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By KIP KRIZMAN, Guest Columnist
Why Tell City? The question seems easy enough to answer. My wife, Dr. Ana Lagunzad-Krizman and I could offer several generic aswers such as we were recruited by Perry County Memorial Hospital or we were looking for a change of pace from Cleveland, Ohio.
However, none of these answers would begin to touch the core reasons as to why we stayed in Tell City. Perhaps the question should be: Why not Tell City?
Moving here, seven hours away from our home and family, was not an easy decision. Making such a decision, especially at the height of our careers, was frightening as well as exciting. Nonetheless, this life-altering relocation was bolstered by three important factors: the people, the area and the traditions.
After eight years living here, my wife and I now wonder why we spent so many sleepless nights wondering if we would fit in or even be accepted. This is a credit to the Tell Citians who have spent their lives building the quality demeanor that epitomizes small town America.
What surprised my wife and I most was the outward expression of acceptance by complete strangers. Nowhere else could a person develop a network of friends and associates as quickly as we have in Tell City. To this day we are still friends with people we met the first week we moved here; people who changed our lives and epitomize the qualities of people who have lived their lives in Tell City.
Initially what really caught our eye was the area. Our town is quaint and beautiful, pleasant and yet functional, with wide streets, a picturesque square, a national forest right at our door step, and of course, the river.
While living in a bigger municipality you really cannot appreciate the little things that one sees. It is easy to take advantage of these resources and at times difficult finding time to utilize them, but nonetheless, we have an enormous gift of assets at our disposal.
For example, the efforts of the greenway committee have built a second greenway that follows the river by Sunset Park. To wonder along this greenway is both amazing and rewarding. If you have not enjoyed the greenway by Sunset Park, I urge you to take full advantage of this awesome project. In fact, I challenge you to utilize the many resources we possess. Yes, the big city does have advantages, but so do we. We, just like in the big city, are able to see the same movies, surf the same Internet and enjoy the same outdoor activities, but all in a quiet and safer atmosphere. We just do not have the turmoil that frustrates big city life.
What made us stay? The values and traditions adhered to by Tell Citians. Every year, we have the Schweizer Fest. We celebrate the detailed history of how our forebears lived. Being able to tell the story of Tell City is indispensible; how can you move forward if you don’t know where you came from?
We also kick off the holiday season with a Christmas parade. This past year my wife was a judge for the Christmas floats. We have always enjoyed the parade, but this year we watched the parade from the gazebo.
What caught my eye were the different activities that were going on. McDonald’s passed out hot chocolate, carolers sang and of course, Santa was there for the kids. It reminded me of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Big-city life just does not have these kinds of traditions. I know how Cleveland was settled but they do not display it. It is nice to see that Tell City displays its traditions. No other town that I have lived in has followed Tell City’s philosophy of cherishing its past. This comforting philosophy made staying the easy part.
My wife and I have a great life here, and this is in large part due to what makes this town fundamentally great: quality relationships developed with ease and sincerity, a safe town, relatively sheltered from danger, and the upholding of valuable traditions that many other towns have lost. So when family members or friends ask me why Tell City, so far from the glamour of a big town, I respond, “why not Tell City?”
Krizman lives in Tell City.
Editor’s Note: This guest column is one of several submitted by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee. Anyone wanting to share their stories of life in Perry County can contact the Perry County Development Corp. at 547-8377.