Norwich: Meet Your Neighbor


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Where in Norwich do you spend the most time? Where would you prefer to spend the most time?

I definitely spend the most time at home. Dan and Whit’s, Marion Cross School, the Library and Huntley Meadow are all tied for second place.

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Who was your favorite grammar school teacher and why?

Mr. Heinechen for second grade (all the kids called him ‘H’). He not only taught us all the regular second grade school things, but also how to build electromagnets and other fun mechanical things.

What is your favorite girl’s name? Boy’s name?

Girls: Rory and Alix

Describe Norwich in a word or short phrase.

Caring community

Which Disney or cartoon character best describes you?

Goofy

To which local business are you most loyal and why?

Dan and Whit’s, Norwich Bookstore, and Zuzu’s

What is your favorite quote?

Currently it’s ‘Wake up. Kick ass. Be kind. Repeat.’ Not sure who said it, but I got a birthday card this year with those words on it, and it’s my new motto.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be?

I love going to California where I grew up to see my family. I’ve never been to the southern hemisphere, so going to a place like New Zealand, South Africa, or any number of South American countries would be great!

Which local institution do you believe has the most positive impact on the Norwich community?

Dan Fraser definitely. He cares about the town of Norwich and the community of Norwich and the people of Norwich.

Nordic or downhill skiing or snowboarding or winter mountain biking?

None of the above. I spend a lot of the winter sitting in various ice rinks around VT and NH watching my daughters play ice hockey!

Who is your favorite contemporary sports hero?

This summer it is the US women’s gymnastics team... Five strong, confident women from different backgrounds who are fierce competitors and loyal teammates. They’re great examples for my daughters.

Which local arts organization is your favorite?

Northern Stage- a great place to see plays!

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Donna Pereira-Mackall - Goodrich Four Corners Road

Where in Norwich do you spend the most time?  Where would you prefer to spend the most time?

Since a good amount of my time is spent in the car, I’m always happiest on the drive home, along the Connecticut.

If you were to write a book, what type would it be?

Does a cookbook count?  The working title is Found Food. Just don’t Google that, because you’ll end up with a slew of sites listing gross things found in food!

What is your favorite girl’s name? Boy’s name?

Nicknames are preferred in my world:  Mere, Hen, Mikey, and Hilly

Describe Norwich in a word or short phrase.

Caring, resourceful, generous

Who is your favorite actor or actress of all time?

Hands down, Meryl Streep: The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, Manhattan, Sophie’s Choice, Mamma Mia and The Devil Wears Prada are just a few examples of why she gets my vote.

Do you see the forest or the trees?

Neither: I’m always the one looking at the tiny flowers on the forest floor.

To which local business are you most loyal and why?

Dan & Whit’s, for their hiring practices and caring ways with employees and customer.

What is your favorite quote?

“When life gives you lemons, keep them because hey, free lemons.”

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation,  where would it be?

Bermuda with the family.  It’s become an almost mythical place for me.

Which local institution do you believe has the most positive impact on the Norwich community?

It’s a toss-up: the team of Carolyn and Milt Frye, for the breadth of their impact, and those gloriously busy women at The Norwich Womens Club.

Which local arts organization is your favorite?

The Dartmouth Film Society’s screenings.  We look forward to the theme and selection each season.

Which is your favorite regular feature in the Norwich Times and why?

The Elder Profile because it’s like sitting down and getting to know some fascinating person I’ve always heard of but never met.

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Vicky Fish - Willey Hill Road

Where in Norwich do you spend the most time? Where would you prefer to spend the most time?

In my backyard and walking on Maple Hill. Lucky for me, I spend the most time exactly where I want to be spending it!

Who was your favorite grammar school teacher and why?

Miss O’Brien, 3rd grade. She saw the potential in everyone; she made us all kinder to each other. And I loved her hair.

If you were to write a book, what type would it be?

Lucky for me, I did write a book. A Brief Moment of Weightlessness is my first book of short stories. You can find it at the Norwich Bookstore or the library.

What is your favorite girl’s name? Boy’s name?

Girl: A friend briefly changed her name to Xochimilco in high school. I’ve never forgotten that. Boy: (The artist formerly known as Prince)

Which Disney or cartoon character best describes you?

Jane Jetson

Who is your favorite actor or actress of all time?

I will watch anything with Meryl Streep in it.

Do you see the forest or the trees?

I guess I see the trees. As a writer, I think I like to see what is unique in each moment and each character... and then extend that to the universal.

To which local business are you most loyal and why?

Upper Valley Yoga, Norwich Recreation (yoga), and Tini Yoga. Yoga is going to help me grow old gracefully.

If you could have super powers for a day, which would you choose and what good would you do with them?

Maybe I would opt to have the power of mind control. I could enter the minds of all the leaders who have us at war with one another and make them drop their hate.

What is your favorite quote?

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:  It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be?

Anywhere with my family. I’d love to go to all 58 of our national parks.

Who is your favorite contemporary sports hero?

My mother. She was an alpine skier in the 1952 Olympics, and, at 84, she is still going strong.

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