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Villages of Talbot County we have left but memories, slowly eroding into legend and fable? Or will there be new village communities, sound and nurturing, new and adapted to changed conditions? I hope so. These processes cannot be reversed, of course. Conditions do change, for good or ill. Communities all over rural America are going through similar transitions. Can something be preserved here? Can we at least retain a reasonably clear and complete record of past accomplishments? I say, Yes. Can the villages be revitalized, even somewhat, to reverse the trend? It means some economic

development, of course. Could we create some fresh opportunities and new jobs? Could the village communities, fractioned and disparate, come together in common cause? Again, I say Yes. I believe constructive action is possible. But this brings us smack up against the third and most debilitating disadvantage of being unincorporated ~ the lack of leadership. How can village residents work together? The talent may be there and perhaps even the will, but not the mechanism. Who calls the meetings? The answer may lie, not with government, but with local civic groups and non-profit organizations. As a case in point, I’m proud

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