Norwich Alum among Casualties in Afghanistan

Wartime brings bad news close to home. Over the weekend, a US Chinook Helicopter was shot down, killing all 38 soldiers aboard. One of the Navy SEALs onboard was a Norwich University alumn:

STAMFORD — Brian Bill, a Stamford native who played hockey and soccer at Trinity Catholic in the late 1990s, was killed this weekend when the U.S. helicopter he was traveling in was shot down near Kabul, Afghanistan.
Bill, a Navy SEAL, graduated from Trinity in 1997 and was an athlete and an Eagle scout.
Bill’s mother and stepfather, Patricia and Michael Parry, and his father, Scott Bill, issued a written statement to The Advocate thanking the SEALs and members of the Stamford community for their support.
“We are heartbroken in our loss,” they said. “Brian was a remarkably gifted, thoughtful and compassionate young man. We are incredibly proud of him. He was a treasured son, grandson, brother, uncle and cousin. He loved life. He loved a challenge. And he was passionate about being a SEAL.”
Bill, his family said, was interested in attending graduate school and becoming an astronaut upon completing his military service.
“Already an accomplished mountaineer, skier, pilot, and triathlete, he wanted to complete the seven summits,” they said. “He wanted to return to graduate school. He wanted to become an astronaut. He was the best, and we will miss him.”
Trinity Catholic boys soccer coach Bob Pepi said it was apparent early on that Bill was well suited for public service.
“The thing I remember most about him is that he was a serious kid who had a maturity about him,” Pepi said. “His mind was preparing him for something else. He was a little bit reserved and a little bit different, but not in a bad way. It doesn’t surprise me that he chose the path that he did.”
Patrick Sasser, a Stamford firefighter who grew up with Bill, said he found out about Bill’s death Sunday night, when he got a phone call from a friend in the Air Force.
“Brian was just a great guy,” Sasser said. “He loved the outdoors and camping. He was a great all-around guy. In high school, he wanted to be in the military. Especially, he wanted to be a SEAL.”
Bill was 2001 graduate of Norwich University in Vermont and a graduate of Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego and the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, Va. Both bases are Navy SEAL training centers.
Thirty Americans and eight Afghans — seven commandos and a civilian translator — were killed in the crash, making it the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

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Geek Things for July 7th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘September 11, 1814: The Battles at Plattsburgh’, 7PM, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Plattsburgh. Free. (History)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 12–1PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Kids)
  • Teen Club, 4:30–5:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Teens)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘We Walk the Woods!’. Meet at the Nature Center. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Water Striders. Meet at the Nature Trail. 2PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Kristin Kimball: Shelburne – The author of The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love. 7PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Straw Oboes, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 8pm, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier. $25-$30, Info. 229-0492. (Theater)
  • Plainfield Book Club. Discussing “Twilight” and “The Town That Food Saved.”, 6:30pm, Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield. Info. 454-8504. (Books)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 11:30-5:30pm, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. (Blood Drive)
  • Military Vehicle Show. Rte 2, 2 miles from Rte 100 intersection, follow signs, $3/$5 per family. http://www.gmmvc.org, Waterbury. (Military)

Geek Things for March 31st

  • Vermont Organics Recycling Summit, 8:30AM–4PM, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. $35-45. (Organic)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8AM–1PM, Fair Haven Union High School, Fair Haven. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Grand Opening, 3–7:30PM, Readers & Writers at LACE, Barre. Free. (Community)
  • ‘How to Make the Best Use of Your Digital Camera’, 6–8PM, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. Free. (Photography)
  • ‘Preserving Electronic Records’, 9AM–12PM, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Technology)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘Journey From Sap to Syrup’. 10-11am, Preregister. Sugarhouse parking area. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per each additional child. (Nature, Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Poetry-Writing Group, 4:30–5:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • John Cohn – “Smarter Computing: How 100 Years of Innovation Got Us on ‘Jeopardy!'” 4PM, John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Robots)
  • Colby Military Writers’ Symposium – “An Uncertain Future in Afghanistan: Assessing the Conflict 10 Years On.” 8AM–7PM, Norwich University, Northfield. $150 for all events. (Military)
  • Dr. Robert J. Nash & Dr. DeMethra LaSha Bradley – “Continuing to Liberate Scholarly Writing: How Scholarly Personal-Narrative Writing Integrates Me-Search and Re-Search.” 3PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Author Appearance: Ethan Gilsdorf, Presenting “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks” http://nescifievents.org/?p=2073, 4pm – 6pm, Beverly, MA (Author)
  • “Carcinogenesis as Development Gone Awry,” 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Given Carpenter Auditorium E131, UVM, Burlington. (Talk
  • Toad the Wet Sproket, 7:00, Higher Ground, South Burlington. (Music)

