It is an interesting question to think about, for much has changed.
The campuses have changed - major new buildings at SLU, whole new programs at Clarkson, and SUNY Canton? Well, that was two-year Canton ATC when I left!
Dairy farming has changed. 150 cows was a huge farm back in the 70's. Today a farm ten times that size isn't even among the biggest! I learned that there are fewer farms, but more cows, than when I left!
free will dinners and other food pantries have sprung up around the county, though. This is a testament to the job losses the County has seen and the growing poverty that has resulted.
School systems have changed - consolidations meaning long bus rides for some kids and empty school buildings in some communities. And the number of kids eligible for a free lunch at school has grown - today it's at 51% of our children!
I had the sense that the winter's had changed and gotten milder - but then I moved back in January of 2015 and that did not seem to be true! But December of 2015 suggests that maybe it is, after all!
On the other hand, a lot has stayed the same - I came back to Canton and saw Josie's and Sergi's right next to each other just like always, the American Theater still going strong, the Hoot Owl around the corner, and a very similar feel to the place where I spent my four college years!
But what has not changed is the rich farmland and the resilient and caring people of St. Lawrence County. No one here should go hungry and I'm glad to be back here and on the team trying to make it so!