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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

Brandon raises big bucks to get local man outdoors in all-terrain wheelchair


BEN WIMETT, LEFT, and his dad Dave show big smiles after Ben bagged his first turkey ever this month. Wimett, 35, has cerebral palsy and started a GoFundMe to raise money for an all-terrain wheelchair, and the community responded with more than enough to purchase the chair.

BRANDON — Ben Wimett has been hunting and fishing for over 20 years, but it’s gotten more difficult as he’s gotten older. 

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