A sign points toward the 162-acre St. Albans Town Forest in this April, 2015 file photo.

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Forest plan branches out

ST. ALBANS – The town wants to upgrade existing trails in the St. Albans Town Forest as well as add additional trails for non-motorized use. A supporter of the project, RiseVT supplied a $2,500 grant, matched by the town, to … Read more

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Swanton wind gets OK from FAA

SWANTON —The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined seven proposed wind turbines in Swanton do not pose a threat to air navigation. The determination, issued Sunday, states that “aeronautical study revealed that the structure[s] do not exceed obstruction standards and … Read more

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Traditional pipeline taps are seen on a maple tree in Fairfield in this Messenger file photo.

Firm spouts maple success

SWANTON – A local manufacturer of maple syrup equipment has obtained the Canadian patent for a production spout that lengthens the maple-sugaring season, increasing annual sap yield. Since Leader Evaporator Co., Inc. was issued the U.S. patent in 2013, the … Read more

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President and CEO of Green Mountain Power Mary Powell speaks among state and town leaders at a press conference Tuesday morning regarding a community digester for the St. Albans Bay.

Environment: Digester a bay changer

ST. ALBANS – Excessive amounts of the nutrient phosphorus entered Lake Champlain for years, leading to low levels of dissolved oxygen, impaired aquatic life and reduced recreational use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The St. Albans Bay … Read more

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Debbie Paradee (left) and Jane Dobrowolski (right) of the Fairfield Community Center food shelf discuss how to get fresh local food to people in need at a hunger council meeting last Wednesday at the state office building on Federal Street.

COMMUNITY: Hunger council eyes logistics

ST. ALBANS — How to get locally grown food into the hands of those at risk of hunger is an ongoing challenge, and the Franklin-Grand Isle Hunger Council resumed discussion of the subject last week. The logistical challenges are many. … Read more

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