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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From left: Highgate sixth grader Gabe Unwin learns to toss pizza dough with the help of Amy Driscoll of King Arthur Flour. Fellow sixth grader Bri Lyford watches.

The yeast they could do

HIGHGATE — More than 350 students in Franklin County are baking bread for community members in need this week. On Wednesday, students at Highgate Elementary School and Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in Fairfax took part in King Arthur Flour’s Bake … Read more

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Family loses house to fire

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield family lost its home and all but a few of its possessions to fire this weekend. According to Fairfield Fire Chief Tim Corey, the house owned by Michael Tiffany and his family was fully ablaze when … Read more

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Fifth graders Hailee Sloan, Lexie Lewis and Emily Draper gather up bags of roasted kale to take to classrooms for afternoon snack.

Where kale gets an ‘A’

SWANTON — At Swanton School on Thursday, the cafeteria staff roasted 75 pounds of kale for an afternoon snack. According to students and staff, kale, in its chip form, is a school favorite. Kale as an afternoon snack is just … Read more

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City budget proposal holds line on taxes

ST. ALBANS CITY — On Monday night, St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud presented the city council with a budget that includes the purchase of a new fire department pumper truck, a doubling in sidewalk repair funds, and payments on … Read more

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St. Albans City Mayor Liz Gamache, left, and Vt. Gov. Peter Shumlin speak at a ribbon cutting to commemorate the opening of the state office building on Federal Street Monday.

Ribbon falls at office building

ST. ALBANS CITY — The ribbon has been officially cut on the new state office building on Federal Street. Gov. Peter Shumlin, was on hand Monday along with representatives from the city and all of the various private companies involved … Read more

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James Railey of Robinson Iron removes unwanted fittings from the main stem of the fountain at the company's Alabama worshop.

Park fountain restoration gets underway

ST. ALBANS — Parts of the Taylor Park fountain has been stripped of their paint, reported J. Scott Howell, a vice president at Robinson Iron, where the fountain is being refurbished. Workers at the company’s shop in Alexander City, Ala. … Read more

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Matt Grant poses with the sign for his new business Liftline Brewing, Co. on Route 105 in Sheldon. He hopes to begin retail sales later this year.

Liftline Brewing at starting gate

SHELDON — At 25, Matthew Grant is making his dream to own a brewery a reality. Using 730 square feet of space attached to his parents’ business, Grizzly Graphix on Route 105 here, Grant will begin brewing as soon as … Read more

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Penney’s store closing

ST. ALBANS CITY — JCPenney is closing its doors after 87 years in St. Albans City. The 30 employees working in the local store will be offered employment in the South Burlington University Mall location. The first Penney’s store, then … Read more

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Kristin Prior is still setting up her new office on the second floor of the new state office building on Federal Street.

Moving days

ST. ALBANS CITY — Employees from the state office building on Houghton Street will complete their move to their new $8.6 million home on Federal Street this weekend. Movers were to transport desks, tables, file cabinets and other items on … Read more

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Dennis Getty slices ham under the watchful gaze of Mary Guyette at the Franklin County Senior Center on Monday for the center's annual New Year's Eve lunch.

Golden anniversary for senior center

ST. ALBANS — The Franklin County Senior Center served its first holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day in 1967. Although 18 people had signed up, 10 attended: Mr. and Mrs. John Hojaboom, Mr. and Mrs. William Young, Mrs. C.E. Sabins, Mrs. … Read more

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