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:

Agatha Ndyana, originally from Burundi, receives her citizenship certificate in the Bliss Room Tuesday afternoon as her 18-year-old granddaughter, Merci, smiles behind her.

Welcome home

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ST. ALBANS — After fleeing civil war, living in a Tanzanian refuge camp, moving to a new country, struggling with cultural differences and the challenges of non-citizenship, Agatha Ndyana is finally an American. “There were a lot of difficulties,” said … Read more

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A St. Albans Town voter arrives at Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center to cast her vote in a special election for a three-year selectboard seat between Sam Smith and David Schofield Tuesday, March 31.

Smith wins special election

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ST. ALBANS TOWN — Second time’s a charm for Sam Smith. In a special election held at Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center on Tuesday, Smith garnered 410 votes versus David Schofield’s 275 votes for the three-year St. Albans Town … Read more

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Marissa Olson, 15, holds her Green Cheek Conure, Pumpkin, on Thursday. In the background is her father, Tony Olson, with his African Grey parrot, Mango. The Olson family, with the help of Carly Buswell, run Feathered Hearts Avian Rescue out of their St. Albans home.

FEATHERED HEARTS: Loving the birds

ST. ALBANS — On a drizzly, chilly, gray March day, the only hint of the Olsons’ tropical household from the outside is the pile of birdcages poking out from the back porch of the Russell Street duplex. Upon entering the … Read more

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Randy Barrows, 59, of Milton, right and Tim Sherrer, 49, of St. Albans, left, listen as they discuss proposed deer rule changes with a table of other hunters at St. Albans Town Educational Center Thursday night.

Hunters get update, discuss regulations

ST. ALBANS — Like maple sugaring and mud season, attending the local annual deer and moose hearing held by Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife Department is a spring tradition. This year’s local hearing, with about 50 people attending, was held in … Read more

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Chad Hotchkiss, 33, and his son, Chad Hotchkiss Jr., 12, both of Swanton, stand in line Friday with hundreds of others waiting to get their driver’s licenses reinstated on Driver Restoration Day at the Edward Costello Courthouse in Burlington.

On the road again

SWANTON — For seven years, Chad Hotchkiss felt he had to look over his shoulder while driving. Due to an inability to pay fines, Hotchkiss, 33, of  Swanton, has had his driver’s license suspended off and on since 2000. Since … Read more

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Andrea Santiago holds her seven-month-old son, Gibson, in the Georgia home of her boyfriend’s parents recently. Because Gibson was born three months premature, Santiago had to stop working for several months and rely on her boyfriend – Nausori Osasa – for finances, as she didn’t qualify for state benefits.

COMMUNITY: To raise a child

ST. ALBANS — Andrea Santiago wasn’t exactly ready when her son, Gibson, came along in August. He was born three months premature “We just weren’t prepared at all,” said Santiago, a 21-year-old Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans graduate in a recent … Read more

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St. Albans Town Educational Center fifth grader and VKAT (Vermont Kids Against Tobacco) member Ethan Bruley simulates trying to breath with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) while fellow VKAT member and seventh grader Grace Adamczak, left, times him and other participating students for 60 seconds.

Kicking butts

ST. ALBANS — Quitting smoking hits close to home for those participating in St. Albans Town Educational Center’s VKAT (Vermont Kids Against Tobacco) program. “I got my mom to quit (two years ago),” said SATEC seventh grader Kiley Bates. “When … Read more

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Agreement pushes forward Vermont-Montreal rail plan

ST. ALBANS — Vermont and Montreal are one step closer to restoring passenger rail service following a pre-clearance agreement signed Monday by United States and Canadian officials. According to a press release issued from Sen. Leahy’s office, U.S. Homeland Security … Read more

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In this file photo, Franklin County Animal Rescue volunteer Deb Navari cares for rescued kittens found on the side of the road in September. Navari is the state’s nominee for the Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest.

The Cat Lady

ST. ALBANS — When it comes to caring for cats, Deborah Navari, 60, doesn’t mess around. Navari, who lives in South Burlington and has volunteered for Franklin County Animal Rescue – formerly the Franklin County Humane Society –  for more … Read more

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Enosburg Falls voters approval annual budget

ENOSBURG FALLS — Village voters met at Enosburgh Middle/High School Tuesday night to elect municipal officials and decide several ballot items. All items, including the budget, passed unanimously. Village trustees Leonard V. Charron and William Spears, Jr. were re-elected unopposed … Read more

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