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I have only lived away from South County for a few months in my life. Having attended Narragansett High School and receiving a BA in Economics from URI and living in Newport on occasion I signed a 12 month lease in Providence while working in Attleboro in the late 80’s. I had a momentary lapse of good judgment and thought the drive wasn’t worth it. After being broken into twice (they stole my air conditioner!) I was able to renegotiate my lease with the landlord and headed back to South County. I am fortunate enough to have traveled a fair amount and what I found was that most places didn’t have what we have here. As you can probably tell by now I am not much of a writer but this part is particularly difficult to put into words. What I found was that people just didn’t have the same connectivity that I feel here. The connection to the people of South County. Not just some of the people of South County but all the people of South County: the Townies, the Tourist (who appreciate what we have here), the Students (many who have stayed after graduation), the Swamp Yankees (whatever that means), the elderly and the young. Just as the tourist leave the URI students arrive and keep our town “alive” – alive with youthful energy that help trigger our fond memories of our own younger days and keep our restaurants and businesses open. Besides the obvious physical benefits of where we live it is this intricate and diverse web of people and our connection that make South County the best place to live.