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People spread smiles, positivity during "Sunshine on the Streets" in TomahawkSubmitted: 03/20/2017
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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People spread smiles, positivity during
TOMAHAWK - Doctor Bobbi Voermans collected a lot of honks, smiles, and waves Monday afternoon.  But she dished out a lot of them first.

"The biggest thing is just sharing them," Voermans said.

The Hometown Chiropractic owner stood along Fourth Street in Tomahawk with her daughter, coworkers, even an inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex, to spread "Sunshine on the Streets."


"Putting a smile on someone's face is just the start of being a well-oriented community," Voermans said.

The group held signs with inspirational quotes, like 'Have your best day' and a variation on Wayne Gretzky's 'You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.' It's an idea a chiropractic friend from southern Wisconsin shared with Voermans. The doctor says people need to focus on emotional well-being just as much as physical and chemical health.

"If we're not in realm with all three of them, our bodies can't function well," Voermans said. "As a chiropractor, I look at how stress affects our body."

That message spread, at least down the street.

"Just a half-hour, [but] I could probably stand out here all day though," Samantha Bailey said with a laugh.

Bailey joined the efforts outside Park City Credit Union on Fourth Street. She left her poster design to others from inside the bank, but hoped a short time spent along a busy road could affect at least one person.

"Smiles, waves, people are so excited about this," Bailey said. "We've gotten a bunch of honking."

There's no statisitic to prove how many people Voermans and her team reached. But she knows that, if anything, just like her sign, this was her best day yet.

"There's a lot of negativity in today's world, so if we're going to put positiveness [sic] in it, we need to search that out." Voermans said.

This is the first time Hometown Chiropractic held "Sunshine on the Streets." Voermans would like to make it a yearly tradition, saved for the first day of spring.

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