Month: December 2013


FAIRFIELD — Thomas G. Howrigan, MD was born in Fletcher in 1921, the son of Margaret A. (McCarthy) Howrigan and William E. Howrigan.  He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Parish and farmer, a transient custodian of the land, located on the Fairfield-Fletcher town line. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in St. Albans and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Asiatic – Pacific Theater during World War II. He maintained a lasting interest in aviation and functioned within the federal Aeronautics Administration as Accident Investigator, Aviation Medical Examiner and Pilot, holding single engine sea and multiengine landplane ratings. He attended St. Michael’s College and graduated from the University of Vermont including its College of Medicine.  He completed a Rotating Internship at the Bishop de Goesbriand Hospital in Burlington and a General Surgery Residency, being Chief Resident during the fourth year; followed by a one year Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery, all at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Mass. Over a lengthy period he accomplished surgery involving most of the surgery disciplines at all three St. Albans Hospitals. He was a member of several professional organizations including the County and State Medical Societies; also a longtime Fellow of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons and American College of Surgeons.  In the latter, he was a life member of its Fellows Leadership Society and was enrolled in the...

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Dogs recovering at humane shelter

ST. ALBANS — Two dogs, allegedly abused and neglected by their owners and seized from a camper in Richford on Dec. 16, are slowly healing, according to Adam Fitzgerald, president of the Franklin County Humane Society (FCHS). The adult mixed-breed dogs, one female and one male, had been left without water in the unheated recreational vehicle, said police. In response to a tip, Vermont State Police went to the property and seized the dogs from Randall Sheperd, 52, and Casey Sheperd, 19, both of whom were arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Police described the dogs as emaciated and...

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Defense carries Redhawks past MVU

SWANTON — A great defensive effort from Champlain Valley led to a 44-23 boys basketball win over Missisquoi Valley on Monday night. CVU displayed constant fullcourt pressure, and its ability to force turnovers was the key to its success. Coming out strong, the Redhawks overcame the Thunderbirds offensively and defensively, and after one quarter had built a 12-6 lead. For the complete play-by-play and all of today’s news pick up a copy of the St. Albans Messenger at your favorite newsstand, or subscribe...

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ST. ALBANS — Mrs. Janet G. Poquette, age 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in the Franklin County Rehab Center.  She was born in Alburgh, July 24, 1921, daughter of the late Philador and Alice (Faubert) Patenaude.  In 1945, she married Carl L. Poquette.  She spent most of her life caring for her family. Janet is survived by her son James Poquette of Alburgh, her daughters Tina Lee, Gail Poquette, Lynn Poquette, Donna Poquette, all of St. Albans, and Alice Baker of Burlington, her seven grandchildren, Jessica Poquette, Emerald Drake, Lori Poquette, Brandon Rolls, Abner jerry, Michelle Murray, and Melissa Jerry, her three great-grandchildren, her sister Claire O’Clair, and special friend Allen Church.  She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Carl, and her children Carl, Paul, Michael, Karen, and Richard. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Holy Angels Church.  There will be no calling hours.  Online condolences may be sent to her family at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home website:  Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative...

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MILTON — Paul R. Muir, 76, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, Dec. 26, 2013 at his home in Milton. Paul was born Nov. 8, 1937 in Burlington, the son of Arthur William and Bessie Amanda Picard Muir. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1958 and was a member of the United States Marine Corp Reserve.  He went on to become a Master Electrician and was employed by St. Michael’s College in the electrical department for over 38 years.  He had a passion for the great outdoors especially hunting deer and turkey. His hobbies included Gunsmithing, and playing Pool...

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