Good things have come from these trying times

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John McCann

Our community is beginning to emerge from one of the most trying periods in our history - the coronavirus pandemic. We've been fighting against this virus since March and, if experts are right about a potential surge in the number of cases later this year, we could be fighting for a while.

But in the midst of this pandemic, there have been some positive things happening in our community.

More than 400 high school seniors graduated or are scheduled to graduate from our local schools. Life threw them a curve ball with this virus, but they caught that ball and threw it back.

While this is an unprecedented time for our nation and our community, it is an extraordinary and historic time in their lives - one they as the Class of 2020 will never forget.

The coronavirus pandemic upended our country and changed all of our lives. Graduates met the challenges head on and stayed on course to finish their requirements for graduation. That is a remarkable feat given the manner in which they had to accomplish this.

The adversity they faced will make them stronger. I encourage them to carry that strength with them as they head to college or work, or pursue other avenues.

I don't personally know islanders Frank and Lauren Sheridan, but their son, Charlie, recently shared with me how his wonderful parents spend their Sunday mornings. Typically before church, the Sheridans take a stroll across the Cross Island Parkway. Along the way, they pick up all the trash just for the sake of keeping the island clean.

Recently, just for fun, Mrs. Sheridan created an Instagram account (feel free to follow @thetrashhag) to document all the trash they find, including latex gloves and masks people have used and discarded. Thanks to the Sheridans for helping to keep our community clean.

Music is the language of emotion. Some great musicians have demonstrated their love for our community by feeding our souls with sound, much like many restaurants and chefs have served awesome meals to feed people throughout our community.

Singer-songwriter Jevon Daly has kept children entertained on Facebook. Through their virtual concert, members of the popular Deas Guys band raised almost $15,000 for the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's COVID-19 relief fund. A brass quintet from the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra enlightened us with patriotic songs for a Memorial Day concert. What a special treat this was.

There are many other positive examples of good things that have happened in our community - too numerous to name. But I want to thank all the wonderful people and businesses that have stepped up to the plate to take care of their fellow islanders and protect our community.

If you have some positive news stories, I'd love to know about them and share them with our community. Please send your good news to me at johnM@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.

John McCann is the mayor of the Town of Hilton Head Island. JohnM@hiltonheadislandsc.gov

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