Letter: Jack Stannard will be missed

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To the editor:We were sad to hear that Dorset's Jack Standard died in Rutland Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 21. Jack's roots in Dorset and Vermont go way back, and he was one of Dorset's finest citizens. He was proud to say that he was an environmentalist and a conservationist who had a deep love for the landscape and a wish to protect it. Jack knew more than almost anybody else about our wildlife, particularly deer and ruffed grouse. When a winter killed cow moose was found in the woods Jack was the first to be informed. When an uncommon white-phase blue jay turned up at our feeders Jack had already known that particular bird. When he discovered a rare wild dwarf orchid on the side of the road he published a photo of it in the papers with directions of how to find it, and a caution of not to tamper with it.But Jack loved the people and the history of Dorset even more than he loved the natural landscape. When we moved to Dorset 30 years ago Jack was Chair of the Select Board, and he had been on the School Board for 9 years before that. Recently he had served a 3 year term on the Select Board, and he was looking forward to getting back on it this March. More than a few times while on the Select Board he expressed in passionate terms how much he cared for this town, and he was not shy about standing out against the majority of his colleagues when his beliefs differed. Everybody had to respect him for his views, whether they agreed with him or not.We all will miss Jack who was a unique individual, and we are not likely to meet another of his kind.Austin and Gillian ChinnDorset

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