Good morning Neosho! In the wake of the ‘tsunami of 17’ there are a few things I would like to point out so that you can get an inside perspective of just how great our community really is. Little League began this week and this year that statement has a lot more meaning than usual. If you have seen any pictures of the aftermath of the flood in Morse Park this would seem impossible. Never underestimate the power of volunteer efforts to pick of the pieces and put things back together! It wasn’t long after the waters receded that we received calls offering to help with equipment and manpower to repair the ballfields and parking lot at Morse Park. A big thank you goes out to Branco and others who offered their services at no cost to make sure we could get back on track for the summer. To create a workable situation to have Little League at Morse Park in less than two weeks after the flood is no small feat.

Good morning Neosho! In the wake of the ‘tsunami of 17’ there are a few things I would like to point out so that you can get an inside perspective of just how great our community really is. Little League began this week and this year that statement has a lot more meaning than usual. If you have seen any pictures of the aftermath of the flood in Morse Park this would seem impossible. Never underestimate the power of volunteer efforts to pick of the pieces and put things back together! It wasn’t long after the waters receded that we received calls offering to help with equipment and manpower to repair the ballfields and parking lot at Morse Park. A big thank you goes out to Branco and others who offered their services at no cost to make sure we could get back on track for the summer. To create a workable situation to have Little League at Morse Park in less than two weeks after the flood is no small feat.
 Team Rubicon is another group that you have probably heard about that have made all the difference in cleanup efforts for flood affected residents in Neosho as well. Team Rubicon is a group of veterans that volunteer their time to help in disaster relief missions all over the country.  Mr. Bob Pries who was the commanding officer for Rubicon. He told me on Saturday that Neosho has been one of the best communities they have ever worked in. Mr. Pries said that the people have been so friendly and extremely helpful in assisting and accommodating them while they were here. I was sure proud to hear that response from them! Thank you, Team Rubicon!
 I appreciate the hospitality of our town. Whenever I meet someone who is from out of town and staying in Neosho, I ask them how their stay has been. I ask them if the people are friendly. I ask them if they have been made welcome while they are here. And usually the response is positive. I want Neosho to be a place strangers love to visit, and where the locals are proud to say that they are from!
By the way, have you noticed all the activity going on in town? McDonalds has shut down and will demolish the old building and will be begin construction on a new facility.                                                     
Aldi's will soon begin building a store where the Neosho Inn once stood. Bumper to Bumper auto parts will be moving to the Boulevard, Mass Depot had a groundbreaking last week for their new expansion, Shoe Sensation had their grand opening last week, and there are many more!  I got word that there have been more than thirty new residential building permits for this fiscal year and there are more in the works! Our town is booming and I’m loving the progress!
 To wrap up, parks department is working on getting the swimming pool ready for summer, flowers are in place at Big Spring Park, senior hill has a fresh coat of paint, and we are well on the way to another fantastic summer in Neosho, MO. Until next time, stay awesome Neosho and have a splendid weekend!

Ben Baker is the mayor of Neosho and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.