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Flying Out in the Blue Sharing Memories With Gil Klecak
By Cookie Steponaitis
There is an intensity in Gil Klecak’s cerulean blue eyes that seems to match the deepest vaults of the sky and when he speaks of his time as a navigator on the B-24 bombers in World War II, they sparkle with an intensity that confirms for any listener that Gil’s passion for flight has not waned as time as passed. Born in New Jersey in 1919, Gil’s father was a plumber and his mom was a homemaker. Like many who lived through the Great Depression, Gil simply recollects that it, “hit everyone and no one escaped without their lives being changed.” New Jersey, Gil felt was hit no more or no less than other areas of America and things like a, “new pair of shoes,” became an event and were treasured.
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Family Farming in 2012 at the Elmer Farm
By Marcie Bolton
   Jennifer Blackwell’s favorite way to start the day is at a very early hour, stepping out on the land with her husband and business partner, Spencer Blackwell on her family farm in East Middlebury, Vermont.  She senses how the day will unfold in a peaceful moment, a smell of the sweet air and a carved out moment to catch up with Spencer.  Besides peaceful, being outdoors has a practical purpose; to examine the weather.  [ more ]

DAR and VUHS Join Forces to Focus Attention on a Local Historic Hero: Meet General Samuel Strong
By Cookie Steponaitis
    The Seth Warner Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution all know their history and in fact they can prove it. In order to become a member of the DAR, you must be able to show that your ancestor fought in the American Revolution and with such strong links to their past and the history of the community, it is no surprise that the group is actively finding ways to link students of history from 2012 with some of their local historical counter parts.

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