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Super Senior: Anna Husk

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VERGENNES, Vt. -

It's the last Monday concert in the park and the Vergennes City Band players arrive early to set up. They warm up on a pristine evening. It's an hour of fan favorites, from show tunes to marching songs.

It took a while for Anna Husk to warm up to me.

"Go away!" she said.

Anna is a reluctant Super Senior. She doesn't know what the fuss is about. But soon we are in harmony, talking candidly about why she has been coming here for more than 30 years, playing the bass drum.

"I don't want to be stagnant," she said. "Sit at home in my rocking chair."

She came to Vermont when she was a teen.

Reporter Joe Carroll: You're from New Jersey, probably most people don't know that.

Anna Husk: Probably just as well.

The year was 1944  and the young Anna worked as a Victory Farm Volunteer. It was to help the war effort; they worked the fields.

"Seven days a week," she said. "We got a dollar a day and room and board."

Anna first cast her eyes on Elson cleaning barns. They got married and raised seven kids. It was what Anna always wanted, rural life on the farm.

Even as a young girl, music was a part of her life.

"It was an out for me," she said. "I didn't like city life very much."

Of course everyone comes to listen to the music in the bandstand, but sometimes what's happening out on the lawn is just as interesting.

"We can't wait to come over," said Mary Ringer of Ferrisburgh. "Great place to socialize."

For Mary and Dave Ringer, it's also a time to people watch.

"Oh, it's a great stress reliever," Dave said. "You work all Monday, you think during the day, I'm going to the park tonight."

With all the new faces, there is a constant-- Anna Husk.

"Anna's awesome," Mary said. "She's here every week. She plays her heart out. She never misses a beat."

Every week, she volunteers her time by playing the piano for seniors at the residential care home across the street.

"I like doing stuff with the old folks," she said. "I don't know why, 'cause I'm a lot younger than they are."

At 85, she has had some health scares, from a mini-stroke to a brain tumor.

Joe Carroll: Did that slow you down?

Anna Husk: Does it look it?!

And for more than 20 years she gave her time to the high school, teaching music to the students. Her friends say that's who she is-- giving all to her community.

A song and laugh that's music to our ears.

You can hear Anna and the rest of the band play this Saturday in the park in Vergennes from 10-11 a.m.

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