Month: October 2013

Downtown riding wave of interest

ST. ALBANS CITY — Roughly one year ago St. Albans City merchants and residents were meeting to discuss the number of empty downtown storefronts. Now, out of nearly 60 Main Street locations there are just two empty spaces, both at the edge of downtown. “One of the challenges we’ve had with Main Street is that we have buildings that have been vacant and suddenly you have three to four people interested,” said Marty Manahan, the city’s director of business development. The city’s downtown has become increasingly busy since the completion of the streetscape project. “I think people are enjoying...

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Helping Hands

ST. ALBANS — Helping Hands boxes have once again appeared at Hannaford grocery stores around the region. The boxes, which sell for $10 each, are donated to local food shelves. In St. Albans, the boxes go to the NorthWest Family Foods shelf operated by Franklin-Grand Isle Community Action (FGICA). “The boxes are more and more critical every year,” said FGICA director Robert Ostermeyer. This year, the sale of the boxes is beginning just as a temporary increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps, expires on Nov. 1. Most families will lose about...

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And, the Skully goes to …

ST. ALBANS — Nearly 150 people attended the Northwest Nightmares film festival at the Welden Theater Monday night to view 13 amateur horror films. Submissions to the festival created by Northwest Public Access came from as far away as the Northeast Kingdom, but it was St. Albans residents David Rheaume and Renée Laroche who won the prize, or “Skully,” for best film. Rheaume is a graphic designer for Messenger Print & Design; Laroche manages Hello Again Resale Boutique. Their ghost story, “Come With Me,” was filmed in two days using a high definition camera borrowed from Northwest Public Access,...

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MARGARET A. HENDRICK

SHELDON — Margaret A. Hendrick, age 83, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Oct. 26, 2013 at St. Albans Health and Rehab Facility. Margaret was born in Franklin on April 2, 1930 the daughter of the late Thomas and Della (Wright) Tatro. Margaret devoted much of her life to raising foster children. She enjoyed oil painting and especially golfing at the Enosburg Falls Country Club and traveling around the state to different golf courses with her friends on State Days. Her family will also remember her for her love of decorating the house according to the seasons. She is survived...

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MERRILL C. HUNGERFORD

ST. ALBANS — Merrill C. Hungerford, 89, a career automobile dealer who served on many community and civic boards, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at FAHC in Burlington of congestive heart failure surrounded by his family. Merrill was born in Haverhill, Mass. on April 8, 1924, and was the son of the late Homer William and Helen Stilphen Hungerford. Merrill was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Madeleine (Mimi) on Dec. 27, 2000. Merrill graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1943, then joined the Army Air Force and served until 1946. He attended the University of Vermont before...

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