Monday, October 23, 2006

Treasures of Cambridge #30 Treasures of Cambridge #30

Evan Lawrence pictured in front of the vault in the former Bean Head’s Coffee House, has lived in Cambridge since February of 1988.

Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Evan traveled to Vermont as a child with his parents, and became interested in the area. With an eye to moving towards Vermont, Evan took a job offer right across the border, here in New York State. The job only lasted 2 months, but he decided to stay in the area after that because he, "liked it so much."

When asked what he likes most about Cambridge, the response is immediate and succinct, "It’s green, it’s quiet, it’s open, it’s beautiful, and so different from where I came from."

Evan works as a reporter for Main Street and the Hill Country Observer, both independent newspapers serving Southern Washington County and environs, does professional gardening and lawn maintenance in the summer months, and like many area residents, finds other small jobs to fill in the gaps.

The beautiful black tiger cat accompanying Evan he thinks is about two years old. "He was brought into a vet’s office last year to be put to sleep because the owner could not care for him any longer and could not find anyone else to take him on as all the area shelters were full. I saw him sitting in his cage and said, "I cannot let this cat die," so I took him home. My other two cats still haven’t decided if they are going to forgive me yet. But he is a great cat, loves to be held and is very well behaved." Evan named his friend, "Hauberk," (which is a medieval term for a suit of chainmail) for the way his fur glistens like that a suit of armor in the sun, "and as it turns out, he is quite defensive in that way too!"

Evan is also wearing his most recent "Aids Walk" tee-shirt from the annual Capital Region aids walk, which he started participating in back in 1996. "This is the 7th or 8th walk I have made. The most money I raised was $500; money that stays in the region for Aids relief and education."

Evan would like to be remembered as someone who loves the outdoors, tries to live with pride and integrity, and is a good person.


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