Month: February 2014

Grunts Move Junk, LLC

ST. ALBANS –– St. Albans natives Mitch Durfee, a war veteran, and Matt Swann, a St. Albans City fireman, have been friends since high school. Last year, they realized they had the same business goals: to provide a much-needed service in northwestern Vermont, and offer much-needed work for local veterans and first responders. However, they already had separate, similar businesses underway. Matt and Ron Denison, also a St. Albans City firefighter, had been providing handyman, carpentry, and cleaning services under the business name 1st Response Contractors since last December. Meanwhile, Mitch was about five years into founding Grunts Move...

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SWANTON — Mr. Charles E. Holbrook, 89, a lifelong resident of Swanton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Franklin County Rehab in St. Albans following a long illness. Born in Swanton, Nov. 25, 1924 the son of Homer and Bernadette (Fournier) Holbrook, Charles was a graduate of Swanton High School and went on to faithfully serve his county with the US Navy during WWII. In 1950, he married the former Phyllis Belle James who survives him. Charles was associated with Fonda Container Co. in St. Albans for 34 years where he was a supervisor.  An avid fisherman, hunter...

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Snow fun

BFA-St. Albans alpine ski team member Chris Salomone, right, hands a lollipop to a young skier as BFA racer Summer Averill left, looks on Wednesday evening at Hard’ack Recreation Area in St. Albans Town. This year, the BFA alpine and snowboard teams have combined with the St. Albans Recreation Department to offer ski and ride lessons for beginners. After a full day of classes, plus ski and ride team practice, students offer their time under the lights at Hard’ack to teach youth to ski and snowboard, with lollipops as a reward on a cold...

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TOWN MEETING DAY: Richford budget lays out use of surplus funds

RICHFORD — Richford voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day to allocate a $140,600 budget surplus from 2013 and approve a 2014 budget that is slightly less than the 2013 budget. “We’re very frugal and we kept the budget on target,” said selectboard chair Linda Collins when asked about the surplus. Town administrator Laura Ovitt said that delinquent tax collection was higher than anticipated, also adding to the surplus. The proposed budget is $2.11 million, down $2,250  from last year. A portion of the 2013 surplus, $50,000, was budgeted for work on the town’s vault. That work wasn’t completed, and the selectboard intends to keep those funds in the budget to complete that project. The bulk of the surplus, $98,800 will be used to offset taxes for next year. The public will be asked to approve the following uses for the remainder: • $20,000 for additional paving; • $12,000 for a new roof on the Arvin A. Brown Library; • $12,800 for a down payment on a one ton pickup for the public works department. The proposed highway budget is down $43,700, primarily because of decreases in equipment leasing costs and culvert work. The highway budget does include increases for salt, sand and gravel purchases and an additional $20,000 for blacktopping. Total projected highway spending is $911,200. If voters approve the budget, the amount to be raised in...

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