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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps members Daniel Williams, of Eugene, Ore., left, Deborah Anderson, of Newland, N.C., and crew leader Nate Kopp, of Alden, N.Y., right, move a block of granite while constructing a staircase on the banks of the White River in Bethel Tuesday, May 3, 2014.  The project was planned by the White River Partnership and will provide access to a popular boat launch area under the new Route 107 bridge that was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene.  
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps members Daniel Williams, of Eugene, Ore., left, Deborah Anderson, of Newland, N.C., and crew leader Nate Kopp, of Alden, N.Y., right, move a block of granite while constructing a staircase on the banks of the White River in Bethel Tuesday, May 3, 2014. The project was planned by the White River Partnership and will provide access to a popular boat launch area under the new Route 107 bridge that was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

From left, Daniel Williams, Deborah Anderson and Nate Kopp of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps move a block of granite while constructing a staircase on the banks of the White River in Bethel. It will provide access to a boat launch area under the new Route 107 bridge, which replaced one damaged during Tropical Storm Irene.Valley News — James M. Patterson

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