Michaela Halnon

VTANG preps for short-notice deployment

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A few hundred airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard will be deployed overseas in the coming weeks, officials announced last week. The airmen will be sent to the United States Central Command, Major Gen. Steven Cray said at a press conference. That area includes Northern Africa, the Middle East…

At Mazza’s, it’s easy as pie

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It was noontime on Wednesday, just hours before Thanksgiving, and the stacks of pies at Sam Mazza’s Farm Market in Colchester were just beginning to look manageable. The third-generation shop took more than 300 orders for about 1,500 pies this Thanksgiving season, according to Laurie Mazza-Bombard, owner and general manager. Add to that 450-dozen freshly…

Locals trace ancestry to Mayflower

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Ed McGuire has compiled genealogical records and family tales from six of his eight grandparents, but one in particular was always shrouded in mystery. At the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester’s Fort Ethan Allen, he began to uncover details about his mother’s paternal line. At a genealogy conference in Boston, he found more than he…

VNA: Living until you die

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Close to home: A monthlong series for Hospice and Home Care Month Donni Caggiano quietly slipped into the hallway at the McClure-Miller VNA Respite House last Tuesday. Her mother, lying in a mechanized bed, turned her head slightly. Her eyes fluttered open, then firmly shut. “Today is a bad day,” Caggiano said, shutting the door softly…

Police: CMS student reports clown sighting

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A Colchester Middle School student reported a clown sighting early this afternoon, police said. In a press release, Colchester Police said an 11-year-old boy reported seeing a man wearing black clothing and a clown mask shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday. According to the release, the boy said he was walking on the bike path…

A good egg: Remembering Dick Paquette

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Rich Paquette knew his father, Dick Paquette, was beloved in the Colchester community. But even he was surprised to find just how deeply the Shadow Cross Farm owner had touched customers, coworkers and residents alike after Dick Paquette’s death early this month. He was 77 years old. “I couldn’t believe how passionate people were when…