One defining characteristic of the new reality under COVID-19 is everything is changing constantly. Press conference from leaders and health officials are daily touchstones. Announcements from local officials flag the tweaks being made to battle the pandemic and keep people safe and healthy.
Peeling back those changes presents an unfolding story of how our community is being reshaped. Today’s stories are snapshots of those moving sands.
The first story looks at two of the smaller communities in Northumberland County and the response of local retailers to the reopening of the local economy. Brighton and Cramahe Chamber of Commerce manager Sherry Hamilton shares the efforts being made to support entrepreneurs as they face the challenges of reopening in their own unique world.
The other story is another unique world. For those who are homeless, the Transition House is the only refuge in Northumberland County. It provides emergency shelter for those who have nowhere else to go. The board of directors held its annual general meeting recently to outline a five-year strategic plan. Anne Newman, executive director of Transition House, will talk about the challenges the shelter is facing both now and in the days ahead.
So, let’s begin with my phone conversation with Sherry Hamilton, manager of the Brighton-Cramahe Chamber of Commerce.
Originally aired: July 10, 2020