EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spaulding announces the final draft of the Lake Champlain TMDL at North Beach in Burlington on Friday. Listening from the left are: Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, former Environmental Commissioner David Mears, Secretary of Natural Resources Deb Markowitz, Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Agency of Transportation deputy secretary Chris Cole.

LAKE WATER QUALITY: EPA puts teeth in efforts

ST. ALBANS — Vermont will invest millions of state and local funds in Lake Champlain cleanup efforts over the next few years. To insure the money results in a cleaner Lake Champlain, the Environmental Protection Agency has set a series … Read more

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A poster with words from Lara Sobel, a Department for Children and Families social worker murdered as she left her Barre office on Friday, is hung in the St. Albans District DCF office in her memory.

REMEMBERING LARA: Murder casts a shadow

ST. ALBANS — The day after social worker Lara Sobel was murdered, Alix Gibson asked a colleague, “How are we going to go about our day?” Her colleague responded: “We do what we do best – we carry on with … Read more

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Judith Schwartz, author of “Cows Save the Planet,” addresses the Soil Fest audience in Taylor Park on Saturday.

SOIL FEST: To capture carbon

ST. ALBANS — Improving soils and climate was the subject of the first Soil Fest in Taylor Park on Saturday. About 200 people stopped in to enjoy a grass-fed burger from Bob’s Meat Market, listen to speakers, and visit with … Read more

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A Jersey cow smiles at the camera from the fields at Holyoke Farm in St. Albans Thursday. The cow belongs to Jack and Heather Brigham, who switched from conventional to organic dairy.

ORGANIC DAIRYING: Better for the Brighams

ST. ALBANS TOWN — When St. Albans farmer Jack Brigham was studying agriculture in college, he was taught cows needed lots of high-calorie corn and to be kept inside. Letting them into a pasture was considered a waste of valuable … Read more

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Hundreds of tents cover the Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center complex Thursday.

Pedal power boosts business

ST. ALBANS — Canadians have come to town. French, bicycles and bright Spandex clothing were highly visible in downtown St. Albans Thursday as many of the 1,250 participants in the Vélo Québec Voyages “Grand Tour Desjardins” explored Franklin County’s center … Read more

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Marcel Salls, 8, from Bakersfield, plays with bubbles during yesterday’s celebration of National Night Out in St. Albans.

National Night Out attracts crowd

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ST. ALBANS — Despite the threat of torrential downpours, the 9th annual ‘National Night Out’ in Taylor Park drew a large crowd this year. Established 31 years ago, National Night Out has grown steadily since 1984. Initially only present in … Read more

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