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Swanton Wind answers opponents’ questions

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  SWANTON — Swanton Wind is issuing official answers to a first round of discovery questions. Those answers illustrate the fundamental divide between the project’s developers and its most fervent critics. The discovery process essentially begins the project’s Public Service … Read more

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NWTC Steve Wunsch

Skilled trades an alternative to college

ST. ALBANS — Students should be exposed and encouraged to pursue a career in the skilled trades on the same level as a college education because the wages are competitive, a career is almost guaranteed with the nationwide shortage of workers, … Read more

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Christine Brock

Caring for others at home and at work

ST. ALBANS — Christine Brock has made helping others the focus of her life, at work and in her home. She’s taken in numerous foster children over the years, adopting three. At work, she has spent 30 years in human … Read more

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Barriers to recovery

ST. ALBANS — Hal Porter, Melinda Lussier and Jody White, three people with varying years in recovery, shared their life stories with the Messenger this winter, each outlining their unique pathway to recovery. Now, as professionals in the recovery world, … Read more

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Norm McAllister

McAllister to go to trial on sexual assault charge

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ST. ALBANS — Former state senator Norm McAllister will get his day in court, again. A Franklin County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that McAllister can withdraw the “no contest” plea he entered in January immediately before what would have … Read more

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Travis Belisle

Sugaring operation files suit against Swanton Wind

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SWANTON — A Swanton sugaring business is suing Swanton Wind, alleging trespassing and illegal road construction as well as a host of complaints related to the project itself, despite the fact the project is still undergoing a Public Service Board … Read more

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Sam Smith Bruce Cheeseman

Cheeseman new town chair

ST. ALBANS — The town selectboard met Monday night for the first time since Town Meeting Day and the election of two new members: Brendan Deso and Al Voegele. To kick off the meeting, Voegele nominated former vice chair Bruce … Read more

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Charlie Price photographed at his home in St. Albans.

A lifetime of art

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ST. ALBANS — Charlie Price’s big break came in a yard sale. Price, 75, was moving from the home he had shared with his sister, who had recently passed away. “I was selling off everything I could, because there are … Read more

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Paul Martin Irish pub

Dublin’ down on Kingman

ST. ALBANS — The 4,000 square foot restaurant, bar and live music venue on the corner of Kingman and Federal Street is under new ownership: a 24-year-old realtor from Franklin. Paul Martin, who entered the world of real estate immediately … Read more

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Elizabeth Root Swanton Lumber

A business becomes a family

    SWANTON — Retired from Swanton Lumber for a few months now, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Root, 86, still comes in most days to open the mail and chat with employees at the hardware store. On Monday, Root swiveled in her … Read more

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