Author: Michelle Monroe

Hallquist touts leadership background

By MICHELLE MONROE St. Albans Messenger Staff ST. ALBANS — Christine Hallquist is a proven leader – that is the essence of her message as she campaigns as the Democratic nominee for governor. The former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative has never before held elected office, aside from Town Meeting Day moderator. Her work at VEC has been enough to earn the endorsement of former St. Albans City Mayor Liz Gamache, who worked with Hallquist at VEC for seven years. Throughout her interview with the Messenger, Hallquist emphasized the importance of leadership that provides vision and encourages collaboration. Solutions...

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Gov. Scott gives pitch for second term

By MICHELLE MONROE St. Albans Messenger ST. ALBANS — Gov. Phil Scott was remarkably cool and collected when he stopped by the St. Albans Messenger offices on Tuesday, considering he had just been playing kickball with kids at St. Albans City School. His team defeated a team from RiseVT, 14-0, for those keeping score. The game was part of a day of events throughout the county in which Scott and various members of his administration visited communities for discussions on the opiate crisis, economic development, the environment, education and agriculture. This was the fourth Capital in Your Community the...

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5 Franklin County candidates vie for Senate seat

With additional reporting by ABBY LEDOUX Five candidates have so far joined the race for Franklin County’s two state Senate seats, while a sixth is contemplating a run. On the Republican side, incumbent Dustin Degree is running, as is Georgia Rep. Carolyn Branagan. Three other women, all Democrats, are gathering signatures on election petitions: former state senator Sara Kittell, Denise Smith and Caroline Bright. Smith, of St. Albans, was the only candidate to specifically cite the sexual assault case of suspended Franklin County Republican Sen. Norm McAllister as a reason for joining the race. “I feel very strongly the...

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Garage fire threatens Georgia home

A detached garage and truck in Georgia were destroyed by fire late on New Year’s Day. The garage at 450 Bronson Rd. was fully engulfed when firefighters from Georgia and St. Albans Town arrived on the scene around 11:30 p.m., Georgia Fire Chief Keith Baker said. The fire spread to a truck parked in front of the garage and to a corner of the home, melting away siding and damaging a window. The home is closer to the St. Albans Town station than to Georgia’s, explained Baker, so they asked for mutual aid, and town firefighters arrived slightly ahead...

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Distracted driving persists

With additional reporting by COURTNEY LAMDIN The state’s law prohibiting driving while using a cell phone has been in place for a year, but law enforcement officers are still seeing and stopping drivers for distracted driving. “A substantial number of drivers have either chosen to ignore the law or plead naiveté,” St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said. “I have stopped half a dozen personally in the last month for just flagrant violations.” Since January 1, SAPD officers have stopped 101 drivers for distracted driving, issuing 76 tickets and 25 warnings. In Milton, the number is much fewer: Officers...

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