A worker from Robinson Iron in Alabama puts together the newly recast pieces of a cherub from the Taylor Park fountain. The fountain statues are all being recast in aluminum from the original molds as part of the restoration of the fountain.

TAYLOR PARK FOUNTAIN: Company clones cherubs

ST. ALBANS — As though in preparation for Valentine’s Day workers at the Robinson Iron Corp. facility in Alabama are assembling the new cherubs for the Taylor Park fountain. Cast in aluminum from the original molds, the three cherubs are … Read more

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DAIRYING: Farmers plead for fairness

BURLINGTON — Milk testing and the control it gives Dairy Farmer’s of America (DFA) and Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) over farmers’ milk checks took center stage Thursday at a fairness hearing held here in U.S. District Court. Specifically, the hearing … Read more

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Peter J.R. Martin is seen with blood on his shirt in this video image from June 11, 2014, when he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

COURT: Lawyer refuses to make apology

ST. ALBANS — A refusal to apologize to police brought local attorney Peter J.R. Martin back before a criminal court judge on Tuesday. In December, Martin, who is in his mid-70s, pled no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and … Read more

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POLLUTION: Lawmakers float water bills

ST. ALBANS — With Lake Champlain and water quality drawing the attention of politicians statewide two local legislators have proposed water quality bills this session. Rep. Lynn Dickinson’s bill, H. 29, would create a Water Quality Improvement Fund that would … Read more

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Volunteer Tilde LaBelle, 76, shows the hats she made to hand out at the Enosburgh Food Shelf one Thursday in January.

Enosburgh Food Shelf

ENOSBURG FALLS — On a cold Thursday morning this past January, dozens of people flocked to the Masonic Hall in Enosburg Falls. Inside, some sat in chairs, waiting in line, while others milled around the room, looking over donated bread, … Read more

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Grant Weier sits in the living room of his Fletcher home with his golden lab, Ziggy. Weier is participating in HomeShare Vermont, a co-housing match service that recently expanded to Franklin County.

HomeShare Vermont

FLETCHER — Grant Weier, 74, lives on a dirt road in the hills of Fletcher. When he opens his door on a snowy, January day, he and his large golden lab, Ziggy, greet you enthusiastically. Ziggy is perhaps a bit … Read more

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Cold Hollow Career Center Colton Riley works on identifying maple syrup as part of a contest during the Future Farmers of America (FFA) event at the Vermont Farm Show Wednesday.

Farmers, food & fun

ESSEX — There’s nothing like a farm show to bring everyone together. Students, farmers, lawmakers, businesses, organizations, some mascots and state officials – including Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and, sporting a cow-print hat, Secretary of Agriculture Chuck … Read more

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Swanton Town Selectman Joel Clark, center, speaks about the need for a point person to work on attracting businesses during a meeting on economic development as part of the Swanton Community Visit Wednesday evening.

Swanton rising

SWANTON — The Swanton community needs to tell the world about the things it has to offer and at the same time improve communication within the community, so more people are aware of options and resources. That was a widely … Read more

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Highgate fire displaces families

HIGHGATE — Seven local departments responded to a residential fire in Highgate Wednesday afternoon that displaced two families. According to a Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release, the Highgate Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 10:47 a.m. Firefighters … Read more

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Go Wild! Respecting wildlife

FAIRFAX — Have you ever looked an owl in the eyes? When you do, there’s an undeniable sense of intelligence, power and beauty that’s staring back at you. I had this experience several weeks ago when I visited Audrey Von … Read more

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