Volunteer Tilde LaBelle, 76, shows the hats she made to hand out at the Enosburgh Food Shelf one Thursday in January.

Enosburgh Food Shelf

ENOSBURG FALLS — On a cold Thursday morning this past January, dozens of people flocked to the Masonic Hall in Enosburg Falls. Inside, some sat in chairs, waiting in line, while others milled around the room, looking over donated bread, … Read more

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Grant Weier sits in the living room of his Fletcher home with his golden lab, Ziggy. Weier is participating in HomeShare Vermont, a co-housing match service that recently expanded to Franklin County.

HomeShare Vermont

FLETCHER — Grant Weier, 74, lives on a dirt road in the hills of Fletcher. When he opens his door on a snowy, January day, he and his large golden lab, Ziggy, greet you enthusiastically. Ziggy is perhaps a bit … Read more

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Cold Hollow Career Center Colton Riley works on identifying maple syrup as part of a contest during the Future Farmers of America (FFA) event at the Vermont Farm Show Wednesday.

Farmers, food & fun

ESSEX — There’s nothing like a farm show to bring everyone together. Students, farmers, lawmakers, businesses, organizations, some mascots and state officials – including Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and, sporting a cow-print hat, Secretary of Agriculture Chuck … Read more

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Swanton Town Selectman Joel Clark, center, speaks about the need for a point person to work on attracting businesses during a meeting on economic development as part of the Swanton Community Visit Wednesday evening.

Swanton rising

SWANTON — The Swanton community needs to tell the world about the things it has to offer and at the same time improve communication within the community, so more people are aware of options and resources. That was a widely … Read more

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Highgate fire displaces families

HIGHGATE — Seven local departments responded to a residential fire in Highgate Wednesday afternoon that displaced two families. According to a Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release, the Highgate Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 10:47 a.m. Firefighters … Read more

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Go Wild! Respecting wildlife

FAIRFAX — Have you ever looked an owl in the eyes? When you do, there’s an undeniable sense of intelligence, power and beauty that’s staring back at you. I had this experience several weeks ago when I visited Audrey Von … Read more

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Fire at trucking facility

SWANTON — Five fire departments finished up a nightlong battle with flames at a commercial building on Babbie Boulevard early this morning. Firefighters were called at 1:10 a.m. to TDI Repair and Towing for reports of a fire. That alert … Read more

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In Good Taste

January can be rather bleak and empty, but on Friday, hundreds of people filtered in and out of downtown for the second annual “In Good Taste” event. Held in a full St. Albans City Hall’s auditorium, the attendees nibbled, sipped … Read more

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Keith and Lori Sampietro’s 23 dogs stay on their property in their dog barn when they’re not pulling sleds. All of the dogs – high energy and friendly – are excited to see Keith in this photo.

Mushing Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — When you arrive at the backwoods Montgomery house, you’ve entered dog’s domain. “This is their house,” said Keith Sampietro, co-owner of the outdoor “green fun” company Montgomery Adventures. “These are our kids.” In the entry to the Sampietro … Read more

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From left: Highgate sixth grader Gabe Unwin learns to toss pizza dough with the help of Amy Driscoll of King Arthur Flour. Fellow sixth grader Bri Lyford watches.

The yeast they could do

HIGHGATE — More than 350 students in Franklin County are baking bread for community members in need this week. On Wednesday, students at Highgate Elementary School and Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in Fairfax took part in King Arthur Flour’s Bake … Read more

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