Kevin Bourdon of Co-operative Insurance Companies and Beth Morway of Champlain Insuring take a bite from each entry in the Maple for the Health of It category.

Maple Festival kicks off with judging

ST. ALBANS — Volunteers from the maple industry and the Agency of Agriculture slowly worked their way through more than 150 samples of maple syrup Thursday, judging the products on density, color and flavor. At the same time, volunteers from … Read more

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Girls, love inspire Fairfax musician

FAIRFAX — Singer songwriter Troy Millette strummed his first strings in freshman year Beginner Guitar, surrounded by his classmates struggling to play the melody “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The class ignited a passion to write lyrics and perform and … Read more

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State Board of Education members, including Stephan Morse, left, and Sec. of Education Rebecca Holcomb, center, listen to representatives from Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union make their case for a proposed unified school district between Enosburgh, Richford, Bakersfield, Berkshire and Montgomery under Act 46. They were given the go ahead Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Montpelier.

State board approves proposed merger

MONTPELIER — The State Board of Education gave the go ahead for an Act 46 merger between the school districts in Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union (FNESU) within fifteen minutes of superintendent Jay Nichols and others sitting down to present their … Read more

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21st Century luxury

SWANTON – As any member of its arts council will tell you, Swanton residents have always had hidden artistic talents in need of a forum. But few of those residents have found it in the Big City. Actually, only one. … Read more

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Graduating from high school in 2015, Brendan Deso spends his days as the general manager for D&H Housing in Swanton and his nights as the newest planning commission member for St. Albans Town.

In it for the long haul

ST. ALBANS — For his 19th birthday, Brendan Deso received an unusual gift—an appointment to the St. Albans Town Planning Commission. Deso, a recent graduate from Bellows Free Academy (BFA), St. Albans was appointed to the planning commission for a … Read more

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A representative from Epode, Jean-Michel Borys, Judy Ashley, Dennis Edell, Dr. Elizabeth Fontaine, Jill Bowen and Pauline Harper gather together at Northwestern Medical Center Wednesday to discuss Rise VT’s successes and areas of optimization.

RiseVT gets high marks

ST. ALBANS — The nine-month-old community health and wellness program, Rise VT, ranks in the top 85 percentile of obesity prevention programs, according to the director of EPODE. “It’s a pretty amazing thing,” Dorey Demers, coordinator of Rise VT, said. … Read more

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With a four year federal pre-K expansion grant, St. Albans City School is able to provide four year olds with a full day, Monday through Friday, preschool program. The preschool follows the Kindergarten day, offering art class among others. Here, preschoolers enjoy some of these activities.

Challenges in pre-K

ST. ALBANS — Educating Vermont’s youngest children is creating some challenges for schools, many of them financial. At St. Albans City School a successful full-day PreK program may be endangered when federal funds run out, while Fletcher Elementary doesn’t have … Read more

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City Hall nears completion

ST. ALBANS CITY — The St. Albans City Hall renovations are nearing completion. Jim Cameron, the project manager, said he expects staff to return to their offices from their current temporary location in the auditorium next month. The project was … Read more

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