Super Senior: June Waite and Jerrilyn Remillard

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GEORGIA CENTER, Vt. (WCAX) A double dose of Super Seniors this week -- two sisters who aren't afraid to speak their mind, and one who took on a would-be robber.

Like in so many towns in Vermont, the general store is the pulse of the community.

"The floor is wore out from people shopping here for two hundred years," said June Waite, who along with her sister Jerrilyn Remillard, runs the Center Market in Georgia Center.

Two centuries of stories at the market, and for 40 of those years it's been owned by the sisters, who are known for their hospitality and home cooked meals.

"People come from Enosburg for our baked beans," Waite said.

"Yup, she's a good girl. Come and get lunch down here once in a while," said a local farmer.

The two share the duties of cooking meals for the local Meals on Wheels.

Another sister act stops by -- Jolly runs the town food shelf. The store is a collection point. Her sister Joyce helps out too, along with their kids, and even grandchildren. "It's almost essential to have a little center store," Jolly said.

"So having all the generations here has been fun," Waite said.

But there have been challenges. Remillard's son Murray was just 27 when he died in an accident. "He got this deer just a couple weeks before he left," she said. "He's been gone 20 years."

It was Remillard's family and faith that helped with her loss. "Things that were important before like fighting over money, fighting over anything like that -- none of that mattered anymore," Remillard said.

Money was what made Remillard a local celebrity late last year. "I got more attention than I have my whole life," she said.

A man with what Remillard describes as a diaper on his head tried to rob her. Apparently he didn't read the "Thou shalt not steal" sign hanging on the wall.

"He held up the gun again and started banging on the register," Remillard said. "He said 'Give me the money out of the register.' And I said, 'No. I'm not giving the money out of the register.'"

So he ran out the door and Remillard called 911. The police caught a couple with a baby down the road. The would-be theif would have left with little cash.

Reporter Joe Carroll: I can't imagine the profit margin is all that great either.
June Waite: No.
Jerrilyn Remillard: No.

The numbers aren't what they once were. Winters are tough on business when the traffic slows down. That's why the business is for sale. Perhaps a bit half-heartedly, there's a small for sale sign on their mailbox.

"Everybody said how come none of your kids want it? They saw how many hours of working it was," Remillard said.

The sisters, now in their 70's, say it's time. They just hope the store that's been here for generations continues. Both say it's been a great adventure.