The cast of Womanspeak celebrates after a performance Saturday evening held in the Bliss Auditorium of the St. Albans Historical Society Museum. (L to R): Karen Lehning (Contemporary Woman); Kathi Haak (Victoria Woodhull); Sarah West (Susan B. Anthony); Leigh Smith (Anna Carroll); Winnie Wilkinson (Sojourner Truth); Rebecca Arine (Margaret Sanger); Aurora Martin (Mother Jones); Teresa Lewis (Eleanor Roosevelt); Julie Linstedt (Emma Goldman); Arline Kirby (Adelita); Bilijean Smith (Abigail Adams); Mary Jane Machia (Harriet Beecher Stowe); John Bielicki (director).

Womanspeak!

ST. ALBANS – The Bliss Room at the Historical Society Museum echoed with voices from the past Saturday evening, as local women participated in a reader’s theater version of Womanspeak, in celebration of Women’s History Month. See the complete story … Read more

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Marissa Olson, 15, holds her Green Cheek Conure, Pumpkin, on Thursday. In the background is her father, Tony Olson, with his African Grey parrot, Mango. The Olson family, with the help of Carly Buswell, run Feathered Hearts Avian Rescue out of their St. Albans home.

FEATHERED HEARTS: Loving the birds

ST. ALBANS — On a drizzly, chilly, gray March day, the only hint of the Olsons’ tropical household from the outside is the pile of birdcages poking out from the back porch of the Russell Street duplex. Upon entering the … Read more

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Randy Barrows, 59, of Milton, right and Tim Sherrer, 49, of St. Albans, left, listen as they discuss proposed deer rule changes with a table of other hunters at St. Albans Town Educational Center Thursday night.

Hunters get update, discuss regulations

ST. ALBANS — Like maple sugaring and mud season, attending the local annual deer and moose hearing held by Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife Department is a spring tradition. This year’s local hearing, with about 50 people attending, was held in … Read more

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Maple trees in St. Albans City are tapped and ready to begin running as soon as the cold weather breaks.

MAPLE: Sap flow mostly a no-go

ST. ALBANS — With the end of April fast approaching, maple sugar makers are counting the days left in a season that has been slow to get started. Persistent cold weather in March is to blame. Producers are hoping the … Read more

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St. Albans City Council member Tammi DiFranco (left) and Director of Planning and Development Chip Sawyer (right) take the new standardized tests their children will be taking this spring Monday at city school.

Are you smarter than local grade schoolers?

ST. ALBANS — Monday night St. Albans City officials and other community members got a taste of what the state’s children will experience next month as students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams. City council member Tammi DiFranco … Read more

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St. Albans residents Angel Vos, Kathryn Peno and Linda Fairbanks sign up for a free drawing for a gift basket with Susan Lassiter; Jeffersonville branch associate of Union Bank. About 5,000 people turned out for the Rotary Expo this weekend in St. Albans.

Big crowds, all ages turn out for the Expo

ST. ALBANS — Approximately 5,000 people made their way to the Collins-Perley Sports & Fitness Center for the Rotary Home and Recreation Expo. “We had a great weekend,” said Carrie Johnson, who co-chaired the expo organizing committee with Meghan Manahan. … Read more

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Chad Hotchkiss, 33, and his son, Chad Hotchkiss Jr., 12, both of Swanton, stand in line Friday with hundreds of others waiting to get their driver’s licenses reinstated on Driver Restoration Day at the Edward Costello Courthouse in Burlington.

On the road again

SWANTON — For seven years, Chad Hotchkiss felt he had to look over his shoulder while driving. Due to an inability to pay fines, Hotchkiss, 33, of  Swanton, has had his driver’s license suspended off and on since 2000. Since … Read more

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MVU art teacher Lindsay DiDio (left) assists student Cynthia Sforza during a Digital Imaging class on Wednesday.

‘Let’s find out!’

SWANTON — An art class isn’t where one would expect to find students being taught to think critically about the world, but that is precisely what happens in classes taught by Lindsay DiDio at Missisquoi Valley Union (MVU). “There’s all … Read more

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BFA staff member charged in sex act

ST. ALBANS — Nicola Smith, the Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans paraeducator accused of sexually assaulting and exploiting a sophomore male, was arraigned Monday in Franklin County Superior Court Criminal Division. Smith, 35, of St. Albans, was released without bail, … Read more

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