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One year later, much has changed, but little has been forgotten.

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 anniversary of the Tropical Storm Irene approaches, more and more stories arise.

In an effort to put together a collaborative and thorough reflection of the varying experience in our communities, we gave folks an opportunity to write their own reflections. Many touched on the the high points and the low points, recounted specific memories or the challenges ahead. While the specifics varied greatly, the focus didn't. Nearly everyone's story ends with how a selfless neighbor, friend or stranger in the community reached out to help.

The strength of our community was evident immediately.

When I was flipping though The Mountain Times edition dated, Sept. 1-7, 2011 I found this excerpt written by Jason Mikula. It was the first edition he and I had a hand in producing; and we did it from Barnard's dining room table. (The sale of The Mountain Times, which was scheduled for Sept. 1, 2011, had to be postposed until Oct. 1 due to the Storm.)

The excerpt from Mikula's story reads:
In such times of need, the community spirit of small Vermont towns thrives. The personal accounts we've heard here at The Mountain Times, of neighborly support are heartwarming and inspire hope. In the days, weeks and months it will take us to repair and rebuild, our reliance on each other and focus on common goals to restore our towns will be of paramount importance. Right now it's hard to imagine, many of us haven't even been able to assess the extent of the damages yet. But if the community-minded support we have witnessed in the past two days is any indication of the times to come, we will we will build anew together. If there is a kernel of hope in this disaster it can be found in the townspeople.

One year later, we remember our community spirit and neighborly love, in the face of devastation. We thank you for doing your part to support our community through its challenges, past, present and future. There is always more work to be done.

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