Oak Ridge has been my home for 25 years. I started a coffee shop in 2003, which is now under new ownership as The Bistro 150. With children in all 3 NW schools, there is a real concern for the issues that face families in Oak Ridge. There is not enough being done to provide the facilities to enrich our youth through after-school activities. Something to offer outside of computer games.

As a founding member of the Merchants Association and creator of seven companies within Guildford county, my experience is needed to help guild Oak Ridge in the coming future. As a homeowner, I am also concerned about the development directions of Oak Ridge. We came to Oak Ridge for a style of life, single-family homes with neighborhood streets. Though we celebrate our rural history, the future is our concern.

Van Tanner