Author: Elaine Ezerins

Picking up the pieces: Life after losing a loved one to addiction

ST. ALBANS — A hummingbird with his name and death date, May 10, 2017, are inked onto his mother’s shoulder blade. The dog tags from his years in the U.S. Army hang around his sister’s neck, with his ashes encased in resin on the front. John Thorpe, of Georgia, may have passed away at the age of 31 from an overdose of heroin, fentanyl and Molly, but the memory of him — his loyalty, his positivity, his energy for life — lives on in his family. John’s parents, Mary and Bob, and his sister, Jaime, were by his side...

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Search for town hall location narrows

ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Town infrastructure study committee, in charge of analyzing properties in the town on their suitability for a new municipal complex, has narrowed their scope to two properties. The first property, named the Lupu lot, is roughly eight acres located on the northeast corner of Fisher Pond Road and Fairfield Hill Road, adjacent to Northwestern Counseling & Support Service’s Family Center. The second property, named the Ingleside Equities lot, is just shy of 10 acres, located south of Fairfield Hill road and east of Fairfax Road, behind the existing businesses. Ingleside Equity, Inc. is...

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Highgate settles MVR lawsuit

HIGHGATE — The Town of Highgate has agreed to pay Missisquoi Valley Rescue (MVR), Inc., $28,500 to resolve a lawsuit the emergency service filed against the town last February, according to selectboard chair Sharon Bousquet. The agreement also requires the selectboard to add an article to Town Meeting Day this year, asking voters whether or not they want to contract with MVR beginning in July 2019. The vote will be binding due to the legal contract, Bousquet stated. Bousquet discussed the lawsuit openly with the public at the Jan. 4 selectboard meeting, explaining the “bones” of the agreement and...

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GMT examining routes, expansions possible

ST. ALBANS — Green Mountain Transit (GMT) is working to improve services for riders throughout their system, including in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. The regional public transportation system is close to finishing their NextGen Transit Development Plan, which identifies ways to better match services with current needs, and makes services more direct, convenient and simpler, according to GMT. The planning process begin in early 2017, when GMT hired Nelson Nygaard, a transportation consulting firm based out of Boston, Mass, to lead an in-depth study into existing demands and services and develop improvement options. “We haven’t done anything of...

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Farr named Citizen of the Year

ST. ALBANS — For his ability to enact change, develop trust and work for the betterment of children and the community, James Farr, the chair of the Maple Run Unified School District (MRUSD) board of directors, is the Rotary Club of St. Albans Citizen of the Year for 2017. During the club’s luncheon Tuesday afternoon, MRUSD staff and board members joined Rotarians in recognizing Farr’s leadership and commitment to bettering the community. “The St. Albans Rotary Citizen of the Year award was started in 1993 by our club to recognize individuals that go beyond the call of duty volunteering...

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