I remember the evening of the downtown fire. Thinking that those old buildings were tough, they were brick, it wouldn't be too bad...and then we all watched in horror as the fire continued to spread.

So while we all see the gaps left in the downtown, it does a heart good to drive by the same spot and see the progress on the site.

The new Michael and Dowd store is taking shape, and I can't help it, it makes me smile.   I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see it up and running again, at "home", on its corner.

I know that some of our readers don't get to see the progress like those of us that live in Vinton, so for you, here's an update on the progress! (Isn't it exciting?!!)

[caption id="attachment_24411" align="alignnone" width="769"]  Front view of the new store.[/caption]

 The view from the 1st Ave. side. 

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