The ups and downs of summer

The thunderstorms that have been rolling through the area the past week are a sign that summer is really here.

I love thunderstorms, always have.

The winter was so long, I feel like it’s been years since I’ve heard the booming of thunder or have seen the flash of lightning in the sky.

After this past winter, I thought summer would never get here. But now that it’s here, I’m loving it. I love the warm sun and the warm breeze. As a photographer, I get to be outside a lot in the summer. Even though all of these things are very enjoyable, there is one thing about summer that can be a real pain sometimes. That one thing – construction.

I feel like every time I turn around there’s a new orange barrel in the road, or one on the side of the road waiting for its turn to deter traffic. Obviously, I understand construction has be to done in the summer, but it feels like a never-ending cycle.

At the moment, there’s a lot of construction going on in downtown Ishpeming – and there is definitely more to come. Some Ishpeming residents are not exactly looking forward to the increased pace of construction. I can understand their concern and I know they realize the projects need to be finished.

When I see the construction there, I’m of course annoyed by all of the detours, yet I’m excited to see what the town will look like once it’s done.

One of the three construction projects occurring in Ishpeming this summer is the streetscape project along Hematite Avenue and Main Street. I’ve see some of the drawings for the Downtown Development Authority’s project and even just those make me eager to see what the final outcome will look like.

I think as long as everyone just thinks about how much more beautiful the city will be when the construction is over, we’ll all be able to get through this orange barrel summer a little more easily.

Editor’s note: Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is