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Is localism a thing of the past for this area?

Vol. 114 No. 36

USPS 439-000

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The term localism has come into play as the county's population shrinks, and its tax base crumbles. Localism is a belief that prioritizes the local: local control of government, local production of goods and services, promotion of local history, culture and identity. There are arguments for and against localism. Many would believe that localism is a thing of the past, and it raises the question of why Pennsylvania has so many small municipalities. Pennsylvania has 67 coun-

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ties in roughly 46,055 square miles, and is comprised of 4,897 active municipal governments. In comparison, San Bernardino County in California is 20,105 square miles — half of the size of Pennsylvania — and has 23 municipal governments. The formation of local governments was left up to the states by Article X of the U.S. Constitution. Pennsylvania law made it easy to incorporate and become a separate entity. The terrain and physical barriers of rivers and mountains also had a lot to do SEE LOCALISM, PAGE 2A

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A day in the sun

Matt, Kathy and Larissa Roman enjoy the afternoon at the Forest Hills Labor Day Festival Sept. 3. Photo by Ron Portash.

These ladies found some cool shade to listen to the music of the Rhinelanders Monday afternoon at the Forest Hills Labor Day Festival in St. Michael. Photo by Ron Portash.

Labor Day festivities

Kayla Stohon, Ericka Frombach and Josi Wehner head into the Forest Hills Labor Day Festival at Berwind-Wayside Park in St. Michael Sept. 3. Photo by Ron Portash.

Niebauer crowned first American Legion County Fair Queen By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

On Sunday, Sept. 2, excited guests attended one of the kickoff events for this year’s American Legion County Fair, the fair queen competition. Three contestants for fair queen and four contestants for young miss gave their best against each other to come out on top and earn the title and year-long responsibilities of representing the county in agriculture. Both categories of contestants formally introduced themselves to the judges at the start of the competition as a final event, before the question round began for fair queen hopefuls. After answering what invasive pest is affecting the state this year and what was a high risk SEE QUEEN, PAGE 3A

American Legion County Fair Queen Hunter Niebauer, young miss Maggie Springer, ambassador Lydia Davis and princess Alexis Niebauer share big smiles after the 2018 American Legion County Fair Queen competition Sept. 2. Photo by Amber Stich.

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