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)

Stories by Joel Lehman:

Gil Tremblay

Pulled into the match

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ST. ALBANS TOWN — Lyme disease has atrophied Gil Trombley’s once-bulging forearms, and age creeps around the edges of his eyes and peppers his tightly cropped beard. But the hands of Gil still tell stories. Firm, heavy, almost disproportionately large … Read more

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city students build robots

Robot wranglers

ST. ALBANS — Students from four area middle schools participated in a science, math, technology and engineering fair and competition Wednesday at Northwest Technical Center. About 150 students from Missisquoi Valley Union Middle School, St. Albans Town Educational Center (SATEC), … Read more

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lamb mother

Spring time for little lambs

John and Donna Winn of Georgia welcomed 11 newborn lambs into the world a week ago on their farm in Georgia Center. The Winns currently have about 50 sheep, and John says he’s been raising them for about 34 years. … Read more

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St. Amour Middlebury

Following St. Amour’s lead

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MIDDLEBURY — It’s somewhat fitting that on Friday night, an hour or so after Missisquoi Valley Union punched its first-ever ticket to Patrick Gymnasium for the boys Division I basketball Final Four, Matt St. Amour was leading Middlebury College through … Read more

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Dr. Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani, left, and Dr. Margaret Skinner work in the UVM Entomology lab in Burlington.

Saffron: Vermont’s next cash crop?

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BURLINGTON — The future of small, diversified farms in Vermont and New England may depend on a University of Vermont entomologist, an Iranian postdoctoral student and a retired Franklin County welder and farmer with leased land in Franklin County. Together, … Read more

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St. Albans shooting

Update on Lake Street shooting

ST. ALBANS CITY — The Messenger has spoken with St. Albans Police Dept. Chief Gary Taylor at the scene of the shooting. Taylor confirmed one person was shot on Lake Street this afternoon while in his car. A car filled with … Read more

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner Miranda Gallagher and mother Genevieve Gallagher from Fairfax, Vt., in the Blue Room prior to the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 14, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

From Fairfax to the White House

FAIRFAX — Since the age of 2, helping her grandmother mix and roll meatballs, Miranda Gallagher has felt at home in the kitchen. Not long after that, the BFA-Fairfax fourth grader was making her own pancakes from scratch and lavender … Read more

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Plattsburgh native Jenn Thume poses this week as she formally takes ownership of Train Station Friday.

New owner pulls into Train Station

ST. ALBANS — In more gyms than she can count, Jenn Thume has seen owners and managers who are in it for the wrong reasons. As the 34-year-old year old from Plattsburgh takes over as the newest owner of Train … Read more

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Chris LaBounty, left, sits with his wife, Colleen, and daughters Mabel, 10, and Anna, 8, on a family vacation.

Flight & family

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POZZA DI FASSA, Italy — The Torri del Vajolet stands sentry over the Val di Fassa, its limestone cliffs and pillars hanging like a white, three-fingered glove over a tiny glacial lake and alpine inn in northern Italy. Chris LaBounty … Read more

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Bryan Smith takes a shot at Champlain Country Club, the local course on which he grew up playing, during the 2015 Vermont Amateur tournament in Swanton.

Swinging to victory

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MANCHESTER, Vt. — The 14th hole at the Ekwanok Country Club slopes downward gently, lined with sand traps hugging the left side, its green guarded by a towering maple to the right of the angled fairway. St. Albans native Bryan Smith … Read more

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