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Bristol, Vergennes roadwork back on


CREWS AND HEAVY equipment have taken over downtown Bristol as the long-awaited Paving and Sidewalk/Lighting Replacement projects get started. The projects, which have merged under the supervision of the Vermont Department of Transportation, were supposed to be completed Oct. 9, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the end date is now up in the air. Independent photo/John Flowers

BRISTOL / VERGENNES — After a couple of slow and quiet months, downtown Bristol is suddenly abuzz with activity — great yellow machines, masked workers with helmets, excavation, grading, upgrading.

A different kind of Memorial Day


JUST AS WE support those in the armed services who protect us in times of danger, signs like this one in Middlebury have popped up all over the place thanking those battling the coronavirus. Independent photo/John S. McCright

We have a long tradition of remembering our war dead on Memorial Day and celebrating all of those people who have risked life and limb to protect the greater community.

Memorial Day: Store clerks join long list of heroes


GREG’S MEAT MARKET manager Gail Daha, right, and Tae DeGray, who is in charge of store deliveries, are part of a legion of local supermarket workers who have been ensuring that Addison County residents have access to food and other essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Independent photo/John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — Two months ago, supermarket clerks, truckers, housekeepers and other blue-collar workers joined the nation’s growing ranks of “unsung heroes.” Their contributions — keeping grocery she

Memorial Day flags more meaningful this year


AS THEY DO every year for Memorial Day, volunteers for the Vergennes American Legion Post 14 have been erecting 1,100 American flags at cemeteries and other spots throughout Addison County. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re wearing facemasks. Photo courtesy of Cookie Steponaitis

ADDISON COUNTY — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer organizations in Addison County are making sure that veterans will be remembered with honor and dignity for Memorial Day.

Band leader O'Daniel misses her final parade


SUSAN O’DANIEL, SHOWN directing the Vergennes Union High School marching band in the 2019 Memorial Day parade in the Little City, has been a regular presence in the parade for four decades. Next Monday would have been her 41st — and final — Vergennes Memorial Day parade had the event not be canceled. Courtesy of Dana Ambrose Photography

VERGENNES — Had it not been canceled because of COVID-19, this year’s Vergennes Memorial Day Parade would have been Susan O’Daniel’s 41st — and because the Vergennes Union High School Band Director

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