Man clears Vergennes sidewalk for seniors

VERGENNES — Middle of last week, Aaron Gratton, 24, was visiting his grandparents, who live at 52 Armory Lane in Vergennes, a senior housing residence.
He realized that the 150-foot path that many of the residents take to walk to the Shaw’s supermarket parking lot was inaccessible to the residents because of the large snowfall.
On his own initiative, Gratton volunteered to shovel the path, including into the parking lot.
No small task after the tremendous snowfall, the job Gratton set for himself involved shoveling the path through over two feet of snow most of the way, and digging through a five-foot-tall snow bank that was about eight feet thick where the snowplow had packed it from the lot.
The young, energetic man, who also works as a bagger at Shaw’s, did it all with a shrug and a smile.
“I did it because I wanted the people at the Armory Lane building, including my grandparents, to be able walk to the store and other places when they need to or want to,” he said when asked why he did it.

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