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:

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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Perfect weather, beautiful show

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Fireworks explode over St. Albans Bay during Bay Day on Saturday, July 2. The annual tradition preceded the Great Race Sunday July 3 (see coverage in Sports). Meanwhile, Lake Carmi held its own fireworks show, left, along with the annual … Read more

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Orla Walsh trains at Hard'ack Recreation Area in this 2014 Messenger file photo. Two years later, she is a Spartan Pro Team racer cast in a reality show that airs on NBC tonight.

‘Vermonster’ inspires on NBC

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ST. ALBANS — At first, the Spartan Races were a second chance at glory for Orla Walsh. There’s an inherent competitive drive to the 30-year-old former college athlete, and the national series of obstacle-filled running events filled a void. But … Read more

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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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