I grew up in Birch Run and Burt and I always loved the small town/farm town feel. I graduated from Birch Run High and had my first job at Rueckerts Grocery, now the location of the Family Dollar. Things have sure changed, but they have also remained the same. When I was a child, my family would watch the Fourth of July fireworks from Buster Brown Park which is part of the site of the current Prime Outlet Mall. I remember when the McDonalds opened and I worked several retail jobs at the outlets while I attended college. Birch Run has grown a lot in the last 20-25 years, but one thing has remained. It still has that small town feel. Once you step away from the stop lights and bright lights of town you can still see the local families working together and growing. You will see farmers working the land or a volunteer fireman helping a neighbor, teachers taking pride in their students and parents bringing their children to the Fourth of July parade. So while this is a community that has grown and changed they have also held on to the values that make this HOME.