Author: Elaine Ezerins

A history of helping

ENOSBURG FALLS — Lise Gates, owner of The Dairy Center on Route 105 in Enosburg Falls, not only took over managing the family business from her parents Ralph and Cecile Demers, but their propensity to be stewards of the community as well. Gates’ impact on the local community was recognized at the national level this spring, when she received the Mother of Achievement award from American Mothers, Inc. “She’s always helping somebody,” said Tim Stetson, a member of Enosburg Falls Lion’s Club, which nominated Gates for the award. “If somebody’s kind of down on their luck or had something...

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Confusion reigns in town fire dept. plans

ST. ALBANS TOWN — The work St. Albans Town and City firefighters were doing to move toward operating as one department has been temporarily halted, after confusion arose around the purpose of the St. Albans Town selectboard’s letter of intent, according to chair Bruce Cheeseman. Cheeseman made the announcement after former selectboard chair Stan Dukas showed up to Monday night’s meeting, urging the board to slow down and understand all the facts before making any changes to the structure of the two fire departments. “We need to understand what we’re doing before we go and start making changes,” advised...

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Town gets industrious

ST. ALBANS — The expansion of three manufacturing companies in the St. Albans Town Industrial Park, over three years, will create 165 jobs: 65 at Ben & Jerry’s, 50 at Peerless Clothing and 50 at Barry Callebaut. “It all starts with jobs,” said Tim Smith, executive director of Franklin County Industrial Development Corp (FCIDC), about how to build a strong economy. In addition to the jobs at the companies themselves, the expansions also create jobs for construction workers. “Not only are they here renting a room, they’re eating at the restaurants, they’re spending money on groceries; all that has...

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Visiting a restored forest

ENOSBURG FALLS — Nancy Patch, the forester for Franklin and Grand Isle counties, led the way down a grassy hill Wednesday afternoon to the start of Brownway River Trail, a mile-long path bordering the Missisquoi River in Enosburg Falls. The Galland family of Enosburg, Stacy Carpenter, a public health nurse at the Vermont Dept. of Health, and the Messenger followed, eager to learn about the plants, native and invasive to Vermont, and animals living in the 30-acre parcel of land conserved under the Vermont Land Trust. As part of RiseVT’s fall series of show up events, one-hour activities designed...

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Town exploring new municipal complex

ST. ALBANS TOWN — The St. Albans Town infrastructure steering committee is analyzing possible locations for a new municipal complex. Committee members met up at the St. Albans Town Hall Monday evening to discuss the pros and cons of more than 10 properties, many of which are located along Route 104 or Route 7. The committee was created back in May to review previous studies conducted on the town’s infrastructure and analyze current and future needs of residents. “There’s general consensus that we believe we need to move both the town hall and DPW [Dept. of Public Works] from...

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