October Kitchen - April 2022


vehicles during his journey and helped all seven individuals to safety. He would walk the quarter-mile from his house and back to the cars to help these people one by one. Once everyone was at Bouvier Sr. and his wife’s home, he offered them to stay at their house and cooked breakfast for them the following morning. After everyone was fed and the driveway had been plowed, the seven individuals went on their way home. Andre Bouvier Sr. is now known as a hero for his bravery and determination to help these people in a time of need. Thank you, Andre, for your act of heroism. It doesn’t go unnoticed.

but she began to worry after 14 hours went by with no call.

Have you ever had the fear of being stuck on the side of the road during a snowstorm? This exact situation happened to Shannon St. Onge and six other people this past February. Thankfully, they were brought to a nice, warm house of an 80-year-old man named Andre Bouvier Sr. On one chilly day, Onge hoped to finish her errands until she checked the weather forecast. The heavy snow began to fall, and she quickly became lost since she could not see the road or street signs. She stopped on the side of the road and called 911, and the operator suggested that she weather the storm until it passed. Onge was told that a police officer would call her back to check on her,

Would her gas tank last until morning? What if someone crashed into her? What if she didn’t make it home at all? Onge decided to get out of her car to discovered where she was by looking at a road sign. Then she went to Facebook and found a neighborhood group where she posted about being stuck in her car during the storm. This is when 80-year-old Bouvier Sr. saw the post and began putting on his winter clothes to help the woman in need. He couldn’t start his tractor, so he decided to travel the quarter-mile by foot on that cold and snowy night. He discovered three other stranded

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Maybe when I retire, I will pick up gardening again. I loved having fresh produce for myself and my customers. Tending to my own produce made me appreciate our farmers even more because there is so much you have to do to grow food properly. I’m thankful to all the farmers who make sure we are all fed — your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. In a lot of ways, running a business is like having a garden. You will have ups and downs, and sometimes you might run into a problem you must overcome. By tending to my garden for many years and seeing my father and grandfathers tend to theirs, I’ve learned how to be patient, motivated and dedicated. Gardening is a way that I used to relax and decompress, but it also provided me with the tools I needed while running October Kitchen. And for that, I am very grateful.

tomatoes were ripe, I would give them out to my neighbors. It was always fun to see the expression on their faces when I would hand them a variety of tomatoes — they didn’t know most of these variations existed! After my daughter went to college, I stopped gardening. My daughter would help me in the garden when she was younger and it was such a great bonding experience. I eventually became really busy and couldn’t tend and take care of my garden the way I wanted to. I haven’t had a garden in over 10 years, but I still grow some herbs from time to time.

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