Author: Michelle Monroe

Bridge replacement underway

HIGHGATE — Work is underway on the replacement of the Machia Road bridge, kicking off what promises to be a busy construction season in the town of Highgate. A building located where the new bridge will be constructed was demolished on Monday, the first step in replacing the aging Machia Road bridge. The $4.95 million project includes the construction of a new two-lane concrete bridge this year followed by the demolition of the current bridge next year, explained Heidi Britch-Valenta, the town administrator. The new bridge is expected to be open by the end of the year. State inspectors...

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Play ball: Monday’s sports

In today’s Messenger, we have coverage of: • BFA-Fairfax v. Richford in both baseball and softball. • BFA-St. Albans v. Burlington in boys and girls lacrosse. • Milton v. Harwood in boys lacrosse. • BFA-St. Albans v.Mount Mansfield in tennis.  ...

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Robert C. Ives

SWANTON – Robert C. Ives, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was born in St. Albans on Feb. 2, 1930 to the late Charles and Olive (Puffer) Ives. Robert was a life-long resident of the area. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion Post #1 in St. Albans and the VFW in Swanton. He married Betty (Silk) in 1952. He was also a member of the Church of Nativity in Swanton. Robert’s favorite hobbies included doing yard work around...

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Audrey Vivian FitzSimmons

FRANKLIN – Audrey Vivian FitzSimmons passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 12, 2018, less than two years after the death of her loving husband Frederic. She was born on December 8, 1929 in Quincy, Mass. to Chester and Vivian Baker. She graduated from Oliver Ames High School. She was the beloved mother of nine children. Susan and Dan Burns of Enosburg, Vt., Carol and Richard Fontinha of Mars Hill, Maine, Michael and Jane FitzsSimmons of Brockton, Mass., Ann and Bill Tucker of Middleboro, Mass., James FitzSimmons and friend Lisa Wong of West Bridgewater, Mass., Joseph and Jennifer...

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Sanders talks with veterans, seniors

ST. ALBANS — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke about the needs of veterans and seniors during a community dinner at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hall Saturday night. Attendees also raised a range of concerns including the possibility of doing away with the Electoral College and their concerns about President Donald Trump. Sanders began by speaking of veterans. “People who have utilized this hall have put their lives on the line for their country,” he said. The Veterans Administration (VA) should be strengthened, not privatized, in his view. “We do not give tax breaks to billionaires and then...

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