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It’s impossible to recognize a New Year, or new start, in our lives without giving some thought to the past. Some people say the year has flown by. And sometimes it seems like it has. But, in reality, when I sit back and actually think back over the events of the past year, I’m amazed by all that has happened in such a short time.
We hit the ground running (after the snow melted) in 2011 with 100 days of celebrations to commemorate the 100th birthday of our beloved White Rock Lake. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, countless hours of hard work, and an outpouring of support from the community, each and every event for the celebration was successful.
The latest proof of everyone’s love of the lake was the huge turnout Nov. 17 for the unveiling of the Pave the Way section of White Rock. See the pictures on page 1 and 10.
Located by the spillway, visitors can now walk on pavestones engraved with supporters’ names. If you’d like to be a part of this everlasting impression, it’s not too late. The plan is for more stones to be placed around the lake in phases. Visit whiterockdallas.org for more information.
In this issue of White Rock Lake Weekly, Meet Your Neighbor writer Lucy Higginbotham looks back at some of the more than 50 neighbors she interviewed in 2011. She always manages to meet a variety of local heroes, volunteers and just plain interesting folks, and bring their stories to life in the pages of White Rock Lake Weekly. We look forward to all the new Meet Your Neighbors we’ll be reading about in 2012.
Throughout the year, the community came together. Whether we were braving the sweltering heat of this past summer or mourning the passing of beloved friends, neighbors joined forces to help each other. We lost many people from our community this past year: East Dallas Times owner and writer Bruce Felps; lover of all things having to do with White Rock and peace, Roger Kallenberg; and Woodrow Wilson graduate Jerry Haynes, aka Mr. Peppermint, are just a few of the many who will no longer walk the shores of the lake. But they, and many others who left us, will always be in our hearts and minds.
As we say goodbye to 2011 and ring in 2012, it’s nice to look back on all we’ve accomplished and been through. But it’s also fun to anticipate the adventures we’re going to have in the New Year. So keep those pictures and submissions coming in. White Rock Lake Weekly is your community newspaper and we love sharing your stories.
Happy New Year!