Joel Lehman

Managing Editor

Joel is in his eighth year at the St. Albans Messenger. Joel designs the front page and coordinates local stories for the Messenger daily, as well as covers a wide range of local sports throughout the high school season. A Buffalo, N.Y., native, Joel attended St. Michael’s College and is passionate about skiing, the Buffalo Sabres and Bills, and traveling.

Email: joel@samessenger.com Phone: 802.524.9771 (ext. 118)

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Truancy in Franklin County Part III

Editor’s note: This is the third part in a series of stories exploring truancy in Franklin County, and the work done by a panel of administrators and community members to combat absenteeism. ST. ALBANS — Just four months into the … Read more

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Leisure Hotels and Resorts CEO Steve Olson will operate Jay Peak Resort under a receiver until the EB-5 fraud case is settled and a new owner can be found.

New leadership at Jay Peak

JAY — Visitors and employees at Jay Peak will experience few if any changes as control of the organization shifts from Bill Stenger, who has run the resort for 30 years, to a court-appointed receiver in the wake of a … Read more

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Construction season arrives with projects

ST. ALBANS — More big changes are in store for the landscape of downtown St. Albans, including streetscaping for the easternmost block of Lake Street, a hotel, new sidewalks, curbs bike lanes and paving for some of the city’s busiest … Read more

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Linda Ryan, left, who served as executive director at Samaritan House for 11 years, is transitioning out of the role in the coming year as Joe LeClair, right, a St. Albans natice and Essex resident fills the role. They are seen here Tuesday at Tim’s House on Kingman Street in front of a donor’s placard in the main lobby.

Samaritan House moving toward new leadership

ST. ALBANS – Samaritan House, Inc., the non-profit organization that provides shelter and housing services to individuals and families in Franklin and Grand Isle counties, is undergoing a change in leadership. Executive director Linda Ryan, who has served the organization … Read more

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Policing by the numbers

ST. ALBANS — Law enforcement officers and community members are having conversations about crime statistics. The aim: increased police efficiency in St. Albans City and Town. Since October, the St. Albans Police Department (SAPD), city and town administrators and representatives … Read more

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Healthy Hearts upbeat

The Fourth Annual Healthy Hearts, an activity focused health fair, drew more than 550 attendees this past Saturday, about 250 more than last year. Held at St. Albans City School, the event provided free health screenings, playtime activities, informational booths, … Read more

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People gather to await the arrival of a train at the Alburgh railroad station. The stationhouse, which burned in 1904, was replaced with a two-story building.

All aboard for Alburgh

ST. ALBANS — During the second half of the 19th Century competition among the nation’s rapidly growing railroads altered the landscape nationally and here in Vermont. Local architect and historian Laz Scangas spoke last Thursday about how the drive to … Read more

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TV Guide for the week of Jan. 23-29

Due to a design error the Messenger accidentally printed a duplicate copy of the previous week’s TV Guide in the Saturday, Jan. 23 edition. The Messenger apologizes for the error. The next TV Guide will print as scheduled Saturday, Jan. … Read more

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Gina Shields, front, poses with her team at Richford Middle-High School before a game Wednesday, Jan. 20. From left to right: Riley Donna, Samantha Ryea, Abigail Chagnon-Adams, Cassidy Ryea, Katie Rotunno, Kendra Boylan, Rileigh Steinhour, Kamryn Boyce, Haileigh Chagnon-Adams, Elizabeth Snider and Jordin Jacobs.

One shot at happiness

RICHFORD — Not yet 16 years old, Gina Shields already knows plenty about being strong. It isn’t physical strength she can tell you about. Born with a developmental disorder, the Richford Middle-Senior High School student couldn’t walk until she was … Read more

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MVU again tackles football

SWANTON — Missisquoi Valley Union will go forward with its plan to move the football team to varsity in the fall of 2016 after two years as a club sport. The MVU board voted 5-2 at a Dec. 17 meeting … Read more

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