Tonawanda News

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August 28, 2013

CONFER: Farm living is the life for me

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Tonawanda News — On top of that, look at the other places that the allegedly deprived rural families have access to. Out here in God’s Country, we are just a 10- to 20-minute ride away from things that kids (and adults) really dig, like the Olcott Carousel Park, Becker Farms, sledding and snowmobiling in the winter, hiking at Royalton Ravine Park, and boating, jet skiing, fishing and more on Lake Ontario, the Erie Canal and Glenwood Lake.

Getting back to the supposed basis of suburban quality of life, who said that we’re lacking in access to consumption? Most of us are just 10 minutes away from a grocery store; other shopping can be had in Lockport, Medina and Albion. We are within a 20-minute drive of countless restaurants whose offerings and prices are far better than those had in Williamsville, from the interesting (The Shamus) to the Italian (DeFlippo’s) to the International (Old Mill Run).

And about that 20-minute drive: It’s wide open, scenic driving; quite the opposite of the stop-and-go congestion faced by the Big City folk who blow 10 minutes just to go a few miles.

Usually having lost the argument by this time, city dwellers typically comment on how great their schools are. Really, are the kids afforded that much better an education? When you speak of graduating classes in the hundreds, you’re telling me that through a child’s entire school career she was just a name or a number, lost in the shuffle, one of many.

In our much smaller rural schools, students one another personally, teachers can devote more attention and care to each and every one of them, and the community at large is much more engaged in lending a helping hand to education.

Living out in the country isn’t for everyone. That’s obvious; just look at the population and the widely held disdain for it. But we like it that way. Call us greedy, but we like having this superior quality of life all to ourselves.

Gasport resident Bob Confer also writes for the New American magazine at TheNewAmerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobconfer

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