Month: April 2016

Truancy in Franklin County Part III

Editor’s note: This is the third part in a series of stories exploring truancy in Franklin County, and the work done by a panel of administrators and community members to combat absenteeism. ST. ALBANS — Just four months into the job, Lindsey Tomlinson is discovering the many challenges when it comes to addressing truancy for high school students in Franklin County. For one, she’s only funded through the Franklin-Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center for about 10 to 15 hours per week. Her caseload is currently five to six students, but she is hoping to build it to match the...

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ENOSBURG FALLS — Hilda Mae Bonnett a longtime Franklin County Resident passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Brownway Residence in Enosburg Falls. Born in Montgomery, on June 17, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Lumbra) Bonnett. Hilda was 73 years old. Hilda was educated in Montgomery. She loved country music and watching cartoons. Her most prized possession was her ‘Bee Baby’. She enjoyed embroidery, word search and coloring books. Hilda was always busy doing something. Aunt Hilda also loved all her summer vacations with Gene and Shelley and their grandchildren. She is...

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SWANTON — David Wayne Barney, age 56, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016, at his Platt St. residence. Born in St. Albans on March 7, 1960, he was the son of James and Maxine Barney. He graduated from Missisquoi Valley Union High School and on May 25, 2005, was married to the former Laura Loyer who survives him. David worked for 16 years as truck driver and heavy equipment operator with Andy Leduc Construction and at the time of his death was employed by the Town of Swanton. David loved to camp and spend time with...

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SWANTON — Jeanne D’Arc Day, age 91 years, a lifelong resident of the Swanton Community died Tuesday afternoon, April 26, 2016, at her Ferry St. residence with loving family at her side. Born in Swanton on Dec. 4, 1924, she was the daughter of the late David Joseph and Georgianna (Benjamin) Menard. She attended the former St. Anne’s Academy and on Feb. 11, 1945, was married to Francis C. Day who predeceased her in 2008. She was a lifelong parishioner of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – St. Louis Parish and belonged to the Ladies of St. Anne....

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Students take lead in hiring of teachers

FLETCHER — Students at the Fletcher Elementary School are making major decisions about the future of their school. This year, they have more than a little involvement in the process of hiring new staff for next fall. They are conducting every aspect of the job searches, from crafting the help wanted postings and reviewing applications, to writing questions and conducting interviews. Their work isn’t complete until they’ve made a hiring recommendation to the superintendent. The effort is one of many aimed at promoting student leadership and engagement at the sixth grade level in Fletcher. Throughout the year, students study...

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