Kenneth Thompson, 34, stands outside his home in ANDCO Mobile Home Cooperative in Highgate.

HOUSING: Community living

HIGHGATE/SWANTON — In keeping with the American dream, home ownership is something most people want. Buying a home in a nice neighborhood that has community spirit – well, that’s pretty great, too. Two mobile home parks in Franklin County are … Read more

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From left to right, Amanda Powers, 11, Priya Bates, 8, and Mya Belanger, 11,  wear Civil War period underpinnings and dresses that their grandmother, Cindy Leadbetter, has sewn.

ST. ALBANS RAID: Rocking that 1864-Style

ST. ALBANS — If you think putting together a good outfit is hard work today, try going back a century or two. Or, just talk to the men and women procuring period dress for the St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary … Read more

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Hiram Paradee tosses a horseshoe at the Champlain Valley Horseshoe Club in Milton.

HORSESHOE WIZARD: Still ringing at 84

MILTON — With hands caked in wet clay and his Red Sox hat slightly askew, Hiram Paradee bends at the knee and launches a horseshoe at a metal stake 30 feet away. On most Monday and Tuesday nights during the … Read more

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A wet walk

A woman walks down Main Street in St. Albans City yesterday afternoon. Heavy rain drove people off the streets and inside, though the few that were out and about were easily spotted by their umbrellas and their hurry to get … Read more

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Request hints at expansion of Mylan facility

ST. ALBANS CITY — The city council on Monday night discussed proposed changes to the city’s zoning laws, one of which would facilitate further expansion of Mylan Technologies, Inc., an eventuality – including more new jobs—that was suggested by the … Read more

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HUMAN SERVICES: Racine unbowed

ST. ALBANS — Former Secretary of Human Services Doug Racine said Tuesday that his departure from the agency came as a surprise. He was invited to a meeting with Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and the governor’s chief of staff … Read more

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Maple Glen Campground in Sheldon was closed in 2010 after a series of investigations in 2009 surfaced a number of environmental and state violations. The campground is seen in these photos taken last week, though the owners are working to make changes and re-open the area for business next spring.

SHELDON: Partners plan to dress up nudist camp

SHELDON — Several changes are in motion at Maple Glen Campground following state action that led to the closing of the former nudist campground and a fine for numerous violations of environmental regulations. Among the recent shifts regarding the 300-acre … Read more

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Bonnie, a four-year-old Rothschild’s giraffe at Parc Safari, just had a baby giraffe last week. Her fellow adult giraffe, Agathe, looks on from the left – she was the last giraffe to be born at the park, some 23 years ago. Below: Agathe, left, Bonnie, center, and the baby giraffe, right, all pose pretty for the crowd at Parc Safari on Saturday.

Long, tall and beautiful

HEMMINGFORD, Quebec — One could argue that birth is the most natural thing in the world. There’s no question that a baby giraffe is one of the cutest things in the world. A week ago Sunday, visitors to Parc Safari … Read more

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Taylor Park and Church Street in St. Albans City look like Lego toys when seen from above.

HIGHGATE: Taking to the air

HIGHGATE — It all starts with your first flight. The comfortable sound-blocking headphones and friendly radio chat, the gentle takeoff and landing, the easy maneuvering, the view – while some may balk at going 115 mph 1,000 feet in the … Read more

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