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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FAIRFIELD: $100k cut: -1¢ in tax rate

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield voters will be given a third chance to approve a school budget on Saturday. The proposed budget total has been reduced 1.28 percent below the current year’s budget to $5.39 million and is $100,000 less than the … Read more

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, center, meets with St. Albans City Mayor Liz Gamache, left, and St. Albans City Rep. Mike McCarthy, right, at the St. Albans House

Gov. signs bills in City

ST. ALBANS — Gov. Peter Shumlin came to St. Albans City Tuesday to sign three bills related to economic development. The governor’s visit also illuminated a new provision in state law that determines who pays for traffic improvements when new … Read more

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COURT: Local man sent back to prison

ST. ALBANS — A local man has been returned to prison after it was learned that he might have been ready to repeat a pattern that led to his previous convictions for sex crimes. Last week, Judge Martin Maley revoked … Read more

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An Enosburgh farm sits on the edge of the Missisquoi River, with little buffer between the water and any runoff from the farm fields.

CLF turns up heat on farmers

MONTPELIER — The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) — relying on a little known provision in state statutes – filed a petition with the Secretary of Agriculture this morning demanding that certain farmers in the Missisquoi Bay watershed change their practices. … Read more

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Fletcher Elementary Education teacher Nancy Hurt sits in her office, where she must store all the additional materials for her students. Hurt and the children are in "the cottage," a mobile home unit that was supposed to be temporary but has been at the school for 14 years now.

Fletcher feels squeeze

— In 2011, voters in Fletcher rejected a proposal to merge their school district with Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in Fairfax. As a consequence, the district must deal with a steadily expanding school population all on its own. In order … Read more

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, left, sat down with the Messenger Wednesday, along with State Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcomb, center, and Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding.

A sit down with Shumlin

ST. ALBANS — Gov. Peter Shumlin continued to tout the work of the Vermont Legislature during this biennium in an interview with the Messenger on Wednesday. The governor spoke about education, Lake Champlain, health care and reducing prison costs while … Read more

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Fairfield school board members Bennett Dawson, Kenderlynn Phelps, and Charlie Thomas discuss the school district budget with members of the public Monday night in a meeting at the Fairfield Center School.

EDUCATION: Frustration in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The general consensus following a two-hour discussion in Fairfield Monday night was that the budget for Fairfield Center School should be trimmed by $30,000 to $50,000. Roughly 30 people, many of whom expressed frustration with the current way … Read more

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Exit 19 growth in judge’s hands

BURLINGTON — A federal court case that brings into question St. Albans City’s ban on new water and sewer hookups went to a hearing here in U.S. District Court on Thursday. The outcome could determine whether commercial development near Interstate … Read more

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Owl Club’s future rests with judge

ST. ALBANS CITY — Both sides rested Wednesday in the appeal of the Connor Group’s permit for the demolition of the former Smith Homestead and Owl Club on Maiden Lane, and the construction proposal for a new office building. Vermont … Read more

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