How small is your small town? Is it small or SMALL?

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Joe Capell

There­are small towns, and then there are SMALL TOWNS. In a small town, if you or­der a pizza to be de­liv­ered from the lo­cal pizza restau­rant, chances are you know the de­liv­ery driver, or at least know some­one from his fam­ily.

In a SMALL TOWN, you can’t or­der a pizza from the lo­cal pizza restau­rant, be­cause there is no lo­cal pizza restau­rant. If you want restau­rant pizza, you have to go to an­other town and or­der and eat your pizza there, or you bring it back to your SMALL TOWN and eat it cold.

In a small town, if you get sick you go to the lo­cal clinic (or hos­pi­tal) and check in with the doc­tor who sees most of the peo­ple in town.

In a SMALL TOWN there is no clinic or hos­pi­tal, so if you get sick you call the gal down the road who works as a nurse in the city and hope it’s her day off, or you load up in your car and drive to the near­est town that does have a clinic or hos­pi­tal.

In a small town, if you need a tool for that project you’re work­ing on, you go over to the lo­cal True Value store, chat with the man­ager (who you went to school with) and buy the tool.

In a SMALL TOWN, if you need a tool, you try to fig­ure which of your neigh­bors is most likely to have the tool, go to his house (or shed), ask him if you can bor­row it, then spend a cou­ple of hours chat­ting be­fore tak­ing his tool and get­ting back to your project.

In a small town, sev­eral of your neigh­bors have a cow or two in their back­yard pas­ture.

In a SMALL TOWN, there are at least three times as many cows as peo­ple liv­ing within city lim­its.

In a small town, if you are mak­ing a recipe and find that you are miss­ing one key in­gre­di­ent, you make a quick run to the gro­cery store to buy that in­gre­di­ent.

In a SMALL TOWN, if you are miss­ing an in­gre­di­ent for a recipe, you will be forced to im­pro­vise and try to fig­ure out what you have around the house that might ef­fec­tively take the place of the miss­ing in­gre­di­ent.

In a small town you know which houses have mean dogs and which houses have nice dogs.

In a SMALL TOWN you know the name, dis­po­si­tion and breed­ing his­tory of all the dogs in town. (And you know the name, dis­po­si­tion and breed­ing his­tory of all the peo­ple, too!)

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The Art City Ele­men­tary School Stu­dent Coun­cil elec­tions were held on Sept. 30. The coun­cil is made up of a pres­i­dent, a vice pres­i­dent, a sec­re­tary and a his­to­rian. The fol­low­ing stu­dents are Art City Ele­men­tary School’s Stu­dent Coun­cil for the 2016-2017 school year (pic­tured not in any or­der): Will Ham­mond, pres­i­dent; Jo­ce­lyn Hunt, vice pres­i­dent; Katie Dur­fey, sec­re­tary; and Are­lia Olsen, his­to­rian. The coun­cil mem­bers are as fol­lows: Gage Jepp­son, Ash­lyn Busath, Oliver Wil­son, Emme Trun­nell, Kolby Jep­per­son, Bren­don Jes­sip, Ryan Con­rad and So­phie Hunt. Stu­dents work closely with Tre­ana Kober, school coun­selor. Some of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude help­ing dur­ing lunch re­cess, main­tain­ing quiet­ness dur­ing as­sem­blies and help­ing with chess tour­na­ments, just to name a few.

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