Author: Ian Lord

Vt. Health Exchange opens for business

Despite the federal government shutdown Tuesday morning, Vermont Health Connect, the healthcare exchange that has often led to more questions than answers, is now open for business. State officials announced the exchange enrollment period began October 1, and individuals and small businesses can purchase coverage from the two insurance carriers in the exchange, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care. Different options through the exchange are set up through a rating system of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans. Some plans include higher premiums but lower out-of-pocket expenses. Visit for more detail on the plans....

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Post-fire fundraiser benefits Berthiaumes

After losing their Fairfield home and family pet in a devastating fire earlier this week, Melanie and Richard “Bert” Berthiaume, are getting a little help from the community. The blaze completely destroyed the Berthiaumes’ home on Monday, July 22, and by the next day, friends organized an online fundraising effort to help the couple get back on their feet. Through Facebook, the “Rally for the Berthiaume Family!” was started to help ease the burden of dealing with disaster. Last week, people had donated $4,869. The Berthiaumes are local educators. Melanie, or “Mel,” as she’s referred to on the fundraiser’s...

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Family posts reward for 1862 sword

Colin Conger of Georgia is offering a monetary reward for any information that helps him find a lost Civil War relic and family heirloom. Conger’s ancestor, Union Army Capt. George Conger, played a key role in the St. Albans Raid, and now he hopes to locate Captain Conger’s sword. Once thought to be in the Vermont Historical Society’s possession, the 1800s-era weapon is gone missing. If found, the sword may be on display during the 150th anniversary commemoration of the raid, set for September 18-21, 2014 in St. Albans, Conger said. Pictured right, the sword is engraved: “Presented to...

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Blaze destroys Fairfield house

A Fairfield home was lost late Monday afternoon after a fire swept through the building. Fire department crews from Fairfield, St. Albans Town, Sheldon and Swanton responded at approximately 4:15 p.m. to the home at 125 Dorian Drive. Richard and Melanie Berthiaume owned the house. Richard Berthiaume, known to many as Bert, is a teacher and chair of the math department at Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans. He also serves as the school’s varsity softball coach and girls’ JV basketball coach. Melanie Berthiaume is a second-grade teacher for Swanton elementary schools, according to the school’s staff list. The garage and...

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