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ST. ALBANS CITY – A few more flags are set to fly in Franklin County courtesy of a giveaway a local business leader hopes brings more support for local stores and a positive image to a county in the throes of a pandemic.

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Hanging out at home is always better with your furkid by your side. From lounging on the couch, binge watching movies to doing yard work — having your pet with you makes day-to-day activities more enjoyable.

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ST. ALBANS – Comers and goers down Meadowbrook Lane may have noticed the peculiarly active family of teddy bears who’ve taken up residence on the Currys’ front lawn.

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MONTPELIER — While he applauding Vermonters social distancing efforts, which have been successfully reducing the rate at which the coronavirus is spreading in Vermont, Governor Phil Scott said in a Wednesday press conference that he is likely to announce on Friday an extension of his “stay s…

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BERKSHIRE — A Franklin man has been charged with driving under the influence following a traffic stop here on Tuesday.

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BURLINGTON — In recent weeks, University of Vermont Extension has received several questions related to the coronavirus that produces COVID-19. To help address public concerns about food safety and the virus, Dr. Omar A. Oyarzabal, UVM Extension food safety specialist, has provided answers t…

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In response to the Governor’s order to close our restaurants, the St. Albans City, St. Albans Town and the St. Albans Messenger have come together to support our local restaurants. 

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BURLINGTON – The number of known cases of COVID-19 in Vermont has grown by 32 according to the state’s health department, leading to a statewide total of 575 cases as of Tuesday afternoon.

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MONTPELIER – Gov. Phil Scott has requested a federal disaster declaration, a declaration that, if granted, would allow the state and municipal governments to tap into federal funds to partially reimburse public costs of locally managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MONTPELIER – Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Education (AOE) today announced a partnership with Vermont PBS to provide educational content to supplement remote learning for Vermont students and school districts during the COVID-19 outbreak. This initiative will give over 83,500 Vermont…

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RICHFORD – According to an update from the Northern Tier Centers for Health (NOTCH) coordinator now staffing the Richford food shelf, things have slowed down somewhat after the impacts of COVID-19 brought a surge of new clients to the food shelf.

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ST. ALBANS – This Easter Sunday, don’t be surprised if you find St. Albans with a bit of a hop in its step, as, according to local police, the community can expect a visit from none other than the Easter Bunny themself.

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ST. ALBANS CITY — St. Albans City has furloughed the equivalent of seven full time employees during this crisis. Remaining employees are working from home where possible, with city hall closed to the public.

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ST. ALBANS TOWN – A St. Albans woman is facing criminal charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through parts of Georgia, Fairfax and St. Albans Monday afternoon, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO).

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WATERBURY — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division is increasing patrols on closed Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) snowmobile trails and other areas where all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders or others without permission may be causing damage.

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ST. ALBANS – The Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) has relocated its outpatient lab services to another building on the hospital’s campus in order to further tighten access to the hospital’s medical offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RICHFORD – Since the COVID-19 pandemic came to Vermont, use of the Richford food shelf has more than tripled – and the Northern Tier Centers for Health (NOTCH) coordinator staffing the shelf expects use to continue growing as the pandemic deepens.

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MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference on Monday offered a peek into the chaotic system of securing needed medical supplies during a worldwide pandemic in the absence of an organized and coordinated federal response.

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The beauty of the night sky was something to marvel at. I lived out in the country three miles away from the nearest town. There was no air pollution so I could easily see every star in the galaxy, or so it seemed. I could easily make out Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, but I could not find Orion…

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There’s just something about a flower. The rich color and scent evoke a strong emotional response, brightening up moods and creating smiles that are contagious. We associate flowers with life, with celebration, with beauty and hope. There’s also just something about giving. Giving in general…

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ST. ALBANS — Food assistance programs have relaxed requirements and expanded access to more Vermonters as the effects of COVID-19 continue to leave many jobless and food insecure. The Hunger Council of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, which includes local food shelves and other organization…

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The Vermont Dept. of Fish and Wildlife recommends fishing as a great way to socially distance and still get outside. These fishermen apparently took that advice and got out onto the Missisquoi this weekend.

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Just because your local library may have closed its doors temporarily doesn’t mean it isn’t a great resource. Many libraries offer access to online services for members, including the Vermont Online Library and the Green Mountain Library Consortium.

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BURLINGTON – The number of known cases of COVID-19 within Vermont has grown to more than 500 as the state ramps up testing to better track and respond to the disease.

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MONTPELIER – Repeated violations of the governor’s social distancing mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic may be met with fines, according to a new directive issued by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Friday.

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ST. ALBANS -- Tony McCracken and his family "thought that we would share a little 'HOPE' with the community during a time of uncertainty," he told the Messenger in an email.

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ATLANTA, Ga. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending people wear cloth face masks in public regardless of whether they show symptoms of COVID-19 after studies showed those without symptoms could still spread the disease.

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ST. ALBANS — When staff at the Suburban Propane office in St. Albans learned that Essex schools were preparing food for distribution to local children from cold outdoor tents, they stepped up to help.

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ST. ALBANS – A Richford man was arrested in St. Albans Friday for driving while under the influence of drugs and with a criminally suspended license, according to a Vermont State Police (VSP) statement.

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ST. ALBANS – The Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) announced Friday its residential stabilization program typically housed at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Essex will be moving from its temporary St. Albans location to Middlesex.

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MONTPELIER – Gov. Phil Scott will likely extend his administration’s social distancing orders to continue staggering the spread of COVID-19 as the state awaits new federal guidelines asking the public to wear masks regardless of whether they show symptoms.

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With the weather improving and everyone starting to get a little stir crazy, the Colchester Parks and Recreation department on how to recreate locally and stay safe outdoors during this public health emergency.

As the coronavirus pandemic threatens public health and the U.S. economy, more people are working from home on a regular basis. The move follows social distancing guidelines as an attempt to slow the outbreak, but keeping scattered workforces connected and productive can be challenging for m…

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MONTPELIER — The state has continued to expand its ability to treat medical patients based on models of how severely COVID-19 will impact Vermont, adding additional medical surge beds Thursday in Essex and Rutland.