Cristen Brooks

Cristen Brooks

What is your favorite location, place, building, or spot in Royalton? Why?

The view from Kent's Ledge is. Because it's an incredible view out over the entire valley from here to Sharon. It's wonderful.

What do you think makes Royalton unique or different from other places you have lived or visited?

The response that the community had after Tropical Storm Irene was just fantastic. I have never been more proud to live in a town than I was in those days right after the storm when we dusted ourselves off and we just did it.

What is the most challenging aspect of life in a small Vermont town like Royalton?

It takes a long time to get to know the people. I didn't really start to know people in town until I had a kid who was in day care. That's the hard part, it's hard to enter the community if you don't have children.

What Royalton resident made a positive difference in your life?

There are so many. I guess I'd say getting to know a group of moms who all have kids with my son in day care and whose kids are all going into Kindergarten with him this year has been a lifesaver.

What do you want people to know about your town?

Tiny but lively.

What is wish for your life? What is a wish for your town?

I want to see us as a community band together to solve some more problems we face the way that we did right after Tropical Storm Irene. I'd love to see that strength and that resilience and that good cheer be put toward some of the other issues of real poverty and need that we have.