Phynix Donna, of Berkshire, tries his hand at blacksmithing with help from Jon Sandville of Enosburgh (left) while his father watches.

Sheldon celebrates its history

SHELDON — Hundreds turned out on Saturday for Sheldon Old Home Days, complete with parade, history exhibits, storytelling, blacksmithing, music and, of course, food. “Our history helps us to understand who we are and prepare as we look to the … Read more

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Chris LaBounty, left, sits with his wife, Colleen, and daughters Mabel, 10, and Anna, 8, on a family vacation.

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POZZA DI FASSA, Italy — The Torri del Vajolet stands sentry over the Val di Fassa, its limestone cliffs and pillars hanging like a white, three-fingered glove over a tiny glacial lake and alpine inn in northern Italy. Chris LaBounty … Read more

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Bryan Smith takes a shot at Champlain Country Club, the local course on which he grew up playing, during the 2015 Vermont Amateur tournament in Swanton.

Swinging to victory

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MANCHESTER, Vt. — The 14th hole at the Ekwanok Country Club slopes downward gently, lined with sand traps hugging the left side, its green guarded by a towering maple to the right of the angled fairway. St. Albans native Bryan Smith … Read more

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Highgate ponders Route 78’s future

HIGHGATE — A Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) representative explained the process of turning a state highway into a Class 1 Town Highway (C1TH) to the town selectboard Thursday. The board is looking into reclassifying a section of VT Route … Read more

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St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor, right, reads a proposed archery ban to the city council and city manager Dominic Cloud, left, during a council meeting at city hall on Monday evening.

Council considers archery ordinance

ST. ALBANS CITY — After months of discussion, the St. Albans City Council failed to approve a greenbelt parking ordinance Monday night. An ordinance to prohibit archery within the city limits except on school grounds or permitted ranges was held … Read more

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Ghost hunter Dustin Pari explains Ouija board science in the Swanton Public Library Friday evening.

‘Paranormal Rockstar’ spooks Swanton

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SWANTON — It wasn’t a dark and stormy night when Dustin Pari, of the SyFy channel’s Ghost Hunters, spoke about his spooky experiences at the Swanton Public Library. It was just Friday evening, and the weather was as clear as … Read more

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Dan Lindner poses in front of war memorial, erected by the William Scott Memorial Association in memory of William Scott, the Sleeping Sentinel. Scott, was pardoned by Abraham Lincoln, for falling asleep during guard duty in the Civil War and went on to become a war hero.

Banjo Dan writes about St. Albans

ST. ALBANS — Bluegrass musician “Banjo” Dan Lindner, 73, wrote a song describing his wife’s experience of growing up in St. Albans during the mid-20th century for his fourth and final collection of songs about Vermont, set to be released … Read more

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Madeline Wetherby, third from right, stands surrounded by family for a Christmas family portrait. Her son, Jesse, who suffered with cerebral palsy died shortly after.

Motherhood both dream and challenge

RICHFORD — Madeline Wetherby, 56, knew she wanted to be a mother as a young girl, looking after and playing with her nieces and nephews beginning at four years old. Later, when her second child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, … Read more

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City construction heats up for summer

ST. ALBANS CITY — It’s another summer of construction for St. Albans City residents and visitors, with more than $48 million in public and private funds being invested in the city and an adjacent portion of the town. On the … Read more

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For Purrier, Olympic Trials a measuring stick

EUGENE, Ore. — Elle Purrier’s appearance in next week’s Olympic Trials 3,000-meter steeplechase is being looked at as a step toward the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo rather than this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. One of the youngest … Read more

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