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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by madjack247 on Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:42:37 PM
OJAI CALIFORNIA, with a population around 8,000 in 2.2sq. miles is special because of all it offers for its size. We have movie stars, spas, artists, exceptional live theatre, music and tennis and so much more. We are located 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, yet surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest. We are in a beautiful valley filled with orange and avocado trees. We have beautiful Lake Casitas with some of the best bass fishing in the nation. In an hour and 1/2 we can be in the center of Los Angeles yet we feel far removed from that fast paced life in our little, serene valley. However, the best part of living in Ojai is the friendly people. The rich, poor and those in between go to the same bakery, restaurants and one show movie theatre. We have more volunteerism than most towns, people who care about Ojai and the people who live here. We work hard to care for and support our senior citizens. We were probably green before people knew what that meant. We live in Shangra-La and love it

Posted by jmbonds on Thursday, January 08, 2009 4:36:24 PM
Coolest Small Towns - Experience our Cool Community Farmville, NC is a growing community of 4,600 in eastern North Carolina that features historic and new homes, specialty shops and restaurants on a vibrant main street and a unique four school campus within walking distance of downtown and many neighborhoods. Farmville is a short drive from a major university medical campus that is part of the fastest growing university in the North Carolina university system and an excellent community college with technical programs that contribute to an educated workforce in the local economy. Farmville has an active arts council on Main Street that holds four productions a year, a contemporary library with a Gates computer laboratory, the Farmville Area Veteran's Memorial on a scenic Town Commons, a Museum on Main Street with one of the largest collections of family quilts in the state and a calendar of family oriented community events like - Taste of Farmville, Hometown Halloween, old-fashioned Fourth of July, the Dogwood Festival, a growing recreation program for all ages. Farmville is part of the Raleigh-Greenville corridor, approximately an hour and a half to the Raleigh Durham International Airport, an hour and a half to the crystal coast of North Carolina with its many fine beaches and five hours to the mountains of North Carolina and the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge. Farmville is a picturesque, vibrant small town in the historic eastern region of the state with an abundance of history. "Having lived all of my life in Farmville, I know that there is no more special place on earth. It is a town where people still know and care about their neighbors and where family, friends and faith remain our defining values," said Congressman Walter Jones, United State House of Representatives. Come to Farmville and experience our cool community.

Posted by WelshLoveSpoon on Thursday, January 08, 2009 4:11:28 PM
Oberlin, Ohio offers a walkable, comfortable town environment with a wide variety of affordable housing, artistic and intellectual amenities of all types, and an incomparable opportunity to live in the place where major trends and events of America's 19th century history, particularly the fight to end slavery, took place. The life of the town is centered around a wooded central square, which is ringed with Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, churches, and the Allen Art Museum, as well as a choice of restaurants and stores. Kendal at Oberlin, a retirement community on the edge of town, sets the national standard for places where retired men and women from all over the country settle to enjoy decades of healthful and vigorous later life in an environment of intellectual stimulation and creature comforts, often with their own pets and gardens. The spirit and soul of Oberlin are expressed in its advanced recycling program, a car-sharing program which allows many people to dispense with the expense of owning their own vehicles, and the participation of many residents of all ages and walks of life in outdoor activities, especially birdwatching. Oberlin is reasonable driving distance to Cleveland's world-famous orchestra, art museum and museum of natural history, as well as to Lake Erie resorts including several that are open for swimming and other recreation year-round. The town is lively without being frenetic, relaxed without being boring, and friendly and welcoming without having to know all of your personal business. It is a great place to visit and and even better place to settle down and live.

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