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Community Matters: Launch of the Summer Institute on Sustainability

I grew up in the 1950s through the 1980s.

This sentence can be confusing, so let me see if I can explain it.

As I mentioned in my last post, I turned 45 earlier this month. So, I am undeniably an 80s kid. And yet the context I grew up in often felt more like the 1950s than the 1980s.

I was born and raised in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, about two hours north and east of Beaver County. My hometown of Clearfield was the county seat and had a population of about 6,000. Although I grew up “in the city”, much of the community was much more rural. The community had a very intimate feeling about it – everyone seemed to know each other and if they didn’t, they definitely knew their mother, uncle or cousin.

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