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BRISTOL’S HELEN WESTON GETS HER LIFE IN TUNE

by Craig Altschul

Helen Weston of Bristol grew up playing a variety of musical instruments, as did her five siblings, says the Addison County Independent. She majored in concert piano and music theory in college and taught music to children at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary and Lincoln Community Schools. But there was something missing. Weston always had wanted to run her own business. Something during an encounter with a piano tuner at her parent’s house clicked and changed her career direction. She spent months of studying how to tune and repair pianos on her own, then enrolling in Boston’s North Bennet Street School which specializes in hands-on technical training. It took her two years to finish the course and now she’s one of fewer than 2,500 registered technicians with the Piano Technicians Guild. “If I can do it, anybody can. Take two years out of your life to learn something completely new because you want to,” she said. Now her life’s in tune.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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