Colin Flanders

Martell takes plea deal

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Paul Martell, a convicted sex offender who police say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in Colchester, accepted a plea deal Monday. Martell, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault on a minor, a charge that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. Two other felonies,…

St. Mike’s professor named art teacher of the year

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A St. Michael’s College professor has been recognized for his wide-ranging influence on Vermont’s art education scene. Jonathan Silverman, a longtime professor and current chairman of the college’s education department, said he was humbled and honored to be named Vermont’s art educator of the year, an award typically reserved for K-12 teachers.    The award…

Late Colchester teacher remembered

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Malletts Bay is many wishes richer. Each wish took slightly different trips to the lake’s bottom — some slid in from the dock at Bayside Park, while others plunked into the calm waters or skid across their surface — yet all carried with them the memory of Kathy Bonfigli, a Malletts Bay School teacher who…

Lakers hold top-three ranking

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The Colchester varsity field hockey team is currently third in the Vermont Principals’ Association rankings after a 2-0-1 week, including wins over Champlain Valley Union and U-32. Colchester tied visiting Mt. Mansfield on Monday, but gained ground in the VPA rankings after two wins over the last two weeks. Colchester (7-1-1) first picked up a…

On the shores of Buff Ledge

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A few cars still inch their way down the dirt road off Clay Point Road every summer. Lured by nostalgia, the drivers press on through the wooded knoll, unsure how time has treated their once beloved home away from home yet hopeful some form of it remains. Jessica Ebert Edelmann has watched the scene over and…