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Wed, June 23

Editorial: Keep it clean, people

We welcome the sights and sounds of tourists returning to Williams for the summer and fall seasons. Like it or not, tourism really is the lifeblood of our community.

If you take a walk downtown, you'll notice a number of businesses that have put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and spruced up their premises. Nice work. Looks good.

It's no longer a secret that Williams is a great place to visit. You can be a huge part of the success of each and every event that attracts visitors. It doesn't matter if you are a business owner or a full- or part-time resident, you can make a difference.

You can help by maintaining your property. Clean the exterior of your residence or business. Brighten up the community by painting. Rid your property of weeds and debris. It doesn't take a lot of money to show you care.

It's up to everybody in Williams to make visitors feel welcome.

Likely the best way to get ready for tourist season is to take part in the Williams Clean and Beautiful Spring Clean-Up Day this Saturday. The more people that meet in the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot area at 9 a.m. the better.

For complete details about the event see our story on Page 3 of this week's edition of the News.

Along with keeping the town clean, being friendly to visitors keeps people coming back year after year.

When approached by visitors, be friendly. Answer their questions. Provide directions to your favorite hangouts and let folks know where you like to eat. Never forget that tourism is our lifeline. Without guests, many of us would not have a place to work.

We all should be proud of where we live and become educated enough about our area to share what we know with our visitors. Find out why everyone is coming to Williams. Attend a parade, rodeo or special event. Spend some time pretending to be a tourist in your own town. See firsthand what the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center offers not only tourists, but also locals. There's tons of free literature about our area and the staff is more than happy to tell you everything you want or need to know. A little effort goes a long way.

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