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Truancy in Franklin County Part III

Editor’s note: This is the third part in a series of stories exploring truancy in Franklin County, and the work done by a panel of administrators and community members to combat absenteeism. ST. ALBANS — Just four months into the … Read more

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Walkers participate in the 2015 Relay for Life June 20, 2015

Relay for families

ST. ALBANS — Relay for Life is making some changes this year. Instead of being an overnight event, it will last from noon to midnight on June 25. There’s also this year’s theme – Dance through the decades. Being part … Read more

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John Gorton, with granddaughter Chelsea, in his now empty barn.

From cows to community

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SHELDON – These days, longtime dairy farmer John Gorton – of Gorton Farm & Engineering – is trying not to have a cow. “I’m trying not to spread myself too thin,” he admits. “I’ve become a professional meeting-goer.” After almost … Read more

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Two-year-old Amelia Joy McCabe dives head first into a bowl full of maple ice cream Saturday in the Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans cafeteria, occasionally opting to use her fingers instead of a spoon to dig in. “She’s two,” Kevin McCabe, her dad, said. “So she’s been here her whole life,” referring to the Maple Festival. “We had pancakes this morning,” he continued, “but this is her favorite.”

50th Maple Festival brings record crowd

ST. ALBANS — With the sun shining overhead, the 50th Annual Vermont Maple Festival was a hit, with people from all over the U.S. coming out to enjoy maple goodies, rides and the parade. “Everything went very well,” Cecile Branon, … Read more

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Leisure Hotels and Resorts CEO Steve Olson will operate Jay Peak Resort under a receiver until the EB-5 fraud case is settled and a new owner can be found.

New leadership at Jay Peak

JAY — Visitors and employees at Jay Peak will experience few if any changes as control of the organization shifts from Bill Stenger, who has run the resort for 30 years, to a court-appointed receiver in the wake of a … Read more

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Kevin Bourdon of Co-operative Insurance Companies and Beth Morway of Champlain Insuring take a bite from each entry in the Maple for the Health of It category.

Maple Festival kicks off with judging

ST. ALBANS — Volunteers from the maple industry and the Agency of Agriculture slowly worked their way through more than 150 samples of maple syrup Thursday, judging the products on density, color and flavor. At the same time, volunteers from … Read more

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Girls, love inspire Fairfax musician

FAIRFAX — Singer songwriter Troy Millette strummed his first strings in freshman year Beginner Guitar, surrounded by his classmates struggling to play the melody “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The class ignited a passion to write lyrics and perform and … Read more

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State Board of Education members, including Stephan Morse, left, and Sec. of Education Rebecca Holcomb, center, listen to representatives from Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union make their case for a proposed unified school district between Enosburgh, Richford, Bakersfield, Berkshire and Montgomery under Act 46. They were given the go ahead Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Montpelier.

State board approves proposed merger

MONTPELIER — The State Board of Education gave the go ahead for an Act 46 merger between the school districts in Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union (FNESU) within fifteen minutes of superintendent Jay Nichols and others sitting down to present their … Read more

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