Author: Colin Flanders

Colchester picks Scott, Hallquist

Republican voters in Colchester strongly favored incumbent Gov. Phil Scott in Tuesday’s primary to help him earn the party’s nomination for governor. Scott earned the most votes of any gubernatorial candidate across Colchester’s two districts – Chittenden 9-1 and 9-2 – with a total of 667, while gun-rights supporter Keith Stern trailed in a distant second with 199. Scott handily secured the statewide endorsement by earning more than 60 percent of the vote, unofficial results show. Christine Hallquist, who earned the Democratic nod and became the first transgender candidate to earn a major party’s nomination for governor, led Democrats...

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Mobile home park, state’s second largest, put up for sale

A large mobile home park in Colchester has been listed for sale, forcing hundreds of residents to decide whether they want to orchestrate a multi-million-dollar bid on the property. The Betty Boyer Atkins Revocable Living Trust has owned Westbury Park since the death of the trust’s namesake in 2016. Atkins and her husband, Dave, opened the park in 1972. “The people in the trust have been running it, and they’re of senior age,” said the trust’s realtor, Tom Weaver. “They just can’t keep doing it.” The trust alerted residents of its intent to sell the sprawling, 186-acre property for...

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Licensing boards leaning toward criminal checks for doctors, nurses

Two Vermont licensing boards may soon require doctors and nurses to undergo criminal background checks before they can practice medicine here. The move would strengthen a system that some advocates say allows unfit candidates to skirt detection. The Vermont Board of Nursing and the Board of Medical Practice now rely on discipline-tracking databases and self-disclosure, a level of trust placing the two in a shrinking minority. And while they support a tightened process, some hurdles remain. “My concern is always finding out something after the fact,” said Dr. Harvey Reich, a Rutland-based ICU physician and member of the medical...

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A new leash on life

Three Vermont veterans and their loyal companions added a new distinction to their résumés earlier this month: newly-minted grads. The June 16 graduation ceremony at Camp Johnson in Colchester marked the final hoorah for Michelle LeBlanc’s third class to move on from Paws and Boots, a Williston-based program that connects veterans and first responders with rescue dogs. Completely pro bono, programs like LeBlanc’s are welcome news for veterans since post-traumatic stress disorder service dogs aren’t covered by insurance. Private services can charge up to $60,000 for the dog and its training, according to Paws and Stripes, a nonprofit organization....

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Town sues owner of crumbling building

The town of Colchester is suing a building owner for violating a settlement that required him to tear down a dilapidated structure off East Lakeshore Drive. The town’s breach-of-contract lawsuit, filed on March 7, alleges Richard Labelle failed to remove his 755 East Lakeshore Dr. building by the November 2017 deadline stipulated in a settlement reached two months prior. Town officials have condemned the building, citing structural failings beyond repair, and the lawsuit now says “time is of the essence” for its removal. “There is a tangible risk that the change of seasons, and the resultant softening of the...

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