Residents once again gather together for community prayer breakfast

By Melanie Williamson The Community Prayer Breakfast held Thursday, October 18, has been going on for over 30 years providing several local churches the opportunity to come together along with residents and other community stake holders to discuss issues pertinent to the community, as well as simply come together in fellowship to strengthen community bonds.…

Vermilion businesses get needed upgrades with the help of grant

By Melanie Williamson 17 Vermilion businesses recently had the opportunity to make significant improvements to their properties with the help of the Community Development Block Grant. Projects that were partially funded by the grant included new siding, HVAC repairs and upgrades, painting, masonry work, façade repairs, accessibility projects, and gutter installation. Main Street Vermilion administered…

Downtown merchants and Main Street Vermilion look for solutions

By Melanie Williamson After months of complaints to both city council and the parks and recreation board by merchants regarding public land usage, Ward 1 councilman John Gabriel organized a town hall style meeting inviting both merchants and representatives from Main Street to attend, share their positions, and hopefully come to a resolution. Six business…

Woollybear Festival is big business for small businesses

By Melanie Williamson For many residents, the Woollybear Festival brings thoughts of massive crowds and endless traffic, but for local businesses it means an amazing one-day opportunity to get their name and products in front of tens of thousands of people. Businesses along Main Street between Liberty Avenue and the train tracks get the opportunity…