Kim Thornton

Kim Thornton

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

Well right now my favorite place is Sunrise Farm which is out on the outskirts of town, closer to Sharon. It's a horse farm where I spend a good share of my time because I'm a 4H leader in equine.

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

It definitely fits the small town. Everybody knows who you are, they know who your kids are. So if somebody sees your kid somewhere they wouldn't expect them to be, they'll actually probably call you and tell you, “hey I saw this one here, did you expect them to be there?” so that is pretty great.

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

Grocery shopping. You have to travel to get anything. There are smaller stores here, but they are smaller and therefore you pay more for the convenience of that convenience store.

What Royalton resident made a positive difference in your life?

I think it would be Dick Ellis. He has done so much with my sons. Three of them play musical instruments, my three oldest... He and everybody who works with him, they just do great things for all the music kids in this town.

What do you want people to know about your town?

I would tell them if they have kids come here because the school is great. Like every school it has it's issues, but for the most part the teachers are phenomenal. They want your kids to be great kids. They don't take time out of their day to try to make your kid feel bad for themselves.

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

I wish that the high school could get a track because their track and field department is amazing. The boys just won the state championship and the girls came in third. I think they they could both be champions, they could all be champions all the time if they have a track to practice on and real facilities that they could use instead of having to practice somewhere else.