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STATE BUDGET: Poverty in crosshairs

MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin was set to address the Vermont Legislature this afternoon, outlining his budget priorities for the coming year. The Messenger learned this morning that the governor would focus on poverty, healthcare, education, transportation and the previously … Read more

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JOSH KAUFMANN, St. Albans Messenger
Maria and Devyn Gleason get ready to raise the No. 11 uniform worn by their brother, Brandon, to the ceiling of the Enosburg Falls H.S. gym Monday night.

ENOSBURG: Still here for Brandon

ENOSBURG — On a night that was about anything but the final score, the final score had the last say. The 11 points by which Enosburg won Monday night’s basketball game matched the number on the jersey that looked down upon … Read more

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Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross discusses the current state of agriculture with the public at the St. Albans Free Library on Friday.

Ross leads farm talks

ST. ALBANS — Truck weights, possible changes to the current use program, immigration reform, and labeling of genetically modified foods were among the topics raised during a visit by Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross. Ross held a listening session with … Read more

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Phil St. Marie behind the register at Ste. Maries, the store he ran for 23 years and recently sold to Todd Conger.

Where everybody knew their name

SWANTON — After spending a lifetime selling food and other essentials to his neighbors Phil Ste. Marie has retired. He and his wife, Marylou, sold the store known throughout Swanton as “Ste. Marie’s” to Todd Conger on Dec. 30, 2013 … Read more

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BAKERSFIELD: Fire destroys home

BAKERSFIELD — Fire destroyed a home in Bakersfield late Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were called to Michael Beyor’s home at 893 Waterville Mountain Rd. at 4:30 p.m.. “It was totally involved (in flames) when we arrived,” said Bakersfield Assistant Fire Chief … Read more

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In this Oct. 19, 2011 photo, Sam Smith, left, and Dominic Cloud talk during a meeting of the Joint Study Committee. The panel, comprised of town and city officials and residents explored reconstitution of the municipalities under one government. The talks eventually broke down.

WATER/SEWER SERVICES: Suit raises new issues

ST. ALBANS — St. Albans City and St. Albans Town developer Sam Smith have filed dueling motions for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by Smith over water and sewer services. The suit has raised numerous questions about the history, … Read more

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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, right, speaks before a Senate Health and Welfare and House Health Care Committees joint meeting at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

STATE OF THE STATE: Gov. targets drug addiction

MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a set of sweeping initiatives to address drug addiction during today’s State of the State address to the Vermont Legislature. The governor’s remarks elicited support from Franklin County residents involved in the fight against … Read more

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From left to right: Ryan Chaffin, of Farrell’s Distribution, Randy Fortin, of Farrell’s Distribution, Tony Pomerleau, Steve Gagner, Norm Stanislas, Marty Manahan and Jeff O’Connell, of Farrell’s Distribution pose for a photo Wednesday morning.

Brewery awaits City’s approval

ST. ALBANS — The relocation and expansion of 14th Star Brewing Company within a downtown shopping center was the subject of a public hearing held by the St. Albans City Development Review Board (DRB) Monday night at city hall. Now … Read more

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RECREATION: Town to bid on cooling system

HIGHGATE — The Town of Highgate has located a possible cooling system to replace the more than 40-year-old system in the Highgate arena. A town in Maine is installing a larger rink and has placed its current system on auction. … Read more

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