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FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office is accepting nominations for its 2020 small business awards.

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ST. ALBANS – How should the state fund the transformation needed to shift from a health care system in which hospitals and doctors are paid for each visit, test and procedure to one one in which they are paid to help patients stay healthy and avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart…

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FRANKLIN COUNTY — Hannaford Supermarkets is pleased to announce the return of its Hannaford Helps Schools program for its 20th season. Now through November 30, shoppers can help local schools meet fundraising goals by purchasing specially marked items in Hannaford stores.

The following are incidents from the St. Albans Police Dept.’s weekly activity log. These incidents are previously unreported in the Messenger.

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ST. ALBANS — The Franklin County Criminal Court arraigned Shawn Tardy — the man allegedly responsible for a car crash on Swanton Road that killed two people — on another charge Wednesday morning: obstructing justice.

Girls on the Run Vermont’s spring coach registration is now open. Becoming a coach for Girls on the Run Vermont means creating a positive impact for Vermont girls. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ soc…

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ST. ALBANS – Parents filed into Bellows Free Academy – St. Albans’s auditorium Tuesday for the first of what administrators said would be several public forums concerning the school’s difficult transition to proficiency-based learning.

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ST. ALBANS TOWN – Months after its historical preservation ordinance formally passed into law, St. Albans Town appointed a historical preservation commission last Monday during the town selectboard’s regular meeting.

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ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Police Dept. stopped 18 drivers Sunday evening, according to an SAPD press statement.

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ST. ALBANS – The St. Albans Police Department (SAPD) announced Tuesday that charges would be brought against Shawn Tardy, 47, of Swanton for a fatal accident that killed two last month.

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MONTGOMERY – For the first time in recent memory, Republicans in the Town of Montgomery have held an organizational caucus and have formed a Republican Town Committee. The organizational caucus was held the evening of September 26.

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ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) officials plan a $7.6 million renovation to the hospital’s emergency department.

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SWANTON – Members of the Abenaki and Swanton communities joined together Monday to celebrate Vermont’s inaugural Indigenous Peoples’ Day with the unveiling of a totem pole in the outdoor classroom of the Swanton Schools.

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MONTPELIER — Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning because this is breeding season for moose.

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BURLINGTON – State health officials are advising Vermonters to safely dispose of certain paint and coating removers (paint strippers) determined to be too dangerous to use. That’s because some of these products contain methylene chloride.

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Town officials will be revisiting the town’s parks ordinance to possibly clarify rules around possessing a firearm within the St. Albans Bay Park, where hunters have historically parked in order to access public hunting grounds nearby.

As part of our new partnership with the U.S. Post Office, we are only able to deliver on days when the post office delivers.

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For years, kindergarten students have incubated eggs and hatched chicks each spring. The dozens of chicks they produced each year through that learning experience have always been transferred to farmers shortly thereafter. Not this year. Six laying hens were retained by Team USA, a St. Alban…

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HIGHGATE — Cindy Desorcie wasn’t surprised when she tested positive for the breast cancer gene (BRCA). She’d been expecting this since she was eight years old.

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ST. ALBANS – Challenges with Bellows Free Academy – St. Albans’s transition to proficiency-based learning have continued to leave students and their parents wondering if the school’s troubled transition will disadvantage them as they apply for college.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY — Teens in Franklin County can step up to teach young children about issues facing the environment.

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SWANTON — Look to the leaves. That’s the customary Vermont way of telling when the seasons are changing.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Research funding is available for local commercial farms to explore new ideas in production, marketing and other topics that influence successful farming.

SWANTON — Missisquoi Valley Union students were on their hands and knees in St. Mary’s Cemetery Thursday morning, polishing, and in some cases revealing, veterans’ headstones.

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ST. ALBANS TOWN – As students shared the successes of St. Albans Town Education Center (SATEC)’s Farm to School initiative, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D — Vt., pledged to expand the federal supports backing similar work nationwide during a visit to the St. Albans school Thursday.

MONTPELIER – On Thursday, Governor Phil Scott announced Mike Smith will be the next secretary of the Agency Human Services, taking over a position vacated by Al Gobeille.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Peter Welch (D – Vt.) joined counterparts from Pennsylvania earlier this week to introduce legislation looking to suspend a restriction to Medicare that, according to a statement from Welch’s office, limits access to prescription drugs for some beneficiaries.

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ST. ALBANS TOWN – St. Albans Town is taking its first steps toward a village center designation with the state, a status that could qualify the town and landowners within that village center for tax credits, grants and other technical support for encouraging development.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Area organizations that serve low-income, at-risk kids can now apply for an At-Risk Children grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

ST. ALBANS — On Wednesday and Thursday, the St. Albans Police Dept. conducted an unannounced saturation patrol throughout St. Albans, leading to three arrests.

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SWANTON — Prevention is the common first step in education today, whether the focus is obesity or substance use disorders. But Reg Beliveau Jr. and Liza Comiskey use prevention to fight fires.