Maple trees in St. Albans City are tapped and ready to begin running as soon as the cold weather breaks.

MAPLE: Sap flow mostly a no-go

ST. ALBANS — With the end of April fast approaching, maple sugar makers are counting the days left in a season that has been slow to get started. Persistent cold weather in March is to blame. Producers are hoping the … Read more

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St. Albans City Council member Tammi DiFranco (left) and Director of Planning and Development Chip Sawyer (right) take the new standardized tests their children will be taking this spring Monday at city school.

Are you smarter than local grade schoolers?

ST. ALBANS — Monday night St. Albans City officials and other community members got a taste of what the state’s children will experience next month as students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams. City council member Tammi DiFranco … Read more

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St. Albans residents Angel Vos, Kathryn Peno and Linda Fairbanks sign up for a free drawing for a gift basket with Susan Lassiter; Jeffersonville branch associate of Union Bank. About 5,000 people turned out for the Rotary Expo this weekend in St. Albans.

Big crowds, all ages turn out for the Expo

ST. ALBANS — Approximately 5,000 people made their way to the Collins-Perley Sports & Fitness Center for the Rotary Home and Recreation Expo. “We had a great weekend,” said Carrie Johnson, who co-chaired the expo organizing committee with Meghan Manahan. … Read more

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Chad Hotchkiss, 33, and his son, Chad Hotchkiss Jr., 12, both of Swanton, stand in line Friday with hundreds of others waiting to get their driver’s licenses reinstated on Driver Restoration Day at the Edward Costello Courthouse in Burlington.

On the road again

SWANTON — For seven years, Chad Hotchkiss felt he had to look over his shoulder while driving. Due to an inability to pay fines, Hotchkiss, 33, of  Swanton, has had his driver’s license suspended off and on since 2000. Since … Read more

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MVU art teacher Lindsay DiDio (left) assists student Cynthia Sforza during a Digital Imaging class on Wednesday.

‘Let’s find out!’

SWANTON — An art class isn’t where one would expect to find students being taught to think critically about the world, but that is precisely what happens in classes taught by Lindsay DiDio at Missisquoi Valley Union (MVU). “There’s all … Read more

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BFA staff member charged in sex act

ST. ALBANS — Nicola Smith, the Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans paraeducator accused of sexually assaulting and exploiting a sophomore male, was arraigned Monday in Franklin County Superior Court Criminal Division. Smith, 35, of St. Albans, was released without bail, … Read more

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Andrea Santiago holds her seven-month-old son, Gibson, in the Georgia home of her boyfriend’s parents recently. Because Gibson was born three months premature, Santiago had to stop working for several months and rely on her boyfriend – Nausori Osasa – for finances, as she didn’t qualify for state benefits.

COMMUNITY: To raise a child

ST. ALBANS — Andrea Santiago wasn’t exactly ready when her son, Gibson, came along in August. He was born three months premature “We just weren’t prepared at all,” said Santiago, a 21-year-old Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans graduate in a recent … Read more

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St. Albans Town Educational Center fifth grader and VKAT (Vermont Kids Against Tobacco) member Ethan Bruley simulates trying to breath with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) while fellow VKAT member and seventh grader Grace Adamczak, left, times him and other participating students for 60 seconds.

Kicking butts

ST. ALBANS — Quitting smoking hits close to home for those participating in St. Albans Town Educational Center’s VKAT (Vermont Kids Against Tobacco) program. “I got my mom to quit (two years ago),” said SATEC seventh grader Kiley Bates. “When … Read more

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MONTPELIER — Imagine waking up to find your e-mail inbox filled with notes from friends expressing sympathy and support, and even more disturbing messages from strangers commenting on your attractiveness, expressing a desire to have sex with you, or worse. … Read more

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