Hazen Community Bell Project

To the greater Hardwick community:

The Hazen Community Bell Project was launched to realize a dream, but has since become a beautiful community affair. In 2020, former Hazen Union student, Finn Rooney, proposed restoring a working bell to the greater Hardwick community. The purpose of the bell would be to inform, celebrate, and unify, just as a beloved bell once did so many years ago. Our community’s former school, Hardwick Academy, rang its bell on important school and community occasions including the tradition of ringing a bell with every student athletic victory. With Finn’s passing, our group of community volunteers was formed, inspired by the story behind the bell, unity and friendship, and by Finn himself. 

We, the Bell Project Committee, are a group of individuals who have come together to see the bell brought back to the Hazen community. We come from all age groups, various neighboring towns, with different backgrounds, and with numerous inspirations for being here. What unites us is seeing the bell ring and our newfound friendship.

A donation to this project is not just a monetary commitment, but a donation makes this bell yours too. This project is centered on bringing the community together, transcending generational barriers, and making something beautiful for all of us to enjoy. When you hear the bell ring at graduations, team victories, and other important community moments, you will know that it is your bell ringing too. 

This bell is for all of us, it belongs to all of us, and we can all look forward to hearing it ring for years to come. 

Your neighbors, 

Pat Hussey, Dave Burnham, Mike Clark, Mario Fradette, Kim Greaves, Brett Stanciu, Jeanne Eisner, Sarah Tewksbury, Rich Mathez, Bob Griffiths, Allison Paradee, Dave Perrigo, Carter Hill, Tod DeLaricheliere

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The Bell Project Committee is raising funds to restore the bell gifted to Hazen by the town of Greensboro, design and construct a bell tower on the Hazen campus, install a historical plaque, landscape the surrounding grounds, and establish a maintenance fund for future upkeep. 

This fundraiser is being run by the Hazen Community Bell Project Committee, an independent community based group supporting Hazen Union through the realization of this project. For more information, please reach out to David Perrigo through Hazen Union.

A beautiful restoration of the Greensboro bell has been completed by a couple of extraordinary craftspeople in Craftsbury. (see photos below)

A design for the bell tower has been completed and construction is scheduled to begin this spring with a goal of being fully operable for Hazen’s June 2022 Graduation Ceremony.

To read more about the Hazen Community Bell Project, please see the article from the Hardwick Gazette's publication on December 8, 2021. You can also find out more information about the Hazen Community Bell Project by viewing WCAX's story , Bringing back a bell back to life to honor late Hazen Union High School student, or by listening to Jane Lindholm and Erica Heilman on VPR podcast Rumble Strip titled, Finn and the Bell.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sarah Tewksbury
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Hardwick, VT

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