“But it’s like that everywhere. As things change, it’s like everything, you don’t have to like it, but you have to accept it,” she says.
It’s all part and parcel of small town life.
Rood regrets the old days a bit as well, but he’d rather tell people about Tipton Electric, the Sharpsville-based motor shop which does a bustling business or talk about how the town raised more than $100,000 to build the park.
“Sometimes you have to get off your bandwagon and say it was great while it lasted, but it’s time to move on,” he says of the old days.
He likes to tell people that the town has “about 600 happy people – and a few others.”
“It’s really not a bad community. Like every community, we have our problems. We have drugs … we don’t have any murders out here, but we have our problems,” Rood says.
“But for a small town community, if that’s what a person wants, you couldn’t find it much easier.”
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