The Hampton Inn currently being built on Lake Street is one of several planned construction projects in Franklin County

Economy looks bright for Franklin County

ST. ALBANS — Wages and employment are up in Franklin County, according to data from the State of Vermont. Experts expect that growth to continue with several major employers set to expand. “I think there’s reason for optimism,” said David … Read more

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Town planning commission chair Sam Smith, left, and commission member Grant Henderson look over sidewalk proposals during Tuesday's commission meeting at St. Albans Town Hall.

St. Albans Town planners eye sidewalks

ST. ALBANS — The section of Route 104 between Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center and Hard’ack Recreation Area was one of the road segments in the town that the planning commission prioritized for sidewalks at their bi-weekly meeting Tuesday … Read more

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Lake’s history created its present

ST. ALBANS — A staff scientist for Lake Champlain Committee for over 15 years, Mike Winslow spoke about the history of the Lake Champlain watershed and how water quality reached its current levels during a talk for the Osher Lifelong … Read more

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Stebbins Street is part of a planning and redevelopment effort by NRPC and St. Albans City.

City plans for neighborhood revitalization

ST. ALBANS CITY — With revitalization of the center of downtown St. Albans City well underway, the city and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) are shifting their attention south – to the neighborhood defined by Stebbins, Catherine and Market … Read more

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Coleen Condon and Phil Condon accept FCIDC's business award at a ceremony in St. Albans City Hall on Thursday.

FCIDC recognizes local leaders

ST. ALBANS CITY — The Franklin County Industrial Development Corp (FCIDC) paid tribute to local businesses and the people who define them at the FCIDC’s annual reception Thursday evening, a two-hour gathering at City Hall. Mark Lareau, the chair of … Read more

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Members of the parent advisory committee for Title VII Indian Education organize and box up donations for protesters at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota Wednesday afternoon at the Swanton Schoolhouse Apartment building.

Abenkai stand with Standing Rock

SWANTON — The Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi stands with Standing Rock. Their flag waved in North Dakota, representing their solidarity, as the parent advisory committee for Title VII Indian Education spent Wednesday afternoon packing boxes full of donated winter clothing, … Read more

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Swanton selectboard chair Joel Clark during Monday night's meeting.

Fairfield joins Swanton in opposing wind project

SWANTON — The Town Selectboard set two public hearings to discuss the adoption of new energy-related language for the municipal plan and prepared for the next step in its effort to oppose Swanton Wind at Tuesday night’s selectboard meeting. Additionally, … Read more

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Vermonters’ struggles reflected in fiction

ST. ALBANS — Local physician and lifelong writer Stephen Payne, 61, has released a collection of Vermont short stories, Ties That Bind Us, highlighting hardship, human frailty and the beauty of modest lives in northern rural communities. Payne will be … Read more

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Helping Hands boxes are ready for purchase at the Hannaford store in St. Albans.

Helping Hands sales underway

ST. ALBANS — Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger, a local staple of giving during the holiday season, is once again underway at local Hannaford stores. Each year, area shoppers support the charitable campaign focused on helping feed families who do not … Read more

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