- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

UNDERHILL, VT. (AP) - The Vermont family of hostage sea captain Richard Phillips can be buoyed by prayers from neighbors as it awaits word of a resolution to the African pirate standoff.

The Rev. Charles Danielson says the congregation of the St. Thomas Church will continue to pray for fellow church members Phillips and his family in Underhill, about 35 miles northwest of Montpelier. Danielson says he’ll encourage people to find hope in the triumph of good over evil in the standoff, which entered its fourth day Saturday.

Two young girls set up a lemonade stand next to a store with a sign saying, “Come home safe Capt. Phillips.”

Inside the store, well-wishers signed a paper cutout of a big yellow ribbon with messages to Phillips and his family.

The news of the crisis has drawn television crews and satellite media trucks to the small town, creating a spectacle.

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