Cathy Cromack and Bob Begley relax in rocking chairs after a long day’s work at Martha’s Kitchen, located on 86 N Main St. With the building for sale, the pair is hoping to find a new home for the soup kitchen.

Martha’s Kitchen needs new home

ST. ALBANS — With the building where they rent up for sale, the manager of Martha’s Kitchen, Bob Begley, hopes to find a “forever home” for the soup kitchen. Begley, a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, is looking for … Read more

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Mike L’Esperance of Fairfield, James Farr of St. Albans City, and Steve LaRosa of St. Albans Town count the ballots cast for clerk during last night’s inaugural meeting of the Maple Run School District.

From Franklin Central to Maple Run

ST. ALBANS — The Maple Run School District (MRSD) held its first meeting Tuesday night. The newly merged district includes Fairfield, St. Albans City and St. Albans Town. As part of the meeting, voters selected a moderator, clerk and treasurer … Read more

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Paul, Linda and Claire Stanley, of Bakersfield, at the entrance to their farm, Paul-Lin Dairy.

Bringing up farmers

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ST. ALBANS — Will the next generation follow their parents into farming? That’s the question facing agriculture here and across the country. A recent analysis of U.S. Census of Agriculture data by American Farmland Trust (AFT) found 30 percent of … Read more

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Governor Peter Shumlin addresses attendees of Thursday evening's Tyler Place dinner, flanked by Agency of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross in the background.

Advocates see progress on water cleanup

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HIGHGATE SPRINGS — Speaker after speaker hammered in the point at the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC)’s annual Tyler Place Dinner Thursday night: the lake isn’t clean, but we’re making progress. Governor Peter Shumlin spoke first, the only one … Read more

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Chair Sam Smith, Grant Henderslisten to Green Peak Solar, LLC representatives present their proposal for a solar panel project near Bronson Road.

4.9-megawatt solar project in works

ST. ALBANS TOWN — A Vermont-based solar development company wants to start building a 4.9-megawatt solar panel project near Bronson Road by May of next year. “We got quite a few of these in the town of St. Albans,” Brent … Read more

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Big changes coming at NMC

Members of Northwestern Medical Center’s Senior Leadership Team dig into the groundbreaking on the hosptial’s front lawn last night. From left to right: Diane Leach Janelli, VP of Quality and Medical Staff Services, Tom Conley, VP of Human Resources and … Read more

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BFA pitcher Connor named Gatorade POY

BFA-St. Albans’ Mark Connor today was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Vermont baseball, the program’s third player to receive the award. Connor has led the Bobwhites to a 13-1 record and the top spot in the Division … Read more

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Anita Michele Parah, surrounded by pinwheels in her studio.

Pinwheels springing up in Swanton

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SWANTON — Like a front yard overtaken by dandelions, Anita Michele Parah’s basement studio is overrun with pinwheels. “The pinwheels are growing,” Parah said. “We want this to grow every year.” Pinwheels covered the bandstand on Swanton’s village green during … Read more

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Principals and staff from Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union stand in support of the proposed merger of the Montgomery, Bakersfield, Berkshire, Enosburgh and Richford school districts.  First row, from left: Anissa Seguin, Michelle Lussier, Beth O’Brien. Second row, from left: Lucy Ramsay, Robin Trushaw, Sandy Alexander. Third row, from left: Jody Vaillancourt, Rachel Reynolds, Lynn Cota-Caforia. Back row, from left: Jay Nichols, Dominic DeRosia, Doug Kussius, Nathan Demar, Erik Remmers.

‘The best we can offer kids’

RICHFORD — The best thing for students will be keeping the schools of the Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union together and making it possible for them to cooperate and collaborate even more closely, in the view of the supervisory union’s principals. … Read more

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Northwestern Medical Center preps a section of their campus near VT Route 104 for construction vehicles, equipment, trailers, supplies and more, that will be needed for the overall $32 million renovation and expansion of the hospital.

NMC shovels ready to dig

ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) will begin its $32 million renovation and expansion project Wednesday morning. The first phase of construction, renovation and expansion of the medical surgical/intensive care unit (ICU) kicks off with a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday … Read more

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