Foster grandparent Doris Santini reads with second grader Logan Fournier several weeks ago.

One never stops learning

FRANKLIN — With words like “umiak” “ptarmigan” and “mukluks” to sound out for the first time, it’s a good thing first grader Ava Giroux had a foster grandparent there to help her. See the complete story in Tuesday’s edition of the … Read more

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DEC boss assesses situation

ST. ALBANS — Vermont Environmental Commissioner David Mears is cautiously optimistic about the future of Lake Champlain. The longtime environmental attorney, who previously worked to enforce federal environmental laws as a staff attorney for the U.S. Attorney General, led the … Read more

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Julie Furniss of St. Albans plays with her son, Desmond, at Branon’s Pool on Wednesday during a “Waterbabies” session taught by Laurel McWilliams.

Water Babies!

ST. ALBANS — Question: What do you get when you put babies in a pool? Answer: Lots of splashing, laughing and happy moms, dads and babies. It’s a no-brainer, right? Maybe not for everyone. But swimming has in fact been … Read more

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Geoff Mandel, a consulting archeologist from UVM, describes the layers of dirt uncovered in an archeology pit along Waugh Farm Road in Swanton.

Dig that history

SWANTON — Archeologists working in Swanton since September have uncovered artifacts going back to 500 A.D. The team from the University of Vermont (UVM) is excavating 100 meters of soil in a cornfield along Waugh Farm Road. Swanton Village will … Read more

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Betty Casavant, Jeanne Royer and Maddie Howard were named as the Rotary Club of St. Albans Citizens of the Year Tuesday for their volunteer work in the St. Albans community.

Rotary honors 3 women

ST. ALBANS — On Tuesday, the Rotary Club of St. Albans named three women Citizens of the Year for 2014. Maddie Howard, Jeanne Royer, and Betty Casavant have each spent decades volunteering in various capacities in the St. Albans community. … Read more

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State issues Ag. decision, study

ST. ALBANS — Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross has denied a Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) petition that would have added greater regulation of some farms operating within the Missisquoi Bay watershed. The CFL had requested that best management practices (BMPs) … Read more

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BFA Junior Jennie Brown, a National Art Honor Society volunteer, helps 2nd grader Hayden Wells with his paper snowflake at the SACS Fun Day event held Friday.

Big Kids, Little Kids

ST. ALBANS — City School first, second and third graders were treated to an afternoon of fun Friday, provided by Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans (BFA) students to raise funds for Hannaford Helping Hands holiday food box donations. The “1st – … Read more

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Corey Parent with his dog, Charlie

Politicians & their pets

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The election is over and the results are in. Ever since the vote tallies were determined late on Nov. 4, the Messenger has spent much of its time learning more about who Franklin County’s elected officials — … Read more

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All aboard (for Montreal)!

ST. ALBANS — As snow fell and the sky darkened early Thursday afternoon, Franklin County senator elects Dustin Degree and Norm McAllister and state representative elect Corey Parent stood among other state officials and waited for the train. As the … Read more

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