Gretchen Moore was an “almost” pioneer to Columbia having moved here in 1972. She recounts her Long Reach and Owen Brown Village neighborhoods and the reasons why she felt such cohesiveness there. The concept of village centers and how they have changed throughout the years is talked about, as well as, her experiences with community groups, early shopping opportunities, and the amenities in Columbia.
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Bill Santos grew up in Columbia. He moved to Wilde Lake in 1972 when he was six and the family moved to Owen Brown in 1977. He attended Running Brook Elementary, Jeffers Hill Elementary, Owen Brown Middle and Hammond High. Santos recalls memories of the freedom of exploring the bike paths, swim team and life at the neighborhood pool, BMX track, and experience of working at the Town Center boat dock. Santos moved back to Columbia after the Navy and college and recalls going to Magarita Maggies and to Nottingham’s where you can find old friends. Santos is raising his family in Columbia and talks about his son’s experiences