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MAKING THE TRANSITION

Resources on small-town living include:

"The 100 Best Small Towns in America," by Norman Crampton (1995), Macmillan, $13.95, which defines small towns as those with populations between 5,000 and 15,000. It offers ideas on several ways to measure a town along with interviews with a few residents to reveal a town's personality.

"Moving to a Small Town: A Guidebook for Moving From Urban to Rural America," by Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering (1996), Simon & Schuster, $12, which includes exercises and questions to help readers determine if they are the right fit for a small town, along with the steps needed to scout a location through making a place in the new community.

Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering are scheduled to sign their books "Simple Living" and "Moving to a Small Town" at Talking Leaves bookstore, 3158 Main St., at 5 p.m. today.

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