Randy Leavitt

Randy Leavitt

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

My front lawn cuz I live here, it's my pond, green grass, view I look at every day.

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

I have a lot of history here with my family being here since 1799, which makes it deep roots and makes me feel very good about staying.  I like all the people.  I like the mountains and the closeness of the valleys.  I've been out west and seen the valleys that are massive but here you can see the trees rustling on the other side of the valley and it makes me feel comfortable. 

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

Winter is tough to see people keep community happenings  and keep strong connections with neighbours. Transportation is tough; we're 4.5 miles out here and the road can be very bad.  The town crew does a great job but it's a hard fight for them.  We slog out here. I'd say it keeps the riffraff out, but it keeps us out sometimes!

What Royalton resident made a positive difference in your life?

I can make lists of so many people who have dedicated their lives to one thing or another and it's amazing. Dick Ellis and his music; he taught me to play the drums when I was in 5th grade, and he's still playing music.  There's people like him, he's go the music thing, but there's other people who have been on a select board or different church organizations and worked for different things.  It's really amazing, someone can be celebrated for doing something for 25 or 30 years.  There's a lot of people like that though. 

What do you want people to know about your town?

There was a novel I read once people referred to where they lived as “the bottom” and people couldn't figure out what they were talking about because they lived on top of a hill.  A woman said “it's the bottom of heaven.”