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"Leaves large shoes to fill"

10/02/2008

 To The Editor:

Bob Ferris, the executive director at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, has decided to step down at the end of this year. I've had the pleasure of working with Bob as chair of the Yestermorrow board over the last two years, and on behalf of the board, I'd like to thank him for his service and wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do next.

Under Bob's leadership the school has grown substantially, attracting an ever-increasing number of students to the school and to The Valley. He has been responsible for broadcasting the Yestermorrow message, promoting good design and sustainability to a national audience. He has also been responsible for integrating the school into our community in a way that we hope will be a legacy of his.

Bob has been tireless in his support of various Valley causes, including affordable housing, the carbon shredders, the Valley Visioning Group, Kingsbury Farm preservation and many other efforts, sometimes associated with Yestermorrow but also often on his own time, just because he believed there was a need.

The Valley has greatly benefited from his efforts, both directly and indirectly. Many people have come to Yestermorrow and enjoy The Valley and its businesses during their stay. Bob leaves some large shoes to fill and will be missed at the school, but with any luck he will remain a community member. Good luck, Bob, and thank you for all you've done.

Mac Rood

Warren

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