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Vt. newlyweds, guests stranded by road washout

August 30, 2011
By LISA RATHKE , Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Marc Leibowitz and his fiance, Janina Stegmeyer, were in Germany, snowed in last Christmas, when they got engaged and picked a Vermont inn for their rustic farm wedding.

Now they're stranded again, in Pittsfield, Vt. with about 60 of their wedding guests, because Tropical Storm Irene washed away bridges and their main road, Route 100, washed out. Another 60 guests managed to leave.

To pass the time, the young couple and their wedding guests have pitched in around town - shoveling mud from homes, getting supplies to elderly residents, and working at an area store which has a power generator and become the central gathering place in town. The wedding party has a history of helping others.

Leibowitz says he and many of his friends went through September 11th together, and all of them volunteered afterward. He said they did the same thing in a New York power outage.



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