The Day – Perseverance has been key for this Ledyard business

Ledyard — Debbie Vessels says when her husband, David, decided to spend $400 on a correspondence course in locksmithing, she told him it was a lot of money. “I hoped he would make something out of it,” she said. “We still laugh about that.”

That course led the couple to open AA Lock and Key 35 years ago next to their Route 117 home. The co-owners hosted a reception for community and town leaders to not only note the business’s anniversary, but also to announce a donation program to area nonprofit organizations.

AA Lock and Key is presenting a $350 check to a different nonprofit for each of the next 10 months, as a thank you to the community. Representatives from Norwich-based Reliance Health, which offers numerous programs to help those with mental health issues, were on hand at the reception last week to receive the first check from the Vessels.

“Reliance Health has supported our business a lot during the past few years, so we thought it…

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