Michelle Monroe

Staff Writer

Michelle is a reporter at the St. Albans Messenger, where she has worked for nearly 5 years. This is Michelle’s first reporting job, although she has long had a passion for both the written word and community service. Working for the Messenger allows her to combine both. Outside of work, Michelle avoids people in favor of books, the exceptions being her spouse, her teenaged son and the various teenagers who seem to sprout from the couch at regular intervals.

Email: michelle@samessenger.com Phone: 802.524.9771 (ext. 111)

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This aerial shot takes in the state fishing access on St. Albans Bay, in distance at far right, and Hathaway Point Road as it winds its away from the boat launch toward Kill Kare State Park. Taken this spring, the image already shows some greenish water along the  Hathaway Point shoreline in the foreground. A meeting in Swanton on Monday will take up details of a plan to clean the bay and Lake Champlain as a whole.

Cleanup plan gets nitty-gritty

Public meeting set for Monday, 5 p.m., Swanton ST. ALBANS — In order to reduce pollution in the lake and its tributaries, the Agency of Natural Resources has created a draft plan outlining steps to be taken in each of five northern … Read more

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Flanked by Secretary of Natural Resources Deb Markowitz (left) and Pixley Hill (right), Gov. Peter Shumlin holds aloft the two pens he used to sign H. 35, the water quality bill. The signing was held at St. Albans Bay Park on Tuesday.

Lake efforts become law

Shumlin’s signature just the beginning ST. ALBANS — Even before the pens were brought out for the signing of H. 35, the water quality bill, Pixley Hill, of Highgate, said, “The work of everybody here is just stunning.” Hill, a longtime … Read more

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Joyce
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Albans City Home.

City woman military service honoree

ST. ALBANS — In 1943, at the age of 20, Joyce Manchester enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Two of her friends had enlisted and had then come to the Eastman-Kodak plant, where Manchester worked in Milwaukee, Wis., to tell … Read more

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Fugitive hunt expands to Vt.

Inmate’s comment fuels diligence here ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) is stepping up patrols in St. Albans Bay in response to the escape of two convicted murderers from a correctional facility in northern New York State. “We’ve … Read more

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Gov.’s legacy clear locally

Shumlin’s impact wide-ranging one ST. ALBANS — Gov. Peter Shumlin, who announced Monday that he will not seek a fourth term, has championed initiatives that have touched on multiple aspects of life in Franklin County. The impact has been wide ranging, … Read more

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John McCartney of the National Parks Service (left) and Shana Stewart-Deeds (right) present John Little (center) with the Frank Church Wild and Scenic Award from the River Management Society for his work in securing a Wild and Scenic designation for the Trout and Upper Missisquoi rivers.

Wild & Scenic reality after decade of work

Commemoration a time to celebrate SHELDON — Around 50 people gathered at The Abbey in Sheldon on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the designation of the Trout River and the Upper Missisquoi as Wild and Scenic Rivers. There was also a surprise … Read more

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Landen, left, age 4, and his mom join other exercisers in taking a welcome stretch this morning after doing three circuits of Taylor Park, pausing at each corner to lunge, squat, roll their arms, or do some jumping jacks.

Early riser exercisers

RiseVT begins new day ST. ALBANS — About 20 people from aged 4 to 90 braved chilly early morning temperatures and came to Taylor Park this morning to get in some start-of-the-day exercise. The 6:30 a.m. exercise session was the … Read more

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Manure overflows from a manure pit wall at a Highgate dairy farm. As part of a settlement, the owners, Mark Gagne, Jean Gagne, Claude Fortin and Alain Fortin, agreed to take corrective action and pay a $15,750 fine.

MANURE SPILL: State fines Highgate farm

Regulators back up threats with action HIGHGATE — The owners and operators of a farm in Highgate have been fined $15,750 by the state after manure from their pit overflowed into Saxe Brook, a tributary of the Missisquoi River. Claude and … Read more

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Former Vt. governor Madeleine Kunin speaks at the Voices Against Violence rally in Taylor Park Wednesday afternoon.

Secret, quiet, daily stories

Local rally aims to raise awareness, bring change ST. ALBANS — How do you change a culture? More specifically, how do you change a culture that supports and perpetuates sexual and domestic violence? Those are the questions speakers at Wednesday’s Rally … Read more

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Pressure grows on McAllister

ST. ALBANS —Rep. Brian Savage, R-Swanton and Sen. Dustin Degree, R-Franklin, have joined state leaders in calling on state Sen. Norm McAllister, R-Franklin County, to resign, while behind the scenes area Republicans are discussing possible replacements, including former state senator … Read more

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