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S.T. Haggerty

My father was a musician for lively Broadway musicals. Enchanted by the stories as a small boy, I couldn’t learn to spell words fast enough to form sentences. I just had to write about my vacations in Vermont. My family and I would leave our home in the New York suburb of Old Greenwich, Connecticut to spend entire summers­ in a rustic 1700s farmhouse on a dirt road in the West Arlington community.

My brothers and I took on chores in dairy barns and hayed the fields along the scenic Batten Kill River. We learned that our friends and neighbors had modeled for the iconic paintings of Norman Rockwell. We swam under the covered bridge in front of his former studio and attended dances in the Grange pavilion across the street. Norman had loved to square dance there. The people proved to be down-to-earth, just as Norman portrayed them. He first hung his Four Freedoms in the church hall a few steps away. He had conceived them when President Franklin Roosevelt gave a speech by that name to justify the entry of the United States into World War II.

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