Month: July 2016

Ben & Jerry’s to expand

ST. ALBANS — Plans to significantly expand Ben & Jerry’s manufacturing facility in St. Albans were confirmed Friday by a spokesperson for the company headquartered in South Burlington. The company employs more than 300 people at its 20-year-old plant in the St. Albans Town Industrial Park. Rumors have swirled locally about the size of the expansion, with some indication that it could roughly double the size of the existing footprint, but company officials would not confirm any details saying the planning process has yet to be completed. Still, confirmation of the company’s plan to expand its production in St....

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ACTON, Mass. — Paul T. Branon, 80, of Acton, Mass. died peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Fairfield, he was the youngest of 10 children of E. Frank and Mary (Barry) Branon. He was predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters. Mr. Branon was a graduate of St. John’s Prep in Danvers and the College of the Holy Cross, Class of 1958. He proudly served our country as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force/SAC as a combat ready crew member of the B-47, and was a local business...

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Weather tops discussions at UVM Field Day

ALBURGH — Agronomist and nutrient management specialist Heather Darby shared the dirt on the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program Thursday, at the program’s 2016 “Field Day.” It was an all-day event, held at the Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh and hosted by the farm’s owners and operators, Roger and Claire Rainville. The morning was devoted to an instructional tour, demonstrating the program’s recent studies, followed by an extravagant lunch, a tasting time and a series of afternoon workshops. The day began with Darby warning the attendees — dozens of farmers, students and community members...

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ST. ALBANS — June Elizabeth Leach lost her courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease on July 26, 2016, at St. Albans Health and Rehab. She was born in Georgia on May 29, 1944, the daughter of the late Eldon A. Reynolds and Elizabeth (Dewart) Reynolds. On Aug. 7, 1965, in St. Albans, she married the love of her life, Robert C. Leach, who survives her. June worked at being the best mom she could be to her children. We are blessed to have had such a wonderful woman to love, cherish, and care for us as she did. Mom enjoyed...

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Planning Commission deliberates privately

SWANTON — The Swanton Planning Commission takes their new vow of transparency seriously. That was about all they offered the public at a special meeting Wednesday night, where they planned a written response to allegations that the commission violated Vermont’s Open Meeting Law. The Planning Commission spent the duration of the meeting, more than an hour, in executive session, conferring with the town’s lawyer, Ed Adrian, about a response to allegations put forth by Anthony Iarrapino. Iarrapino, an attorney for the Swanton Wind Project, filed a complaint with the town July 18. The complaint stemmed from a public records...

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