to see Sustainable Sandhills spearhead the project to bring some new life to the corner of Hay Street and Green Street. The passion and gusto is contagious if you are around them for any amount of time. Be sure to stop by on a Friday afternoon from 4-5 pm to the Self-Help building at 100 Hay Street and find out all SustainableSandhills is doing within our community. While moving, renovating and all they do, they are also bringing The Clean Energy Summit with amazing speakers and information to the community.

ARRAY is proud to be part of the 2017 Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s again this year with McKee Homes, which is also located in the 100 block ofHay Street. We are always looking for volunteers, walkers, and team captains to join us for our walk on September 9th. You can contact McKee Homes and they will be glad to give you lots of information.

There is so much more going on with the Downtown area with restaurants and businesses expanding and moving to larger places, new businesses moving Downtown, our 4th Fridays are always a blast, and The Arts Council is a must visit location.

Then as you ride through Cumberland County you see the growth throughout the entire community. It’s exciting and stimulating for all of us. Our local officials have worked so hard to help bring growth into our hometown and that is beginning to happen and there is so much more to come I’m sure! It’s exciting to see our City and County working together and laughing together at various events, as they show their support by taking time out of their busy schedules to be at ribbon cuttings, open houses, at our local chamber activities and other events. I love that all three of our mayors are accessible to the community and “ show up” to be part of our community. We have our local Chamber of Commerce’s that are growing and sharing in the excitement of our community.

It is exciting as we add new readers and followers to ARRAY, and more and more locations each month. ARRAY is excited with the various new packages we can offer to our advertisers. Team ARRAY loves to meet new folks and hear their stories and their love for ARRAY.

ARRAY is proud to be a part of this community and we are excited to be part of the growth of this community as well. We feel like a beautiful dogwood tree growing and blooming where we have been planted!

-AnneMarie