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Sue's Views -- Getting what a small town is all about in one, eventful weekend

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Every reason you can ever think of to live in a small town happened this past weekend.

There was prom, that magical night when the youngsters whom you have known since diapers show you that they are on the verge of adulthood -- and goodness knows, they are a good-looking group of young people.

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About the time the high school students were making their way from the elementary school to the Lee Community Center for the post-prom activities, one of our hometown boys arrived back in Morris, freshly discharged from the Marines and only too happy to see the Morris city limits. There weren't many folks awake when Patrick Lienemann pulled up to his family's house, but there are enough yellow ribbons in their yard that you don't have to guess how happy they are to have him home again.

Later that day, but still much too early, there was the send off for our National Guard troops, with blanket-clad folks of all ages waiting on Main Street, not just in Morris, but in any number of towns. The pictures from the different communities are similar, with folks holding flags of all sizes and waving to faces in bus windows and honestly and fervently wishing them a safe and speedy return.

The weekend was capped off with the Boy Scout Court of Honor for a young man who accomplished what 90 percent of his peers do not: Becoming an Eagle Scout. What's even more noteworthy was that Steve Sarlette's brother, father and uncle are also Eagle Scouts.

Del Sarlette was being very honest when he said that while Steve put in hours of work to become an Eagle Scout, he was only able to get there because of the help of others.

That really sums up what the whole weekend was about.

Our young people couldn't become the smart, talented and charming individuals who walked so carefully through the grand march on Saturday without a boatload of folks who helped along the way.

Likewise, there were plenty of folks out early on a cold and windy morning to show our soldiers that we've got their backs -- their families will be cared for and their communities will be waiting for them to return to the role of citizen.

And when they do return, we will be glad to see them and eager to give them guff about what the Marines taught them and how much oil it took to nurse the old pickup truck on the trip back from California.

In the midst of the many ups and downs in our small town, it was good to have a weekend that gave us so much to be proud of and so much to look forward to.

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