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:

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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POLICE: Lawyer’s arrest on video

ST. ALBANS — Police video and documents provided to the St. Albans Messenger show how an ordinary traffic stop last week degenerated into a physical altercation, which further disintegrated into the use of ethnic and homophobic slurs. Local attorney Peter … Read more

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EDUCATION: Déjà vu for MVU budget

SWANTON — Voters, by 58 votes, have once again rejected a proposed budget for Missisquoi Valley Union High School (MVU), forcing four area schools to borrow operating funds. Residents of Highgate, Franklin and Swanton said ‘no’ on Tuesday to a … Read more

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NMC to reconfigure entrance to campus

ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) is seeking to relocate Crest Road and add parking spaces within its campus. The hospital has applied with to the Vermont District 6 Environmental Commission for an Act 250 permit amendment approving the … Read more

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DEMOGRAPHICS: Millennials matter

ST. ALBANS — It’s a familiar story, told repeatedly by the state’s politicians and media – the average age of Vermonters is rising and the state’s population is stagnant. However, that isn’t the entire story. In fact, Franklin County has … Read more

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Matthew Webster enters the court room in St. Albans Thursday morning.

Court plays shooter tapes

ST. ALBANS — Occasionally leaning on one another for support, the family of fatal shooting victim Anna Alger, 31, of Highgate, listened to the recorded confession of the man accused of shooting her, Matthew Webster, 31, of Swanton, Thursday morning … Read more

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BFA students Jacob Underwood, Matt Wolf and Juliana Bortz prepare the quad-copter they helped design for flight.

EDUCATION: BFA’s copter caper

ST. ALBANS — Thanks to the students in Principles of Engineering 3, Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in St. Albans now has a quad-copter equipped with a camera. “We wanted to be able to fly over sporting events … and crowds … Read more

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