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Vermont - A Little State with a Big Heart

September 1, 2017

Heidi French
I moved to Vermont eleven years ago from the west coast and immediately fell in love with the people, the landscape, the political scene, you name it. I was fascinated, intrigued and inspired. Vermont is truly a little state with a big heart.

The people, whether a native Vermonter or a "flatlander" (a term I was called on several occasions), help to create a welcoming face. Neighbors know each other and help each other, something not often found when you come from a large city. It's Vermonters caring for Vermonters.

The beauty of the state is incredible. There are so many places to see. Every town seems to have a farmers market and a covered bridge. Queeche Gorge, Lake Champlain, marble quarries, world class maple syrup, the Green Mountains, award winning Micro-brews, heck even the cows are awe-inspiring. The four seasons (summer, fall, winter and MUD), keep you on your toes. Just when the heat is getting to you foliage season kicks in. Winter hits and you can hit the slopes and yes even mud season provides some reason for celebration- spring is usually right around the corner.

The politics are empowering. I don't know many other states that you can make such a difference in your community. The town meeting is a community event and it feels as if your vote can actually make a difference in how your schools and town are governed. I have sat on my school board for 10 years and have felt that I have made a difference.

Perhaps Vermont is best described by our 30th President, born and raised in Vermont: "I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont."…Calvin Coolidge

Author: Heidi French
Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)

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