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Police, firefighters and first responders salute as a procession for Georgia Firefighter Steve LaPierre moves toward Collins-Perley Sports & Fitness Center Saturday for his funeral.

Final call for Lapierre

ST. ALBANS — Suspended from two ladder firetrucks in radiant late spring sunlight, a giant American flag flapped in the breeze on Saturday afternoon. Below it, a cadre of first responders from across the state and beyond stood in formation, … Read more

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BFA St. Albans students Logan Gaboury, Jordyn Dukas and Emily Benkert present their zooplankton research.

Recognizing young scientists

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ST. ALBANS — Science teachers and students took center stage at the Bliss Auditorium last night for an inaugural STEM Challenge Initiative (SCI) Recognition Night, where Swanton science teacher Christine Depatie was given the first Mary S. Babcock Teaching award. … Read more

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ATV accident results in fatality

HIGHGATE — A Highgate man was killed Wednesday evening in an ATV accident in the woods. Vermont State Police report Timothy Vachon, Sr., 45, was reported deceased at the scene. First responders were dispatched to the scene when Vachon’s teenaged … Read more

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City invests additional $110K in infrastructure

ST. ALBANS CITY — At their Monday night meeting, the St. Albans City Council agreed to spend $80,000 from reserve funds and $30,000 from the current budget on infrastructure. The additional funding for sidewalk, sewer and water improvements comes as … Read more

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From left, Montgomery board members Christina Suarez and Bruce Mercy listen to FNESU Business Manager Morgan Daybell during a public meeting to discuss the possible merger of the five FNESU districts into a single district on Monday evening in the Montgomery Elementary School gym.

Unknowns in school unification cause for concern

MONTGOMERY — Montgomery school board members cited fear of the unknown as both a pro and a con for the proposed Act 46 merger during a unification forum Monday night. Some residents wanted to explore the options for Montgomery School … Read more

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University of New Hampshire's Elle Purrier of Montgomery pulls away from the field in the 1500-meter race Sunday at the University of Vermont.

Purrier wins 3 at home

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BURLINGTON — Elle Purrier’s second win Sunday in the America East Track & Field Championships didn’t come as easily as her first. The Montgomery native running for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats ran away from the field in the … Read more

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Blazing a path

HIGHGATE — As a captain in the Highgate Fire Department, Tammy Rouse risked her life for years to save the lives and belongings of others. Now a grandmother, Rouse, 43, spends her days watching over her giggling, toothy one and … Read more

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Meditative hand positions, like the one illustrated above, are taught by Pamela Easterday at the Introduction to Meditation class Thursday at the St. Albans Free Library.

Library program brings calm, focus

ST. ALBANS — Find a seat. Lean all the way back and place your feet flat on the floor. Rest your hands in your lap, in whatever way is the most comfortable. Relax. Close your eyes or choose a spot … Read more

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Troy Turner, left, of St. Albans Town becomes the first owner in the state of the Tesla Powerwall, a cutting-edge battery built by the innovative company and installed by Green Mountain Power. At right is GMP CEO Mary Powell.
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Tesla brings innovation to town

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ST. ALBANS TOWN – If you think “Franklin County” and don’t think “technical innovation” – think again. Local homeowner Troy Turner became the recipient of Green Mountain Power (GMP)’s first Tesla Powerwall yesterday, a cutting-edge, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can … Read more

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Mud fills the greenbelt on Cedar Street along a home where tenants have parked on the greenspace, killing grass planted by the city previously and creating a source of sediment runoff into waterways.

City ready to protect greenbelts

ST. ALBANS CITY — A St. Albans City proposal to change its ordinances to make the city’s ban on greenbelt parking clearer, with a $25 penalty for a first offense, has drawn criticism from those concerned about increased parking on … Read more

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