Get to know the town: Viva Poore

Viva Poore

Viva Poore

Name: Viva Poore

Age: 72-years- old

What was your occupation?

“I retired as a school secretary at Lake Forest South Elementary School; I was there for 20 years. Prior to that, I worked for Northern Propane Gas Company in Harrington as their bookkeeper.”

What do you do now?

“First and Foremost, I’m involved at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Rawley Hill Road. I’m also active in the Harrington High School Alumni Association, Lake Forest Church Association, Harrington Historical Society, Downtown Revitalization Committee and Harrington Ladies Auxiliary. I also work the week of the Delaware State Fair and volunteer in the state fair office.”

Why do you volunteer so much of your time?

“Because I enjoy doing. I can’t just sit here all day long. I would be nuts. I think an active mind as you get old helps. I think it helps mentally. We know it helps physically. I also like to travel.”

To where have you traveled?

“I’ve been to Alaska, Hawaii and over three- quarters of the 48 continental states. Just last week I was in Dallas, Texas. My family loves going to Disney. We are Disney fanatics. I was there twice last year. I’m planning to go to Nova Scotia.”

Do you remember your first trip?

“When I was five-years- old, my mother, father, I and brother, we drove across the United States and back. We drove to Philadelphia, over to California to see his [dad’s] sister and back.”

Why do you like traveling?

“There are so many beautiful sights to see and enjoy. And I just like to take advantage of that. I like history, so I like to get involved with museums and things like that. To me, there’s nothing like looking at flowers. It’s just the beauty of the world. It’s educational, too!”

What was Harrington like when you were younger?

“We had businesses on the main street. Cupids ice cream parlor and Burtons, that was the teenage hangout where we all went after school to dance and have a good time. Kids used to play outside. I’m sorry, they just don’t do that anymore. We would roller skate and ride bikes. We were just outside. Then as teenagers, we were all at Burtons. I was in the high school band and we participated in all kinds of things around town. There was just always seemed to be something to do. Harrington was, at one time, a friendly town. Everybody kind of knew everybody. Now, I don’t even know all my own neighbors.”

What would you tell the people of Harrington?

“That we all need to work together to make Harrington the great little town it can be.”

Tell us about your family?

“I have three grown children. I say I have six grandchildren although one’s not on earth; he’s in heaven. I have a grandson attending Auburn University for his master’s, a granddaughter at the University of Delaware for her PhD program, a granddaughter in Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania majoring in marketing and I have an autistic granddaughter whom I love dearly. Another granddaughter works at Lake Forest Central Elementary as a paraprofessional in the classroom. My oldest daughter is the school financial secretary at Lake Forest High School. My son is a Kent County paramedic and my youngest daughter works in the Department of Education in bus transportation.”

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