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Andy Butterfield 
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Butterfield Helps Students Gear Up for Poetry Out Loud

Adelyne Collin, Editor January 27, 2022

Andy Butterfield, representing the Vermont Arts Council, recently visited Bellows Free Academy to assist students for the school's upcoming Poetry Out Loud competition, which will take place Feb. 3 from...

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Missed Opportunities

Emily Hayden, Writer January 20, 2022

Because of Covid, students are missing out on opportunities to better their education as well as get real-life experience. For example, during the first semester of the 2021-2022 year, the yearly trip...

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Rising Covid Cases at BFA

Alayna Carpenter, Contributor January 14, 2022

Since Bellows Free Academy students have returned from the holiday break, as a school and state we have seen a very large spike in Covid-19 cases. We are also not the only school struggling with Covid...

Substitute Sally Larry works with (left) Anna Bouchard (23) and (right) Adelyne Collin (22).  Photo credit:  Asher Ballantine

BFA’s Sub Shortage

Kaylee McKenzie, Contributor January 14, 2022

Bellows Free Academy’s student population has grown 9.6 percent since last year causing the teachers and staff of BFA to work the hardest they have in the past years. With Covid spiraling out of control...

NCTC Building Trades Students In Front of Martha’s Community Kitchen.  Photo credit: Dino Patsouris

NCTC’s Building Trades Lends a Helping Hand

Adelyne Collin, Editor January 14, 2022

Students from Northwest Career amd Technical Center have taken on a project that is changing lives in our community. Martha’s Community Kitchen is currently upgrading several components of its new Lake...

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SRO vs. School Safety Officer: What is the Difference?

Rachel Ledoux, Writer January 13, 2022

With the recent shift away from having a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Bellows Free Academy and the arrival of a new School Safety Officer (SSO), many BFA community members may be left wondering, "What’s...

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The Real Reason for ISS at BFA

Ashley Seymour, Writer January 13, 2022

With students being sent to ISS for various reasons this school year, it raises the question of whether or not it is a helpful and sustainable option for our school. According to, when students...

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A Lack of Feminine Products in BFA’s Restrooms

Georgia Casavant, Writer January 12, 2022

Have you ever needed immediate access to feminine products while using the restroom? If you find yourself at Bellows Free Academy when something like this happens, you are out of luck.  In all of the...

Jamie Bristols advisory
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Student Perspective: The Purpose of Advisory

Rachel Ledoux, Writer December 22, 2021

Please note: This is part of a student perspective series by Rachel Ledoux. Whether students use advisory to socialize, work on their PLP or just unwind, advisory is a regular part of the day for Bellows...

Been There a Long, Long Time - A Collaborative Album

“Been There a Long, Long Time” – A Collaborative Album

Rachel Ledoux, Writer December 22, 2021

At the end of 2018, Eric Bushey, Bellows Free Academy’s band teacher, made a resolution: to begin recording his own original songs.  Now, after two years of work, that resolution has come to fruition....

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Student Perspective: The MRUSD Phone Policy

Rachel Ledoux, Writer December 21, 2021

Please note:  This is part of a student perspective series by Rachel Ledoux. The Mercury recently released a survey to the Bellows Free Academy student body about the MRUSD cell phone policy to hear...

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Social Studies with Spencer

Rachel Ledoux, Writer December 20, 2021

Bellows Free Academy has just welcomed a new Social Studies teacher, Eric Spencer, into its ranks. He will begin teaching 9th grade Global Citizenship and 10th grade American Experience next semester.  “I’m...

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