Author: Elaine Ezerins

Highgate gets pedestrian friendly

HIGHGATE — Hundreds of Highgate Elementary School (HES) students jumped off their buses at St. Louis Catholic Church on Lamkin Street early Friday morning to take a new route to school – the freshly poured and painted sidewalks and crosswalks in Highgate Center. The Lamkin Street sidewalk project, spanning from the church to the Highgate Municipal Building on Route 78 (with crosswalks in between), is complete, wrapping up the third week of November. To celebrate, students, parents, school staff, selectboard members, sidewalk construction committee members, town officials, fire fighters, RiseVT health advocates and others gathered in front of St....

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New mural graces food shelf

ST. ALBANS — Seven months in the making, a floor-to-ceiling mural welcoming community members to the local food shelf, Northwest Family Foods (NFF), is complete. Enosburg Falls artist Natalie LaRocque unveiled the mural Wednesday evening, during an artist reception at NFF. Family, friends and community members gathered around the painting, located just past the lobby at the end of the hallway to the right, to look at the finished piece of artwork up close and offer their congratulations. LaRocque said she jumped at the opportunity to paint the mural when Andrew Judge, organizer of the Chicken Pot Pie project,...

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Palmer to integrate theatre in classroom, community

ST. ALBANS — Colchester-native Susan Palmer is the new director of Bellows Free Academy (BFA), St. Albans drama program. With a plethora of experience in acting, directing and teaching theatre, Palmer was hired mid-October for the full-time position, four weeks into rehearsals for BFA’s fall musical Godspell. Palmer sat down with the Messenger Thursday to discuss her theatre experience, her plan to grow the high school’s drama program and the upcoming production. Although raised in Colchester, Palmer has traveled all around the world learning her craft. She earned a bachelor’s degree in acting from the University of Southern Maine, toured Europe with the Rose Theatre company, received a master’s degree in directing at Middlesex University in London and...

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Governor preaches unity at FCIDC awards

ST. ALBANS — Governor Phil Scott offered up his perspective on the growing U.S. political divide during Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation’s (FCIDC) annual reception Thursday night, urging community members present to listen and learn from each other’s different perspectives. During the reception at St. Albans City Hall, FCIDC and the Franklin Grand Isle Workforce Investment Board (FGIWIB) took the time to recognize Leon Berthiaume, CEO of St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Winton Goodrich, superintendent of Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union (FNWSU) and Teknor Apex, a manufacturing company in the St. Albans Industrial Park, for their community involvement. As the guest...

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Addressing the workforce gap

ST. ALBANS — Vermont needs close to 11,000 additional workers each year to keep pace with the state’s current rate of growth, according to the Vermont Futures Project. According to the organization, the annual supply of new workers, 8,000 high school and college graduates, does not fill the 18,900 jobs available each year, due to an aging population retiring out of the workforce, a 1.5 percent job growth rate, an out-migration of workers, etc. The Vermont Futures Project is an independent non-partisan organization working to support and encourage long-term economic growth in the state by identifying ways to close...

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