In Moretown last Saturday to help residents clean up after the storm, volunteers Meaghan Cormier of Colchester and Carly Schwer of Jericho got an appreciative hug from Gov. Peter Shumlin, who was there to rally the troops and reassure the beleaguered residents. Moretown was hard hit by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
Cormier tells Seven Days, "We are representing Vermont pretty well, with [Carly] in a Seven Days T-shirt and I am in a Magic Hat T-shirt." She adds: "We thought we'd send the pic your way in case you wanted to use it."
An employee of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cormier says her office had been getting a lot of phone calls "about the hurricane." "We weren’t affected by the storm, so we wanted to go help those who were," she says. "I felt like I should go down and see the actual damage myself since I had been talking about it since it happened."
It's important, she adds, "for people to come together as a community."
Indeed. Thanks for the photo, Meaghan, and thanks for helping.