The first Monday in September is Labor Day. This is a special day that honors the American labor movement and pays tribute to the working men and women who help our economy prosper. It originated in 1882 as a “Workingman’s Holiday” honoring the industrial foundation of our great country.

Could those hardworking men and women ever have imagined how labor has changed? Today’s technology has altered almost every aspect of familiar tasks. Speaking into my television remote to select a show amazes me. I remember getting off the couch to change the channel! The camera on my phone is more powerful than the one around my neck. The coronavirus pandemic significantly increased our dependence on technology. FaceTime and Zoom visits often replace real-life visits with family members who live out-of-state. Even a doctor visit can be managed on-line.

To recall the original spirit of Labor Day, I have a challenge for you. Give yourself the day off from your daily tasks. Log off the computer, tablet and cellphone that connect you to your daily routine. Then relax and appreciate a device-free afternoon with friends, a scrapbook-inspired walk down memory lane or any device-free hobby that you enjoy.

Harbor Hills Country Club members and guests are celebrating Labor Day in style. Red, white and blue-decorated carts will make their way down our picturesque fairways in a four-person scramble. A traditional Labor Day cookout follows. Golf and lunch are $35 for members, $75 for guests. Lunch only is $30 per person.

Honor those hardworking Americans we celebrate today. Stay safe and welcome to our returning residents and those new to our area.

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