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This is the tenth year that the Gables Activities Committee has presented its two-day Winter Reading Program, Home Front: WWII. This year while cold winds blew outside residents of this independent senior living facility in Rutland looked at World War II in an innovative way- from the contribution of those who stayed at home. The theme originated with Martha "Nancy" McMullen's memoirs, "Driving Woodie: A Tale from the Home Front in World War II."

Early chapters of  "Nancy" memoirs were written while she attended Yvonne Daley's Green Mountain Writers Conference in Tinmouth in the early 2000s. In Florida she joined the Kravis Center writing program and in 2012 The Kravis selected her book about the memoirs of a child in World War II for publication. Her sister, Betty Little, recommended the book to the Gables Library Committee for this year's Winter Reading Event sponsored by the Gables Activities Committee.

The Reading Program began last Sunday with a poem, "Come After The War," by WWII veteran Erling Omland of the Tenth Mountain. Conversations were held after lunch in which each resident had the opportunity to answer the question, "Where were you during World War II?"

That evening there was a Pizza Party sponsored by Gables staff and a World War II musical, "Anchors Aweigh," staring Genie Kelly was shown.

On Monday, a book review of resources including "Nancy's" Woodie and historian Paul Andriscin presented a Power Point lecture and discussion. Andriscin is a popular lecturer and historian who teach at St. Joseph's College and Castleton College.

Last year's Winter Reading Program was about two different versions of Cleopatra's life. Committee members who provided leadership this year included: Carol Freeman, Pat Job, Yvonne Feaster, Joe Whalen, and Betty Little and Anna Caleb who are also Killington Arts Guild Members. Sheila Getney, director of activities, provided staff support.

Nancy's book includes her experiences as a four year old during air raid drills, gas rationing and possible espionage. For more information contact or

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