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Vt. wreath-makers retiring after decades of holiday decorations

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When Andy Fournier finishes cutting brush for the day, he and his wife, Dolly, don't have to go far to get to work. Their seasonal wreath-making operation is in the basement of their Glover home and has been for about 25 years.

"We have been a good team for quite a while," Dolly said.

So good, the couple claims they never fight, even while working in such close quarters.

"We have probably always been best friends," Dolly said.

"Well, after 55 years you have got to bend a little. Know what I mean?" Andy said with a laugh.

The two were childhood sweethearts. They joined the Army out of high school and got married shortly after.

"We had six wonderful kids," Andy said.

The Fourniers' wreath business helped pay for Christmas gifts for all those kids over the years.

"And it helps to pay the taxes. Yes, it does," Andy said.

But after 25 years, Andy and Dolly decided this year would be their last.

"We don't work quite as fast as we used to," Dolly said.

At 73 and 74, the couple hopes to slow down around the holiday season to take more time to enjoy each other and their family.

"Call any of them and they are right there for you," Andy said.

But first they've got orders to fill and wreaths to adorn.

"We try to give people a good product," Andy said.

The front porch of their home becomes the decorating area.

Andy and Dolly plan to make and decorate about 400 wreaths this holiday season. From their home, they will then truck them down to Williston, where they will set up shop the weekend after Thanksgiving and sell their wreaths through mid-December.

"We have our steady customers that come back every year. That doesn't mean we don't want new ones," Andy laughed.

It's a trip the duo has made for decades, making friends along the way. Andy's known to be quite the sweet talker.

Dolly: Everyone who stops, he knows what they had for breakfast and what they'll have for supper.

Andy: (Laughs) It's not quite that bad... ahah.

So, yeah, they say they'll miss it, but it's been a fun 25-year run.

Dolly: We enjoy doing it very much. We do.

Andy: Yep.

The Fourniers will be set up right off exit 12 in Williston at the J.L. Davis Realty building.

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