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:

Bellows Free Academy teacher Jeff Moulton was among the educators and students who spoke about water quality at a meeting sponsored by the Missisquoi River Basin Association on Thursday. It was the first time a local water quality meeting has focused on educational initiatives.

WATER QUALITY: Area students set pace

SWANTON — In a change of pace for water quality meetings, attendees at a meeting sponsored by the Missisquoi River Basin Association Thursday night heard about education efforts at three area schools. Students from St. Albans City School spoke of … Read more

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Mayor Liz Gamache, left, addresses Team USA students at St. Albans City School. On the right is former Team U.S.A. student Cordelia Bell, who was one of the students who originally approached the city about reducing the city's use of electricity in its streetlights.

Bright idea

ST. ALBANS CITY — In 2011, students from St. Albans City School’s Team U.S.A. approached the St. Albans City Council with an analysis of how the city could save money on its streetlights. Now the city, with funding from Efficiency … Read more

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DAIRYING: Judge nixes lawsuit deal

BURLINGTON — Federal Judge Christina Reiss has refused to approve a proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit brought by Northeast dairy farmers against Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Dairy Marketing Services (DMS). The decision made by the judge … Read more

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A Penney lost

ST. ALBANS CITY — On Sept. 21, 1928, J.C. Penney Company opened its doors in St. Albans vowing not only to bring quality service and low prices to its customers, but also to support the community. “We will endeavor in … Read more

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An ice delivery wagon, seen near the corner of North Main with the intersection of Lake Street behind it, carries ice up Fairfield Street, most probably to the Fisher Pond icehouse. The ice was harvested on St. Albans Bay and transported into the city on the trolley tracks of the St. Albans Streetcar Co. These photographs predate 1927 when the company closed and the lines were removed. Since there are no automobiles in the photo they probably were taken in the very early 1900s. Fisher Pond, the site of the icehouse, was filled in for construction of Interstate 89 in the late 1960s. It was located in the area beneath but south of the Route 105 interstate overpass in St. Albans Town.

History on ice

ST. ALBANS — One hundred years ago the Messenger would have carried news every late March about the end of the ice harvest. Before the creation of modern refrigeration, foods were kept cold by placing them on blocks of ice … Read more

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Maple trees in St. Albans City are tapped and ready to begin running as soon as the cold weather breaks.

MAPLE: Sap flow mostly a no-go

ST. ALBANS — With the end of April fast approaching, maple sugar makers are counting the days left in a season that has been slow to get started. Persistent cold weather in March is to blame. Producers are hoping the … Read more

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St. Albans City Council member Tammi DiFranco (left) and Director of Planning and Development Chip Sawyer (right) take the new standardized tests their children will be taking this spring Monday at city school.

Are you smarter than local grade schoolers?

ST. ALBANS — Monday night St. Albans City officials and other community members got a taste of what the state’s children will experience next month as students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams. City council member Tammi DiFranco … Read more

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St. Albans residents Angel Vos, Kathryn Peno and Linda Fairbanks sign up for a free drawing for a gift basket with Susan Lassiter; Jeffersonville branch associate of Union Bank. About 5,000 people turned out for the Rotary Expo this weekend in St. Albans.

Big crowds, all ages turn out for the Expo

ST. ALBANS — Approximately 5,000 people made their way to the Collins-Perley Sports & Fitness Center for the Rotary Home and Recreation Expo. “We had a great weekend,” said Carrie Johnson, who co-chaired the expo organizing committee with Meghan Manahan. … Read more

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MVU art teacher Lindsay DiDio (left) assists student Cynthia Sforza during a Digital Imaging class on Wednesday.

‘Let’s find out!’

SWANTON — An art class isn’t where one would expect to find students being taught to think critically about the world, but that is precisely what happens in classes taught by Lindsay DiDio at Missisquoi Valley Union (MVU). “There’s all … Read more

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BFA staff member charged in sex act

ST. ALBANS — Nicola Smith, the Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans paraeducator accused of sexually assaulting and exploiting a sophomore male, was arraigned Monday in Franklin County Superior Court Criminal Division. Smith, 35, of St. Albans, was released without bail, … Read more

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