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Amanda Hollabaugh

What happens when you wake up one morning and the land you grew up on is covered in concrete? What happens when children aren’t safe to play outside because of too much traffic, too many people, or too much pollution? What happens when you go to the store and cannot find any locally grown products?

No one wants to see the day when these things come true, but unfortunately that day is coming faster than we realize. For example, I looked out my window on my way to school this week and I saw three farms for sale with potential buyers. I’ve heard that plans are already underway to rezone the land for industrial buildings and townhouses. I’m 17 years old, and this is just one example of the change that I’ve seen in my rural community.

Amanda Hollabaugh is a senior at Bermudian Springs High School. She is a member of Bermudian’s National Honor Society, Interact Club, and the Adams County 4-H Program.

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