Author: Michael Frett

Restoring relationships, improving grades

BAKERSFIELD — At Bakersfield Elementary Middle School, grades are up and referrals for behavior problems are down. A new discipline model, built on accountability and dialogue, has curtailed behavioral problems, creating a learning community where students not only seem happier, but learn more and test better. Called “restorative practices,” the school’s reformed discipline program is built on community-building and making amends, where instead of detentions and time-outs, students are met with empathy and the expectations that they’ll make up for whatever damage they’ve done. With roughly 150 students, BEMS is typical of a rural school. Grades from preschool to...

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Submit Heart Lines <3

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and a Heart Line is the perfect way to show someone how much you care! Help us fill the pages of the Messenger with sweet sentiments. Send an email or call us to have your Heart Line published in color in the Messenger on February 14th. Pricing: Little Heart – $5 (2o words or less) Friendship Heart.- $5 (20 words or less) Big Heart – $10 (40 words or less) Military Heart – $3 (20 words or less) Pet Heart – $2 (Dog, cat or other pet) Email classifieds@samessenger.com with the following:  Message (up...

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Fugitive traps self

ST. ALBANS CITY — Police vehicles lined Rugg Street this morning, as the St. Albans Police Department (SAPD) attempted to take 28-year-old Anthony Bray, a fugitive from justice, into custody. An SAPD press release said there are currently two arrest warrants for Bray. Upon contact with police and U.S. Marshals, the press release said, Bray fled into what police believed was a crawl space within an apartment unit. The SAPD subsequently reported that Bray had contacted police, saying he wanted to surrender but was stuck in a very small attic space. Bray was extricated around 10:15 a.m. with assistance from...

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From Havana to Fairfax

FAIRFAX — On any given Saturday, you can likely find Toni Basanta in front of a camera. Just shy of 63 years old, the Fairfax local and host of Havana Fairfax Connection is eager and charismatic on screen, introducing musicians with a music fan’s enthusiasm and a radio veteran’s voice. Following the regular introductions, Basanta steps aside and lets the music take over. The Havana Fairfax Connection is a far younger show than its host, starting only sixth months ago. But with 19 episodes, 14 of which are currently in circulation on Lake Champlain Access Television, Havana Fairfax Connection...

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East Fairfield luger works toward Olympics dream

Clocking in at a top speed of 75 miles per hour on a sled is not a feeling most are accustomed to. But that’s the case for East Fairfield native Hunter Harris. The BFA-St. Albans sophomore is a part of the USA Olympic Luge Development program that serves as a feeder system for one of the oldest winter sports. Luge consists of one or two people lying on a sled face upward, feet first, racing down a five-foot-wide track that runs from 3,200 feet to 5,000 feet. Luge was not passed down to Harris by relatives and is not...

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