Author: Abby Ledoux

Locals supervise public safety

Colchester residents, DOC staffers earn gov’s re-appointment Dale Crook, a career veteran of Vermont’s Department of Corrections, knows what you’re thinking: Yes, that’s his real last name. “In some ways, it’s a pretty good icebreaker – ‘I’m not the only crook in corrections,’” the longtime Colchester resident said. “It’s a way to kind of break down the barriers to engage with people.” That’s been a critical task over Crook’s career, during which he’s assumed roles from corrections officer to probation officer to his current gig as commissioner of the Vermont Council for Interstate Adult Supervision. In September, Crook was...

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Wind rollicks region; residents remain powerless

Hundreds of Colchester residents remained without power Tuesday morning, the second day of outages for some following a massive windstorm that rocked the state Sunday night into Monday. Hurricane force winds – including some gusts up to nearly 80 mph, according to Green Mountain Power – swept across Vermont, downing power lines and trees in their wake and causing widespread power outages in nearly every region. Colchester schools were closed Monday. About a third of Vermont lost power, officials said, and the storm is one of the biggest in recent history. All told, 115,000 homes and businesses were affected,...

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After the storm: State braces for cleanup, damage assessment

While line crews work around the clock to restore power to thousands without it – some for the second day – state agencies are gearing up for the aftermath of one of the biggest storms in Vermont’s recent history. Hurricane-force winds felled trees and power lines, and backyards were strewn with branches and debris. A number of Chittenden Solid Waste District drop-off sites accept natural wood, the company said, providing one avenue for post-storm cleanup. Locally, CSWD’s Milton, Essex, South Burlington and Richmond drop-off centers accept items at no charge for up to 3 cubic yards; after that, the...

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Know your odds: Essex resident offers genetic counseling for cancer

Two words define Essex native Laura Colello’s work as a genetic counselor: family history. It’s the most important factor in determining a patient’s risk for cancer. It’s also what attracted Colello to the job. “My mom had cancer, and my mother-in-law had cancer,” she said. “I’m comfortable with cancer – I’m not comfortable with babies with birth defects.” Colello, then, focuses on genetic counseling related to the disease at UVM Medical Center’s Familial Cancer Program. She and another full-time counselor can see up to 25 families a week. Their shared goal is determining if someone has a higher risk...

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Crash closes East Road

Police are investigating a car crash in Colchester that closed East Road for an hour and a half last week. Police said a vehicle driven by 16-year-old Noah Coyner of Milton struck a utility pole and rolled over on East Road near Pond Brook Road around 11 a.m. last Wednesday, Sept. 27. Coyner was treated for minor injuries at the University of Vermont Medical Center and released, a press release said. Colchester Rescue, St. Michael’s Fire and Colchester Center Fire responded to the scene with CPD. CPD asks anyone with information about the crash to call...

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