Author: Elodie Reed

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Garage situation won’t go away

ST. ALBANS TOWN — Plows, salt trucks, culvert experts and road workers may be easy to forget until it snows, floods wash roads away, or one is sitting in traffic as the road is being repaved. But, a week from Tuesday, St. Albans Town officials will ask residents to think deeply about the Department of Public Works (DPW). The Nov. 10 special election, asks for approval of a $2.4 million project to build a new DPW facility on town property along Brigham Road. If not now, say town officials, the project will surely have to be done down the...

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Village at Franklin Park likely to see expansion

ST. ALBANS — The long-halted development of the Village at Franklin Park may get a jumpstart within a month. The upscale housing development, located just east of the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail behind the Franklin Park West industrial park, has received an extension of its Act 250 permit until 2020. The property was foreclosed on in 2014 and sold in auction in April. The new owner and developer, Patrick Malone of Malone Properties of Montpelier, filed an application for an amendment to the Act 250 permit awarded to GSD Development in 2004 to construct 92 condos on the lot....

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And now, the hard part

David Ayers, 64, rakes leaves in front of his High Street home Monday. “I’ve lived here 13 years – it seems like there’s a lot more foliage this year,” said Ayers, a retired stonemason. “Look at all of...

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Northwest Nightmares Film Festival: A frightening performance

Sam Freeman, 14, puts makeup on Savannah Dufresne, 16, outside the Welden Theatre in St. Albans Monday night. Both girls, from Swanton, were part of the flash mob performed by Roxy Dance Studio for the Northwest Nightmares Film Festival. More than 50 people lined the sidewalk outside the movie theater to watch the performance before heading inside to enjoy the amateur short horror films made by community members. Zach Scheffler and his team Babacoops took home the top prize for his short film, “Red...

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PARTNERSHIPS: Promise Community tightening its focus

ST. ALBANS — A frightening pattern of trauma is emerging among the area’s younger students, according to Franklin Central Supervisory Union Early Childhood Programs Director Michelle Spence. That statement and other issues were on the table Wednesday as the Promise Community began to prioritize its goals to meet child and family needs locally. “Last week, we had three kids get pulled into [Dept. of Children and Families] custody – in one week,” Spence explained at the meeting at the Church of the Rock. Winton Goodrich, Franklin Northwest school superintendent, who also attended, added, “It’s particularly troubling in all elementary...

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