Mr. Norton moved to the Thorpe Community at the age of one. His father worked at the neighboring plant and the family lived with eleven others. The community "was close knit, like a family" and even met with other plant communities in the region for joint picnics or events. His first memory is immediately following the end of World War II, "the unit guarding the plant fired all their spare ammunition into the hill side in celebration." Though the community no longer exists, there is a Retiree Club that still meets regularly.

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