Author: Katie Chapa

Preschool literacy night inspires Fletcher’s youngest readers and writers

By CHRIS DODGE Special to the Messenger At first glance, the Fletcher Elementary School library looked more like Santa’s bustling workshop than a quiet reading space Monday evening as several preschool families used shiny wrapping paper, colorful stickers, and a virtual treasure trove of arts and crafts supplies to transform ordinary cardboard boxes into personalized and portable student desks. Eight preschool families attended the Fletcher School Preschool Program’s Literacy Night, facilitated by Preschool Teacher Nancy Hurt. The goal, according to Hurt, was to empower families to engage with their children in conversation and activities that promote a love of...

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Meet Bilbo ~ An adventurous fellow

From All Breed Rescue Vermont: My name is Bilbo and if I do say so myself,  I am pretty handsome. I may be a bit a bit older, but I still have plenty of love to give. I am an 8-year old hound mix and I am a great walking and adventure buddy. Some people say I am a talker, but it’s really just for good conversation. I’m ready to find my forever home, so I have my bags packed to move in with you.  Contact All Breed Rescue in Williston, Vt. for more information about Bilbo. Call: (802) 489-5889...

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Sophia ~ A shy explorer

From Franklin County Animal Rescue: Sophia is a shy girl of two years. She is looking for a quiet home with a warm lap or two. Sophia loves people and hates cats. She is sweet and undemanding. She would like to find a home as soon as possible as all she wants to do at the shelter is hide from the other cats. Sophia is a current resident of Franklin County Animal Rescue in St. Albans. Call: (802) 524-9650 or email: for more...

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Meet Theona ~ A curious cat

From Franklin County Animal Rescue: Theona is a very sweet girl who would prefer to be the only cat in the home. She is about 3- years old, out-going and affectionate. She will seek out attention and entertain you with her curious antics. Theona is a current resident of Franklin County Animal Rescue in St. Albans. Call: (802) 524-9650 or email: for more...

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Gallagher ~ Manahan

Michael and JoAnn Manahan of St. Albans are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Briana E. Manahan, to Thomas J. Gallagher, son of John and Susan Gallagher of St. Albans. Briana is a 2008 graduate from Bellows Free Academy St. Albans and is currently employed as an Assistant Branch Manager at the Peoples Trust Company. Thomas is a 1996 graduate from Bellow Free Academy St. Albans and a 2000 Accounting graduate of Champlain College.  He is the President/CEO of Peoples Trust Company. An August 2018 wedding will be held in St....

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