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Re: Small Towns
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2019, 12:35:41 PM »
Unincorporated town, 1 convenience store, 1 fire station, 1 school, 1 post office, 1 wedding chapel, 1 salvage yard, 4 churches, 14 year old red heeler female named "tipsy"  that lays by the entrance to the convenience store, everyone knows her by name, she's the official town greeter.
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« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2019, 01:46:50 PM »
Th e small towns this close to NYC have been mostly destroyed even before 9/11. The traffic is unbelievable, wrecks everyday, constant sirens. Everybody is cross'eyed on a smart phone. The police do only speed traps, patrolling is a thing of the past. What we do have is health care and newbees with $.   Upstate, in some areas people still grow corn and wave when you go by and I long for this setting.  Down in Pa., where there are Amish, it is like the old days. The police don't allow tailgating, running stop signs etc. probably because of the horse drawn vehicles. I wish it was like that here. The money is here along with all the shopping anybody could ever use but we have lost so much.

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« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2019, 02:52:50 PM »
Well Moodnacreek, I think the issue for your county is that it is too close to the city and serves as a bedroom community. I think every NYC cop and Firefighter lives in Orange county. Please do keep them all down there. I also note that your county borders northern NJ and this can't help either.
 I am in the next county north of you and its a world of difference. We have a large influx of weekenders who buy a house here and visit regularly, but during the week they mostly go home to the city. This puts a burden on the community for volunteers, working folks, and housing that working folks can afford. These folks don't vote here, and they don't contribute to our towns with anything but the money they spend. Sometimes they add a burden by making demands for services and facilities not normally available in these parts. Or they become very vocal about what should and should not be allowed in the town, such as good paying industrial facilities that MAKE things. These projects always get voted down and go to another town.(I hear complaints we don't have Uber service here and I laugh, hard and loud.)
 But in my town I know folks, and they know me. We wave on the road, refer jobs back and forth, know who we can call when we need help. My neighbor thinks I am running for Mayor because every time we drive someplace he sees me waving at folks all over. He doesn't think I can possibly know all those people. (Our town does not have a Mayor, btw.) It's not the rural country around here, to me, but to many it is the backwoods. We do have the second largest producer of sweet corn in the state in our town, but I know laces not far from here I would rather have lived. @BargeMonkey 's town is one of those, very nice place. Our problem is we are too close to the NYS Thruway. I like where we are, but I am beginning to think it is getting too crowded and the rules are getting ridiculous because they are made by increasingly ridiculous people.
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« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2019, 03:00:23 PM »
There is one red light in this whole county.....but we do have several stop signs.   Banjo
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« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2019, 07:21:30 PM »
Yes everybody knew your name and you darn well better not get into trouble because it was gonna beat you home.
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« Reply #25 on: September 12, 2019, 08:55:16 PM »
Old Greenhorn, back in the day, in the off season we would drive up to Samsonville  to visit an old friend. You still had sidehill farms back then. And of coarse I trout fished the esopus and used to get pine logs from a logger in Accord. The problem with the new people is they ruin what they love the most.  You had quite a few sawmills up there at one time, I don't think any remain.

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« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2019, 09:13:55 PM »
Yeah, I am smack in the middle of the area you mentioned. There are 3 sawmills on my road, one on the net road over, and a few within 10 miles. We all just went underground. ;D
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« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2019, 09:56:59 PM »
There is one red light in this whole county.....but we do have several stop signs.   Banjo
Hey, that's one more than we have.  :D
Lots of small towns around NZ are now just a name on a map. Years ago they might have had a store / school / likely a dairy factory, maybe a garage etc. But as roads improved and travel became easier they gradually died out. 
If they were close enough to a large town or city they might become a "suburb", with enough folks living there maintain  the school , some shops etc As the rural population dropped, schools got close and amalgamated etc
Others had some natural attraction, and are now full of holiday homes and tourist stuff. 
I live in the town of Stratford, population around 5500, and it's big enough to "stand alone", most businesses supporting the surrounding farmers (in some way). It's on the main highway, and 1/2 an hour from any place larger. If you have to go through to New Plymouth you can, but it's not worth going for Groceries. Kid's primary school is basically "full" at about 400 kids, and have had to go to zoned enrolments. New subdivision is being built, getting some new shops on the main street etc, so the town is still growing.
But if you head East out of town, on State Highway 43....  Lets just say, as you leave town there is a sign that reads "No Petrol next 170km". Map shows dozens of places, that used to be small towns, now there might just be a war memorial and a tourist info sign. There is ONE hotel on the road, that's it. 
Lara got a Birthday party invite from one of her friends, weekend sleepover. Google bought up the address, and reckons 1hr 15m to get there. :D  SH 43's not called the Forgotten Highway for no reason. There's still farms out there, but it's some remote and rough country.
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« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2019, 07:39:37 AM »
I grew up going to Coleman schools but lived in North Bradley North Bradley had a church, a post office, Howard Griswald's Standard station and the North Bradley General store. We also had the two room school house where I went to 3rd  and 4th grade. It was funny back then, I don't know how they decided who got to go to the North Bradley school, because lits of Bradley kids never got to go there, yet they would bus kids to it from Coleman. (5 miles) I was lucky. I got to walk to school. Stash my worms and fishing pole up under the salt river bridge on caster rd so it was there on my way home from school.
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« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2019, 09:36:33 AM »
Small towns are a wonderful place to live, as long as you were born there.  I have lived in my small town for well over 50 years, and still a new comer.
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« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2019, 11:33:37 AM »
My parents came to Armstrong in 1946, dad got quite involved in community affairs over the years yet they were always considered newcomers by the older folks. Some of their ancestors had arrived in the 1880's with the railroad. It was a good place to grow up, we had a lot of freedom.
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« Reply #31 on: September 13, 2019, 01:19:45 PM »
No, really Jeff, I believe you made it past the fishing hole to school :). Matthews pond was just over the fence on my walk in ;D.

