1. ted scatchard
    ted scatchard November 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm | | Reply

    good one

  2. Claudia Lindley
    Claudia Lindley November 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm | | Reply

    One of the best. I admire John. I wish his debts were paid.

  3. Yeny
    Yeny November 15, 2017 at 12:37 am | | Reply

    this was very touching and it really hit a cord for me , I have been extremely poor when I grew on my country , so poor I did have anything to eat every now and then, lived in an dirt floor house with 1room and 4 of us, shared a outhouse with 10 other families and now I am on the side of the spectrum compare with most people in the world and is not an easy way of life either having money comes with another set of worries and work stress that is very hard to reconcile .
    Hearing this story really makes me grateful and humbled .
    I wish there was a way that we could help John but witouht chipping away any of his dignity.
    This podcast is trully a gem, in a strange way makes me feel close in a way to my son who goes to Middlebury College so far from Alabama .
    Superb !

  4. Sage
    Sage November 15, 2017 at 7:45 am | | Reply

    Erica, this was beautiful. One of Calais’ precious natural resources is John Rowell. His sobriety and ability to rise after a hard fall is one of the coolest things I’ve been witness to.

  5. Laura Dailey
    Laura Dailey November 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm | | Reply

    This is awesome! They both are such amazing men, raised by another amazing man. I wish we could help John find a way to get his license back. He’s been sober many years and can not afford the breathalyzer they require to be installed and maintained in his vehicle. It’s a moot point now as he’s been sober so long he wants nothing to do with that past life. If anyone, he deserves a second chance, and a break. I’ve been trying to figure out how to help him appeal to dmv/state of Vermont to drop that condition and allow him to drive again. He has to recruit rides to get hay moved, pick up feed, get to jobs….or drive his tractor locally. It has limited him and cost resources he could be using elsewhere. What an awesome Christmas gift that would be for him.

  6. Kimberly H
    Kimberly H November 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    Extremely proud of John & Eddie.

  7. Alfie
    Alfie November 17, 2017 at 8:16 am | | Reply

    Very good Erica, You ask all the right questions. I can relate to what John is saying about farming as I was raised on one . The money is never enough but the life style can’t be beat. I wish the best for John but with his hard work ethic I see him pulling through at the top.

  8. Colleen Hewitt
    Colleen Hewitt November 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm | | Reply

    These are two wonderful guys. Eddie takes care of my driveway in the winter and has helped me out more than once when my car got stuck. Both of them work hard for the little they get
    and…money isn’t the answer. If you have faith, health, and good friends, you have it all!

  9. Diane Simanskas
    Diane Simanskas November 22, 2017 at 8:37 am | | Reply

    John Rowell and his entire family are all good people and I am proud to say I know all of his family. John has been a big help to me and my husband this summer, he helped us with many projects. John is a very hard worker and I would like to see the good that he has done for others come back to him.

  10. Elisabeth Mandell
    Elisabeth Mandell November 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm | | Reply

    A heartfelt story. Thank you.

  11. Doug W.
    Doug W. November 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm | | Reply

    Good story. More important than money, is the supportive network of care, respect, concern evidenced by the other comments here. John and Eddie are fortunate to have that. I also liked the mention of the snow burying projects. There is always so much to do and it continues day after day right up until the day the snow is on the ground for good. Then most everything comes to a screeching halt and goes on the list for the Spring.

  12. Bess O'Brien
    Bess O'Brien November 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm | | Reply

    Eric–great guys–smart and so Vermont–no bullshit–just the real deal. Love it.

  13. Rebecca Downer
    Rebecca Downer December 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm | | Reply

    Two of the most hard working loyals vermonters u will ever meet. I admire these two n have watched John climb mountains to get where he is today. He should be proud. Turned his life around n works hard n honest for everything. If i ever came into money, these are two men that i would help in a heart beat.

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