Orla Walsh trains at Hard'ack Recreation Area in this 2014 Messenger file photo. Two years later, she is a Spartan Pro Team racer cast in a reality show that airs on NBC tonight.

‘Vermonster’ inspires on NBC

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ST. ALBANS — At first, the Spartan Races were a second chance at glory for Orla Walsh. There’s an inherent competitive drive to the 30-year-old former college athlete, and the national series of obstacle-filled running events filled a void. But … Read more

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Digester: boon or bane for water quality?

ST. ALBANS — Will a proposed manure digester for St. Albans Bay reduce the amount of phosphorous entering the bay? That’s the question at the heart of concerns raised about the project by the St. Albans Area Watershed Association (SAAWA) … Read more

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Claire Stanley visits the family Jerseys with her father, Paul, and her mother, Linda, at Paul-Lin Farm in Bakersfield.

Not following family tradition

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BAKERSFIELD — Claire Stanley, of Bakersfield, won’t be following her parents, Paul and Linda Stanley into dairy farming. She’s not alone. According to a study of U.S. Census of Agriculture data by the American Farmland Trust, one in three northeastern … Read more

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College applications stressful, rewarding

ST. ALBANS — High school students begin to prepare for post secondary education as early as the spring semester of junior year. From that point on, students have to constantly meet deadlines, sitting down for the SATs, submitting college applications … Read more

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United Way of Northwestern Vermont recognized longtime supporters of Franklin Grand Isle United Way with a Legacy Award on Wednesday. Front row, from left, are: Kathy Lavoie, Jeff Moreau, Sally Sargeant, Barbara Hamm, Warren Hamm, Sally Bortz, Marilyn Billings, Edna Chagnon. Back row: Kevin Sheffler, Karin Berno, Joe Halko.

United Way recognizes community members

ST. ALBANS — More than 75 people gathered in the Bliss Room at the St. Albans Museum to honor the legacy of the former Franklin Grand Isle United Way and celebrate the almost $400,000 raised in 2015 to support local … Read more

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FNESU school merger unanimously defeated

ENOSBURGH — Voters from the towns of Bakersfield, Berkshire, Montgomery, Enosburgh and Richford unanimously shot down the proposed Act 46 merger of the five school districts Tuesday. The votes were: • Bakersfield 99-89; • Berkshire 113-78; • Montgomery 219-52; • … Read more

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A long time hairdresser, Rossie Charron, 49, of Richford, began teaching fitness classes at the local senior center after her kids moved out on their own.

Cutting hair, stretching muscles

RICHFORD — A hair salon owner, part-time fitness instructor and grandmother, Rossie Charron, 49, never felt like she had to choose between a career and having a family. A multi-generational Vermonter, Charron grew up in Richford with six other siblings. … Read more

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Vermont Dairy Festival draws crowd

ENOSBURG FALLS — The 60th Vermont Dairy Festival carried on a tried and true dairy festival tradition this weekend – no one rained on the parade. Held on Saturday, the parade once again took place under sunny skies. Rain did … Read more

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Merger pros and cons

RICHFORD — Concerns about how the proposed Act 46 merger was presented to the public by the Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union (FNESU) and the St. Albans Messenger dominated the final community forum in Richford Thursday night. Of the 17 people … Read more

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Promise Communities coach Mark McMillen charts community members' data evaluations at Wednesday's meeting.

Gathering data, crafting plan

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ST.  ALBANS CITY — Although the Franklin Promise Community meeting on June 1 revolved around evaluating data on pregnancy, housing and other topics, it wasn’t just an exercise in spreadsheets. It all boiled down to a central question, as phrased … Read more

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