John S. Duffy 

John S. Duffy 

What is your favorite location, place, building, or spot in Royalton? Why?
Behind my house. I live right on the river so I go down there a lot, to sit and fish.

You live right on the river, were you impacted by Irene?
Yeah, I lost my house. Went right through my house.

Did you think about not rebuilding?
No, that was a once in a lifetime deal I hope.

What do you want people to know about your town?
I love it. It's like walking around in a brochure all the time. It's beautiful. The people here are awesome. Should have seen the people when I had the flood. 100 something people over there. They were just stopping and running over and helping. It was awesome.

What Royalton resident made a positive difference in your life?
There's been a bunch actually. Just a real bunch of nice people, good friends.

And you play music?
Yeah. I play harmonica in a band, Snakes of Ireland. We just do all charity work ... (Harmonica) is also an instrument that you just pick up and get a couple of basic things and you try them down the road and it's better than a cell phone.

What is wish for your life? What is a wish for your town?
I just hope it sustains itself with the economy and more youngsters will move back in.

 ...finding jobs for them, making it so they can live here. That's the big thing. That's what I hope for South Royalton.

I think people are here to grow up here. When they move, they move for an adventure. I'm noticing that more and more want to move back, for just Vermont and the town. I've seen more kids moving back. Youngsters, kids 30 years old or so. 

So what do you do for a living?
I teach Kindergarten in Tunbridge Central School.

And what's your favorite thing about teaching Kindergarten?
The kids are so awesome. They're so young. They're just like sponges with their brains and they laugh at my jokes... yeah, every day is like, β€œhey go to work and have fun.”