Author: Michaela Halnon

Guru brings aromatherapy, crystals to the suburbs

Amethyst Star Healing is a bit tricky to find. That’s partly because it’s been too cold to attach a directional sign to the glass door around the back of the Blakely Rd. Citgo gas station and partly because, well, you don’t expect to find a holistic healing studio inside a Citgo gas station. Still, wafts of essential oils (mixed with the thick scent of bread baking in the Subway shop below) suggest a path up a set of stairs and down a carpeted hallway. Behind an unassuming office door is owner Stephanie Davis, grinning widely on a cozy gray...

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Board leadership static after town meeting

Leadership on the school and selectboards will remain static until next Town Meeting Day, members agreed at organizational meetings held earlier this month. Selectboard members unanimously reelected Nadine Scibek as chairwoman, Tom Mulcahy as vice-chairman and Jeff Bartley as clerk for the next year at their March 13 meeting. The board will continue to meet every second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Outer Bay Conference Room on the third floor of the town offices at 781 Blakely Rd. They also decided the law firm Monaghan, Safar & Ducham should generally continue to represent and provide counsel...

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Kids s-p-e-l-l way through state bee at St. Michael’s

Twenty-eight spellers sat in neat rows on the stage at the St. Michael’s College McCarthy Performing Arts Center last Wednesday afternoon, each hoping to s-p-e-l-l their way to victory. Raghav Dhandi, a student at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, took home the top prize in the Vermont Scripps Spelling Bee after correctly spelling “slavering” — letting saliva run from the mouth, according to the judges’ definition. He’ll head to Washington, D.C. in May for the national spelling bee and face off against spellers from across the country. Scripps is expecting a record number of attendees, according to their...

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CHS students explore ancestry in “Fiddler on the Roof”

Colchester High School students stomped their feet in time with a blaring soundtrack last Friday afternoon, hands held high in the air all the while. “Tradition!” they cried in unison. “Tradition!” Leading it all at the front of the stage was Allison Talis, tapped to be the department director earlier this year. CHS Theater will premiere their version of “Fiddler on the Roof” on April 5 in the school’s performing arts center. “Everybody’s done a really good job with the nature of a school calendar and lots of different commitments,” Talis said. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity...

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SMC student forges way for women at Model U.N. conference

St. Michael’s College sophomore Brenna Broderick was inspired by the entire talent pool — 2,700 delegates strong — at the Harvard National Model United Nations competition last month. She was especially excited, though, by the unique opportunity to interact with a cadre of female peers. Broderick was the only female member of the SMC delegation to head to the Cambridge, Mass. competition this year and, according to school officials, is likely the first woman to attend a Model U.N. conference on the college’s behalf in the local club’s modern history. Broderick participated in Model U.N. in high school and...

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