Many people in Vermont are considered homeless, but among that population, some still live with their own shelter, clothes and food, without seeking assistance.

Living outside

ST. ALBANS — “Thomas” lives outside. He doesn’t have a house, but according to him, he’s not homeless: he’s houseless. Thomas, who has requested anonymity in fear of losing his living space, is in his mid-50s, and is staying in … Read more

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Northwestern Medical Center CEO Jill Bowen poses in superhero costume outside the hospital Friday as part of Franklin-Grand Isle United Way’s kick-off campaign for the new fundraising year.

Community superheroes

ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Medical Center CEO Jill Bowen donned a cape and mask Friday morning, looking like the role she and many others will soon play for this community: a superhero. Bowen is among the dozens the St. Albans … Read more

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Michelle Saine, who runs her dog walking and pet sitting business, P.A.W.S. by Michelle, in the St. Albans area, hugs Danni the great Dane after a walk last week.

Taking care of furry friends

ST. ALBANS CITY — Michelle Saine is pretty hard to miss in downtown St. Albans. You’ve probably seen her. She’s the lady walking four dogs — some tiny, others huge — all at the same time. Saine, quite a sight … Read more

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From left, Vt. Sec. of Ag. Chuck Ross, Rep. Peter Welch, U.S. Sec. of Ag. Tom Vilsack, speaking, and Sen. Patrick Leahy meet at the Echo Center on the Burlington waterfront to announce funding for agricultural water quality programs in the Lake Champlain basin

$45 million for bays, lake

Farm visits within plan BURLINGTON — With area waters plagued by blue-green algae, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and the nation’s top agriculture official this morning announced $45 million in funding over five years to reduce farm pollution in Lake Champlain. This … Read more

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Fletcher town clerk Elaine Sweet and selectboard member Annette Kalinoski work in the town offices yesterday during the Vermont Primary Election.

FLETCHER; ‘A lot of scrap paper’

FLETCHER — On Vermont’s Primary Election day Tuesday, Fletcher Clerk Elaine Sweet didn’t expect a huge voter turnout. And sure enough, by the end of the day just 40 people had walked through the town office door. Sweet, who is … Read more

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How to save lakes? Expert charts plan

Editor’s Note: This is another in an ongoing series of reports related to lake water quality issues. Another will appear in Thursday’s edition. ST. ALBANS — If area residents want clean water in Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi they need … Read more

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A plastic bottle washes up onto an algae-covered shore along St. Albans Bay.

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Board hears bay concerns

ST. ALBANS BAY — It’s time to stop pointing fingers, stop talking, and just do something – that’s the message the St. Albans Town Selectboard delivered Monday night. Yesterday’s meeting opened with the bay’s hottest topic – the water, the … Read more

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Terri Sabens, a program coordinator with the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, and her husband,  Jim Daignault, are seen with dogs, Madison and Lucy Lu. The couple has a real interest and concern for the veterans of Vermont. Saben's new program is looking for volunteers to take care of puppies that will be eventually given to veterans in need.

Dogs may make a difference

MILTON — The Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, a non-profit organization hopes to assist military members and their families by starting a new program that would give trained dogs to veterans suffering with such medical issues as Post Traumatic Stress … Read more

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