Larry Smith, Vermont Yankee spokesman, is retiring in a few days. We will miss him!
The good news is that Larry Smith was named Man of the Year by the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce. Smith was honored for his 45 years of service to the Brattleboro area, first as a radio news anchor and later as the Entergy spokesman. He was also honored for role as co-founder of Feed the Thousands, a Windham County organization that provides meals for people in need. He was honored in these words, quoted in the Brattleboro Reformer:
"[Larry Smith] also dedicated 45 years of his life to the people in this community who didn't have enough to eat or a place to sleep. He's done more for those in need than anyone in this state."
These words were spoken by Governor Shumlin.
Governor Shumlin didn't always say anything nice about Entergy people or charities associated with Entergy or Entergy staff. It's not that long ago when Governor Shumlin didn't mention Entergy's charitable donations after Hurricane Irene. Shumlin claimed he'd made a mistake about the donations--a mere oversight, not a snub. (Some newspapers were calling it a snub of Entergy.)
However, a few days ago, Governor Shumlin DID acknowledge Larry Smith's contributions to the people of this state. So I am willing to let bygones be bygones about his past statements.
Here's a link to a video: Larry talking about Vermont Yankee on a local TV station last summer.
Larry is going to enjoy his retirement, but he will be missed around here!