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I was raised in the remote town of Bishop, Calif., and remember people driving 250 miles to Reno to go to big hardware stores to save money. I always thought if we all did this, the next time you needed a 10 cent screw you would have to make the 500-mile round trip. I spent all of my money in town with the local merchants.

Now that I live in Applegate, I have never been to one of the large hardware stores. All of my money is spent at Hill’s Flat in Colfax, and the small market in Meadow Vista.

I always felt and still do if you want to live in a rural area, take the good with the bad. It bothers me that people want to say they “live” in a small community but refuse to support it.



By the way, I am on a fixed income myself. I like walking into to store and being called by name and not having to show ID to write a check. Take it from someone whom was raised in a small town. If we don’t support our local merchants, they will disappear. Then you can make your trip down the hill the next time you need a quart of milk or a box of nails.

Verne Disney




Applegate


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