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For the town’s major employers and property holders — like the historic Gage Hotel — a school is vital to keeping families, and therefore customers and employees, living in the town. But Huntington also said their work is motivated by the belief that it is the right thing to do.Having a school helps maintain property values, too, said Marci Roberts, who owns the local grocery store. Marathon’s economic vibrancy distinguishes the school from those in other rural areas, she said.“Marathon is pretty thriving. It’s a major tourist town,” Roberts said. “You close the school, and now that’s at risk.”
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