Month: February 2015

St. Paul’s pastor brings new energy

ST. ALBANS —  At 35, and as the youngest-ever pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Megan Stowe already has been a minister for more than 10 years. The second-ever female pastor here spent the last eight working in the capital region of New York State, but always hoped to move with her family to Vermont. That became a reality with her arrival at St. Paul’s this past July. With her came her young family, an appreciation for small town life, the ability to capitalize on social media, and something more. The new pastor is working with church members to...

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AVEN MICHAEL ROYEA

RICHFORD — Aven Michael Royea, age one year and eight months, passed away unexpectedly at the Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington with his loving family at his side. He was born May 26, 2013 in St. Albans the son of Joslynn Bessette of Richford and Kevin Royea, Jr. of Orleans. Aven enjoyed swimming in great papa farmer’s swimming pool, riding the four-wheeler with Uncle Logan, snowmobiling, having Aunt Bailey pulling him outside in the snow, cuddling with Meme and Papa, John Deere tractors. Aven also loved going to truck and car shows and the sounds of engines. Most of all he loved spending time with his Mommy. Besides his parents, Aven is survived by his maternal grandparents, Larry and Michele Bessette of Richford; paternal grandparents, Kevin and Laura Royea Sr. of Orleans; maternal great grandparents, Gary Lutes, Brenda Ballard, Roger Gendron, Dianne Bessette and Joseph Martel all of Richford; paternal great grandfather, Harold Johnson of Richford; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Aven was predeceased by his paternal great grandparents, Phyllis Johnson and Basil and Winnie Royea. Aven’s family would like to thank everyone who has been in Aven’s life that has made it wonderful for him. A funeral service will be held Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Tim Stetson officiating. Interment will be held later...

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Zipping through vacation

Chiara Skeels, 11, slides down Hard’ack hill Thursday afternoon with Stephen Buel, 14, not far behind. Skeels, Buel and two more friends braved the nippy, single-digit temperatures yesterday for some winter...

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Eight dogs confiscated

ST. ALBANS — On Thursday, Feb. 5, law enforcement, local officials, and animal rescue staff arrived at the home of Randall Sheperd, 53, of Richford, with a warrant to remove dogs believed to be suffering from extreme neglect. It was not the first time dogs had been removed from the Sheperd residence. Two emaciated dogs were taken from an unheated trailer at his home in December 2013. Rescuers expected they would find two or three dogs, according to Richford Selectman Chris Martel, who handles animal control issues on behalf of the selectboard. Instead, they found seven females and one...

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Deep cold extracts toll

ST. ALBANS — Two water main breaks in St. Albans City Tuesday morning were just some of the many winter woes public works departments are experiencing this year. One break has been repaired while another is expected to be fully fixed by this afternoon. A boil water order, sent out yesterday morning, is still in effect for all users of St. Albans City water. Residents can use water to wash with, but must boil it before drinking or using for cooking. The breaks, which occurred around 8 a.m. yesterday, were on Barlow Street near the Stevens Brook bridge and...

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