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:

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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Peter J.R. Martin is seen with blood on his shirt in this video image from June 11, 2014, when he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

COURT: Lawyer refuses to make apology

ST. ALBANS — A refusal to apologize to police brought local attorney Peter J.R. Martin back before a criminal court judge on Tuesday. In December, Martin, who is in his mid-70s, pled no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and … Read more

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POLLUTION: Lawmakers float water bills

ST. ALBANS — With Lake Champlain and water quality drawing the attention of politicians statewide two local legislators have proposed water quality bills this session. Rep. Lynn Dickinson’s bill, H. 29, would create a Water Quality Improvement Fund that would … Read more

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Swanton Town Selectman Joel Clark, center, speaks about the need for a point person to work on attracting businesses during a meeting on economic development as part of the Swanton Community Visit Wednesday evening.

Swanton rising

SWANTON — The Swanton community needs to tell the world about the things it has to offer and at the same time improve communication within the community, so more people are aware of options and resources. That was a widely … Read more

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From left: Highgate sixth grader Gabe Unwin learns to toss pizza dough with the help of Amy Driscoll of King Arthur Flour. Fellow sixth grader Bri Lyford watches.

The yeast they could do

HIGHGATE — More than 350 students in Franklin County are baking bread for community members in need this week. On Wednesday, students at Highgate Elementary School and Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in Fairfax took part in King Arthur Flour’s Bake … Read more

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