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These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive

Posted on 04/02/2019
These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive
Dustie’s cafe, The Table, serves fresh salads and a selection of baked goods and pastries. SYDNEE MELA & MORGAN CAMPBELL

In small towns across America, women are truly community heroes. These five amazing leaders have transformed their towns with innovative ideas like a celebration of local musicians in New York, a ski school in Vermont, a needle exchange in Indiana, and more.

A new bakery brings a tired town back to life

The first time Dustie Gregson dragged her husband, Andy, inside the 85-year-old red brick office building on Church Street, part of a shuttered hosiery mill complex, he had three words for her: “Are you kidding?” Then three more: “This is awful.”

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