Lindsay Morand, right, chats at the Townsend Senior Center with, from left, Leona Sanford, Michelle Enright and Vicki Graw. SUN/SCOTT SHURTLEFF
Lindsay Morand, right, chats at the Townsend Senior Center with, from left, Leona Sanford, Michelle Enright and Vicki Graw. SUN/SCOTT SHURTLEFF

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TOWNSEND -- Lindsay Morand is 68 years old. But don't tell her that.

The grandmother of seven is a tempest of productivity on a schedule that changes by the day and along a route that includes stops at a dozen places.

She is, among many other things, the receptionist at the Townsend Senior Center, docent for the Historical Society, chairwoman of the Capital Planning Committee, member of and former president of Townsend Business Association, and the chairwoman of the Fall Bazaar, an annual event sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Parish Farmer's Market.

Lindsay Morand waters the flowers in front of the Townsend Common gazebo. SUN/SCOTT SHURTLEFF
Lindsay Morand waters the flowers in front of the Townsend Common gazebo. SUN/SCOTT SHURTLEFF

She's also the self-appointed water girl for the town common's two dozen flower boxes. Three days a week she lugs her hose and cans around the two-acre expanse to water the corporate-owned wooden barrels filled with loam and spilling over with flowers. That takes about an hour. Then, off to another cause.

Her arm has been poked more than a hundred times with blood-draining needles by the American Red Cross, where she is, you guessed it, a volunteer receptionist. She even donated one of her kidneys to a friend seven years ago. Morand has twice been to Russia doing missionary work, volunteers at the United Way, at nursing homes, foster homes and private homes.

She was born at Grandview Farm on Northend Road and lives in the house across the street today.


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After her mother's death, when Morand was nine, she and her sister were raised by their grandparents in the old house, which she guesses to be at least from the early 18th century. Her farm roots continue today; she keeps goats, ducks, bunnies, a rooster, and her Chihuahua, Bailey.

Until her retirement, the twice-widowed Morand worked for 30 years as a customer service representative at New England Business Services in Groton.

With all her personal and professional accomplishments, she is most proud about her heritage.

She devoted her little spare time to the preservation of the memory of her grand-uncle, author E.B. White, who wrote both the acclaimed children's book Charlotte's Web and co-wrote the writer's guide Elements of Style with William Strunk Jr.

White wrote a 14-year-old Morand a letter that she says helped define her life. Disney had turned Charlotte's Web into an animated movie which disgusted him. He refused to go to the premiere.

"I didn't go in to see the movie," he wrote. "But I did see my name on the marquee outside. I was surprised because most often the author is forgotten."

"I don't want my uncle to be forgotten," Morand said.

Her website, EBWhiteniece, shares her collection of memorabilia and letters with fans around the world. Her favorite piece is a hand-signed, first-edition printing of Charlotte's Web. E.B. White, who also wrote the book Stuart Little, would have been 119 years old on July 11.

Whether it's her heritage or her community, Morand puts all her boundless energy into appreciating it. "My love for Townsend is exemplified by volunteering for as much as I can to make it a terrific town."