Big crowds watch in Burlington, Montpelier

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At a Burlington restaurant, a Middlebury library, City Hall and the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vermonters gathered yesterday to observe the inauguration of Barack Obama as president.

Hundreds turned out for the events, many expressing excitement the arrival of a new administration and satisfaction that the nation’s first black president had taken office.

City Hall festivities in Montpelier continued into the evening, with live music and food drawing a crowd.

In Burlington, more than 250 people turned out Tuesday at Nectar’s restaurant and bar for an event organized by Democracy for America.

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