Author: Contributors

Where have all of the weathervanes gone?

From the Saint Albans Museum: In the 19th century the weathervane was a common part of the Vermont and St. Albans landscape. Many stood tall atop the cupolas of cattle and horse barns, and carriage houses all over the City and Town. Once there were running horse weather vanes on Congress and Fairfield Streets, a witch flew atop a structure on North Main Street, and a locomotive steamed into the wind on Smith street. Now all gone! One of the most unusual and probably valuable weathervanes was on top of the Holy Angels convent and school. Known as “Fame”,...

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Students celebrate Hiram Bellows with day of service

ST. ALBANS — Hiram Bellows was a humanitarian who wanted all students to have the opportunity for a high quality education. His contributions to the St. Albans and Fairfax communities have had immeasurable impacts. In recognition of his gifts to our towns, ninth grade students chose to give back in a variety of ways. Ninth grade BFA-St. Albans students helped in several of the high school’s sending schools, from cleaning trails and helping to weed gardens, to leading soccer practices and classroom activities. They also spent time cleaning the grounds at NMC, weeding courts at Houghton Park and spending...

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Highgate fire dept., community center promote safety

HIGHGATE — This fall, the Highgate Volunteer Fire Department and the Highgate Library and Community Center are teaming up for Fire Safety. Together, they are on a mission to reach as many classrooms and local daycare providers as they can. Their goal is simple. They want to educate Highgate’s children and their families on the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. In addition to their outreach events, which will be happening from September 28 thru October 14, they are encouraging everyone to practice their escape plans on National Home Fire Drill Day, which is on Saturday,...

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Swanton integrates community members into classroom

SWANTON — This year Swanton School students got to take part in something special called Extension Thursday, or #XtensionThursday. Throughout the school year, community partners came into the school to provide added learning experiences to the students’ day. Every Thursday each grade level took part in #XtensionThursday and welcomed community partners in for the afternoon. Students rotated through up to five 25 minute rotations. These rotations included, Zumba, art work, food tasting, proper hand washing, dental hygiene, safety and learning about animals in their natural habitats. Our community partners include: the Swanton Public Library, Michelle Beaulieu, Danielle Fabrizio, Rebecca...

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City school students honor armed service members

ST. ALBANS — It is an honored tradition at St. Albans City School to support our men and women serving in the armed services. Each year the seventh and eighth graders in Team USA organize a breakfast for veterans and help organize the logistics of the Veterans Day parade. In preparation for the annual St. Albans City School Veteran’s Day float, students in Megan Martinson’s art classes created props and decorations along with a large flag using handprints to be displayed on the float. But when wind and rain made it difficult to attach the flag, they began brainstorming...

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