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EDUCATION: Déjà vu for MVU budget

SWANTON — Voters, by 58 votes, have once again rejected a proposed budget for Missisquoi Valley Union High School (MVU), forcing four area schools to borrow operating funds. Residents of Highgate, Franklin and Swanton said ‘no’ on Tuesday to a … Read more

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Eric Jessiman, 74, paddles along the Missisquoi River on Monday evening. Jessiman was getting in a little bit of last minute practice before setting off on his 500-mile, month-long kayaking trip from Buffalo, N.Y. to northern Vermont to raise awareness for autism.

BATTLING AUTISM: Setting paddle to the task

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BAKERSFIELD — Eric Jessiman, 74, is no stranger to long journeys. The Scotland-born Bakersfield resident moved to the U.S. as a child in 1952, and since then he’s sailed, kayaked and driven around the country, landing in Vermont 12 years … Read more

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NMC to reconfigure entrance to campus

ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) is seeking to relocate Crest Road and add parking spaces within its campus. The hospital has applied with to the Vermont District 6 Environmental Commission for an Act 250 permit amendment approving the … Read more

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Bullets, Rockets shoot to the top

Left, Richford senior Missy Hango heads back to the dugout after scoring what proved to be the winning run in Saturday’s Division III softball championship game in Poultney. Right, winning pitcher Alex Chapman wipes shaving cream off his face after … Read more

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DEMOGRAPHICS: Millennials matter

ST. ALBANS — It’s a familiar story, told repeatedly by the state’s politicians and media – the average age of Vermonters is rising and the state’s population is stagnant. However, that isn’t the entire story. In fact, Franklin County has … Read more

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Josh Jacobs looks through a scrapbook of childhood photos with his father that was made by his wife, Jamie.

A Day For Dad

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RICHFORD — He was the guy with the jolly smile, a red Mustang, and a German Shepherd in tow. According to Josh Jacobs, 23, that’s what his father, Lonnie Jacobs, was known for in Richford. “A lot of people knew … Read more

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Foster Care in Franklin County

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ST. ALBANS — At first glance, Sabrina Allen’s past would indicate a difficult future ahead. Fortunately for Allen and other youth aging out of foster care, things are not always as they seem. Read more

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Matthew Webster enters the court room in St. Albans Thursday morning.

Court plays shooter tapes

ST. ALBANS — Occasionally leaning on one another for support, the family of fatal shooting victim Anna Alger, 31, of Highgate, listened to the recorded confession of the man accused of shooting her, Matthew Webster, 31, of Swanton, Thursday morning … Read more

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BFA students Jacob Underwood, Matt Wolf and Juliana Bortz prepare the quad-copter they helped design for flight.

EDUCATION: BFA’s copter caper

ST. ALBANS — Thanks to the students in Principles of Engineering 3, Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in St. Albans now has a quad-copter equipped with a camera. “We wanted to be able to fly over sporting events … and crowds … Read more

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Foster Care in Franklin County

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Note: This is the third installment in a four-part series. The first and second stories, “Finding family” and “Sharing support,” appeared in Tuesday and Wednesday’s editions respectively. Tomorrow: “Looking forward.” ST. ALBANS — At the beginning of a May foster … Read more

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