My town, Brattleboro, had some impressive damage from Irene. So did Townshend, Dover... there's a long list. But Wilmington was severely hit. The massive flood all but wiped out their downtown; they're still cleaning up and rebuilding, and will be for some time. Wilmington is the town in the middle of Route 9, the corridor that links all of southern Vermont east to west. It's an important center that serves the ski resorts to the north, too. I hope they're back to normal before winter sets in.
Catching up with what's going on back home I read last week's issue of The Commons, Bratt's local independent newspaper. And found a column written by Patrick Skater, "The Yarn":
A splendid bit of writing, there. It has that feeling of unbowed resolve and slight sentiment that so typifies New Englanders. Well done, Patrick.