Author: Michelle Monroe

Church: Grave memorabilia safety hazard

ST. ALBANS — According to Father Maurice Roy of the Holy Angels parish, items were removed from graves at cemeteries managed by the parish for safety reasons. In recent days, the Messenger received complaints from community members who were upset items had been removed from the graves of loved ones at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Roy said for years items left on the graves have been a safety hazard for groundskeepers who were mowing or using a weed whacker. “Some of these things fall off and they get in the grass,” said Roy. There have been minor injuries to groundskeepers...

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‘Massacre of angels’

ST. ALBANS — Multiple area residents have expressed distress that items have been removed from graves at Mount Calvary and Holy Cross cemeteries. Peggy Roberts, whose son, Connor, is buried at Mount Calvary, said she had found multiple items taken from his grave, including his first hockey puck and items left by his friends who had brought back tokens when traveling to places Connor had wanted to visit. The items weren’t taken by vandals, but were removed by caretakers. “I feel violated,” she said. “That’s all you have left of them is their grave.” She also criticized the lack...

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Help us honor Franklin County’s veterans

For Veterans Day, the Messenger will be publishing the names and photos of local veterans and active duty service members. To honor someone in your life, email the following: the veteran’s name and photo in jpg format, rank and branch of service, years of service and/or countries served in, your name as the submitter, and a short message, if you would like to include one. Submissions may also be mailed to 281 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. Deadline is Nov. 6, 2017. There is no charge for photos and names to appear in this...

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Kathleen M. Button

EAST HIGHGATE — Kathleen M. Button a lifelong resident of this area passed away Friday Oct. 13, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. She was born in St. Albans on March 10, 1950, the daughter of the late Paul A. and Hilda M. (Cross) Garey. Kathleen was 67 years old. On July 2, 1988, she married Herbert N. Button who survives her. Kathleen was a 1968 graduate of Bellows Free Academy and then was employed by IBM. She enjoyed gardening, needlework and crafts, but most of all she enjoyed her family. Survivors include her husband of 29 years,...

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Documentary time capsule of county life

ST. ALBANS — Franklin County, the narrator intones, is a “Land of Promise.” So begins a 1974 documentary about the county to be shown tonight at 9 p.m. on Vermont Public Television. The title comes from a quote from Samuel de Champlain, leader of the first European expedition to arrive in the Champlain Valley. The film was written by Garry Simpson, who directed a number of early television shows for NBC before moving to Vermont. He died in Middlebury in 2011. Simpson described Franklin County as having attracted “the adventurous, the impoverished, the oppressed, the resolute.” “Our ancestors were...

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Running of the Bells
2017 United Way of Northwest Vermont Resource Directory