North Country Snapshot #21 Nancy Hartwell

Name: Nancy Hartwell
Occupation: Store Manager, Mayo’s Furniture and Floor Covering
Residence: Lyndonville
Age: 56

1) Given the choice of anyone in the world, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would you want to have dinner?

“I would have dinner with my parents. I miss them every day. I wish that I had taken the time to just sit and talk more when they were here. It is true that you don't know what you've got til it’s gone.”

2) What’s one of your favorite movies?

“I love old romantic comedies. Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball was always a favorite. It was a time of greater morals and a big family. Family isn't always easy, but it's always worth it.”

3) Cat or dog?

“Cat or Dog? I don't have time for pets. I have five children and seven grand children and they fill my life.”

4) If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

“I love warm vacations. We always have fun when we take the kids to Florida but for a couples vacation, I would love to go back to Aruba one day. I was able to go for a business trip many years ago but I wasn't able to take my husband with me. Casinos at night and sun and sand during the day is about perfect.”

5) What’s the last thing you remember hearing on the radio?
“The last thing I remember hearing on the radio was "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple. Classic Rock always makes me smile.”

6) What’s your favorite thing about the North Country?

“My favorite thing about the North Country is that you can live your life without neighbors prying but when you are in need, they are there for you. For the past five years, since he was 15, my son has been fighting brain cancer. The support that we have received from the community is amazing. Lyndon Institute, the faculty, staff and the alumni have been amazing. Family, friends, neighbors, and businesses and have done so much for us. We are humbled by the out-pouring of support that we have received. Recently we learned of a local charity called Jazzy's Children's Fund that helps families struggling with medical expenses due to childhood accidents and illnesses. The charity was started by the friends and family of a young girl named Jazzy who, even as she battled with cancer herself, wanted to reach out and help other struggling families. Jazzy lost her battle with cancer but her charity lives on to make her wish come true. That is the spirit
of the North Country at is best.”

7) Smartphone, flip phone, or rotary phone?

“My phone is only a little smart but it is already smarter than I, so anything smarter would be a waste.”

8) What’s your least favorite thing about the North Country?

“Every year, I dislike the snow and cold a little more. But I can't imagine the holidays without it. A little snow in November and December would be great...then it can be spring again and I'd be ok with that.”

9) What's the biggest problem facing the world right now? 

“The biggest problem facing the world today is the partisan nature of politics. There is no middle ground on which to make gains. Even when two sides agree, they seem to try their hardest to find an area of disagreement that will stand in the way of accomplishing anything. Until we can learn to listen to each other and respect opposing views again, we are doomed to continue to fail as a nation.”

10) How do you like your steak cooked?

“My husband is a really good cook. (thank goodness one of us is) He quite often grills steaks over charcoal with wood chips. I enjoy mine medium well. You can cut them with a spoon. And he makes an awesome whisky sauce to top them with. Yum!”

11) What’s something most people don’t know about you?

“I am kind of an open book so there aren't many things that people who know me don't know about me. One thing that is unique about me is that I live in the house that I grew up in. My parents bought the house the year before I was born. When I was little, they were talking about selling it. I was got very upset and my mother asked me what I was going to do when I grew up and got married? I told her that I would buy the house from her then and I would raise my family in it. And that is what I did.”