Michaela Halnon

‘We are not afraid’

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Farhad Khan was traveling on Election Day. It was well past midnight when the Islamic Society of Vermont president returned home to Middlebury. He immediately fell asleep. His 8-year-old daughter shook him awake the next morning. Khan found her standing staunchly when he opened his eyes, hands on hips. “He won,” she said, of president-elect…

Indians celebrate festival of lights

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Fragrant cuisine, flashing cameras and swirling saris in a rainbow of colors beckoned visitors to a ballroom at Colchester’s Hampton Inn on Friday evening. From babies to the elderly, folks of all ages gathered to celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, organized by Vermont’s Indian Cultural Club. The ICC, a non-profit group, has welcomed…

VNA: Home away from home

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Close to home: A monthlong series for Hospice and Home Care Month Yvonne Bourque has spent several years with the Visiting Nurse Association’s Adult Day program. The 85-year-old first worked as a cook at the former Williston site, preparing daytime meals for adults of all ages and cognitive abilities. When Bourque’s aging sister needed some extra…

Kids cast votes in mock election

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It was Election Day, and Mrs. Plunkett’s first grade students were buzzing with excitement. As they marched down the hallway of the Porters Point School, they contemplated their two, very distinct, options: An ice cream social or a dance party? At a designated polling place, they met principal Carolyn Millham acting as a temporary election…

VNA: Healing door to door

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Close to home: A monthlong series for Hospice and Home Care Month When Mary LaPalme fell down the stairs of her Milton home last September, she didn’t feel any pain. “It was silly,” she said. “I just remember coming to the bottom and [thinking], ‘What happened?’” That’s when she caught sight of her mangled ankle. Broken…

Colchester picks Clinton, Scott

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Colchester voters crossed party lines on Tuesday, picking a Democrat for the White House and sending a Republican to Montpelier. Locals chose Republican Phil Scott, the current lieutenant governor, over Democrat Sue Minter, former Vermont Secretary of Transportation. Scott earned 4,478 votes, while Minter got 3,184. She conceded to Scott late Tuesday evening. Colchester split…