I dedicated my paddling to Ann Schaffner,
a friend from Vermont, who recently
died after a short struggle with cancer.
You are a part of my Vermont,
of snow shoeing through sun kissed woods,
x-country skiing back in the winter meadow,
walking the trails through hemlock laden woods,
canoeing on the Green River Reservoir,
talking chickens and bees and beavers and apple trees,
munching from picnic baskets by the pond,
and sharing your love of our world through many meals.
You truly stepped through the door full of curiosity.
Thank you for sharing
this wild and wonderful life.
The above was written by a dear friend of Ann’s and epitomized the very essence of her being. A person who loved nature, enjoying living to the nth degree and was ever willing to help where help was needed. She built many Habitat houses in her travels and requested that we send our quarterly tithe money for Habitat International to Macedonia, one of the last places she traveled to, to build a Habitat house. She worked tirelessly for us sending out grant requests to help us build our small coffers to the point that we were able to start construction of our first Habitat house in Lamoille County. Never giving up during her illness and even helping with our last fund raiser, HammerJam, when we knew it was tiring for her. A wonderful spirit has left us. She will be missed.