It's not a surprise that Stowe is a bustling tourist town, with many of its citizens transplants from outside of Vermont. Barbara Allaire isn't one of them; she grew up here.
There is one building that she especially fond of-- the Town Hall.
"I get up in the morning and that's what I get up for-- to come here," Barbara said.
She likes her cozy office on the top floor and loves the people she works with.
"She's very spicy and feisty," said Susan Moeck, a co-worker.
Barbara is a mother of four who raised her two daughters alone when she and her husband split up. She's a lover of sports-- so much so that her daughter got her season tickets to UVM men's basketball games. For the last seven years she's rarely missed a game.
"I love it, I love it," Barbara said.
Barbara could be called a utility player at the town offices. She takes minutes at meetings, serves on many committees and even fills in as the assistant to the town manager. Every morning she debriefs Stowe Town Manager Charles Safford on what she thinks is confronting the municipality.
"I don't know if it matters if I want it or not, to be truthful," Safford said. "But she does soften me up because every Thursday she brings me a muffin."
"I'm not known for biting my tongue," Barbara said, "but sometimes I kind of have to."
About 15 years ago Barbara couldn't keep quiet. She was going by an old building and noticed a backhoe and a huge dump truck. They were ready to tear the brick building down.
"I said, 'Stop, you got to stop right now. You can't do this,'" Barbara said.
Reporter Joe Carroll: You physically went into the building?
Barbara Allaire: Yeah, I did. I told them to stop it right now.
It was the 180-year-old Bentley Building in the center of town. The owner wanted to tear it down, so did some official to make a turn lane.
Joe Carroll: Were you willing to get arrested?
Barbara Allaire: I would have!
Barbara got a select board member to issue an injunction, halting the demolition.
Joe Carroll: Why do you care about an old building?
Barbara Allaire: Because that's what makes Stowe.
The building remains empty. Most are happy it was saved, but some say it should have come down.
Joe Carroll: Are you a pain in the butt to some people?
Barbara Allaire: Absolutely I probably am.
The 84-year-old admits that she dreads the day when she can no longer work.
"It will be an issue for me," she said.
Like everything, she's honest with her thoughts.
"I tell my family if I die on the memorial building steps, that's OK," Barbara said. "This is my second home.
After all, home is where the heart is.
"I'm proud of being part of the community," Barbara said.
Barbara's current project is special to her. She's working on putting up plaques in the Town Hall for the people who served in Korea and Vietnam.
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