Month: November 2014

Martha’s Kitchen: Nourishing community, returning to early roots

ST. ALBANS CITY — At Martha’s Kitchen, everybody is welcomed to the table. Men and women dotted the soup kitchen’s dining room near closing time Monday, chatting as they finished their beef and vegetable soup, sandwiches and chips. Volunteers cooked, mopped the floor, made more sandwiches and snack bags for people, and talked with those they served. Bob Begley, Martha’s Kitchen’s new director, oversaw it all. Begley, who is a secular Franciscan monk who previously acted as the Community Justice Center Reentry Program coordinator, was hired by the organization’s eight-person board and began working at the kitchen about a...

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One never stops learning

FRANKLIN — With words like “umiak” “ptarmigan” and “mukluks” to sound out for the first time, it’s a good thing first grader Ava Giroux had a foster grandparent there to help her. Giroux, a seven-year-old Franklin Elementary School student, sat reading the book “Mama, Do You Love Me?” side-by-side with 74-year-old Joanne Stetson. Stetson is one of three women over 55 years of age who volunteer in Franklin through the United Way of Chittenden County (UWCC)’s Tri-County Foster Grandparent Program, which is celebrating its thirty-seventh year. “I’m going to say that’s silent and this is ‘tarmigan,’” Stetson said to...

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Brenda C. Chadwick

SWANTON – Brenda C. Chadwick, age 59, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. To read the complete obituary, see page 5A in Monday’s edition of the St. Albans Messenger, or subscribe to our digital...

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Charles Arthur Bessette Jr.

ST. ALBANS — Charles Arthur Bessette, Jr. age 55, a lifelong resident of St. Albans died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in the University of Vermont Medical Center with his loving family by his side. To read the complete obituary, see page 5A in Monday’s edition of the St. Albans Messenger, or subscribe to our digital...

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DEC boss assesses situation

ST. ALBANS — Vermont Environmental Commissioner David Mears is cautiously optimistic about the future of Lake Champlain. The longtime environmental attorney, who previously worked to enforce federal environmental laws as a staff attorney for the U.S. Attorney General, led the state’s efforts to craft new limits on phosphorous for Lake Champlain and a plan to meet them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formal responsibility for drafting the plan, known as a TMDL or total maximum daily load plan, but Vermont will have to implement it. The two have worked closely in a process Mears has compared to a...

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