I've had the pleasure of starting my day over coffee with Demo Sofronas at the Blue Sparrow in Norwich a couple of times now, and it's a humbling experience. Everyone seems to know him. No one seems to know me.
But that's okay. Because Demo's connections in the community make him the perfect person to blog about the good people and good news of Norwich. He's been writing About Norwich for a year now. The other day I sent him a few questions as a happy anniversary present, and here is what he had to say.
It seems like everyone in Norwich knows you, because you were postmaster, you're a crossing guard, you're a Lion, and you're on more boards than I can count. But I'm not sure everyone in Norwich knows you once ran a driving school. Tell me about that!
That’s true. I am well known in the community because of my role as Postmaster -- not only in Norwich, but also the surrounding communities of Sharon and Quechee. I thoroughly enjoyed my many years serving as Postmaster for these communities. Keeping busy is important. Before moving to Vermont, I had been a licensed Massachusetts driving instructor and began working for a local driving school and decided to venture out on my own and Demo’s School of Driving became a reality. Through the help of my family I was able to still maintain full time postmaster duties in Massachusetts and part time working at the driving school. My slogan was, "We service the Nervous."
You're still so busy. How old are you, and can you describe a typical day in your life?
My age? Really? I don't have time to think about age. I am a two-time cancer slayer and each new day is a great day. My time is filled to the brim with the following:
A typical day is reporting to work as a crossing guard in the morning and again in the afternoon. I am retired, so I tend to the chores and home maintenance issues. I write stories for DailyUV and play golf in between doing odd jobs for people as needed. I also film Norwich selectboard meetings for CATV and other communities when scheduled. I also teach driver safety on vehicles required for "Outdoor Programs" at Dartmouth College as needed. I serve on several nonprofit boards also.
Congratulations on your one-year anniversary! What's the one thing about blogging about Norwich on DailyUV that has surprised you the most?
I knew that I wanted to write about people and events in Norwich, because everyone has a story to tell, and some do not wish to tell it, however those that choose to know that I will be caring and respectful to always tell it like it is/was without any pressure.The contacts that I have made throughout my careers have made it very easy for me to interact with people and I am however very fortunate to pull this off as I am not a writer by trade.
(Are you a Demo in your town? We're always looking for bloggers who want to tell the stories of their community. You can get started here.)
Back in the day, if you completed one of Demo's driving classes, you got a T-shirt!