Firefighters from six departments battle a fire at the English Rose Inn in Montgomery that destroyed the building and claimed the life of one of its co-owners on Friday.

MONTGOMERY: Inn co-owner dies in blaze

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MONTGOMERY — An engulfing fire in Montgomery destroyed an inn and claimed the life of its co-owner over the weekend. The other co-owner and wife of the deceased was treated for smoke inhalation, according to officials. According to Vermont State … Read more

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St. Paul’s pastor brings new energy

ST. ALBANS —  At 35, and as the youngest-ever pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Megan Stowe already has been a minister for more than 10 years. The second-ever female pastor here spent the last eight working in the capital … Read more

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This dog, named 'Bunny,' weighed 15 pounds when it was brought into Franklin County Animal Rescue.

Eight dogs confiscated

ST. ALBANS — On Thursday, Feb. 5, law enforcement, local officials, and animal rescue staff arrived at the home of Randall Sheperd, 53, of Richford, with a warrant to remove dogs believed to be suffering from extreme neglect. It was … Read more

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Deep cold extracts toll

ST. ALBANS — Two water main breaks in St. Albans City Tuesday morning were just some of the many winter woes public works departments are experiencing this year. One break has been repaired while another is expected to be fully … Read more

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Tamara Lapine, 22, holds son Dimitri, 2, as he waves in their Swanton home last week. Lapine is the first graduate of the Nurse-Family Partnership through the Franklin County Home Health Agency Program, a national program that has recently begun in most counties statewide.

Visiting nurses help new moms

SWANTON — Tamara Lapine was 19 years old, single, without a job or high school diploma and newly returned from Texas, when she discovered she was pregnant. “I had just moved back to Vermont,” Lapine said in an interview last … Read more

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Alek Wolfe announces during a BFA basketball game this season with Ben Marlow, front.

Alek’s all eyes on the game

ST. ALBANS — Long before the varsity players are in uniform, Alek Wolfe has already begun preparing for that night’s game. Bursting with energy, the Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans freshman is conducting pre-game interviews — with classmates and coaches — … Read more

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Community High School of Vermont student Brandy Bonyea, in the foreground, writes down notes while Department of Corrections instructor Laurette Garrand teaches in a room in the state offices building on Federal Street in St. Albans.

Learning at stake

ST. ALBANS TOWN — On a cold morning last week, everyone went about his or her business at the Northwest State Correctional Facility. Correctional officers patrolled the maze of corridors and ran security checks on visitors. One inmate clad in … Read more

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A rendering of what the proposed St. Albans Town bike and pedestrian path underpass would look like is provided courtesy Broadreach Planning and Design landscape architect Jim Donovan.

New rec’ path goes to voters in March

ST. ALBANS TOWN —St. Albans Town in March will ask voters to use local option tax (LOT) revenue for a bike and pedestrian path project. A public hearing will be held on Monday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at St. … Read more

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ENVIRONMENT: Waterways take the floor

MONTPELIER — The Vermont’s General Assembly took two hours from committee meetings and hearings Wednesday morning to hear about water quality from citizens, scientists, businesspeople and a representative of Vermont’s dairy farmers. The key message heard was that the public … Read more

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