Keith and Lori Sampietro’s 23 dogs stay on their property in their dog barn when they’re not pulling sleds. All of the dogs – high energy and friendly – are excited to see Keith in this photo.

Mushing Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — When you arrive at the backwoods Montgomery house, you’ve entered dog’s domain. “This is their house,” said Keith Sampietro, co-owner of the outdoor “green fun” company Montgomery Adventures. “These are our kids.” In the entry to the Sampietro … Read more

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From left: Highgate sixth grader Gabe Unwin learns to toss pizza dough with the help of Amy Driscoll of King Arthur Flour. Fellow sixth grader Bri Lyford watches.

The yeast they could do

HIGHGATE — More than 350 students in Franklin County are baking bread for community members in need this week. On Wednesday, students at Highgate Elementary School and Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in Fairfax took part in King Arthur Flour’s Bake … Read more

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Anne Doe of Boston Post Dairy talks about her new cheese, “Cownty Tails,” which is made of cow’s milk specially for Franklin County residents who tend not to like goat’s cheese.

In Good Taste

ST. ALBANS CITY — More than just milk comes out of northwest Vermont. Take David Howe, of Elm Brook Farm in East Fairfield, who distills his own spirits from maple sugar and gives them names inspired by his dogs’ names … Read more

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Scott Pasfield, left, and Nick Barletta, right, stand with their dog, Portland, on Monday. The couple owns The INN in Montgomery, and recently won $25,000 through the Travel Channel's "Hotel Showdown" competition.

The INN grabs a WIN

MONTGOMERY — Montgomery is in the spotlight thanks to a couple of inn owners and a Travel Channel show called “Hotel Showdown.” The show, which aired its second episode Tuesday night, is a winner-take-all competition between four hoteliers, each from … Read more

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Beginning Dec. 18, 65 solar trackers – each with 24 panels – power Northwest State Correctional Facility through AllEarth Renewables based in Williston.

Sun’s rays captured at prison

ST. ALBANS — Northwest State Correctional Facility (NSCF) is welcoming all the rays it can get on Lower Newton Road, where 65 solar trackers – each with 24 panels – now sit, move with the sun and power the state … Read more

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Family loses house to fire

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield family lost its home and all but a few of its possessions to fire this weekend. According to Fairfield Fire Chief Tim Corey, the house owned by Michael Tiffany and his family was fully ablaze when … Read more

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Fifth graders Hailee Sloan, Lexie Lewis and Emily Draper gather up bags of roasted kale to take to classrooms for afternoon snack.

Where kale gets an ‘A’

SWANTON — At Swanton School on Thursday, the cafeteria staff roasted 75 pounds of kale for an afternoon snack. According to students and staff, kale, in its chip form, is a school favorite. Kale as an afternoon snack is just … Read more

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Moving on up

The Webelos II Cub Scouts from St. Albans Pack 874 have completed their Cub Scout journey. On Friday night, Jan. 9, five Cub Scouts were awarded the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve, The Arrow of Light award. At … Read more

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St. Albans Town is rapidly moving forward in its efforts to relocate the Department of Public Works building to this 73-acre plot of town land on Brigham Road. Right now, the property stores extra town equipment and has a spot for residents to drop off grass clippings

Town garage relocation on fast track

ST. ALBANS TOWN — The St. Albans Town Department of Public Works (DPW) Relocation Project Committee has been working to get the old town garage off the shore of St. Albans Bay and to put a new building on town … Read more

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City budget proposal holds line on taxes

ST. ALBANS CITY — On Monday night, St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud presented the city council with a budget that includes the purchase of a new fire department pumper truck, a doubling in sidewalk repair funds, and payments on … Read more

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