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One year later, much has changed, but little has been
Stories of progress and repair as well as efforts to help those
still in need, continue to circulate in our everyday conversations.
However, as the anniversar ...
Hundreds more survivors still in need of
The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund (VDRF) has allocated over $1.5
million in direct assistance so far to over 100 Vermont
families in their recovery from Irene an ...
It started raining on a Sunday, the day after we had just
finished our last "Cooler in the Mountains" concert. Most of us
considered the idea of a "Hurricane" coming to be a joke, and in
fact considered our 'Hurricane prepar ...
Another August has arrived. The month of humid days and nights.
Another Vermont August with warm swimming holes and perfect weather
for a swim or two. A month known for idyllic summer weather.
It is now also known as the mo ...
There are no fond memories of the destruction wrought by
Tropical Storm Irene; there are still many suffering and waiting
for promised relief and assistance. But we can recall, with pride
and a smile, the many stories of fri ...
How would I describe the Okemo Valley's response to the
hurricane? The Chamber immediately called all 400+ members to
see how they were and what they needed. The amazing story was they
all said "I'll be fine, there's ot ...
Before the events of August 28, 2011 the name Irene was mostly
associated with the classic blues song "Goodbye Irene" performed by
Leadbelly. But alas for those of us who were effected by "the storm
of the century" saying go ...
At about 8 a.m. on the morning of August 28, I went to the Sunup
Bakery for a coffee as I often do. It was raining lightly and
conversation with some friends speculated that maybe approaching
Irene might not produce much rai ...
When we received word that a tropical storm was heading towards
New England, Killington Resort crews began preparing on Thursday,
August 25. While the preparations were helpful and alleviated the
extent of damage in some loc ...
The Rutland Chamber of Commerce was untouched by the storm so we
all arrived at work first thing the next day. We began to play a
role as soon as we turned on the phones and they didn't stop
ringing. We decided to stay open ...
Joy and I were separated during Irene, she got stuck at the
Restaurant and I was stranded at home with the kids in North
Sherburne (or is it North Killington?) Our experiences were
much different because of our separati ...
Okemo Mountain Resort did not escape Tropical Storm Irene's fury
unscathed, but the damage was considerably less than what some of
our neighbors experienced. The community rallied in support of
those in need and the newly cr ...
Two days after the Tropical Storm Irene did her damage, and at
the height of the activity in the "war room" (aka the classroom of
the Killington Fire and Rescue department), I was walking from my
position in the war room to ...
At a time when most of us are more than tired of the political
harangues that seem to be the "law of the land," it is almost
comforting to look back on the shock and devastation of Irene and
realize what Vermonters displayed ...
On Aug 27, 2011 I was on my way to Boston. People told me I was
crazy because I was driving into the storm. But as we now know,
that was not the case. I woke up Sunday morning to a rain storm and
parts of Boston without powe ...