Geek Things for February 17th

  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Compost Community Night, 5:30–7:30PM, Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington. Free. (Compost)
  • Indoor Garden Workshop, 6–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $10-12. Preregister. (Gardening)
  • ‘Momo no Kawa: Peach River’, 6–7:30PM, The Schoolhouse, South Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘Raptors Up Close’, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Signs in the Snow’, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Who’s Hooting?’, 10–11AM, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child. (Kids, Owls)
  • Anne Miller, How and why to grow your own vegetable seeds, 6PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Gardening)
  • David Govatski – “Flight of the Bohemians: Winter Bird Visitors From the Far North.” 7PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Birds)
  • Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law – “The Most Important Number in the World”? , 5:30–7PM, Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Todd Lecture Series – “Sustainability: A National Security Issue.”, 12–1PM, Dole Auditorium, Norwich University, Northfield. Free. (Military)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)

Monshire Museum, Norwich:

  • 11:30 a.m. Magnets You will discover cool ways to experiment with and use magnets.
  • 3:00 p.m. Who Sank the Boat? Can your boat withstand the challenge? You will build a boat and see if it can survive the journey.
  • Religion, Race, Ethnicity, & Environment, 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • SOAN Lecture by: Tom Streeter – The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet, 4:30 – 5:45pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Bone Marrow Donor Drive. 12-6PM, Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield. http://www.incharliescorner.org (Bone Marrow)

Geek Things for February 10th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2–7PM, Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte. Free. (Vampires)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’, 5:30–7:30PM, City Market, Burlington. Free, preregister. (Food)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Poetry-Writing Group, 4:30–5:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Colman McCarthy, “Building a more peaceful world”, 7PM, Casella Theater, Castleton State College, Castleton. Free; tickets required. (Peace)
  • Dr. Elliott Fisher, “Achieving a Sustainable Health Care System.”, 4pm, Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Health Care)
  • Walter Kulash – “Transportation and Community Character,” 7PM, Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Transportation)
  • Todd Lecture Series – Lieutenant General John F. Kelley, 7pm, Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield. Free. (Military)
  • ‘Dracula’, 7:30PM, Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. $2-10. (Vampires, Theater)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, Johnson. $5. (Shakespeare, Theater)
  • Book Discussion Series: ‘World War II: The Loss of the Age of Innocence’ in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, 6:30PM, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. Free. (Reading)
  • Sigma Xi lecture: “DNA at the Dinnertable: The Global Politics of Genetically Modified Food”, 5:30pm, Norwich University, Northfield. (Genetics)
  • Exhibit: Raise the Roof, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, ECHO, Burlington. Free with admission (Kids)
  • Teacher Workshop: Growing Things: an Introduction to the Insights Curriculum, 9am to 3pm, Monshire Museum, Norwich. $55, pre-registration required. Register online. (Teaching)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek things for December 15th

  • Kelley Marketing Meeting, 7:45–9AM, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington. Free. (Social Media Marketing)
  • Battle of Plattsburgh Association Annual Meeting, 7pm, Press Republican Auditorium, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Plattsburgh. Free. (History)
  • Scrabble Club, 1–3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Scrabble)
  • ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, 1:30PM, 4PM, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Films)
  • 4-H Super Science, 3:30–5PM, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. Free. (Kids)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Health Room, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • Highgate Story Hour, 10–11AM, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. Free. (Kids)
  • The Global Village, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Assignment Afghanistan: Reporting on the Vermont National Guard Deployment’, 7PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Military)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, 1 Glen Road #3, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

 

Spotted in Montpelier

The American and POW Flags flying in front of the State House in Montpelier, Vermont. More than 1500 Vermonters are serving in Afghanistan at the present moment, with three killed in the past year: Ryan Grady, Tristan Southworth and Steven Deluzio, with dozens wounded. The first group of Vermont soldiers will be returning home soon.