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Posted by Rona Fischman November 12, 2008 03:17 PM

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My question today is about home-town identity. I would like to hear from some of the small-town readers, those who went to regional schools, those who went to small local schools. How does home-town identity shape you?

In tough times, should towns that have been sharing facilities merge? Is it worth the change in identity to streamline the services paid for by municipal tax? Wenham and Hamilton are discussing just that. They already share a library and a regional high school, so why not get married? Two can live as cheaply as one, my grandmother used to say.

Hamilton-Wenham is not the only regional high school in Massachusetts. There’s Acton-Boxborough, Algonquin, Bridgewater-Raynham, Concord-Carlisle, Dover-Sherborn, Groton-Dunstable, Lincoln-Sudbury, Manchester-Essex, Masconomet, Pentucket, Sheperd Hill, Tahanto, and Whitman-Hanson. My brother lives in Willimantic Connecticut, which is part of Windham – sort of.

Now that the election is over and reduced local revenue is starting to hit home-town, does the Wenham-Hamilton (or is it Hamilton-Wenham?) talks foreshadow the end of the New England small town? Is this a bad thing? Could it happen in your home-town?

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