A “Civille” Matter
I guess I have a little “ville” envy. I always thought it was cool when someone told me they were from somewhereville. There's just something about the “ville” part that, to my mind, adds a real sense of belonging.
And in Utah, we have several “villes” to choose from. You've got Wellsville and Millville up in Cache County, Honeyville in Box Elder County. Weber County contributes Harrisville to the list. In Davis County you've got your Centerville and Kaysville. Springville is in Utah County.
More in our part of the state, Garfield County is the home to Cannonville and Henrievill. Hanksville is out there in eastern part of the state. Toquerville is the contribution of Washington County, and of course we can't forget Kanarraville here in Iron County.
Even Salt Lake County gets in the “ville” act with Taylorsville.
But the “ville” champion of the state appears to be Beaver County, the home of Adamsville, Greenville, and Minersville.
I like “ville” places. These generally smaller, close-knit communities may not offer the bustling city life, but they have their own set of distinctive charms and advantages that make them special.
The cool thing about being from a ville town is the strong sense of community. In these tight-knit communities, everyone knows one another, and there's a genuine feeling of belonging. It's not uncommon to have close relationships with neighbors, local business owners, and even community leaders. This sense of familiarity and connection creates a supportive and comforting atmosphere where people look out for each other.
Another cool aspect of being from a "ville" town is the simplicity of life. Life moves at a different pace. There's a slower rhythm, allowing residents to appreciate life's small pleasures – a leisurely stroll in the park, impromptu gatherings at the local diner, or starlit nights spent chatting with friends.
The peaceful atmosphere in ville towns is another remarkable aspect. Life tends to be less hectic and more relaxed compared to the hustle and bustle of the city. There's a tranquility in these communities that can be soothing and conducive to a slower, more contemplative lifestyle.
Unique traditions and local events also stand out in ville towns. From quirky parades (think sheep) to time-honored festivals, these communities have a way of celebrating their identity in ways that are cherished by residents. These traditions create lasting memories and a sense of pride in being a part of the community.
The cool thing about being from a ville town lies in the tight bonds of community, the peaceful environment, access to nature, unique local traditions, and the more affordable cost of living. These factors combine to create a special way of life that many cherish and wouldn't trade for the world. Ville towns may not be for everyone, but for those who call them home, the experience is nothing short of extraordinary.
So, while I'm not suggesting a name change, it wouldn't bother me at all if someone said, “oh, you must be from Cedar Cityville.”
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