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FRANKLIN COUNTY — Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of History channel’s “American Pickers” are making Vermont part of their New England filming tour this fall.

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ST. ALBANS — The Vermont Agency Foundation has given $500 grants to two local charitable drives, Dave’s Ice Cream Social and #Feed802.

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BURLINGTON — The Communications Office of the Diocese of Burlington was recently recognized by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada during an online awards ceremony.

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Karan Saini of Fairfax graduated from Nichols College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Communication.

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Have you noticed lacy-looking leaves on your pole beans or roses lately? Take a closer look and you’ll probably spot the culprit--the Japanese beetle.

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Catherine Paradis of Franklin graduated in the Class of 2020 from Missisquoi Valley Union. She is a 2020 Presidential Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Catherine will attend Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, N.Y., majoring in Physical Therapy.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — As the community celebrates the Fourth of July this weekend, the American Red Cross warns that additional care is needed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

ST. ALBANS — COVID-19 brought a halt to most of the county’s traditional Fourth of July celebrations, but there are a few events still taking place.

MONTPELIER – Trying to figure out Vermont fishing regulations? Wondering what kinds of fish are in a lake? Looking for new fishing tips? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering new “Fish With a Warden” sessions to help with questions like these.

HIGHGATE — It is with great pleasure that Duane and Rachael Choiniere of Highgate proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Ann Choiniere to Andrew Cody Smith of Jeffersonville, Indiana, son of Susan Smith and the late Carey Smith.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Three Franklin County 4-H’ers were among the 82 participants in 4-H State Day, which adopted a virtual format this year to allow 4-H members to showcase their talents and project work from the past year.

It feels like we wait all year for fresh lettuce, and the window seems to close quickly. How can we maximize lettuce season?

Burlington — Interest in gardening has surged this summer with more people staying closer to home and looking for fun, healthy family activities.

HIGHGATE — Summer reading programs traditionally start with an event at the library. Kids pick up the forms they need, eat some snacks and take part in activities, maybe watch a puppet show.

ST. ALBANS – Dr. Kristen H. Brosnan has joined Superior Technical Ceramics (STC), a St. Albans-based manufacturer of technical ceramics, as technology director.

Danielle Corrow of Fairfax graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Vermont Technical College.

WEST HAVEN — In front of the first grandstand crowd of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Craig Kirby took third place in the 15-lap mini stock car race June 28.

COLCHESTER – Green Mountain Power (GMP) has launched a new Save and Share pilot program through which customers can reduce energy use while also supporting the Vermont Foodbank.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The St. Albans-based community center Turning Point of Franklin County is one of a group of recipients in the fourth round of grants issued for the VT COVID-19 Response Fund from Vermont Community Foundation.

Rebecca Cook of Fairfax graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Elmira College.

ST. ALBANS — The Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center is seeking new volunteers for the Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Program.

ST. ALBANS — Beth Crane who served youth of Franklin and Grand Isle counties for many years through her work with Franklin County Caring Communities and Watershed Mentoring has quietly retired.

MONTPELIER – Few birding experiences rival hearing the haunting call of the loon or seeing them glide by in protected coves on a lake. However, for the birds’ protection, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking boaters and anglers to enjoy loons from a safe distance this summer.

United Way’s Volunteer Connection site is set up to help connect agencies and volunteers. Agencies are working hard to navigate volunteering in this new time, so the opportunities are still limited, but we are starting to see more. Here is a link for Volunteer Connection to see these and oth…

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Nonprofits serving Franklin County will benefit from a new $1.5 million round of program funding grants in a three-year investment by the United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT).

Our researchers at the Saint Albans Museum do not have a great deal of information about this photograph of the telephone exchange in St. Albans City, but we do have some. If you can provide more information, we would greatly appreciate the help.

BARRE – The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) recently received a CARES Act economic stabilization grant funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its project “Preserving and Expanding Access to Vermont’s History.”

Are you looking for a delicious vegetable easy to grow and harvest all summer long? Look no further than the stringless green bean, specifically the haricots verts. It’s the perfect addition to the home garden as seeds can be sown every two weeks from last frost to mid-July to extend their harvest.

Julia Ormerod of Fairfax was named to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester.

ST. ALBANS – The Franklin Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition and partners invite you to join them for a Downtown St. Albans Butt Litter Cleanup on July 2.

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FLETCHER — Fletcher Elementary School graduated eight sixth-grade students last Friday evening, but not before a weeklong celebration of the group’s accomplishments. With current health guidelines prohibiting large in-person gatherings like graduation, students, families and staff took to th…

MONTPELIER – Calvin Smith of Montgomery and Anna Doane of Bakersfield have each received the Land Stewards Award from the Vermont Land Trust, along with a check for $250.