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4/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Editorial: Keep it clean, people
Williams-Grand Canyon News

We welcome the sights and sounds of tourists returning to Williams for the summer and fall seasons. Like it or not, tourism really is the lifeblood of our community.

If you take a walk downtown, you'll notice a number of businesses that have put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and spruced up their premises. Nice work. Looks good.

It's no longer a secret that Williams is a great place to visit. You can be a huge part of the success of each and every event that attracts visitors. It doesn't matter if you are a business owner or a full- or part-time resident, you can make a difference.

You can help by maintaining your property. Clean the exterior of your residence or business. Brighten up the community by painting. Rid your property of weeds and debris. It doesn't take a lot of money to show you care.

It's up to everybody in Williams to make visitors feel welcome.

Likely the best way to get ready for tourist season is to take part in the Williams Clean and Beautiful Spring Clean-Up Day this Saturday. The more people that meet in the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot area at 9 a.m. the better.

For complete details about the event see our story on Page 3 of this week's edition of the News.

Along with keeping the town clean, being friendly to visitors keeps people coming back year after year.

When approached by visitors, be friendly. Answer their questions. Provide directions to your favorite hangouts and let folks know where you like to eat. Never forget that tourism is our lifeline. Without guests, many of us would not have a place to work.

We all should be proud of where we live and become educated enough about our area to share what we know with our visitors. Find out why everyone is coming to Williams. Attend a parade, rodeo or special event. Spend some time pretending to be a tourist in your own town. See firsthand what the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center offers not only tourists, but also locals. There's tons of free literature about our area and the staff is more than happy to tell you everything you want or need to know. A little effort goes a long way.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Williams Resident

I wish! Poor Red Garter and the Real Estate office being the bookends for THOSE buildings! Yuck.

I forgot to mention how AWESOME the Bessler's stores always look too. They are constantly doing improvements and TRYING to make things look nice. I also noticed the auto shop re-painting their sign. Way to go!

Too bad we are going to be snowed out on Saturday's Clean Up day. Guess we'll have to clean up on OTHER days of the year... What a concept! I love that day when everyone (almost) gets out and helps each other. A true Williams point of pride. Thanks Carol and her team!

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Call me Skeptical

Will anyone ever make the businesses along Railroad between Saya's and Red Garter clean their storefronts? It looks horrible!!

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Any chance we could power spray the outside of the Sultana???

And maybe spring for a REAL ash tray bucket?

Boy, that looks gross. And they are right in the middle of everything.

Cruisers sure looks awesome. Clean, new paint, new umbrellas... Way to go.

The Bistro always looks fantastic. Pine Country's flower baskets and flags are great.
Pancho's power sprays their concrete regularly. Red Raven's pots look great when they are planted and their windows are always clean.. The Wild West Junction is constantly making improvements and the South Rims Garage is VERY inviting out front.

The people who TRY to do a good job keep the rest of you afloat. How about EVERYBODY tries??? It doesn't cost a dime to CLEAN.

I love the idea of looking at the town through tourists eyes. I think we all get complacent because we see the same thing every day.

Can you see your signs? Can you still read them? Are your windows clean? Is there trash and dead leaves by your doors? Are the fake flowers you have out front faded and falling apart? Do you have outdated flyers and pieces of tape stuck to your window?

Be proud of your business and home. We are fortunate to have homes and jobs.

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