Noelle Aube Westbom, 7, builds with Legos while her brother, Lennon Carl, 4, plays on the computer behind her. The two siblings, both from Swanton, went to Legos Thursdays for the first time at the Haston Library in Franklin yesterday.

Lego Thursdays

FRANKLIN — “Could you take out the bicycle and handcuffs for me?” he asked. “Are there any girl faces that aren’t angry?” she said a few moments later. One has to have a kid’s imagination to guess what Noelle Westbom, … Read more

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Firefighters from three departments respond to a Maquam Shore Road blaze in St. Albans Town Wednesday afternoon.

Couple loses home of more than 40 yrs.

ST. ALBANS TOWN — Sixty firefighters from three departments battled a fire on Maquam Shore Road in St. Albans Town Wednesday that destroyed a couple’s lakefront home of 42 years. The home belonged to Anna and Gabriel Gagne and was … Read more

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Many people in Vermont are considered homeless, but among that population, some still live with their own shelter, clothes and food, without seeking assistance.

Living outside

ST. ALBANS — “Thomas” lives outside. He doesn’t have a house, but according to him, he’s not homeless: he’s houseless. Thomas, who has requested anonymity in fear of losing his living space, is in his mid-50s, and is staying in … Read more

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Northwestern Medical Center CEO Jill Bowen poses in superhero costume outside the hospital Friday as part of Franklin-Grand Isle United Way’s kick-off campaign for the new fundraising year.

Community superheroes

ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Medical Center CEO Jill Bowen donned a cape and mask Friday morning, looking like the role she and many others will soon play for this community: a superhero. Bowen is among the dozens the St. Albans … Read more

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Michelle Saine, who runs her dog walking and pet sitting business, P.A.W.S. by Michelle, in the St. Albans area, hugs Danni the great Dane after a walk last week.

Taking care of furry friends

ST. ALBANS CITY — Michelle Saine is pretty hard to miss in downtown St. Albans. You’ve probably seen her. She’s the lady walking four dogs — some tiny, others huge — all at the same time. Saine, quite a sight … Read more

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From left, Vt. Sec. of Ag. Chuck Ross, Rep. Peter Welch, U.S. Sec. of Ag. Tom Vilsack, speaking, and Sen. Patrick Leahy meet at the Echo Center on the Burlington waterfront to announce funding for agricultural water quality programs in the Lake Champlain basin

$45 million for bays, lake

Farm visits within plan BURLINGTON — With area waters plagued by blue-green algae, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and the nation’s top agriculture official this morning announced $45 million in funding over five years to reduce farm pollution in Lake Champlain. This … Read more

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Fletcher town clerk Elaine Sweet and selectboard member Annette Kalinoski work in the town offices yesterday during the Vermont Primary Election.

FLETCHER; ‘A lot of scrap paper’

FLETCHER — On Vermont’s Primary Election day Tuesday, Fletcher Clerk Elaine Sweet didn’t expect a huge voter turnout. And sure enough, by the end of the day just 40 people had walked through the town office door. Sweet, who is … Read more

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How to save lakes? Expert charts plan

Editor’s Note: This is another in an ongoing series of reports related to lake water quality issues. Another will appear in Thursday’s edition. ST. ALBANS — If area residents want clean water in Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi they need … Read more

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A plastic bottle washes up onto an algae-covered shore along St. Albans Bay.

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Board hears bay concerns

ST. ALBANS BAY — It’s time to stop pointing fingers, stop talking, and just do something – that’s the message the St. Albans Town Selectboard delivered Monday night. Yesterday’s meeting opened with the bay’s hottest topic – the water, the … Read more

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