Brendyn Gagnon, Richford spelling bee winner and Dana McGraw, runner-up.

Richford student to compete in state spelling bee

Courtesy of Annette Goyne RICHFORD — Brendyn Gagnon, son of Miranda Smith of Richford, has won the annual spelling bee at Richford Jr-Sr High School. 18 students participated in this bee, which was open to all students in grades six through … Read more

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Wood Owl, Georgia, Vermont

Spotted in Georgia

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Alyssa M Kline captured this gorgeous photo of a Wood Owl in Georgia this week and shared with us on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag your photos from around our community with #samessenger. You may just see them in print, … Read more

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hip hop camp

Following A_Dog’s beat

ST. ALBANS — To embody the spirit of DJ A_Dog transcends being a musical mastermind or a multi-talented DJ within hip-hop culture. It means to share love and compassion with everyone you encounter, and express yourself in a way that … Read more

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BFA Unified Sports

Unified sports supported at BFA-St. Albans

ST. ALBANS — BFA-St. Albans has had a long-standing partnership with Special Olympics of Vermont, which has continued into 2017. On Feb. 4, members of BFA’s Unified Sports Team ran into the freezing Lake Champlain, raising over $6,000.00 for Vermont’s … Read more

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St. Albans Winter Carnival

Despite heat, winter fun

The St. Albans City Recreation Dept. hosted its 9th Annual Winter Carnival this Sunday, at the Hard’ack Recreation Area. Despite record warm weather the previous day, there were plenty of winter activities including a duct tape derby and football in … Read more

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Adam Monette Northwest Technical Center

Tech center chef heading to Paris

ST. ALBANS — The culinary arts instructor at Northwest Technical Center (NWTC) has been tapped to represent the U.S. in an international culinary competition in France at the end of the month. Chef Adam Monette will compete against seven other … Read more

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Taylor Swanton Citizen of the Year

Food shelf manager Citizen of the Year

SWANTON — The Swanton Chamber of Commerce presented its Citizen of the Year award to Marge Taylor during dinner at Jeff’s Maine Seafood in St. Albans Friday evening. Nearly 30 chamber, community and family members gathered to celebrate Taylor. The … Read more

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Crystal Hemingway has organized assistance for local families in need.

Highgate woman ‘pays it forward’

HIGHGATE — “Pay it forward” is what Crystal Hemingway, the founder of local Facebook group ‘Helping Others,’ asks of the people she supports by giving them clothing, food, gifts and her time and energy. “There’s no need to thank me,” … Read more

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