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ST. ALBANS CITY — When building trades program students from either Northwest Technical Center in St. Albans or Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls begin construction work, they also construct a community. Take Seth Hungerford, for example. A graduate … Read more

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Sen. Collins opts out of race

SWANTON — Democratic Franklin County State Senator Don Collins confirmed this morning that he will not seek re-election. Messenger columnist Richard Cowperthwait first reported Collins’s decision. His column appears in today’s edition. Collins, 71, of Swanton, said he decided not … Read more

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Efficiency Vermont account manager David Corliss, left, gives a presentation at the St. Albans Free Library last week about local businesses streamlining energy use and saving money.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Power Play available in St. Albans

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ST. ALBANS — At first glance, spending money to save money can seem somewhat counterintuitive. Look a little closer, though, and the evidence is clear: boosting energy efficiency through newer, better technology can reduce costs in the long (or not-so-long) … Read more

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This house in the Congo, will become the center of operations for the work of Father Daniel Lokanga, who formerly served in St. Albans and Georgia. A fundraiser for the effort will be held in St. Albans on Friday, June

Father Lokanga continues efforts to aid homeland

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ST. ALBANS — Former area priest, Father Daniel Lokanga, now serving at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Rutland, has two shipping containers ready to be shipped, filled with goods relevant to his project to assist his native country, the Democratic Republic … Read more

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Group 4 of the St. Albans City School students participating in the “Historic Olympics” pose for a photo Thursday with their first place medals. Included in the winning group are Jada Biggs, Forrest Deslauriers, Cameron Rose, Dominic Deschamp, Paige Jaycox, David Weinstein, Lindsey Ward and Derrick Nedeau.

Old ways – New connections

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ST. ALBANS — Coming together and learning from each other is as old as time itself. So when Advanced Placement U.S. History students from Bellows Free Academy worked with the St. Albans Historical Society and Museum to put on the … Read more

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SWANTON: Trucks may deliver natural gas locally

SWANTON —Franklin County homes and businesses may soon receive natural gas deliveries made much as propane deliveries are today. If so, this direct-to-the-door approach could be a first for natural gas service in Vermont. Energtek North Country Inc., a subsidiary … Read more

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Sam, a male Walker Hound at the Franklin County Humane Society is looking for homes. They will most likely find them this weekend during the Maddie’s Fund Free Adoption event, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday.

HUMANE SOCIETY: Homeless pets will have homes

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ST. ALBANS CITY — Everyone deserves a good home. Which is why this Saturday and Sunday, in an event sponsored by Maddie’s Fund, the Franklin County Humane Society will be placing pets with pre-approved applicants for free. Anyone who would … Read more

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FAIRFIELD: $100k cut: -1¢ in tax rate

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield voters will be given a third chance to approve a school budget on Saturday. The proposed budget total has been reduced 1.28 percent below the current year’s budget to $5.39 million and is $100,000 less than the … Read more

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, center, meets with St. Albans City Mayor Liz Gamache, left, and St. Albans City Rep. Mike McCarthy, right, at the St. Albans House

Gov. signs bills in City

ST. ALBANS — Gov. Peter Shumlin came to St. Albans City Tuesday to sign three bills related to economic development. The governor’s visit also illuminated a new provision in state law that determines who pays for traffic improvements when new … Read more

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Local wildlife

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Montgomery – A deer looks up from a midday snack last week off of Route 242 just outside of Montgomery.

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