Author: Colin Flanders

St. Mike’s professor debuts college’s first LGBTQ-named course

A St. Michael’s College professor plans to offer the first LGBTQ-named course in the Catholic institution’s history. Global LGBTQI+ Politics and Culture will debut this fall under the guidance of political science professor Michael Bosia, who said while discussions of LGBTQ issues are not new to campus or his own curriculum, the new course’s name is a “mark of inclusion.” “Not that LGTBQI+ folks on campus are excluded,” he said, “but it’s often that we’re not explicitly recognized as part of the community.” That was apparent to junior Ariana Sherman back when she first toured the campus a few...

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For wedding photog, every minute counts

It’s an odd time to be a professional wedding photographer. The average cost for a wedding in 2016 was over $35,000 — more than $2,000 higher than the previous year, according to The Knot. But skyrocketing debt rates paired with advancements in consumer digital cameras have spawned a new market for amateur photographers, offering a tempting alternative for cost-conscience couples. But while most amateur services run well below the thousands of dollars a professional can cost, a once-in-a-lifetime event deserves the investment, says Colchester-based photographer Lis Companion. “They’re going to regret it if they don’t,” Companion said. “They always...

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Resident sentenced 30 years to life for sexual assault

A Colchester man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. Paul Martell, 53, has been imprisoned since his arrest in March 2016. He pleaded guilty last November to one count of aggravated sexual assault against a minor, a charge that carried a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life. At a hearing in Chittenden County Superior Court last Thursday, prosecutors asked to tack on 20 years to the minimum sentence, given Martell has completed two rounds of treatment after a prior sex abuse conviction in 2003. “Treatment...

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Martell sentenced 30 years to life

A Colchester man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. Paul Martell, 53, has been imprisoned since his arrest in March 2016. He pleaded guilty last November to one count of aggravated sexual assault against a minor, a charge that carried a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life. At a hearing in Chittenden County Superior Court on Thursday, prosecutors asked to tack on 20 years to the minimum sentence, given Martell has completed two rounds of treatment after a prior sex abuse conviction in 2003. “Treatment...

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New Act 250 coordinator Rachel Lomonaco starts amid change

Change is on the horizon for Act 250 as the local commission welcomes a new district coordinator to Chittenden County. Rachel Lomonaco, who will operate out of the state of Vermont’s Essex office location, replaces longtime coordinator Peter Keibel after his retirement earlier this year. As one of two District 4 coordinators, Lomonaco’s duties include reviewing applications, coordinating with state agencies and guiding the district commission among the myriad rules and regulations surrounding the Act 250 process — all efforts to “keep the wheels turning,” she said. She brings a diverse background to the position after 10 years in...

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