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“A simpler, slower life”

I too was appalled at Ms. Weir’s letter in the August 11 issue of The Valley Reporter. I didn’t make the deadline for hoped-for inclusion in the August 18 issue but was so glad to see that Judy DiMario did a great job.


However, I am not going to be as gentle with Ms. Weir as Judy was in her letter. I moved to The Valley from the Washington, DC, area in 1970 because I wanted a simpler, slower and more personal life than the one I had been living in the DC area for the previous 25 years. I came here to learn the ways of the local people and to do my best to blend in with them. I was not disappointed. The tempo of life was so much more civilized than that of the big city. People knew each other, respected each other’s views, helped each other in need, and they still do today.

I learned to log from and with George Sawyer, our neighbor in Fayston, helped him sugaring in the spring and enjoyed his maple syrup, and his wit and friendship.

Shopping at Mehuron’s and at what was then Doc Bisbee’s store were, and still are, occasions to meet and chat with acquaintances while getting friendly and exceptional service.

Unfortunately, circumstances caused me to have to leave The Valley and move closer to Burlington, but I still call on Jack at Bisbee’s when I need something I can’t get here.

Our great shopkeepers are entitled to set the hours as they wish, and to take a day off a week, regardless of what they plan to do with it. It’s up to us to respect this and adapt, which certainly has not been difficult.

And now we have the likes of Ms. Weir who wants to change our ways to meet her big city requirements. Why does she split her time between Connecticut and The Valley if she is displeased with the slower tempo of our lives here with which she seems not to be able to cope? She can do her shopping in Connecticut and stay there on the Sundays she needs stores to be open. I am sure that our merchants will survive without her patronage.

Henri de Marne
40-year Valley resident, now living in Essex



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