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Still On Main Street Since 1885 J.W. & D.E. Ryan Continues To Serve The Local Community
By Cookie Steponaitis
Ever wonder what the Little City looked like back in the day when the streets were dirt and a hitching post was what you used to tie up your horse? If you are a history buff and have scanned some old time photos of early Vergennes life, one storefront should stand out and even though the fashions may have changed, the service and dedication to customers and quality has not. The name J.W. & D. E. Ryan has occupied a place in Vergennes business and history since 1885.
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It’s Vergennes Day Everyday: A Look At Life In Vermont’s Oldest City
By Cookie Steponaitis
On Saturday, August 25th the focus will be on everything Vergennes. There will be races, cotton candy, exhibits, music, vintage cars, speeches and games of all kinds for the kids. Civic organizations will raise funds for scholarships, local programs and people will gather from around the state and even Canada to celebrate summer, fun and a city with a hallmark past. Yet, when the hoopla dies down and the tourists are gone, it will still be Vergennes and the essence of what makes it a special city will still ring true. So, like the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carol’s classic Alice in Wonderland, the purpose of this article is to celebrate all the unbirthdays of Vergennes, or the 364 other days of the year where life goes on uninterrupted by focused fun and frolic.
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Gallery Show Celebrates Life on the Water
By Cookie Steponaitis
When the Edgewater Gallery of Middlebury, Vermont opens its doors on Saturday, August 18th, it will be celebrating the talents of artists that call Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake home. Co-sponsored by the Edgewater Gallery and the Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association the exhibit features the works of local artists including Michael Bober, Warren Kimball, Dennis Stevens and others while focusing attention on the continuing battle the association faces in controlling the milfoil invading many Vermont lakes.
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