Month: January 2015

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FLETCHER — Grant Weier, 74, lives on a dirt road in the hills of Fletcher. When he opens his door on a snowy, January day, he and his large golden lab, Ziggy, greet you enthusiastically. Ziggy is perhaps a bit too enthusiastic – he can be a lot at first, loud and mouthy – as he tests to make sure you are not a threat. Once you enter through Weier’s kitchen, you see his open-concept, bright living room. Travel books lie on the table, hinting of Weier’s past as an employee for Delta airlines and an avid traveler. Large...

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ST. ALBANS — Douglas Harold Underwood, a lifelong area resident, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Redstone Villa. Born in Swanton on Sept. 5, 1928, he was the son of the late Harold C. and Ruby (Lawyer) Underwood. Doug was 86 years old. On Aug. 30, 1953, in Richford, he married Loisanne Stanley who survives him. Doug was educated in Swanton and then served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Doug was employed for many years throughout the area, including Morton’s Clothing Store, Plant and Griffith Lumber Company, Fonda Container Corp., Barbara’s Bouquets and...

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JEFFERSONVILLE — John Alton Learned, Sr., 78, fell asleep in death Jan. 28, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife and children. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home, 1176 Main St. Fairfax, VT 05454.   All are invited to attend the celebration of John’s life at a memorial service on Sunday Feb. 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1314 Upper Pleasant Valley Road, Jeffersonville. The family invites you to view more information and share your memories by visiting...

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Farmers, food & fun

ESSEX — There’s nothing like a farm show to bring everyone together. Students, farmers, lawmakers, businesses, organizations, some mascots and state officials – including Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and, sporting a cow-print hat, Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross – were in Essex Wednesday for the fourth annual Vermont Farm Show. Franklin County was well represented at the Champlain Valley Expo event, which ran between Tuesday and Thursday. The Messenger visited and got a little taste of everything. The students On Wednesday morning, busloads of technical center students from all over the state rolled into the expo...

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