Welcome to Reading, Tamica and Eric Warren
I haven’t done many “welcome to Reading” features in my column. In fact, this week marks only the second time. However, the couple in this column raised the bar on the informal interviews I do to gather information. Not only did they give me a tour of their house, but they also gave me a dirty chai (sweet milky tea and strong earthy espresso) and made me a frittata for lunch. That’s a perk of this job and this type of story I hadn’t expected. Memo to me: do more of these interviews. Memo to new residents: see above!
Welcome to Reading, Tamica and Eric Warren!
The Warrens come to Reading from Taftsville with a funny small-world story.
Last September, Tamica decided to get an antique rocker repaired. She found Gerald Gamboni in Reading and brought the chair to him. He told Tamica that he was pretty busy, and it would be a while until she was able to pick it up. Tamica was fine with that.
When she dropped off the chair, she, her husband Eric, and her two kids Etta and Carter had plans to add an addition to their house and stay in Taftsville indefinitely. They’d already lived there for four-and-a-half years, and their only real complaint was that the house was too small.
However, they got to thinking: what about moving? The idea caught on fast, changing the plan they were working towards almost overnight. Realizing that they could move in the area and their kids wouldn’t have to change schools made the decision even easier.
It turns out all they had to do was open one door to find their new residence. Their house in Reading was the first one they looked at, and, according to Tamica, they fell in love with it the minute they stepped over the threshold. Any concerns that their kids might find moving difficult were unfounded. They loved the house as much as their parents did. The larger house even had room for their older daughter, Hailey, when she comes to visit from New York City. Comparing the house to their “must-have” checklist, they were happy to find that it pretty much had everything they were looking for.
The Warrens moved in right before Christmas. Shortly after that, Gerald let her know the chair was ready. Picking it up was easy. Gerald and the Warrens were now neighbors.
Two months into their time in Reading, they’ve just about finished unpacking their lives into their new home. They find Reading to be charming and close to where they would need to travel regularly. They’ve met Calista at Town Hall and Iiri at the post office, but not too many other town folks. That’s not surprising; given that it’s been a cold and snowy winter, staying in a warm home is pretty inviting. Plus, Eric, like me, works most days from home as a software developer. When he’s not there, he’s at his company’s office in Andover, Massachusetts. Because he works from home, he’s grateful that they have EC Fiber.
Good internet access was a “must have.” Without it, they wouldn’t be Reading residents. Though Tamica is pleased with their internet connection, it’s not crucial to her job. She works as a Program Manager in social services. As a hobby, she makes soap (which, take it from someone who knows, is quite special).
There are some opportunities coming up for the Warrens to meet their new neighbors. Town Meeting is just over two weeks away, on March 3, and this Saturday, February 17, is the Reading Historical Society’s annual meeting at Town Hall. The festivities start at 4:30pm with the business portion of the program.
Then at 5pm, there will be a potluck dinner. After that, Jonathan W. Stevens, president of the Genealogical Society of Vermont, will present a program on genealogical research. The society will also display the genealogical research of Oliver Swain. Oliver spent seven years working on his family tree, tracing all the way back to 1640. Perhaps Mr. Stevens’s talk and the Swain family tree will inspire you to do some genealogical research of your own.
If you want to attend the meeting, please contact Calista Brennan at 484-0276, and let her know you’ll be coming and what you’ll be bringing to the potluck. You don’t need to be a member of the Reading Historical Society to attend this meeting. However, you can join at the meeting or find the membership form in the February Informer.
Happy Birthday to Mason Harkins (February 19).
This column was originally published in the Vermont Standard on February 15, 2018.