Month: November 2013

A life in music …

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Eric Benjamin’s first-ever taste of classical music turned into an insatiable appetite. Growing up in St. Albans, he knew right from the start that music would be his career choice. He also knew that music is a gift that’s meant to be shared. After earning a Master’s degree in Orchestra and Conducting from the New England Music Conservatory of Boston, Benjamin, taught music theory and appreciation at Newton (Mass.) North High School for 15 years before delving into life as professional musician, an orchestra director, and a self-taught composer. In Ohio, Benjamin has worked his way...

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New recycling recommendations leave questions

ST. ALBANS — With recyclables to be banned from landfills in 2015 and organic waste to be banned in 2020 under Act 148, Vermont officials must now determine how to create effective and efficient collection systems for those materials. Earlier this month the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) submitted its recommendations for the implementation of Act 148 with significant changes coming in the next two years. However, the recommendations do not touch on two questions raised in the analysis performed by DSM Environmental at the request of ANR: enforcement and changes to the hauling system. Vermonters will begin seeing changes in their trash disposal in 2014, when all transfer stations and drop-off sites will have to begin accepting recyclables at no additional charge. That is already the case within the Northwest Solid Waste District (NWSWD), which operates drop-off sites in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. The biggest change in 2014 will be for businesses generating 2 tons of food waste per week. If they are located within 20 miles of a certified composting facility, they must begin diverting those food scraps to composting next year. In 2015, recycling must be made available in all public buildings and all waste haulers will be required to accept recyclables at no additional charge. To encourage recycling, haulers will have to charge for trash disposal based upon the amount of waste being thrown...

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RICHFORD – Arlene M. King, age 81, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 with her family at her side. She was born Nov. 14, 1932 in Franklin, the daughter of the late George and Locada (Bouno) Domingue. Arlene grew up in the area and married Hollis King on Sept. 8, 1951. Arlene and Hollis shared a love for music; she even played snare drum in his band. Together they raised seven children. Arlene enjoyed playing games, particularly Aggravation, Bunko and Rummy. She also enjoyed going for walks and was a great baker. Arlene was an...

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FRANKLIN — Reuben A. Glidden, 86, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with his family by his side. Reuben was born on April 12, 1927, in Franklin, the son of John and Bertha (Bates) Glidden.  He attended school in East Franklin and served in the United States Army during WW II. A lifelong resident of Franklin, Reuben was a member of the Franklin United Church, was a founder and leader of the Boy Scout Troop and was a former member of the Masons and Order of the Eastern Star.   In his early years, he worked at Blue Seal Feeds in Richford and later at Missisquoi Standard Packing in Sheldon Springs and IBM in Essex.  Reuben also worked for a temp agency at Twincraft in Winooski, Ben and Jerry’s in St. Albans and was last employed at Century Arms in Georgia. He was a member of VFW – Robert Glidden Post # 758 in St. Albans. He owned and operated the Lake Carmi bowling alley and snack bar from 1964-1974 while working at the Missisquoi Mill in Sheldon Reuben is survived by his loving children, Lyle J. Glidden and his partner, Robert Bender Glidden, of Franklin and Penny G. Taylor and her husband, Bruce, of Richmond, Mass.; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.  In addition to his...

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RICHFORD / ALBION, Ind. — Jerry L. Butler passed away Saturday Nov. 23, at his home in Richford after a long, painful illness. Jerry was born on Nov. 20, 1940 in Albion, Ind. He graduated from Albion High School in 1958 and went into the Marine Corps. He served his country from 1958-1968 and fought hard for our country in the Vietnam War. He was extremely proud of being a Marine and retained all of his military qualities until the end of his life. Jerry has held many jobs throughout his life; he worked for Norfolk and Western Railroad...

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