Elodie Reed

Staff Writer

Elodie is passionate about doing good and helping making the world a better place through telling stories with writing and photography. After graduating from Amherst College as an English and Environmental Studies major, Elodie first tried her hand at reporting at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, a small newspaper in her home state of New Hampshire, and fell in love. Elodie is now a reporter for the St. Albans Messenger, and when she isn't writing or lugging her camera every which way, she can be found exploring northern Vermont (and Canada!) with her boyfriend, reading, running, or cuddling with her cat, Chowder.

Email: elodie@samessenger.com Phone: 802.524.9771 (ext. 112)

Stories by Elodie Reed:

Miss Vermont Alayna Westcom, a Bakersfield native (and daughter of town clerk Kathy Westcom), laughs while speaking with a colleague in the Northwestern Medical Center laboratory. Westcom, 24, works there as a medical technologist and at University of Vermont Medical Center as an autopsy technician.

PAGEANTS & SCIENCE?

BAKERSFIELD — On some days, Bakersfield native Alayna Westcom makes appearances around the state, wearing a Miss Vermont sash and crown in full makeup, dress and jewelry. Other days, the petite 24-year-old, now a Sheldon resident, is in scrubs and … Read more

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Ferdinand Lauffer, 63, of Enosburgh, balances on a log in Aldis Hill woods Thursday. Lauffer, a retired MVU teacher, hearkens back to his childhood in post-war Germany by bicycling, hiking and skiing outdoors in his free time.

No time to waste

ENOSBURGH — Ferdinand Lauffer says that on Sundays during the 1960s most everyone in his small German hometown of Dauchingen took a walk. “It was forbidden to work. Sunday was a day of rest,” Lauffer said Thursday. “There was no … Read more

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Northwest Technical Center Building Trades student Raeven Beaudry paints one of the panels of wood planned for the “Can-struction,” an American flag made of  soup and tuna cans intended to raise awareness for the Food From the Heart food drive for Northwest Family Foods, Thursday.

Food From the Heart

ST. ALBANS — A flurry of activity has overtaken the Northwest Technical Center, all for the sake of food. On Thursday, students rushed around the building trades shop, several with paint brushes and a few using a saw. Instructor Mark … Read more

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Chris Boget, the executive director for the Lake Champlain Land Trust, points out different features of the Mill River Falls area in Georgia Thursday. Boget said areas like Mill River Falls – a 35-acre parcel donated by Anna Neville and put under conservation easement – help slow stormwater runoff and soak up nutrients like phosphorous before they get to Lake Champlain.

WATER QUALITY: What can you do?

ST. ALBANS — So it’s storming heavily outside, you’ve got a nice lawn and a house, and look: there’s some pretty serious water running across your land. Chris Boget’s suggestion? Stick a tree in it. “It’s going to just soak … Read more

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Matt Dunne listens to Franklin County residents at Jeff and Jan Young’s home in St. Albans Thursday evening. Dunne, a Democratic candidate for governor, is making his rounds throughout Vermont to hear challenges and opportunities voters suggest.

Dunne just beginning

ST. ALBANS — Admittedly it’s early in the 2016 gubernatorial race, and Democratic candidate Matt Dunne knows that. He’s so aware of it, he acknowledges he doesn’t have a platform yet. That’s why he’s attending small gatherings – such as … Read more

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Maria Carlson enters Franklin County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

Tearful Carlson: not guilty

ST. ALBANS — Maria Carlson sobbed as she approached her defense attorney in Franklin County Superior Court Tuesday. Handcuffed, Carlson struggled to pull tissues from a box. The 35-year-old, of Swanton, looked back at her family – filling several rows … Read more

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Turning Point of Franklin County staff Hal Porter and Melinda Lussier stand outside on Tuesday. Turning Point is now a Vermont Department of Health Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program site, the only one in Franklin County thus far. Turning Point hands out free kits with Narcan – a drug that reverses opiate overdose – to anyone who is interested.

TO SAVE LIVES: Narcan can

ST. ALBANS CITY — They were in a car in Burlington about three weeks ago. A man and two friends had just bought heroin from a dealer, and four of them sat there, shooting up. The man, a 26-year-old Georgia … Read more

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From left to right, St. Albans Town Department of Public Works director Steve Beauregard, Vermont Agency of Transportation traffic operations official Tyler Guazzoni, town manager Carrie Johnson, selectmen Stan Dukas, Dave McWilliams and Brent Palmer, and consulting engineer Sam Ruggiano all look at a crosswalk site by  the St. Albans Bay Store Tuesday.

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Long haul to cross roads

ST. ALBANS TOWN — You have to hand it to officials at Town Hall. From all indications they are working hard to get its taxpayers some crosswalks. In the continuing 15-month saga between the town and the Vermont Agency of … Read more

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Foresters Jason Nerenberg, left, and Matt Leonard, right, finish up an inventory of trees on Messenger Street Friday with a web-based map program on their iPads. Both men have been contracted by the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program to complete an inventory of all the public trees in St. Albans City.

ST. ALBANS CITY: Tree people branch out

ST. ALBANS CITY — Drivers and passersby in the city may notice a few people in orange vests, standing beneath trees and burying their noses in iPads. They’re not absent-minded technology users who accidentally wandered outside. They’re foresters. And they’re … Read more

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SCOOP OF SUCCESS

ST. ALBANS — It’s hot, it’s summer, and it’s ice cream season. Eating the good stuff is the easy part. The hard part? Keeping all that ice cream cool. It’s a challenge that the St. Albans Ben & Jerry’s factory … Read more

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