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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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Missisquoi Valley Union held its annual history fair Thursday night. Presenters filled the gym as family and friends came to view the posters presenting the students’ research, which this year focused on an 1800s theme. Led by 8th grade teachers David Szabo and Tom Sumner, students were judged in multiple categories and 10 awards will be presented to the students with the best projects. Here, Avery Feeley presents his research on sawmills to Yvon Dandurand and his grandfather, Robert Lamarche. Avery’s grandfather Serge Dandurand helped him build the display.  ...

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Be a fool, make ’em laugh

RICHFORD — This past weekend was Richford’s annual Hometown Follies. It was held at the Richford Town Hall on Friday and Saturday, with residents offering up their talents to raise funds for Meals on Wheels and senior meals offered at the Crossing Restaurant. The follies have been part of the fabric of the Richford community since at least the 1930s. Stage Director, Marianne Hall, has been involved with the “ Follies” for 15 years. She is a retired English teacher, who grew up in Richford.  “When I moved back to the area, I attended the Follies which at that...

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Dr Areson, NMC, VT
Running of the Bells
Festival of Trees 2017