BRATTLEBORO >> Today, at 5 p.m., the Brattleboro School Board will hold a ceremony dedicating the Rouleau Park at the foot of the Canal Street School, in recognition Lois and Larry Rouleau's more than 35 years of relentless community service.

Last year, Larry said that he and Lois, in their mid-80s, are going to be less active, but still there was no sign of them slowing down. Whenever people spot them, they are on their way with a delivery to a food bank or community dinner, organizing a fundraising tag sale, collecting bottles and cans to support community activities, or raking leaves and cleaning rubbish to maintain the park.

Years ago, the School Board had to remove a dangerously dilapidated jungle-gym, which the school did not have funds to replace. With the School Board's permission the Clark-Canal Community Association installed two benches at the park, but otherwise the space remained empty.

Were it not for the Rouleaus' personal efforts to keep the park neat and clean, it would have deteriorated. Last year, the Association was able to purchase playground equipment and organize a community installation. When the idea of naming the park for Lois and Larry came up, Larry objected. Nonetheless there was neighborhood consensus, and whole-hearted support from the School Board.


Clerk of the Works, Scott McCusick. Without him, organized chaos would have just been chaos! Scott was a prince, always going the extra mile, rescuing us from each unexpected crisis. We will be eternally grateful not only to Scott, but to Deb Gass, School Board member and executive director of Early Education Services, who got us hooked up with Scott. And we are totally gratified for the Schoolboard's encouragement and support!