Grant Weier sits in the living room of his Fletcher home with his golden lab, Ziggy. Weier is participating in HomeShare Vermont, a co-housing match service that recently expanded to Franklin County.

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FLETCHER — Grant Weier, 74, lives on a dirt road in the hills of Fletcher. When he opens his door on a snowy, January day, he and his large golden lab, Ziggy, greet you enthusiastically. Ziggy is perhaps a bit … Read more

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DOUGLAS HAROLD UNDERWOOD

ST. ALBANS — Douglas Harold Underwood, a lifelong area resident, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Redstone Villa. Born in Swanton on Sept. 5, 1928, he was the son of the late Harold C. and Ruby (Lawyer) Underwood. Doug … Read more

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JOHN A. LEARNED, SR.

JEFFERSONVILLE — John Alton Learned, Sr., 78, fell asleep in death Jan. 28, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife and children. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at A W Rich … Read more

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Cold Hollow Career Center Colton Riley works on identifying maple syrup as part of a contest during the Future Farmers of America (FFA) event at the Vermont Farm Show Wednesday.

Farmers, food & fun

ESSEX — There’s nothing like a farm show to bring everyone together. Students, farmers, lawmakers, businesses, organizations, some mascots and state officials – including Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and, sporting a cow-print hat, Secretary of Agriculture Chuck … Read more

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SANDRA LYNNE TOWNSEND

Inadvertently omitted from Sandra’s obituary in Saturday’s Messenger was her paternal grandfather, Paul Tipper, Sr. and his wife, Laura, of Fairfax.

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ARLINGTON OSCAR HAZEN

NORTH HERO/SHELBURNE — Mr. Arlington Oscar Hazen, age 93 years, a native and longtime resident of North Hero, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the Arbors in Shelburne. Funeral Arrangements along with a complete obituary will be published in a … Read more

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Swanton Town Selectman Joel Clark, center, speaks about the need for a point person to work on attracting businesses during a meeting on economic development as part of the Swanton Community Visit Wednesday evening.

Swanton rising

SWANTON — The Swanton community needs to tell the world about the things it has to offer and at the same time improve communication within the community, so more people are aware of options and resources. That was a widely … Read more

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Highgate fire displaces families

HIGHGATE — Seven local departments responded to a residential fire in Highgate Wednesday afternoon that displaced two families. According to a Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release, the Highgate Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 10:47 a.m. Firefighters … Read more

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BFA-Fairfax football coach Mike Williams after the Bullets defeated Otter Valley on Nov. 8 at Rutland H.S. in the Division III state championship game.

Williams heading to CVU

FAIRFAX — BFA-Fairfax football coach Mike Williams will take over as head coach at Champlain Valley Union next fall, BFA athletic director Geri Witalec said Wednesday. Williams, who has been at BFA’s helm since the program was founded in 2007 and … Read more

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PAUL V. BERTHIAUME

HIGHGATE — Paul V. Berthiaume, age 68, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in St. Albans. A memorial service and inurnment will be held in the spring. The family invites you to view further information and share your memories by … Read more

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