Author: Tom Benton

Opiate use not new to county

ENOSBURG FALLS — Every day brings a headline about the opioid crisis, but to Tim Camisa, it’s old news. Literally. “We’ve been through all this before,” Camisa said. When he says “we,” Camisa has specific people in mind: the population of Enosburg Falls, more than 100 years ago, when Dr. B. J. Kendall’s opium-based “Spavin Cure” — a liquid treatment “for horses or for human flesh” — dominated the little village’s economy. Camisa owns the building that housed the Dr. B. J. Kendall Company from 1880-1957, a building that once stood at the head of the village. Now, to...

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Swanton’s ‘busybodies’

SWANTON — Adam and Judy Paxman don’t consider themselves a power couple. “I don’t think we are,” Adam said, frowning contemplatively out the window of their home. “No,” Judy said. “We’re … what’s the word I want?” “Busybodies?” Judy offered. That’s the least one could say about the Paxmans, who have, as they put it, their fingers in many different pies. First and foremost, Adam is a village trustee, and Judy is the executive director of the Swanton Arts Council. Prior to their conversation with the Messenger, Adam was on the phone, discussing official village business, while Judy showed...

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Temporary help for Carmi costly

FRANKLIN — A consulting firm released its report on the most effective methods for the short-term cleanup of Lake Carmi this week, any one of which costs significantly more than the $200,000 the State pledged in capital funding for the project. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hired the Tennessee-based consulting firm Reservoir Environmental Management, Inc. (REMI) to conduct the study on possibilities for the lake. Any short-term cleanup projects will have minor effects on incoming pollutants, but REMI stated in its report that these projects “can substantially improve the aesthetic and recreational potential of the lake and...

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Locals advocate for water bill

FRANKLIN — Locals here traveled to the State House in Montpelier Thursday morning to speak in favor of a new House bill that would allow emergency procedures for “lakes in crisis,” like Lake Carmi. The bill, H.730, is before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife. The committee’s chair, Rep. David L. Deen of Westminster, introduced the bill. H.730 would authorize the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to declare lakes “in crisis if the condition of the water poses a potential harm to the public health, poses a risk of damage to the environment or natural...

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Swanton considers Vietnam memorial

SWANTON — Bruce Spaulding, flanked by four local veterans, appealed to the town selectboard Tuesday night for a tribute to Swanton residents who fought in the Vietnam War. Spaulding himself did not serve in the war — he said at last night’s meeting that he went to college, and received a medical deferment. But Spaulding said he was “proud to be here because I lived through this… I know we owe the Vietnam veterans a lot.” Spaulding, who clarified that he was only the group’s speaker, suggesting dedicating the Depot Street bridge to those veterans, an idea the selectboard...

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