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Billings to showcase images of Ripton through 62 years of photographs

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Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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LONG-TIME RIPTON resident Hilda Billings, 92, will be sharing some of her thousands of photographs as part of a historical retrospective of her hometown during a presentation at the Ripton Community Church on July 1. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

RIPTON — Hilda Billings has viewed her hometown of Ripton through a very special lens for the past 92 years.

Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English held its first summer session in 1920, the year Billings was born. She has seen devastating floods rip through her community, including the big one back in 1927. And Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost made a point visiting her once a year at her home, which doubled as the Ripton Post Office.

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