When I presented my “Norton Townie Test” just a short time ago, it sparked a resurrection of sorts. Townies came out of the woodwork from many parts of the country. Then there were the ones like me who never escaped – er, I mean left - the borders of this town we love.
Many left comments challenging our collective Norton knowledge. That inspired me to create the inevitable sequel, which by its very nature can never be quite as good as the original. But nonetheless, I fearlessly present for your reading pleasure, “The Norton Townie Test – Part Two."
If you have gone swimming in the town pool, you might be a Newcomer. If you took Red Cross swimming lessons in the reservoir, you are most likely a Townie.
If you know the town pool is located at the Everett Leonard Complex, you could be Newcomer. If you ever ate breakfast cooked by Everett Leonard himself at Bristol Farms, you must be a Townie.
If you know Old Red Mill Road is a scenic way, your status as a Newcomer is confirmed. If you ever went “parking” on Old Red Mill Road, then you can claim Townie status immediately.
If put you on the right path to success, you are probably a Newcomer. If you used “The Path” to skip out of school during the day, you have to be a Townie.
If you remember the day of the fire, you might still be a Newcomer. If you remember with great sadness the day Principal Joe Solmonese passed away, you are without a doubt a Townie.
A Newcomer might recall remember having a fine meal at . A true Townie will fondly look back at enjoying some fries at Armstrong Acres.
If you remember both retired Police Chief Keene and retired Fire Chief George Burgess, you can still lay claim to being a Newcomer. If you happen to know they are cousins, then congratulations on your Townie status.
If you know is a world-class educational institution, you in all likelihood are a Newcomer. If you think it is still a school for women only, you can pin your Townie badge to your chest.
If you remember having an ice cream at Frates Dairy, it is possible you could still be a Newcomer. If you remember eating it while standing next to the old Milk Bottle, you can’t be anything but a Townie.
If you refer to the complex containing Norton’s only super market as the Plaza, you are obviously a Newcomer. If you still call it the old flea market property, you must admit to being a Townie.
If you remember in its old location, it is possible you are a Newcomer. But if you ever had a milkshake at the old Haskin’s Pharmacy soda fountain, you have Townie written all over you.
Let us know by your comments if you qualify for Townie status or remain a Newcomer, and if you have any other suggested qualifications. Applications for Townie membership will be considered at the next meeting either at John Freeman’s garage or Butch Rich’s house.
Bill Gouveia is a local columnist and a Townie. He can be scoffed at via firstname.lastname@example.org.