From left: Sgt. Francis McCarty, Cpl. Paul Talley and Officer Keith Cote stand at attention Wednesday night in the Bliss Auditorium while receiving a standing ovation after being given the Medal of Valor.

City honors 3 for valor

ST. ALBANS — Three St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) officers were presented with St. Albans City’s highest award Wednesday night – the Medal of Valor. The award was given to Sgt. Francis McCarty, Cpl. Paul Talley and Officer Keith Cote … Read more

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An attendant at Franklin County Humane Society holds two kittens rescued yesterday when they were abandoned along County Road in St. Albans Town.

Discarded cat, kittens part of a trend

ST. ALBANS TOWN — A large box holding 11 kittens and one adult cat was found on the side of County Road here on Monday evening, according to St. Albans Town Animal Control Officer Dave McWilliams. “This kind of thing … Read more

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Highgate Arena is seen in this Messenger file photo

HIGHGATE: Thieves steal copper pipes from arena

HIGHGATE — Thieves caused approximately $10,000 in damage after stealing copper piping needed to operate the refrigeration system for the Highgate arena, said Vermont State Police. Police report the theft occurred at around midnight Friday. It was discovered Friday morning … Read more

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Sgt. Eric Josephson of SAPD displays the body cameras now worn by all uniformed officers in the department.

SAPD readies for anything

ST. ALBANS — St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor believes in planning for the worst case scenario, which is why his department is using federal grant funds to purchase tear gas and a delivery system for the gas. The St. … Read more

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Noelle Aube Westbom, 7, builds with Legos while her brother, Lennon Carl, 4, plays on the computer behind her. The two siblings, both from Swanton, went to Legos Thursdays for the first time at the Haston Library in Franklin yesterday.

Lego Thursdays

FRANKLIN — “Could you take out the bicycle and handcuffs for me?” he asked. “Are there any girl faces that aren’t angry?” she said a few moments later. One has to have a kid’s imagination to guess what Noelle Westbom, … Read more

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Firefighters from three departments respond to a Maquam Shore Road blaze in St. Albans Town Wednesday afternoon.

Couple loses home of more than 40 yrs.

ST. ALBANS TOWN — Sixty firefighters from three departments battled a fire on Maquam Shore Road in St. Albans Town Wednesday that destroyed a couple’s lakefront home of 42 years. The home belonged to Anna and Gabriel Gagne and was … Read more

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Many people in Vermont are considered homeless, but among that population, some still live with their own shelter, clothes and food, without seeking assistance.

Living outside

ST. ALBANS — “Thomas” lives outside. He doesn’t have a house, but according to him, he’s not homeless: he’s houseless. Thomas, who has requested anonymity in fear of losing his living space, is in his mid-50s, and is staying in … Read more

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Northwestern Medical Center CEO Jill Bowen poses in superhero costume outside the hospital Friday as part of Franklin-Grand Isle United Way’s kick-off campaign for the new fundraising year.

Community superheroes

ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Medical Center CEO Jill Bowen donned a cape and mask Friday morning, looking like the role she and many others will soon play for this community: a superhero. Bowen is among the dozens the St. Albans … Read more

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