Crystal Springs writer says unity affects property value

Harmony in summer village harmed by conflict at council

Dear editor,

When you are in the market for a new place to live, or a cottage at the lake, it helps to remember the golden rule of real estate: location, location, location. Or more specifically, the location in a great community.

And as we all know, not all neighborhoods are created equal. Although there is no such thing as the perfect neighborhood, some come close and Crystal Springs on the south side of Pigeon Lake was one of them. A community where residents communicated, socialized and supported each other through the best and worst of times. A community that worked hard to include everyone and to meet everyone’s needs

Our past is full of fun and memorable times and those continue today. Every few months there is a major family event. Every few weeks there is an excuse to host a potluck to celebrate a birthday, a new neighbor or a cook off. Any excuse to socialize will do on our beach. Our community is a beautiful blend of newborns to seniors and everyone is included to the extent they want to be.

On the serious side, we pride ourselves in learning more about saving the lake, looking after the environment and creating an even more beautiful footprint for the children to enjoy into the future.

Unfortunately there is a stain on this awesome picture. Conflict at council has led to strife and division among some residents. Now is the time to correct that, now is the time for us to move on together.

August 19, 2017 provides that opportunity. An opportunity to vote for unity in our neighbourhood. I was excited to vote yesterday in an advance poll where an unprecedented 25 per cent of electors came out.

Voters should choose carefully on Aug 19. Vote for unity. Vote for a valuable neighbourhood.

Yvonne Wilchewski, Crystal Springs