Author: Elaine Ezerins

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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Sprucing up Alburgh

ALBURGH — The Town of Alburgh’s selectboard and planning commission are close to rounding out two projects undertaken with the goal of sprucing up Main Street. Construction on the streetscape project, installing a sidewalk along the main drag, is expected to start this spring. “It’s been in the works for a dozen years,” said Terry Tatro, chair of the planning commission. The proposed ordinance to regulate nuisance properties will come into effect much sooner. Tatro said the streetscape project began when former U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords was still in office. His office helped secure federal funding for Alburgh to...

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Farmers change practices to protect bay

ST. ALBANS TOWN — Farmers, state agency representatives and community members interested in improving water quality boarded a school bus Thursday afternoon to tour farms in the St. Albans Bay watershed implementing agricultural conservation practices in their fields. Passengers, including Dept. of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker and staffers from U.S. Rep. Peter Welch’s office, got an up close view of how agronomic practices such as no-till or reduced till, cover cropping and the usage of a roller crimper affected corn yields at four different farms this year: Bess-View, Longway, Magnant and Machia. The University of Vermont Extension’s Northwest...

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