Author: Elaine Ezerins

Governor welcomes treatment center

ST. ALBANS — Governor Phil Scott joined members of Vermont’s health care community, local and state officials, and representatives of BAART Programs, an organization providing opioid addiction treatment and rehabilitation, to celebrate the latest medication-assisted treatment center to open in Vermont Thursday. BAART Programs hosted a press conference and open house at the new St. Albans opioid treatment hub on South Main Street yesterday afternoon, inviting community members to tour the facility and ask questions. Since opening at the end of September, the St. Albans hub now serves 235 patients, according to Jason Goguen, BAART’s regional director of operations....

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Peers recognize Maple Run school board

ST. ALBANS — The Maple Run Unified School District (MRUSD) board has won the 2017 Vermont School Board Association (VSBA) award for exceptional leadership, in part due to the way the board handled the unification of three school districts under Act 46. “Vermont has nearly 300 elected boards that oversee the system of public education,” said Nicole Mace, the executive director of VSBA. “The award for exceptional board leadership is a means of recognizing the contributions of a specific school board. It is also a way to recognize all of the hard work done by board members who serve...

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NMC unveils expansion

ST. ALBANS — Hundreds of people from the health care community and beyond gathered inside Northwestern Medical Center’s (NMC) new medical office building Wednesday afternoon to celebrate a successful capital campaign and a soon-to-be completed $31 million renovation project. The lobby was filled to the hilt with hospital staff and directors, capital campaign contributors, local and state government officials including Gov. Phil Scott, business owners, and a variety of other community members, all present to hear about the two-year construction project, those who made it possible and to tour the new facility. “As we open this beautiful new medical...

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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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