Swanton Town Selectman Joel Clark, center, speaks about the need for a point person to work on attracting businesses during a meeting on economic development as part of the Swanton Community Visit Wednesday evening.

Swanton rising

SWANTON — The Swanton community needs to tell the world about the things it has to offer and at the same time improve communication within the community, so more people are aware of options and resources. That was a widely … Read more

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Highgate fire displaces families

HIGHGATE — Seven local departments responded to a residential fire in Highgate Wednesday afternoon that displaced two families. According to a Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release, the Highgate Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 10:47 a.m. Firefighters … Read more

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Go Wild! Respecting wildlife

FAIRFAX — Have you ever looked an owl in the eyes? When you do, there’s an undeniable sense of intelligence, power and beauty that’s staring back at you. I had this experience several weeks ago when I visited Audrey Von … Read more

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Fire at trucking facility

SWANTON — Five fire departments finished up a nightlong battle with flames at a commercial building on Babbie Boulevard early this morning. Firefighters were called at 1:10 a.m. to TDI Repair and Towing for reports of a fire. That alert … Read more

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In Good Taste

January can be rather bleak and empty, but on Friday, hundreds of people filtered in and out of downtown for the second annual “In Good Taste” event. Held in a full St. Albans City Hall’s auditorium, the attendees nibbled, sipped … Read more

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Keith and Lori Sampietro’s 23 dogs stay on their property in their dog barn when they’re not pulling sleds. All of the dogs – high energy and friendly – are excited to see Keith in this photo.

Mushing Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — When you arrive at the backwoods Montgomery house, you’ve entered dog’s domain. “This is their house,” said Keith Sampietro, co-owner of the outdoor “green fun” company Montgomery Adventures. “These are our kids.” In the entry to the Sampietro … Read more

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From left: Highgate sixth grader Gabe Unwin learns to toss pizza dough with the help of Amy Driscoll of King Arthur Flour. Fellow sixth grader Bri Lyford watches.

The yeast they could do

HIGHGATE — More than 350 students in Franklin County are baking bread for community members in need this week. On Wednesday, students at Highgate Elementary School and Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in Fairfax took part in King Arthur Flour’s Bake … Read more

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Anne Doe of Boston Post Dairy talks about her new cheese, “Cownty Tails,” which is made of cow’s milk specially for Franklin County residents who tend not to like goat’s cheese.

In Good Taste

ST. ALBANS CITY — More than just milk comes out of northwest Vermont. Take David Howe, of Elm Brook Farm in East Fairfield, who distills his own spirits from maple sugar and gives them names inspired by his dogs’ names … Read more

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Scott Pasfield, left, and Nick Barletta, right, stand with their dog, Portland, on Monday. The couple owns The INN in Montgomery, and recently won $25,000 through the Travel Channel's "Hotel Showdown" competition.

The INN grabs a WIN

MONTGOMERY — Montgomery is in the spotlight thanks to a couple of inn owners and a Travel Channel show called “Hotel Showdown.” The show, which aired its second episode Tuesday night, is a winner-take-all competition between four hoteliers, each from … Read more

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Beginning Dec. 18, 65 solar trackers – each with 24 panels – power Northwest State Correctional Facility through AllEarth Renewables based in Williston.

Sun’s rays captured at prison

ST. ALBANS — Northwest State Correctional Facility (NSCF) is welcoming all the rays it can get on Lower Newton Road, where 65 solar trackers – each with 24 panels – now sit, move with the sun and power the state … Read more

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