Author: Elaine Ezerins

Highgate considers future of ATVs in town

HIGHGATE — The Highgate selectboard is one step closer to passing an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance to help local law enforcement crack down on illegal usage. The board met with representatives from the Vermont State Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association (VASA), and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Thursday night to discuss whether to pass an ordinance banning all ATV use or one permitting use on certain secondary roads in the town. “We feel that at this point, it’s our job to put an ordinance in place so that it can be enforced,” said Sharon Bousquet,...

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Partnership honors bookmobile director

ST. ALBANS — Deb Grennon, the director of the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile, received the 2017 John W. Engroff Legacy Award Wednesday, honoring her commitment to the wellbeing of children, families and individuals in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. The award, developed by the Franklin Grand Isle Community Partnership in 2008, is given annually to the person who best exemplifies the legacy of John Engroff, the coordinator of the partnership from 2003 to 2007. The criterion includes a spirit of collaboration, a sense of humor and a commitment to the wellbeing of all community members. At the partnership meeting...

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Legislators anxious about $45M gap

ST. ALBANS — Several House Representatives in Franklin County are grave, apprehensive about finding money to close the $45 million budget gap in Vermont’s general fund upon their January return to Montpelier. Representatives Kathy Keenan, Marianna Gamache, Carl Rosenquist, Cindy Weed, Barbara Murphy and Dan Connor stopped by the Franklin Grand Isle Community Partnership meeting Wednesday to comment on the state’s finances, as well as the importance of civic involvement. Keenan, the ranking member on the House Committee on Appropriations, and Gamache, the representative for Swanton and Sheldon, questioned where the state could find additional revenue to meet the...

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Polar Express stops in Highgate

HIGHGATE — More than 150 children boarded the Polar Express in Highgate this weekend, riding all the way to the North Pole before returning home with a sleigh bell and book for Christmas. Hosted by the Highgate Library and Community Center for eight years running, the Polar Express brings magic back into the holidays for area children. Librarian Liza Comiskey said with a boarding pass, children are able to get on the Polar Express at the library. “The elves punch it with a snowflake punch,” she said. Comiskey said selectboard chair Sharon Bousquet and the school nurse volunteered to...

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Highgate gets pedestrian friendly

HIGHGATE — Hundreds of Highgate Elementary School (HES) students jumped off their buses at St. Louis Catholic Church on Lamkin Street early Friday morning to take a new route to school – the freshly poured and painted sidewalks and crosswalks in Highgate Center. The Lamkin Street sidewalk project, spanning from the church to the Highgate Municipal Building on Route 78 (with crosswalks in between), is complete, wrapping up the third week of November. To celebrate, students, parents, school staff, selectboard members, sidewalk construction committee members, town officials, fire fighters, RiseVT health advocates and others gathered in front of St....

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