Month: January 2014


ST. ALBANS, BENSON VT/STANDISH, ME — Mark R. Lussier, a former resident of these communities passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, as a result of a snowmobile accident in Benson. Born in St. Albans, on Feb. 15, 1965, he was the son of Jacques and Marcelle (Reed) Lussier.  Mark was 48 years old. Mark was a 1983 graduate of Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans and at the time of his death was managing the Lussier farm in Benson for the last two years with his brother, Paul. Survivors include his parents, Jacques and Marcelle of St. Albans; his...

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STATE PRISON: Turbine plan fans health issue

ST. ALBANS — Differing opinions have emerged in light of the possibility of a 121-foot tall, 100-kilowatt wind turbine being installed at the Northwest State Correctional Facility on Lower Newton Road. While some favor the renewable energy source by Green Mountain Power, others are concerned about the aesthetics of the large tower and even potential health issues that could arise. For former St. Albans Planning Commission chair Dave Schofield, wind power is predominately a good thing. “Wherever we can create greener energy, it’s a worthy thing to do,” he said by phone on Thursday morning. Schofield did add that...

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That Awkward Moment

In support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup, three guys vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day...

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City: No talks with Town

ST. ALBANS CITY — St. Albans City has declined to re-enter negotiations with St. Albans Town over the provision of water and sewer services by the city to the town. In a statement today the city cited a lack of trust between the two communities and the complexity of the issues involved. The city’s response to a recent town statement leaves the communities in a stalemate that has the potential for further legal action and the continued enforcement of a city ban on water and sewer service hook ups within the vast majority of the town’s land area. “In order to develop a long-term strategic alliance for the greater Saint Albans area that is fair and equitable for both the city and the town, it takes trust by and between both communities,” the statement added. “Trust has never been abundant between the two communities. The recent litigation on water and wastewater and acrimony surrounding the police contract has driven the trust factor to an all time low.” The town had sued the city over a 2009 agreement for the sale of water and sewer allocations – an allocation grants the owner access to water and sewer services up to the purchased amount. Judge Dennis Pearson found that, because officials from the two communities had not had a shared understanding of the major provisions of the agreement at the time...

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Burglar busts way into store

ST. ALBANS — The oft-robbed South Main Grocery on Main Street in St. Albans was burglarized this morning. According to St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) Lt. Judy Dunn, an alarm sounded at the dispatch office at approximately 3 a.m. from the store. Officers were dispatched to the scene where they found the front door window broken. Cigarettes and other merchandise had been taken from the store. Video footage revealed that the burglar is a white man in his early 20s. He was wearing a tan jacket, a baseball cap, dark pants and shoes. The burglary is still under investigation....

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