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Never forgetting

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ST. ALBANS — After entering the 36th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army on Jan. 1, 1944, Curtis Brown, following four months of training, found himself boarding a ship bound for Europe. Read more

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Vermont State HAZMAT Response Team members suit up to clean up a chemical spill at Tractor Supply on Highgate Road on Thursday afternoon. The spill sent five employees to the hospital, and is considered by Vermont State Police to be “suspicious.”

Police probe ‘suspicious’ spill

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SWANTON — A Thursday afternoon chemical spill at the Tractor Supply store on Route 207 here sent five people to the Northwestern Medical Center and has police investigating what they consider “suspicious circumstances.” Numerous fire departments, ambulances, American Red Cross, … Read more

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An Enosburgh farm sits on the edge of the Missisquoi River, with little buffer between the water and any runoff from the farm fields.

CLF turns up heat on farmers

MONTPELIER — The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) — relying on a little known provision in state statutes – filed a petition with the Secretary of Agriculture this morning demanding that certain farmers in the Missisquoi Bay watershed change their practices. … Read more

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A horse stands in a field with Mount Mansfield in the background in Fletcher on Monday. See tomorrow’s Messenger for Elodie Reed’s photo essay exploring the Town of Fletcher.

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Fletcher Elementary Education teacher Nancy Hurt sits in her office, where she must store all the additional materials for her students. Hurt and the children are in "the cottage," a mobile home unit that was supposed to be temporary but has been at the school for 14 years now.

Fletcher feels squeeze

— In 2011, voters in Fletcher rejected a proposal to merge their school district with Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in Fairfax. As a consequence, the district must deal with a steadily expanding school population all on its own. In order … Read more

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Rusty Russin, 46, of Franklin watches as mudders take on the terrain in Alburgh over the weekend.

A Little Bit of MUD

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ALBURGH — This past weekend, things got a little muddy. The Green Mountain 4WD Club held its twice-annual mudding event on Saturday, encouraging mud enthusiasts to get their trucks and 4-wheelers banged up and dirty. The event was held on … Read more

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, left, sat down with the Messenger Wednesday, along with State Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcomb, center, and Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding.

A sit down with Shumlin

ST. ALBANS — Gov. Peter Shumlin continued to tout the work of the Vermont Legislature during this biennium in an interview with the Messenger on Wednesday. The governor spoke about education, Lake Champlain, health care and reducing prison costs while … Read more

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From left to right, Joseph Halko, Kristin Prior, Sally Bortz and Deb Grennon all sit in Cosmic Bakery and Cafe in St. Albans on Wednesday. Halko, Prior, Bortz and Grennon are all on the Partnership Executive Leadership Team, which meets monthly to plan out Franklin Grand Isle Community Partnership meetings.

COMMUNITY: Room at the table

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ST. ALBANS — Doesn’t everyone want a successful, healthy community? In Franklin and Grand Isle counties, there are many signs that indicate yes, people do want to live in a better, stronger place. One of those is the Franklin/Grand Isle … Read more

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Elsa Dahl, 79, of Montpelier, practices competitive lifts at Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center on Wednesday. Dahl has been coached by weightlifter Jackie Brown in St. Albans since 2000, and has gone on to be the oldest national competitor in her sport.

RECORD HOLDER: Woman, 79, weightlifting competitor

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ST. ALBANS — Walk into the Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center’s weight room, and you may just see the only 79-year-old female national weightlifting competitor in the country getting in a good workout. Elsa Dahl, who lives in Montpelier, … Read more

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