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Posted on August 16, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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THE VIERA FAMILY takes a break from making s’mores at the Fresh Air Fund picnic Aug. 9 in Ferrisburgh. Seven-year-old Elias Steadman, front, was one of almost 10,000 children from New York City who are sent each summer to suburban and rural communities from Virginia to Canada. Andrea Viera and her three children, Jake, Kayla and Nate, hosted Elias at their home in Lincoln for two weeks this summer. Independent photo/Andrea Suozzo

FERRISBURGH — At Button Bay State Park on Monday evening, a dozen small children ran around in swimsuits and bare feet, unfazed by the steady rain.

Andrea Viera of Lincoln smiled and looked across the crowd to Elias Stedman, a seven-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., who is finishing up a two-week stay in Vermont sponsored by the Fresh Air Fund. For two days after he arrived, she said, Elias kept his shoes on, but after watching Viera’s three children, Kayla, Jake and Nate, walk around shoeless, he decided to try it as well.

“Now he’s barefoot all the time,” she said.

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