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Central Bridge: Slowly, but steadily, life returning to normal

Joe and Fran Bender stand in front of the green grass the family was able to grow this summer despite massive damage from the Schoharie Creek, which now flows gently in the background at the Benders’ property in Central Bridge. (Photo by Edward Munger Jr.)
Joe and Fran Bender stand in front of the green grass the family was able to grow this summer despite massive damage from the Schoharie Creek, which now flows gently in the background at the Benders’ property in Central Bridge. (Photo by Edward Munger Jr.)
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Sunlight glistened off the Schoharie Creek as Joe Bender spoke proudly of the work it took to get grass growing again on his back lawn which leads to the creek. Green grass is just one achievement he and his wife Fran recognized as they looked back nearly a year after that same creek claimed most of what they'd worked decades to build. "We've been very busy," said Fran, who is gradually getting her flower beds ...


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