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)

Stories by Michelle Monroe:

JoAnn Percy, of Alburgh, receives a shamrock from volunteer artist Daunte Hueckstaedt, of Fairfax, at the St. Albans Rotary Home & Recreation Expo at Collins-Perley Saturday.

Rotary EXPO bustling again

ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Rotary Home and Recreation EXPO drew just under 5,000 visitors this weekend. “It was fabulously successful,” said Carrie Johnson, co-chair of the expo organizing committee. All available exhibition space was sold out this year, … Read more

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The raiders take hostages in Taylor Park in this 1864 drawing courtesy St. Albans Historical Museum.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY: ‘Raider’ on trial

ST. ALBANS CITY — In the spring of 1865, Hezekiah Payne, took a ferry from Windsor, Canada into Detroit, intending to take the woman he was dating to the theater. Once in the U.S., Payne, age 31, was promptly arrested. … Read more

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EDUCATION: The school tax squeeze

ST. ALBANS — With 34 school budgets – four in Franklin County and two in Grand Isle County — having been rejected around the state, the House Ways and Means Committee is revisiting the question of how Vermont pays for … Read more

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From left: St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor and Rep. Peter Welch discuss the city's effort to combat drug crime during a visit to the Community Justice Center on Catherine Street Monday.

ST. ALBANS: Drug battle paying off

ST. ALBANS CITY — The national media has been discussing the drug problem in Vermont since January when Gov. Peter Shumlin drew attention to the issue in his state of the state address. Meanwhile, St. Albans has been open about … Read more

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What started as a chimney fire quickly spread throughout a home on Pike Drive in St. Albans Town, where Town firefighters responded Sunday morning.

Blaze destroys home in Town

ST. ALBANS TOWN — A St. Albans home was destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Town firefighters were called to 7 Pike Dr. at around 8:30 a.m. after the owner, Sharon Marchessault, reported a chimney fire, according to St. Albans Town … Read more

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A Swanton firefighter responds to an explosion in a garage, seen rear, Friday morning. The garage door was blown onto a snowbank, at right.

Propane explosion injures Swanton man

SWANTON — The Swanton Village Fire Dept. was called to an explosion in a private Church Street garage Friday morning just after 10. Warren Caswell was working alone in his garage when the explosion occurred, said Vermont State Police. Caswell … Read more

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BFA senior Juliana Bortz describes the workings of a robot designed by a group of students for the U.S. First competition at the University of Vermont on March 1.

EDUCATION: Engineering a future

ST. ALBANS — For the first time, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans (BFA) sent a student-designed and built robot to a U.S. First competition at the University of Vermont. Although they didn’t win, they were invited by another team to … Read more

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MVU budget fails by wide margin

ST. ALBANS — Voters rejected the proposed budget for Missisquoi Valley Union High School while approving the budget for Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. The budget for MVU, serving most students from Swanton, Highgate, and Franklin, was rejected 979-497. … Read more

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FAIRFIELD: Good & bad news

FAIRFIELD — The good news for Fairfield residents is that the proposed budget for Fairfield Center School is up only 0.62 percent to $5.49 million, the smallest percentage increase in the county. The bad news is that the state’s school … Read more

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