Norwich: Meet Your Neighbor


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Wayne Norse - Goodrich Four Corners Road

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

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Marion Cross Elementary School with my daughter Olive.

Who was your favorite grammar school teacher and why?

My math teacher Mr. Bonikowski who just knew how to talk to kids.

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

It would be fantasy fiction like Harry Potter.

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

Olive. Tomahawk.

Describe Norwich in a word or short phrase.

A town where you can just be yourself.

Which Disney or cartoon character best describes you?

Tarzan.

Who is your favorite actor or actress of all time?

Clint Eastwood. No brainer.

Do you see the forest or the trees?

First I see the tree. Then I see the forest.

Then... I see the BUCK.

To which local business are you most loyal and why?

Dan & Whits for the McWhit.

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

My superpower would be the ability to smile at people making them happy for the rest of the day.

What is your favorite quote?

“As you think, you shall become.” - Bruce Lee

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

El Chalten in Patagonia, Chile to climb Fitzroy.

Which local institution (civic, business, individual) do you believe has the most positive impact on the community?

Marion Cross Elementary School for the way they approach education. Mr. Bill for bringing unique leadership skills, and the faculty for being enthusiastic role models. For me, this educational institution is the most important part of living here.

Which local arts organization is your favorite?

Main Street Museum, The HOP, The Lebanon Opera House.

Katie Kitchel -Sugartop Road


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

With three young boys, and their multitude of extra-curricular activities, it feels like I spend most of the time in my big red Suburban, affectionately called Roxanne. I’d prefer to spend more time walking or running in the woods with my family and friends…and our dog, Ruby, would add an enthusiastic bark of approval as well.

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

A comedic autobiography entitled “7 Minutes Late” that captures with wry humor and razor sharp insight the highs and lows of parenting in the UV, and why, try as I may, I always arrive to events 7 minutes late.

Describe Norwich in a word or short phrase.

A community of caring, thoughtful, crazy-talented people, with strong opinions about bridge balls and speed humps, who do Halloween really well.

Which Disney or cartoon character best describes you?

Goofy, always and forever. But Elastigirl is my Avatar…she is the mom I wish I could be. When I first saw her turn into a parachute to save her children, I burst into tears…because I wanted to be able to do that, and I couldn’t!

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

I’d like to visit Patagonia or Nepal with my family. My mom died three years ago, and there are places that she wanted to visit, but never got to in her lifetime. I’ve wanted to travel to these places with my family…holding close the memory of my mom.

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

Dan & Whit’s and The Norwich Bookstore. Both businesses reach deep into their pockets to give back in financial ways, supporting valuable institutions within the community. But, just as important, they both also provide places for conversations to happen…where people with similar and different opinions can connect, debate, learn, and grow.

Which local arts organization is your favorite?

Ahh! Don’t make me choose. I love the theater though, and truly appreciate both the on-stage and off-stage experiences with NCCT, Revels North, Parish Players, Pentangle, LOH, Northern Stage, UVMC, and The Hopkins Center. Everyone: lend a hand to one of these organizations…the gift of participating in a live theater or musical production enriches your soul and the soul of the community.

Ryan Gardner - Four Wheel Drive

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

Probably my office at home, which at least has a nice view! If given the choice, I love going up and down Gile Mountain.

Who was your favorite grammar school teacher and why?

It’s hard to pick just one, since MCS had so many great long-time teachers in the late ’80s – Fran Stone, John Girard, Clare Forseth, Lorraine Kelly, Cam Cross, to name a few. Particular mention to Peter Anderson (MCS 5th grade English), who was an early adopter in his use of computers in the classroom and encouraged my interest in the subject.

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

Probably science-fiction. Exploring the ethical implications of new (and theoretical) technologies fascinates me.

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

For a boy? Easy – my son, William! My favorite girl’s name is probably Elizabeth – classical and lots of permutations.

Describe Norwich in a word or short phrase.

To ape Dan & Whit’s motto, “if Norwich doesn’t have it, you don’t need it.”

Which Disney or cartoon character best describes you?

Probably George Jetson – or possibly Yosemite Sam.

Who is your favorite actor or actress of all time?

Cary Grant. The epitome of cool and class.

Do you see the forest or the trees?

I like to think I see the forest, though it’s super-hard to avoid seeing the trees on a daily basis.

To which local business are you most loyal and why?

Dan & Whit’s. An unbeatable resource for just about anything. And I do mean anything.

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

It may be overdone, but definitely flying.

What is your favorite quote?

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” – Winston Churchill, 1941

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

Antarctica. I love remote places.

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