Author: Elaine Ezerins

A truck full of memories

ST. ALBANS — After 45 years in business, Richard ‘Joe’ St. Pierre is retiring, selling his auto repair shop and tow truck business, St. Pierre Auto Care, and adjoining gas station convenience store, J & L’s Snack Shop, on South Main Street to another local family. The new owners, Carl, Kim and Jordan Stone of Stone’s Shell in East Fairfield, will be taking over the business at the end of next week. “I feel good about turning my customers over to a family run operation,” said St. Pierre. The Messenger joined St. Pierre and his step-daughter Nikki Hotchkiss at...

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Highgate talks library repairs, speeding

HIGHGATE — The Highgate Library and Community Center, speed carts and the Machia property were only a few of the topics discussed at the bi-weekly selectboard meeting Thursday night. The board members present, Sharon Bousquet (chair), Bruce Butler and Steve LaFar, were busy, jumping straight into business after public comment. Rebecca Howrigan, chair of the Highgate Library and Community Center’s board of trustees, said the board received three bids for replacing the library roof and narrowed the options down to one: Menard Handyman & Property Maintenance Services out of Swanton for $7,850. “It was a little bit over what...

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Berkshire has spirited new principal

BERKSHIRE — Sports and school spirit have always been part of education for incoming Berkshire Elementary and Middle School Principal Leonard Badeau. Badeau, who originally dreamed of playing professional hockey, came to realize education was a field in which he could have a major impact on people’s lives. Badeau, 32, of Milton, is only a few weeks into his two-year contract at Berkshire, taking over for former principal Lynn Cota, who took over as Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union superintendent this year. Before this, he served as the principal at Folsom Education and Community Center in South Hero for one...

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Losing weight, preventing diabetes

ST. ALBANS — In four months, the 10 community members participating in YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program lost a collective 127.4 pounds, according to Debbie Robertson, a certified wellness coach. Facilitated through Northwestern Medical Center’s (NMC) Lifestyle Medicine clinic, the program is designed to help those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing enough weight to reduce their chances of developing the disease. The current class at NMC began at the end of March, with weekly one-hour sessions focusing on teaching participants about healthier eating and other...

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‘Queen of Students’

ST. ALBANS CITY — St. Albans City born and educated Stacie Rouleau is the new Dean of Students at St. Albans City School (SACS). A teacher at SACS for over 20 years, Rouleau is taking over for Georgie Andrews, who retired from her role as assistant principal in June. With this new position, Rouleau said she is looking forward to continuing her relationships with families and service providers. “I was able to do that in Bridges, but this position is going to allow me to have a much wider scope and bigger partnership with families and their part of...

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