Our town got its name from the Hessians left behind when the Brits pulled out suddenly. It has been a very patriotic town including a small uprising against the Van Rensselaer family who owned most of the land in these parts. So our town had a double revolution. It had industries, too, and many farms nearly all of which were nearly wiped out in the last 30 years thanks to Free Trade! Boo.
We lost many businesses and too many homes were abandoned and the taxable population fell and I thought my little berg was going to sink after the Free Trade/Bilderberg gangster ice berg hammered us. But slowly the town is reviving.
Businesses are moving back in. Some people are even attempting to farm a tad, too. We have many tractors in our little multi-town parade today. All the small villages up and down the river here in the mountains are in the parade and we all have mutual aid pacts with each other. Rt. 22 ties this all in replacing the old rail road line built 175 years ago which no longer exists, stupidly.
Our little towns are proud to be ‘free standing’ and our fire departments are all volunteer operations and the people doing this are brave and good citizens and is what makes small town America so surprisingly strong even when global gales try to destroy us in a hurricane of deals that suck all the air out of small towns.
All civic and military groups proudly marched and these people are serious and what we used to call ‘good citizens’ and they are exactly that. Putting out for the People, the Community, the Society.
Last night I had a HUGE battle against Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Teenage Bear who destroyed rather a lot of things in this struggle for power and I rebuilt the fences and changed the bird feeders and moved the garbage can into the garage and now will wait for tonight to see if Goldilocks will show up and steal my bed, too. And eat me out of house and home.
Happy 4th, everyone!
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Petersburgh, NY 12138
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