Author: Elodie Reed

Woman behind the mask: Sonja Sayers coping with effects of cancer

ST. ALBANS — All Sonja Sayers wants is to just feel normal. That, to say the least, has been challenging. Three years ago, Sayers, a 37-year-old St. Albans resident, was diagnosed with mucoepidermoid carcinoma on June 18, 2012. While the salivary gland cancer is fairly common, the form it took in Sayers was not: it was in her nose and caused its amputation.   “It’s very rare,” said Sayers, while seated at Tatro’s Gourmet Soup & Sandwich on Thursday. “They weren’t sure how to treat it.” After seeing a number of specialists, it was determined that Sayer’s form of...

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Out of the woods: Once forgotten Town Forest wins recognition

ST. ALBANS TOWN — Starting as a place that most people didn’t know how to find and now, getting recognized as a Vermont Centennial Town Forest Award recipient, the St. Albans Town Forest has come a long way. The town will be honored tomorrow at the Community Conservation Summit held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. It is among 13 other communities recognized as having the model town forest in its county. Nancy Patch, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation county forester for Franklin County, nominated the St. Albans Town Forest. She said this week that though...

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Bags of Love: Local women creating gifts for foster children

ST. ALBANS — Along a rural Highgate road and up the stairs of a small log cabin, Adrienne Perrino sits in her workroom surrounded by fabric, thread and family keepsakes, trying to make a difference for local foster children. Perrino, a 75-year-old retired teacher, spends many hours each week sewing quilts and bags with a small volunteer group that creates “Bags of Love.” The effort is conducted under the nationwide umbrella organization, “It’s My Very Own” (IMVO). In the Franklin County chapter, five local women put together bags with a handmade quilt, age-appropriate personal care items and toys. These...

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Oliver Bourgeois, 3, collects rocks to put in his toy Gator on Hog Island in West Swanton Tuesday. Unseasonable warm weather this week has set up plenty of opportunties to play outside. Clear skies tonight and a low of 49 will set up another pleasant day tomorrow, with sun and a high of...

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Financing key issue at garage hearing

ST. ALBANS TOWN — In the run up to next Tuesday’s special election, St. Albans Town Selectboard held the first of two public hearings Monday night. Town residents had questions about ballot items and their financing, and a former selectman also suggested that a massive infrastructure project hadn’t been discussed enough publicly. Before all that, town manager Carrie Johnson led the conversation and explained the three articles on the ballot: relocating and building a new Department of Public Works (DPW) with $2,482,000 borrowed in local option taxes over 15 years, or $213,000 annually; a $268,000 salt shed to be...

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