Author: Colin Flanders

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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Martell takes plea deal

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, for aggravated sexual assault on a minor and for lewd and lascivious conduct, will be dismissed. Martell has been held without bail since April. His sentencing hearing is yet to be scheduled. Police testified Martell admitted the abuse, which began in December 2016, while...

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

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 recognized Silverman for inspiring many of Vermont’s current educators and commended his commitment to the “visual literacy” and “expressive power” of the arts. Silverman was presented the award during the annual Vermont Art Education Conference late last month. There, Ann Joppe-Mercure, an adjunct professor...

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Late Colchester teacher remembered

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 died from unknown causes August 12. She was 56. Dozens of former students, parents, colleagues and family members attended last Sunday’s memorial, walking or biking from the school to Bayside Park, where they decorated the rocks that would soon create a wishing well for...

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Lakers hold top-three ranking

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 6-0 win over host U-32 behind a pair of Meg Lehouiller goals. Packie Palaza, Kelsey LeClair, Petra Bajuk and Sam Messier also scored. The Lakers then downed Mt. Abraham in a tight 1-0 contest before tying with Mt. Mansfield on Monday afternoon.  The Lakers...

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