Madison Courier staff writer Peggy Vlerebome donned a hard hat and safety vest for a tour of the Madison-Milton bridge construction site. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Madison Courier staff writer Peggy Vlerebome donned a hard hat and safety vest for a tour of the Madison-Milton bridge construction site. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Madison Courier staff writer Peggy Vlerebome has announced her retirement effective Nov. 21.

Vlerebome has worked at The Courier for 12 years, covering a variety of topics from education to city government to environmental issues. She also has been the primary copy editor in the newsroom.

Vlerebome, a graduate of Indiana University, worked at newspapers in Florida and Texas before moving to Indiana.

She said she chose Madison as her home because she liked it so much after visiting the city years earlier.

Vlerebome estimates that she has written more than 30,000 stories in her career and covered at least 10,000 meetings.

Everyone in the community is invited to an open house in Vlerebome's honor from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Gallery 115, 115 E. Main St.