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Sitting in the Cathy Cafe in Metaline Falls, Wash., Tara Leininger ponders the future of her city as she watches the world pass by along Fifth Street January 23, 2009. “Some of them are resilient because they’ve been here for 60 years,” Leininger, 51, said of local families. “They know that the downturn will not be pretty, and that not everyone will be able to stay.” Leininger is the mayor of Metaline Falls, the pastor of Metaline Falls Congregational United Church of Christ, and board president at the Cutter Theatre.

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