Ghost hunter Dustin Pari explains Ouija board science in the Swanton Public Library Friday evening.

‘Paranormal Rockstar’ spooks Swanton

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SWANTON — It wasn’t a dark and stormy night when Dustin Pari, of the SyFy channel’s Ghost Hunters, spoke about his spooky experiences at the Swanton Public Library. It was just Friday evening, and the weather was as clear as … Read more

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Dan Lindner poses in front of war memorial, erected by the William Scott Memorial Association in memory of William Scott, the Sleeping Sentinel. Scott, was pardoned by Abraham Lincoln, for falling asleep during guard duty in the Civil War and went on to become a war hero.

Banjo Dan writes about St. Albans

ST. ALBANS — Bluegrass musician “Banjo” Dan Lindner, 73, wrote a song describing his wife’s experience of growing up in St. Albans during the mid-20th century for his fourth and final collection of songs about Vermont, set to be released … Read more

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Madeline Wetherby, third from right, stands surrounded by family for a Christmas family portrait. Her son, Jesse, who suffered with cerebral palsy died shortly after.

Motherhood both dream and challenge

RICHFORD — Madeline Wetherby, 56, knew she wanted to be a mother as a young girl, looking after and playing with her nieces and nephews beginning at four years old. Later, when her second child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, … Read more

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City construction heats up for summer

ST. ALBANS CITY — It’s another summer of construction for St. Albans City residents and visitors, with more than $48 million in public and private funds being invested in the city and an adjacent portion of the town. On the … Read more

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For Purrier, Olympic Trials a measuring stick

EUGENE, Ore. — Elle Purrier’s appearance in next week’s Olympic Trials 3,000-meter steeplechase is being looked at as a step toward the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo rather than this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. One of the youngest … Read more

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Kris Lukens, the director of local advocacy group Voices Against Violence.

Experts: trauma damages memory

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ST. ALBANS CITY — Difficulty remembering details of traumatic experiences is common for victims, according to experts, including when the source of the trauma is sexual assault. “More and more we’re learning about how trauma affects the brain,” said Kris … Read more

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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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