FILE — Sparky, the Wapato Fire Department mascot, greets kids from the Wapato Grid Kids football team during the 73rd annual Harvest Festival Labor Day parade on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 in Wapato, Wash. 

To the editor — Seventy-three years is a long time, and Wapato proudly achieved that mark on Labor Day with its annual parade and Harvest Festival.

While reaching such a level of longevity is certainly impressive, this year it demonstrated something much more important. It was a group of residents led by Debra Manjarrez, Mark Reynolds and others who in only two weeks brought it all together and in doing so provided no small amount of hope for a brighter future in the community.

After so many months of mostly bad news, this is clear evidence that after months of horrific leadership, folks have decided to focus on the future and put things back together.

They are accomplishing it in a way that takes complete advantage of the many positive elements making up Wapato.