Author: Kaylee Sullivan

New diner to open in Bay

After over a year of vacancy, the former Bayside Bakery spot has found a new owner. Pearl Street Diner, a Burlington eatery known for its comfort food, is closing shop and moving to West Lakeshore Drive to greet Colchester as Malletts Bay Diner in early April.      “I wanted someone with experience that could offer good breakfast, good lunch at a reasonable price — like a diner food,” said Sen. Dick Mazza, the building’s owner. Pearl Street Diner owner Pam Scanlon said Mazza came to scope out her diner’s food and atmosphere multiple times to get a feel...

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Students advocate for mental health

When it comes to mental health, an often-difficult topic to talk about, groups at St. Michael’s College are breaking barriers. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, various campus groups convened in Alliot Hall for the second annual Fresh Check Day, which invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to rally around mental health in an active and engaging way. “It’s a very open environment, one in which you’re having fun while learning about something that is a very serious and real topic,” attendee Chris Allen said. A St. Michael’s alum, Allen helped adopt Fresh Check Day. His push for more mental health...

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Kings and queens shine at prom

The lights were dimmed last Friday night as blue and red strobes flashed in the Essex Alliance Church gymnasium, where guests broke out in funky dance moves at the end of a red carpet, cloaked under a large balloon arch. One of 350 churches worldwide to host Night to Shine, a prom organized by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Essex Alliance welcomed 85 guests with disabilities and about 140 caregivers and 250 volunteers. “Tonight has been really awesome because it’s been allowing me to have a great social opportunity and see friends I haven’t seen in long time,” guest Bennett...

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Busy bodies: Florists arrange for snowy holiday

A foot of snow may have dropped on Chittenden County overnight this week, but for local florists gearing up for Valentine’s Day, the show had to go on. Ribbons were carefully cut and swirled around vases, and particularly picked flowers were placed amongst greenery as the creative design process flurried around Essex and Colchester flower shops last Monday, Feb. 13. “A good florist always carries a shovel, right?” joked Jon Houghton of Maplehurst Florist in Essex, noting when it comes to Valentine’s Day weather, you just never know. In the midst of one of their busiest times of the year,...

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Sandbar gets state’s highest protection

The Sandbar wetland was granted the state’s highest protection last Thursday, Vermont’s wetlands program manager Laura Lapierre confirmed. Located in Sand Bar State Park, which spans into Colchester, the wetland was one of three approved for the Class I designation at a Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules hearing. Lapierre said she presented Sandbar as having the most exemplary and irreplaceable values of the proposed wetlands. It’s also the largest wetland area. Prior to last Thursday, there were three Class I wetlands in Vermont, Lapierre said, amounting to a little over 1,000 acres. At about 1,300 acres, Sand Bar more...

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