Residents from around the Lake Champlain Basin share their point of view of how phosphorus pollution has affected their lives during the summer months during a vigil at St. Albans Bay Park Tuesday night.

Vigil brings 30 to bay

ST. ALBANS — Town residents and representatives from a variety of environmental organizations gathered by the water’s edge Tuesday night to share stories of how the pollution and blue green algae in Lake Champlain have affected their summers. Attendees also … Read more

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Adam Fitzgerald, manager of Guy’s Farm and Yard, measures the chicken wire needed for a portable coop as part of a Seeds for Growth project. Chickens and coops were given to families participating in the project during Soil Fest in Taylor Park on Saturday.

Backyard to plate

ST. ALBANS — Fourteen area families will be raising more than 250 chickens over the next month, with one third of the birds ultimately going to feed those in need in the form of chicken potpies. The chicken potpie project … Read more

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Missisquoi oil leak ongoing

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SWANTON — The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is aiding the Swanton Fire Department (SFD) in an ongoing attempt to cleanup and investigate a fuel oil leak. Civilians first reported a “rainbow color” on the Missisquoi River, north of the … Read more

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Holly Spier, a jewelry designer based out of Jeffersonville, sells some of her work at Artist in Residence in St. Albans. She was one of the gallery’s featured artists last month.

Surviving fire, finding art

JEFFERSONVILLE — One of last month’s featured artists at Artist in Residence in St. Albans, jewelry designer Holly Spier, 53, said her work is heavily influenced by her spiritual connection to nature. “Nature was my friend,” Spier said, describing her … Read more

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St. John’s Episcopal Church in Highgate Falls, built in 1829, needs at least $120,000 worth of restoration in order to preserve the historical building, according to the church commission.

Repairs needed at St. John’s Episcopal

HIGHGATE — Several community members hope to raise more than $120,000 in funds to renovate St. John’s Episcopal Church on Route 207 in order to preserve the Early American landmark and increase its utilization in the community. The St. John’s … Read more

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ROY MERCON, St. Albans Messenger
Brooks McArthur, right, speaks on the steps of St. Albans District Court Thursday morning as sexual assault charges were dropped against Vt. Sen. Norm McAllister, left.

McAllister Trial: CHARGES DISMISSED

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ST. ALBANS CITY — The first of two sexual assault trials against Sen. Norm McAllister took a shocking twist this morning when the state dropped two charges of sexual assault against McAllister, ending a trial that began Wednesday. Yesterday, the … Read more

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James Lugo, an eighth grader from Richford Junior Senior High School (RJSHS), aims and throws a javelin for the first time during Humanities Camp Tuesday. Lugo is one of 15 or so students from RJSHS and Berkshire Elementary School participating in the week-long program that focuses on reading and learning through activities.

Like gods and goddesses

RICHFORD — To gear up for the Summer Olympics in Brazil this August, students from Berkshire Elementary School and Richford Junior Senior High School traveled back in time, learning about the history of the games and Ancient Greece for this … Read more

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A soccer tournament is held at the Hard'Ack Recreation Area in this September, 2015 Messenger file photo.

City, Hard’Ack to merge

ST. ALBANS — The Hard’Ack Recreation Area will be merging with St. Albans City. Hard’Ack Trustees President John Holzscheiter spoke to the St. Albans City Council Monday, explaining a final agreement for the merger will be provided to the city … Read more

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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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