Author: Mike Frett

Organ recipient advocates living donation

HIGHGATE – Jill Yandow wants people to know that they can be a “living donor.” After undergoing a liver transplant earlier this year, the Highgate resident hopes that people become more proactive with organ donations to hopefully shorten the waitlist for transplants and, in her words, make it so people undergoing a transplant don’t have to wait for someone to die. While most organ donations occur after the donor has passed, some organs can be given while the donor is alive. Some four out of ten organ donations occur while the organ donor is alive, primarily between family and...

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Marina to launch in June

ST. ALBANS – With the last of its 154 slips entering the water and contractors rigging up its electricity, the St. Albans Bay Marina, currently the only marina in the 7.5-square-mile inlet, is set to meet its June opening date. Between the bookends of state and town approval and the final phase of construction, the St. Albans Bay Marina has been three years in the making. The project, entirely a private endeavor between co-owners Chuck Lowe and Rene Boissoneault, was a $3 million commitment. “It’s exciting. There are a lot of different emotions,” Lowe said. “There are a lot...

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Blessing seeds, restoring a legacy

BURLINGTON – The climax of Saturday morning’s Abenaki Blessing of the Fields ceremony, a religious celebration blessing crops that’ll later be used by the Missisquoi Abenaki Tribe of Swanton to restore historically-rooted foods, was a lot more subtle than preceding songs and dances. Gathering in Burlington’s Intervale Center, the Missisquoi Abenaki were winding down their ceremony when one of the roughly dozen tribe members present pointed toward a large bird circling in the distance. “I don’t believe that,” said one member of the tribe. “It’s an osprey.” When asked about it later, Morgan Lamphere, a member of the Tribal...

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Libraries bop for art: Artists, activities take center stage this weekend

ST. ALBANS – Libraries in Franklin County are hanging paintings and decorating cupcakes for a weekend of community arts as the Second Annual ART BOP, the local libraries’ celebration of the art, sounds off this Saturday. Coordinated between the libraries of Enosburgh, Richford, Fairfield, Franklin, Fairfax, Sheldon and St. Albans, the ART BOP was organized to bring Franklin County residents into their libraries and celebrate the creative work that might otherwise stay hidden in the community. “The idea was to get a project or event that all the county librarians could participate in,” said MaryPat Larrabee, the library director...

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Ready for takeoff

HIGHGATE – A coalition representing the Franklin County State Airport (FCSA), the Village of Swanton and developer Jim Harrison descended on the Highgate selectboard’s regular meeting Thursday night to discuss the state’s expansion of the airport and construction of an abutting industrial area. Harrison, who was in the process of finalizing a land swap with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for land near the airport, was joined by FCSA’s Cliff Coy and Swanton Village Manager Reg Beliveau at the Highgate Town Office Complex, where he pitched to the town a ring of construction around the southeastern edge of the...

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