Month: May 2015

PAUL H. MAHONEY

SWANTON — Paul H. Mahoney went heavenward from his home with his sister and caregiver nearby, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Paul was born March 28, 1934 in Richmond, Vt.; the beloved son of Mark and Mary (Ross) Mahoney.  When he was eight years old, the family moved to this farm in Swanton, where he remained for the rest of his life.  He attended a one-room-schoolhouse, St. Mary’s School, and St. Anne’s school as a youngster.  After 8th grade, he went to work on our family farm.  He loved all kinds of animals and there wasn’t an animal that...

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The sewers of 1913

An age without hope of ending pollution locally ST. ALBANS — Imagine a stinking ribbon of sewage meandering through back yards and human waste flooding Main Street during heavy rains. What if the best solution offered was to pipe the community’s excrement to a marsh right on the shores of a nearby lake? After all, that would allow the sewage to “purify naturally.” What if a brook traversing the nearest farmland became so foul that health officials within those farmers’ out-of-state market refused to accept their milk? Imagine the state’s laboratory director not only questioning that but also adding that “the...

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GEORGE O. STEBBINS JR.

SHELDON — The Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for George O. Stebbins, Jr. was held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Sheldon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kerry Cameron led the celebration of life. Kathleen Gorton, a daughter of Mr. Stebbins, served as organist. The Sheldon United Methodist Church Choir, joined by some family members, sang “Hymn of Promise”, a favorite of George and his late wife, Thelma. Rebecca Stebbins, a daughter of Mr. Stebbins, and Dale Peloubet sang a duet “Great is Thy Faithfulness” during the service. Two of Mr. Stebbins’ grandchildren participated with readings; Morgan Kittredge read “Love of the Land” and Ben Gorton read Acts 2: 25-26 and 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Rev. Kerry Cameron delivered the eulogy, which was followed with a time of sharing memories about Mr. Stebbins from several members of the family and friends. The congregation sang the closing hymn “Auld Lang Syne” and three of Mr. Stebbins’ sons, George, Gregory and Timothy served as urn bearers. Interment for Mr. Stebbins and his wife, Thelma, followed in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. George O. Stebbins Jr., a lifelong resident of Sheldon, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the same home he was born in at the age of 86. The Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls assisted Mr. Stebbins’ family with...

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MANURE SPILL: State fines Highgate farm

Regulators back up threats with action HIGHGATE — The owners and operators of a farm in Highgate have been fined $15,750 by the state after manure from their pit overflowed into Saxe Brook, a tributary of the Missisquoi River. Claude and Alain Fortin lease a farm on Campagna Road from Mark and Jean Gagne, and all four agreed to the payment and to an engineer’s inspection of the manure pit as part of a settlement with the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). ANR was alerted to the spill by Agency of Agriculture staff. In a written statement, Department of Environmental...

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Secret, quiet, daily stories

Local rally aims to raise awareness, bring change ST. ALBANS — How do you change a culture? More specifically, how do you change a culture that supports and perpetuates sexual and domestic violence? Those are the questions speakers at Wednesday’s Rally for Justice in Franklin County asked the community to consider. Kris Lukens, executive director of Voices Against Violence, kicked off the event held in Taylor Park asking, “What can we do to change the culture that allows sexual abuse and exploitation right here in our community?” The purpose of the rally was two-fold as it was also held to...

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