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Small town AmericaPosted Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at 9:42 AM
Christmas is past and it's back to business as usual for most folks this week, or is it? The telephones have been strangely quiet here at the Nevada Daily Mail this morning and so has the police scanner.
An earlier trip to the courthouse showed very little activity on the Square and parking would not be a problem if you had business in the courthouse.
Even the inside of the building seemed a bit quiet. Some of the staff, it seems, has taken some of their vacation time to extend their holiday.
Such is life in small town America. That is part of the allure of living in a rural community. Any major city will be hustling and bustling right now, but towns like Nevada slow down and enjoy this season of the year.
We spend more time with our families. We eat more meals together, we watch football together. Kids play with each other better but they will always argue over the others' toys.
By the end of the week most of the new will be worn off the new gifts and everyone will be looking forward to the New Year's celebration. In some cases, departing family members will not be missed. In other cases, damaged relationships will have been repaired. That's just the way of things.
The one thing that remains constant this time of year is the generosity of the Vernon County Community. As a reporter, I get to see much of the goodness of our community firsthand. The annual food giveaway at the armory, the Salvation Army bell ringers, the Teen Angel program, the VCAD toy drive, holiday meals at the American Legion, secret Santas paying off layaway debts and other community events confirm that Nevada is a great place to live and that the people here care about each other.
I am proud to be part of this community and see that giving to one's fellow man is not a thing of the past. With all of the negative things that go on in the world, it is nice to know that small town America, towns like Nevada, still has some of those core values that are valued so highly and help to tie us together as a community.
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