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SAPD officer’s collaboration with mental health agency recognized

ST. ALBANS   — Sgt. Jason Wetherby of the St. Albans Police Dept. has been recognized by Team Two, a statewide program supporting collaboration between law enforcement and mental health professionals. Wetherby was given the Team Two Frank Silfies Award on January 31, Mental Health Advocacy Day. The Team Two Frank Silfies Award, created in 2015 and awarded annually, is presented to a law enforcement officer and a mental health crisis clinician who work collaboratively to respond to mental health crises. Josh Cate, crisis service specialist for law enforcement at NCSS, nominated Wetherby for the award. Cate was hired at...

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Bank Street 1880

From the Saint Albans Museum: This photograph is one that it is easy to identify as the scene has not changed a great deal since it was taken. It was probably taken from a second story window in what is commonly known locally as the Ralston Building, which today is occupied by a yarn and antique shop,  and the kitchen supply store named As the Crow Flies. The building at the left is familiar to everyone.  At the time of this photo what is now Jeff’s was known as the The Corner Store run by the Twitchells.  Above the store was attorney,...

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Mixing learning and fun

By CHRIS DODGE Special to the Messenger FLETCHER — Three prehistoric beasts took the Fletcher Elementary School gym by storm Monday. The brightly colored larger-than-life guests were part of the Dinosaur Science Series, educational programming infused with engaging antics, that is the brainchild of paleontologist and comedian Bob Lisaius, otherwise known as Dinoman. Dressed in a multi-pocket vest and tan hat, Lisaius, burst onto the scene in Fletcher Monday in full explorer regalia, taking students through a spirited history of dinosaurs and the earth, supported by the use of props such as an actual meteor fragment, dinosaur skull, teeth...

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Franklin County medical community

From the Saint Albans Museum: In the mid-1920s the doctors who served the Franklin County communities had a gathering of some sort, and this would appear to be their unofficial group photograph. We are able to identify several of the men who gathered that day.  In the middle row at the far left ( dark moustache, white shirt and black tie) is Dr. Frank Norris whose home and office was between the old St. Albans Hospital and BFA.  It was demolished as both of those institutions expanded, and the marble fireplace is now in the Museum.  Directly behind him is Dr. Pierce.  Sitting...

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NMC’s first baby of 2018

NMC is pleased to welcome the first baby of 2018 born at Northwestern Medical Center. Baby Layan Malak Mahdi was born at 1:03 a.m. on January 2 and she weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, measuring 19 inches long. Layan is the daughter of Nour Akkad (pictured), of St. Albans, and Alhaitham Mahdi. Nour and Baby Layan are pictured here with Layan’s Uncle Tawfik Akkad and Family Birth Center Nurse Cecilia...

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