Rebirth continues apace in Fairlee

FAIRLEE—On a lazy Sunday afternoon in May 2007, the heart of Fairlee became a conflagration when the Colby Block burned to the ground.
Swirling flames pierced the bright blue sky. Those who watched that horror wouldn’t soon forget the heat of the fire on their cheeks. One of those bystanders, Berne Traendly, watched a lifetime of memories disappear into smoke while standing on the steps of Chapman’s, his family’s country store.