Sam and Betty to return

Swans arrive in park tonight

Tom Benton

By Tom Benton

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‘We said, ‘Come hell or highwater, we’re going to get swans this year.’

- Suzanne Washburn, Swanton Chamber of Commerce

SWANTON — The Swanton Chamber of Commerce is putting the swans back in Swanton.

After months of negotiations and outreach, “Betty and Sam” return to their pond in the village park tonight 6 p.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a “welcome ceremony” for the swans at that place and time.

The chamber president, Suzanne Washburn, said it took months of delicate conversations to ensure the return of Betty and Sam.

Their previous incarnation left this mortal coil during the winter of 2015. But acquiring new swans was not as simple as doing some research and signing a check.

The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife (VDFW) considers swans an “invasive species,” although as the Swanton Historical Society’s Ron Kilburn noted in a March meeting, the previous Betty and Sam “never invaded anybody.”

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