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MONTPELIER — Vermont’s Dept. of Taxes is anticipating a 5 percent increase in spending by Vermont’s schools, which would translate to the largest increase in education property taxes in the past decade.

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FAIRFAX – Voters in the Town of Fairfax have again defeated a bond proposal for deferred maintenance projects and expansions at Bellows Free Academy, according to unofficial results shared by school administrators Thursday night.

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BAKERSFIELD – The Bakersfield community launched a new tradition on Saturday night. The First Annual Community Tree Lighting on November 30 brought nearly 200 community members out to brave the cold and celebrate the beginning of the winter holiday season. Co-coordinated by Bakersfield resid…

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Carter John Loiselle, a boy born on Nov. 29 at Northwestern Medical Center to Renee (Paquette) Loiselle and Cody James Loiselle of Swanton.

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ST. ALBANS – Holly Ray Sherrer, a 2016 graduate of Bellows Free Academy and current Bennington College senior, is one of eighteen students from Bennington College to have been selected to participate in the 2020 Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowships, a program run in partnership with…

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Last year, a group of students at St. Albans City School got together and thought about how they could do something special within their school while simultaneously having a positive impact on their community. They formed the Kindness Krew, a group whose goal is to help spread kindness aroun…

BURLINGTON – The University of Vermont Medical Center is closing operating rooms at its Fanny Allen campus for the month of December, and shifting surgeries to its main hospital campus at 111 Colchester Avenue, while hospital staff work with state officials and an outside consultant to inves…

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SWANTON — BB guns might seem tame compared to firearms, but persons toting these compressed air shooters recently caused a lot of damage in this community.

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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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MONTPELIER – Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday the availability of another round of grant money for communities looking at outdoor recreation as a part of their wider economic development plans.

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ST. ALBANS — A Swanton woman was stopped on Interstate 89 on Tuesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. for speeding.

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ST. ALBANS TOWN – A joint proposal from St. Albans Town and St. Albans City to build a new municipal pool at the base of the Hard’ack Recreation Area received a mixed response during the town selectboard’s Monday meeting.

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ST. ALBANS CITY — The city development review board is considering an application to establish a warming shelter on Lake Street.

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MONTPELIER – The Vermont Dept. of Financial Regulation (DFR) announced Tuesday it had reached a $1.8 million settlement with Companion Life Insurance Company for the insurance company’s sale of “unapproved and inadequate” student health insurance to students at Vermont universities.

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ST. ALBANS — As a result of intensive traffic enforcement over the Thanksgiving weekend, the St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) charged six people with driving under the influence.

FLETCHER — Fletcher Elementary is one of 20 schools nationwide to receive the 2019 Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant from Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The grant provides $2,500 cash to support the arts and $1,000 worth of Crayola art supplies.

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SWANTON VILLAGE — The Swanton Village Police Dept. and U.S. Border Patrol officers responded to a Blake Street residence around 3:50 a.m. on Monday after a reported home invasion.

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ST. ALBANS – Several proposed changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would disproportionately affect Vermont’s food assistant program, according to a nationwide study released last month.

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SWANTON — To say the Swanton Public Library’s “art nook” is a success might be an understatement. The Swanton Arts Council has booked the nook through to the middle of summer 2020.

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SOUTH BURLINGTON – A late November traffic stop conducted by the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) resulted in the detainment of a migrant farmworker living in Franklin County by federal agents, according to a Burlington-based migrant advocacy group.

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ST. ALBANS — A home on Bellevue Carriage Road was destroyed by fire Monday morning.

In November, Martha’s Community Kitchen named Felicia Quintin its 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Quintin has been volunteering at the kitchen for two and half years. In announcing the honor on Facebook, staff from the kitchen wrote: “Her smile and kind heart reaches out to all who enter our doors.”

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It’s been hard to ignore. Nearly every day is a radio, TV, newspaper, or online news story about this evolving E-Cigarette or Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI for short) outbreak. Locally, the Franklin Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition (FGI TPC) has been tracking developments using…

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It’s been hard to ignore. Nearly every day is a radio, TV, newspaper, or online news story about this evolving E-Cigarette or Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI for short) outbreak. Locally, the Franklin Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition (FGI TPC) has been tracking developments using…

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ENOSBURG — An Enosburg man has been charged with possession of regulated drugs and driving under the influence.

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ST. ALBANS CITY — The 11th annual Festival of Trees — a week-long series of galas, performances, crafts etc. celebrating the holiday season — started off with a bang Saturday night in Taylor Park. In fact, with several bangs.

From the looks of it in this photo, there would have been fresh fish on the dinner table for these two gentlemen that evening. They both appear to be very pleased with their “catch of the day.”

The number of granola bars, protein bars and power bars on the market today is astonishing. The range of these products on the “healthy” scale is astonishing, too. Consumers are left with a multitude of snack options and little clarity on what actually qualifies as nutritionally beneficial.

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Volunteers will be out collecting non-perishables for Operation Happiness on Saturday, Dec. 7 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., so here’s a gentle reminder to put your canned good and other non-perishables outside early on Saturday for pick-up.

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Due to the danger of an air bag inflator explosion that could result in sharp metal fragments striking a driver or passengers, causing serious injury or death, the Vermont DMV in St. Albans shared a Mazda recall notice on Facebook last week.

FAIRFAX – While the first round of the Broadband Innovation Grant Program may have passed Fairfax by, the town, according to officials, is set to continue exploring extending broadband coverage to the whole of Fairfax.

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SWANTON TOWN — It’s hard to picture a Swanton town selectboard without Dan Billado, but the next time the board meets, it’ll be just that.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY – In honor of Giving Tuesday, the Messenger has compiled a list of some local organizations in need of assistance.

Charlotte Lucille Turner, a girl born on Nov. 17 at Northwestern Medical Center to Katelyn Nichols Bowen and Scott Joseph Turner of Milton.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY – Join Vermont Student Assistance Corp. for its Facebook Live event, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., on how to apply for a Vermont state grant and any of the 150+ scholarships managed by VSAC.

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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A well, a crosswalk and 100 acres of forest are among the items on the Town of Fairfax’s priority list for 2020, the result of a short planning period during the Fairfax selectboard’s latest regular meeting.

FRANKLIN COUNTY – The Lake Champlain Basin Program is seeking an artist to design a boat sail which will be incorporated into the fleet at the Community Sailing Center on the Burlington waterfront in 2020. Artwork will be related to aquatic invasive species to help draw the public’s attentio…

ST. ALBANS – An international review of nutrient loading within the Missisquoi Bay watershed is recommending, among other things, the creation of an international task force and incentives to transition farmers away from corn and soy.