Fairfield school board members Bennett Dawson, Kenderlynn Phelps, and Charlie Thomas discuss the school district budget with members of the public Monday night in a meeting at the Fairfield Center School.

EDUCATION: Frustration in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The general consensus following a two-hour discussion in Fairfield Monday night was that the budget for Fairfield Center School should be trimmed by $30,000 to $50,000. Roughly 30 people, many of whom expressed frustration with the current way … Read more

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Anna Neville holds up a photo of herself, her husband, David, and her daughter, Jennifer.

A mother’s instincts

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ST. ALBANS — Walking into Anna Neville’s house, the Old Mill River Place on Georgia Shore Road, it’s easy to feel at home. Upon stepping into the bright, open kitchen, one is immediately greeted by homemade cookies, a hot cup … Read more

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Sheldon School fourth graders show the signs of their planting work on Thursday. From right to left are, Callie Bourdeau, 9, Haylee Salter, 9, Darla Tedford, 9, Alexis Kittell, 10, Macy Cross, 10, Shelby Martin, 10, Madison Faverau, 10.

Growing with the trees

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SHELDON — Educational technology specialist Mike Webber wants students to connect with the land, and to grow with it. Literally. Webber, who teaches at Sheldon Elementary School, spent the day outside Thursday helping students of all ages plant blueberry bushes, … Read more

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Exit 19 growth in judge’s hands

BURLINGTON — A federal court case that brings into question St. Albans City’s ban on new water and sewer hookups went to a hearing here in U.S. District Court on Thursday. The outcome could determine whether commercial development near Interstate … Read more

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Owl Club’s future rests with judge

ST. ALBANS CITY — Both sides rested Wednesday in the appeal of the Connor Group’s permit for the demolition of the former Smith Homestead and Owl Club on Maiden Lane, and the construction proposal for a new office building. Vermont … Read more

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Mother’s Day almost here …

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A baby sheep with its mom rests in a field on Dunsmore Road in St. Albans Town this week, as trees begin to bud in the background.

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HIGHGATE: House fire ruled arson, teens cited

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HIGHGATE — A 16- and a 17-year-old, have been cited for second-degree arson and reckless endangerment following a Vermont State Police (VSP) investigation into a vacant home fire here late Monday evening. VSP Detective Sergeants Maurice Lamothe and Jeremy Hill … Read more

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A higher purpose

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ST. ALBANS — It wasn’t until she found her passion playing softball at Enosburg Falls High School that the bullying finally stopped for Megan Ruprecht. Now married, the 25 year-old Franklin resident has found something new to pour her passion … Read more

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Fire in Highgate damages home

HIGHGATE — A fire caused extensive damage to a building on Route 78 in Highgate Monday night. Highgate firefighters were called to the scene at about 11:30 p.m. When they arrived fire was coming out of the roof on the … Read more

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