Gary Rutkowski

Executive Editor

Gary sets page one priorities with reporters and fellow editors, assigns photographers and correspondents, edits articles, and selects and edits photos. He started at the Messenger as a reporter in 1974 and is often relied on for his memory of all-things-local, but he prefers to look forward. Gary and his wife, Cindy – avid readers and health-conscious types – have two grown children, Erin and Ryan, daughter-in-law Stacie, and a little granddaughter, Aliza. Gary grimaces when admitting that his first calling, rock ‘n’ roll, ended way back in 1971, but he still plays guitar and dabbles with the ukulele.

Email: gary@samessenger.com Phone: 802.524.9771 (ext. 121)

Stories by Gary Rutkowski:

While this farm was not the most greatly affected by sewage runoff from St. Albans City in the early 1900s, but it was located in an area that easily could have witnessed a reduction in quality of life had a plan been carried out to widen Stevens Brook and allow effluent to flow to St. Albans Bay. The Point Farm was located near the intersection of Route 36 and Hathaway Point road where the brook enters the bay. The farm is most likely one of two named in 1913 Messenger reports as having marsh land that might “purify” human waste from the city. It was owned by the Smith family, which contributed much to business and industrial development locally. None of the 11 buildings, including the manor home, remain today.

The sewers of 1913

An age without hope of ending pollution locally ST. ALBANS — Imagine a stinking ribbon of sewage meandering through back yards and human waste flooding Main Street during heavy rains. What if the best solution offered was to pipe the community’s excrement … Read more

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Warren Hamm stands near one of the many displays in the Military Room in the St. Albans Historical Museum. Among the many goals he pursued as president of the institution was to personalize history, providing names of local people to help tell the community’s stories. Hamm stepped down as museum president on Saturday, after 24 years in the post.

Hamm closes chapter at museum

Warren Hamm stands near one of the many displays in the Military Room in the St. Albans Historical Museum. Among the many goals he pursued as president of the institution was to personalize history, providing names of local people to … Read more

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Franklin Grand Isle United Way on Saturday held its annual Kids Fair at St. Albans City Hall. Local UW agencies that receive education funding from UW were on hand to promote “Learning United.” City Hall auditorium was colorfully decorated as children were provided with ample opportunity for fun during a rainy day.

Learning United

Franklin Grand Isle United Way on Saturday held its annual Kids Fair at St. Albans City Hall. Local UW agencies that receive education funding from UW were on hand to promote “Learning United.” City Hall auditorium was colorfully decorated as … Read more

Engagement

Wedding

Anniversary

Reunion

Generations

Athlete of the Week

Video

Births

Obituary