Bob & Sheri Marchi and his daughters taken a couple years back.
Bob speaking at a wetland dedication summer of 2006.
a picture of my dam and a small bit of Truman Lake.
a sunrise looking downstream of the dam.
For anyone who might be interested in what I've been doing, I left Cromwell
30 years ago and took a temporary job in Missouri with the federal government
(Army Corps of Engineers). It was only supposed to last a year, but here I
am with a full civilian career behind me and now find myself managing a large
flood control and hydropower lake project. We have significant
responsibilities in recreation and fish and wildlife management that cover
100,000 acres of public land and the 55,000 acre lake. It's a big job, but
I've enjoyed it tremendously and have had the good fortune to live and work
in a place that most people just get to visit. I can routinely watch eagles,
or some other natural wonder, out my office window.
I guess the reason I stayed, besides enjoying the work, is that this area reminded me alot of what Cromwell used to be like. It's pretty rural- lots of farms and ranches. We only have one traffic light in town (not unlike the 2 at Amenta's and the Cromwell Bank years ago), but we do have a Wal Mart. Everyone knows everyone else and there are so many opportunities for outdoor activities and all the things I really love to do. Like Connecticut, Missouri is a beautiful state with lots of scenery, lakes, big rivers, and plenty of good hunting and fishing. The only thing we don't have is traffic and people, but that's slowly changing as our secrets get out.
Of course I still miss Cromwell, especially the people, and try to visit whenever I can because most of my family still lives there or close by. But I think it would be hard for me to live there again. Too much has changed - but it's still home.
On a more personal note, I am married with 2 grown daughters from a previous marraige, both of whom are emergency room nurses. My wife, Sherri, is a pet care professional who runs her own grooming business. She also has 2 grown children from a previous marraige. We both enjoy the same things and life is good. I'd be glad to hear from any of my old friends or acquaintances (email address is listed on the mailroom page)