Author: Elodie Reed

Farm to Ballet

ESSEX/HIGHGATE — There are few scenarios in which a ballet performance is interrupted by a cow mooing – and that interruption is welcomed. But the animal’s noise – which came at a perfectly timed break in music – was not out of place at a Farm to Ballet show on Sunday, Aug. 23. The performance, hosted by the Von Gal Farm in Essex Junction and its farmer, Paul de la Bruere, of Highgate, was a one-of-a-kind ballet that was created by Vermonter and dancer Chatch Pregger. “I’ve always been excited about food,” said Pregger, who grew up in Fair...

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Savage to stay on Alburgh board

ALBURGH — Bernard Savage elected not to resign from his selectboard position Tuesday. Savage, 57, made that decision during a meeting last night that was held without incident until the end, when a shouting match erupted. The anger was mostly directed toward the selectboard for asking Savage to resign, and some of it was also directed at the media. At the beginning of the meeting, prior to any other business, the four other selectboard members made a unanimous motion asking Savage to resign in light of the federal charge he received last week for distributing cocaine. Savage’s home and...

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On a mission

ST. ALBANS — All their lives, children who attend the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints – more commonly known as the Mormon church – grow up hearing about, and looking forward to, their missions. There’s even a child’s hymn: “I hope they call me on a mission…” So when young men turn 18 and young women turn 19, they look for a letter to come in the mail, informing them of their new home for 18-24 months. Laura Antillon, a 20-year-old from Berkshire, learned, for instance, that she would serve in Chile. She just returned from her mission...

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Fletcher town clerk retiring after 31 years

FLETCHER — She’s the smiling lady in the Fletcher Clerk’s Office and has been so for over 31 years. But next week will be Elaine Sweet’s last as town clerk. “It’s the next step in my life,” said Sweet in an interview last week. Her final day is August 27, and as she gets ready to depart the position she’s held for most of her adulthood, Sweet took some time to look back. Sweet was working at Franklin Lamoille Bank – now TD Bank – when she learned about the position. “I had heard that the town clerk was...

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Alburgh selectman charged for drugs

ALBURGH — Bernard Savage was allowed to return home Wednesday after a federal judge determined he did not pose a risk to his community. Savage, 57, is an Alburgh resident, selectman and business owner. Yesterday, at U.S. District Court in Burlington, he was formally charged with distribution of cocaine, a charge which carries a penalty of 10 years or more in prison. Savage was not required to enter a plea to the charge. He was also released on a number of stringent conditions until his next court appearance. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy presided over detention and probable cause hearings for Savage, who had been held in prison since he was arrested with a warrant signed last Friday and executed Monday. According to an affidavit, Savage has been the subject of a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation since late 2013 and had his home and business, B.P. Autoworks, raided July 1. He was taken into police custody after arriving at Northwestern Medical Center last Thursday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his hand. Under federal law, known illicit users of controlled substances – court documents show that Savage allegedly waived his rights during the raid and told a Vermont State Police (VSP) officer he used and sold cocaine “here and there” – are not allowed to purchase, possess or use firearms.   Probable cause Appearing in green shirt and pants...

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