The town nearby, 17 miles, is metropolitan this time of year. School is back in so they turn the second stoplight in the county back on.
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« Reply #32 on: September 13, 2019, 04:21:59 PM »
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« Reply #33 on: September 13, 2019, 05:59:11 PM »
I grew up in a small town in Idaho (pop 400).  It was great.  We moved away and two years later went back to visit - drugs had come to town and everything was completely different.  Small towns can turn on a dime like that.  
Now I'm in the process of moving to a town with a full time population of 11.  It gets up to 100 or so in the summer, with quite a few more weekenders.  Still too big for me...   :D

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« Reply #34 on: September 13, 2019, 09:32:11 PM »
I grew up in a small town in Idaho (pop 400).  It was great.  We moved away and two years later went back to visit - drugs had come to town and everything was completely different.  Small towns can turn on a dime like that.  
Now I'm in the process of moving to a town with a full time population of 11.  It gets up to 100 or so in the summer, with quite a few more weekenders.  Still too big for me...   :D
This problem seems worse in rural areas and it kind of cuts into the beauty of our country.

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« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2019, 09:38:36 PM »
Lets make sure as we drive (or walk) around these small towns, we dont post anything that will get the local officials interested. ;D
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« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2019, 10:43:36 PM »
I graduated high school with a class of four, yes four all guys, we played six man football. Had to drive to find a prom date. My home town had a bank, a tavern, hardware store, post office, grocery store (till about the time I graduated), two gas stations, a grain elevator, and dad's veterinary clinic. Had a population of about 300. Yes everybody knew your name and you darn well better not get into trouble because it was gonna beat you home.
My first college chemistry lecture had more students than my home town had people.  :o
Where i live now the town is three miles away a regular  metropolis of 1200 has all of the above plus some.. It's right at half an hour south  to box stores etc, sometimes that is kind of too close.  
A few years ago wife and I bought a little house with ten acres attached to it as a getaway. It's in Verdel population 29. It's about a two hour and change drive from home,  it's about right I love the quiet, and  the next closest town is Monowi population 1,  but Elsie cooks a good Hamburger and you can get a pop or a beer there. Stop on by if you ever go through Nebraska on highway 12.  JUNE is the best  month I can't describe the green.

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« Reply #37 on: September 13, 2019, 11:52:51 PM »
  Schoharie county, where the men are men and the sheep run scared, except for Middleburgh where it may look like a woman.... but.... 🤔  I live at the very southern end, due to the lack of cheap housing this area hasn't been affected by the section 8 and heroin addicts laying in the streets just yet like Cobleskill. Delaware county is where it's at 🤣 things are pretty methed up over there. 
 14 in my class, school has about 240-260 K-12 now. My family moved here in the 40s from LI, we are technically "locals" but not like alot of the family's who have been here since the indians, not quite the hills have eyes but close. It's a nice area, 5th least populated county in the state, certain parts theres NOTHING out there. Basically 1hr+ to anything. 

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« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2019, 08:21:32 AM »
Headed to my hometown this morning to watch one of my little cousins play in a jr high basketball tournament championship game, i'm excited to go "home" if only for a little while !
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« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2019, 09:18:37 PM »
I grew up in quite a few different places, all were small towns or communities that weren't even an official town.  Best memories as a young pre-teen and teen was in Summer Pines Arizona, near Show Low in the white mountains, our back yard opened to 100's of square miles of forest land, I was never home until dark every chance we had.  grew up and lived in big cities, a necessary evil to some degree, making a living.  Now we live in Boundary WA. population 4, my oldest son, my youngest son, myself and the better half of the last 30 years.  Younger son graduated this year with total of 12 in the class, that town is about 12 miles away, think population is under 400 there.  Boundary was an old mining, timber and cattle ranch area that pretty much dissolved over the years.  Boundary is now the country store / gas station that we own, that's it, have to drive over an hour to see any supermarket or fast food joint.  Columbia river runs through our property, life is really cool here, as long as your not addicted to any type of commercialism for your sense of entertainment. I find the longer I am here, the less I miss any type of city or large town, come to think of it, I don't think I missed any of it the first day we landed here ;D


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