Terri Sabens, a program coordinator with the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, and her husband,  Jim Daignault, are seen with dogs, Madison and Lucy Lu. The couple has a real interest and concern for the veterans of Vermont. Saben's new program is looking for volunteers to take care of puppies that will be eventually given to veterans in need.

Dogs may make a difference

MILTON — The Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, a non-profit organization hopes to assist military members and their families by starting a new program that would give trained dogs to veterans suffering with such medical issues as Post Traumatic Stress … Read more

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– Dayve Huckett on guitar and Art DeQuasie on bass have performed at Twiggs, Back Inn Time and One Federal this summer.

DOWNTOWN: Music’s in the air

ST. ALBANS – Downtown has been filled with the sounds of merriment and music this summer like no other in recent memory. “Live music adds a unique quality to our downtown, giving residents a reason to take a nice walk … Read more

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Watershed groups push for funding

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Watershed Committee (FWC) held its annual meeting Wednesday night as algal blooms continue to bloom in local lakes raising public concern about the environment and health. The session brought close to 50 residents, volunteers, legislators and … Read more

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Algae blooms have been showing up in multiple water bodies in Franklin County in the past few weeks, including along Georgia Shore Wednesday afternoon.

Public eye on algae

ST. ALBANS — Algal blooms in local lakes have grown ever more visible and smelly as the month continues, causing an outcry for action. Currently, there is no statewide program or federal funding specifically aimed at prevention or management of … Read more

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St. Albans native Orla Walsh, 28, carries a sandbag for training up and down Hard’ack recreation area's hills last Friday. Walsh, now a Killington resident, only began Spartan Racing a year ago, but she is quickly becoming a serious competitor in the obstacle racing sport.

Believing in the dream

ST. ALBANS — Run up and down a mountain with 20 pounds of rocks in your backpack, drag a cement block or carry a massive sandbag up a grassy hill, throw a few spears and maybe do an hour of … Read more

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Kenneth Thompson, 34, stands outside his home in ANDCO Mobile Home Cooperative in Highgate.

HOUSING: Community living

HIGHGATE/SWANTON — In keeping with the American dream, home ownership is something most people want. Buying a home in a nice neighborhood that has community spirit – well, that’s pretty great, too. Two mobile home parks in Franklin County are … Read more

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From left to right, Amanda Powers, 11, Priya Bates, 8, and Mya Belanger, 11,  wear Civil War period underpinnings and dresses that their grandmother, Cindy Leadbetter, has sewn.

ST. ALBANS RAID: Rocking that 1864-Style

ST. ALBANS — If you think putting together a good outfit is hard work today, try going back a century or two. Or, just talk to the men and women procuring period dress for the St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary … Read more

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Hiram Paradee tosses a horseshoe at the Champlain Valley Horseshoe Club in Milton.

HORSESHOE WIZARD: Still ringing at 84

MILTON — With hands caked in wet clay and his Red Sox hat slightly askew, Hiram Paradee bends at the knee and launches a horseshoe at a metal stake 30 feet away. On most Monday and Tuesday nights during the … Read more

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