Manure overflows from a manure pit wall at a Highgate dairy farm. As part of a settlement, the owners, Mark Gagne, Jean Gagne, Claude Fortin and Alain Fortin, agreed to take corrective action and pay a $15,750 fine.

MANURE SPILL: State fines Highgate farm

Regulators back up threats with action HIGHGATE — The owners and operators of a farm in Highgate have been fined $15,750 by the state after manure from their pit overflowed into Saxe Brook, a tributary of the Missisquoi River. Claude and … Read more

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Former Vt. governor Madeleine Kunin speaks at the Voices Against Violence rally in Taylor Park Wednesday afternoon.

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Local rally aims to raise awareness, bring change ST. ALBANS — How do you change a culture? More specifically, how do you change a culture that supports and perpetuates sexual and domestic violence? Those are the questions speakers at Wednesday’s Rally … Read more

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Sanders kicks off campaign

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St. Albans native leads campaign BURLINGTON — Anyone near the Burlington Waterfront Park at 5 p.m. Tuesday would have been blasted by chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”, deafening cheers and the gruff, Brooklyn accented-words: “Today, we begin a political revolution!” … Read more

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Faith Reed places a flag next to the headstone of Thomas Enright, who died on May 8, 1963 at 22 years old.

Memorial Day: The real meaning

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Students visit cemetery, pay respects to veterans FAIRFIELD — Most kids probably think cemeteries are a little creepy. But the fifth graders at Fairfield Center School learned Thursday that the graves of those now passed can be the window into history, … Read more

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MONTGOMERY: Missing person case ends well

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MONTGOMERY — Emilie Trunik, the 36-year-old head chef at The Belfry Restaurant and Pub, has been found safe and well, according to Vermont State Police. A press release was sent mid-afternoon on Tuesday but with few details. VSP St. Albans … Read more

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Chandler L’Esperance, left, a Bellows Free Academy senior from Fairfield, and Tucker Lewis, right, a BFA junior from Alburgh, stand in the Northwest Technical Center automotive shop on Monday.

AUTOMOTIVES: NWTC pair hit the road

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ST. ALBANS — Northwest Technical Center students Chandler L’Esperance and Tucker Lewis are sitting pretty as the new Vermont state winners of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. L’Esperance, a Bellows Free Academy senior from Fairfield, and Lewis, a BFA … Read more

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Nancy McKee discusses a word she and Victoria Slocum, 8, came across while reading at the Fairfax Community Library on Thursday. In between them is Rainbow, a Newfoundland dog McKee brings in twice a month for students to read to.

Reading to Rainbow

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FAIRFAX — Reading to Rainbow is all about having fun. Rainbow, a massive, shaggy, black Newfoundland, is a reading dog. She and her owner, Nancy McKee, visit the Fairfax Community Library twice each month to read with first and second … Read more

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Jim Hollingshead, right, laughs with his Vermont Adult Learning instructor, Karen Shearer, left, during a session in April. Hollingshead is working to improve his writing skills as he expands his ministry, Jesus The Rock Apostolic Church, and tries to help the community.

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ST. ALBANS — If you need spiritual guidance or just a good laugh, Pastor Jim Hollingshead is there for you. “You can’t be bad but you can have fun,” said Hollingshead, chuckling, in a recent interview. Hollingshead, 54, moved to … Read more

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