Maple Glen Campground in Sheldon was closed in 2010 after a series of investigations in 2009 surfaced a number of environmental and state violations. The campground is seen in these photos taken last week, though the owners are working to make changes and re-open the area for business next spring.

SHELDON: Partners plan to dress up nudist camp

SHELDON — Several changes are in motion at Maple Glen Campground following state action that led to the closing of the former nudist campground and a fine for numerous violations of environmental regulations. Among the recent shifts regarding the 300-acre … Read more

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Bonnie, a four-year-old Rothschild’s giraffe at Parc Safari, just had a baby giraffe last week. Her fellow adult giraffe, Agathe, looks on from the left – she was the last giraffe to be born at the park, some 23 years ago. Below: Agathe, left, Bonnie, center, and the baby giraffe, right, all pose pretty for the crowd at Parc Safari on Saturday.

Long, tall and beautiful

HEMMINGFORD, Quebec — One could argue that birth is the most natural thing in the world. There’s no question that a baby giraffe is one of the cutest things in the world. A week ago Sunday, visitors to Parc Safari … Read more

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Taylor Park and Church Street in St. Albans City look like Lego toys when seen from above.

HIGHGATE: Taking to the air

HIGHGATE — It all starts with your first flight. The comfortable sound-blocking headphones and friendly radio chat, the gentle takeoff and landing, the easy maneuvering, the view – while some may balk at going 115 mph 1,000 feet in the … Read more

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Above is the first of three buildings comprising the Westview Condominiums located at 302, 304 and 306 South Main Street. There are a total of 45 apartments in the three buildings, each of which has its own underground parking.

Trouble dogs Westview

ST. ALBANS TOWN — From the outside Westview Condominiums located off of South Main Street makes a pretty picture. The red and light gray-colored buildings have attractive balconies, lots of greenspace surrounds them and children ride toy vehicles kept parked … Read more

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A new AT&T tower has been installed behind Maplefields by Interstate 89 Exit 19 after both the St. Albans Town Selectboard and Planning Commission requested that it be placed in an area most unobtrusive to the scenic view. The tower, managed by American Tower out of Boston, Mass., is intended to bring better cellular data and service to the St. Albans area.

AT&T tower now on high

ST. ALBANS TOWN — A 140-foot monopole intended to improve AT&T cellular locally is now up near Interstate 89 Exit 19. Located behind the Maplefields gas station off of Fairfax Road, the tower, first proposed in October 2013 and approved … Read more

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Blue-green algae is seen in Missisquoi Bay last summer in this Messenger file photo.

St. Albans Bay under alert for toxic algae

ST. ALBANS — The Dept. of Health has issued a high alert for blue-green algae in St. Albans Bay, where water quality is already being described as “disgusting” by a watershed official. The alert is the result of visual observation … Read more

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Police: Fatigued driver flips car

NORTH FAIRFAX — A woman allegedly fell asleep at the wheel on Route 104 early this morning, flipping the vehicle and sending the driver to the hospital. Sara Maginn, 47, of Burlington, was traveling northbound on Route 104 around 4:20 … Read more

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Kids rule Franklin County Field Days!

Julia Allen, 4, of West Burke, keeps a pair of oxen named Chub and Jerry in line inside the Lyndon Corey Pulling Barn. Combined, the oxen weigh 5,700 pounds.

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