4th starts with a bang with Ira Miller's ribbon cutting

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The iconic Milton Mills storefront will be open on Thursday after being shuttered for many years. (Courtesy photo)

MILTON MILLS - The annual Fourth of July parade isn't the only thing they'll be celebrating tomorrow in Milton Mills.

The long-awaited reopening of Ira Miller's General Store is also set for Thursday with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony featuring the village's unofficial matriarch Gloria Hutchins.

It's been almost a year since Amy and Roy Darling began a reclamation project seeking to bring an architectural and cultural icon of Milton Mills back to life.

The store, which first opened in the early 1900s, features an antique lunch counter not often seen today.

In a time when rural general stores are falling by the wayside, Amy Darling said she and her husband are determined to bring a taste of that storied New England tradition of country hospitality back.

The store will be open with an abbreviated schedule of 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday.

Since they are only open for three hours the menu will be limited offering simple things like breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, baked items and coffee. The full menu starts Friday.

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