Author: Abby Ledoux

Help is on the way

Vermont Task Force 1 deploys for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts A team of highly trained Vermont rescue personnel left Colchester for Texas this afternoon, ready to perform evacuations and rescues in flooded areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. The Vermont Task Force 1 Swift Water Rescue Team is deployed through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, the same state-to-state mutual aid program that benefited Vermonters six years ago here during Tropical Storm Irene. “In the days and months after Tropical Storm Irene, our friends from around the country eagerly came to our aid,” Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement ahead...

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Building bridges: Resident’s club still active after 44 years

Bricky Duquette and Marian Bickford may look like your average grandmothers, but don’t let the lemon chiffon cake or maternal hand squeeze fool you: They’re fierce competitors. Duquette and Bickford are two original members of the Essex Ladies’ Bridge Club, still active 44 years after Duquette – who now lives in Colchester – and former bridge partner Sandra Viele founded the group. Back then, members paid $8 a year, and the group presented a $200 check to Essex Rescue on June 21, 1974 – “the only charity we could come up with,” Duquette recalled last week. “You know, I’m...

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Police: Distracted driving leads to rollover on I-89

Police cited distracted driving as a contributing factor in a Colchester car crash on Monday night. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a rollover on Interstate 89 around 9:30 p.m. May 29, a press release said. There, troopers found Matthew Sherman, 37, of Milton lost control of his Chevy Malibu and traveled off the west side of the highway before rolling. Sherman was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor non-incapacitating injuries, police said. His car was totaled. Colchester Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene, and police issued Sherman a $220, three-point ticket for failing to maintain...

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‘Demand that your voice is heard’

Last week, Alex Escaja-Heiss was asked what superpower she wished she possessed – a not unusual question for a teenager. Her answer, though, illustrated what sets her apart her from many of her peers. “The ability to stop time,” the South Burlington High School junior said. “Take a pause, take a breath, finish some homework and then continue.” Escaja-Heiss was one of four young activists on a panel with Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman at Vermont PBS’ Colchester studio last Thursday night for the one-hour live broadcast of High School Town Hall. She was joined by recent college graduates Austin...

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Police collect ‘Vermont’s most dangerous leftovers’

Colchester police collected just over 66 pounds of medication last Saturday, April 29 as part of Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a national initiative to safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions. State health officials call the drugs lingering in many medicine cabinets “Vermont’s most dangerous leftovers,” noting national data shows 80 percent of heroin users began with prescription opioids. “That means four out of five heroin users became addicted with prescription drugs,” public safety commissioner Thomas D. Anderson said. “In Vermont, over 600,000 prescriptions for opioids were written in 2015. Take Back Day is a way for...

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