Justin Robtoy (left) and Nicole Lussier (right) help a visitor to Northwest Family Foods gather up her food, including one of the food shelf's dwindling supply of Helping Hands boxes, on Wednesday.

Flurry of holiday giving begins

ST. ALBANS — With the first sustained flurry of snowflakes arriving here on Friday, it’s not unexpected that two of the region’s largest charity drives also are underway. Hannaford’s Helping Hands boxes, which provide needed staples to area food shelves … Read more

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Defense builds teen death case

ST. ALBANS —The case against Patrick Prue, 60, of Franklin, who police allege caused the death of an Enosburg teenager and serious injury to a second teen, could be in trouble over an investigator’s decision not to order a blood … Read more

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They’re creepy and they’re cooky …

The cast of the Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax Dramatic Arts Ensemble’s presentation of ‘The Addams Family’ finishes a dress rehearsal this week. With a $20,000 budget, according to the show’s co-director, Jerry Bailey, the premiere of the musical opens this evening … Read more

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Republican incumbent Vermont State House Lynn Dickinson, Vermont State Senate candidate Dustin Degree, House candidate Corey Parent, and Senate incumbent Norm McAllister all stand outside Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center Tuesday afternoon to greet voters. All candidates won their races as part of a county-wide trend of Republicans displacing Democrats.

Republicans surge in county

ST. ALBANS — Incumbent state representatives Michel Consejo, of Sheldon, Mike McCarthy, of St. Albans, and Cindy Weed, of Enosburgh, all lost to Republican challengers in the General Election on Tuesday while Republican Dustin Degree picked up the Senate seat … Read more

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Left, Cindy Weed, a Democratic/Progressive incumbent state representative for Franklin District 7, waits at the door of Danielle Smith’s apartment during a campaign session in Enosburg Falls two weeks ago. Right, Franklin District 7 Republican candidate for state representative Larry Fiske chats with Anelba Robtoy of Berkshire, outside of Hannaford supermarket in Enosburgh several weeks ago.

On the campaign trail

ENOSBURG FALLS — Ever wondered what it’s like to knock on every door in a town, sometimes twice? Franklin District 7 candidates, Republican challenger Larry Fiske and Democratic/Progressive incumbent Cindy Weed, both residents of Enosburg Falls, allowed this reporter to … Read more

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His true self

ST. ALBANS — At 20, Jesse Ray Thomas has spent most of his life hiding his true self from friends, family and society. It was just recently, after years of struggling to understand his own identity, that — in hopes … Read more

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A crowd gathers outside the new city parking garage to watch as the ribbon is cut officially opening the garage.

ST. ALBANS CITY: Garage doors open

ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans City municipal parking garage is now open. Construction began on the $12.7 million structure last fall, when workers began preparing the site. “Our civic pride is returning,” said St. Albans City Mayor Liz Gamache … Read more

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Scott Griffin, the grandson of the late Justice Percival Shangraw, speaks on Wednesday at a ceremony dedicating the county courthouse on Church Street to his grandfather.  To his left are Assistant Judges Kelly Gosselin and Bob Johnson.

County’s courthouse named for Shangraw

ST. ALBANS — Members of Vermont’s judiciary gathered here Wednesday afternoon at the county courthouse and dedicated it in honor of former Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Perceval Lee Shangraw. Born in Montgomery on Aug. 6, 1897, Sangraw died at … Read more

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Tara Wright, a 44-year-old Georgia resident, FairPoint Communications employee and vice president of Colchester-based worker union IBEW 2326, pickets outside with others at the St. Albans FairPoint Communications office on Bank Street yesterday. On her left is Steven Archambeault, 42, of Fairfield, and on her right are Bethany Bates, 39, of Georgia and Tim Rickard, 47, of Georgia.

Fairpoint employees picketing at home

ST. ALBANS CITY— The FairPoint Communications strike made its way to Franklin County beginning Monday, where an estimated 40 to 50 employees live. Several members of the local, Colchester-based chapter of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW 2326, stood outside … Read more

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