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By Heather Meade

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We are fortunate to be able to have our three grandchildren from Pennsylvania come to spend time with us each summer. They love to stay at their aunt and uncle’s with their cousin.

We plan activities and dinners. Everyone helps to cook and do dishes as well as other chores. It is great family time for all of us.

We watch movies, swim, go to the park, shop or just take walks around Union City. They love walking to McDonald’s for ice cream or a snack of some kind. It’s quality time and time for unplanned conversation, which is always the best.

Last week when going for a treat, my oldest grandson, Trent said, “Memaw you must know everyone!” I said, “No, but I do know a lot of people.”

He said “Almost everyone is saying hello to you, waving or stopping to talk.” I told the grand kids that it is a small community and that people do get to recognize who you are and are friendly. I told him that we all watch out for each other. They commented on how many people knew them, that they hadn’t even met! I said that’s because they know about us and how important they are to us. I also said that we know them and their families, too.

They all seemed impressed by the conversation and what they were seeing to be true. They were all smiling. They live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, which is about 10-15 minutes from the state capital, Harrisburg. There are great people there too, I can say that since I used to live and work there and have several close friends who live there. Life is different there, you get to know people but there is something positive to be said for the closeness and caring atmosphere of a small town.

Thank you, Union City, Indiana and Ohio, for making all of those visiting to feel so welcome!


“Fame is only good for one thing- they will cash your check in a small town.”

By: Truman Capote

“The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what your doing someone else does.”

“There is a lot more business in small town America then I ever dreamed of.”

By: Sam Walton

11th annual Photography Show: July 22 – Aug. 14, at the Arts Depot. The 11th annual Photography Show will be on display during regular business hours. State Line Heritage Days – Begins July 3o, Union City. Many vendors, games, activities, and entertainment! Come check us out and enjoy! Aug. 2, Hub City Heritage 5K Walk/Run, Jennifer Root 765-964-4840 for information Oct. 10-12, Artisan Crossing Union City Arts festival Unioncityartsfestival.org for more information.

Randolph-Eastern-School-Corporation Superintendent Smith wants to remind everyone that school will be starting earlier this year. The first day of school is Aug. 6.

Happy birthday to: Aug. 12 – Paul Hartzell; Aug. 12 – Frances Rose; Aug. 18 - Trent and Rozalynn Meyers.

Victoria Horsley is a volunteer citizen columnist who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Union City News Reel. She can be contacted with local events, news, birthdays or anniversaries at memawthree@woh.rr.com or by calling 937-467-3945. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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