Norm McAllister greets voters outside the Swanton Village offices Tuesday afternoon.

McAllister loses Vt. Senate seat

County supports Dunne, Scott, Zuckerman ST. ALBANS — There were few surprises coming out of last night’s primary vote. Franklin County voters ended former Senator Norm McAllister’s several-term political career, but supported their incumbents in the other local races. Statewide, … Read more

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James Cross and Andrew Girroir prepare to shoot the latest episode of their local access talk show, “Legend of the Nerds.”

Nerds seek to become legends

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ST. ALBANS  — Inside a television studio, tucked into the back of Bellows Free Academy, two self-proclaimed nerds discuss such nerdy topics as superhero movies and video games in front of the camera. “People expect Wayne’s World,” James Cross said. … Read more

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Young participants kick up plenty of dust and elicit plenty of squeals from pigs during the piggy round-up Saturday at Franklin County Field Days. GEORGE OUELLETTE, www.georgeouellettephotography.com

Field Days draws 19,000

SWANTON — It was another record-setting year for Franklin County Field Days. An estimated 19,000 people attended over four days for food, rides, music and events. The weather for the five-day event, Gagne noted, was perfect. The demolition derby on … Read more

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MRBA turns 20

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BAKERSFIELD — Federal funding for the Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic River Assistance project, an effort of the Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA), just skyrocketed from $13,000 to a total of $90,000. MRBA President John Little signed the agreement … Read more

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McAllister trial postponed again

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ST. ALBANS CITY — The second of Senator Norm McAllister’s sexual assault trials has been postponed until December. Deputy State’s Attorney Diane Wheeler requested the change, citing a family emergency that would take her out of the state during the … Read more

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Jackson Fong, 10, of Williams, Mass., and Ella MaGuire, 11, of Swanton battle it out in sumo wrestling suits at Swanton’s National Night Out Tuesday.

National Night Out brings community together

SWANTON — National Night Out drew hundreds of people to Swanton Village Green and Taylor Park in St. Albans. The event is intended to strengthen connections between the community and law enforcement, giving community members a chance to interact with … Read more

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McAllister talks trial, primary race

ST. ALBANS — State Sen. Norm McAllister, 64, accused of sexually assaulting one woman and extorting sex from a second, alleges that the charges levied against him are part of a “scam.” McAllister, running for his third term in the … Read more

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Ben & Jerry’s to expand

ST. ALBANS — Plans to significantly expand Ben & Jerry’s manufacturing facility in St. Albans were confirmed Friday by a spokesperson for the company headquartered in South Burlington. The company employs more than 300 people at its 20-year-old plant in … Read more

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Agronomist Heather Darby explains new research to attendees at the Northwest Crops and Soils Program’s Field Day at Borderview Farm in Alburgh.

Weather tops discussions at UVM Field Day

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ALBURGH — Agronomist and nutrient management specialist Heather Darby shared the dirt on the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program Thursday, at the program’s 2016 “Field Day.” It was an all-day event, held at the Borderview … Read more

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Planning Commission Chair Jim Hubbard, Commissioner Ross Lavoie and Commissioner Sara Luneau-Swan prepare for legal consultation during last night’s special meeting.

Planning Commission deliberates privately

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SWANTON — The Swanton Planning Commission takes their new vow of transparency seriously. That was about all they offered the public at a special meeting Wednesday night, where they planned a written response to allegations that the commission violated Vermont’s … Read more

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