Author: Sun staff

Food shelf seeks plentiful produce

By COLIN FLANDERS The Colchester food shelf is paging all green thumbs this season in hopes of combatting the summer’s donation lull. The food shelf is asking residents to add a row of vegetables when plotting out their gardens this season to help increase the amount of fresh produce offerings, according to Cathy Huskisson, a food shelf volunteer and board member. Huskisson said vegetables that work well in the food shelf are green or wax beans, peas, tomatoes, onions, carrots and summer or zucchini squash. The winter holidays are the food shelf’s busiest donation season, she said. People usually...

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Colchester man arrested for selling cocaine

Burlington police say a Colchester man was arrested after selling cocaine near Roosevelt Park on Tuesday. Police say Dennis Russin, 37, based his operation out of a residence on Spring Street in Burlington, where police found 22 grams of crack cocaine in a safe, as well as “drug distribution paraphernalia,” according to a press release. Police say Russin has multiple felony drug cases pending in Chittenden and Windsor counties and has a lengthy criminal history, including 19 misdemeanors and five felony...

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By COLIN FLANDERS Ever since Marriam Khan was a little girl, she’s loved flowers. She recalls waking up on weekend mornings — early enough to beat the summer heat — and pulling blossoms as she walked through her mother’s garden. Years later, the Colchester resident’s passion has become her life’s work, and with it, an outlet to give back to the community. Khan owns two local businesses, one of which involves arranging and selling flowers. Like many florists, she often throws out the blooms after a week. Realizing the flowers still have use, Khan decided to recycle them to...

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2015 LCI winner on the hook for fraud charges

By KAYLEE SULLIVAN Last year’s Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby winner is on the hook for alleged fraud. Craig Provost of Plattsburgh took home $13,000 in 2015 for breaking a derby record with the contest’s largest walleye fish. The catch? He wasn’t the one who caught it, LCI says. Provost’s teammate reeled in the fish, but had not purchased the “cash extras” that allotted Provost a larger winning sum, LCI executive director James Ehlers said. A person connected to Provost reported the fishy situation to LCI, who notified Colchester police on May 31. Provost was cited with fraud...

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A world record for Colchester?

By JASON STARR Colchester’s causeway may be the longest non-motorized trail over water in the world. But is that worth writing to the Guinness Book of World Records? The causeway’s chief promoter, Local Motion, thinks so. The Burlington walk and bike advocacy group, which runs the boat ferry that takes cyclists across the causeway’s 200-foot gap, is re-applying for Guinness World Record recognition after its first application was rejected last year. “Based upon our research, we believe that there are longer causeways that offer bicycle paths,” Guinness officials wrote in response to Local Motion’s application, referencing a causeway in...

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