As Susan Thayer-Fye puts the final touches on reports associated with her work as executive director of Main Street of Hope, she is anticipating starting a new chapter.

Initially brought onboard to spearhead the Hope Town Square Revitalization Project in February 2017, Fye only anticipated staying on for two years.

As a woman who is accustomed to having multiple irons in the fire Fye says she was excited to tackle the project. And she wasn’t the only one.

Hope resident Jessica Brown knew Fye prior to her involvement with Main Street, but really got to know Fye when she assumed her new role.

Brown says prior to Fye’s arrival it seemed like the organization’s motivation had stalled.

“She was named the executive director and she really got things moving with that project,” Brown says. “We talked about it and tried to get moving with it for years, but she kind of took the bull by the horns like she does and got things done.”

When Fye first agreed to work with the program it was at the request of the late Dr. Sweet, she says. Now, four years later, after seeing this project through to its completion, Fye has her eyes set on future projects.

“It is time to move on and do other things,” she says. “I have plenty of things waiting in cue, so I’ve no problem finding other things to do.”

Fye readily admits that things with Main Street didn’t exactly go as she had thought they would; but, then again, she didn’t have any preconceived notions going into her role, either.

“When I came on board I was there to acquire funding,” she says. “I had never done something like this. It was kind of a pioneer adventure, but we all muddled through and got it done. I am happy with the results and the town seems to be as well. “

Near the top of Fye’s to-do list is to become more involved with the Yellow Trail Museum, she says, and continue the work her late sister, Barb Johnson, started.

“I will continue to be a volunteer in the Hope area and I hope to volunteer more with the Yellow Trail Museum,” Fye says. “I just want to spend more time with the museum. That will be my volunteer effort.”

The grandmother to six says she doesn’t know who her successor may be, but the Main Street board is actively looking for her replacement, she says.

The new executive director’s role would be a part-time position designed to facilitate the continuation of Main Street’s routine business and involvement with the Square, Fye says.

“I am going to hang around until we get a replacement,” Fye says. “I had asked the town council to consider combining that position with the town manager position, but I think it was decided it would be too much; so that will be a separate thing.”

If there is one thing that Brown has learned in her time working with Fye, it is that she is the go-to person if you are in need of some peppiness and motivation, Brown says.

“I just enjoy working with her,” Brown says. “Her energy is contagious. She loves Hope and Hope’s history and I do, too. So to get a little bit of that out there has been wonderful.”

Like Fye, Brown is hopeful a replacement is found soon, but she has no doubt Main Street will continue.

“We signed up for the new year, which I think is good,” Brown says. “We got this grant, so it would be bad to disband Main Street. We set goals and things for the future and that enabled us to get the grant. I think it is a good thing to keep Main Street going.”

When asked about her newly acquired free time and her plans Fye says she’s likely going to do some traveling.

“There are a couple of good friends of mine that we’ve done some national parks trips in the last few years,” she says. “Between the three of us we have a bucket list. We are all about the same age and we aren’t getting younger.”