Month: September 2016

FNESU contemplates ‘informed inactivity’

ENOSBURG FALLS — After an hour-long discussion Thursday night, the five local boards comprising Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union (FNESU) were given the same marching orders as last June, to reach out to the public and garner a response as to why an Act 46 merger failed and what the boards should do moving forward.   The school boards of Enosburgh, Richford and Montgomery had not yet reached out to their individual communities by the first supervisory union meeting of the school year, while both Bakersfield and Berkshire did some digging in the off months.   Jean-Marie Clark, a school...

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Vandalism exposes bigger concerns

SWANTON — Swanton Police know the identity of young vandals defacing community resources and landmarks. However, of what to do with 13-year-olds who likely feel they have no place in the community is the greater challenge, Chief of Police Joey Stell explained at a forum Wednesday night.   “These are kids who are bored. They have nothing better to do,’” he said. “So they think, ‘I’m going to be in your face.’”   Stell said the Swanton Police Department is fairly certain they know the identities of the kids involved. They call themselves the “MM13,” a gang “tag” sprayed...

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SWANTON — Rusty K. Brace, age 52 years, passed away Sept. 28, 2016, with his loving family gathered around him. Rusty had suffered and fought a valiant battle with cancer for many years. Rusty was born Dec. 21, 1963, in St. Albans to his biological mom Mary Etta Brace. Mary had fought throughout her short life with tuberculosis. She loved her family very much and did everything that she could for them. She was a loving mother who put her children first every time. Sadly TB took her from us at only 36 years of age. After Mary passed...

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ST. ALBANS — May Mila Shearer, long-time resident of St. Albans, passed away on Sept. 20, 2016, at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre. Born on March 12, 1924, in West Newbury, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Mila (Egley) Rogers. May was 92 years old. May was married to Jack S. Shearer, who preceded her in death on June 26, 1987. May worked at Leader Evaporation Company, Inc. in St. Albans from 1964 to 1989 as office manager/bookkeeper. She also served as corporation secretary/treasurer and on the Board of Directors for many years. In 1984, she was elected president of Leader Evaporation Company, Inc. and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1989. May was a former director and active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Northwestern Medical Center, former director of Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation, former director of Associated Industries of Vermont, past chairperson and director of the Vermont Maple Festival, board member and past chairperson of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and St. Albans Chamber of Commerce, past board member and chairperson of Civil Authority and past president of King’s Daughters Home. May also served as past treasurer of NARF, past president of the American Heart Association, past president of the Autonoe Club, past trustee of St. Albans Free Library, board member Franklin County Museum, past secretary and treasurer for...

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MIDDLEBURY – Anna Maria Johnson, 90, a resident of Vermont since 1946, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at her residence.  She was born May 26, 1926 in San Servero, Italy, the daughter of Salvatore and Maria Michele (Gramazia) Patrizio. She married Staff Sergeant Stanley Carlton Johnson, United States Army, March 1945 in her home town of Italy. Arriving in Vermont prior to her husband’s discharge upon the end of World War II with her first child and expecting another, speaking only Italian, she began a new life here in America. Along with her husband, they raised seven children. In...

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