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:

This conceptual drawing from Vermont Integrated Architecture shows the location of a possible new hotel on Lake Street. Also in the drawing are two buildings currently under construction -- the state office building on Federal Street and the new municipal parking garage located just north of the proposed hotel site.

ST. ALBANS CITY: Chains inquire about hotel

ST. ALBANS CITY — Developers and operators of hotels and hotel chains are being asked to respond to a St. Albans City request for proposals to develop 43 Lake St. The city’s request asks for proposals for a hotel, or … Read more

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Dairy lawsuit: $50M settlement approval denied

RUTLAND — A federal judge has denied approval of a $50 million proposed settlement between Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and the farmers who filed an anti-trust suit on behalf of all dairy formers in the northeast. U.S. District Court … Read more

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Brian Ross arrives in Franklin County Superior Court Criminal Division in St. Albans on Wednesday for a re-sentencing hearing for the assault and robbery of Chris Davis in March 21, 2012. Davis was subsequently found dead.

Davis assailant’s jail time cut

ST. ALBANS — The man who admitted assaulting Chris Davis on the night of March 21, 2012, prior to Davis’s death, was given a reduced sentence Wednesday in Franklin County Superior Court. Brian Ross, 25, of St. Albans, admitted to … Read more

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ARENA: Highgate to float ice bond

HIGHGATE — Highgate voters will once again be asked to consider the future of the Highgate Arena on Election Day in November. The selectboard plans to ask the town to approve a $990,000 bond to repair the rink and refrigeration … Read more

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In 2002, a film shown at the St. Albans Drive-in lights up the night sky. Built in 1948, the theater is now closed.

Curtains for the drive-in

ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Drive-in has seen its last picture show. Theater manager Anthony Gamache, who chose not to comment further, confirmed the closure this week. Built in 1948 by Harold Ryan, Sr., and his wife, Gertrude, the … Read more

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State tags troubled waters

ST. ALBANS — The Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has identified another half-mile stretch of Stevens Brook as being impaired. However, a stream in Fairfield is being removed from the state’s list of impaired waters. According to DEC, Chester … Read more

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From left: Julia, Madeline, and Rita Spaulding with brother P.J. in front, at their family home in Highgate.  All four of the children struggle with dyslexia.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Decoding dyslexia

HIGHGATE — Brittany Lovejoy is on a campaign to change the world for dyslexic children. All four of the children she has with husband, Jay Spaulding, have dyslexia, a hereditary learning disability that researchers believe impacts as many as one … Read more

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Judge permits condo case to continue

ST. ALBANS CITY — Residents of the South Brook Condos on South Main Street have for years alleged that shoddy workmanship has led to constant anxiety regarding the present state and future of their homes. The residents, as the result … Read more

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WATER & SEWER: City to increase rates

ST. ALBANS CITY — Most users of St. Albans City water and sewer services will see a roughly 5 percent increase in their combined bill beginning July 1. Low usage users, such as one person households, will likely see a … Read more

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Shore rules to take hold

SWANTON — Landowners along Vermont’s lakes will need to secure permits before clearing vegetation from their land or increasing the amount of impervious surface on a lakefront property starting on July 1. The primary focus of the new law is … Read more

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