242 Years and Going Strong! Happy July 4th week from the Ashland Alliance. I hope many of you had the opportunity to spend the holiday with your family and celebrate our great nation’s birthday. Monday of this week was a special day for the Alliance and our area. Not only was it the actual 242nd anniversary of the vote of the thirteen colonies to form this Nation, but the Alliance also hosted the United States Senate Majority Leader and Senior Senator of Kentucky Mitch McConnell. 120 members of the Ashland Alliance family joined Leader McConnell for a Washington Update at the Old Post Office in downtown Ashland. Senator McConnell took note of the changes happening in this region and spoke of the hope that he has seen here for the first time in a long time. The conversation focused on what is going on in Washington and how many times it may be better then what has been reported by the media. Senator McConnell relayed how he works with others in the Senate and the House. His conversation was a great chance for members of the Alliance to hear from Senator McConnell, ask questions, and even get a keepsake photo afterward. All in all, it was a great way to start the July 4th week. The luncheon and Summer Motion provided an excellent week for the region.