New construction housing a horizontal dryer, evaporator and packaging equipment can be seen at the former site of the Cooperative Creamery Store on Federal Street. The St. Albans Cooperative Creamery relocated the store to create room for the new drying equipment.

Co-op installing dryer

ST. ALBANS CITY — A massive new dryer being constructed at the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery facility will allow the co-op to produce a wider range of powdered milk products at less cost. The size of the co-op’s Federal Street … Read more

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Burglar enters house while family sleeps

ST. ALBANS — Police are still searching for a suspect involved in a burglary at an occupied Sheldon Road house and stealing a car from the residence early Saturday morning. According to a St. Albans Police Department statement, a still … Read more

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Gov. Edward Curtis Smith, looking at camera, and family are seen in their carriage in front of “Seven Acres,” which was their home at the top of Congress Street. Smith was governor of Vermont  from 1898-1900. His home, seen in background, burned on Nov. 4, 1924. It was rebuilt, but in a very different style and was later known and operated as the Governor Smith, which was lost to fire.

The Smiths of St. Albans

ST. ALBANS CITY — There was a time in St. Albans City when wealthy industrialists lived in large mansions, complete with an on-site staff of servants. Seven Acres, the home of Vermont Gov. Edward Curtis Smith, was just such a … Read more

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$70M gap in funds looms

ST. ALBANS — Lawmakers will struggle with a $70 million gap between anticipated expenditures and revenues when they sit down to begin crafting a state budget in January for 2015. The annual budget adjustment act, which the House Appropriations Committee … Read more

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Sheriff’s bid to vote

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ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Town Selectboard has warned a special meeting on Dec. 10, where residents will be asked whether the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office should be awarded the town police contract for the next three years. The … Read more

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David Chambers, co-owner of Just the Place, poses with some of the artisanal goods available in his new shop. His is among the new businesses brightening downtown prospects, says the city’s business development manager.

Downtown riding wave of interest

ST. ALBANS CITY — Roughly one year ago St. Albans City merchants and residents were meeting to discuss the number of empty downtown storefronts. Now, out of nearly 60 Main Street locations there are just two empty spaces, both at … Read more

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Dana Rocheleau, manager of the St. Albans Hannaford store, holds up a Helping Hands box. Each box costs $10 and they are donated to NorthWest Family Foods, a food shelf serving Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

Helping Hands

ST. ALBANS — Helping Hands boxes have once again appeared at Hannaford grocery stores around the region. The boxes, which sell for $10 each, are donated to local food shelves. In St. Albans, the boxes go to the NorthWest Family … Read more

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Above, from left: Elizabeth Malone, executive director of Northwest Public Access, with filmmakers David Rheaume and Renée Laroche, and Northwest Public Access outreach director Kris Hoyt after Rheaume and Laroche were awarded the Skully for best film, “Come With Me,” at the Northwest Nightmares film festival Monday night.

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ST. ALBANS — Nearly 150 people attended the Northwest Nightmares film festival at the Welden Theater Monday night to view 13 amateur horror films. Submissions to the festival created by Northwest Public Access came from as far away as the … Read more

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Sold on partnership

ST. ALBANS — The Franklin-Grand Isle Community Partnership has continued meeting long after a loss of state funding led to the end of similar group sessions in other areas of the state. In fact, its members are so sold on … Read more

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‘I am a terrorist’

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ST. ALBANS — What by many accounts was a joke gone very wrong led to the arrest and arraignment of a Romanian immigrant Wednesday. Radu Chereches, 46, a Romanian immigrant who is now a U.S. citizen from Ridgeland, S.C., pleaded … Read more

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