Month: May 2014

Guilmette’s Handyman Services

ST. ALBANS –– James Guilmette is a big, friendly guy with a big, friendly business motto: “No job is too small.” Translation: He is not above any task. So just ask. “And when my work is done, it’s done right,” James said recently, over lunch with his wife, Shanon, in St. Albans. “I don’t cut corners.” In July 2013, James, 39, opened Guilmette’s Handyman Services, which he runs out of the Swanton home where he and Shanon are currently raising their two children: Carter, 8, and Jillian, 5. Almost a year later, James, with his solid work ethic, is...

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ST. ALBANS BAY — It is with the heaviest of hearts we make this announcement. Now is the time to remember the gift of life God gave us of Karen Ann Fish. Her passing was sudden and unexpected. She was born on Oct. 28, 1953. Karen married Howard Fish on March 20, 1972, the first day of spring and a lasting symbol of their new found and everlasting love. Karen is survived by her loving husband, Howard and their two daughters, Susan and her husband, Richard Ward and their two sons, John and Zachary and Jamie and her husband,...

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Old ways – New connections

ST. ALBANS — Coming together and learning from each other is as old as time itself. So when Advanced Placement U.S. History students from Bellows Free Academy worked with the St. Albans Historical Society and Museum to put on the History Olympics for St. Albans City School students on Thursday morning, they took part of one of history’s main traditions. Students were sprinkled all over Taylor Park’s green lawn yesterday, excited to be learning and energetic with their peers. The BFA seniors set up eight historically economical activities that children may have done in the 1800s in America, in...

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SWANTON: Trucks may deliver natural gas locally

SWANTON —Franklin County homes and businesses may soon receive natural gas deliveries made much as propane deliveries are today. If so, this direct-to-the-door approach could be a first for natural gas service in Vermont. Energtek North Country Inc., a subsidiary of Energtek Inc., is proposing to deliver natural gas via truck to business and residential customers. Currently, to use natural gas customers must be located along a pipeline. Energtek, a global company that began in Eastern Europe and has offices in New York City, proposes to change that by leasing natural gas tanks, which would then be filled from trucks making deliveries from a natural gas facility in Swanton. The trucks will be filled with gas from an existing pipeline. “This is a new opportunity,” said Energtek North Country, CEO Tim Nulty. “We’re going to be able to deliver 15 percent cheaper than existing fuel sources.” The company expects to hire a minimum staff at first, perhaps as few as three people, but Nulty expects the company to grow steadily. “Ten years from now there could be 50 people,” he said. Most of the employees will be drivers. They will double as technicians. Those jobs will be highly skilled and high paying, said Nulty. Asked about the potential economic impact on the region of broader access to natural gas, Nulty pointed to the possible savings for customers. Residents paying...

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FAIRFIELD — Gary Thomas Rich passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 28, 1946, in St. Albans, son of the late Warren C. and Georgette (Kimmell) Rich. Gary enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing cards, trips to the casino, and gardening. Gary is survived by his son Travis Rich, currently residing in Florida, his sister Linda S. Ward and husband, Henry E. Ward, of Milton, brothers Ronald Rich of Swanton, and Warren A. Rich and wife, Sheila Rich, of New Hampshire, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Warren and Georgette, a sister Karen (Rich) King, and longtime companion Joy. Honoring Gary’s wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495-1460. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting...

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