BFA sophomore Vinny Pigeon signs a pledge to be more respectful of those having disabilities.

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ST. ALBANS — How do you acknowledge if someone is different without excluding, discriminating against or disrespecting them for those differences? It’s a challenge that has been taken up by students, organizations and legislators statewide. On Wednesday, Bellows Free Academy … Read more

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MVU budget fails by wide margin

ST. ALBANS — Voters rejected the proposed budget for Missisquoi Valley Union High School while approving the budget for Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. The budget for MVU, serving most students from Swanton, Highgate, and Franklin, was rejected 979-497. … Read more

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Gemma Boucher casts her ballot as Town Lister Peter St. German looks on Tuesday in Highgate.

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Challengers oust 2 selectmen

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ST. ALBANS TOWN — In the highly anticipated selectboard races, new faces emerged as the top runners in Tuesday votes. In addition, all ballot items passed, including the article for a local option tax and the school budget. For the … Read more

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St. Albans Town residents Butch Lovelette, 49, right, and Bill Counos, 60, left, take their vote at Collin Perley Sports Complex on Tuesday morning.

Meeting Day 2014 under way

ST. ALBANS — Voters in Franklin County go to the polls today to determine some unusual races and to decide some issues of important local consequence. In St. Albans City and Enosburgh, municipal boards’ incumbents are being challenged by their … Read more

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FAIRFIELD: Good & bad news

FAIRFIELD — The good news for Fairfield residents is that the proposed budget for Fairfield Center School is up only 0.62 percent to $5.49 million, the smallest percentage increase in the county. The bad news is that the state’s school … Read more

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Snow fun

BFA-St. Albans alpine ski team member Chris Salomone, right, hands a lollipop to a young skier as BFA racer Summer Averill left, looks on Wednesday evening at Hard’ack Recreation Area in St. Albans Town. This year, the BFA alpine and … Read more

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Two people are silhouetted in the flames of a blaze on Main Street in Bakersfield Wednesday night.

BAKERSFIELD: Blaze levels house

BAKERSFIELD — A home in Bakersfield was destroyed by fire Wednesday night. The family was able to escape uninjured. Bakersfield Assistant Chief Paul Stanley reported that firefighters were called to 1052 Main St. North at approximately 9:20 p.m. The house … Read more

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Doors of Franklin County

Franklin County – As a new reporter for the Messenger and a new member of the St. Albans community, I’ve been searching for ways to become acquainted with this unique, unfamiliar place. I’m a visual person, and something I’ve always … Read more

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