Elsa Dahl, 79, of Montpelier, practices competitive lifts at Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center on Wednesday. Dahl has been coached by weightlifter Jackie Brown in St. Albans since 2000, and has gone on to be the oldest national competitor in her sport.

RECORD HOLDER: Woman, 79, weightlifting competitor

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ST. ALBANS — Walk into the Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center’s weight room, and you may just see the only 79-year-old female national weightlifting competitor in the country getting in a good workout. Elsa Dahl, who lives in Montpelier, … Read more

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Shane Lumbra, a 26-year-old Bakersfield native and arborist, practices the footlock technique while climbing up a red oak in Burlington’s Lake View Cemetery Tuesday evening. Lumbra will be competing in the New England Tree Climbing Championship on May 30th and 31st, put on by the New England chapter of the International Society for Arboriculture.

Up A Tree

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BAKERSFIELD — If you want to find Shane Lumbra, all you have to do is look up. The 26-year-old Bakersfield native was branch hopping more than 50 feet off the ground Wednesday in a massive red oak at Lakeview Cemetery … Read more

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Top: A white Jeep crashed into a Bakersfield home on Route 108 Monday evening. The driver suffered minor injuries, and the four people in the home at the time were unhurt.

SUV hits house, comes to stop on propane tank

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BAKERSFIELD — Just after 9:30 p.m. Monday, a white Jeep crashed into a Route 108 Bakersfield home. The driver, 30-year-old Michael T. Fitzgerald, of East Fairfield, sustained minor injuries in the crash, and no other injuries have been reported. According … Read more

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Fairfield school board members Bennett Dawson, Kenderlynn Phelps, and Charlie Thomas discuss the school district budget with members of the public Monday night in a meeting at the Fairfield Center School.

EDUCATION: Frustration in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The general consensus following a two-hour discussion in Fairfield Monday night was that the budget for Fairfield Center School should be trimmed by $30,000 to $50,000. Roughly 30 people, many of whom expressed frustration with the current way … Read more

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Anna Neville holds up a photo of herself, her husband, David, and her daughter, Jennifer.

A mother’s instincts

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ST. ALBANS — Walking into Anna Neville’s house, the Old Mill River Place on Georgia Shore Road, it’s easy to feel at home. Upon stepping into the bright, open kitchen, one is immediately greeted by homemade cookies, a hot cup … Read more

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Sheldon School fourth graders show the signs of their planting work on Thursday. From right to left are, Callie Bourdeau, 9, Haylee Salter, 9, Darla Tedford, 9, Alexis Kittell, 10, Macy Cross, 10, Shelby Martin, 10, Madison Faverau, 10.

Growing with the trees

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SHELDON — Educational technology specialist Mike Webber wants students to connect with the land, and to grow with it. Literally. Webber, who teaches at Sheldon Elementary School, spent the day outside Thursday helping students of all ages plant blueberry bushes, … Read more

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Exit 19 growth in judge’s hands

BURLINGTON — A federal court case that brings into question St. Albans City’s ban on new water and sewer hookups went to a hearing here in U.S. District Court on Thursday. The outcome could determine whether commercial development near Interstate … Read more

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Owl Club’s future rests with judge

ST. ALBANS CITY — Both sides rested Wednesday in the appeal of the Connor Group’s permit for the demolition of the former Smith Homestead and Owl Club on Maiden Lane, and the construction proposal for a new office building. Vermont … Read more

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Mother’s Day almost here …

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A baby sheep with its mom rests in a field on Dunsmore Road in St. Albans Town this week, as trees begin to bud in the background.

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HIGHGATE: House fire ruled arson, teens cited

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HIGHGATE — A 16- and a 17-year-old, have been cited for second-degree arson and reckless endangerment following a Vermont State Police (VSP) investigation into a vacant home fire here late Monday evening. VSP Detective Sergeants Maurice Lamothe and Jeremy Hill … Read more

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