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St. Albans farm testing reduced tillage

SWANTON — Ignoring early-afternoon showers, farmers explored the cornfields at the Bess View Farm Thursday, discussing and seeing first hand the variety of spring tillage methods used by the Bessette family.   The show and tell at Bess View was … Read more

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As overdoses rise, Narcan offers hope

ST. ALBANS — “Has anyone here witnessed an overdose or administered Narcan before?” asked Turning Point staff member Melinda Lussier, before equipping residents with free kits of Narcan, a drug used to reverse an opiate overdose, one Friday morning.   … Read more

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The Town of Franklin’s weed harvester sits on the Lake Carmi shore earlier this week. Mechanical difficulties have plagued the machine since arrival on the lake last year.

No weed removal on Lake Carmi, again

FRANKLIN — The town’s new weed harvester may be in need of a more than $8,000 repair, the latest development in a continuous effort to make the machine operable. The weed harvester is currently not working, leaving Lake Carmi without … Read more

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SAPD breaks state trends

ST. ALBANS — When pulled over by troopers from the Vermont State Police St. Albans Barracks, non-white drivers are almost seven percent more likely to get a ticket than their white peers, according to a 2016 Northeastern University report that … Read more

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Town, RiseVT partner on Town Forest

ST. ALBANS — The town needs to raise approximately $24,000 in order to fully finance their $66,000 comprehensive trail plan for the St. Albans Town Forest, which proposes adding two miles of trails and infrastructure to reduce the environmental impact … Read more

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Water flows into a catch basin on Fairfield Street during a 2015 storm in this Messenger file photo. Ten catch basins on Fairfield are being replaced this summer to separate stormwater from the sewage system.

Storm causes sewer overflow

ST. ALBANS CITY — Sunday’s rainfall caused an overflow at the Lower Welden Street combined sewer overflow, releasing just over 100,000 gallons of rainwater mixed with sewage, explained Brian Burns, superintendent of public works for St. Albans City. The rainfall … Read more

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Becky Tharp, head of the Green Infrastructure Collaborative speaks Thursday evening at St. Albans Area Watersheld Association meeting about green stormwater infrastructure.

SAAWA learns how to reduce stormwater from homes

ST. ALBANS — Homeowners can help reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on Lake Champlain’s water quality by making their property stormwater neutral, said Becky Tharp of Lake Champlain Sea Grant at the annual St. Albans Area Watershed Association (SAAWA) … Read more

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Painter Alex Foltz, 23, of St. Albans touches up a painting in his small studio located in Just the Place on South Main Street Tuesday, a couple doors down from Artist in Residence, where his work is being featured for the month of August.

Finding art in the every day

ST. ALBANS — One of Artist in Residence’s featured artists for the month of August, Alex Foltz, 23, of St. Albans, decided to forgo a formal education in art, realizing he preferred to self-teach, draw inspiration from his role models … Read more

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Ashley and Travis Belisle, the developers behind the Swanton Wind Project, listen as their attorney, Anthony Iarrapino, speaks before Wednesday evening’s presentations.

Experts on wildlife speak to commission

SWANTON — The Swanton Planning Commission heard from specialists connected to the Swanton Wind project during the commission’s Wednesday meeting. The legislature has charged local commissions with drafting plans to guide renewable energy development within their towns. Three commissioners were … Read more

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