Paul Rodrigue

In this 2013 photo, Brattleboro crossing guard Dave Wheelock talks about pedestrian safety at the intersection of Union Street, Cedar Street, and Western Avenue.

Our quiet superheroes

Given the dedication and the smiles crossing guards share, I have to believe that their hearts are involved. That these people care deeply in their hearts and want to see others be safe.

For those of us who had the good fortune to grow up in quiet neighborhoods, we saw the roads as a resource and gathering place. A place to play games. An opportunity for fun.

The open space and firm surface provided the raw elements for team sports like baseball and touch football. Basketball hoops on the edge of the road created the conditions for a basketball court.

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