Author: Michelle Monroe

Audrey Vivian FitzSimmons

FRANKLIN – Audrey Vivian FitzSimmons passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 12, 2018, less than two years after the death of her loving husband Frederic. She was born on December 8, 1929 in Quincy, Mass. to Chester and Vivian Baker. She graduated from Oliver Ames High School. She was the beloved mother of nine children. Susan and Dan Burns of Enosburg, Vt., Carol and Richard Fontinha of Mars Hill, Maine, Michael and Jane FitzsSimmons of Brockton, Mass., Ann and Bill Tucker of Middleboro, Mass., James FitzSimmons and friend Lisa Wong of West Bridgewater, Mass., Joseph and Jennifer...

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Sanders talks with veterans, seniors

ST. ALBANS — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke about the needs of veterans and seniors during a community dinner at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hall Saturday night. Attendees also raised a range of concerns including the possibility of doing away with the Electoral College and their concerns about President Donald Trump. Sanders began by speaking of veterans. “People who have utilized this hall have put their lives on the line for their country,” he said. The Veterans Administration (VA) should be strengthened, not privatized, in his view. “We do not give tax breaks to billionaires and then...

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City takes aim at stormwater

ST. ALBANS CITY — On Monday night, the St. Albans City Council gave initial approval to a new, combined stormwater ordinance that would create a stormwater utility and meet several requirements placed on the city by the state to protect Rugg and Stevens brooks. “This is a huge step toward cleaning up St. Albans Bay,” said Chip Sawyer, the city’s director of planning and development. “Quite frankly, we don’t have much of a choice.” Much of the proposed work is required under the city’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, which is aimed at addressing runoff into Rugg...

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EPA gives state “provisional pass” on Lake Champlain

ST. ALBANS — Vermont has received a “provisional pass” for its work thus far on meeting the goals laid out in the Lake Champlain TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Vermont has demonstrated commitment to implementing the phosphorus TMDL for Lake Champlain and establishing a strong framework to support future phosphorous load reductions,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn. The TMDL requires the state to reduce the amount of phosphorous entering Lake Champlain to levels that will not harm water quality within the next 20 years. That work was split into two...

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‘Normal’ guy running for governor: Swanton man wants to encourage discussion

SWANTON — Joseph Barney is running for governor. The 24-year-old Missisquoi Valley Union teacher is campaigning as an independent because, he said, he wants people to know an ordinary person like himself can be involved in politics. “I’m about as normal as they come,” he said. “I drive a car with a squeaky strut whose registration expired yesterday. I want to be the face that says ‘if he can run, anyone can.’” “There’s a lot of people who raise issues and talk fervently… and don’t do anything about it,” he said, including voting. “If someone takes issue with what’s...

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