Author: Michelle Monroe

Animal shelter to reopen

ST. ALBANS — Franklin County Animal Rescue (FCAR) will reopen its doors on Oct. 12. Initially, FCAR will begin accepting cats and offering them for adoption. The intention is to begin accepting dogs in November. The plan is to have a soft opening with a larger celebration in November. The animal shelter closed in April, with board members citing the shelter’s financial straits. Since then, “there’s been a lot of new energy coming to FCAR at all levels,” said Karen Taylor Mitchell, the chair of the board. That has included new board members, volunteers and donors. The board also...

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Testing data for Franklin County schools

Results are now available for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test taken by students in Vermont during the 2016-2017 school year. The Messenger has gathered the data for Franklin County Schools which shows what percentage of students are at or above grade level for the grades tested. There are a few things to keep in mind while looking at the results. In many local schools the number of students taking the exam at each grade level is small. less than 20. As a result, while that data can be very useful for finding out how individual students are doing, it isn’t very useful for determining how students as a group are doing. With a small group, one or two students who do quite well or quite poorly in a given subject can shift the overall numbers for the class dramatically. Similarly, one or two students who weren’t feeling well or who simply don’t do well on standardized tests can also shift the results when the number of students tested is just 15, as it is in many of the grade levels in our local schools. The best way to tell how a school is doing is to look at how the same group of children is doing from year to year. For example, rather than compare this year’s fourth graders to last year’s fourth graders, compare this year’s...

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Backyard housing?

ST. ALBANS CITY — The St. Albans City Development Review Board (DRB) is pondering whether or not to allow the construction of four duplexes in the backyard of a home on North Main Street. Owners Roger and Lucy Parent, of Georgia, are proposing adding the buildings behind the existing duplex at 239-241 North Main as a planned unit development (PUD). Representatives for the Parents have said they intend to sell the homes. The units are each planned with two parking spaces, one in a garage and one in front of the garage. There are also seven shared spaces and...

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Douglas E. Bohannon

ST. ALBANS — Douglas E. Bohannon a longtime Franklin County Resident passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the UVM Medical Center with his family at his side. Born in Alburgh, on Jan. 12, 1929, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Mary (Thompson) Bohannon. Douglas was 88 years old. On Aug. 26, 1956, in Swanton, he married Mildred Hislop. Douglas served his country in the Korean War and went on to a long career with the Central Vermont Railroad, retiring as foreman in the Bridge and Building Department. He is survived by his wife of 61...

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