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Sharing Memories Of The Holidays Gone By: Looking Back Through Elderly Eyes
By Cookie Steponaitis
The race is on to the holidays and traditional examples begin to pop up around the Champlain Valley. Hundreds brave the cold for a bargain on Black Friday. Even more huddle in front of the computer screen shopping on Cyber Monday and hope the deals will last until they finish. Parents scramble to fit in concerts, dinners and events at school and in the community. The trees get lights, the snow blowers come out of storage and the pace of life accelerates reflecting the traditions of the modern holiday season. But what about times gone by? How did the holiday season come together for those Vermonters who are now approaching 90 and 100 years of age? What holiday traditions did they have and treasure?
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Letters to Santa

Dear Santa,
    How are you? Is Rudolph real or fake? Please bring me Halo 2. Please bring my mom a fishing book with all the fish in it. Please bring my cousin Brandon Halo 2. Merry Christmas Santa!From Jonathan Forgues

Dear Santa,
    How are you and Mrs. Claus, the elves and the reindeer? Do the elves work for you? Do the elves get money when they work for you? Please bring me a Nintendo D.S. Please bring my mommy a basket of flowers. Please bring my brother Sawyer a toy modercycle.
From Payden  Garthoffner
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The Little City Launches A New Website
By Cookie Steponaitis
People surfing the Internet looking for information on Addison County and the City of Vergennes are in for a treat. Mayor Mike Daniels announced this week the presence of a new updated and completely revamped website for Vermont’s oldest city at www.vergennes.org. The idea was the result of an email the mayor received from a local citizen, Jeff Margolis who was looking at the website and offered the suggestion that a new look was needed as well as his talent and time. He immediately began the transformation that was unveiled this week and is now available online.  [ more ]

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