What is a good neighbor?

Good Neighbor Days will take place this weekend in Howard Lake and it started me thinking. . . what exactly is a good neighbor?

All neighborhoods are not the same, and neighbors aren’t what they used to be. Now-a -days we can live next door to someone for years and never actually get to know them. I find myself guilty of this and in thinking of this week’s column I am now determined to do better in getting to know my neighbors.

A neighbor, good or bad, can determine if we are happy in our home or not. People do not comment on a good neighbor nearly as often as they will comment on if they have a bad one.

So what constitutes a “good neighbor?” Well, in my humble opinion, I would say common sense can determine the manner in which we should interact with our neighbors.
For example – being helpful and lending a hand when it is needed. If a neighbor is struggling to clear out 3 feet of snow with a shovel and you have a snow blower, why not head on over and give them a neighborly hand?

Also, controlling your pets and being respectful makes for a good neighbor. If you have a dog, don’t let it run loose and poop all over your neighbor’s yard. Be respectful of noise; don’t start the lawn mower up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning, when the neighbors are trying to sleep in.

Another issue, especially along narrow streets, can be parking. Simply stated, don’t park where your neighbor will be bothered. Keep driveways and walkways accessible.

Gossiping and being nosey are also a neighbor no-no. At the same time, good neighbors know just enough of what’s going on to be helpful – like letting us know when our teenagers throw a party. Luckily, we have not gotten that call yet!

It’s nice to have neighbors who actually call out a greeting, share a smile, or wave when you see them. Friendly neighbors can give us a sense of living in a “neighbor hood,” so to speak.

I have a good group of neighbors in my “hood.” I am well aware that we are not the most peaceful family to live next door to and I appreciate they don’t complain every time they see me.

Think of what kind of neighbor you’d like to have and then strive to be one. And as the Golden Rule states, do onto others as you would have them do onto you.

Good Neighbor Days events
Wednesday, June 23
• 3 – 7 p.m. Kids Against Hunger, St. James School, HL. Contact Curt Forst at (320) 543-3736 to volunteer or donate.
Thursday, June 24
• 2 p.m. – Queen’s Tea at Good Samaritan Society HL.
• 6:30 p.m. – Sail into Good Neighbor Days Kickoff Banquet at Codger’s Cove on Howard Lake. 7 p.m. $7 with button, $8 without button.
• 8 p.m.’til dusk – pontoon rides, Lion’s Park, free-will offering. Sign up sheets are available at Howard Lake Drug and are a requirement to participate in the ride.
Fri., June 25 – Sun., June 27
• Burger and fries stand by the fire station, sponsored by the HL Fire Dept. and HL Lions.
• Beer garden near the fire station.
• Root beer floats, behind city hall, sponsored by HL Good Samaritan Center. Also see the display for the drawing of the afghan by the Sr. Citizens Club.
Friday, June 25
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – petting zoo at the Country Store, Hwy 12.
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – ice cream and fresh strawberries served at Security State Bank HL.
• 6 to 8 p.m. KRWC Road Show: music, games and prizes
• 6 p.m. – Orphans Baseball Tournament at Memorial Park.
• 7 p.m. – kiddie parade. Line up at 6:30 p.m. on 8th Street, west side of HLWW Middle School.
• 8 p.m. to midnight – music under the tent by “Deep Fried Tweeters.”
• 10 p.m. – fireworks at Memorial Park, HL.
( If rained out, the fireworks will move to Saturday night at 10 p.m. )
Saturday, June 26
• 6 a.m.– pancake breakfast at Lions Park ($5) before fishing contest.
• 8 a.m. to noon – 28th annual fishing contest at Lions Park (register at 7 a.m. at the park).
• 8 to 10 a.m. – remote float plane demonstration, Lion’s Park, weather permitting.
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – craft sale, east side employee parking lot of Security State Bank.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – book sale and Sloppy Joe’s and strawberry shortcake at the community room above the HL Library.
• 10 a.m. – 20th annual One Block Run. Starts south of city hall. Airplane toss to follow the walk/run.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – HLWW National Honor Society car wash at Munson Lakes Nutrition. Donations accepted.
• 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – carnival games at the fire station.
• 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.– waterball tournament at the fire station.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Bob Gasch stories.
• Noon to 2 p.m.. – remote helicopter/airplane show and flight simulator.
• Noon – hot dogs and beverages at fishing contest weigh-in Lion’s Park, HL.
• 1 p.m. – Bingo sponsored by HLWW After Prom under the tent.
• 2 p.m. – turtle races at the fire station.
• 3 to 4 p.m. – Will Hale & The Tadpole Parade, a children’s musical event, under the tent at the fire station.
• 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. – pork chop dinner by the Howard Lake Fire Department at the fire station.
• 5 to 7 p.m. – French Lake Wrestling Association by the fire station.
• 7:15 p.m. – Orphans Baseball Tournament, championship game.
• 8 p.m. to midnight – music by “RIZE” under the tent at the fire station.
Sunday, June 27
• 8 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk, NE side of Howard Lake to Memorial Park.
• 10:30 a.m. – community church service, under the tent near the fire station.
• 1 to 4:00 p.m. – car show at middle school parking lot (north side).
• 2 p.m. – parade.
• 6 p.m. – Royalty coronation at the HLWW High School.
Times, locations, and events may change without notice.

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