Sarah Beyette is 30 and she lives in East Wallingford and she loves it. Beyette just got married this summer. She is a massage therapist.
When asked if she thinks her community is strong Beyette said, “Yeah, I do. I haven’t really gotten to know it too well yet. We haven’t lived there very long. There’s a fair in Belmont every year and it’s nice. It’s big.”
When asked what could be done to make the community stronger Beyette said there could be more events like the fair.
When asked what a defining moment in her life was Beyette said, “The summer after massage school. I spent the whole summer just going, ‘What the hell do I want to do?’ You know, I really don’t know what to do now. And then I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just going to go do something.’ And then I remembered that Pyramid Wellness Center had a martial arts class. So I was like, ‘Alright I’m going to go take a martial arts class’ cuz I’ve always been interested, and that’s actually when I met my husband.”
Beyette’s advice to youngsters is, “Don’t worry if you can’t find what you’re looking for right away. I know society pushes young kids to figure out what they want to do right from high school, but I didn’t figure out what I wanted to do until I was like 26, 27, and then even now I’m back in school again for something completely different. It’s a never ending search for what to do next. So don’t worry if you can’t find what you’re looking for right off the bat.”
Beyette believes the most pressing issue is the environment. She believes climate change is a serious threat. “I believe it’s a huge threat. I mean look at California right now. Wildfires and drought for four years. And then the fires in Washington.”
When asked if she would support a carbon tax to push us away from fossil fuels Beyette said, “I don’t know if a tax would be the best way to go. I might go with more of something of a rewards system rather than a punishment system. People are more likely to respond better to a reward system than to a punishment system.”
Beyette doesn’t believe most Americans make a livable wage. “My husband and I barely make enough to survive.”
When asked if higher education is necessary to getting a good job Beyette said, “I would say yes, but it’s really hard to get the higher education because it’s so expensive, and just trying to figure out how to pay for it is a job in and of itself.”
Beyette’s favorite thing about Vermont: “Probably how down to earth everybody is. And then you don’t have to be driving down the street and have these huge billboards in your face, and there’s still so many places go that you can just get away from people. And away from these things,” she said holding up her cell phone. “So many places that don’t have cell phone service which is one of the reasons I love East Wallingford cuz there’s no cell phone service. You want to get a hold of me you have to call me.”
“I don’t follow the news. It’s depressing. More often than not, it’s depressing.”
When asked if she believes in God Beyette said, “Not necessarily a God figure, but I do believe there is a higher power. I’m more of a spiritual person than a religious person.”
Beyette said her favorite restaurants are the Yellow Deli, the Coffee Exchange and Café Verde.
When asked if there is enough for young Vermonters to do Beyette said, “If they can use their imaginations. Unfortunately with the way kids are being brought up these days they don’t really have an imagination. You know they got the TV and the Xbox and the Playstation, so all they really know is video games and TV shows. It’s not like when we were kids and our parents were like, ‘Go outside and play and don’t come in until it’s dark.’ You know kids don’t have to figure out what they want to they can just sit in front of a TV and not use their brains. But if they can learn how to use their brains yes there is a lot to do in East Wallingford. Hiking and swimming and just going for a walk and stuff like that.”
For hobbies and recreation Beyette said, “There’s White Rocks is maybe about five minutes from my house. It’s a nice hiking spot. Buttermilk Falls which is a really nice swimming area is maybe a ten minute drive from my house. Reading. I’m in school so I read a lot. Stuff like that. We also have a couple of lawn games that we go out and play together. Like there’s this ring toss game that we’ve got. Just stuff like that. Spending time together. It’s nice.”