Super Senior: Marta Cambra

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BERLIN, Vt. (WCAX) Marta Cambra rarely stands still.

"I need to keep busy," she said. "I've been busy my whole life."

Today, she's busy setting up for a recording session with Louise Coates. It's not music but a book.

"This one caught my eye because it's a mystery," Louise said.

Vermont authors come alive for the blind and visually impaired. It's a program put on by the Vermont Department of Libraries. Louise reads and Marta records. For the next hour, Louise narrates word for word, rarely making a mistake. If she does, Marta will let her know. Today they will record three chapters of the novel.

"Mission accomplished for today," Marta said. "This is one part of my life."

And like the book, the 76-year-old has some interesting chapters of her life.

Marta Cambra: As I said, I was raised in an immigrant family, which I am extraordinarily proud of.
Reporter Joe Carroll: Irish?
Marta Cambria: Right. Italian, I'm sorry. Italian. No, I'm not sorry; I'm grateful it was an Italian family.

Marta's transition to Vermont close to 50 years ago had some rough patches. The native of Taunton, Massachusetts, was wooed to Vermont by her future husband, Dan.

"He wanted to impress me but I wasn't impressed," Marta said.

"The first time she came to look at the land, she didn't even look at the land. She said, 'I'm not staying here. If you want to build a house here, fine,'" Dan said.

But Marta did move to Vermont. She took a job in Northfield as a music teacher.

"And I thought, 'What have I done!'" she recalled.

Their orchestra was not in harmony, lacking members and discipline. Marta had a purpose in Vermont: Build up the band.

Marta Cambra: If I didn't have a job, I never would have lasted here.
Dan Cambra: People back home said she wouldn't last three months here.

Dan also taught in Northfield, both bonded by their love of music. There's another page in Marta's life-- playing the violin.

Joe Carroll: So what are you going to play for me?
Marta Cambra: No, I'm not going to play for you. You have to come to the concert.

Marta doesn't do solos. So, I did the next best thing-- get a video from a concert from a few years back. Marta's first violinist for the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joe Carroll: It's not in your DNA to slow down.
Marta Cambra: That is absolutely true.

And like this joyous music, Marta celebrates living.

"We built up a good life," she said.