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by Paul on 05/10/14 at 07:23 AM ET
from Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe,
DERBY LINE, Vt. — The lines are clearly drawn in this small, quiet town, starting with the border between the United States and Canada that runs through the town’s library and even through the home of Derek and Jaime Wells. In the Wells house, the kitchen and bathroom are in Quebec and the living room and bedrooms are in Vermont.
The dividing lines don’t end there, however.
Derek is a wicked Bruins fan. Jaime and her stepson are diehard Canadiens fans. On this day, Derek is wearing a green Bruins t-shirt with a shamrock on it; Jaime is wearing a red “Canadiens Hockey’’ T-shirt. Therein is the biggest divide, especially during Bruins-Canadiens playoff games.
“Yeah, I scream,’’ says Jaime. “Oh yeah, we wear our shirts and we scream.’’
Here at the tippy-top of the Northeast Kingdom, it’s definitely not all Bruins fans. Montreal is a just a 90-minute drive away, while Boston is 3½ hours south.
“My guess is that there’s more Canadiens fans here, regardless of which side of the border you’re on,” says Nancy Rumery, library director of the Haskell Free Library and Op-era House, which straddles the border.
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