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:

St. Albans Town developer Sam Smith, right, meets with City manager Dominic Cloud Feb. 17 at a St. Albans Rotary meeting.

Moratorium survives court test

ST. ALBANS — St. Albans Town developer Sam Smith has lost his case against the City of St. Albans over water and sewer access. Smith had sought to prove the city discriminated against him, in violation of the equal protection … Read more

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This dog, named 'Bunny,' weighed 15 pounds when it was brought into Franklin County Animal Rescue.

Eight dogs confiscated

ST. ALBANS — On Thursday, Feb. 5, law enforcement, local officials, and animal rescue staff arrived at the home of Randall Sheperd, 53, of Richford, with a warrant to remove dogs believed to be suffering from extreme neglect. It was … Read more

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ENVIRONMENT: Waterways take the floor

MONTPELIER — The Vermont’s General Assembly took two hours from committee meetings and hearings Wednesday morning to hear about water quality from citizens, scientists, businesspeople and a representative of Vermont’s dairy farmers. The key message heard was that the public … Read more

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This is an artist’s rendition of the proposed hotel that will be built on Lake Street. Developers hope to begin construction this summer. It will have 84 rooms, an indoor pool, meeting room and parking in the adjacent public garage.

DOWNTOWN: Hotel icing on city’s cake

ST. ALBANS CITY — Developer PeakCM unveiled its designs for an 84-room, $11 million hotel in downtown St. Albans City at a press conference Tuesday. The five-story building also will have a small meeting space, an indoor pool and an … Read more

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Vt. Sec. of Agriculture Chuck Ross addresses St. Albans Co-operative Creamery annual meeting attendees Saturday at St. Albans Town Educational Center.

Co-op must think globally

ST. ALBANS — With milk prices on the decline, members of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery heard Saturday from experts about domestic and world milk markets. Also, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross spoke to about 300 co-op members during … Read more

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The playground selected by the St. Albans City Parks Commission for Houghton Park is seen here. The city has applied for grant funds to match the approximately $24,000 it currently has from cash donations, in-kind donations and funds remaining from previous improvements to Houghton Park to fund the project. Final colors for the playground are still to be decided.

Playground project swings toward reality

ST. ALBANS CITY — Houghton Park could have a new $48,000 playground if all goes well. The park was one of several planning initiatives discussed by the city council Monday night. The city has $20,000 remaining in funds previously approved … Read more

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Suspect takes cash in TD Bank robbery

SWANTON — An unidentified man robbed the TD Bank in Swanton Village around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to Swanton Village Police Chief Leonard “Joey” Stell, the man was described as between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall. He … Read more

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City lands $8M hotel

ST. ALBANS CITY — A deal has been signed for an $8 million, 84-room hotel to be built on Lake Street that could be open as soon as August 2016. Monday night the city council signed a purchase and sale … Read more

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A worker from Robinson Iron in Alabama puts together the newly recast pieces of a cherub from the Taylor Park fountain. The fountain statues are all being recast in aluminum from the original molds as part of the restoration of the fountain.

TAYLOR PARK FOUNTAIN: Company clones cherubs

ST. ALBANS — As though in preparation for Valentine’s Day workers at the Robinson Iron Corp. facility in Alabama are assembling the new cherubs for the Taylor Park fountain. Cast in aluminum from the original molds, the three cherubs are … Read more

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DAIRYING: Farmers plead for fairness

BURLINGTON — Milk testing and the control it gives Dairy Farmer’s of America (DFA) and Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) over farmers’ milk checks took center stage Thursday at a fairness hearing held here in U.S. District Court. Specifically, the hearing … Read more

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