|Name||Susan J. Bartlett|
Hyde Park, Vermont , United States
|| December 18, 1946
Dec 01, 2012 11:01pm
|Info||Susan Bartlett was born in Fall River, MA. Susan's mother (Ismay) met her father Hank Walker in London during World War II. In 1943 Hank's plane was shot down over Belgium and he spent over two years as a prisoner of war. After the war, Hank and Ismay married and moved to his family home in Fall River. |
Susan grew up in many locations around the country and has fond memories of her mother chasing a black bear out of their campsite in a remote location in Yosemite National Park with a cast iron frying pan when she was 10 years old. Susan still has, and uses, that pan.
At age 15 Susan's family moved to Orleans, Vermont where her father was the assistant plant manager at the Ethan Allen Plant. She graduated from Orleans High School in a class of 27 winning many honors including the then prestigious Betty Crocker Award. Susan attended the University of Vermont, graduating in 1968. She then spent 3 years living and working in Boston at an advertising agency.
In 1972 Susan married her college sweetheart (Bill). The newlyweds lived in North Ferrisburg while Bill attended graduate school at UVM and Susan worked at Garden Way in Ferrisburgh.
Susan and Bill moved to Lamoille County in 1973 and have lived in Hyde Park since 1975. Through the balance of the 1970's and 1980's Bill and Susan dabbled in a variety of "back to the land" enterprises at Bartlett Pair Farm.
The Bartlett Pair raised organic vegetables and Susan baked bread that they sold at the Morrisville Farmer's Market for many years. They also raised chickens for eggs and meat, pigs and lambs. The lamb operation eventually grew to 40 ewes and an annual crop of 75 lambs. Susan remembers, "We made a serious commitment to this lifestyle and stuck with it through good times and bad. While we were never really farmers in the Vermont sense, we learned a lot of life lessons in the process and experienced the support (and amusement) of real farmers at our efforts."
In 1977 Susan received a Master's degree in Special Education from Johnson State College. She went to work at a local Group Home for teenaged children who were "wards of the State". Susan established a successful school program for a dozen or so teenagers from the Group Home and these students then transferred into the public school system. Susan describes these experiences as "often challenging and occasionally wonderful and always rewarding". During this period Susan and Bill were also foster parents for two different children. Susan then became the Special Education Coordinator for Lamoille North Supervisory Union for several years.
Susan and a good friend, Gisela Gminder operated a successful shop in Stowe in the late '80's and early '90's, called Wool and Feathers. The store was eclectic and unique, selling yarn, knitting and weaving supplies, clothing, gifts and lamb. This was a store where you could buy a spinning wheel, T-shirts, sweaters and lamb chops or smoked sausage! Susan was a co-owner when she was elected in 1992 as the first Democrat and first woman to represent Lamoille County in the Vermont Senate.
Susan was appointed Chair of the Economic Development Committee in 1994 in a Republican controlled Senate. In 1994 Susan was appointed to the Appropriations Committee and has served as Chair of that Committee for many years. Additionally Susan has served on the Energy and Natural Resources, Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. She also currently serves on the Agriculture committee.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys training her dog (Lulu) in Agility, spending time with her cats (Howard and Dean), reading and quiet canoe trips on Green River Reservoir.