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Chapman: Community that genuinely cares

By Staff | Mar 21, 2014

One of the bittersweet parts of turning these pages each week is seeing advertisements for benefits.

I don’t think any reader particularly likes seeing these ads, but Rugby isn’t exactly a tiny town and things happen. People get sick. People have accidents. People fall on bad times. People lose loved ones.

Yet it seems like anytime these incidents happen the Rugby area rises without hesitation. That’s something to be proud and something that really sticks with me.

Even just two years ago I probably wouldn’t have been able to comprehend living in a city of 3,000. Now, I’m gaining a better understand of the positive reasons why most people tend to stick around.

No one should feel like they have to go it alone because the proof is there. Rugby and Pierce County residents care about each other and care about the overall well-being of the community.

It’s easy to approach strangers around here and have a thoughtful discussion on a variety of topics.

This week alone, I feel like I’ve met as many people as any other week since I moved here. I’ve met new friends – some who are back visiting from as far as Africa and others who have lived in Rugby for more than three times my age.

All of these new faces (and I apologize for forgetting some names!) constantly serve as sources of inspiration.

Deadline looms and so does March Madness, so I’ll keep this one on the short. Be proud Rugby and Pierce County. You continue to set a great example of what community is all about.

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