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PATCH POLL: I'm Thankful to Live in Geneva Because ...

There are a lot of great reasons to love Geneva, IL, from Sam Hill to Dancing With the Geneva Stars. What are yours?

We've got culture, yes we do,
We've got culture, how 'bout YOU!

There's a circa-1970s cheer, or variation thereof, that we chanted in sleepy, enchanting Geneva, IL, way back when I was in .

Maybe Geneva's not quite as sleepy as it was back then, but it's still enchanting—at least I think so—and I hope you do, too. I also hope that living here (or that you came from here or that you passed through here at some point in time—you might be reading this is Guam, for all I know) is one of the things you're thankful for as you sit down to your turkey on Thursday.

On the eve of this most-American of holidays, there's nothing wrong with celebrating your hometown, so we've come up with a Geneva Patch poll listing a dozen reasons—from the silly to the sincere—that make this community is such a great place to live and work.

Make your choice among the 12 in our Patch poll, and add a few of your own in the comments field. (Be nice, now! We're on Thanksgiving VACATION, for heaven's sake.)

Laura Rush November 23, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Geneva is the BEST! I wouldn't live or work anywhere else. I still chant that cheer and sing the fight song with pride. Happy Thanksgiving to the 22,000 who call Geneva home.
Rick Nagel (Editor) November 23, 2011 at 03:56 PM
I'm thankful for Laura Rush! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and good luck with Dancing With the Geneva Stars! :)
Jamie Daniel November 23, 2011 at 07:45 PM
I was a 35-year-old widow with four children when I remarried, in 1956, and moved to Geneva, which I chose because Geneva was so like my hometown, New Albany MS. Both had a river and a railroad near the center of town; the 1950 census showed approximately the same populations - just over 6500; each had a "beginning" date in the mid-1830s; and Geneva's State Street and New Albany's Bankhead Street were state highways lined with 19th and early 20th Century buildings. There have been some thoughtless remarks, such as "how was your son (who finished his last three years at GHS) a Merit Scholar and Salutatorian? I thought Southern schools were no good". But I have found that people are people:there are good and bad ones everywhere. I love my "new" hometown and have never regretted the move for a moment. Geneva has changed and has grown in size and population but it remains a wonderful place to live.
Mary Stith November 23, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Ditto To Rick's comments!
Laura Rush November 23, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Thanks Rick and Mary. Happy Thanksgiving to your families as well. You both give so much to Geneva, just another reason to love this town.

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