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ST. ALBANS – Historically large stimulus funding from the federal government has spurred confusion on the ground in the Green Mountain State, business owners told Rep. Peter Welch, D – Vt., during a Tuesday forum.

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ST. ALBANS — Opening a new business is always a challenge. For Tessa and Eben Hill, opening The Drake restaurant in downtown St. Albans during the pandemic may have turned their business plan upside down, but it also made it easier for them to adapt.

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MONTPELIER – Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA) is launching a #maskforthewin social media challenge to inspire Vermonters to wear a mask while in stores.

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ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Police Dept. reports that officers have identified two men responsible for graffiti left throughout St. Albans City on May 20 and 21.

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COLCHESTER – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) sta…

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ST. ALBANS — Four F-35s flew over Northwestern Medical Center on Friday as part of Operation America Strong.

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ST. ALBANS TOWN – A traffic stop in St. Albans has led to charges for a Winooski man accused of striking another vehicle while intoxicated and leaving the scene of the accident, according to a police statement.

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Connor Sam Prouty of Swanton, a May 2020 graduate of Norwich University, received a commission into the U.S. Navy in a ceremony held this month.

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MONTPELIER – Each year, Vermonters encounter native turtles in the wild or crossing roadways, and some folks illegally bring them home as pets, but rarely does this story have a happy ending, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

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Shortly before midnight on Friday, Vermont State Police (VSP) arrested Jed Zawisza, 26, for driving under the influence (DUI).

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — This year the traditional Memorial Day laying of the wreath ceremony at the Veteran’s Administration Healthcare facility in White River Junction will be celebrated virtually.

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MONTPELIER — Churches will be allowed to hold services with up to 25 percent of the church filled, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. As expected, he also announced that restaurants will be able to resume outdoor dining this weekend and salons and barbershops will be able to reopen on Friday,…

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ESSEX JUNCTION -- The summer of 2021 was supposed to see the 100th rendition of the Champlain Valley Fair. Instead, it will just be the 99th edition as the Champlain Valley Exposition announced that this year’s fair has been cancelled.

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ST. ALBANS – With stricter guidelines in place and a pandemic ongoing, child care will probably look different for the many centers reopening in June – and the response from local providers has been mixed.

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BAKERSFIELD — Illuminaria were lit around Bakersfield’s downtown on Saturday to show appreciation for businesses and services supporting townspeople through the pandemic.

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FAIRFAX — Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) will be in Fairfax on May 27 with its mobile pizza oven to cook wood-fired lunches for hard-working farm crews.

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ST. ALBANS — Vermonters are making fewer trips to stores, even grocery stores, and workplaces, according to data from Google, while trips to parks and recreation sites have skyrocketed, increasing 77 percent.

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ESSEX JUNCTION — With people staying home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, and disruptions in the workforce, Meals on Wheels has experienced a rapid increase in the number of seniors seeking deliveries as their primary source of food.

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ST. ALBANS — This weekend is expected to bring the warmest weather we’ve had so far this year. With Vermonters likely to head outside for all kinds of activities, the Dept. of Health (DOH) wants people to be careful of the heat and to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a five-part series from Northwestern Counseling & Support Services and the Vermont Care Partners presented as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

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ST. ALBANS — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which employees more than 1,700 Vermonters, primarily at the Vermont Service Center in St. Albans and Essex, is facing a $1.2 billion shortfall.

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ST. ALBANS — The National Guard will be distributing boxes of food to families in need on Thursday, May 28 at the Franklin County State Airport in Highgate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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ST. ALBANS – While 47 members of Northwestern Medical Center (NMC)’s staff have opted for voluntary layoffs under the St. Albans hospital’s stabilization plan, more layoffs would be needed in order to meet the hospital’s staffing targets.

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MONTPELIER – The Scott administration revealed Wednesday its proposal for a $400 million relief package for shoring up the state’s economy amid the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ST. ALBANS — Imagine coming to a country and culture where you didn’t know anyone and, suddenly, everyone you wanted to speak with disappeared inside. Suddenly, you’re responsible for overseeing your kids’ online schoolwork during a global pandemic. You also had to learn the local protocol f…

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WATERBURY — The Department for Children and Families (DCF) is reminding eligible child care and summer day programs to request a Restart Stipend by midnight on Friday, May 22. The Restart Stipends were launched last week to help child care and summer day programs with additional expenses dir…

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ST. ALBANS TOWN — The greater St. Albans community came out in support of St. Albans Town resident Cohen and his family for Cohen’s fourth birthday last week. Cohen’s family said they were impressed by the compassion and generosity of those who participated in a parade for the birthday celebration.

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Highgate Elementary School shared this picture on Facebook from its staff parade and expressed thanks to M & C Transport and their staff for guiding and supporting the event. “It was a huge success,” the school said. “What an amazing feeling to put smiles on community members’ faces and …

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OTTAWA, Ont./WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. and Canada have agreed to continue limiting traffic between their countries for another 30 days, extending the closure until at least June 21.

MONTPELIER — Memorial Day has long served as the unofficial kick-off to yard and garage sale season. Now, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development has clarified that sales are allowed.

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ST. ALBANS – Before a pandemic brought food security issues to newspapers’ front pages statewide, the food secure and food insecure of Franklin County appeared to live in two different worlds, according to a University of Vermont (UVM) survey.

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ST. ALBANS — There were fewer people mulling about in downtown St. Albans on Tuesday than is typical for a sunny spring day, but most stores were open with customers inside.

ENOSBURG — The half-round, stained glass window in the front of the Masonic Hall Lincoln Lodge #78 in Enosburg Falls, restored over the winter by Ben Weed of Weed Sash and Door in Enosburg, was installed last week. The Lodge was one of 14 of 45 applicants who received $7,500 as a part of a m…

MONTPELIER — Community College of Vermont (CCV) has launched its new Endowment for Life Gap Grants and is expanding its Life Gap Fund, building on an existing program that helps students bridge challenging situations and persist in their studies.

Skyler Ford of Georgia graduated from the University of New Hampshire on May 16 with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy.

FAIRFAX/GEORGIA – Libraries around Northwest Vermont have continued to creak open, with libraries in Fairfax and Georgia joining the ranks this week of the many regional libraries now open to curbside services.