Leonard Bailey, 86, shows his Farm to Family coupon booklet he picked up at Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action yesterday. Bailey’s brother and son were also there to pick up one of the 390 available booklets.

Farm to Family

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ST. ALBANS — Early Monday morning, dozens of people waited in the Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action office to receive Vermont Farm to Family coupon books, good for $30 at local farmer’s markets. Some, like St. Albans resident Leonard Bailey, 86, … Read more

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Relay for Life

Survivor marchers walk around the Collins-Perley track Saturday during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser. Rail City Salon on Main Street in St. Albans goes Purple to support fund raising efforts for the Franklin County Relay For Life … Read more

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WATER & SEWER: City to increase rates

ST. ALBANS CITY — Most users of St. Albans City water and sewer services will see a roughly 5 percent increase in their combined bill beginning July 1. Low usage users, such as one person households, will likely see a … Read more

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Shore rules to take hold

SWANTON — Landowners along Vermont’s lakes will need to secure permits before clearing vegetation from their land or increasing the amount of impervious surface on a lakefront property starting on July 1. The primary focus of the new law is … Read more

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POLICE: Lawyer’s arrest on video

ST. ALBANS — Police video and documents provided to the St. Albans Messenger show how an ordinary traffic stop last week degenerated into a physical altercation, which further disintegrated into the use of ethnic and homophobic slurs. Local attorney Peter … Read more

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Linda Fitch, the director of Isle La Motte Preservation Trust, stands with her dog, Mica, at one of the fossil sites at the Goodsell Ridge Preservation in Isle La Motte on Wednesday. The preserve is at the site of what was once Chazy Reef in the Iapetus Ocean 480 million years ago, the oldest biologically diverse reef in the world.

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ISLE LA MOTTE — Imagine a time before Vermont was a state, before all the trees, grass, animals and people lived here, before Lake Champlain existed. Picture an ocean-covered world 480 million years ago – what was here? Thanks to … Read more

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AG. TECHNOLOGY: UNH facility takes name of local pioneer

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DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire has named its high-tech composting/energy capture facility at the Organic Dairy Research Farm in honor of the sustainable agriculture pioneer who advanced the technology — the Joshua Nelson Energy Recovery Compost Facility. The … Read more

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Sherry Underwood, left, and her daughter, Abbey, are both working through the family business, The Abbey Group, to end summertime hunger. The group is hosting a barbeque in Taylor Park in St. Albans on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for Hunger Free Vermont. The event is free and open to everyone.

Solving summer hunger

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ST. ALBANS — Outside the winter holidays and their gatherings, big meals and general spirit of generosity, it’s easy to forget: there are people in this community without enough food on the table. The need to eat is present year-round. … Read more

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EDUCATION: Déjà vu for MVU budget

SWANTON — Voters, by 58 votes, have once again rejected a proposed budget for Missisquoi Valley Union High School (MVU), forcing four area schools to borrow operating funds. Residents of Highgate, Franklin and Swanton said ‘no’ on Tuesday to a … Read more

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Eric Jessiman, 74, paddles along the Missisquoi River on Monday evening. Jessiman was getting in a little bit of last minute practice before setting off on his 500-mile, month-long kayaking trip from Buffalo, N.Y. to northern Vermont to raise awareness for autism.

BATTLING AUTISM: Setting paddle to the task

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BAKERSFIELD — Eric Jessiman, 74, is no stranger to long journeys. The Scotland-born Bakersfield resident moved to the U.S. as a child in 1952, and since then he’s sailed, kayaked and driven around the country, landing in Vermont 12 years … Read more

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