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Ryan Bessette works with the plants in his aquaponic system. Because nutrients are fed to the plants consistently, Bessette's crop grows faster and larger than those planted in the ground.

HIGHGATE: Farming without soil

HIGHGATE – The half-dozen or so greenhouses on H&B Greenhouse and Nursery’s property in Highgate are filled to the brim with mums and other annuals which will soon be flying off the shelves. In one of the back greenhouses, half … Read more

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Swanton Car Show revs up community

SWANTON — Hundreds descended on the Swanton green Saturday to enjoy a day in the sun, music, and take a look at some beautiful cars. The sixth annual Swanton Chamber of Commerce Car Show was a huge hit for the … Read more

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A St. Albans Bay tradition

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Fireworks explode above St. Albans Bay Sunday, July 5, as the sun sets during the Bay Day celebration. See more photos in Monday’s edition of the St. Albans Messenger, and throughout the week.

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A rough ride

A windsurfer makes his way across Missisquoi Bay Tuesday afternoon through high winds in Highgate.

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Relay of hope

Cancer survivors Al and Dot Woodward, of Fairfax, make the first lap around the track at Collins-Perley Sports & Fitness Center Saturday in St. Albans for the Franklin County Relay for Life fundraiser. Forty-eight teams raised $113,346, led by STC … Read more

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Samuel Mayang sits on the porch of his Swanton apartment building Friday. Samuel, one of the Sudanese “Lost Boys,” is looking for a way to visit his home country again.

Sudan to Swanton

Samuel Mayang sees the world, yearns for home SWANTON — On the second story of a Victorian house on Grand Avenue there is a one bedroom apartment. It is bright white and sparsely furnished with a pine table, a couch, and a … Read more

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Presenting your 2015 Dairy Pageant contestants

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Kylie Bryce, the winner of the 59th Vermont Dairy Festival Scholarship Pageant, sits front center with the 10 other contestants that competed Thursday night at the Enosburg Opera House. Girls from area high schools were judged on talent, poise and … Read more

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Moments of reflection

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Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) Scott Beaulieu stand sat present-arms, waiting for the command to drop his salute during a rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ during a Memorial Day ceremony at Taylor Park in St. Albans Monday. Beaulieu gave … Read more

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New library director Michelle Beaulieu and trustee Becky Rupp sit outside the front door of the 99-year-old library.

Swanton Library evicts bees, opens front doors

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Change being written at 99-year-old institution SWANTON — For years the front door of the Swanton Public Library has been locked. The 99-year-old edifice boasts four Corinthian columns one of which was, until earlier this month, filled with tens of thousands … Read more

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Dustin Tanner is making something of himself and his life. He stands here with those who have made big differences in his journey to success. From left to right are Christine Sheldon, Dustin Tanner, Kathy Lavoie, and Mary Lynn Reid.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

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Dustin Tanner is a big, gregarious man, but even the biggest need a hand sometimes. Raised by his mother, Cynthia Brady, his stepfather, Mike, in Fairfield, he had few opportunities. One advantage he did have was supportive, loving parents who … Read more

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