Rotary Citizen of the Year Ken Kaye, center, poses with Franklin County Industrial Development Corp director Tim Smith (left) and Rotary Club presenter Thomas Hungerford (right).

Kaye is Rotary’s Citizen of the Year

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ST. ALBANS CITY — Local legend, former St. Albans City mayor and Franklin County Industrial Development Corp (FCIDC) co-creator Mervin “Ken” Kaye was honored as the St. Albans Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year Tuesday. The Citizen of the Year … Read more

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Local teacher Jason Barney listens to attendees' recollections during his program on Swanton history, presented at the Swanton Historical Society's annual meeting last night.

Swanton Historical Society seeks to engage youth

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SWANTON — The Swanton Historical Society’s annual meeting last night might have seemed as alien to urbanites as a subway to country folk. It happened at the Swanton Railroad Depot Museum on South River Street, and began with guitarist Jim … Read more

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Swanton Police Sgt. Eugene Rich hands Anita Michele Parah a plaque commemorating her design for a new police badge.

Swanton artist creates police badge

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SWANTON — Forty years ago, Anita Michele Parah entered a contest to design the Swanton Police Department (SPD)’s new badge. Forty years later, she won. Parah’s winning badge design eschews Swanton’s trademark swan in favor of another characteristic town image … Read more

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Kayse Machia, 28, of Swanton, races in five-kilometer runs and obstacles courses as part of her weight loss fitness journey. Machia’s next challenge is Mudderella New England, a fun mud run exclusively for women, in New Hampshire next month.

After weight loss, woman finds new obstacles

SWANTON — Two and a half years ago, Swanton resident Kayse Machia, 28, stepped onto a scale, looked down and saw a number she wasn’t expecting: 298. Just shy of 300 pounds. The number shocked her system and encouraged Machia … Read more

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Rep. Peter Welch, right, and Rep. John Lewis are surrounded by colleagues who participated in a sit-in on the floor of Congress Tuesday and Wednesday.

Welch sits in protest

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday morning Vermont’s only Congressman, Peter Welch, followed a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, onto the floor of the House of Representatives and sat. The sit-in was an effort to shame … Read more

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Chamber facelift brings praise

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SWANTON — When Chamber President Suzanne Washburn said the Chamber of Commerce building needed a fix-up, Vice President Mark Rocheleau and village trustee Adam Paxman were on board — on one condition: they had to be working for an audience. … Read more

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Residents from around the Lake Champlain Basin share their point of view of how phosphorus pollution has affected their lives during the summer months during a vigil at St. Albans Bay Park Tuesday night.

Vigil brings 30 to bay

ST. ALBANS — Town residents and representatives from a variety of environmental organizations gathered by the water’s edge Tuesday night to share stories of how the pollution and blue green algae in Lake Champlain have affected their summers. Attendees also … Read more

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Adam Fitzgerald, manager of Guy’s Farm and Yard, measures the chicken wire needed for a portable coop as part of a Seeds for Growth project. Chickens and coops were given to families participating in the project during Soil Fest in Taylor Park on Saturday.

Backyard to plate

ST. ALBANS — Fourteen area families will be raising more than 250 chickens over the next month, with one third of the birds ultimately going to feed those in need in the form of chicken potpies. The chicken potpie project … Read more

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Missisquoi oil leak ongoing

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SWANTON — The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is aiding the Swanton Fire Department (SFD) in an ongoing attempt to cleanup and investigate a fuel oil leak. Civilians first reported a “rainbow color” on the Missisquoi River, north of the … Read more

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Holly Spier, a jewelry designer based out of Jeffersonville, sells some of her work at Artist in Residence in St. Albans. She was one of the gallery’s featured artists last month.

Surviving fire, finding art

JEFFERSONVILLE — One of last month’s featured artists at Artist in Residence in St. Albans, jewelry designer Holly Spier, 53, said her work is heavily influenced by her spiritual connection to nature. “Nature was my friend,” Spier said, describing her … Read more

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