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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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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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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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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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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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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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This aerial view shows the back entrances to the A&P (its main entrance was on Lake Street) and Napoli’s Variety Store, which was located on Federal Street. Lake Street would be just to the left, out of the photo, and you can see the railroad building at the top left.

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Zooming with friends and family has become a popular way to be mentally active while staying home and keeping healthy. Now you can “Zoom a Scientist” courtesy of the University of Vermont Extension Lake Champlain Sea Grant education team.

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On the Messenger’s Facebook page, we asked our readers to share what they’re grateful for. Here are some of their responses.

The St. Albans Town Fire Department on Tuesday posted pictures of its rescue vehicles, Ladder 1 and Rescue 1, on Facebook as line drawings to make a coloring project for local kids staying at home. Parents can print the line drawings from the Facebook page and post the finished product in th…

For many of us staying home means doing a lot more cooking at home, which can be a daunting when you’re also trying to work and manage kids home from school.

ST. ALBANS — Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to socially distance, St. Albans Community Arts had to cancel most of its plans for National Poetry Month.

34 Down. This organization wants Vermonters to rise to the challenge of being healthy.

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Law enforcement officers from the St. Albans Police Dept., Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Vermont State Police showed their appreciation for health care workers by doing a parade around Northwestern Medical Center Monday evening with their lights on.

As our world continues to change daily, we see creativity fostering new ways of engagement in a variety of places. Among those is the new series Nature Isn’t Cancelled, an offering from Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, that aims to assist parents as they rise to the challenge of keeping their kids…

Rowan Silverman Sawyer, a girl born on March 4 at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., to Brian and Shaina Sawyer of Medford, Mass. (Grandparents: Bill and Barbara Sawyer)

I had been driving to check out my sister’s new house and I was unfamiliar with the area; so I used my GPS to guide me. It had seemingly taken me in the wrong direction as I began to take strange roads deeper and deeper into the more wooded rural areas of the state. A ride that should have h…

30 Down. This mental health agency assists local residents from babies through the elderly.

From kids whose school is closed to adults working from home to seniors who can’t visit their friends, staying home has disrupted all of our routines.

Send us your caption suggestion for these two goats from Franklin County. Email news@samessenger.com by Friday, April 3. We’ll post your suggestions on Facebook and let the community vote for the best.

The Glen's Falls Shirt Company building was originally constructed as the Tremont House in 1820—a hotel that Bennet Young and two of his soldiers stayed at before the St. Albans Raid on October 19, 1864.

WILLISTON — On Thursday, Yankee Farm Credit distributed $6.8 million to its members who borrowed from the cooperative. This distribution represents approximately 52% of Yankee’s 2019 net income of $13.2 million.

For many of us, our workplace is also a key source of movement. We climb stairs, visit co-workers offices, walk to the deli down the block at lunch.

ST. ALBANS – Ceramics manufacturer Superior Technical Ceramics (STC), of St. Albans, was recently recognized by Raytheon with an EPIC Supplier Excellence Award for outstanding performance.