For those of you who may have been lamenting the lack of activity around Maryville during this all-too-wet summer, the wait for a quicker pace is just about over.

Area elementary and secondary schools are back in session and Northwest Missouri State University will follow suit when its students resume classes Aug 31. 

Those two activities will add quite a bit of activity to the community in themselves, especially the return more than 6,500 students to the Northwest campus, but there are plenty of other activities — both annual and periodic — to pump life back into our town.

There seems to be construction everywhere you look, from Tri State Ford, the new Dairy Queen and  groundwork for the new FCS Financial office and a Wells Bank at the south end of Main Street to the addition of new multi-family housing in several locations around town to numerous remodeling and renovation projects in various other neighborhoods.

There are new city projects, from the fancy new Fourth Street Corridor to the annual summer asphalt overlay program, that will be new to those who attending Northwest this fall, with several others still on the horizon, like the long-anticipated improvements to infrastructure and traffic flow along South Main Street.

The announcement of plans by an Iowa-based development company and a group of local investors to construct a lodge to enhance accommodations opportunities at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park is certain to spark even more activity, as is the anticipation of a conference center/club house/food service facility to compliment that project.

And, of course, the annual harvest ritual will begin again soon. Although the summer’s weather conditions will prohibit its equaling the 2014 in-gathering, it will bring increased activity to the area.

Hopefully you enjoyed “those lazy, hazy days of summer” that are quickly fleeting because activity levels are about to accelerate — and it’ll be Christmas before you know it.