Author: Contributors

Final call for Lapierre

ST. ALBANS — Suspended from two ladder firetrucks in radiant late spring sunlight, a giant American flag flapped in the breeze on Saturday afternoon. Below it, a cadre of first responders from across the state and beyond stood in formation, saluting the convoy of emergency vehicles that served as a funeral procession for fallen firefighter Steven Lapierre. Flags across the entire state of Vermont flew at half-staff, per Gov. Peter Shumlin’s May 13 order, to honor Lapierre, 58, a lifelong Georgia resident and the first in the department’s 64-year history to die in the line of duty. Hundreds of...

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Students take lead in hiring of teachers

FLETCHER — Students at the Fletcher Elementary School are making major decisions about the future of their school. This year, they have more than a little involvement in the process of hiring new staff for next fall. They are conducting every aspect of the job searches, from crafting the help wanted postings and reviewing applications, to writing questions and conducting interviews. Their work isn’t complete until they’ve made a hiring recommendation to the superintendent. The effort is one of many aimed at promoting student leadership and engagement at the sixth grade level in Fletcher. Throughout the year, students study...

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Relay for families

ST. ALBANS — Relay for Life is making some changes this year. Instead of being an overnight event, it will last from noon to midnight on June 25. There’s also this year’s theme – Dance through the decades. Being part of Relay inevitably brings up somber memories, but Jennifer Clark, community manager of the New England Division of the American Cancer Society, suggested it could also be a time to get together and have fun. “That’s what we were thinking when we came up with the 2016 theme,” she said. “There are literally decades of survivors, of families, friends,...

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From Vermont to Alaska

ST. ALBANS — Eleanor Wirts may have grown up in St. Albans, but she found her home in Alaska. She has gone from training horses – an riders – to training and mushing dogs, while living in a yurt beneath the aurora borealis. Wirts now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska where she runs a dog mushing business, “Just Short of Magic.” She has also returned to living on the grid, with electricity if not other amenities. The daughter of Dr. Henry Wirts, a retired OBGYN, and Linda Wirts, Eleanor was born in 1964, and grew up on 150 acres of...

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21st Century luxury

SWANTON – As any member of its arts council will tell you, Swanton residents have always had hidden artistic talents in need of a forum. But few of those residents have found it in the Big City. Actually, only one. That’s 48-year-old Robert Arpin. Last week, he launched PARLOUR, his unique furniture brand, at Spin NYC in SoHo. He’s still trying to spread his work around, to find other showrooms to display his pieces – but their SoHo debut went really well, he says, well enough to draw the attention of Interior Design magazine. “What I’ve launched is just...

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