From right to left, Doug Patterson, 69, Gary Kling, 64, and Tom Wilson, 62, all work on building one of two Habitat for Humanity homes in Alburgh last Tuesday.

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Habitat homes rise in Alburgh ALBURGH — From Main Street, the two houses are almost hidden by the late spring greenery. On the front of one, a “Habitat for Humanity” sign hangs, and on any given Tuesday, half a dozen retirees … Read more

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While this farm was not the most greatly affected by sewage runoff from St. Albans City in the early 1900s, but it was located in an area that easily could have witnessed a reduction in quality of life had a plan been carried out to widen Stevens Brook and allow effluent to flow to St. Albans Bay. The Point Farm was located near the intersection of Route 36 and Hathaway Point road where the brook enters the bay. The farm is most likely one of two named in 1913 Messenger reports as having marsh land that might “purify” human waste from the city. It was owned by the Smith family, which contributed much to business and industrial development locally. None of the 11 buildings, including the manor home, remain today.

The sewers of 1913

An age without hope of ending pollution locally ST. ALBANS — Imagine a stinking ribbon of sewage meandering through back yards and human waste flooding Main Street during heavy rains. What if the best solution offered was to pipe the community’s excrement … Read more

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Manure overflows from a manure pit wall at a Highgate dairy farm. As part of a settlement, the owners, Mark Gagne, Jean Gagne, Claude Fortin and Alain Fortin, agreed to take corrective action and pay a $15,750 fine.

MANURE SPILL: State fines Highgate farm

Regulators back up threats with action HIGHGATE — The owners and operators of a farm in Highgate have been fined $15,750 by the state after manure from their pit overflowed into Saxe Brook, a tributary of the Missisquoi River. Claude and … Read more

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Former Vt. governor Madeleine Kunin speaks at the Voices Against Violence rally in Taylor Park Wednesday afternoon.

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Local rally aims to raise awareness, bring change ST. ALBANS — How do you change a culture? More specifically, how do you change a culture that supports and perpetuates sexual and domestic violence? Those are the questions speakers at Wednesday’s Rally … Read more

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Sanders kicks off campaign

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St. Albans native leads campaign BURLINGTON — Anyone near the Burlington Waterfront Park at 5 p.m. Tuesday would have been blasted by chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”, deafening cheers and the gruff, Brooklyn accented-words: “Today, we begin a political revolution!” … Read more

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Faith Reed places a flag next to the headstone of Thomas Enright, who died on May 8, 1963 at 22 years old.

Memorial Day: The real meaning

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Students visit cemetery, pay respects to veterans FAIRFIELD — Most kids probably think cemeteries are a little creepy. But the fifth graders at Fairfield Center School learned Thursday that the graves of those now passed can be the window into history, … Read more

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MONTGOMERY: Missing person case ends well

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MONTGOMERY — Emilie Trunik, the 36-year-old head chef at The Belfry Restaurant and Pub, has been found safe and well, according to Vermont State Police. A press release was sent mid-afternoon on Tuesday but with few details. VSP St. Albans … Read more

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Chandler L’Esperance, left, a Bellows Free Academy senior from Fairfield, and Tucker Lewis, right, a BFA junior from Alburgh, stand in the Northwest Technical Center automotive shop on Monday.

AUTOMOTIVES: NWTC pair hit the road

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ST. ALBANS — Northwest Technical Center students Chandler L’Esperance and Tucker Lewis are sitting pretty as the new Vermont state winners of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. L’Esperance, a Bellows Free Academy senior from Fairfield, and Lewis, a BFA … Read more

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