Author: Michelle Monroe

Shirley A. Sturgeon

ENOSBURG FALLS — Shirley A. Sturgeon, age 76, passed away Friday afternoon, Oct. 28, 2017 at The Villa in St. Albans with her loving family at her side. She was born in Montgomery Center on Oct. 9, 1941 the daughter of the late Allen and Rosanna (Deuso) Brunton. Shirley was a lifelong resident of Montgomery and Enosburg Falls and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She had worked as a housekeeper for St. John the Baptist Church as well as several families in the area. Shirley cherished the roll of being a Mom and raising...

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Storm leaves 9,300 without power locally

ST.ALBANS — More than 9,300 households in Franklin County were without power this morning as the result of high winds overnight. Schools were closed across the region with downed trees and power lines causing numerous road closures. Statewide, 71,000 businesses and homes remained without power at 9:30 a.m. and the state’s largest utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), reported that 112,500 customers at 45,000 locations were without power as of 7 a.m. In a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Phil Scott urged residents to stay away from all downed power lines, to keep all generators outside and to check on...

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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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