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  • Storytime 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Westerly
  • Free flu shots and blood pressure checks for veterans 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly
  • Music and Story Hour 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Charlestown
  • ACGOW November exhibit 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly
  • Mah Jongg Group 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown
  • Storywalk in Wilcox Park 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Westerly
  • Toys for Tots 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly
  • Music and Story Hour 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Charlestown

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    ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )

    Bethany Schonning McGill

    AGE 44

    OCCUPATION I retired from Schonning Insurance on Dec. 31, 2012. (Folks say I am too young to have retired, but I worked at the insurance agency either full or part time for 30 years, ever since I was 14. In March of 2012, I embarked on a singing career as vocalist for the duo (and sometimes trio) Andy & Bethany.

    RESIDENCE Westerly.

    BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Westerly.

    FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Hanging with my kids, especially on the water. Reading. Listening to music. Fishing. Singing. Eating. Trail running. Sleeping. Laughing hard.

    PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT My kids, Carly and Connor.

    WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a good mom. Kindness to others.

    ON MY BUCKET LIST Travel. And then travel some more. Go sailing again. Try scuba diving. Write a song.



    PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My mom and dad, Roger and Eunice Schonning. Experience that’s influenced me the most: having children.

    FAVORITE AUTHOR Anne Lamott.

    LAST BOOK READ “Get Some Headspace; How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day,” by Andy Puddicombe

    FAVORITE SONG I cannot possibly answer this. It depends upon the circumstance, how I’m feeling, what or whom I’m thinking about. There is no one song I can name.

    FAVORITE MOVIE There are so many amazing movies, but the one that jumps out for me immediately is “Dead Poets Society,” so I’ll go with that.

    FAVORITE TV SHOW “CBS Sunday Morning,” with Charles Osgood.

    FAVORITE PET Our dog, Einstein.

    FAVORITE MEAL French fries, with a side of filet mignon.

    AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Some days none; some days way too much.

    TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Courage. Especially the courage to do the right thing.

    PET PEEVE I used to have many. Now I realize it was exhausting. I see now that each time I point a finger at someone, likely three of my fingers are pointing back at me.

    FAVORITE QUOTATION Ugh. Kind of like the favorite song problem. ... I do have a favorite poem, though, from which I could pull many favorite quotes. It is from the prose poem “Desiderata,” written by the American writer Max Ehrmann in 1927. It hangs in my home office and I read it often.


    CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My family. And french fries.

    LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I was a gymnast way back in the day.

    BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED Resentments hold both the resenter and the resentee hostage. There is no upside to harboring resentments.

    ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Let it go. See above.

    IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Pray … and the prayer would probably start like this: “Thank you for all of the wonderful blessings you have given me. Um, I have a question. ... Have you completely lost your mind with the whole me as world ruler thing?”

    IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Figure out what the taxes will be so I knew how much I actually had to work with.

    I DRIVE A gray 2012 Chevrolet Equinox from McGill Chevrolet.

    I WISH I DROVE I plead the fifth. Just kidding. I love my Chevy.


    IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE My dad, my brother, Michael, my grandpa Schonning, my grammie B and my friend Fal — what a great crew that would be to gather around a table! (And if you ask me right now what my favorite song is after answering this last question: “Beam Me Up,” from Pink.)

    — Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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