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Stories of enduring Love: Joel Beaudin and Nancy Cornwall

Nine days later they drove that same Cruiser across North America and onto the Alaskan Highway to live in Anchorage. Coming home briefly, they stayed in a North River log cabin (now White Water Challengers) before zooming off again for Joels two-year forestry gig in Chazy, N.Y. They had baby Julie, moved back to North River, had baby Jennifer and a few years later settled in New Hampshire for Joels job at Loon Mountain.

After living 21 years in Lincoln, N.H. they moved back to North River in 2000. Nancy is a nurse at Glens Falls Hospital and Joel is retired and now a community organizer. He founded and Co-Chairs the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival, is the Event Director of A Day Out with Thomas and also on the White Water Derby Committee. Joel is an outdoorsman and a sugaring hobbyist who enthuses, This is a great place to be!

Nancy wistfully adds, I grew up right here and this is our home. Also very active in town, she sits on the advisory board of the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region, the Upper Hudson Musical Arts Board and the Depot Museum Board, which sponsors Dinner and a Movie. Nancy loves to cook, is an avid gardener and a prodigious reader.

The Beaudins favorite spot in the Adirondacks is Ordway Pond, where Nancy caught frogs as a girl and has relished many blissful summers. From a bench on a bridge over the cool, clear water they like to watch the sun set over the pines, maples and birches.

On April 1, their milestone 40th anniversary, Nancy and Joel hosted the Elizabeth Nash Dinner for cystic fibrosis at Tannery Pond. Theyll continue celebrating by spending more terrific times with their six grandkids and traveling to France and Italy. Their secret to four decades of soul mate-hood is a one-day-at-a-time philosophy and appreciating even small gestures. Joel notes that Nancy has introduced him to most of what he really enjoys.

In movie montages, couples fall in love while splashing about in fountains, cavorting down Broadway amidst neon signs and watching fireworks to triumphant musical scores. Finding the ying to your yang rarely happens this way in real life, but if you are very lucky, like the Beaudins, youll find something better a life partner with whom you can be your most true self in times of sickness and health, for richer and poorer, through joy and challenges. If Hollywood wanted to really get it right, You had me at never! would be the next catch phrase sweeping the Oscars.

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