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“Transforming the Governor Hunt House into a community center will help to make Vernon a more attractive place to live, work and visit, thereby improving the economic environment of the town and continuing its recovery from the severe impacts of the shutdown of Vermont Yankee. The community center will also serve as a focal point for future village development in the area, which will attract new residents and new businesses.”

“This project is important for the families here to see the school still standing and utilized. There is a sense of excitement now. The community has rallied around this project. I look at the vision for what we are going to be able to do for the community and it’s exciting. The Bridgewater Community Center will be the heartbeat of the town. We are so grateful.”

“The Gihon Valley Hall restoration project has given me a way to meet neighbors I might never would have encountered, it’s helped me connect to the wider Hyde Park and Lamoille County community, and it’s been a welcome local project when we’re all trying to stay close to home during the pandemic. Restoring the Gihon Valley Hall will not only create a central gathering hub for the neighborhood but also create another node for community on the north end of the town to complement Hyde Park Village on the south end of town.”

“In order to preserve the Vermont landscape we love, there has to be a ‘there’ there in village centers. A store with a café and wifi is an important piece of that. With this funding, the East Calais store can continue to provide food to the community, employ locals, offer housing, and most importantly, be a viable and thriving gathering place for residents and visitors of all ages.”

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