Author: Colin Flanders

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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Sanders, Vt. employers host forum

High schools across the country send another wave of graduates into the world next month. For some, their first post-graduation step is into a dorm for the first semester of college; for others, it’s punching in on the first day of work. Either way, there are options. That was the message from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a half-dozen Vermont employers at a forum last week that covered career opportunities after high school. “The goal of today is to make sure that no matter what your choice may be in terms of where you go after high school, you...

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Edge celebrates preventative care program

Gov. Phil Scott joined local fitness professionals in Essex earlier this month to mark the success of its preventative care program. The Edge, which has locations in Essex, South Burlington and Williston, was celebrating its program called Genavix 90 Day Commit to Get Fit that focuses on fitness, nutrition, stress management and behavior modification. Participants receive a membership to The Edge for the 90-day program that offers a custom exercise program with a personal trainer, weekly group sessions with a wellness coach and a slew of management and goal strategies. “As an organization that’s dedicated to improving lives, I...

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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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