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Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By James Finn



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ISRAEL DUDLEY POSES with Middlebury’s Deborah Dickerson, his Fresh Air Fund host mom, whom he often refers to simply as “mom.” Courtesy photo

ADDISON COUNTY — When Israel Dudley made his inaugural trip to Vermont, the first thing that jumped out at him was the silence.

“It was scary,” he said. “I was used to sirens and cars and constant noise, and it’s just so quiet in Vermont.”

Until Dudley was 11, the native of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., had never ventured outside of New York City. That summer, the nonprofit Fresh Air Fund gave him the chance to spend two weeks with the family of Matthew and Deborah Dickerson in Bristol, Vt.

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