During a time of political and racial division in America, where we’re divided into them vs. us, I’d like to acknowledge the community effort to restore the Little Shack at Lane’s Cove. Friends and neighbors, in cooperation with Gloucester City Officials, came together to restore the Little Shack. Those that participated came from different socioeconomic backgrounds with varying political views. Some were long time “Covers” others were relatively new to the Lanesville area. Regardless of our differences, we didn’t view ourselves as different or had a them vs. us mind set. We simply and brilliantly thought of ourselves as a group of like minded individuals doing something positive for the community. We had the mutual goals of historic preservation for future generations, respecting and recognizing past generations and adding to the beauty of Lane’s Cove.
Restoring a falling down fish shack isn’t an extraordinary accomplishment. We didn’t save any lives, we didn’t feed the poor, we didn’t receive national or local recognition for our effort. We did however, improve the backdrop of the Cove for current and future residents of Lanesville and visitors to the Cove. We also had a healthy and fun experience that brought us together as a community. An experience that strengthens us as a community and as individuals to better equip us agenst divisive influences.
Thank you to those of you that participated in this effort!