One is an artist and the other a planner and historian. Together they played pivotal roles in the current renaissance of Bellows Falls and both were honored recently for their work by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.
Artist Robert McBride and Rockingham's former development director Richard Ewald were honored with the 2008 Community Leadership Award in front of 400 of their peers at the Vermont State Housing Finance conference in Burlington, according to Paul Costello, executive director of the council.
"They both have both sides, the left and right brain," said Costello. "They were both essential to the renaissance of Bellows Falls. Sometimes they worked together, sometimes they worked on their own. They built the momentum," he said.