Author: Michelle Monroe

Fire damages Franklin store

FRANKLIN — A store in Franklin owned by Arnold Byam was severely damaged by fire Wednesday morning. Franklin Fire Chief Mike Lawyer reported that firefighters were called to Byam’s Quick Stop on Lake Road around 9:30 a.m. “We had smoke and fire on the second floor,” he said. “No flames showing outside yet.” That may have been because of the layers of roofing on the building, which prevented the fire from breaking through the roof. They also created a challenged for firefighters who had to peel back the layers to get at the fire in between, he explained. Berkshire,...

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Howard “Hank” Lawrence Leach Jr.

ENOSBURG FALLS — Howard “Hank” Lawrence Leach Jr., a well-known business owner and lifelong resident of Enosburg Falls, Vt., died unexpectedly on Sunday Nov. 19, 2017 at the age of 51. Born in St. Albans, on Feb. 15, 1966, he was the son of Louise B. (Blouin) Leach and Howard “Buzzy” Leach Sr. He was a graduate from Enosburg Falls High School in the year of 1985. Over the years Hank went on to take over the family business, owning and operating the Gravel Pit and later incorporating his logging business. His extremely strong work ethic, which was learned...

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How to pay for clean water?

SWANTON – To meet the goals set by the Lake Champlain TMDL and Vermont’s Clean Water Act, the state will have to invest an average of $90 million per year between 2020 and 2024. That was the conclusion of the Act 73 Working Group created by the legislature last session. The group, chaired by Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore, released its report last week. Monday night, Moore was in Swanton to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, where she talked about the report. The working group looked at the near term. Over...

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Turkeys hog island spotlight

SWANTON — If you live in West Swanton, Hog Island is all around you. And you might not even know it. Even those who know that the West Swanton area was once called “Hog Island” might not know why, or when it was called such, or when the hog population relinquished its rights to the human dwellers who now reside there. Ron Kilburn, the Swanton Historical Society’s president, explored those questions in a talk on Hog Island at the Swanton Railroad Depot Museum on Oct. 29. It was a talk only Kilburn could give, a tale of turkeys, stolen...

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Degree resigns from Senate

ST. ALBANS — Franklin County Republican Sen. Dustin Degree has accepted a leadership position in Gov. Phil Scott’s administration. Degree will serve as “special assistant” to the Governor and executive director of workforce expansion. Speaking with the Messenger this morning, Degree said that while he is excited by the opportunity, “It’s a little bittersweet.” The Governor’s Office announced Degree’s appointment in a press release issued this morning. Scott also appointed Democratic Rep. Sarah Buxton (Windsor-Orange 1) as director of workforce policy and performance within the Vermont Department of Labor. Degree will also work as executive director of the statewide...

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