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This issue marks the sixth anniversary for 209 Magazine. We continue to be grateful for the opportunity to partner with local businesses and organizations to provide this publication that highlights what makes the 209 region such a special place to live, work in and visit.

As our region, just like the rest of the country and the world, deals with the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we aim to continue to be a source of information and entertainment. We will strive to be a beacon of hope for those readers seeking a connection with their greater community, while at the same time lifting up local businesses as they struggle through these tough economic times.

I encourage local business owners and entrepreneurs to read the column "Don't but into fear - get strategic" on page 14 to find inspiration on how best to use this down time.

Due to the changing status of isolation orders, be sure to check with the individual restaurant, bar, golf course and other business featured in this issue to find our if they are currently open or offering reduced services.

Once isolation orders are lifted, we encourage you to support the businesses featured in this issue - and all your local establishments that will be the hardest hit from the recent shut downs.

We wish you a safe, sane and hopeful spring and look forward to the time when we can gather together again in a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher, 209 Magazine