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Joel Lehman

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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:

Anthony Iarrapino of CLF testifies Friday at a public hearing on a petition he authored asking the Agency of Agriculture to require additional pollution control efforts on fields identified as critical sources of phosphorous in Missisquoi Bay. The hearing was held at the St. Albans Historical Museum.

Keeping pollution at bay

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Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a two-part report ST. ALBANS — Water quality advocates and farmers lined up to testify Friday as Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross considers a petition asking the state to require best management … Read more

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Like a shooting star

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ST. ALBANS — No one could have seen it coming when Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans graduate and athletic standout Connor Roberts was found hunched over in his family’s home suffering a severe heart attack just days after his 21st … Read more

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Summer fog

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Trees poke through the mist on an otherwise sunny morning along Route 104 in Fairfax on Monday.

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The Bobwhites and Redhawks battle for No. 1 in the playoffs and league.

Who Needs Hits?

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HINESBURG — Nick Berno thought he had the throw beat anyway. In the scorebook it was recorded as two errors. Regardless, the Bobwhite senior shortstop, unable to swing the bat with an injured hand, laid down the perfect sacrifice bunt … Read more

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A higher purpose

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ST. ALBANS — It wasn’t until she found her passion playing softball at Enosburg Falls High School that the bullying finally stopped for Megan Ruprecht. Now married, the 25 year-old Franklin resident has found something new to pour her passion … Read more

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Blue sky, blue lake

High winds and warm temperatures across the Champlain Valley finally broke up much of the ice on Lake Champlain yesterday afternoon, turning it from a landscape of white to its more typical blue. While the lake is still dangerously cold, … Read more

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Snow fun

BFA-St. Albans alpine ski team member Chris Salomone, right, hands a lollipop to a young skier as BFA racer Summer Averill left, looks on Wednesday evening at Hard’ack Recreation Area in St. Albans Town. This year, the BFA alpine and … Read more

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Bobwhites go after the puck following a third-period faceoff Tuesday night.

Falcons stun Bobwhites

One bad period of hockey won’t undo everything the hard-working Bobwhites accomplished this season. But BFA-St. Albans chose the worst time to have an almost unthinkable collapse. Up 4-1 with just over a period to play in their Metro hockey … Read more

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Milton goalie Brandon Rhoades stops a Middlebury shot for one of his two dozen saves Wednesday night.

Tigers claw back to defeat Milton

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Yellowjackets were riding high coming into their matchup Wednesday night against Middlebury. But after a 4-2 setback to the Tigers at home, Milton will have to hit the reset button before another tough hockey contest Saturday … Read more

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Students star in power tool commercial

Charles LeClair, seen here, along with Northwest Trade Center Building Trades students Dwight Martell and Raven Kane, helps demonstrate the use of a Festool power sander at a unfinished house on the corner of Hudson and Federal streets in St. … Read more

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