Author: Kaylee Sullivan

Food shelves sparse during summer

Last week, Milton Family Community Center food shelf posted a photo to social media portraying near empty shelves, a chilling thought to the organization that distributes up to 180 bags of food every month. But within 24 hours, the shelves transformed from bare to bounteous. When food shelf coordinator Cheryl Alwine puts the word out about donations, she said she normally gets a good response, but this one blew her away. “It was just immediate and overwhelming that people came in with bags of food and so forth so quickly,” she said. “It was really neat and encouraging.” According...

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Colchester woman’s body found in Niquette Bay

Colchester police recovered a body from Niquette Bay last week, identified as a woman who went missing on Sunday, July 2 in Colchester. Cynthia Whalen, 52, was declared missing from a party on Niquette Bay Road a little before 11:15 p.m. July 2. On the afternoon of July 5, swimmers at Niquette Bay State Park reported the body, Colchester police Lt. Doug Allen said. Once contacted by park officials around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Colchester’s police marine division and technical rescue squad recovered the body, which was brought to the chief medical examiner’s office in Burlington for official identification. According...

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Helping in Honduras: St. Mike’s Rescue reflects on service trip

After returning from a month-long medical service trip to Honduras, five St. Michael’s College Rescue members have sharpened skills, cultural knowledge and an overall new perspective. Before they left in mid-May, the advanced emergency medical technicians — Hannah Mishriky, Shannon Roberto, Martin Maloney, Nick Ferrigno and Allison Avery — were accustomed to the well-staffed, supplied and sheltered University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. The two hospitals where they volunteered in Honduras were incomparable: One was a hospital for working people with insurance and the other for the more impoverished population. A doctor’s appointment at the latter cost $0.25,...

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An open mind: Reflecting on CCS’ School2Work

Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in a five-part series featuring Colchester’s Champlain Community Services, a non-profit that helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment, living conditions and community engagement. Employees’ names were changed due to CCS’ privacy restrictions. There are people who would question hiring a visually impaired woman to fold hotel laundry and detail hallways. Hence, finding open-minded employers is at the center of Colchester’s Champlain Community Services’ mission. At Homewood Suites in South Burlington, this exact woman, Christina, is a high school student excelling in her work, according to general manager John Cammarano. She found...

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Police: Woman missing from Niquette Bay camp

Colchester police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman, according to a press release. Cynthia Whalen, 52, was reported missing Sunday night from a camp on Niquette Bay Road. Police say she wandered from the camp around 11:30 p.m. July 2. Whalen, a 5’8’’ white female with blonde hair and a medium build, was last seen wearing a tan shirt and khaki colored cargo shorts, police said. She has no known medical issues. Anyone with helpful information can contact the department at...

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