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Yoga teaches first-graders self-regulation skills

ST. ALBANS — Amy Ward, school counselor at St. Albans Town Educational Center approached RiseVT with the idea of doing a six-week yoga class as part of the first grade curriculum. Ward currently teaches mindfulness to the second grade. Her hope was to provide students with skills for self-regulation so that they are able to be present and ready to learn in the classroom and in life. Jessica Frost, RiseVT wellness specialist who focuses on the Maple Run Unified District and Franklin West Supervisory Union, is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), who is personally passionate about yoga and a...

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Celebrating the railroad’s centennial in 1950

In October, 1950, the railroad celebrated the arrival of the first train in St. Albans one hundred years earlier in 1850. The event included the arrival of several engines, which were put on display. These engines included the antique wood-burning engine #40. A wood-burning engine is distinctive from one that burns coal because of the over-sized smoke stack. Most likely the #40 had been a workhorse for the Grand Trunk Railroad in its early years, and by 1950 was owned by the Canadian National Railroad. In the train shed bay at the left and just barely visible there is...

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How to cut back on holiday waste

The holiday season is a joyful time of year. But the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day also tend to be very wasteful. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that household waste increases by more than 25 percent during the holiday season. Reducing waste come the holiday season does not mean celebrants have to forgo big family meals or beautifully wrapped gifts. In fact, there are several ways to reduce waste without spoiling the spirit of the season. Give eco-conscious gifts. The environment may not be the first thing that comes to mind when holiday shoppers are looking...

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Welden House Hotel

From the St. Albans Museum: The Welden House Hotel was being built at the time of the Civil War. It was hoped that President Abraham Lincoln would visit St. Albans and stay at the hotel, but fate had other plans. The hotel stood intact for about thirty years before it would succumb to fire in the 1890s. We have also included a couple of photos of the main lobby, front desk and the very elegant dining room. The Welden House also housed the local post office at the street level, and a bank and that is the reason why...

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Where have all of the weathervanes gone?

From the Saint Albans Museum: In the 19th century the weathervane was a common part of the Vermont and St. Albans landscape. Many stood tall atop the cupolas of cattle and horse barns, and carriage houses all over the City and Town. Once there were running horse weather vanes on Congress and Fairfield Streets, a witch flew atop a structure on North Main Street, and a locomotive steamed into the wind on Smith street. Now all gone! One of the most unusual and probably valuable weathervanes was on top of the Holy Angels convent and school. Known as “Fame”,...

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